As part of Showcase—our annual event presenting the graduating classes of conservatory theatre programs—Theatre Ontario held professional panels on the evening of January 18th. The Showcase Panels gave the graduates a chance to talk to industry professionals about the realities of the business from a variety of perspectives. This entertaining and informative evening is always a favourite. Our generous panelists answered questions and shared a wealth of experience.
“The Business of Casting” panel featured casting director Marsha Chesley, agent Ronda Cooper from Characters Talent Agency, and Richard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre.
The “Surviving a Career in Acting” panel featured four actors sharing their personal experiences in the business: Maev Beaty, Melody Johnson, Jordan Pettle, and Guillermo Verdecchia; and Mark Brownell, an actor and Councillor from Canadian Actors Equity Association. (Cara Ricketts was also to be on the acting panel but was unable to come in the end; for those who attended, we wanted to assure you she is fine.)
The 2011 panels were moderated by Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Coordinator Tim Chapman, and held at Theatre Passe Muraille.