Author Archives: Keith Tomasek

Charlotte Gowdy: Actor, Director


Charlotte Gowdy is a graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal and Ecole Philipe Gaulier in Paris. As an actor, she’s played lead roles at the Shaw Festival and theatres across Canada.

These days she’s making a career transition, following her heart’s desire to direct!

As well as a career transition, Charlotte has gone through some personal transformations including quitting alcohol and becoming a vegan.

This episode is packed with great tips for actors and directors. Charlotte shares what she’s learned working with the critically acclaimed artistic directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll and Jillian Keiley.

Charlotte, who is also a competitive athlete, shares some of the secrets to maintaining a healthy lifestyle while working under the precarious conditions of freelance life.

She also discusses her work directing Anna Chatterton’s “Within the Glass” with Troubadour Theatre Collective.

Details, Details:
Within the Glass
Troubadour Theatre Collective
London On.
Final performance Sunday Sept. 23rd.
For tickets click: OnStageDirect

Charlotte Gowdy on Instagram

Troubadour Theatre Collective.

National Theatre School

Ecole Philippe Gaulier

Fanshawe College Theatre Arts

Sheridan College B.A. of Theatre and Drama Studies

BOOKS and THINGS. Click on the image for links:

The Plant-based Power Diet: 10 Simple Steps To A Healthier Leaner Energetic You by Leslie Beck.

Green for Life: The Updated Classic on Green Smoothie Nutrition
by Victoria Boutenko.

Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
by Julieanna Hever and Raymond J. Cronise.


23 and Me


Johnny Thompson: Magician

Johnny Thompson is one of the most respected minds in magic. These days he works with Penn & Teller on both their TV show “Fool Us” and their show at the Rio in Las Vegas.

His passion for show business began at a young age, and he was drawn to a carny sideshow. Thompson shares the story of the evolution of his career from a pitchman to sewer worker, jazz musician, orchestrator and magician.

Along the way, Thompson refined both his comedy and magical skills which led to the creation of his nightclub act The Great Tomsoni & Co.

When was the last time you had the chance to spend fifty minutes with a living legend? It was an honour for me to hear Johnny trace his roots in the history of American magic, through this conversation about his life.

Thompson’s secrets have been collected in a two-volume publication: “The Magic of Johnny Thompson.”

It includes contributions from magicians Teller and Lance Burton both of whom learned significantly from Thompson and both of whom we discuss in the interview. Other magicians who come up in the interview include Piff the Magic Dragon, Marshall Brodien and the inventor of the “bra trick:” Howard Brooks.

Get details about the “The Magic of Johnny Thompson” and watch archival video at Magicana.

Fool Us on Twitter
The oldest continuously family-run magic shop in North America: Magic Inc.
The Magic Castle
Lance Burton’s website
Piff the Magic Dragon’s website

Andrew Thomas: Principal at The Ticketing Institute

Andrew Thomas is the man behind the Ticketing Institute. In this interview he explains how he helps people improve audience development and that means more new people attending more shows, more often.

Andrew is also the force behind the Ticketing Professionals Conference and a board member of the International Ticketing Association.

If you produce plays or any kind of show, you’ll enjoy this episode.

From the latest ticket selling API integrations on London’s West End to a fabulous ticketing tool that can save you thousands of dollars, this episode is all about ticketing! Can you tell I’m a bit of a ticket selling Nerd?

Follow Andrew on Twitter.
The Ticketing Institute Website.
Ticketing Professionals Conference Birmingham, UK 21-22 March 2019.
Tickera WordPress Plugin – no requirement to collect fees and or pay a third party.
Vorb – A live, interactive orb of videos for bringing people together.