Meet Our Talented Teachers
Trevor Barrette is a Montreal based actor, director, playwright/composer and teacher. Upon graduating from JAC's Professional Theatre program, he founded the award winning Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal, for which he directed their 11 productions, including 4 original musicals. As an actor, he has performed on stage with the National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre, Geordie Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, MainLine Theatre and Persephone Productions and in readings and workshops at the National Theatre School, Infinitheatre and Playwrights Workshop Montreal. He is a proud member of the Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee, the Montreal Clown Festival's Board of Directors and the Quebec Drama Federation's Board of Directors. Trevor currently teaches at the Segal Centre, Geordie Theatre School and Montreal Children's Theatre. You can see him on stage this spring in Scapegoat Carnivale's Yev.
Samantha Bitonti is a Montreal-based actor and creator. With a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University, she pursues various areas of performance including: clown, voice, film, and stage combat (AAC with FDC). Samantha is also a proud teacher at Geordie Theatre School. Select credits include: Measure for Measure (Repercussion), Reaching for Starlight (Geordie), The Trophy Hunt (Rabbit in a Hat); Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends (voice); The Lower Plateau (Dépanneur Films). Samantha is a critical thinker, a lover of art, an advocate for community, and a keen observer of the power of storytelling. Keep up to date with her adventures at www.samanthabitonti.com
Sarah is a performer and facilitator from the prairies (Treaty 6), currently based in Montréal (unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory). Her practice as both an educator and an artist is focused primarily on new work development, community activation, and storytelling for disruption, education and celebration. Last year Sarah taught weekly drama classes at Outreach High School in Montreal, and has previously worked in an educational/facilitation capacity with children in Cadotte Lake, Alberta, and emerging artists in Kisumu, Kenya. As an artist, Sarah has been involved with Montreal Fringe, Revolution They Wrote, Rose Festival, and PWM’s Young Creators Unit since moving to Montreal, as well as aiding in the creation of a new participatory theatre piece for high school students, State of Nature, with Youtheatre.
Miriam is a Montreal-based theatre artist. As an acting instructor, Miriam provides the tools and a safe space for students to play, sound and embrace their presence. Miriam has had the pleasure of leading foundational acting courses at the EMSB and Concordia University, as well as workshops at Repercussion Theatre and is thrilled to join the GTS team. Miriam's art is guided by authenticity, curiosity, connection, integrity and JOY. In 2012, she co-founded Hopegrown Productions and with Hopegrown, has workshopped and performed four new plays by Montreal playwrights, which have toured within Canada and internationally. With the support of Playwrights' Workshop Montreal, Young Creators Unit, Miriam wrote and developed, The One, which premiered at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2019. Miriam graduated from Concordia's Theatre Performance program in 2013 and has trained with Canada’s National Voice Intensive and Tectonic Theater Project, to name two favourites. As an actor, Miriam has performed with Repercussion Theatre, In Your Face Entertainment and Passionfool Theatre, among others. www.hopegrown.ca
Shanti Ikwe Gonzales
Shanti Ikwe Gonzales is a theatre director and creator based in Montreal. Shanti has collaborated with companies such as Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Teesri Duniya Theatre, SistersinMotion, and Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI). Shanti is an alumna of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program, Playwrights Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit, and McGill University. Additionally, Shanti is a children’s music teacher with Monkey Rock Music and a member of the interdisciplinary artist collective Drawing Board Collective.
Olivia Hawkes is a theatre teacher whose background includes teaching in Montreal and abroad in Rome, Italy. In Rome, Olivia led children's theatre workshops and a theatre summer camp. Her theatre degree from Concordia University (2019) specializes in Shakespearean studies, where she also dabbled in playwriting and theatre performance. Olivia has acted as Christine, in The Phantom of the Opera and Sandra in A Beautiful Thing, by British playright Jonathan Harvey. In 2013 she performed as part of the Cambridge University corpus christi ensemble and that year she took a workshop series at the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama. In Olivia's approach to teaching theatre her emphasis is on inspiring her students to act as autonomous creative beings enabling them to experience the magic of creating stories. Olivia is also a soprano and a member of two Montreal based choirs, including the OPCM.
Daniel is a Montréal (unceded Kanien’kehá:ka land) based theatre creator, animator, teacher, learner and aspiring everything. In Sydney, Australia (Gadigal Land) where he grew up, he studied theatre creation and acting and was most interested by devised works and physical theatre. In Australia, his work appeared in the Sydney Fringe Festival, the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival, the AIMDA Emerge Short Works Festival and he toured Australia with New Zealand playhouse - a young persons theatre company who visited more than 350 schools over a 12 month period across Australia and New Zealand. Since arriving on Turtle Island (North America), he has collaborated with or learned from artists at The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, The Interact Centre for Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis), The Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Geordie Theatre Productions (Montréal) and The Segal Centre, among others. Daniel is searching for joy, for meaningful community, for vulnerable story telling - so if you have any, feel free to share!
Curtis Legault is a theatre artist, TV and film actor, teacher and 2016 graduate of Concordia University’s BFA - Specialization in Theatre Performance. Since graduation, Curtis has toured Oyster, an original theatre piece, to the ARENA Festival in Germany. Afterwards, he performed as Mortimer in Anthony Kennedy’s production of Mary Stuart and Ensemble in Geordie Productions’ It’s A Wonderful Life. Most recently, Curtis co-founded a team for a half-mask theatre piece entitled Maskulin. Since performing the first iteration of this piece at Festival Entr’Actes in June, Curtis continues to contribute to the piece’s evolution. Curtis also works as a theatre educator at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School teaching weekly drama classes organized by Geordie Productions. Notable TV credits include Henry in CBC’s The Detectives. Curtis seeks to further develop his abilities as a highly physical, multidisciplinary performer and creator..
