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 and playwright / composer. Upon graduating from John Abbott CEGEP’s Professional Theatre program in 2011, he founded the award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre Montreal and has directed their ten productions including four of his own musical creations. As an actor he has performed with the National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, MainLine Theatre, Geordie Productions, Persephone Productions among others. 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 a director, producer, teacher, dramaturge and actress. She is the Co-Artistic Director/Founder of Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre. Some of her directorial works include Ladies Foursome (Hudson), Bar Kapra the Squirrel Hunter (Scapegoat), The Dumb Waiter (Theatre Esperance), Blind (MAI/Scapegoat), Othello, Faust and The Heretics of Bohemia (all with Segal/ Scapegoat), and Medea, and Life is a Dream (both for Centaur/Scapegoat), and Things are bad-Ijumpile Lendaba (South Africa's Mopo Productions/Scapegoat). Some acting credits include roles in Age of Arousal (Centaur), A Doll House (Saidye), Bye Bye Baby (Imago/Centaur), Brahm and the Angel (Geordie), Small Returns (Infinitheatre/November), girls!girls!girls! (Theatro Commanici/FTA), and Taking Sides (Centaur) and various film and television productions. She has worked closely with Clyde Henry Productions, the Festival Transamériques, Blue Metropolis Festival, and has received awards from the MECCAs, METAs, and various North American Fringes. She has taught at universities, for private programs, and at the National Theatre School (and is an English acting program graduate). She is currently writing a new play entitled Yev with Joseph Shragge, in which she will play the title role.

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Leah Fong

Leah is originally from Vancouver BC, where she began her love of acting in TYA by studying at the Arts Umbrella Pre Professional Theatre Program and Touring Troupe (Most notable roles being Stuart Little in The Adventures of Stuart Little and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing). After graduating from Concordia University with a BFA in Theatre Performance (Most notable roles being Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream and The Queen of Hearts/ Tweedle-Dee in Alice), she became a member of Geordie Productions 2PlayTour 2016/17 (Instant and Water Weight). She has been teaching acting and theatre to kids for the last 7 years alongside pursuing her passions in theatre, voice, stunts and Chinese Opera. Leah's favourite hobbies include petting strangers dogs and forcing her friends to eat all the things she’s been baking.

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Fanny La Croix

Fanny is a writer and actor currently based in Montreal. She has developed several television treatments, including the half-hour comedy, The List, and the one hour drama, A New Normal. Joan’s Not Here, Fanny’s first full length play, won the prestigious Pam Dunn Award for best play, 2014. She is currently in pre-production for her first short film, Nice, which she wrote and will also direct. Fanny is also Canadian actress with numerous film, television and theatre credits to her name. Some highlights include her performance as terrorist Louise Lanctôt, in the CBC mini-series, October 1970; the role garnered Fanny an Actra Award Nomination for Best Actress. In 2008, Fanny was also a part of Todd Hayne’s critically acclaimed film I’m Not There, playing opposite Heath Ledger. Passionate about Arts education, Fanny has created and taught many workshops focusing on self-creation; she has been collaborating with the Blue Metropolis Festival for the past three years, and is thrilled to be joining the GTS team!

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Curtis Legault

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..

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Laurent McCuaig-Pitre

Laurent has always believed that telling a story can change the world. Graduate of Dawson College's Professional Theatre program and Concordia University's Playwriting program, Laurent had the chance to develop his craft as a bilingual actor, playwright, teacher and artist. He has had the opportunity to work with such companies as Centaur Theatre, LAB 87, Youtheatre, La Licorne, Geordie Theatre and Théâtre Prospero. His theatre company, 32-Hour Theatre Company has produced several of Laurent's plays including If Only (4th Gala for Student Drama) and This is not a play (2014 Montreal FRINGE Festival). His latest play, A Perfect Picture, about the infamous war photographer Kevin Carter that captured the world's attention with one haunting picture, was nominated for Best Solo at the 2016 Montreal Fringe and received critical acclaim at the Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival. This year, Laurent is creating and performing in two new works: Amuse Me, about the Muse struggling to break away from a failed writer, and Little Charming, about Prince Charming’s little brother who goes on a hero’s journey in search of his missing parents. Follow Laurent's journey at www.laurentpitre.com

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Michelle Rambharose

Originally from Toronto, Michelle is a Guyanese-Canadian, Montreal-based theatre artist, actor, educator, dancer, and 2016 graduate from Concordia University’s BFA in Theatre Performance. Michelle most recently performed in Geordie's 2016-2017 2-play school tour (Water Weight and Instant) and is currently co-creating a new original theatre piece entitled Maskuline. She is thrilled to be sharing the gifts of theatre with GTS students and even more excited to learn from them."