Emerging Artists Roundtable

You have the talent, the passion, the education in theatre: Now what?

The Emerging Artists Roundtable is a forum for final year university/college students, recent graduates, and emerging artists to engage with core members of Theatre Gargantua, including Artistic Director Jacquie P.A. Thomas, and other members of the professional community to gain insights and develop relationships that will help bridge formal training with entering the profession.

Sessions will focus on learning about how to carve a place for yourself and your own work in the Canadian Theatre landscape.

It’s free. Refreshments are served. Space is limited.

Opportunities Include:

  • Meet fellow emerging artists from other universities
  • Provocative discussion sessions with professional artists
  • Networking and collaborative creation opportunities
  • Workshop and performance discounts
  • Artist mentoring
  • Invitation to Reflector opening night, Friday Nov 4, 7:30pm at Theatre Passe Muraille.

Fall 2016 Session Dates:

  • September 23
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 2

All sessions are Fridays 3pm – 5pm

New session will begin in January 2017.

Meet the Fall 2016 Round Table Participants

AMOTTNicholasNicholas Dave Amott  graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2011, Specializing in Theatre Arts. Beginning professionally in 2010 as a performer for Eddie May Murder Mysteries, he has since expanded into playwriting, composition and producing. Nicholas has trained in performance with Daniel MacIvor, Alix Sideris, Andy Massingham, John Beale, and others. His written works include Mercutio & Ophelia, The Fight , the one-man AWOKEN and most recently, the historical epic and psychological thriller As Rome Burns. Among his next projects, Amott hopes to complete his musical, December 1917, within the next year – he has kept it on the back-burner for the past seven.


Natalia-BNatalia Bushnik is an actor and creator originally from Ottawa, and founding member of devised theatre collective, KAIROS. Works – The Bathtub Girls (KAIROS: Critics Choice, Hamilton Fringe Festival 2016), The Double Dealer, An Experiment With An Airpump, The Crucible, Sleeping Beauty (University Players), Richard III, No Exit (Studio Theatre). Independent : Maybelle’s Guide to Maintaining Perfection (writer, performer – London One-Act Festival 2016) Problem Child (Site-specific collective adaptation, Windsor). Training: B.F.A. Acting, University of Windsor



Kate-CroomeKate Croome is a twenty four year old actor, singer and writer. She is a recent graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts program and moved to Toronto at the beginning of the year. Since moving to the city she has striven to immerse herself in the theatrical community in Toronto, and earlier this summer she participated in Theatre Gargantua’s Master Class in Dynamic Creation. Kate is interested in improvising, directing and devising, and she is excited to meet like-minded artists with whom to collaborate.



Internet-Deanna-Colour-2-1Deanna Galati is an aspiring theatre producer and arts administrator. She is always up for new experiences and continuously seeks work that will challenge, but also inspire and excite her. Fresh our of York University’s Devised Theatre Program, Deanna hopes to use her training and previous backgrounds to bring creative and fresh ideas to the industry while continuing to develop her craft. Most recently, her credits include: Salt (Assistant Stage Manager, Lark and Whimsy Theatre), Life is a Dream (Producer, Sad Ibsen Theatre), Eraser (Performer, Toronto Fringe Festival), We Are XX (Producer, Toronto Fringe Festival).


Ross-Hammond-2014.2Ross Hammond is a writer, deviser, improvisor and performer working and creating in Toronto. He runs House of Rebels Theatre and opened King of the Castle at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival.





PhoebePhoebe Hu is a multidisciplinary performer and aspiring theatre creator from Taiwan. She has a bachelor degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures from National Taiwan University, is a proud alumna of Sheridan College PREP Program, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, Theatre 20 Conservatory, and the recipient of the Triple Threat Award from the Randolph Academy upon graduation. Aside from performing, she also worked as Production Manager and Assistant Director at the Randolph Academy for the past two seasons, and is currently developing her first collaborative theatre project with co-creator Michela Sisti (whom she met through a Theatre Gargantua workshop). She is very excited for this opportunity to connect and explore with fellow emerging artists and the inspiring mentors at Theatre Gargantua. Selected theatre credits: We The Family by George F. Walker (Hart House Theatre World Premiere), On The Other Side Of The World (Next Stage Festival), If We Were Birds by Erin Shields (Randolph Academy), The Skriker by Caryl Churchill (Assistant Director, Randolph Academy) and A Glass Hive a.k.a. The Comedy of Error (Assistant Director, 2016 Toronto Fringe, adapted and directed by Bruce Dow). Upcoming project: Suitcases (Artscape Sandbox, Rosanna Saracino/Linda Garneau) and Comfort (Aki Studio, Red Snow Collective).

