Actress and Comedian, Arfina has been passionate about the Arts in general since childhood, writing everything from poetry to stage plays. She did her first stage play at the age of 8 in Paris and knew by then that she would be more attached to the stage than anywhere else. Even though she studied Cinema and Visual Art, the stage remained her favourite place to be. To her it's home. Her passion led her to travel the world (France, England, Comoros, Canada) to express humour, rage but mostly humanity. “In Sundry Languages” is a wonderful playground exploring that humanity and she feels honoured to be part of it.
Art was bitten by the theatre bug (a very large and venomous one) at the age of eleven when he started attending his mother’s acting school. After learning everything possible and impossible about Stanislavski's Method of Physical Actions, he began to work as an Acting and Movement instructor. After dabbling in many fields, he finally dmitted to himself that theatre was his first and strongest love – much to the displeasure of one of his stern Armenian grandmothers, who considered theatre (as well as all of his other career choices) a ‘tragic waste of time’. He founded his first theatre company in 2004.
As a believer in the power of communities she chose theatre as her medium of expression due to it’s direct relation between minds and bodies. Ludmylla Holds a B.A in Performing arts from Brazil, her birth country and recently graduated from a MFA on Directing in Ottawa, Canada. She’s eager to have as many diverse minds as possible in her projects as she believes that theatre cannot be made by one person as the celebratory power of it’s combining visions is one of its vital parts.
Une Torontoise d’origine, Moriana Kachmarsky est diplômée du Département de Théâtre de l’Université d’Ottawa, profil de jeu (juin 2017). Elle poursuit ses études à la maîtrise en théâtre avec projet de recherche-création. Elle s’intéresse au théâtre documentaire, les expériences immersives et interactives, et la création collective.
高子莹 / Ziying Gloria Gao
Ziying Gloria Gao is a Toronto-based theatre artist, singer and dancer who came to Canada from China in 2011. She received her Honours B.A. in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto. In August 2016, Gao was selected to perform in ENSEMBLE Canadian Youth Theatre’s production TOUGH!. In March 2016 and May 2015, she co-wrote and performed in the earlier iterations of Toronto Laboratory Theatre’s multilingual theatre production In Sundry Languages. Gao is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Riaz is a theatre artist and activist, now residing in Toronto but originally from Bangladesh. He specializes in contemporary, text-based performance and he had enjoyed an extensive theatre and film career in Bangladesh, where I worked professionally for more than 26 years. As a theatre practitioner, he has gained a broad range of expertise, which includes acting in academic and professional theatre productions, conducting workshops, designing sets and costumes as well as sound and light.
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Ahmed Moneka / احمد مونيكا
Ahmed Salah Moneka was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where grew up in a creative, loving, and supportive family. He studied Theatre at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Theoretical Acting from the University of Baghdad. After acting in live theatre for 10 years, Ahmed became the first black television presenter in Iraq for a popular television show, Mizan Ramadan in 2012. He then moved to film and acted in critically acclaimed and award-winning short and feature-length films, many of which have been screened at leading international film festivals. Much of Ahmed’s work focuses on the issues of human rights and freedom in his native Iraq.
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Mario works as a Psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. He holds an M.Ed. in Counselling & Psychotherapy and certification in Gestalt Therapy. In addition to being a therapist/group facilitator, with roots in pro-feminist theory, Mario is a graduate from the Conservatory of Theatre in Portugal with the vision of weaving together the performing Arts and Therapy. He offers annually programs in personal development and theatre using the Art of Clown together with Gestalt therapy. For more info about upcoming programs in The Clown and Gestalt workshops visit:
Юрий Ружьёв / Yury Ruzhyev
Yury is multidisciplinary performer in film, theatre, and circus. Originally from Moscow, where he studied theatre and acting at Boris Shukin Theatre School, affiliated with Vakhtangov Theatre (2008), performance arts at The Green Theatre in Moscow (2005); He also holds MBA from Moscow University (2001); Yury is very proud to have studied with John Turner at the Clown Farm and at Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.
