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Playwright, Actor: Michael Healey

After graduating from Ryerson’s Theatre School, Michael Healey acted in various productions before he wrote “Kicked.” He produced and performed the one-act monologue at the Toronto Fringe Festival and toured with it, subsequently exploring playwrighting further.

Healey’s impressive career trajectory includes writing “The Drawer Boy,” one of the most-produced Canadian plays in North America. He’s also adapted works for the Stratford Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company.

In our podcast, you’ll hear Healey explain how being a member of the acting company at the Blyth Festival led to the creation of a life-changing play. It was his time at the Blyth Festival, with Miles Potter and others collaborating on the collective creation “The Farm Show,” that inspired Healey to write “The Drawer Boy.” An international success that The Guardian called “a landmark in Canadian theatre.”

It’s hard to believe now, but Healey says he was on the brink of abandoning his career in theatre when he wrote that play. Healey opens up about the depression he felt after graduating from Ryerson and how he managed to overcome it.

Also in this podcast, you’ll learn how Healey works with actors during the rehearsal process, and why he leaves a box of Tic-Tacs on the table at rehearsals.

Healey explains why he sought legal counsel after the Tarragon Theatre cancelled his play about Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, “Proud,” and how grateful he is to playwrights across the country who supported him as he drew from a personal line of credit to mount his own production.

Towards the end of the podcast you’ll hear one of the best-ever audition stories that occurred the Shaw Festival.

SHOW NOTES

Michael Healey on Twitter
Miles Potter on Twitter
Paul Wells at Macleans
John Ibbitson on Twitter
The Stratford Festival
The Shaw Festival
The Blyth Festival
Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman in conversation at the Paley Center – on YouTube.

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Susan Gilmour: Singer, actress

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Susan Gilmour is an internationally acclaimed singer and actress.

She is currently performing in “Footloose” at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge, On. and will be appearing there again from Nov. 23 – Dec. 24 in “Sister Act.”

She’s best know for playing Fantine in “Les Miserables” on Broadway and at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Susan also played Fantine in the Los Angeles production, where she was nominated for the Robby Award “Best Supporting Actress,” and she performed with the international Touring Company in Singapore, Cape Town South Africa, Hong Kong and Seoul Korea.

In the podcast we discuss the time, early in her career, Susan lost a job as a cruise ship entertainer, listen and find out why she was kicked off the ship.

Despite the cruise ship experience, Susan’s passion for singing pop music provided a foundation for her success in musical theatre along with her training at Grant MacEwan College, the Edmonton Musical Theatre and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

We also discuss her work at The Stratford Festival with director Peter Hinton.

Show Notes

Susan Gilmour’s website
“Footloose” runs until Oct. 30.
“Sister Act” runs from Nov 23 – Dec 24.
MacEwan University – Theatre Arts
Edmonton Muiscal Theatre
Citadel Theatre
The American Musical and Dramatic Academy

Special thanks to The Bruce Hotel where we recorded our conversation.
The Bruce is Stratford’s most luxurious hotel, offering unparalleled service.own-backyard-stratford-festival-4

Writer, actor: Ins Choi remastered

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In our conversation we trace the roots of “Kim’s Convenience” from a short sketch to a play the New York Times’s Jesse Green reviewed favourably adding: “The actors were crying. I cried, too. This was not just the magic of the fine performances, particularly Mr. Lee’s, under the direction of Weyni Mengesha. It was also my belated recognition that the story was, in part, my own.”

“Kim’s Convenience” had its debut performance at the Bathurst St. Theatre in Toronto during the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival.

As a former Fringe Festival performer myself, the fact that “Kim’s Convenience” has gone on to such great success is inspiring, and I really hope that this interview will inspire you too.

“Kim’s Convenience” follows in the footsteps of Fringe shows including “Life After,” “Da Kink in My Hair,” “Machomer,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and others that have gone onto great things.

We talk about the time in his life when Ins gave up a job with security, benefits and a housing allowance, everything that would have set him up for a traditional life, but it wasn’t a job in the Arts which Ins knew he needed to truly enjoy life.

We also talk about his time onstage, acting at The Stratford Festival and his time backstage where he wrote Kim’s Convenience.

If you’re a regular listener to the podcast you know I have a 10 year old son and I’m always curious about how family influences the creative voice, so Ins and I start out by talking about his Father who was a pastor and the impact that had on Ins when he was young.

Show Notes
Soulpepper
Toronto Fringe
fu-GEN Asian Canadian theatre Company
The Stratford Festival
Kim’s Convenience at CBC TV

Kim’s Convenience in New Yourk
Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd St.
Midtown West
Final performance Friday, July 14, 7:30 pm
Click here for tickets