Emma is a Toronto-based Dramaturg and Producer who has worked with companies such as Nightswimming Theatre, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and Factory Theatre. As the Resident Dramaturg at the Storefront Arts Initiative, Emma spearheads the playwrights unit and helps curate the company's season. Her freelance credits include work as the dramaturg on Contempt (safeword), La Chasse Galerie (Red One), and the award-winning He Left Quietly (Theatre Heteratae). Emma's proudest producing work was as the Founding General Manager and Producer for Shakespeare in the Ruff's first two seasons.
James is a screenwriter who sold his first feature script, White Elephant, to Rhombus Media and executive producer Niv Fichman (The Red Violin) in 2011. His second feature with Rhombus and Fichman, I Am Wanted, is based on a bestselling Swedish memoir and will shoot in Vietnam this fall with Crystal Bear-winning director Beata Gardeler (Flocking). His third, Clifton Hill, is in development with CSA-nominated Albert Shin (In Her Place) set to direct. James and his co-writer Matt Hansen (Zoom) were recently nominated for the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange for their script Voluntourism (New Metric Media). His short film Milk and Honey won first prize at the 2014 Grand River Film Festival, and is currently viewable on the website of the NFB. He has also written for the Lifetime Movie Network and Breakthrough Entertainment.
Ella is a native West Coaster who moved to Toronto for UofT’s Arts Management program after graduating Capilano University’s Global Stewardship program in Vancouver. She worked with the Vancouver Fringe Festival over two seasons in their Fundraising and Volunteer Management departments. She has sat on the board of directors for the Firehall Arts Centre, was the Director of Logistics for Art Side Out 2014, and produced OneNight for 1Day – a youth performance/art event benefiting the incredible charity imagine1day for two years. Ella has a background in program facilitation, fundraising, volunteer coordination and event management, and is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Soulpepper.
Benjamin Blais is the founder and Artistic Director of The Storefront Theatre as well as a co-founder and the Artistic Director of The Red One Theatre Collective. With over a decade of experience in the arts and entertainment industry, Benjamin has been responsible for the success of a wide array of creative projects and community building initiatives. Benjamin has performed in over 40 productions and his most recent directing credits include Edmund and House of Yes, both performed at the Storefront Theatre.
Beau is an award winning playwright, actor, musician and the founding artistic director for Firebrand Theatrebased in Peterborough, Ontario. His writing journey began in 2005, when he was commissioned by Arbor Theatre (Peterborough) to write a one-act play for Black History Month, From Here to Africville. Since that time Beau has written six more plays, many of which have toured across Canada to schools and have been seen by more than 5,000 students. Beau’s writing has earned him multiple awards, including two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story.
Beau is an award winning self taught actor, playwright, composer and director who presently spends his time living in Peterborough and Toronto. Selected theatre credits: Road To Paradise (Crow's Theatre/ Buddies In Bad Times) Mockingbird (Timeshare/ NSTF) Farewell, My Lovely (Vertigo Theatre/ Arts Club Theatre); Motherf@#!er With The Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects); As You Like It/ Titus Andronicus (Canstage/ Shakespeare In High Park); Othello (Mysterious Entity); The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre); Next To Normal (Tarragon). Selected writing credits: Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story (Lunchbox Theatre/ Thousand Islands Playhouse) From Here To Africville, Once A Flame (Factory Theatre); Other People’s Heaven, Freedom Bells (Heritage Pavilion Stage). Apprentice music director for Dora Award winning Caroline, Or Change (Acting Up Stage/ Obsidian Theatre); Ragtime and Trouble In Tahiti (Shaw Festival). Beau was inducted into Peterborough's Pathway Of Fame for his leadership in the arts. He is also a KM Hunter award finalist and has received two Dora Mavor Moore awards and a Calgary Critic's Award. He has three recorded solo albums under his name. www.beaudixon.com
Meghan is a Toronto born and raised actor and playwright. Venus' Daughter is her first full length play which received its world premiere February 2016 with Obsidian Theatre. Previous work includes; Who the Hell is Eleanore? (Hysteria festival, rock. paper. sistahz), Write from the Hip (Nightwood Theatre), participation in the inaugural Playwright Residency with Diaspora Dialogues (2015), and the Development Series with Obsidian Theatre.
Claire is Artistic Producer and Managing Director of the Storefront Arts Initiative where she has been integral in the growth of the company. The recipient of an OAC development grant through the Blyth Festival, Claire is also an Ontario based playwright (Hatched, Human Furniture, Teeswater) director (Human Furniture, You Know I Know) and performer (The Castle, the Skriker, Les Liaisons Dangereuses).
Bahia is an artist and storyteller whose acting credits include: The Last Wife; The Diary of Anne Frank, She Stoops to Conquer (Stratford Festival), The Seagull (Crow’s Theatre/Company Theatre/Canadian Stage), A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper). Bahia’s playwright credits include: write-from-the-hip (Nightwood Theatre), storytelling intensive (YEMOYA), playwright-in-residence (Crow’s Theatre). Independently she is developing a radio podcast series, venus hologram radio.
