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  • Jerry Etienne
    Program Chair; BFA – Acting, University of Saskatchewan; MFA – Voice and Speech Pedagogy, University of Alberta, Assistant Professor, Acting

    Office: FA316
    Areas of Interests: Jerry has been a professional actor and director for the past 30 years in theatres across the country. Acting highlights include four seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada in such roles as Macbeth in Macbeth, Givola in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Solyony in The Three Sisters. While at Stratford he was the recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award. Other highlights include Billy Bishop in Billy Bishop Goes to War at The Atlantic Theatre Festival, Mozart in Amadeus at Neptune Theatre, Prince Hal in Henry IV Parts One and Two, at Manitoba Theatre Centre, Fritz Haber in Einstein’s Gift at The Grand Theatre, Prospero in The Tempest at Rising Tide Theatre, and Jacob Mercer in 1949, Leaving Home, and Of The Fields Lately at The Gros Morne Theatre Festival. Directing highlights include six years as artistic director of Theatre Newfoundland Labrador where he founded the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, and five years as artistic director of The Atlantic Theatre Festival where he garnered 10 Merritt Award nominations and 5 awards. He has directed and/or taught at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Alberta, Waterloo University, and Acadia University as well as at Grenfell. Jerry is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
  • Alex Fallis
    Office: FA 314
    Areas of Interests: Alex Fallis is a Toronto native who has been a part of the Canadian professional theatre for over thirty years. He is an actor, director, singer and teacher. As a performer and director, he has experience in opera, musical theatre, new Canadian work, classical works and performance art. He has performed at the Shaw Festival, Canstage, Charlottetown Festival, Young Peoples’ Theatre, the Citadel, the Belfry, VideoCabaret, and other theatres, as well as in Asia and Europe. He has acted in and directed shows in school gyms, parks, and vacant lots, as well as more usual theatre spaces. He received a Dora nomination for his performance as Feste in Twelfth Night (Dream in High Park), and toured Asia playing Monsieur Andre in the Livent/Really Useful production of Phantom of the Opera. He is highly experienced in new and collaborative work- he directed and co-created Seamless Songs with Madhouse Theatre (Doors Open Toronto 2005, and the Ottawa Fringe Festival), The Immigrant Years (U. of T.), and Johann’s Cabinet of Wonders, a one-man show (Summerworks). He has been involved in the development of pieces through Native Earth Performing Arts, nightswimming, Canadian Rep, YPT, Praxis Theatre, and the Canadian Stage Company, as well as colleges and universities. Alex was part of the directorial team (with Fides Krucker and Heidi Strauss) for Unfinished Passage at Humber College. He also recently directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the University of Waterloo, using a new Canadian score and translation. He is a highly respected teacher, and is at ease in both the studio and the lecture hall. He was the Theatre History instructor at George Brown College and Humber College for over 10 years, and has taught at Laurentian University, the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, Sheridan College, Claude Watson School of the Arts, and the Charlottetown Festival. He has been a Guest Professor at Memorial University in Corner Brook, Newfoundland since 2011. In 2012, he co-direct the electro-acoustic opera Julie Sits Waiting for Good Hair Day Productions at Theatre Passe Muraille (which received 5 Dora Award nominations, including best production). He has a number of projects in development, including the electro-acoustic theatre piece Dive, and a production of The Play of Daniel with The Toronto Consort.
  • Roy Hansen-Robitschek
    Assistant Professor, Stagecraft

    Office: FA318
    Phone: 6416
    Areas of Interests: roy has been designing sets, costumes and lights for hundreds of plays, in theatres and schools, all across Canada since 1979. He has been Designing and teaching Stagecraft at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook since 1992. His paintings are included in collections, corporate and private, in Canada, The United States and Great Britain. He also builds musical instruments and furniture.
  • Todd Hennessey
    BFA (Acting), MUN; MFA (Directing), U of Calgary
     Associate Professor, Acting, Head of Divison of Fine Arts

    Office: FA316
    Phone: 6397
    Areas of Interests: A professional director for the last 17 years, Todd's focus has been mainly new play development, working with such writers as the award-winning Des Walsh (The Words That Make the Wounded Free, Garland House, Johnny August, The Queen of Swansea), as well as Joan Sullivan (Rose Hoskins), and Gordon Pinsent (Corner Green). Todd has directed for Rising Tide Theatre (Saltwater Moon, Death and the Maiden, Rock and Roll); Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Corner Green) and the Stephenville Festival (Noises Off, Stones in His Pockets).
  • Vickie Marston
    Office: AS 368
    Areas of Interests: Vickie is based out of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and has been working in theatre for over 30 years. She has been the Head of Props for Centaur Theatre, Neptune Theatre and Atlantic Theatre Festival. As a designer she was nominated for a 2012 Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Set Design for Valley Summer Theatre’s production of VIGIL and was the recipient of the 2011 Robert Merritt Award for Out Standing Set Design for The Net at Ship’s Company Design credits include: Hockey Mom Hockey Dad for Neptune Theatre; I, Animal, Communion, and His Greatness for Kazan Productions; Educating Rita, Vigil, Driving Miss Daisy, The Woman in Black, and The Gin Game for Valley Summer Theatre; The Net, Fishing for Frank, The Maritime Way of Life, Diligent River Daughter and Making Contact for Ship’s Company; The Melville Boys and Fire for Live Bait Theatre; Why Torture is Wrong and the People who Love Them, 6 Character Looking for an Author and Antigone for Acadia Theatre Company.
  • Renate Pohl
    BFA (Acting), MUN; MFA (Theatre Design), University of Alberta; SSP12 International Space University, Assistant Professor, Technical Theatre Production

    Office: FA317
    Phone: 6493
    Areas of Interests: Renate is a multidisciplinary artist and professional set, lighting and costume designer with a background in performance and social theatre facilitation. She has worked with numerous companies in Newfoundland (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, RCA Theatre, NAX, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, White Rooster, C2C), as well as in Edmonton, Toronto, and London, UK. Her work in art and space science includes research and publications on the role of art and space in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education, as well as interdisciplinary artistic creation with the European Space Agency for the European Astronaut Centre/International Space Station. The language of light is a key focus in her work in theatre, visual art, creative writing, and space and society research.
  • Michael Waller
    BFA- Acting, Carnegie Mellon University; MFA- Directing, University Of Ottawa, Assistant Professor

    Office: FA 315
    Areas of Interests: Michael is an award-winning director, actor, playwright and teacher. He has been directing professionally for over twenty years Directing highlights include Othello (Dora Nomination- Outstanding Direction) and Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare In The Rough, Eric Woolfe’s Grendelmaus, Dear Boss (Dora Nomination-Outstanding Direction), Sideshow Of The Damned (Canadian Comedy Award Nomination) and The Babysitter (Dora Nomination- Best Production) and Sean Reycrafts Popsong (Chalmers Award Winner). Michael has also directed and taught in learning institutions all over the country These productions include Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure , Dave Carley’s Walking On Water (Ryerson), Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Wilfred Laurier), Bizet’s La Tragedie De Carmen (Banff Centre For The Arts) and Harold Pinter’s The Dumbwaiter (University Of Ottawa). For six years, he has been a member of the Banff Centre’s Opera As Theatre faculty. Michael’s written work has been produced by CBC Radio Drama on numerous occasions. His short one-man play Spring Garden Road has been published in the Playwrights Canada anthology Another Perfect Piece. Michael has Assitantdirected at the Shaw Festival, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Canadian Stage and the Stratford Festival. He is a graduate of the Stratford Festival’s conservatory program and has won the Ken Macdougall Award for most promising director

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