Colm Feore is one of North America’s top classically trained actors. He’s appeared on stages around the world, on the big screen and television.
In the new Netflix series “Umbrella Academy” Feore plays Sir Reginald Hargreeves who adopts seven babies with miraculous powers and teaches them to be superheroes.
Boasting an all-star cast including fellow Canadian Ellen Page, Mary J Blige, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan and Kate Walsh, “Umbrella Academy” is receiving rave reviews.
The Los Angeles Times says: ‘“The Umbrella Academy” stands out among the countless other superhero series splashed across billboards and your viewing queues.’
The Boston Globe review includes this line “an imaginatively filmed show that follows no formula as it takes on a messed-up family and the roots of trauma.”
In our podcast, we discuss Feore’s stage work on Broadway with Denzel Washington, his work on the film “The Chronicles of Riddick,” with Judi Dench and Vin Diesel and his work at the Stratford Festival.
Colm is married to the very successful director/choreographer Donna Feore, so naturally, I asked him how they manage to have a happy marriage and raise their children while working in locations around the world. Don’t miss my podcast with Donna Feore.
Thanks to Kelly Monaghan, Neil Hawkins and Amanda Hatton for contributing questions!
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We discuss the importance of making a good self-tape for auditions, the growing demand for actors able to meet the demands of experiential theatre and why knowing who you are as a human is the most important thing that informs you as an artist.
Kate has collectively worked on over 40 film/TV productions, and 80 theatrical productions in New York City and across the USA including shows at The Kennedy Center and many others. Kate also works with Celebrity Cruises Productions, casting from live auditions in various cities across North America including Toronto.
She’s also the Head of Education for the Broadway Collective – a training academy for young performers looking to break into the industry.
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Alexis Gordon is one of the young stars of Canadian theatre. Her work at the Stratford Festival (“Carousel,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,”
“Coriolanus,” “The Tempest, and more) has been getting great reviews.
After graduating from the University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art, at the age of 24 Gordon was discovered by Stratford Festival Musical Director Franklin Brasz, and director Donna Feore. In our interview, she admits that she had been singing in the shower and participating in choirs, but it was Brasz and Feore that spotted the potential of her “legit vibrato” at an audition that changed her life.
Since then she’s been a company member at the Stratford Festival, however in the upcoming summer theatre season she’ll be at the Shaw Festival – one of several Stratford Festival company members making the move to Shaw in 2019. In our interview Gordon explains the appeal of working at Shaw under the artistic director Tim Carroll, whom she first worked with at Stratford in “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.”
We also discuss her experience working with the internationally renoun director Robert Lepage at Stratford, just as criticism of cultural appropriation led to the cancellation of his show “SLAV” at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Although Gordon had nothing to do with that show she is a jazz fan and recently released a CD of Jazz and Musical Theatre tunes, making sure to include the work of several Canadians. The CD is available at the Stratford Festival gift shop and Revel, located on Market Place in Stratford.
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