Monthly Archives: June 2015

Jillian Keiley: Director


PortraitDirector Jillian Keiley is originally from Newfoundland, currently she is the Artistic Director at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

We met at The Stratford Festival where Jillian directed Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

We talk about how tough it is to direct a powerful script, that has touched so many people’s lives. We also discuss how Jillian approached the playwright with her own alterations to the script.

In the past few years Jillian has auditioned over 800 actors, so she shares her audition process…and a few awkward audition moments.

Show Notes:
The Diary of Anne Frank at The Stratford Festival
Reviews of the Diary of Anne Frank at The Stratford Festival
The National Arts Centre
Catalyst Theatre
Mark Critch on Twitter

Martha Chaves: Comedian, Activist & Playwright

Comedian Martha Chaves has been headlining comedy clubs for 20 years. The Nicaragua-born Canadian comedian is a regular on the CBC Radio show “Because News.”

She is also a keynote speaker using her poignant sense of humor to raise awareness about serious issues, including sexuality and oppression.

Martha has also used her way with words and unique perspective on politic to write plays

We discusses all of this and more.

Show Notes
Martha Chaves’ Website
Aluna Theatre
Alameda Theatre Company
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Because News at CBC Radio

Michael Bate: Satirist and publisher of Frank magazine

The Ottawa edition of Frank, a satirical magazine launched in 1989, has been called a “gossip rag” or “scandal magazine.” Regardless it remains very popular with a loyal audience.

In this episode, satirist and Frank magazine publisher, Michael Bate and I discuss Mike Duffy’s long, and legal history with Frank Magazine.

Duffy went from suing Bate to later acting as an informant.

We discuss the media coverage of the Mike Duffy trial and the role of satire plays in society.

We also talk about National Lampoon editor Tony Hendra’s motto “nothing is sacred.

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Show Notes
Frank Magazine Ottawa Edition
Jennifer Ditchburn on Twitter
Christie Blatchford at The National Post
Glen McGregor, at The Ottawa Citizen