Emerging Artists Roundtable

You have the talent, the passion, the education: 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, and other members of the professional community to gain insights and develop relationships that will help bridge formal training with entering the profession.

Each season, 8-10 young professionals participate in a series of four sessions that 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
  • Discounts on workshops
  • Artist mentoring
  • Invitation to performances

Spring 2017 Session Dates:

  • February 3
  • February 10
  • March 3
  • March 31

All sessions are Fridays 3pm – 5pm


A new series will begin in September

Nicole-RTNicole D’Amato is an emerging Toronto actor, singer, dancer, director, writer, and activist. She is a powerhouse artist who will not be confined to the limitations of one box. Born and raised in Stoney Creek, Ontario, her passion for performance led her to York University where she graduated with Honours in Theatre and English. Recent credits include Bonds Beyond (Glass Reflections Theatre Collective/Dorcas Chiu), Threads (MFA Hybrid Showings/Theresa Ohanian) and Call Me God (Theatre@York/David Di Giovanni). Keep your eyes and ears open for what she’ll do next!


Kelsey-RTKelsey Dann is a native of Barrie, Ontario, and has just recently moved to the city. As an aspiring theatre performer, director, playwright, Kelsey aims to change the world through theatre. She is thrilled to be part of Theatre Gargantua’s Emerging Artist Roundtable. Kelsey is a recent graduate of St. Lawrence College’s Musical Theatre Performance program as well as a graduate of Sheridan College’s Performance Arts Preparation. Some of her favourite credits include Enid in Legally Blonde, Germaine in Les Belles Soeurs (St.Lawrence College) and the direction of 25th Annual…Spelling Bee (Sheridan Prep). Kelsey is looking forward to all the delicious and insightful conversations the Roundtable will bring, and thanks her family and friends for their ongoing support!  Keep up to date at kelseydann.com


Mark-RTMark Kreder is an actor based out of Mississauga, Ontario. In 2014 he graduated from the University of Windsor’s B.F.A- Acting program. He has done workshops with Kari Margolis, The SITI company and has participated in the Stratford Academy. His most recent roles include: Long John Silver in Treasure Island (Diversified Theatre), Paul in Pocket Rocket (Lost and Found Theatre) and Billy Fiddler in Wounded Soldiers (4th Line Theatre). When Mark is not on stage, he can be found at Young People’s Theatre working as a resident artist-educator or making videos for his YouTube channel, The ScienceFACTion Show. Mark is thrilled to be a part of the Emerging Artists Roundtable and can’t wait for the discussions to begin!


Cassandra-RTCassandra Potenza is an actor, dancer and singer from Winnipeg, MB. She graduated from the classical acting program at George Brown Theatre School in April. Most recently, Cassandra became an international performer having toured to Dubai and Singapore with a children’s theatre production of Alice in Wonderland (Creativiva). She also recently made her television debut in the Hallmark Channel’s original TV movie A Dream of Christmas and will be appearing in an episode of the television series Forbidden come late February. Cassandra is thrilled to be a part of the Emerging Artists Roundtable and would like to thank Theatre Gargantua for the opportunity.


Amalea-RTAmalea Ruffett is an actor, playwright, and theatre creator recently graduated from McGill University’s Drama and Theatre program where she gained a comprehensive knowledge of physical theatre and collective creation. Amalea has recently moved to Toronto where she is figuring out the theatre scene. Currently she is auditioning anywhere and everywhere, creating an environmental show and, co-directing North Toronto C.I.’s submission Selife for the SEARS Ontario Drama Festival. Amalea is extremely excited to be a part of Theatre Gargantua’s Emerging Artist Program and to get a chance to talk to like-minded artists and discover more about what Toronto theatre has to offer.


Elizabeth-RTElizabeth Staples was born and raised in Toronto and has recently graduated from Humber College’s Theatre Performance Program. Recent credits include Surplus Party Guest (Elephants Collective/VSVSVS), Waiting For Waiting For Godot (Huh? What’s That?/ Toronto Fringe), Terra Incognita (Terra Incognita Collective/ Doc Now), and The Stranger (DopoLavoroTeatrale). Elizabeth has also trained with Dean Gilmour and Michelle Smith in clown, neutral mask and bouffon. She works with Tatiana Jennings in the Kadozuke Kollectif creating experimental, digital theatre. She is also a part of the Young Innovators Program at Nightwood Theatre. Elizabeth is interested in devised, physical theatre with a social conscious.


Lily-RTLily Sutherland graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Theatre with special focus in the Acting Profile. During her studies, she was creator/actor in Sylvie’s Secret Spyglass (Ottawa International Children’s Festival) and actor in The Bald Soprano, Princess Ivona, Never Swim Alone, Princess T, Red Noses and The Case of the Crushed Petunias (UofO). In 2013, Princess Ivona was awarded Best Student Production by the Capital Critics Circle (Ottawa) for outstanding ensemble. She was also a producer of Youth Infringement Festival, a festival which provides opportunities for emerging artists ages 16-25 to write, produce and act in original work. This sparked a passion for producing which lead lead her to found her own Toronto-based theatre company (Passing Through Theatre) upon graduation in 2014. Lily currently lives and works in Toronto, having created, produced and performed in two original productions with Passing Through Theatre. She and her company also just completed a tour of the 2016 Winnipeg, Calgary and Victoria Fringe Festival’s with their original site-specific play, Gather. She is thrilled to be getting involved with Theatre Gargantua and is grateful for this fantastic opportunity to learn from and connect with other emerging artists.

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