I am a multidisciplinary performer, producer, activist and creator for stage and screen. I am the co chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and VP of Member Engagement for Canadian Actor’s Equity Association. I firmly believe in the principles of diversity and inclusion and look forward to seeing a better representation of people of colour, lgbtq+, Deaf, and disabled stories on our stages and screens. Most recent projects: lulu v4 (Rhubarb Festival), Love’s Labours Lost (Dauntless City Theatre), Chicken Grease is Nasty Business (SummerWorks Festival). Upcoming: Last Dance (web series), Letters to the Universe (Buddies in Bad Times), 22 (writing) and Famous (producing work by fellow alumnae Navneet Kaur). I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Darcy attended the National Theatre School of Canada for acting, graduating in 2013. She joined the Shaw Festival ensemble in 2014. Now in her second season at The Shaw, she plays Hilde Wangel in Ibsen’s “The Lady From the Sea” and Madeline Courteline in the world premiere of “The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt“, by Quebec playwright Michelle Marc Bouchard.
After graduating from ESA, Elizabeth moved to Los Angeles to attend the renowned School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. While completing her BA in Cinema-Television Critical Studies, Elizabeth interned for Lions Gate, Independent Artists Agency, and Jennifer Cooper Casting.
Elizabeth has now ventured out as a producer. She co-founded an indie film production company in 2013 with fellow ESA alumni Mouna Traoré. The Mini Films, Inc. debut short film All of Me premiered at the California Independent Film Festival in San Francisco, 2014. It went on to play at Yellowknife International, Toronto International Shorts Film Fest, Women & Minorities in Media Film Fest, and Newport Beach Film Fest. The film has been selected by CBC’s television program Canadian Reflections and will be featured online and on air.
Elizabeth resides in Toronto and is excited to continue her creative journey as an actor & filmmaker.
Since graduating from ESA, Mouna completed her bachelors of Arts and Science at The University of Toronto, while also pursuing a career as an Actor and Model. Mouna has starred in productions such as Carrie (MGM), Rookie Blue (Global), and The Book of Negroes (CBC/BET). Most recently Mouna has been working on recurring roles in Hemlock Grove (Netflix) and Shadowhunters (ABC).
In 2013 Mouna and fellow ESA alumna Elizabeth Melanson founded The Mini Films, a small independent film production company. She made her screenwriting debut in their first short film ‘All of Me’ (2014), which has played at 5 film festivals in Canada and the U.S. ‘All of Me’ (2014) will also be featured on CBC’s shorts television series ‘Canadian Reflections’ as well as on the programs website as of June 1st.
Actor, Model, Choreographer, Teacher & Philanthropist Currently residing in Los Angeles as a recipient of the O1 Artist visa.
Post ESA Highlights:
- Scholarship Recipient, Graduated with honours from Point Park University’s Conservatory Dance Program in Pittsburgh, PA
- Professional Show Credits include: Beauty and The Beast (Walt Disney Company), West Side Story (WVA Symphony Orchestra), The Snow Queen (Playhouse Dance Co.) and multiple shows for Royal Caribbean Productions across Asia.
- Adjudicates, Choreographs and Teaches Master classes across Canada & USA
- Creative Team, Asst. to Linda Garneau, for Theatre20’s Inaugural Production of “Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare” (Panasonic Theatre, Toronto, 2012)
- Artistic Director of PrePro Artist Collective, Co Founded with ESA Alumni Samantha Berardesca for triple threats
- Co-founder and Chairman of the Team Brother Bear Foundation of Canada, which supports children living with brain tumours
Paolo was a member of the Soulpepper Academy from 2011-2012. After graduating, he joined the company, where he is currently performing in his 4th season. In 2013, Paolo helped co-found The Howland Company and was one of the directors in their inaugural show “52 Pick-Up” which premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival where it won Best Of Fringe, before being remounted for a third sold-out run in early 2015.
Theatre Credits Include: Hamlet (Upcoming-Driftwood Theatre); Armstrong’s War (Upcoming-Canadian Rep); The Dybbuk, Of Human Bondage, Idiot’s Delight, Great Expectations, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Crucible, The Royal Comedians (Soulpepper Theatre); After Juliet (YPT)
Paolo is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore awards for his work in Soulpepper’s “Of Human Bondage” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead“.
Mark Correia is a magician and world record holder. Astounding audiences with his magic since the age of 6, Mark is a professional entertainer in every sense of the word. After specializing in comedy at Etobicoke School of the Arts, he auditioned for the National Theatre School of Canada and was accepted as one of only 6 males in his year, majoring in Acting. He is currently in his third year.
When he’s not away at school, he’s usual playing on one of Toronto’s stages (Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Factory). If not on stage, you’ll spot him on television with a few tricks up his sleeves, performing at private parties, or planning his next stunt. Mark was featured on every Canadian broadcasting network last year.
Along with his chosen executive team, Mark is the brains and talent behind Escaping Parkinson’s – a stunt supported by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and Michael J. Fox himself – raising over $16,000 in one summer. For fourteen days Mark lived (s)trapped inside a straitjacket – no tricks, and no breaks. On the fourteenth day he escaped on live television. He garnered international attention with this stunt, and set a world record for “Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket”.
Mark has performed all around Canada and the United States, going as far as Paris both as a solo magician, and as a cast member of a variety of productions. Mark is the winner of the SEARS “Best Actor” award, and was nominated for a MyTheatre “Best Supporting Actor” award, and Summerworks “Best Upcoming Performer” award. He was also nominated for a “Best Magician Award” from A1 Radio.
Mark is currently completing his Acting Degree at the National Theatre School of Canada, writing a book about his experience in the straitjacket, and working on next summer’s project.
For more information, see markcorreia.ca
Since graduating from ESA in 1992, theatre credits include eight seasons at The Stratford Festival; Leo Bloom in THE PRODUCERS (Mirvish); Gollum in LORD OF THE RINGS (Toronto and London’s West End); Motel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Broadway) and Irving Berlin in THE TIN PAN ALLEY RAG (Roundabout Theatre Co NY). On television, Michael played Tommy Douglas in the CBC mini-series PRAIRIE GIANT: THE TOMMY DOUGLAS STORY; Lord Castleroy in REIGN (on the CW network) and will soon be seen as Klaus Blinsky in the Netflix series HEMLOCK GROVE.