IMPROMPTU

By: Hassan El-Amin

When the headliner for the night cancels at a local club, a handful of courageous people, with little more than a microphone, a piano player, and a PA system, take it to the stage. 

 

Music arranged and performed by: Paul Moody

Running Time: 

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, June 14th @ 7:30 pm

Saturday, June 15th @ 7:30 pm

Paul is thrilled to be working with the Parodos Festival as music director for the third season.  He works regularly at Ryerson University as a voice teacher and has music directed a number of their productions including a concert at Koerner Hall featuring a number of current and legendary Broadway artists.  Some recent productions of his include Four Chords and a Gun and We Will Rock You (Starvox Entertainment) as well as Mamma Mia (Nightwood Theatre). Other additional career highlights include music directing Disenchanted! (North American Tour); working as the pianist for West Side Story (World Tour); performing at Vimy Ridge for Canada’s 150th Anniversary; working on Sweet Charity, Twelve Pound Look, and Spring Awakening (The Shaw Festival) and on Anne of Green Gables, Ring of Fire and les feux follets (The Charlottetown Festival).  Paul has a degree in classical piano performance from McGill University and additional studies at Jazz at Humber College.  For more information, please visit his website at paulmoodymusic.com.  

Paul Moody

Music Director

Sarah Di Iorio is a recent graduate of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program, where she worked with an incredible faculty training in various dance styles. During her time in school, Sarah was given an amazing platform to create multiple works, including two ten minute pieces that premiered in Ryerson’s first ever Springworks show. In her final year, she was the recipient of the Nadia Potts Heart and Soul Scholarship Award. Sarah has had the privilege of performing in work created by well-known choreographers in several Toronto venues, and also on the Greek Islands of Hydra and Poros. Sarah has recently had the opportunity to showcase her choreography as a professional in the Fall for Dance North 2018 Festival, Cawthra Parks 2019 Springfest show, and Ryerson University’s performance of “The Penelopiad”. She has also spent the last few years training in intense summer programs, such as those hosted by ProArte Danza and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Sarah’s most recent professional opportunities include dancing alongside Kenny Pearl as his assistant during his 2018 semester at Ryerson University and travelling to Ottawa as a dancer with Red Sky Performance. Presently, Sarah is working as a principal dancer in a dance film that will premiere in the 2020 Luminato Festival.

Sarah Di Iorio

Choreographer

Ryerson Works: A Mid Summers Night's Dream, Production Assistant  (2015);  Choreographic Works, Production Assistant(2016); Wardrobe Assistant, Dances(2016); The Classics (The Venetian Twin, The Artful Widow), Set Designer (2017); Loves Labour Lost, Assistant Set Designer (2017); Dances, Costume Designer (2018); Crossing Borders and 291 Letters, Costume Designer (2018)

 

Other Works: Chirta, Wardrobe Assistant and Head Dresser (2016); Magical Notebook (Sick Kids Hospital) Set Designer (2017).

Aditi Sharma

Costume Designer

Ryerson Works: Ellen, Do Right By Me (2019); Mrs. Higgins, Pygmalion (2019); Clown, Clown (2018); The Model, Love is Colder Than Death (2018); Veronica, Lost Lake (2018); Princess of France, Love’s Labour’s Lost (2017).
 
Other Works: A, Expectations, Film (2017); Octavius, Julius Caesar, Cawthra Park Secondary School (2016); Harlem Chorus, Ragtime, Cawthra Park Secondary School (2014).

Brianna Wright

Performer

Ryerson Works: Leo, Design For Living, Scene Study (2018); Demetrius, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018); Cain, Do Right By Me (2019).
 
Other Works: Tommy, Meet The Roommates, Mayfield S.S. (2015); Andrew, The Red Road, Mayfield S.S. (2016); Pepe, West Side Story (2016).

Tarique Lewis

Assistant to the Director

Performer

Ryerson Works: Saul Kimmer, True West, Scene Study (2017); Berowne, Loves Labours Lost, Shakespeare (2017); Joe Pitt, Angels in America, Scene Study (2018);  The Teacher, Love is Colder than Death, Tragedy (2018); Clown, Clown (2018); Paul Petkoff, Arms and The Man, Classics (2019); Sam, Over Again, New Voices (2019); Mitchell Burton, Unfunny, New Voices (2019).
Other Works: Macduff, Macbeth, Panoply Classical Collective (2019); Don Pedro, Much Ado About Nothing, Panoply Classical Collective (2018) Gilbert Blythe, Anne of Green Gables, Globe Productions (2015); John Darling, Peter Pan, Drayton Entertainment (2010); Friedrich Von Trapp, The Sound of Music, Mirvish Productions (2009). 

Erik Weinhart

Performer

Illuminate Youth Theatre: Various Roles, Crusades of Indigo (2018); 
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Highschool: Man 2, Tuna Fish Eulogy (2018); Scarecrow, The Wiz! (2016); Oliver Warbucks, Annie (2015).
Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre: Various Roles, Everything
You’ve Always Wanted
(2016).
Royal City Musical Productions: Mike Teavee, Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory
(2010).