Karine Ricard studied acting at St-Hiacinthe’s Theatre school in Québec. After graduating , she performed in several plays including Adieu Beauté by François Archambault, and Le Nid de L’Aigle with the acclaimed First Nation theatre company “Ondinok”. She produced, createdand performed in Les Zeffeuilleuses a variety show that was presented at Montreal’s Casino and at Le Lion d’Or . She came to Toronto 13 years ago to pursue her career in English and French. Karine played Célimène in Le Misanthrope a play by Molière at the TFT, (Theatre Francophone of Toronto). She also did her debut in directing a play for the Fringe festival at Théâtre Passe Muraille in 2010. On television, she played lead roles in the series Moitié Moitié and Météo+ on the TFO channel and she also portrayed severals other roles in shows like, Da Kink in my hair, Covert Affairs, Orphan Black and most recently in Toi et Moi on Québec’s network of TVA.
Jamie Cavanagh is a Toronto-based actor, is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting program at the University of Alberta, and was a participant in the 2014 Citadel Theatre/Banff Centre Program.
Jamie was nominated for and the recipient of a Dora Mavor-Moore Award and been nominated for multiple Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards as an actor and producer. Jamie has performed in cities all over the world including: London UK, Atlanta GA, and Chicago IL. He has also taught as a guest instructor at London’s renowned London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and The Bridge Theatre Training Company.
Recent acting credits include: Ensemble [The Great War] for VideoCabaret/ Soulpepper, Thomas Novachek [Venus in Fur], and Mercutio [Romeo and Juliet], for the Citadel Theatre; Antipholus of Ephesus [Comedy of Errors], and Mercutio [Romeo and Juliet] for St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival; Michael Armstrong [Armstrong’s War] for Theatre Network; Sky Marx [Genius Code] for Surreal SoReal Theatre/Catalyst Theatre; Clinton [3...2...1], for Quiet Things Creative; and Rudi [East of Berlin] for the East/West Collective.
As a writer, Jamie Cavanagh has written comedy for the likes of Rapid Fire Theatre, The Irrelevant Show (CBC), E-Town (Bite TV), and his own company, Quiet Things Creative.
Though born in Toronto, Ngabo spent a lot of his childhood travelling and learning abroad, returning to Canada to finish his studies, having just graduated from the Ryerson University theatre program. He made his professional debut in 2015 in Twisted produced by B current and Factory Theatre. He was also part of the ensemble cast in the Appledore production of The Postman. Aside from acting, Ngabo is also creating and writing his own work, hoping to one day stage, direct, produce and perform in them. Other theatre shows he’s performed in include Scorched, King Lear, Proof and Jesus Hopped the A-Train, all produced at Ryerson. This will be his first time working with Storefront Theatre and the Pulp Collective, and he is ecstatic about the opportunity, as well as the opportunity to boast about how he performed in a six-hour play. He looks forward to the challenges and the learning ahead.
James McDougall is an actor of stage and screen, a writer/director of film, and an occasional unitard model. Some recent acting credits include leading roles in the feature films "ABC's of Death 2" (now on netflix), "Save Our Skins", and "Personal Space". He has also worked with many theatre companies all across Canada, including Atomic Vaudeville, ASNY, Theatre Inconnu, and most recently he starred as the King of Porn in Me and Snow White Productions The Princess Of Porn: The Musical. James is happy to be apart of the massive undertaking that is The Numbers Game and is looking forward to the challenge of bringing the character of Abbadabba to life throughout 6 episodes. Follow James on Twitter and Instagram @ActorJamesMcD
Brandon Coffey was born in Ft. McMurray Alberta in the 80s at some point. He knew ever since he saw burned and scarred Freddy Kruger on TV at the bright age of five that he wanted to be an actor.
He is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada. He was most recently seen as Tim in the critically acclaimed CAM BABY in the 2016 Toronto Fringe. Brandon is also known for playing Woody Harrelson in the comedy A BULLET FOR ADOLF which played Off-Broadway after it's world premiere in Toronto.
Ucal is a Graduate of the Universities of Waterloo and Guelph, with a background in the Life Sciences. Following encouragement, he is now an aspiring actor, enjoys philanthropic work, competitive sports and is a local nice guy – but only on weekends. He is motivated by his class clown nature and influenced by Smith, Washington and Epps. Prior works were as Nick in U.Waterloo's Single and Sexy, Aaron in Synchro Theatre's Titus Andronicus and most recently Caliban in Ravenous Theatre's The Tempest. Ucal hopes to fund his charity "Off The Streets Initiative", retire his parents and buy a Unicorn through a career in film and theatre.
Celia Aloma is a Toronto-based actor, who recently graduated from the Acting Conservatory BFA program at York University. Her recent theatre credits include Melanie in #Scarecrow (Chantel McDonald), How May I Mate You, voice of Mrs. Cox ( Kelsey Johnston), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action), and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in Action). Celia is thrilled to be a part of The Numbers Game and looks forward to working with this amazing cast. This budding passionate actor could not be more grateful to be a part of this ensemble.
Jeff is graduate of the University of Windsors BFA Acting program and is thrilled to be returning to the Storefront Theatre The Pulp Collectives "The Numbers Game." Past credits include Shrew, Edmond, The Castle (Storefront Theatre), Stag & Doe (Theatre Orangeville), Behold the Barfly (Spoon vs Hammer Toronto Fringe). He would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support.