The Company

 
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JOHNNY WIDEMAN

Artistic Director + Founding Member,  Playwright, Director, and Actor

Studied Drama at the University of Waterloo & Theatre at the University of Sussex where he focused on politically oriented theatre & practitioners. He enjoys hypothetical jokes, riding his motorcycle and lives in Stouffville, ON.

REBECCA STEINER

Associate Director + Founding Member, Playwright, Director, and Actor

Studied Drama at the University of Waterloo, focusing on the relationships between theatre, faith, community and peace. Rebecca believes in sailing, a decent coffee, thrift shopping and lives in Winnipeg, MB.

 
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BILLY CHANDLER

General Manager

Studied Theatre at the University of Windsor, where he ran the School of Dramatic Art Student Society. Billy is passionate about theatre that creates a discourse and asks important questions - especially when those questions are difficult. Billy enjoys storytelling in any medium, from theatre and film, to board games and poetry. He lives in Toronto, ON.

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LEAH HARDER WIDEMAN

Production Stage Manager + Founding Member

Received her BA at the University of Waterloo. She has loved traveling across Canada with the troupe while forming a tight-knit theatre family. Leah enjoys reading, summer weather, traveling and lives in Stouffville, ON.

 
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KIMBERLEE WALKER

Education & Outreach Manager + Founding Member, Playwright, Director, and Actor

Graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Peace and Conflict Studies program with a Drama minor, and received her Master’s of Social Work from Laurier University. Kimberlee is passionate about using theatre as a tool for constructive social change. She lives in Kitchener, ON.

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BENJAMIN WERT

Festival Coordinator + Founding Member, and Actor

Is amazed that he’s part of a group that combines his passions for theatre, activism and travel. When not acting, Ben works at HotDocs. He lives in Toronto, ON.

 
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Amy O'Grady

Actor

Amy is a Toronto-based creative in both theatre and film. She studied drama at the University of Waterloo and film at Ryerson University. She is grateful and excited to work with the ever passionate Theatre of the Beat.

SUKHPREET SANGHA

Actor

Sukhpreet is originally from Kitchener ON, but is now a Toronto-based criminal defence lawyer who tries to remain a practicing artist whenever possible. She is both thrilled and honoured to be a part of Theatre of the Beat.

 

PASt MEMBERS

 
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ANNA-LAURE KOOP

Anna-Laure hails from Québec, Switzerland and Winnipeg. She holds a diploma in Musical Theatre from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and a BA in Theatre from the University of Winnipeg. For TOTB, Anna-Laure has performed in A Bicycle Built for Two.  

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David Metcalfe

A Toronto-based filmmaker and lighting designer, David has designed the lighting for TOTB's: Yellow Bellies, Selah's Song, Forgiven/Forgotten, Gadfly. He is also the Director of Tango:Charlie Pictures and works as a LX, set, and Camera tech with IATSE 873 and 667. 

Megan Piercey Monafu

Megan Piercey Monafu is a playwright, director, actor and facilitator, passionate about the intersection of community building, social activism, and theatre. Megan is a Halifax native who now resides in Ottawa, ON. For TOTB she has performed in Forgiven/Forgotten, & wrote and directed A Little Fire.

 

Jennifer Pogue

Jen graduated from Humber College’s Acting Program, holds a B.A from York University, and a post-grad in Children’s Media from Centennial College. Jen loves stories, characters, costumes, bicycles, food-art, family and lives in Toronto, ON.

ELLEN REESOR

Friends and family joke that Ellen came out of the womb singing. Ellen is a farm girl from Stouffville, a yoga teacher, a musician/actress, and a lover of all things artistic. She is the founder of KIND Yoga By Heart located in Markham, ON.

 

T.O.T.B. BOARD of directors

Chair - Fred Martin, Director of Development

Treasurer - Barry Jones, Accountant

Vice Chair - Dawn Kaufman-Frey, Barrister & Solicitor

Board Member - Andy Houston, Prof. of Drama & Speech Comm.

President - Johnny Wideman, Artistic Director 

Officers - Rebecca Steiner and Leah Harder Wideman