The Studio 180 Theatre team
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Joel Greenberg
GENERAL MANAGER Laura Pomeroy
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Mark McGrinder
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Jessica Greenberg
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Byron Abalos
MARKETING COORDINATOR Bryn Kennedy
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Jenna Harris
FOUNDING MEMBERS C. Derrick Chua, Jessica Greenberg, Joel Greenberg, Mark McGrinder, Samara Nicholds, Kimwun Perehinec
STUDIO 180 IN CLASS ARTIST EDUCATORS Byron Abalos, Annie Clarke, Ramona Gilmour-Darling, Jessica Greenberg, Jenna Harris, Ryan Kelly, Bryn Kennedy, Mark McGrinder, Bria McLaughlin, Jeff Miller, Ngabo Nabea, Marissa Orjalo, Kimwun Perehinec, Marcel Stewart & Sabryn Rock
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, You Will Remember Me, and My Night with Reg. 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).
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.
Associate Artistic Director/Founding Member/Artist Educator
A co-founder of Studio 180, Mark is an actor, writer, and artist educator. As a member of Studio 180’s Core Artistic Team, Mark coordinates our Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT program and works as a Studio 180 IN CLASS workshop leader. For Studio 180, he has appeared as an actor in many of our productions, adapted and directed, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, 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 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.
Director of Youth and Community Engagement/Founding Member/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 Indecent, King Charles III, NSFW, Cock, Our Class, Parade, Blackbird, Offensive Shadows and The Passion of the Chris. As the Director of Youth and Community Engagement, Jessica creates our production study guides and lobby exhibits, runs our Studio 180 IN CLASS and Beyond The Stage programs, and contributes to Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT. As an Artist Educator beyond Studio 180, Jessica works as a guest artist with secondary and post-secondary drama students and with younger children through Theatre Direct, where she serves on the Wee Festival Advisory. Jessica was Education Coordinator for ARCfest: Toronto’s Human Rights Arts Festival, and is the Director of Child Engagement for the Child-ish Collective. As an actor, Jessica has performed on stage throughout Canada and the United States, has appeared on hit TV shows and has voiced animated characters. 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.
Director of Development/Artist Educator
Byron Abalos is an actor, playwright, producer, director 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. 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. He also co-created Monday Nights as part of the 6th Man Collective and directed Good Morning, Viet Mom as part of the Soaring Skies Collective. NOW Magazine named him one of Toronto’s Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2010.
Marketing & Community Engagement Coordinator/Artist Educator
Bryn Kennedy is an actor, director and arts administrator who loves to be a part of making theatre happen in any way that she can. She was a member of Nightwood Theatre’s Young Innovators Unit and Paprika Festival’s Directors Lab. Her recent directing credits include Overtones, Beneath the Bed (Erindale Fringe), Happy Family (Toronto Fringe), Reasons to be Pretty (RTBP Collective), Vitals (Theatre Born Between), A Bear Awake in Winter (Assistant Director/Assistant Producer, Next Stage Theatre Festival) and Beneath the Bed (Theatre Born Between/Toronto Fringe). As an arts administrator, she has worked with companies such as Binocular Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Nightwood Theatre and Crow’s Theatre. She is the proud Co-Founder of Theatre Born Between.
Associate Producer/Artist Educator
Jenna is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Theatre Conservatory Program in New York City. She is a Dora-nominated actor, playwright /creator, dancer, producer and arts educator. She is the founder and Artistic Producer of Discord and Din Theatre, and a founding member of [elephants] collective. As an actor, Jenna has worked in both the United States and Canada, and as a writer has written everything from radio shows to animated shorts, webseries to feature films, site-specific work to full-length plays. Jenna was part of Studio 180 Theatre’s inaugural IN DEVELOPMENT (November 2015), the Tarragon Playwrights Unit (2015-16), the Thousand Islands Playhouse Playwright’s Unit (2016), was a Playwright in Residence at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (2016-2017), and is currently in a member of their Artist Residency program. Jenna has taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Tech and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and numerous schools in Toronto.
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.
Sam is currently a middle school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. Prior to becoming a teacher, she obtained a BA from University of Waterloo, majoring in Drama and with a specialization in Arts Administration. Upon graduation, she was busy in the Toronto theatre scene working administratively with Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, Theatre Direct Canada, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and both the Toronto Fringe and Summerworks Festivals. She even performed professionally once at YPT playing the role of Companion Mouse in a play called Jumping Mouse, written by Columpa C. Bobb and Marion deVries, and directed by Sally Han! In addition, she performed some puppetry around Toronto, including the animation of Heather the Salamander in a pilot for a children’s show called Spadasheo (Clowns after Midnight Productions). She is incredibly proud to be a co-founder of Studio 180 and particularly to have supported the amazing team that worked on the first production, The Laramie Project.
Founding Member/Artist Educator
A co-founder of Studio 180 and co-creator of the Studio 180 IN CLASS program, 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 directed and facilitated the first Studio 180 IN DEVELOPMENT process for Marie Beath Badian’s Common. Her work onstage includes performances at Theatre New Brunswick, Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, Tarragon Theatre, MTC, Gateway Theatre, Theatre Junction, the GCTC, Roseneath Theatre (Dora Nomination – Ensemble for Wrecked), Eldritch Theatre and the Stratford Festival. 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.
