Ensemble Teaching Team (Movement/Choreography) - 1st Years
Julia’s dance career had taken her across artistic boundaries into theatre, music, design and visual art. Julia was a performer with Dancemakers, under the Artistic Direction of Serge Bennathan for 15 seasons; an experience that inspired and shaped her ever widening view of what dance can be. With various communities, Julia works as a freelance artist, rehearsal director and teacher, focusing on learning about the human body in motion.
Indigenous Theatre History - 1st Years
Business of the Arts - 2nd & 3rd Years
Denise Bolduc has an extensive background as an artistic director, producer, coordinator, arts administrator, facilitator and presenter. With over 20 years experience in the arts and cultural sectors, she is recognized for her directorship of international, multi-disciplinary arts events and festivals. Notable projects include: establishing the first international contemporary arts festival Planet IndigenUs, the Global Spirits Showcase, Copycamp and Aboriginal Voices...The Concert Series. Recent activities include the Canadian tour liaison for Moana & the Tribe and producer of the Toronto premiere production of Kisageetin - A Cabaret by Tomson Highway.
Bolduc is also recognized for her work as a multi-disciplinary Arts Officer at the Ontario Arts Council and as a Music and Dance Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts. She has worked in a number of positions with a multitude of organizations including: Native Earth Performing Arts, the Aboriginal Music Project, the Association for Native Development in the Performing Arts, the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, Cahoots Theatre, Thunderbird Centre, Crows Theatre, the Creators Rights Alliance, HOT DOCS, and many others. Bolduc has a background in audio production and engineering, theatre production and project development. She is a board member of REEL Canada, Forbes Wild Foods and the imagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival. She presently is in production on her first documentary film honouring the life of dancer/choreographer Rene Highway.
Joe Di Mambro:
Acting/Auditioning for the Camera - 2nd & 3rd Years
Joe has worked for Warner Brothers, Sony Pictures, Lion’s Gate, Showtime, Lifetime, Alliance, Canadian Film Centre, Fireworks Entertainment, Fox, CBC, Equity Showcase and The Factory Theatre (Toronto). He has appeared in more than 17 movies, 15 TV shows and 8 theatre productions; he’s also worked with Tom Berenger (True Blue), Tia Carrere (Relic Hunter), David Carradine (Kung Fu-The Legend Continues), Paul Gross (Due South), Troy Duffy (Boondock Saints 2 – All Saints Day) and David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch). Joe has toured with YPT (Young People’s Theatre) in Toronto and has also performed in casts of the longest running off-Broadway show Tony & Tina’s Wedding in Toronto, Baltimore and Las Vegas productions. He has filmed in Canada, United States, Italy, The Czech Republic and Thailand.
Recently, Joe has embarked on expanding his acting career to include writing and directing. With his own production company, Film Warrior, Joe has written, produced and directed his first short film, Ciao Eh, which has toured short film festivals internationally.
Ensemble Teaching Team (Director)/Voice & Story Creation/Introduction to Shakespeare - 1st Years & Shakespeare Scene Study - 2nd & 3rd Years
Jani Lauzon is a multi-disciplinary artist of Metis ancestry. She is a three time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actress, a three time Juno nominated singer/songwriter and a Gemini Award winning puppeteer and an award winning screen actress. Jani has countless theatre, film and radio credits to her name. Memorable theatre appearances include; Cordelia/Fool in the NAC Aboriginal production of King Lear, Shylock in Merchant of Venice (SITR) and Yvette in the NAC production of Mother Courage, directed and adapted by Peter Hinton. She was a member of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Acting Company for three years. Television guest appearances include Saving Hope, Destiny Ridge and Conspiracy of Silence. Her first short film ‘eu-tha-nas-sia’ is currently showing at festivals. Jani also teaches a variety of classes for various organizations. She was responsible for developing a 4 year curriculum in Mime, Mask and Puppetry for the Claude Watson School for the arts junior campus in the early 1980’s. She is currently involved in collaborating with Debajehmujig Theatre Group and the Royal Conservatory of Music to develop an Artist-Educator Instructors course based on Aboriginal World View.
Story Creation - 1st Years, Monologues & Rants - 2nd Years
Lee Maracle is a member of the Sto:lo Nation of British Columbia. Ms. Maracle is the author of a number of critically acclaimed literary works including: Sojourner’s and Sundogs, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Daughters Are Forever, Will’s Garden, Bent box, and Celia’s song, I Am Woman and is the co-editor My Home As I Remember , Telling It: Women and Language across Culture. Maracle is currently an instructor at the University of Toronto. She is Traditional Teacher for First Nation’s. In 2009, Maracle received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. Maracle recently received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Maracle has served as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and the University of Western Washington. Work in progress Memory Serves and other Words and Talking to the Diaspora will be published this fall. Maracle also received the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Stage Management, Technical Theatre - 1st Years
April is a multifaceted artist working in the diverse fields of storytelling, theatre stage management, fight choreography and martial arts. Most recently, she was the fight director for the Dora award winning play Tom at the Farm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. April was also guest storyteller at Toronto Storytelling festival performing at the Gladstone. She continues to direct and provide technical support for several theatre projects in the Toronto District School Board.
Contemporary Indigenous Dance - 2nd Years
Based in Toronto, Alejandro Ronceria is of native heritage from Columbia. He is one of the founders of Chinook Winds Aboriginal Dance Program at The Banff Centre. Ronceria’s internationally acclaimed work explores Aboriginal themes and aesthetics. His own stage productions include The Jaguar Project and Ayahausca Dreams, which have been presented at national venues such as the Canada Dance Festival and the Du Maurier World Stage Festival. His films have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Ronceria choreographed for the 1997 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards; was the artistic director for the Spirit in the Sun Festival in Phoenix, Arizona; choreographer for TRIBE, a musical in Minneapolis; and artistic director for the Gala Performance of Nunavut’s opening ceremony.
Acting Fundamentals, Voice for Actors - 1st Years, Voice & Movement/Voice & Text - 2nd Years
Imelda is an actor, director, and teacher. She is an artist interested in multidisciplinary works combining clown, physical theatre, puppetry and traditional theatre. She is the co-founder of “Blue Like An Orange Productions”. A theatre company that offers theater workshops to kids and teenagers. The company also produces original theatre pieces and puppet theatre for young audiences. She has worked professionally in film, television and theater in Canada and abroad, including appearing as a guest star in two films by award winning Filipino director Carlitos Sequion Reyna. Both films showed in International Film Festivals around the world and has won various awards. She has also taught in various universities and studios across Canada and abroad including York University, Randolph, Vancouver Film School, West Virginia University and Wright State University.
Acting/Scene Study - 2nd & 3rd Years, Audition Technique, Solo Playwriting - 3rd Years
Ed’s various activities as a theatre practitioner include directing, writing, devising, dramaturgy,
acting, teaching, lecturing, and producing. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and nominations including, The Pauline McGibbon Award for Directing, Dora Award for Outstanding Direction (Including five Dora nominations for Outstanding Direction) Three Dora Awards for Outstanding Productions (Including four Dora nominations for Outstanding Productions), Chalmers Play writing Award (Including two nominations), As an actor Ed was nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in Video Cabarets' The Life and Times of Mackenzie King. His is also the proud recipient of Toronto’s Harold Alternative Theatre Award. He is a founding member of the Agokwe Collective. His productions and plays have toured extensively throughout Canada and internationally.
Physical Theatre - 2nd & 3rd Years
Directing Credits Include: The Bald Soprano (Dora Award for Outstanding Direction), The Chairs, Loot, Black Comedy, The Real Inspector Hound, What the Butler Saw (Soulpepper Theatre) ; No Exit, The Human Voice, The Elephant Song (Stratford Festival); Fronteras Americanas (Soulpepper/Tarragon Theatre/Vancouver Playhouse/M.T.C./The Festival Des Amerique); The Sisters Rosensweig (Harold Green Theatre); 7 Stories (Neptune Theatre); Proof (Centaur Theatre); La ira de Ernesto y Ernestina (Havana International Theatre Festival); Having Hope at Home (Theatre Aquarius); The Hobbit (Y.P.T.); A Year with Frog and Toad (M.T.Y.P/Citadel Theatre); Dib and Dob (Roseneath Theatre); Derailed (Stiletto Company/Factory Theatre) Dora Nomination Outstanding Direction.
Acting Credits Include: Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dora Award Nomination for Best Actor) ; Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Centaur Theatre); Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage); Nagg in Endgame (Soulpepper Theatre); Berkley in Possible Worlds (Theatre Passe Muraille/National Arts Centre/Neptune Theatre).
