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Stageworthy is a weekly podcast featuring intimate and knowledgeable discussions about art and theatre in Canada. In each episode, host Phil Rickaby talks to theatre artists from different disciplines, about their careers, creative process, and what drew them to the theatre in the first place, from actors to directors to playwrights to stage managers and more. Stageworthy is like chatting with your very knowledgeable theatre friends about the state of theatre in Canada. Episodes arrive every Tuesday, with bonus episodes now and then.

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#308 – Phil Rickaby - An Announcement

Phil Rickaby, host of Stageworthy, announces that after over 300 episodes, he's taking a brief break from the podcast, but he'll be back in a couple of months. www.philrickaby.com Twitter: @philrickaby Instagram: @philrickaby Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/philrickaby Transcript: https://stageworthypodcast.com/308-phil-rickaby-an-announcement/ Stageworthy Survey: https://philrickaby.typeform.com/to/gZOjh8lk Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


5 Oct 2021

Rank #1

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#307 – Scott Emerson Moyle

Scott Emerson Moyle is an intimacy director, educator, visual artist, director, producer, actor, and ship’s captain based in Toronto. He does lots of things for The Boundless Library, mostly involving audio drama and making weird physical objects. He probably has one cat, but there may be more hiding in his beard. His favourite accolade is having been Harolded into the House of Don McKellar. Instagram: @moylesmeticulousminis The Boundless LibraryThe Boundless Library is a groundbreaking way to experience stories. Told across multiple formats and from varied perspectives, each of our transmedia experiences stretch what stories can be. Through complex and interactive narrative forms, our stories might span multiple timelines — or even multiple realities! One fragment of a story might come to you in an exquisitely crafted package filled with unusual relics; another might come as an unnerving audio recording; and a third may come as a digital research dossier. www.theboundlesslibrary.com Instagram: @boundlesslib Twitter: @boundlesslib TikTok: @theboundlesslibrary Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


28 Sep 2021

Rank #2

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#306 – Jacqui Du Toit

An award nominee for the Prix Rideau award and Capital Critics, Jacqui Du Toit is an international theatrical performer and storyteller from South Africa. She has a B.A in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town and has been working extensively as a professional actress, storyteller and arts educator. Her experience covers a wide range of fields including: writing, directing, acting, movement and puppetry. Jacqui immigrated to Canada in 2011 and now resides in Ottawa, where she is the Co-creator of The Origin Arts and community centre and the Creator of 8th Generation Performance. With both of her companies, Jacqui has created numerous community engaged theatrical storytelling productions, including IT IS GOOD - 2018, VALLEY OF STONE - 2017, THE HOTTENTOT VENUS - UNTOLD - 2016 Her most recent theatre performance was in THE OMNIBUS BILL by DARRAH TEITAL, Tactics Theatre festival 2019, directed by Esther Jun and THE DROWNING GIRLS at the GCTC 2018, directed by Bronwyn Steinberg. Twitter: @generation8th Instagram: @jacqui.dutoit Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


21 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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#305 – Keshia Palm & Julia Dickson of The Paprika Theatre Festival

Keshia Palm (she/they) is a Toronto-based Filipinx-Canadian settler from Treaty 6 Territory who seeks to expose, challenge and dismantle systems of oppression by creating thoughtful and inclusive art/spaces. Her creative practice includes dramaturgy, direction, performance, writing and producing. Keshia has developed and performed new works with theatre companies across Canada and is the dramaturge for a number of works in development by IBPOC, queer, women and trans artists. Her digital community arts project Make Me An Alleycat (created with wheels from Claren Grosz) invites people to connect over stories and destinations while social distancing by going for a bike ride. Keshia is a playwright in the 20/21 Hot House Lab at Cahoots Theatre, and a former Factory Foreman. She has been the Online Content Producer for ArtistProducerResource.com at Generator since 2018. Julia Dickson (she/her) is an arts manager, educator, and producer currently based in Toronto. She currently works as the General Manager of the Paprika Festival, with Young People’s Theatre as an Artist Educator, and with Single Thread Theatre Company as their Artistic Producer. Previously, Julia worked with Studio 180 Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and the Festival Players of Prince Edward County. Julia has a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College, and a Bachelor of Education with a focus on Artist in the Community Education from Queen’s University. About PaprikaPaprika Festival is a youth-led professional performing arts organization. Paprika runs year round professional training and mentorship programs that culminate in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists. Paprika generates opportunities for young artists to lead their own creative process with the support of their peers and professional mentors. paprikafestival.com Instagram: @paprikafestival Twitter: @paprikafestival Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