Ben Yoganathan

Performer

Jennifer Tan is very excited to be a part of this year's Parodos Festival. She is a Chinese-Canadian actor and singer based out of Guelph, Ontario and will be moving into her second year of Ryerson's Acting Conservatory Program.  Some of Jennifer's other theatre credits include Charlotte, Seven Stories (Sears Drama Festival); First Witch, Macbeth (Notorious Theatre Company); Catherine, Proof (Sheridan College Scene Study); Woman in Chair, Drowsy Chaperone (Sheridan College); Amy, Tape (Ryerson Scene Study).

Jennifer Tan

Performer

Adam Achacon is a Toronto-based Sound Designer, Theatre & Live Events Technician and Songwriter/Producer/Musician. He is a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance class of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Performance: Production. No stranger to the music and arts scene, Adam has composed for two shows in the New Voices Festival within the works of Bound to the Rocks (2016) & Blue Dreams on a Tuesday (2018). He also has and is producing and writing songs for himself and the local Toronto & Scarborough music scene currently releasing under the name Adam Acesz. Within the theatre and live events industry he has worked freelance in many places in and around the city including the likes of: The Betty Oliphant Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Ryerson Theatre & Studio Theatre Crow's Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre/Winchester Theatre, Fringe Festival, WayHome, Boots & Hearts, Canada 150 at Nathan Philips Square, Pia Bouman's School for Ballet and Creative Movement, Luminato Festival, Digital Dreams, Fall Fashion Week, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, amongst others. Adam's interests and hobbies include: music performing, composing and listening; arts & crafts; poetry & story writing; mindfulness; video games; and sports!  He is one cool and fun guy who likes chillin' and lounging around; exploring life and the world, enjoying the moments he lives in and the adventures of everyday life and those to come. Adam is excited to be back to working the Parados Festival as a technician again as well as the opportunity to sound design in the festival! :)

Adam Achacon

Sound Designer

Hassan El-Amin, a native of San Diego, CA has worked extensively as a regional equity actor at many of the LORT Theatres across the country including the Huntington in Boston, the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Portland Center Stage, Denver Theatre Center, the Goodman in Chicago, San Diego Repertory, Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Sacramento Theatre Company, Penumbra in St. Paul, Milwaukee Repertory, Alliance in Atlanta, Kennedy Center and Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and the Colorado, Utah, and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals in such roles as Leland in “Blues for an Alabama Sky”, Lincoln in “Top Dog Under Dog,” Troy Maxson in “Fences,” Harmon Wilks in “Radio Golf,” Booster in “Jitney,” Floyd Barton in “Seven Guitars,” Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Walter Lee in “A Raisin in the Sun,” Prospero in “The Tempest,” Edmund in “King Lear,” and the title role in “Othello” just to name a few.
 
Hassan Broadway credits include The Lion King in the role of Mufasa and Scar.  His voice can be heard on the movie Soundtracks, “Tears of the Sun” starring Bruce Willis, Walt Disney’s “The Wild” starring Kiefer Sutherland and Play Station III video game, “The Darkness.” Television roles include guest appearance as Dr. Thomas Dixon on NBC’s E-Ring.
 
Hassan has held the position of Theatre Artist in Residence at St. Paul High School of Creative and Performing Arts, Theatre Director Inner City Youth League; St. Paul, MN, Theatre Arts Consultant for San Diego Unified School District, Theatre Arts Instructor and Consultant for Walt Disney Educational Outreach Program in Orlando, FL, Director of Entertainment for Faith & Works; Inc. and he was the Interim Artistic Director for Common Ground Theatre in San Diego, CA
 
He has collaborated as a writer and director on many new works projects, the World Premiere of “Jazz Queens Cast Blue Shadows“ performed at the Lyceum Space Theatre in San Diego CA, “Hotel Swing” a stage musical, “Speak Easy” a spoken word experience both performed at the Baldwin Burroughs Theatre on Spelman college campus, Skirts: Petticoat to Crinoline: A Historical Apparel Experience 1887 - 1950, which had an exhibition at the Camille O. Hanks Crosby Museum of Fine Arts and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History in Atlanta, GA, “A Mile in His Shoes” a theatrical production celebrating the life of Civil Rights Leader Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, “In the Midnight Hour,” a “jukebox musical” featuring the songs of Wilson Pickett both performed at the Martin Luther King International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.
 Hassan is currently a member of the Resident Ensemble Acting Company and a University of Delaware Professor, teaching a course he created, Black History Live on Stage. He received his M.F.A. from the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.

Hassan El-Amin 

Writer/Director/Performer

Jessica is heading into her final year of Ryerson's Performance: Production BFA program, with a focus on Stage Management. She has a passion for creating new work, and is looking forward to working with such a talented group of artists on this exciting project. Some of her most recent works include: Stage Manager - Choreographic Works 2019 (Ryerson School of Performance), Production Manager - Deimos X Phobos (NEAR&FAR Projects & Alex Flack), & Stage Manager - Harun (Edmonton Fringe Festival).
 
Upcoming works: Stage Manager - Things the Trees Taught Them (Toronto Fringe Festival).

Jessica Haggeman

Stage Manager

Brianna is a performer, teacher, and choreographer who is going into her final year at Ryerson University for their Performance: Dance BFA program. She is a classically trained vocalist and dreams of being on Broadway one day. Her early training includes 8 years of competitive dance at Leeming Danceworks, where she worked closely with established choreographers such as Linda Garneau, Matt Luck, Hani Abaza, David Norsworthy, and Kristen Carcone. Most notably, Brianna has presented works by Emma Portner, Hanna Kiel, and Irena Ponizova. Brianna has participated in many intensives including The School of Alberta Ballet, Arts Umbrella, Gaga’s NYC Intensive, Rutherford Movement Exchange, Ignite, and Fresh. She is currently a company member with NEAR&FAR Projects and hosts a podcast on her YouTube channel called “(Art)versations”. Brianna continues to strive for a balance of technique and artistry in her performance style.

Brianna Clarke

Performer

Raised in the Greater Toronto Area most of her life, Sarah is a Toronto-based actor, singer, writer, and comedian who grew up inspired by the live theatre and improv comedy troupes her parents took her to. Entering her final year of Ryerson’s Acting conservatory program, Sarah is currently directing an upcoming production of Jordan Tannahill’s Concord Floral with Theatre 44, a company she helped to found. Some favourite credits include: Princess of France, Love’s Labour’s Lost; Catherine Petkoff, Arms & The Man (Ryerson Theatre School); Rusty, Footloose (Theatre Aquarius); Anya Varenka, Two Sisters (Hamilton Fringe Festival)

Sarah Gervais

Performer

Steven Hao (郝邦宇) is a first year acting student currently studying at Ryerson University. After being born and raised in China for 12 years, Steven realized that something needed to be done about his passion for acting. He moved to Victoria, B.C. seven years ago, there he further studied dramatic arts and was set on becoming an actor. He is very excited about whatever the future may bring him and he anticipates each wonderful moment that has yet to come.
 
Theatre Credits:
Ryerson (RSP): Pete, The World of Extreme Happiness, Scene Study (2019). 
Ridge Theatre: Oliver Warbucks, Annie (2018); Jim, The Dining Room (2018); Sebastian, Cinderella (2017); Nick Bottom, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017); McHabe, Up the Down Staircase (2017); Patrick Prince, High School Christmas Carol (2016); Lank Hawkins, Crazy For You (2016); Ensemble, Grease (2015); George Vincent, The Night of the Living Beauty Pageant (2015). 
Kaleidoscope Theatre: Eyah, Peter Pan (2017); Tweedle Dum, Snow White (2016). 
Victoria Operatic Society: Mike Costa, A Chorus Line (2016). 
Langham Court Theatre: Billy Boy Bill, Urinetown (2017). 
Film: Lollipop, The Menagerie Club (2018). 

Steven Hao (郝邦宇)

Performer

Laith Al-Kinani is an actor and theatre maker based out of Toronto, Ontario. He has most recently acted in “The Green Line” by Makram Ayache (Rhubarb Festival/Buddies in Bad Times), and has written his first play “Maryam’s Hijrah” which premiered at the Paprika Festival this year. He is currently a student of Performance Acting at the Ryerson School of Performance. He is a big fan of Fayrouz!   

Laith Al-Kinani

Performer

Aliyah is a 2nd year student at McGill University, studying psychology. She is passionate about music, such as r&b, funk, jazz, and soul, and has a strong love for singing and writing her own music. She has performed in a master class conducted by Detroit-born keyboardist, Greg Phillinganes, before an audience of Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) students. She has also performed in professional theatre productions in Sacramento, California at the Sacramento Theatre Company and in Hydra, Greece at the Hydra Performing Arts Festival.

Aliyah El-Amin

Performer

Sam Skynner is a Toronto based Lighting and Video Designer as well as Ryerson School of Performance student. Recent credits include: Lighting Designer, YMI Showcase, Pia Bowman (2019); Lighting Designer, Do Right By Me, Ryerson (2019); Lighting Designer, Grief Limbo, Ryerson (2019); Lighting Designer and Video Designer, Little Accomplishments, Ryerson (2019); Video Designer, Mixtape, Ryerson (2019); Lighting Designer, Choreographic Works, Ryerson (2019); Assistant Video Designer, This is How We Live, Ryerson (2019); Assistant Lighting Designer, Legally Blonde, Cawthra Park HS (2019); Lighting Designer, The Odyssey, Ryerson (2018); Lighting Design Co-ordinator, New Voices Festival, Ryerson (2018); Assistant Video Designer, Choreographic Works, Ryerson (2017).

Sam Skynner

Lighting Designer