The Studio 180 Theatre team
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Joel Greenberg
CORE ARTISTIC TEAM C. Derrick Chua, Jessica Greenberg, Mark McGrinder
GENERAL MANAGER Laura Pomeroy (on leave from Sep 30, 2016)
INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER Gabriel Estrin
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Byron Abalos
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Jenna Harris
STUDIO 180 IN CLASS ARTIST EDUCATORS Ramona Gilmour-Darling, Jessica Greenberg, Jenna Harris, Ryan Kelly, Mark McGrinder, Jeff Miller, Kimwun Perehinec
PLAYWRIGHT IN RESIDENCE Jason Sherman
A co-founder of Studio 180, Joel is a Chalmers and Dora award–winning playwright and director who has directed and/or choreographed more than 100 professional productions across Canada in the past 40 years. For Studio 180 he has directed and co-produced The Laramie Project, The Passion of the Chris, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, Stuff Happens, Blackbird, The Overwhelming, Parade, Our Class, The Normal Heart, Clybourne Park, Cock, NSFW and You Will Remember Me. Joel taught at Humber College Theatre School from 1984 to 1989 and the University of Waterloo from 1991 to 2014, also serving as the chair of each theatre department (at Humber for five years, and UW for nine).
General Manager (on leave from September 30, 2016)
Laura brings a wealth of experience to our team, having worked as a theatre producer for over 10 years, and most recently worked in finance for the arts with Young Associates. She has an Honours Bachelor in English and Theatre and Film Studies from McMaster University, and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College. She has worked for Nightwood Theatre, the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, STAF, Playwrights Canada Press and Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment. The recent recipient of a Harold Award, Laura is also an avid volunteer and currently works with Big Brothers and Sisters of Toronto and the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.
Interim General Manager
Gabriel brings several years of experience working in the arts, both in Canada and the US, to Studio 180 Theatre. In Washington, D.C., he produced vocal recitals at The Kennedy Centre, and while in New York he worked as the company manager for an opera company. For many years, he has worked in radio and television at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Gabriel holds an Honours Bachelor of Music Performance Degree from the University of Toronto, and a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College.
Director of Development
Byron Abalos is an actor, playwright, producer and theatre administrator from Toronto. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Acting Program, he has been nominated for multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards for acting and producing. Byron was Company Producer and Community Developer for fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and was Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s inaugural playwright-in-residence. He has performed for companies such as Soulpepper, The Theatre Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre Passe Muraille, Necessary Angel, Cahoots and fu-GEN, as well as with companies in Chicago and San Francisco. His play Remember Lolo won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award (SummerWorks 2005) and fu-GEN produced the world premiere of his play Brown Balls in 2011. NOW Magazine named him one of Toronto’s Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2010.
Associate Producer/Artist Educator
Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre Conservatory Program in New York City. She is an actor, writer/creator, arts educator and dancer, and is the Founder and Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre. As an actor, Jenna has worked in both the United States and Canada, and with such theatre companies as b’current, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Theatre Passe Muraille. As a writer, Jenna has written everything from radio shows to animated shorts, webseries to feature films, site-specific work to full-length plays, and is also the Editor-in-Chief of City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists. Jenna’s arts education and teaching background includes teaching dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and here in Toronto at numerous theatre schools and youth collectives. Jenna also holds an Honours B.A. in Anthropology and International Development from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Core Artistic Team
Core Artistic Team
A co-founder of Studio 180, Derrick is an entertainment lawyer and award-winning theatre producer. Recent productions include I’m Doing This For You (Edinburgh, Amsterdam, London, Tampere, Piotrowice Nyskie, Halifax, Toronto), Counting Sheep (Edinburgh), Confessions and Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (Edinburgh, Brighton), Dance Animal (Toronto Fringe), Obeah Opera (PANAMANIA), The God That Comes & When It Rains (Edinburgh Fringe), Oh My Irma (International Tour: Edinburgh Fringe, Berlin, London, Kosovo, Ulaanbaatar, Brighton, Amsterdam, Kiel, New York, Victoria), Fortune and Men’s Eyes (Dancemakers), Gruesome Playground Injuries (The Theatre Centre). Derrick is past-President of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and sits on the boards of The AFC, Theatre Museum Canada, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Groundling Theatre. He is the recipient of a Dora Award, a Harold Award, a NOW Magazine Award as Toronto’s Best Indie Producer, and a Canadian Actors’ Equity Association Honorary Membership for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts.
Core Artistic Team – Education and Outreach/Artist Educator
Jessica is an actor, independent theatre producer and artist educator who has worked on and off stage with Studio 180 since 2004. As an actor, she has appeared in our productions of NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows and The Passion of the Chris. As a member of the Core Artistic Team, she heads the company’s education and community outreach activities, creates our production study guides, contributes to fundraising and board development initiatives, and is one of our Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop leaders. Her experience in education and childhood development ranges from work at the Upper West Side Jewish Community Centre Nursery School in Manhattan to running gymnastics, drama and music programs for children of all ages in Toronto and New York City. In 2004, she served as Education Coordinator for ARCfest: Toronto’s Human Rights Arts Festival. As an actor, Jessica has performed throughout Canada and the United States, most recently in The Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar in Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park. She holds an Honours BA in political science and women’s studies from McGill University and completed her classical acting training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York and as an apprentice at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky.