14 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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#304 – Sunny Drake

Sunny Drake’s inventive theatre works have been presented in over 60 cities across the world and translated into 4 languages. His wide range of audiences have spanned international arts festivals, queers in underground warehouses, elderly ladies in regional theatres and young people in drop-in centres.‍Sunny was commissioned by the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Playwrights Guild of Canada and ATFC to write the 2019 World Theatre Day message for Canada. He was awarded the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize 2019 ($25,000) for having a significant impact on performing arts in Ontario, and was a finalist for the K. M. Hunter Theatre Award (2018). www.sunnydrake.com Twitter: @sunny_drake Instagram: @sunny_drake About CHILD-ishFollowing sold-out showings at SummerWorks in 2019 as a theatre play, Sunny Drake brings you the CHILD-ISH web series, shot at Toronto playgrounds. The virtual event will also digitally tour around the world. Virtual Tour Dates and more: https://www.sunnydrake.com/creations/child-ish-web-series Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


7 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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#303 – Debashis Sinha & Maev Beaty

Maev Beaty and Debashis Sinha joined Stageworthy host, Phil Rickaby to talk about Necessary Angel's upcoming audio production of Roland Schimmelpfennig's play The Great Fire. Maev Beaty is a critically-acclaimed actor, writer and voice-over artist. She has originated roles in 23 Canadian premieres (Hannah Bunny, Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife, Michael Healey’s Proud and The Front Page, Judith Thompson’s Palace of the End, Sharon Pollock’s Angel’s Trumpet); co-writing and starring in award-winning theatre (Secret Life of a Mother, Montparnasse, Dance of the Red Skirts); performing in ensembles of epic theatre endeavours (Sheep No Wool/Outside the March/Convergence’s Passion Play, Nightwood’s Penelopiad, Volcano’s Another Africa, TheatreFront’sThe Mill); and interpreting lead classic roles across the country and over five seasons at the Stratford Festival (The Front Page, King Lear, She Stoops to Conquer, School for Scandal). She is a Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award winner, three-time Dora Award winner and twelve-time Dora nominee in both performance and writing, referred to as “the excellent Maev Beaty” by the New York Times. Her film debut (Mouthpiece) was a Special Presentations Opening Film at 2019 TIFF. maevbeaty.comInstagram: @maevbeatyTwitter: @maevbeaty Debashis Sinha’s creative output spans a broad range of genres and media, from solo audiovisual performance projects on the concert stage to the interior spaces between two headphones. Driven by a deep commitment to the primacy of sound, Sinha has developed his creative voice by weaving together his own experience as a 2nd generation south Asian Canadian, his training with master drummers from various world music traditions, a love of electronic and electroacoustic music and technology, and a desire to transcend the traditional expectations of how these streams might intersect and interact. debsinha.comTwitter: @sinhadebSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/debsinha Necessary Angel Theatre Company is one of English Canada’s most vital original creation and touring organizations. The company has a history of innovation and risk taking and engages theatre artists from a variety of disciplines in the creation of new work. An influential and original presence on the national and international theatre scene for over 40 years, the company has produced more than 60 productions, including 30 world premieres and 11 North American premieres. Work created by Necessary Angel has been nominated for and has won Governor General’s Awards for Drama, Chalmers Awards for Outstanding New Play, and numerous Dora Mavor Moore Awards. www.necessaryangel.comTwitter: @necessaryangel The Great Fire: https://www.necessaryangel.com/the-great-fire