BrendanKinnonHeadshot4Brendan Kinnon is a 22 year old actor, singer, and writer, born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. Having recently graduated from the University of Windsor BFA: Acting Program, Brendan is currently based in Toronto. Works: Independent- Problem Child (2016), Georgie (2016), Elektra (2015). Seven Siblings – Titus Andronicus, Love Unbound. University Players – The Double Dealer, An Experiment with an Air Pump, The Nerd, Sleeping Beauty.




NEWMartin_Chantel-(2)Chantel Martin is primarily a theatre director and producer, however her wide-ranging management and artistic experiences provide her with a diverse range of skillsets and perspectives, which inform her multifaceted approach to creation. She is a recent graduate of the drama program at Queen’s University, where she gained extensive experience in the theater. At Queen’s she earned credits as a performer (Blood Relations; The Woman Before), Production Manager (Lilies; Wait Until Dark), Technical Director (Counter Service), Costume Designer (Songs for a New World; Avenue Q; Next to Normal), and Director (The Goat (or Who is Sylvia?)). More recently, she launched her own not-for-profit theatre company, commonplacetheatre, in Kingston, Ontario, in early 2015. She directed the first season’s three productions: 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph and Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte. Chantel looks to produce and direct pieces that touch a raw part of our humanity so that the stories told have an impact far beyond the theatre itself.

Rankin_HeadshotChristine Rankin is an emerging theatre creator, writer, and choreographer. She is a recent graduate of Dalhousie University were she achieved First Class Honours in Theatre Studies and Creative Writing with a Minor in Italian Studies. While at Dalhousie, she served as the President for the Dalhousie Theatre Society company: some of her DTS credits include Co-Director and Choreographer of Little Women: The Musical, Stage Manager of Phaedra’s Love, and Assistant Stage Manager of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She also worked as an Assistant Director and Choreographer for the Fountain School of the Performing Art’s production of The Green Bird. Christine has created alongside DaPoPo Theatre in Halifax and, after moving to Toronto this past summer, worked as the Education Assistant for Theatre Ontario. Christine is now pursuing her Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She is incredibly excited to begin her Toronto journey and cannot wait to see what’s in store!

Robin-Luckwaldt-Ross-HeadshotRobin Luckwaldt Ross is a theatre maker originating in the Ottawa Valley, and a founding member of kairos. Works: Opia Theatre: Widow’s Wedding Dress. kairos: The Bathtub Girls. University Players: The Double Dealer, Scapino!, To Moscow, The Crucible, A Woman of No Importance. Seven Siblings: Love Unbound. Patria Music/Theatre: Asterion. Independent: The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, The Real Thing. Training: B.F.A. Acting, University of Windsor.



ElizabethWhitbread-1Elizabeth Whitbread is a singer, actor and theatre creator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. A recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg Honours Acting program, Elizabeth is relocating to Toronto after having spent the last month in Halifax taking acting and creation workshops with Zuppa Theatre. In the past year since her graduation, Elizabeth has been lucky enough to have had many wonderful mentorship opportunities, including one with the wonderful Ardith Boxall at Theatre Projects Manitoba, where Elizabeth curated a monthly theatre salon series; she also worked with Andraea Sartisan of One Trunk Theatre on a production of My Name is Rachel Corrie for a local labour and arts festival. Other recent acting credits include: The Drowning Girls – Winnipeg Fringe, Heathers: The Musical – Winnipeg Studio Theatre, and The Rocky Horror Show – Wasteland Productions. Elizabeth is interested in seeing, performing in and creating challenging and exciting theatre that pushes boundaries; she is very pleased to have the opportunity, through Theatre Gargantua, to meet other young artists who are interested in the same.

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