June Cupido

Director, Story Weaver

 

Truth and Illusion follows a series of monologue workshops June has presented in Oakville, Ontario. In creating these monologues, June discovered the development process could lead to script writing. For June, Truth and Illusion is a soul-searching exercise as it takes an intense creative process for someone to come up with a heartfelt monologue. June asked the performers to dig deep. June calls the complete process of crafting the narrative response: Deep, Dark, and Delicious. As each performer processes their world inside, they can discover enlightenment. This method is inspired by the three main stages of  the "Hero’s Journey", a narrative pattern identified by Joseph Campbell, world-celebrated mythologist. The teachings of Joseph Campbell serve as the inspiration for the production. He asserts that storytelling and myths relate to our search for truth, meaning, and significance. According to Campbell, we all need to tell our personal story and, most importantly, to understand our story. He encourages us to view parts of our lives as heroic journeys – to find out what excites us and make that the basis of our quest. We invite you to accompany the performers on their journey.

After spending 36 inspiring years in post-secondary education developing leadership programs to help students find a sense of purpose and social direction, June's focus now is to continue to create provocative theatre experiences that guide the integration, acceptance, and compassion for others through increased understanding of what another has experienced or is experiencing. 

Michael Mulrooney

Musical Director/Composer 

Michael has served as pianist, conductor and/or musical director on over 200 theatrical productions, frequently contributing arrangements or original music as well. Conducting credits include Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Toronto), Show Boat (Toronto and New York), Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany), and Les Misérables (Toronto and Bilingual Canadian Tour). Recent musical direction credits include touring productions of Extraordinary and A Christmas Carol for the Smile Theatre Company, Billy Bishop Goes To War for the Highlands Summer Festival and the Owen Sound Roxy Theatre, Musical of Musicals (the Musical) for Mirvish Productions, and John Connolly’s Marathon of Hope for Sheridan College’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project and Drayton Entertainment. Outside the theatre, he is director of music for Tansley United Church in Burlington, serves as a mentor in Boris Brott’s National Academy Orchestra, and spends as much time as possible among the talented and cheerful students at Sheridan College.

Heidi Lange

Composer

Heidi is a singer, teacher, writer and actor, balancing a varied teaching schedule of vocal, piano and musical theatre instruction. She sings jazz and pop regularly in and around Toronto, as well as performing theatrically.  In 2018, she founded Unsung Collective Arts,  an arts production company with inclusiveness and representation as the central mission.  The company's second concert, My Favourite Jazz was presented in July at 120 Diner in Toronto. Heidi's first album, Later, was released in 2008, comprised mainly of her original songs.  Her second album, Let Your Honesty Shine, is a tribute to Paul Simon and will be released later in 2019. 

Carol Tuck-Riggs

Assistant Producer 

Carol Tuck-Riggs, CPA, MBA, PhD. has 3 decades of experience in domestic and international finance, computer information, operational leadership, and change management across technical, service, creative, and production industries such as Pitney Bowes, IBM and other semi-conductor, retail, pharmaceutical, and technical products. Carol is a designated professional accountant, a senior operations manager, executive and board director, and holds three graduate degrees in accounting, finance, and marketing disciplines. She is currently the Ontario Provincial Treasurer for the Master Gardeners and the Executive Director at TFMS Strategic Management Services. Carol has a life-long interest in music theatre and is an amateur musician with a professional musical and artist family.   

Eric Trask

Performer/Writer 

Presented for Workshops: Jan 2018, June 2018, July 2019

Some of Eric’s favourite credits include Salt Water Moon (Magnus Theatre), Brigadoon (Royal City Vancouver), Candide and Queen of the Cadillac (ATP), Tartuffe (Theatre Calgary), Ma- jor Barbara (Neptune Theatre), The Nerd (Drayton Entertainment/The Piggery), Cruel Tears and McGillicuddy (Blyth Festival), Private Lives (Red Barn Theatre), The Hobbit (Carousel Players), and Hana’s Suitcase (YPT). Mr. Trask has numerous radio, film and television credits, and is a graduate of York University.

Lorretta Bailey

Performer/Writer

Presented for Workshops: Jan 2018, June 2018, July 2019 

An award winning actress, Lorretta starred as Eponine in Les Misérables (Royal Alex) Cinderella inInto the Woods (CanStage), and Maria in The Sound of Music (Citadel). She is proud to have performed in the following Canadian productions: June Cupido's Truth and Illusion (Sheridan, Lowville Festival), Marathon of Hope (CMTP-Sheridan), Joni Mitchell: River Vancouver Playhouse), The Wakowski Brothers (Aim for the Tangent), Tweed the Musical (IANA Theatre), and Extraordinary (Smile Theatre). This fall she returns to Smile to tour Jim Bett's new musical Lucy Maude and Anne, and will play Marmee in Little Women--Jo's Christmas at Theatre Orangeville. Ms. Bailey received a BFA(Hon) in Acting from University of Alberta, and now mentors the inspiring next generation of Music Theatre artists at Sheridan and St. Clair College. Lorretta sends a whole lotta Love to her family and friends-especially June. Thank you for joining us on the journey.

Lawrence Cotton

Performer

Presented for Workshops: June 2018, July 2019

Lawrence is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful piece once again with such marvelous co-creators. Of all the theatre productions Lawrence has been in, this comes closest for him, in the most direct fashion, to the origins of theatre in its function and how it works on an audience. Lawrence has had the great good fortune to co-create with and be mentored by some fabulous people all of whom he carries with him in his heart. May your bearing witness to these stories open a door in your heart of greater understanding and compassion for all humanity.