31 Aug 2021

Rank #6

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#302 – The Red Sandcastle Theatre & Eldritch Theatre

The Red Sandcastle is a 50 seat storefront theatre, in which_ Anything is Possible!_ In May of 2011, Rosemary Doyle opened the Red Sandcastle Theatre, with the intent of giving theatre artists a canvas. The Red Sandcastle acts as an Artistic Hub to rent for creators in theatre, dance, visual art, and music. 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Red Sandcastle, and brings a new look and new management: long time renter with Red Sandcastle, Eldritch Theatre‘s production and artistic team, Eric Woolfe and Adrianna Prosser, join the Red Sandcastle team as Managing Director and General Manager and will act as Caretakers of the Castle. Adrianna ProsserAdrianna is a Theatre Erindale + Sheridan College Alumnus and award winning storyteller. She joined Eldritch Theatre as their Marketing Monster and Artistic Producer in 2016, marketing and producing Dora award winning shows such as The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy and Space Opera Zero! _as well as adding new programming such as children and adult Dungeons and Dragons camps _Sword and Sorcery School, and online digital theatrical experiences during the COVID-19 theatre blackout. Adding a new layer of support for artists at Red Sandcastle Theatre, with her digital marketing expertise; Adrianna has been teaching digital marketing storytelling at Centennial College since 2017 to both their Arts Management and the Museum Management program, and has been a guest lecturer for Humber College. As well as leading Eldritch Theatre’s marketing, Prosser has led digital marketing for the City of Toronto’s museums, Festival Players, Groundling Theatre, Theatrefront, GhostLight, and many more. Eric WoolfeEric is an actor, playwright, puppeteer and magician, and the Artistic Director and founder of Eldritch Theatre which has been horrifying audiences since 1999 using puppetry, live actors, and parlour magic. His work for Eldritch Theatre includes Dora award winning and nominated works such as Space Opera Zero!, The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy, Frankenstein’s Boy, Madhouse Variations, _and _The Babysitter.  He is resident Dark Arts Professor at Eldritch Theatre’s Sword and Sorcery School, where he is head Dungeon Master and writer of Dungeon and Dragon adventures for the young and young at heart. Some of his other theatre credits include Old Man and the River (Theatre Direct), The Comedy of Errors (Humber River Shakespeare), The Glass Menagerie, Ghosts (Touchmark Theatre) Rocket & the Queen of Dreams, (Roseneath Theatre). Little Shop of Horrors (Canstage), and Timon in Disney’s The Lion King. Rosemary DoyleRosemary founded the Red Sandcastle Theatre in 2011, after being in theatre for 80% of her life and counting. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Theatre Kingston in Kingston, Ontario her home-town.  Notable roles created by Rosemary include, Jane in My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, (Fringe, Mirvish), and A.L.P. for Finnegans Wake (Grand Theatre, Tarragon). Doyle has won seven 24 hour playwriting contests. This love of instant creation inspired her to create the Thousand Monkeys Playwriting Festival  and her Play in a Week Camp that creates a play from nothing to full production in 5 days. Because of her love and talent for creation, she has been referred to as the “patron saint of indie theatre” a nickname she works hard to live up to, even in the government funded theatre world she is navigating now. Rosemary actively acts, directs, builds and designs sets and costumes and, of course, writes plays. We call her our Red Queen Emeritus. redsandcastletheatre.com Instagram: @redsandcastletheatre Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedSandcastle Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