Teaching Credits Include: University of Windsor; George Brown Theatre School; York University; Humber College; University of Toronto; Equity Showcase; Theatre Ontario; Waterloo University; University of Guelph and four years with The Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
Indigenous Plays/Scene Study - 2nd Years
Herbie has played many roles throughout his twenty year career, both on stage and on film. Herbie’s best-known stage roles include: Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, Norval Morrisseau in Copper Thunderbird, a Wickersham brother in Seussical the Musical and Joseph in Dance Me Outside and The Rez. Directing credits include: The Rememberer (MTYP), Someday (NEPA), Tales of an Urban Indian (Public Theatre NYC, Autry Theatre LA) and Dinky (NEPA). Herbie’s play Russell’s World was honoured to be the first play to be asked to the Magnetic North Festival without having been produced first. Herbie has also written for television shows including Buffalo Tracks and Tipi Tales, a show that also uses his performing talents as a puppeteer and voice talent. As a teacher, he has spent time in inner city high schools, private schools, universities and many theatre companies.
Technical Theatre - 1st Years
An honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1986, Gabriella has been creating and collaborating in community-based arts projects, designing set, costume, mask and props for theatre. She is a Dora Nominated artist and has designed for Debajehmujig Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Kahawi Dance Theatre, the Imaginative Film Festival Gala, "Sovereign Alliances" and "The Road", written and directed by Herbie Barnes, and "Wisakedjak" written by Paula Sherman and Alanis King, who also co-directed w Alexandro Ronceria. - Mazinaw Rocks. At CIT, Caruso is a design instructor and has co-created the First Year Mentorship Program in Theatre Design. She has also co-designed set, costume, props and mask for CIT’s Showcases and Year End Shows since 2004.
Movement & Dance - 1st Years
Born in Berwick, Nova Scotia, Bill Coleman studied dance at the Doreen Bird School of Theatre Dance in London, England. His professional career started in 1979 with Sir Anton Dolin of the Dublin City Ballet. Since then, he has created over 50 works and performed with many companies including: Wiesbaden Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, The Martha Graham Dance Company and William Douglas Danse. In New York in 1988, Mr. Coleman received the Jerome Foundation’s First Light Award for Baryshnikov: The Other Story.
His works include: Zorro (nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award), Shane, The Iowa Sheep Buggery Trials, Glory Days, Monsters Midway and Heartland (a solo piece which inspired the filmmaker Laura Taler to create a documentary on Coleman’s work and life). Heartland, the film, was awarded Best Dance Film at the Toronto Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Best Experimental Film at Toronto’s HOT DOCS. It airs regularly on BRAVO.
Mr. Coleman has also been commissioned to create dances for Toronto Dance Theatre, Dancemakers and Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre. He regularly collaborates with diverse groups and communities in the creation of one-of-a-kind theatrical events. These have included work with the Ojibway community of Heron Bay, the International Trade Club of Toronto, Pedahbun Lodge Residential Addiction Treatment Centre and various schools. In 1996, Coleman created Welcome Back, Buffalo Bill, a three-act wild west show with Vietnam veteran and pow wow dancer Boye Ladd.
He is the co-founder of Bill Coleman & His North American Experience with composer John Oswald, Heartland Events with Michael Caplan and Coleman/Lemieux & Compagnie with his wife Laurence Lemieux. In 2002 Bill received the Canada Council Jaqueline-Lemieux Prize. Mr. Coleman was selected on the basis of his considerable contribution to Canadian dance. Bill Coleman has provided choreography for many of CIT’s productions, including The Rez Sisters in April 2008 and Coyote City in May 2009.
Movement & Choreography (Indigenous Performance & StoryWeaving) 2nd & 3rd Years
Penny Couchie (Anishinaabe) is a dancer, actor, teacher and choreographer from Nipissing First Nation, Ontario. She holds an Honors BA in Aboriginal Studies and Drama from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
Penny has performed as a dancer and theatre artist in principal roles both nationally and internationally. She has guest taught at universities and colleges throughout Canada and the US, including the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, where she has been a faculty member since 1998. From 1998 to 2003 she participated in the Aboriginal Dance Project at the Banff Centre for the Arts as a student, choreographer and teacher.
