THE SHAKESPEARIENCE GROUP - FOUNDERS CIRCLE
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MATTHEW FLEMING - RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHER
Matthew is a young, passionate artist working in many fields from music, to poetry, to photography. He loves the idea of storytelling, and seeks to create and capture incredible moments from the combined imaginations of the people he works with, and the stories he shares. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Dramatic Arts, and a Masters of Social Justice & Community Engagement. Through his education, Matthew has learned that stories are not always told, but more often shown; his mission as a photographer is to capture just how beautiful YOUR story is, and to make your photos brighter, one smile at a time.
KYLE VILLENEUVE - ACTOR
Kyle grew up in Ottawa, where he started performing in community theatre and school productions. After getting a theatre degree from Brock University, Kyle moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the arts. Kyle has a background in sketch comedy, having performed in bars, basements and backrooms across the GTA as a founding member of the sketch troupe Lonely Cake, arguably the best sketch troupe ever that has cake in it's name. Kyle has also spent several years working in theatre for young audiences, and has toured to countless cities and towns across Ontario, performing for thousands of young people. Kyle both thanks and blames his family and friends for encouraging the kind of behavior that have led him to a career in the arts.
MARLENE MATOS-JONES - ACTOR
Originally from London, On, this Toronto based and classically trained thespian graduated with honours and a bachelor’s degree in Acting from the University of Windsor. She has been performing theatre since the age of 10 when she attended a school for the arts and continued in that direction until graduating high school as a company member in West Side Story for The Grand Theatre’s inaugural High School Project production. Since university, Marlene has had the joy of performing in such venues as the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, The Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, The Grand Theatre, Berkeley Street Theatre and Hart House Theatre in various musical, Shakespearean and modern theatrical roles. Marlene has also enjoyed a strong career in the commercial field appearing in ads for Lowes, Ford, Curves, Manulife, ICS Canada and most recently, Home Hardware. She has live and on camera hosting experience. As a proud co-founder of The Shakespearience Group, Marlene gets to work alongside amazingly talented classical actors, writers and directors to bring to life Shakespeare’s works in new in exciting ways.
MIRANDA MACDONALD - ACTOR
Miranda is very excited to be performing some of Shakespeare's works in front of an audience for the first time. Originally a Newfoundlander; she graduated from Sheridan College in 2007 and is currently working towards in getting her BAA in Music Theatre Performance. Most recent credits include; Olive - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Best Kind Productions), title role in Pinkalicious the Musical (Vital Theatre Company), Crystal and Dance Captain - Back in 59 (Showboat Festival Theatre), Penny - Hairspray, the Musical (MacDonald Productions), Jan - Grease, Rosalie - Carnival, Chorus Member - Pippin and Cabaret (Sheridan Theatre). She is a private vocal coach, Kidzcentric Birthday Party Princess/Hostess and an instructor for Liberty Junction Theatre in Mississauga. She would like to thank Lauren for giving her this opportunity. Love to her new hubby David for all his love and support, and she wouldn't be performing if it wasn't for her two mentors - her mom and dad!
LAUREN SHEPHERD - ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Lauren Shepherd is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. She holds a BA (Honours) in Dramatic Arts from Brock University, and an MFA (with Distinction) in Staging Shakespeare from Exeter University. While studying abroad, Lauren’s passion for Shakespearean performance grew as she was given the opportunity to play such roles as Beatrice, Trinculo, King Alonso, Volumnia, Balthasar, Cassius, and more. She explored the use of voice on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe in Bankside under the tutelage of Stewart Pearce, Philip Bird, and Trevor Rawlins during her time there. Lauren participates in a number of conferences each year, usually CATR, ASTR, and (biannually) the Blackfriar’s Conference at the ASC in Staunton, VA. Lauren’s current area of study, and impending dissertation, is on the correlation between early modern diagnoses of madness on and off the stage. Lauren is working with archived patient records from the Royal Bethlem Hospital and was granted a research fund (Fernie Award) from The Centre to return to the UK in 2015 to further this research. All of her exciting travel and research has led to Lauren becoming a co-founder of The Shakespearience Group, and she is looking forward to future research and performance projects with her colleagues and collaborators. Please don’t forget to like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter @shxprnuts.