Hannah Fogel

Performer/Writer

Presented for Workshops: July 2019

Hannah started her musical journey as a toddler singing in the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and has been a sucker for any opportunity to perform since. Whether it be stand-up comedy, live improv or open mic’s, this Sheridan Performing Arts Prep alumni feels at home on stage. As a peer support worker, she has seen how laughter and artistic, musical expression can benefit those on their personal journey of wellness and recovery.

Duff MacDonald

Performer

Presented for Workshops: July 2019

SELECTED THEATRE: Kamp (Neptune/EFT Halifax), Andy Warhol (Toronto Fringe 2018), “Eamon” in Once (RMTC/The Grand Theatre), Hogtown, Legends (Drayton/ Chemainus), Twist & Shout (Drayton/Chemainus), A Christmas Story - The Musical (Arts Club), Drowsy Chaperone (Globe, Regina), Guys and Dolls (Drayton), My Fair Lady (Drayton), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (U.S Tour), The Foursome (Original Cast), 1st Canadian Cast of Les Miserables/1st National Tour (Mirvish). FILM/TV: Good Witch (Hallmark), Titans (Netflix), Incorporated (Syfy), The Music Man (Disney). Duff can also be heard as “Lek” on an upcoming episode of the animated series LETS GO LUNA! on PBS Kids. His new Indie Folk album NAKED can be streamed and purchased on iTunes & Spotify. Visit www.duffmacdonald.com

Karen Jewels

Performer

Presented for Workshops: July 2019

Karen is an actor, singer /songwriter and artist. She loves the stage and has performed theatrically in musicals like Dandelions In The Wind Ain’t Misbehavin' and The Lion King.  Her television credits include Walt Disney's The Music Man, Nickelodeon's Make it POP, Beauty and the Beast, Handmaids Tale, Saving Hope, The Strain, Kim's Convenience and The Baroness Von Sketch Show. She also performed voice-overs for several commercials including Destination Canada. Karen's voice can be heard on season 2 of Nick Jr's animated series Top Wing. Karenis excited to play the part of AJ in the Truth and Illusion Workshop. 

Geoffrey Cormier

Performer

Presented for Workshops: July 2019

Originally from Miramichi, New Brunswick, Geoffrey is a Sheridan student who is excited to be a part of this moving workshop. Some of his past credits include Trevor in Starlight Tours, Tarzan in Tarzsan, and Jesus in Godspell. He'd like to thank all of his family and friends for helping him through his toughest of times. 

Dan Manns

Performer/Writer

Presented for Workshops: Jan 2018

Dan is a Sheridan Grad in Human Resources Management. He spent several years in senior roles in the areas of employee services, compensation & HRIS, training and devel- opment and recruitment with both Staples and Apotex Canada. He moved to American Express where he held several roles in Global Business Travel in the Meetings and Events and Global Advisory Services divisions, overseeing operations in the USA, Canada, Mexico and India. Currently is the Director of Human Resources with Warde Associates Canada, a boutique IT management consulting firm. Additionally, Dan has recently started a Life Coaching practice focusing on those in the GLBTQ community who are looking for support, guidance, empathy and compassion in their coming out journey. Dan values and admires people who also believe in achieving their goals; both professionally and person- ally. He believes in karma, random acts of kindness and paying it forward. Dan is a proud father to Michael and Jean.

Colin Simmons

Performer/Writer

Presented for Workshops: Jan 2018

Colin is an actor, singer, and creator based in Toronto. Theatre: Gift of the Magi, Pride & Joy (Smile Theatre); Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Stratford Festival); Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Outside the March); Caretaker in Brant- wood: 1920-2020, Alfie Byrne in A Man of No Importance, Leo Frank in Parade (Theatre Sheridan). Workshops: Valentine in Faust (Theatre by the Bay); Jimmy Valentine in The Gift of the Magi, Max in A Snow White Christmas (Theatre Orangeville); Lonnie Wynn in Prom Queen! The Musical (Canadian Music Theatre Project). Awards: Stratford’s “Dora Mavor Moore” Guthrie Award, Musical Stage Company’s 2015 “Banks Prize”. Colin is a proud graduate of the Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan. Website: www.colinsimmons.ca

Alison Jackson

Performer/Writer

Presented for Workshops: Jan 2018

Alison attended Sheridan in 2000 and is an alumni from the ITSS program. After completing the program, she returned to Sheridan in 2005, and started working as a Student Advisor in the newly created Student Advisement centre. Alison’s passion is working with students and currently works as an Academic Advisor and teaches part-time. Alison also enjoys Zumba, and has taught it for the last 8 years.

Allison McCaughey

Performer/Writer

Presented for Workshops: Jan 2018

Allison received her professional training at Sheridan College with an honors diploma in Musical Theatre - Performance and at York University with an MFA in Choreography. Some professional performance credits include the World Premiere of “Sousatzka” (The- atro Procinium) “A Chorus Line”, “The Hypochondriac” (The Stratford Festival), North American tour of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, “Crazy For You”, “Spamalot”, “Moon Over Buffalo” (Drayton Entertainment), “MaryPoppins”, “Cabaret” (Theatre Aquarius) “Chica- go” (Stage West Calgary) “The Producers” (Neptune Theatre), “Les Feux Follets” (Char- lottetown Festival) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (Capitol Theatre). Allison choreographed the inaugural production of “The Marathon of Hope” at The Sheridan College Studio Theatre. In 2014 she later choreographed the first professional production of the show for Sheri- dan College’s Mainstage. Other choreography credits include: “Little Mermaid Jr”, “The Wizard of Oz” (Capitol Theatre) “The Little Price” (Creativiva) “School of Rock”, “James and the Giant Peach” (Bravo Academy). Allison is also an avid teacher sharing her craft with professional and pre-professional artists. She regularly teaches open classes at Metro Movement and is an instructor in the dance department at Sheridan College. To see what else Allison is up to please visit: allisonmccaughey.com