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Guest Artists 2012 - 13


Stewart Arnott

Director, The Piper

Stewart Arnott, Director, Unity 1918Stewart Arnott has been an actor on stage and screen, a director and a teacher for almost 35 years.

He happily returns to Ryerson Theatre School, having directed UNITY (1918) in 2010.  Stewart's directing work includes the world premiere of POBBY & DINGAN on the mainstage at Young Peoples' Theatre (Toronto); THE SWEARING JAR, MASTER HAROLD & THE BOYS, KILT and STRAWBERRIES IN JANUARY at Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg); AMADEUS and THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP at Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton); and PATIENCE, UNITY(1918) and DEMOCRACY at The Great Canadian Theatre Co. (Ottawa). He has also directed at George Brown Theatre School and Humber College. 

Recent acting highlights onstage include HALLAJ and WAITING FOR GODOT (Modern Times Theatre Co.); LADY IN THE RED DRESS (fu-GEN Theatre Co.); the lead in THE CARD TRICK (THE GLADSTONE VARIATIONS) at the Gladstone Hotel; starring in the Canadian premiere of Edward Albee’s THE GOAT ( GCTC); and the premiere production of THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Birdland Theatre). 

His many television credits include a series lead in the CBC soap opera RIVERDALE, as well as principal appearances in THE LISTENER, L.A. COMPLEX, THE KENNEDYS and MURDOCH MYSTERIES. Film credits include LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL; LOVE, SEX & EATING THE BONES; ABSOLON; and the acclaimed shorts TRAILING ARBUTUS and THE OLD WAYS.

Stewart has taught acting at George Brown Theatre School, The Players Academy, Teatro Escambray (Cuba), The Actors Workshop, and C.A.S.T.  He is also a busy private coach.

Roberto Campanella

Choreographer, Ryerson Dances

Born and raised in Rome, Roberto Campanella trained at the Scuola Italiana
di Danza Contemporanea. In 1985, Roberto joined the Compagnia Italiana di
 Danza Contemporanea and later joined the prestigious Aterballetto. In 1993, 
he joined The National Ballet of Canada where he was soon promoted to
 Soloist and was cast in many classical and contemporary roles. Roberto made
 his choreographic debut at The National Ballet of Canada's 1995 Choreographic Workshop and, upon retiring from the National Ballet in 1996, 
Roberto trained with the National Ballet School's Teacher Training Program 
from which he graduated with distinction. He is now a sought-after guest
 teacher for companies such as The National Ballet of Canada and Stuttgart 
Ballet as well as companies in Italy, Korea and Japan. Although Roberto
 choreographs predominantly for ProArteDanza, he also choreographs a wide 
variety of commissioned works for companies at home and abroad. In 2001,
Roberto was nominated for the Bonnie Bird Choreography Award in London. In
 2007, he received the Fellowship Initiative Award from the New York 
Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of the New York City Ballet, and in 
2008, he was awarded a Chalmers Professional Development Grant. Campanella's
 first full-length work Alice in Wonderland premiered at Ballet Augsburg in 
Germany in October 2008. Roberto was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for 
Outstanding Choreography with co-choreographer Robert Glumbek for “in
between”, which premiered at ProArteDanza¹s Season 2010.

Robert Glumbek

Choreographer, Ryerson Dances

Upon graduation from Bytom State Ballet School in Poland, Robert Glumbek joined The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw as a soloist where he worked with choreographers such as John Neumeier, Maurice Bejart, Hans Van Manen, John Butler, and Constantine Siergiejew. In 1987, Glumbek came to Canada and worked for a variety of corps including Theatre Ballet of Canada in Ottawa with Larry Gradus; the Judith Marcuse Company in Vancouver; Myth Productions with Learie Nichols before settling in 1990 with Desrosiers Dance Theatre, where he danced for ten years and was instrumental in the creation of many roles. Glumbek joined National Theatre Mannheim in 2002 as dancer and ballet master and returned to Canada in 2004 to work as an independent artist and choreographer. Mr. Glumbek has worked with choreographers: Kevin O’Day, Bill James, Peter Chin, Michael Downing (Dancefront), Dominique Dumais, Christopher House, Serge Bennathan, Holly Small, Learie McNicolls, and Tedd Robinson.

Robert’s first choreographic project was an adaptation by Mika Vatari based on the Pharo Ahknaton for Finland’s 20th anniversary celebration of renowned actor Hannu Huska. His first coupling as co-choreographer with Roberto Campanella includes: Nothing Twice, inspired by poet Nobel winner Szymborska and the first incarnation of Nine Sentiments, poetry provided and read by Michael Ondaatje. This piece was the catalyst for forming ProArteDanza. Robert became Artistic Associate of ProArteDanza in 2004.

Further choreography includes, for Princess Productions in 2004, Contemplation of Betrayal, composed by Rick Hyslop and a duet with Artistic Director Yvonne Ng entitled, Tell Began. In 2005, La Maison de la Culture in Trois Rivieres, Quebec devoted a full evening to Glumbek’s work. Robert then created two pieces for Mannheim Ballet, Germany, Subsistence (2005) and Still (2006). ProArteDanza subsequently performed both works. Most recently Glumbek created Alpha Phemale in 2006 for Ryerson University’s dance department. June 2007, Fragmented Memories for Toronto Dance Theater; September 2007, Displacement for Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, composer Christos Hatzis; Dis/Locate for ProArteDanza’s 2007 season at Premiere Dance Theatre, Harbourfront; February 2008 premiere of Hidden Places for National Theatre Mannheim.