Core Artistic Team – New Play Development/Artist Educator
A co-founder of Studio 180, Mark is an actor, writer, independent theatre producer and artist educator. As a member of Studio 180’s Core Artistic Team, Mark coordinates the company’s new play development initiatives, works as a Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop leader and is responsible for our social media initiatives. For Studio 180, he has appeared as an actor in almost all of our productions, directed Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays and a reading of The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, and worked as Associate Director for Blackbird (Metcalf Foundation Internship), God of Carnage and our 10th Anniversary reading of The Laramie Project. He has performed in several reviews with The Second City’s National touring company and was a member of the acting company at the Shaw Festival for five seasons. His past experience as a producer and theatre creator involves several independent ventures, including a national tour of the Fringe hit Alexander Bell I Want to Have Your Love Child and the Australian premieres of The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine and George F. Walker’s Tough. His directing credits include the issue-based comedy Power Play and a workshop production of the musical Parade at the Shaw Festival. He has been head- or co-writer on several collective creations (Single and Sexy, That Artz Show and The Berlin Show) and his play MacHamlet was presented as part of the Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival. Mark holds an Honours BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Waterloo.
Other Artist Educators
Ramona Gilmour-Darling is an actor, singer, director, choreographer and teacher based in Toronto. A music education graduate from McGill University, she has spent 10 seasons at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, and has performed at YPT in Toronto and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. In 2006, Ramona took over the role of ‘Loonette the Clown’ on TV’s Big Comfy Couch. She directed Nobody’s Idol (Toronto Fringe) and Weightless (New Ideas Festival), and co-directed and choreographed Forever Plaid (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Ramona has taught drama, voice, choir and dance to both children and adults in Toronto and Niagara Falls over many years. Currently Ramona teaches drama and musical theatre at Pegasus Studio, runs a youth choir in the east end and is a Resident Artist Educator for YPT.
Ryan Kelly has been working in Arts Education for over 12 years. After graduating from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program he travelled around the world and the province performing on cruise ships and in regional summer theatre. When Ryan settled in Toronto he began to work for various companies teaching after-school programs, and in-school workshops. Ryan has written and directed a number of plays and musicals including If It Were Up To Me, After School Special, Once Upon a Rhyme, Peter Pan, Honk! and Once on This Island. Ryan has been Drama Coordinator and Teacher for The Centre for Art and Soul and The Stage Door Academy. He teaches improv and acting for Ballet Jorgen at George Brown and is also a private acting tutor and coach. Ryan has a Dora Award, a second nomination, a Genie nomination, a Canadian Comedy Award nomination, was recognized in NOW Magazine as one of 2012’s Top Ten Theatre Artists in Toronto, and was recently Harolded at the illustrious and subversive Harold Awards.
Jeff is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and has taught modern scene study, text analysis, audition technique and improvisation at North Bay’s Canadore College. He also teaches comedic scene study at Rosedale School for the Arts in Toronto. As an actor, for Studio 180: My Night With Reg, Cock, The Normal Heart, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project. Other theatre includes Hana’s Suitcase, To Kill a Mockingbird, Reading the Signs, Liars (Young People’s Theatre); Same Time Next Year, Half-Life, Rabbit Hole, Leading Ladies (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Steven Gallagherʼs Craplicker (Toronto Fringe 2010); Mike McPhadenʼs Poochwater, Sean Reycraftʼs One Good Marriage (Theatre Passe Muraille); King Lear (Walking Shadow Theatre); Stones in His Pockets, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Rumors, The Petrified Forest, Moon Over Buffalo (Nipissing Stage); Communicating Doors (Magnus Theatre); The Othello Project (Florida Shakespeare Theater); Love! Valour! Compassion!, Twilight of the Golds (Boston Speakeasy Theater); and The Lisbon Traviata (Boston Triangle Theater). TV credits include roles on Good Witch, The Strain, Man Seeking Woman and Queer as Folk.
A co-founder of Studio 180, Kimwun is an actor, independent theatre producer and artist educator. From 2002 to 2016, she was a member of the company’s Core Artistic Team. With Studio 180, she has appeared in You Will Remember Me, Love, Dishonor…, Clybourne Park, Our Class (Dora Nomination – Ensemble), Offensive Shadows, The Arab-Israeli Cookbook, The Laramie Project and The Passion of the Chris. She also recently directed and facilitated the Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT readings/process for Marie Beath Badian’s work-in-progress, Common. Acting work elsewhere includes at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Roseneath Theatre (Dora Nomination – Ensemble for Wrecked) and Eldritch Theatre. She is former co-editor of the SummerWorks journal, WORKS., and co-created and produced the SummerWorks walking tours (SummerWalks). Kimwun is also a communications coach, working with Practica Learning and SoulPepper. She holds a Joint honours Co-op BA from the University of Waterloo and is a graduate of George Brown College.