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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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.
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Ecole Philippe Gaulier
Fanshawe College Theatre Arts
Sheridan College B.A. of Theatre and Drama Studies
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Mike Shara is one of Canada’s most accomplished actors with multiple seasons at the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival.
In this interview he covers a wide range of topics from his time at the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor to working with Yannick Bisson on the CBC Television series “Murdoch Mysteries.”
Mike opens up about the struggles he faced learning Shakespeare and how he overcame his fear of being perceived as a fraud. He worked hard to improve his craft and went on to work with the acclaimed directors Chris Abraham on “Othello” and John Caird on “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Mike’s worst audition story is a classic and he shares great advice on how to avoid blowing the audition before you even open your mouth.