Meet Our Talented Teachers

At GTS, our classes are taught by some of Geordie’s favorite Montreal theatre professionals because we believe that kids deserve to learn from the best! Here are some of the talented people who are teaching for GTS this year.

Alarey Alsip

Alarey Alsip is an actress, writer & director for film and stage. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts –Theatre with Distinction from Concordia University. She has been teaching and coaching actors for the past 9 years at Geordie Theatre School, coaching privately, and she inaugurated Straeon Acting Studio’s Foundation Class two years ago. She has been a member at Straeon for 8 years. Past acting productions include: The Party/Arpent Films, The Prey/ Alejandro Cadilla, The Good Sister/Incendo, Fatal Vows/ CMJ, Living Room Dark/ Infurnace Theatre, Urban Tales-Thank Your Father/Centaur Theatre, Blackbird/Jack Hughes, Where The Blood Mixes/Teesri Duniya, The Importance of being Earnest/Brave New Productions, Equus/Village Scene Productions, The Shape Of A Girl/Geordie Productions, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe/Geordie Productions. Past directing productions include: Empty Rooms/ BullPen Productions, The Gay Agenda/Brave New Productions, Starving Artists/Friendship Activities, Cellar Dweller/ Concordia Lab Theatre.

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Trevor Barrette

Trevor is a Montreal based actor, director, writer/composer and graduate of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Program (2008 Carla Napier Scholarship / 2011 Pamela Montgomery Award). In 2011, he founded the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal and has since directed their nine productions including four of his own musical creations. As an actor he has performed with the National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre, Geordie Productions, Repercussion Theatre, among others. He is currently developing a new piece with Playwrights Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators' Unit to be presented at the 2017 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. Trevor proudly serves on the Quebec Drama Federation's Board of Directors and the Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee.

Jimmy Blais

Born and raised in Montreal, Jimmy attended the Theatre Performance program at Concordia University. In 2009/2010 he was a part of the cast for Geordie's 2-play tour. He has since had the chance to perform for many theatre companies across the city, most recently as an ensemble member of Louis Riel (A Comic-Strip stage play), based on the Graphic Novel by Chester Brown adapted and directed by Zach Fraser. Jimmy is a founding member of PlayShed, whose innagural production was nominated for a 2016 META for Outstanding Independent Production. Jimmy plays Watio on the APTN series Mohawk Girls, the series' 4th season premiers on October 25th. Jimmy is currently performing at the Stratford Festival as part of their 2016-17 ensemble. He is always thrilled to work with the GTS kids and create stories with them.

Stefanie Buxton

Stefanie is a Montréal-based actor. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s Theatre Performance program. Selected theatre credits include Private Lives (Hudson Village Theatre), On This Day (Centaur Theatre), Urban Tales (writer and performer, Centaur Theatre/Théâtre Urbi et Orbi), Province (Talisman/The Other Theatre/Centaur Theatre), If We Were Birds (Imago/Centaur Theatre), Angel's Share (Composite Theatre/Montreal Fringe 2013), Medea (Scapegoat Carnivale/Centaur Theatre), The Madonna Painter (Centaur Theatre), Rock, Paper, Jackknife... (Talisman/Centaur Theatre), Down The Main Drag (Hatch Festival and Summerworks) and girls!girls!girls! (FTA). Selected film and television credits include Touched, North Pole, Fatal Vows, Do No Harm, Sophie, Fries With That?, My First Wedding, Wicker Park and Tales from the Neverending Story. Stefanie has performed original voices for the animated series Belle and Sebastian, My Life Me and Station X. Alongside her work as an actor, Stefanie is a writer and a musician, and is currently developing original theatrical pieces

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Rhiannon Collett

Rhiannon is a playwright and performer based in Montreal. She is going into her fourth semester teaching at Geordie Theatre School. Rhiannon is the first commissioned artist of Nightswimming Theatre's 5x25 initiative. Rhiannon is a member of Playwright’s Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit, and in 2014/15 was a part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. She has had the opportunity to work with companies including Nightwood Theatre, Imago, Black Theatre Workshop, Nightswimming Theatre, Youtheatre, Geordie & Playwright's Workshop Montreal. Originally from North Vancouver, she was awarded the Jack Shadbolt Award for Multiple Arts Excellence in 2013.

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Alison Darcy

Alison is an actor, director, producer, teacher, dramaturge and the Co-Artistic Director/Founder of Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre. She has worked on over 100 plays at prestigious theatres in Canada, South Africa and the US. She has taught at Bishop's University, Teen Theatre Tour, Black Theatre Workshop, the Coaching Co-op and has been a regular teacher at the National Theatre School since 2011 (she's also a graduate of their English acting section). Currently Alison's writing a new play entitled Yev with Joseph Shragge, in which she will play the title role. Sapientia, directed by Mia Van Leewuan and adapted by Joseph Shragge from the original Roswitha play, is an object theatre piece in development, she will play the title role in this as well. Alison is the recipient of awards from the MECCAs, METAs, various North American Fringes as well a professional development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Kristen "Birdie" Gregor

Birdie has been a storyteller since she first discovered the magic of making someone laugh. She thinks she was 4. Birdie currently work as everything from a teacher, actor, stage-manager, director, to my new roles as producer and company founder at PlayShed (www.playshed.ca). Anything to keep her hands working. She has had the privilege to work on some incredible pieces, select credits include; 4 time META winner and the English Montreal Premiere of Michel Tremblay's Hosanna (Table D'Hôte Theatre); Atlantic Fringe's Best of Festival Winner Punch Up (Theatre Brouhaha/Presented by Highland Arts Theatre); Travesties (Segal Centre for Performing Arts); Intimate Apparel (Centaur Theatre); Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Geordie Productions).

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Curtis Legault

Curtis began his acting career at the ripe age or 10 with a love for musical theatre and a hunger to be on the stage! After graduating from a specialized acting program at Canterbury High School for the Arts in Ottawa, Curtis moved to Montreal to pursue a BFA in Theatre Performance at Concordia University. In his final year at Concordia University, Curtis portrayed Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Amanda Kellock), as well as Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle-Dum and Rose in Alice (directed by Dean Patrick Fleming). Other notable roles include Haimon in Andreas Apergis’ production of Antigone, and Arty in an original production, Oyster, which toured through Germany during the summer of 2016. In his spare time, Curtis works with children, teaching, and directing shows both in the city and at overnight summer camps (Camp Tawingo). He loves to sing, write, and most of all, tell stories.

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Laurent McCuaig-Pitre

Laurent always had a passion for make-believe, theatre, film, television, literature and all other forms of artistic expression. Honours graduate of Dawson College's Professional Theatre program and Concordia University's Playwriting program, Laurent had the chance to develop his craft as an actor, playwright and artist. His theatre company, 32-Hour Theatre Company has produced several of Laurent's plays including If Only (4th Gala for Student Drama), This is not a play (2014 Montreal FRINGE Festival) and Cockroaches (Concordia University SIPA Festival). Last year, Laurent took to take the stage at Théâtre Prospero in a bilingual remount of the critically-acclaimed play, Les flâneurs célestes. This summer, Laurent created and performed in A Perfect Picture, the story of Kevin Carter. Laurent also teaches improv to blind and visually-impaired individuals at the Régie des aveugles et amblyopes du Montréal métropolitain, and continues to believe that theatre can change the world.