Gabe Maharjan is an actor and playwright based in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal. They are an alumnus of the Dome and Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program (Actor’s Stream). They developed their play Eva in Rio while participating in Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit, Teesri Duniya’s Fireworks Program, Emploi Québec’s Programme Jeune Volontaire, and Montréal Arts Interculturels’ Alliances Program. They have led theatre courses with people of all ages at various schools and camps. A selection of Gabe’s performance credits include Robin in Cabal’s La Somnambule (META nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance), Jayne in WASP, Haemon in Raise the Stakes’ Antigone, Eddie in The Last Wife as part of Imago’s “Her Side” festival, and Tripp in Sermo Scomber’s Don’t Read the Comments. Gabe voices Hayao in Epsilon Games’ Primus Vita. They made their directorial debut in 2017, when they produced Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (Playground Productions). Gabe is currently an artist-in-residence at Imago Theatre and they’re serving on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Drama Federation. Get to know more about Gabe at gabemaharjan.com.
Originally from Toronto, Michelle is a Guyanese-Canadian theatre creator, actor and educator based in Montreal. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University and is an alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop Artistic Mentorship Program. As an actor Michelle has toured with Geordie Productions’ 2016-2017 school tour (Instant, Water Weight), remounted Geordie’s Instant at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre, which won the 2018 Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Production (Theatre for Young Audiences), and most recently played Juliet in Repercussion Theatre’s production of Romeo and Juliet: Love is Love. Her works as a performer and/or co-creator of original performances have been to Toronto Fringe, Toronto's Summerworks, and have been shared in Montreal. She is passionate about sharing the gifts of theatre with GTS students and grateful for the opportunity to be simultaneously learning from them.
Jennifer is an actor, acting teacher, and emerging playwright. She completed her B.F.A Specialization in Theatre & Development at Concordia University. She has since worked with companies that include Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre, Scapegoat Carnivale, Talisman Theatre, The Other Theatre, Geordie Theatre, National Theatre School, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, and Imago Theatre, among others. She was an actor in Black Theatre Workshop’s 2014-2015 Mentorship Program and was awarded a Montreal English Theatre Award (Best Supporting Actress) for her role as Simon in Geordie's production of Chloe’s Choice. After living in Halifax for 2 years, Jennifer is thrilled to be back with her Geordie family at GTS.
Joy Ross Jones
Joy is an actor, creator, improviser, and theatre facilitator from Venezuela and Canada, living in Montreal since 2006. Her university studies include McGill University and Concordia University were she studied as Theatre and Theatre for Social Change, and a Masters in Art Education at Concordia in 2018. Joy is proud to be an Associate Artist with Imago Theatre as Program Director of ARTISTA, Imago’s free theatre mentorship program for young women. She performs regularly with improv troupe, Colour Outside the Lines, and delights in practicing Pochenko clown and performing bouffon (grotesque clown). Recent theatre credits include Don’t Read the Comments (Sarah Segal-Lazar, Semo Scomber - Fringe/Segal Centre Award Winner), Thy Women’s Weeds by Erin Shields (staged reading, Repercussion Theatre), and Elsewhere (Odd Stumble, Fringe/Segal Centre Award Winner), which was presented by Imago Theatre at the Centaur Theatre in January 2019. Joy is proud to be represented by Haus of Marc. www.joyrossjones.com.
Jen Viens is a director, actor, teacher and producer originally hailing from BC. While there, she studied theatre at UBC, and trained with Matthew Harrison at the Actor’s Foundry in Vancouver. Jen relocated to Montreal five years ago and has been an active member in the arts community since. She has been teaching theatre to children of all ages for over twelve years and is thrilled to be part of the Geordie team!
Directing credits include: SEVEN - a Documentary Play, Unicorn Included (web series), Party Princess (web series), Subtraction (Uncanny Theatre Co.)
Performance credits include: What Happened After Nora Left Her Husband (Imago Theatre) Helix, Stunt Double on Twilight, Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Passage (Winner of Best Solo Production at the Montreal Fringe), and ‘Jen' in the acclaimed web series Battle Jar; Resolving Arguments Since the Dawn of Time.
Dakota Jamal Wellman
Dakota Jamal Wellman is a performer and creator currently based in Montreal. Originally from Port Hope, ON, Dakota completed his post-secondary studies in theatre at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Upon graduation, Dakota relocated to Montreal to participate in the Artist Mentorship Program at Black Theatre Workshop, and has been fortunate to call Montreal home ever since. Dakota is happy to be working with GTS for a third year and to be surrounded by all the great people that make Geordie a family. Winner of the 2017 META for Outstanding Emerging Artist - Performance, notable credits include: Eva In Rio (Playground Productions), Reaching For Starlight (Geordie Theatre), Blackout (Tableau D'Hote Theatre), Don’t Read The Comments (Sermo Scomber Theatre), The Revolutions (SpiderWebShow), Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre). Film/TV: Futureman, Matthias & Maxime, The Walk-In Closet, The Bold Type, The Death And Life of John F. Donovan.