Her most recent choreography includes the premiere of her newest full length dance theatre work, When Will You Rage? at the Capitol Centre, North Bay, Ontario, The Port Key and You Promised, I Lied, directed by Muriel Miguel for the Centre for Indigenous Theatre; Like An Old Tale for Jumblies Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Outta' The Woods, directed by Muriel Miguel for the Centre For Indigenous Theatre, Toronto; Manaabekwe, a co-choreography with Christine Friday O’Leary at the Temagami Gathering in Bear Island, Ontario, Red Romance, directed by Muriel Miguel and A Bridge of One Hair for Jumblies Theatre performed at the Harbourfront Centre. Currently she has just completed work on a three year community engaged dance theatre work, Dances of Resistance .
In 2001, she co-founded Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance with Alejandro Ronceria, a dance collective committed to the creation of compelling and innovative new dance works, based in Toronto, Ontario. In 2007 she co-founded Aanmitaagzi, an Aboriginal professional multi-arts company specializing in community engaged arts based in her home of Nipissing First Nation, Ontario.
Stage Combat - All Years
Casey Hudecki is a Toronto based Actress, Stunt Performer, Fight Coordinator and Stage Combat Instructor. Casey has a Theatre Specialist degree from the University College Drama Program at University of Toronto. As an Actress, Casey's Film and Television credits include the lead role in Devil's Mile; Principle roles on Saving Hope, Lost Girl, Nikita, and King.
Casey is a Certified Instructor and Fight Director with Fight Director's Canada. She is the first woman to be credited with Fight Direction at the Stratford Theatre Festival, and has directed fights for amateur and professional companies across Toronto. Casey is also active in Film and Television as a Fight Coordinator and a Stunt Double. Casey is a founding member of Riot A.C.T., an action creation team who have won twelve awards for their action film shorts, including Female Action Performer of the Year for Casey at the Action On Film Festival in Los Angeles 2009. Casey is the founder of TEMPER: Combat Performance Arts, and is passionate about teaching the art of stage combat with enthusiasm and specificity.
Term 1 - Ensemble Teaching Team (Acting/Improv) - 1st Years
Jane Luk is an actor, writer, comedian, improviser, producer and director. Jane recently appeared in Kim’s Convenience for Soulpepper, Saw lll, Blood and Water and will be filming an episode of Murdoch Mysteries. Jane wrote and performed ‘The Fabulous Smokey Topaz Multimedia Extravaganza’, ‘How to be More Chinese’ and is the founding member ‘The Wrecking Crew’. Jane is an instructor of drama and improv at Young People’s Theatre, Second City, Bad Dog Theatre, Theatresports Toronto and many arts events. This will be Jane’s second year of Ensemble Teaching at Centre for Indigenous Theatre.
Jane is a four-time nominee for the Canadian Comedy Awards for Funniest Female Improvisor and a recipient of a Dora Award and Chalmers Award.
Voice & Text - 3rd Years
Gerry Trentham has an MFA in Performance and a Graduate Voice Diploma from York University and has taught voice, movement and acting, directed and choreographed productions throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. As a core member of Canada's National Voice Intensive over the last 15 years, he has become one of only a few dance and movement educators whose expertise bridges deeply into voice and speech. His work focuses on voice, movement and speech integration. The work encourages choice, range and precision in performed action and aligns the body/voice with intention, language, presence and power.
Hailing from Drumheller, Alberta, is founder and Artistic Director of pounds per square inch (lbc/sq') performance. Mr. Trentham has created over 30 works for the stage including three full evening works. He wrote, choreographed and directed, Autobiography: Chapters One through Five (2003) and Cathedral (1998), which was listed in Toronto's Globe and Mail and Now Magazine as one of the top ten best new works of that year and Four Mad Humours (2011), which simultaneously premiered in Buffalo and Toronto, then Chicago and Montreal, connected by live video streaming. It received a 2011 Toronto Dora Award Nomination for outstanding performance by Linnea Swan.
Mr. Trentham performed extensively throughout North America and Europe in the works of many of Canada's most prominent contemporary choreographers including a seven year tenure with Serge Bennathan's Dancemakers. He was internationally acclaimed for his performance in Bennathan's Chronicales of a Simple Life. The New York Time dance critic, Anna Kisselgoff, called his performance "remarkably lyrical" and Clive Barnes of the New York Post wrote "...powerfully acted by the outstanding Gerry Trentham". Six works in which he has originated roles have been nominated for and/or received Toronto Dora Awards.