More Artist Educators
Annie Clarke is an actor, producer, and former Day camp Leader. She worked as Studio 180’s Marketing Coordinator from 2017-2018, and is thrilled to return to the company as an Artist Educator. Annie is passionate about the development of new Canadian work, and has produced the premiere productions of What I call her by Ellie Moon (In Association/Crow’s) and Cannibal by Thom Nyhuus (Scrap Paper/Next Stage Theatre Festival). Annie is the Communications Producer at Generator.
Ramona is an actor, singer, director, choreographer and teacher based in Toronto. A music education graduate from McGill University in voice (Honours in Music for Children, and Choral Music), she has spent ten seasons at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, and has performed at Young People’s Theatre and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon. In 2006, Ramona took over the role of ‘Loonette the Clown’ on TV’s Big Comfy Couch. Ramona works as an Artist Educator around the city in various schools, for Studio 180 and as a Resident Artist Educator for Y.P.T. She has directed over forty children in a musical every summer for the past five years at Camp Art House, and teaches drama, performance practice, and musical theatre at various studios in Toronto. Ramona runs Glee Choirs with The Music Project, three choirs with Sistema, a private chamber choir with youth, and has created the Children’s Arts Club at Calvin/Deerpark.
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.
Bria McLaughlin is a Dora Nominated actress, and graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. After growing up in the suburbs of Whitby, Ontario Bria has had the privilege of working across Canada from Montreal to Winnipeg to Toronto. She was introduced to Studio 180 as an actor through the 180 WOMEN readings and was recently seen in the IN DEVELOPMENT workshop reading of Amy Rutherford’s Mortified. Recent credits include Birds of a Feather (Roseneath Theatre), Swan (Filament Incubator/Little Black Afro), In This World (Youtheatre), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Wolf Manor), [email protected] (Youtheatre), Bitches Love Brunch (BLB Productions). Bria is also a co-creator of the Instagram mini-series I Dream in Colour. Bria is thrilled to be a part of the Education team and is looking forward to a great season!
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.
Though born in Toronto, Ngabo Nabea spent much of his childhood travelling and studying abroad. He returned to Toronto to study performance at Ryerson University. His first experience working with Studio 180 was for a reading of Common by Marie-Beath Badian as part of their new works IN DEVELOPMENT program (2017). Upon graduating, he has performed in various shows around Toronto, including leads in Twisted at the Factory Theatre (2015), The Postman by Appledore Productions for the Pan Am Games (2015), The Number’s Game at Storefront Theatre (2016) and will soon star in I and You at the Globe Theatre in Saskatchewan (2018). He is currently continuing his training with the Factory Theatre Mechanicals and is excited to be part of the Studio 180 education team.
Marissa is an interdisciplinary Filipina-Canadian actor, writer, composer, and academic based in Toronto. She is currently an M.A. Candidate at the University of Toronto, working with the Centre for Theatre, Drama, and Performance Studies. Her research areas of interest include Asian-Canadian theatre, Filipinx-Canadian theatre, and radical theatre creation through music and technology. Marissa has been fortunate enough to participate in the actor enhancement training program at Factory Theatre as well as Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s joint HASA Initiative with the Stratford Festival in 2019. She holds certificates from the Royal Conservatory of Music for Operatic Voice and Classical Piano Performance. Marissa is currently creating with the Disconnect(ed) Collective at Carlos Bulosan Theatre, developing a new piece entitled Pedestal Pinays. She has performed in several Toronto-based productions including A (Musical) Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood Theatre), and FEARLESS (fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre). Marissa is thrilled to be with the Education Team and looks forward to inspiring the next generation of theatre creators!
Marcel is an actor, writer, dope mc, arts educator, and organizer with Jamaican heritage, but born in the UK and raised in Canada. He often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? Who have I lost? What is my purpose? Marcel was a member of the Soulpepper Academy, and he recently completed the Theatre Enhancement Program (Directing Foreman) through Factory Theatre. As an actor, for Studio 180: King Charles III. Other theatre credits include: The Brothers Size, Father Comes Home From the Wars and Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Payers); Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival); We Are Proud to Present (Theatre Centre); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Marcel is a 3-time Dora nominated actor, and has performed in numerous Dora Award-Winning productions. He is currently a member of b current’s Playwrights Incubator, and works for Suitcase in Point as their Outreach Director.
Sabryn is an actor, singer, arts educator and budding director originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. She directed the site specific production of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman at The Summerworks Festival that took place on a city bus, has directed youth in Musical Stage Company’s One Song Glory as well as abridged versions of The Tempest & As you Like It for Shakespeare in Action. She also has assisted on several productions including Intimate Apparel (Obsidian), The Wizard of Oz (YPT) and most recently Next to Normal (MSC/Mirvish). Earlier this year she staged and directed the Banks Prize Cabaret for the Musical Stage Company. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, The Birmingham Conservatory at Stratford and the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors’ Conservatory.