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I am an Economist, an Engineer, a Philosopher, an Early Child Educator, a teacher, a dancer, a wife, a mother, a pretty decent farmer and gardener but right now I am decided to go full steam into acting and yoga teaching. I surely need to do it since the acting worm that consumes my insides if I am not on stage, has revealed me one more truth…I am probably an adopted mother to my kids…you see every time an opportunity arises for a volunteer to step into the space, I would go "me, me, pick me and my kids and hubby would be so embarrassed. :)
Μαρία Κορδώνη/Maria Kordoni
Maria Kordoni, a graduate of the drama school Embros, is an actor, director, and teacher of dramatic arts. She has appeared in several film, television and theatre productions in Greece between 2000 and 2011. She has acted in and directed both classical and contemporary theatre, including: Double Inconstancy, Beauty and the Beast, Ladies in the Snow, Fairytale heart, The King Stag, Fewer emergencies, The Inheritance, The Emperor’s Dove, The Wizard of Oz, and Anderson’s Dramatic Stories. Her film credits include: The Lonely Knight, The Crisis, The Madonna of Vlatodon, Alexandria, and Red Balloon. Her television work includes the series Journeys into the Memory (Actor Portraits), Last Paradise, In the Sun of the Aegean, and Eros. As a drama teacher, she has worked with actors, educators, and children. Maria moved to Canada in 2011 and is now running her own Greek language drama school, “Epi Skinis,” with classes for children and for adults, mounting two performances each year.
Shelley is a Dramaturg, Theatre Scholar and an Acting Teacher.
Kia Salimian has studied architecture and started to work as a stage and set designer from the age of 18. He’s attended many acting, playwriting and set designing workshops to learn more about theatre.Since then he has been involved in many productions as a producer, set designer, actor and director.
Myrto is a current doctoral candidate at UofT. She speaks four languages to varying degrees, writes in two (and a half), understands an additional two (sometimes), and can navigate (with some misadventures) another two ancient ones. Her research apprenticeship with the internationally composed Open Program team of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards helped to focus her current academic work. More.
Producer/Production Manager/Stage Manager
Tyler is a theatre artist, designer and events producer based in Toronto. He
holds an Honours B.A in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He has also studied at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City, SoulPepper Theatre and with the TooBa Physical Theatre Ensemble in Vancouver. More.
Syeda works as a Coordinator in a business company in Toronto. She holds a B.Ed. in Special Education and Master’s in Development Studies. She has extraordinary skills in people management. At the same time, she is passionate about performing arts. She is empowered to take ownership of her work and assisted different Theater companies in their project development. More.
Montgomery has worked with the company on the Video Dramaturgy.
Paul J. Stoesser
Toronto-based scenographer Paul J. Stoesser has designed scenery and lighting for all manner of theatre performances including numerous national and world premieres. He is a founding member of TLT and has, as lighting designer, collaborated on In Sundry Languages since its workshop inception. More about Paul.
Deniz Başar is a doctoral student at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. Her academic interests center around public sphere theories and puppetry. She graduated from her first Master’s Degree in Modern Turkish History in 2014 from Boğaziçi University. More about Deniz.
Maria Kordoni, a graduate of the drama school Embros, is an actor, director, and teacher of dramatic arts. She has appeared in several film, television and theatre productions in Greece between 2000 and 2011. She has acted in and directed both classical and contemporary theatre, including: Double Inconstancy, Beauty and the Beast. Maria moved to Canada in 2011 and is now running her own Greek language drama school, “Epi Skinis.” More.
Luba Cherny has had an extensive journalist career in Russia working for newspapers and publishing companies. In Canada, she publishes “Canadian Courier” and a hosts of Radio Kurier on CHIN. She created the yearly Russian Carousel Cultural Festival In 2002 she has received Gold Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth for her active community work. More.
Gregory is a theatre artist and producer from Poland based in Toronto. He is a recent theatre graduate from UofT and Sheridan College’s joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program. Greg was drawn to this project because of his fascination with language, culture and the exciting ways in which they interact with one another.
Professor Yana Meerzon teaches at the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa. Her research interests are in drama and performance theory, theatre of exile and migration, and practical dramaturgy, with book and articles publications on these topics, includingPerforming Exile – Performing Self: Drama, Theatre, Film (2012). More.
Cristina is a professional performer, director, instructor and pianist. Originally from Ontario, Cristina Kindl has lived in Montreal, studied in England and in Denmark. She is multilingual and specializes in Workshops for Interactive Theatre. More about Cristina.