Robin Sharp – Playwright, Co-producer, Trixie Dixon
Robin Sharp is a writer / director for film and theatre who was born and raised in downtown Toronto, Canada.
He majored in drama at Etobicoke School of the Arts and film production at York University; his theatre credits include writing and directing High Art and Lick Her in 2006, two one act plays presented at the Rivoli.
In a theatre/film hybrid Robin directed the first ever shadow-cast of the film Blue Velvet for the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival. Eye Weekly gave it a four star review, writing that the show “(extended) the life of the classic 80’s film with profundity and passion.”
Recently he directed The Bright Idea for the 2011 Fringe. He is currently in post-production of his debut feature film as a writer / director, a christian sex comedy called The Missionary Position.
Helen Kotsonis – Director, Co-producer
Helen graduated from Queen’s University in 2009 with her BAh in Drama, where she worked on numerous plays as a director, designer and stage manager. This included directing David Ives Universal Language and working extensively with Single Thread Theatre company and later with Queen’s Musical Theatre. After arriving in Toronto she founded Created Independently and worked for Jumblies Theatre as an Artistic Intern, which lead to a position directing a puppet show called It Happened In My Apartment for their offshoot project, Arts4All. Helen also began working extensively with Robin Sharp as a designer on his shadowcast production of Blue Velvet (Fringe ’09) and The Bright Idea (Fringe ’11), and began branching out into film work as a freelance production designer. Theatre was never far from her thoughts though, and when Robin approached her with the idea for Daughter of the Dust in 2010 she couldn’t resist it. Daughter of the Dust is a funny, heartfelt and wonderfully original play and she is proud to have the opportunity to direct such a talented cast and crew. She would like to thank Robin for asking her to direct it and to her family and Pat for all their support. Enjoy the show!
Lynn Filusch* – Tanya Dixon
Lynn Filusch is originally from “Tamalewood” (a.k.a. Albuquerque, New Mexico). Her favourite projects include: Tom Clancy’s Netforce (ABC-TV), Ladder 49 (Disney), The Witch- Into the Woods, Yitzak- Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Raffaela- Grand Hotel, Janice- Italian American Reconciliation, Aphrodite- Choosing Helen, Catherine and Fastrada- Pippin, Anna- The Rink, Vicki- The Full Monty, and crashing cars and rolling in the mud as Kirstie Alley’s stunt double in For Richer or Poorer (Universal). Lynn was trained at The Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare & Co., and American University. She is probably the only actress to both work in the White House as a Presidential Appointee and blow up the Oval Office on television.
Russell McLeod – Brian
Russell McLeod was trained for Musical Theater Performance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Although his work has been primarily focused on film and television, his love for country music and background in comedy drew him to Daughter of the Dust. He is thrilled to be back on stage.
Scott Moore – Claw
After training at the Ryerson Theatre School, Scott has performed in numerous shows in Toronto including: Cassius in Julius Caesar and Clarence in Richard III (Hart House Theatre); Coulmier in Marat/Sade (Soup Can Theatre); Bob Float in The Aquarium and Robert Greene in It Was Kit (Triple Take Productions); Balthazar in the Spanish Tragedy, Gilbert in Knives in Hens, Hitler in Mein Kampf, Tobias in Delicate Balance, and Deflores in The Changeling (Graduate Drama Centre); Caesar in Julius Caesar, Master Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, and Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream (Alchemy Theatre); Goldberg in The Birthday Party and Ernest in The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine (Rhino Productions); and various roles with the Ancient Comic Opera Co.
Teague Patchett – Carson
Originally hailing from Woodstock, ON., Teague grew up as an active participant in Theatre Woodstock’s C.A.S.T. Theatre company. Teague performed such major roles as ‘Tony’ in Sandy Wilson’s The Boyfriend, ‘Demetrious’ in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and ‘Fagan’ in Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist. Teague is a self-taught musician and songwriter, having released his self-titled debut album earlier this year. In his spare time, Teague also performs with a 5-piece bluegrass band. Teague would like to thank Robin for the opportunity of playing Carson, and is looking forward to bringing out his inner cowboy.
Katie Avery – Music Director, Fiddle
Katie received her musical training at U of T, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in classical violin in 2010. As a classical musician, she has performed with the Peterborough Symphony, the Pardis Orchestra and in the fall she will be joining the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. Growing up in Guelph Ontario, she was an avid participant in the local theatre scene, participating as actor, dancer and musician in various different theatre companies. In Toronto, Katie is a member of the Ismailova Theatre of Dance Company. She has also recently released a CD with her all girl folk-fusion band, Beneath the Ice (CD Baby) (MySpace) (iTunes). This is Katie’s first project as musical director and she is very excited to be mixing her love of theatre with her love of country music!
Steve Joseph – Guitar (Slant Six)
Tom McKibben – Double Bass (Slant Six)
Slant Six is a group of well-seasoned, extremely talented and professionally-minded musicians with loads of live and studio experience. This band is proud to be a roots act who can get a crowd dancing, smiling, and kissin’ and a huggin’ to classic grooves. The repertoire is composed of Blues, R&B, Rockabilly, Classic Rock&Roll, and even some Classic Country. This is an exciting live act with impressive musical abilities as well (i.e. guitar geeks will love Slant Six too).
Trent Douglas – Co-producer
Robin (RJ) Munro – Stage Manager
Born and raised in Halifax, NS, Robin recently moved to Toronto after graduating from the Drama Studies program at Mount Allison University. During her time at MTA she worked on a variety of productions as a stage manager, actor, writer and director. Two weeks into her Toronto-life she joined the Created Independently team for their production of Daughter of the Dust and the rest is history!
Erin McCleary – Costume Designer
AJ Frick – Set Designer
Alicia Ho – Lighting Designer
Alicia is a graduate from Queen’s University and she has been working actively as a Lighting Designer and Technician on various productions across the country including Banff, Montreal, Prince Edward County and Toronto. A few of her recent design credits include Bluish, and Kosher Lutherans at Toronto Centre for the Arts, and Paradise By the River with Shadowpath Theatre. Her past experiences also include being a translator and Assistant Stage Manager for Redsky’s Tono, a Dora-award winning dance piece that was featured in the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics and at the Shanghai Expo 2010.
Katherine Belyea – ASM, Webmaster
Katherine is a Toronto-based stage manager and arts administrator. She is delighted to be joining Daughter of the Dust for this fun yet soulful new show. Credits include Channel One (James and JF, Toronto Fringe 2011), Chameleon (A.H. Dance, Toronto Fringe 2011), The Lawyer Show: As You Like It, FemCab 2011 (Nightwood), What Light Is This? (Poculi Ludique Societas), BOUNCING BRIDE: What Goes Down Must Go Up (Theatre Centre, Nuit Blanche 2010). Thanks to all the cast and crew and especially to Helen and Ahlya for getting me involved.
* Proud member of American Actors Equity Association (AEA) and Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA).