Peggy Shannon - Artistic Producer
Dr. Peggy Shannon (Producer of Parodos; Director of Crossing Borders) is a professor of theatre and Chair of the School of Performance at Ryerson University. She has directed plays and musicals at many professional theatres across the United States including Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, L.A. Theatre Works, Mixed Blood Theatre, the New Jersey, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, California and Oregon Shakespearean Festivals, the Portland Repertory Theatre, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, the International City Theatre, and the Sacramento Theatre Company. Internationally, she has worked at the Old Vic National Youth Theatre in London, and at Hydrama Theatre & Arts Centre, Delphi, Elefsina, Syngrou Theatre in Poros, and the amphitheatre in Spetses, all in Greece.
Michael F Bergmann - Producer
Michael F Bergmann enjoys exploring projections with an optimistic eye towards technology. He is specifically interested in the intersection of live arts and technology, and in developing new approaches to storytelling through emerging technologies. Within the theatrical world, he has designed for such shows as He Left Quietly (Toronto SummerWorks, Best Production Award), and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Yale Repertory Theatre). He served as assistant projection designer on Newsies: The First National Tour (Disney Theatrical, Designer: Daniel Brodie) and In a Year With 13 Moons (Yale Repertory Theatre, Designer: Peter Nigrini). His video art and installation work include On Guard and Water Closeted, both presented at the Yale University Art Gallery. Designing for dance is a specific passion of his, which has included work with Grisha Coleman (echo::system) and ongoing collaborations with Belinda McGuire Dance Projects. He also enjoys creating sound and projection experiences, such as providing the visual side of composer Matt Otto's AlgoRhythym, and his own thesis work, TECHknowSELF. He has specialised in working with media server systems for large scale corporate and industrial events through his work with WorldStage. During his time based out of their San Francisco Lab, he worked on events across the USA and Macau for clients such as Wynn, NBC Studios, Intel, and Nokia Bell Labs. He is based in his native Toronto and is a member of the faculty at the School of Performance at Ryerson University, where he teaches and is writing curriculum to integrate projection and digital tools into the program. He enjoys the technology and the art equally, and is pursuing research in the role of new technologies in live art. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Toronto and was an Eldon Elder fellow at the Yale School of Drama, where he received his MFA in Design.
Scott Phyper - Producer
Scott Phyper is a Ryerson School of Performance student who just finished his 3rd year, and thoroughly enjoying it. Scott was born and raised in the east end of Toronto while keeping an eye on the amazing theatre this city has to offer. He is elated to be joining the Parodos Festival for the second season as the Front of House Manager. Scott is an incredibly diverse worker, but with a thirst for Stage Management. If you don't see Scott in the theatre you can probably find him supporting his friends on their most recent works around the city. Some of Scott’s recent credits include: General Manager - Ghostlight Players, Lead Usher - Beauty and the Beast - St. Michaels Collage, Technical Director - The Women - Ryerson School of Production, Stage Manager- Nashville Stories - Summerworks Festival, Assistant Stage Manager - Home for the Holidays - LOFT, Stage Manager - Re.Move - Line9 Collective, Stage Manager - Julius Caesar - Ryerson School of Performance, and Front of House Manager - The Holiday Trilogy - Ryerson School of Performance.
Flora Sibley - Associate Producer
Scott Martin - Technical Director and Production Manager
Scott Martin is a graduate of Ryerson’s Technical Production Program. Since then, Scott has worked as a Production Manager / Technical Director for various theatres including, Showplace Performance Centre Peterborough, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Drayton Entertainment, Peterborough Musicfest and The Georgian Theatre Festival.
Noah Feaver - Lighting Designer
Noah Feaver is a lighting designer originally from Vancouver, now resident in Toronto. Recent designs include: Alaap – (Nova Dance), Factory – (Michael Caldwell); Welcome to Our Home – Tangled (Human Body Expression); Crépuscule (Chartier Danse); Ruin Road (Wild Rabbit Dance Projects); La Bohème (Against The Grain Theatre); Blue Valentine (Common People); Hansel & Gretel, Cendrillon (The Royal Conservatory); Dolphin, String Quartet no. 14 in G Major, MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS (Rock Bottom Movement); Momentum 2017, Momentum 2016 (The School of Toronto Dance Theatre); Crush (The Banff Centre). Assistant credits include: Encount3rs (National Arts Centre); Prohibition, The Secret Chord, Manhattan Concert Cycle, It’s a Wonderful Life (Soulpepper); Fall For Dance North 2016 & 2017 (Sony Centre); Program 3 2017, Program 2 2016 (Ballet BC). Noah is a graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance and an Associate Member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
Projection Designer for The Rover written by Aphra Vehn, for the Ryerson School of Performance. Directed by Baņuta Rubess.
Assistant Projection Designer to Wendall K. Harrington and Joey Moro for the Houston Ballet's Nutcracker in Houston, Texas. Directed by Staton Welch.
Projection Designer for "Scrimmage" dance number in Broadway Bares: Strip U. A Production produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This past year the show raised $1,568,114 in two performances on June 18, 2017, at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom.
Projection Designer for Peace, written by Velina Hasu Houston, for the Ryerson School of Performance. Directed by Cynthia Ashperger.
Associate Projection Designer with Wendall K. Harrington, for the world premiere of Roe written by Lisa Loomer. A play about Roe vs Wade. A co-production that traveled from Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, to Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and then to Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley, California. Directed by Bill Rauch.
Projection Design for the world premiere of WAR, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, at Lincoln Centre Theatre 3 in New York, New York.
Received BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.
Received MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama.
Rachel Forbes - Set Designer
Rachel Forbes is a set and costume designer based in Toronto. Recent credits include: Set and costume designs for Risky Phil (Young People's Theatre), Lukumi: a dub opera, Bleeders, Bloodclaat (Watah Theatre), The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (Shaw Festival), Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times), How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Factory Theatre/Girls in Bow Ties), Talking Heads I and II, Brimstone and Treacle (Precisely Peter). Costume Design for Ryerson Dances ‘17 (RSP), Other Side of the Game (Obsidian/Cahoots), Secrets of a Black Boy (Theatre Passe Muraille/Playing with Crayons). Set Design for Esu Crossing the Middle Passage (Watah Theatre) Contempt (Safeword), We Must Have More Men! (Theatre by the Bay).
Matthew Duarte - Sound Designer and Assistant Technical Director
Matthew Duarte is a Toronto based sound designer and mix engineer. His recent works with the Ryerson School of Performance include; Lion King Jr., Ryerson Theatre, Alice and Wonderland Jr., Ryerson Theatre, Arranged Marriage Ryerson Theatre.
Jenna Borsato- Stage Manager (Theatre)
Jenna Borsato is a recent graduate of Ryerson's School of Performance Production Program. Jenna is specializing in Theatre Management, and though her heart is in production, she is just as passionate about the performance elements. In previous years she has studied improv, commedia dell’arte and musical theatre in Mayfield Secondary’s Regional Arts Program. She is the Production Manager and Co-Producer of Toronto's feminist theatre collective, "HERstory Counts." Her favourite roles/works include: Stage Manager, Clown by Leah Cherniak (2015); Production Manager & Co-Producer, SILENCED - HERstory Counts (2016); Stage Manager, Heroes by James Kudelka, Harbourfront Centre - Dance Ontario (2017); Stage Manager, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2017); Stage Manager, Secret Shakespeare - Canadian Stage (2017).
Sasha Anderson - Box Office Manager
Sasha Anderson is a Ryerson School of Performance student finishing her 2nd year. Sasha was born and raised in Hong Kong, being an active member of the theatre community there. Sasha has a passion for both Stage Management and Audience Relations. Her past works include: Stage Manager, Cowboys, New Voices Festival, RSP (2018); Box Office Manager, Ryerson School of Performance (2018); Floor Manager, Faust Festival (2015-17); Stage Manager, Waiting for Godot, Faust International Ltd (2016); Front of House and Marketing Assistant, Kidsfest (2016); Production and Marketing Assistant, ABA Productions (2015-16).
Kasthuree Thiyakalingam - Assistant Stage Manager
Kasthuree is a current student at the Ryerson School of Performance, studying Performance Production. Kasthuree has a great passion and a strong background for both performance and production. Specializing in stage management and set design, Kasthuree continues to grow as a versatile artist in the theatre community. Her production works include: Lighting Designer, Hamilton, Ovation! (2018); Stage Manager, Life X3, Ovation! (2018); Assistant Set Designer, The Women, Ryerson School of Performance (2018); Assistant Stage Manager, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Ryerson School of Performance (2017); Wardrobe Supervisor, They've Been Sitting..., BadFox Theatre (2017); Stage Manager Liaison, Mass Exodus, Ryerson School of Performance/Fashion (2017); Head Dresser, The Possibilities, Ryerson School of Performance (2016); Box Office Supervisor/Production Assistant, Peer Gynt, Ryerson School of Performance (2016); Sound Designer, It’s Not the End of The World, Arts Unionville Drama, (2015).
Nick Fassbender- Assistant Stage Manager
Nicholas attends the Ryerson School of Performance for production and has loved getting a chance to apply what he's learned to The Parodos Festival. Nicholas will be assistant stage managing 291 Letters, and Crossing Borders and is very keen on seeing these deserving stories be told on the Ryerson Studio stage.
Cormac McGee - Music Night Producer
Cormac McGee is a music promoter, manager and DJ based in Toronto. He’s performed around North America and has run concerts with some of today’s top hip hop artists, including Drake, Future, Mac Miller, 6lack, Ab-Soul and more. He also coordinates the Music Den at Ryerson University, a business incubator for entrepreneurs in the music industry.
Ben Bram - Music Mentor
Ben Bram is a Grammy award-winning arranger, music director, producer, engineer, and educator from Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the USC Thornton School of Music with a degree in music industry and vocal jazz. While at USC, he sang with and directed four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals. It was in this group that he fatefully met a young Scott Hoying, star vocalist from Arlington, TX.
The two combined forces to assemble a supergroup to audition for NBC’s The Sing-Off. The group, named by Scott and Ben after the five-note musical scale, ended up winning that season of the show, and went on to become world-renowned vocal sensation Pentatonix. With Ben as their arranging collaborator, producer, and engineer, Pentatonix has released 4 EPs and 3 full length albums, among which have earned gold, platinum, and double platinum RIAA certifications, two Grammy awards for best a cappella arrangement, and a Billboard #1 album.
Paul Moody - Music Supervisor
Paul Moody is thrilled to be Music Supervisor for the Parados Festival at the Ryerson School of Performance. He has worked on over a dozen shows with the school and teaches vocal training and music theatre to the performance students. Paul also teaches a very popular musical theatre course (THF 325) for non-performance students. Recently, he has played keyboard on West Side Story (World Tour) in Germany and the Netherlands, performed in Paris and Vimy Ridge in concerts celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary and played rehearsal piano for Sousatzka (Toronto Workshop). Some music director credits include Disenchanted! (North American Tour) Sweet Charity, Spring Awakening, Kurt Weill Cabaret (The Shaw Festival) The Ring of Fire, Les Feux Follets (Charlottetown Festival), Guys and Dolls, Legally Blonde, Drowsy Chaperone (Nightwood Theatre) Next to Normal, The Rocky Horrow Show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (Lower Ossington Theatre). For more information, visit his website at paulmoodymusic.com.
Katie Mooney- Resident Artist
Katie Mooney is a film and theatre artist originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is now based in Toronto, ON. Recent credits include: Wardrobe Supervisor, costume designer, head dresser, and make up for Spring Works (Ryerson Theatre School), Associate Producer, set decorator, and editor for Resolution, Assistant Director for Astigmatism (New York Film Academy) Cinematographer and editor for Take Me Outside (Banff International Film Festival), Sound Operator and Assistant Director for Magical Day in Marrakech (New York Film Academy), Producer and editor for Bridging the Divide (I am the Bridge Film Festival), Art Director for The Tipping Point, Wardrobe Supervisor for Enchoreo (Ryerson Theatre School), Assistant Head of Props for Julius Caesar (Ryerson Theatre School), Associate Producer for Tzarath.