Roy Lewis

Roy Lewis

I was in the first play Roy ever acted in up at Magnus Theatre. Front Page directed by Brian Richmond. We were blocked to do this move – four steps forward, four steps back – a group of four actors in a block and Roy kept going the wrong way. Good fun. He’s made more than a few strides since. 14 years at Stratford (back there again this summer) and recently had a terrific run in a wonderful variety of shows—The Last Confession, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Incident at Vichy, It’s a Wonderful Life. Roy believes in humanity and people’s rights including the most important one – the right to be. He sees art in its context. He has a wide range of artistic knowledge and writes, directs, paints and gifted with a wonderful voice. Roy is one of those people who is truly loved by everyone.

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Anthony Lemke

Anthony Lemke

It was in one of those rare audition coaching sessions where everything we planned for the audition worked and Anthony got the role. Us acting coaches can’t say that very often. It was in the late 1990’s in a studio at ACTRAWORKS an actor training programme run by ACTRA. Neil Dainard, whose idea it was, had the confidence in me and hired me on the spot to teach there. Years later at Centre for the Arts I hired Anthony to teach the audition class. He is an entertainment lawyer, produces his own films and continues to have a successful acting career. We salute Anthony’s very successful career in TV and movies, wish him continued success and treasure the long history of our relationship.

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Darren Hynes

Darren Hynes

After graduating from Memorial University in Cornerbrook he acted in the first season of the Atlantic Theatre Festival. In a café one day when he was beginning his career in film and TV in Toronto I told him he probably should cut his hair if he wanted to book commercials. ‘God, what have I gotten myself into!’ he said and dropped his head onto the counter. Stunned. A terrific actor who did book good roles Darren said it caused too much anxiety, so he began writing. Now a published novelist having written Flight and Creeps. We salute Darren’s hard work in writing those novels, his persistence in getting them published and his example to all of us that we’re capable of doing many different things. More success to you, Darren!

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Sarain Boylan

Sarain Boylan

Currently shooting her second season on BURDEN OF TRUTH, Sarain began her film and TV career playing the lead in the indy feature HAYSEED. Highly regarded by her peers in the industry both for her no holds barred acting and her stand to be treated with respect. Long before this current movement against women being unfairly treated Sarain was saying No. And being made to pay for it. She has always fought back against humiliation and refuses to take abuse. Ever. Salute to Sarain for the many original roles she has created and for being a beacon to others by demanding her right to be.

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Jake Epstein

Jake Epstein

Success, success and more success. Jake keeps raising the bar in quality and quantity of work. Just to name three of his best-known shows – DEGRASSI, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, SUITS – barely touches the work he has done. On Broadway, Jake created the role of Gerry Goffin in the long-running hit BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. As a professional he follows the hallmark plan of: audition, work, practice. Best to you Jake to keep going on this road. And, I have the great joy of coaching him.

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Severn Thomson

Severn Thomson

Severn has done lots of TV including SAVING HOPE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, BOMB GIRLS, but the theatre is where she really has shown her talent. As a DORA award winner for direction and a creator of many beautiful roles she has a high place in the community. She embodies two best qualities: honesty and humility. Her straightforwardness is respected and appreciated by all. Her mother and father, Ann Anglin and Paul Thompson, have held the flag of new and independent Canadian work high and Severn continues to keep that flag flying by making the art and culture of this country useful to the people who live and work here. Congratulations on all your work and best wishes for continued success.

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Perry Schneiderman

Perry Schneiderman

Perry has put his mark on generations of actors in Canada. First, by teaching and running The National Theatre School of Canada and second, by teaching and running the Ryerson Theatre School. He has the knowledge of what makes a modern theatre school. He always put the work first - meaning: the actor, acting, how does one create a character and make it believable. He still does that and in face of new trends where institutions want numbers to attend their drama school at the expense of quality and others who preach self-expression at the expense of rigorous classical conservatory training. Perry is a funny guy. That comes through in his expertise in mask, improv, Commedia and all things comedy. He’s new school and not old school when it comes to knowing what is needed to be a professional actor. Hats off to Monsieur Schneiderman!!

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Michael Rudder

Michael Rudder

I knew Michael in my days in Montreal up to 1979 when Haig, me and Michael pretty well made up the young English actor contingent. A good actor, lovely guy and we re-print Michael’s post to support him and publicize the terrible treatment he has received from ACTRA, insurance companies, the government and more. To you Michael, respect and warm greetings.

"Ten years on, it's a bitter anniversary for this survivor. It's the anniversary of the loss of my once healthy, even beautiful body, the loss of my career, my previously healthy retirement fund and my peace of mind and hope for the future. It's the day that reminds me that my own country and my adopted province did nothing, offered nothing, never stood up for me in any way; that my own union insurance company, after years of being one of it's highest earners, offered me paltry compensation for a period of three months, then threatened to sue me for finishing studio contracts I had to honour, contracts I completed while bleeding from one of my wounds, because I was too stoned on the over prescribed medications I was on and unable to fill in the paperwork. (They eventually just robbed my insurance reserves for as much as they could and cut off my benefits.. Go ACTRA!) I just went back to bed.

I remain amazed that not one of the hundreds of thousands of Pakistani Canadians ever reached out a hand to help, that Pakistan has still not accepted what the international community knows, that Pakistani intelligence was entirely responsible for the training, planning and coordination of the attacks.
In fact the Pakistani Canadian community organized and sponsored the visit to Mississauga, Ontario for the man on whose lands the idiots that murdered and maimed in Mumbai were trained and outfitted.
At the same time I give thanks for the support of the Actor's Fund of Canada, and thus all those that contribute to it, to my dear sister Jennifer and my brother-in-law Andrew, to my good friends Rachel and and Mary Ann and Ian and Liz and Richard and Deborah and Heather and Bonnie, to Don and Mollye and Arthur, à Madeleine, Terry, to the mysterious angels, to The Dove Foundation, to Linda and Ben, to Kia, and to all who supported the benefit in Toronto and to all who reach out, with love and kind words and in every way.
Thanks forever to Shibani, and Gautam and Ma Sachdeva, to Mona Doc, who were all so incredibly kind to me in Mumbai.

I apologize to all those who have felt my wrath in these last years. I didn't used to have a wrathful temper. 

But now I know why the chained dog always has the most fearsome bark.

In loving memory of Allan and Naomi, and all those who died and were wounded for no good reason."

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