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Actor: Sara Munro

Alison Beckwith

Alison Beckwith is a fourth generation Canadian actor, musician, and theatre maker born and raised in Toronto’s East End.

 

She develops her love of performing daily through music, clown, mask, movement, and both contemporary and classical text.

 

Recent theatre and music credits
include: Something for the Buoys (Bygone Theatre), Celebrating Clara Schumann (Confluence Concerts), A (musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood Theatre), As You Like It (Bard in the Park), Scott Shorts and Zelda (George Brown Theatre School), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (George Brown Theatre School).

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Playwright

Dave Carley

Dave Carley is a Toronto-based playwright. His plays have had close to 500 productions across Canada, the United States and in many countries around the world.

 

Plays include Midnight Madness, Writing with our Feet (nominated for the Governor General’s Award), After You, The Edible Woman, Taking Liberties, and Orchidelirium.


Dave is the former editor at the Playwrights Union of Canada (now Playwrights Guild) and, for many years, was the both script editor at CBC Radio Drama and play editor for Scirocco Drama. 

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Actor: Gerald Harvie

Tristan Claxton

A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA program,  Tristan earned his MA in Classical Acting form the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in the U.K.

 

Recent credits include:

Jeff: The Rear Window (Bygone Theatre), Broadway World Best Actor Nomination- Hamlet: Hamlet(s) (Skipping Stones Theatre), Ferdinand: The Duchess of Malfi (Shakespeare Bash'd), Mr. Daldry: The Next Room, Rowan: Living With Olivia (RedWit Theatre), Izzy: Rage Against the King (Filament), Saturninus: Titus Andronicus (Hart House Theatre), Aufidius/Sicinius: Coriolanus (Skipping Stones Theatre). 

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Actor: Ron Bloom

Hayden Finkelshtain

Hayden is a Toronto-based actor, voice artist, and singer. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Acting program, past theatre credits include: 

Jay vs. The World and The Secret Life of Riley K. (Education Arts Canada), Sweeney Todd: In Concert (First Act Productions), Flooded (North America), Blue Remembered Hills (Good Old Neon Theatre), and Counting Sheep: A Guerrilla Folk Opera (Summerworks/Hot Feat Productions).

 

Aside from theatre, Hayden can be heard as Nikola Tesla and Z3 in Super Science Friends (an animation by Tinman Creative Studios), as Gorthion in Bakugan: Battle Planet (Spin Master), and as Captain Seasalt in Captain Seasalt and the ABC Pirates (Skyship Entertainment).

 

Hayden has also appeared in several films, television shows, and commercials.

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Actor: Heck Munro

John Jarvis

John Jarvis is one of Canada’s busiest actors and has appeared in theatres across country.

 

In Toronto he has performed in many productions at Soulpepper including that theatre’s acclaimed presentations of Spoon River, Of Human Bondage and Incident at Vichy. Most recently he played Marley in Soulpepper’s production of A Christmas Carol.

 

John has received Dora nominations for his performances in Michael Healey’s hit The Drawer Boy, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl by Morris Panych, and 1492 by Sean Dixon.

 

He also starred in A Splinter in the Heart, Dave Carley’s adaptation of the Al Purdy’s novel, at the Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

 

John has also appeared in many dozens of films and television shows, including Murdoch Mysteries, Street Legal, Due South and the Netflix series Zeus.

Director/Actor: Anne Harvie

Cecily Smith

Cecily Smith is an actor, director, intimacy director, singer, choreographer, and a theatre educator. She has performed on stages and in film across the United States and now resides in Toronto with her family.

 

Some of her favorite roles include Carol in Oleanna (The Janus Project, Cincinnati, Ohio), Marian in The Edible Woman (Festival of New Works, Ann Arbor, Michigan), Nan/Lina in Three Days of Rain (The Chance Theatre Company, Anaheim Hills, California), Marie in Search and Destroy (Rude Guerilla Theatre Company, Santa Ana, California), Lady Di in Brentwood Blondes (Los Angeles, California) and Sarah in Blood Proposal (film, Pendulum Swing Productions).

 

She holds a BFA in theatre performance from Miami University and is a certified stage and film combatant with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada and a trained Intimacy Director.

 

She has directed, choreographed and coached performers of all ages for over 20 years. Cecily is the creator and director of Miss C’s Academy of Powerful Performers for young actors.

© 2020 by Taking LIberties Collective. Cast photos by the incomparable Sam Gaetz.
“This is a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association production under the Artists’ Collective Policy.”

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