24 Aug 2021

Rank #7

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#301 – Mark Crawford

Mark Crawford is an actor and playwright. His plays are: The New Canadian Curling Club; Boys, Girls, and Other Mythological Creatures; The Birds and the Bees; Bed and Breakfast; and Stag and Doe. Mark's first play, Stag and Doe, premiered at the Blyth Festival in the summer of 2014. The play has received several other professional productions: Neptune Theatre, Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Upper Canada Playhouse, Festival Players of Prince Edward County, Theatre Orangeville, and others. Stag and Doe made its international premiere at Teatr Powszechny, Lodz, Poland in 2019 where it continues to run in rep. As an actor, Mark has performed on stages across the country. Mark grew up on his family's farm near Glencoe, Ontario. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, he now lives in Stratford. Twitter: @markjdcrawford Chase the Ace at Festival Players of Prince Edward County: https://www.festivalplayers.ca/chase-the-ace Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/


17 Aug 2021

Rank #8

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#300 – Retrospective

In this, the 300th episode of Stageworthy, host Phil Rickaby presents a retrospective of some of his favourite episodes from the past 5 years. There have been so many conversations that it would be impossible to present all of the favourites, so we've narrowed it down to 6: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Siobhan Richardson, Philip Akin, Helen Knight, Diana Tso, and Tanisha Taitt. You'll find links to the full episodes of the selected episodes below. Paul Sun-Hyung Lee https://stageworthypodcast.com/62-paul-sun-hyung-lee/ Siobhan Richardson https://stageworthypodcast.com/70-siobhan-richardson/ Philip Akin https://stageworthypodcast.com/152-philip-akin/ Helen Knight https://stageworthypodcast.com/216-helen-knight/ Diana Tso https://stageworthypodcast.com/51-diana-tso/ Tanisha Taitt https://stageworthypodcast.com/210-tanisha-taitt/ Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/

1hr 6mins

10 Aug 2021

Rank #9

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#299 – Neurodiversity & Mental Health in Theatre

Neurodiversity & Mental Health in theatre, a conversation with Alia Ettienne, Emerjade Simms, and Victoria Urquhart. Emerjade Simms is a Jamaican-Canadian actor and storyteller. She is a graduate of the Acting program at the University of Windsor and holds a BFA degree. Emerjade is also a 2016/17 graduate of the Mechanicals program at Factory Theatre. In her career as an actor so far, she has worked with many wonderful people and companies. Select theatre credits include Peter Pan (Bad Hats/Soulpepper), School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Obsidian/Nightwood), Wounded Soldiers (4th Line), The Bird Killer (Let Me In). Television credits include Forbidden, Fear They Neighbor, See No Evil and Paranormal 911. Emerjade enjoys napping in her down time and thanks her family for inspiring her daily. Twitter: @emerbabeInstagram: @em.er.jade Alia Ettienne is a theatre writer, actor, performer and facilitator from Toronto, ON. Ettienne is of Afro Caribbean descent which often influences her performances and writing. Initially, she studied Performance at Sheridan College, moving on to explore Creative Writing and Arts Marketing. Her first solo piece, YellowZoned, premiered in The 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival, remounting in Hamilton,ON on two separate occasions. This led to her being featured in Hamilton’s View’s Magazine. Her creative wellness program, Chill N Do Art, has been running for a total of four years. This workshop series then inspired her to start the Creative Coping Kits Initiative, which attracted the attention of Toronto blog She In The City. Currently, she is most focused on The Creative Coping Kits Initiative, and writing her second full length piece Allow For Release: The Xiety Complex. www.aliaettienne.com**Instagram: @**its_aliaj Victoria Urquhart is a queer, triple-invisibly-disabled neurodiverse artist hailing from Caledon, living and working professionally as an actor, director, artistic director of the Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective and all around creator in theatre and film across Toronto and Ontario. Favourite credits include acting in Chloe Whitehorn's Dressing Amelia, directing Theatre Orangeville's 2019 TYA production of Treeboy and the fringe production, _The Girl In The Photograph. _Tune in to find her playing Vivian in the debut episode of Web of Darkness on T&E this spring. Twitter: @gnitenetInstagram: @g_nitenet Support StageworthyTip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/stageworthyMerch: https://shop.stageworthyproductions.com/

1hr 16mins

3 Aug 2021

Rank #10