How do you raise 1 million dollars for your theatre?
Dennis Garnhum is the Artistic Director of the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Within a few months of taking on the new job he, along with development team, raised 1 million dollars for the theatre.
Garnhum Grew up in London, and he was 13 years old when he first appeared on stage at the Grand.
Later he was an usher, stage manager and eventually, in 2004, he and his husband, Bruce Sellery (also from London) married in the balcony at The Grand.
Before arriving at the Grand, Dennis was the Artistic Director of Theatre Calgary since 2005 where, as well as developing new plays, he built some impressive partnerships with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the Shaw Festival and Bard on the Beach.
So our conversation leans towards the business of running a theatre and finding a life balance.
The Grand Theatre’s website
Emm Gryner has found the sweet spot between being an independent artist and raising a family.
In her early 20s Gryner had a hit song on the radio, toured with David Bowie and then transitioned to a successful career as an independent artist.
Her writing has been praised by the likes of Bono and we discuss how a songwriting contest led to a radio hit for Gryner. We also explore the difference between writing a “hit” for radio and writing to explore one’s personal feelings.
Gryner was the driving force behind Chris Hadfield’s recording of Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” in outer space, while he was the commander of the International Space Station.
Recently Gryner ventured into the world of musical theatre performing in “Joni Mitchell: River” with Louise Pitre and Brendan Wall. The challenges of musical theatre were new for Gryner who was more accustomed to performing in concerts. But Gryner explains the inspiration she drew from Greg Lowe, who went on to play on Gryner’s upcoming album.
As well as touring to support her own work Gryner, is also the founder of the popular folk act “Trent Severn.”
Watch for Gryner’s upcoming project “Only of Earth,” an 80’s synth-pop and 70’s classic rock-infused album.
Emm Gryner’s website
Emm Gryner on Twitter
Video: Emm Gryner and Joe Sumner celebrate David Bowie at Terminal 5 in New York
Cyrus Lane has appeared in many productions with the Stratford Festival, Outside the March, and CBC TV’s Murdoch Mysteries. We recorded this interview while Cyrus was rehearsing for his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in Ross Petty’s “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!” at the Elgin theatre in Toronto.
At this year’s Stratford Festival he appeared in “Timon of Athens,” “The Changeling” and “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” all of which received consistently glowing reviews.
But it was his work in last year’s “Macbeth” where I first saw his excellent comedic chops.
Lane, is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
In our podcast Lane discusses his work as an understudy to Ian Lake’s Macbeth. Lane was given very short notice before he took on the role at Stratford’s legendary festival stage. He played the role for two weeks and describes the role of Macbeth as being “the loneliest part ever written.”
Cyrus Lane on Twitter
Interview with Joanne O’Sullivan
Tickets and details for “A Christmas Carol the Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose!”
Tickets and details for “Bunny” at Tarragon Theatre