Hanna Kiel

Choreographer, Ryerson Dances

Hanna Kiel is from Seoul, South Korea and moved to Vancouver in 1996. Since then, she has been pursuing her goal as a choreographer.  Hanna’s work has been presented at 12 Minutes Max, PlanB Singles and solos Festival, Rainbow Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Asian Heritage Month Festival, Pulse at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Roundhouse Centre, Surrey Arts Centre in Vancouver, Lynda Raino Dance in Victoria and New Face Dance Festival in Seoul Korea. In 2007, she choreographed and danced at the Centre A collaborating with Yoko Ono. Hanna moved to Toronto in 2008 where she continues her dance career as an independent dance artist. She choreographed and performed at Series 8:08, Dancemakers studio theatre, Rivoli Dance and Dance Ontario Nuit Blanche in Toronto. She is Co producer and choreographer for 3 is Company show.

She also choreographed for U4Change, Cadence Contemporary Ballet Company and Ballet Jorgen. She was commissioned by Maindance School, Choommy dance group in Vancouver, George Brown Dance Spring Showcase in Toronto and Garion Contemporary Dance Company and Soong Hee Woman’s College in South Korea. Hanna is also the 2012 winner of the fourth annual Northwest Dance Project ‘Pretty Creatives’ international choreographic competition in Portland, Oregon.

John Ottman

Co-Choreographer, Ryerson Dances

John Ottman, Choreographer, DancesMr. Ottmann’s trained with master teachers from L’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec and The National Ballet School. Over the course of his 27 year performing career, Mr. Ottmann gained a reputation as a highly versatile and powerful dance artist on the international scene. Additionally Mr. Ottmann has taught and/or held position of rehearsal director for professional companies such as Coleman Lemieux et Compagnie, Cas Public, Cirque du Soleil (“ZAIA”), O Vertigo Danse, La La La Human Steps, Company Marie Chouinard, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Dutch National Ballet, BJM Danse (Ballet Jazz de Montreal),The National Ballet of Canada, Alberta Ballet, Toronto Dance Theater, and Ballet British Columbia.

Prior to moving to Toronto in the Fall of 2011, Mr. Ottmann was the Artistic Director of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada, and acted as the school’s Artistic Advisor for the 2011/2012 season.  He is presently a Course Director at York University, and completing a Masters degree in Dramaturgy at the same time. This summer Ottmann reconnected with Roberto Campanella and joined the Proarte Danza team for this year’s summer intensive, which proved to be an invigorating and inspiring experience.

William Yong

Choreographer, Ryerson Dances

William Yong, Choreographer, DancesWilliam Yong received his dance training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. After graduation, he was twice the recipient of the HK Jockey Club Dance Fund scholarships to further his study in the U.K. at the London Contemporary Dance School. He was sent alone for secondment to study with Netherlands Dance Theatre 1 in the last year of MA study and followed by a scholarship to be a member of the LCDS-4D performance group where he worked with several distinguished British choreographers including Richard Alston, Laurie Booth, Nigel Charnock, and Henri Oguike. He completed his Master's Degree with distinction validated by and graduated at University of Kent in Canterbury. Past companies he worked for as a dancer include: Wayne McGregor's Random Dance and Matthew Bourne's Adventures In Motion Pictures in the U.K.; Toronto Dance Theatre, CORPUS, Fila 13, Chimera Project in Canada and many other independent choreographers in both countries. 

William is currently the artistic director of Zata Omm Dance Projects based in Toronto and has created many choreographic works for the company including the two latest full-length productions Frames and Eight Ways From Mara. He is currently working on Zata Omm's third full-length work entitled vox:lumen premiering in October 2013. He is also directing the Zata Omm Dance and Technology Research Laboratory funded by the Metcalf Foundation. William and Zata Omm have created two dance short films Sugar and Snails and To Fly or Fall, both directed by Kathi Prosser which were shown in cities and festivals around the world. William also performed in nine other dance films created by others. William is an actor represented by Graham Talents Agency and appeared in TV and films such as Nikita, Being Erica, Adventure's Inc, Beautiful People, Eve, Just Business, etc. In live theatre work, he played the lead role as 'The Wolf' in Theatre Rusticle's stage production Peter and The Wolf and will appear in their next production Dinner at Seven-thirty. Recently he was the choreographer and music director for a play Red Snow for Aluna Theatre. William was a double Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee. His latest nomination was for 'Outstanding New Choreography' for Zata Omm's Frames. William is recently nominated for the 2012 Young Centre for the Performing Arts' Multidisciplinary Dance Artist Award. For more info on Zata Omm: www.zataomm.org

Aisling Sampson

Lighting Designer, Ryerson Dances

Aisling Sampson, Lighting Designer, DancesAisling Sampson has designed lighting for numerous theatre, dance and opera productions in North America, Asia and Europe. Ms. Sampson has been a Lighting Designer for fFIDA, Spring Rites, and Lighting Coordinator for the Canadian Opera Company. She is currently the Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager for Canada’s National Ballet School. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Dean Gilmour

Director, Summerfolk

Dean Gilmour, Director, SummerfolkDean graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFA degree in Dramatic Arts in 1976 and immediately traveled to Paris, France to attend the School of Jacques Lecoq. Since then he has created, directed and performed in 40 Theatre Smith-Gilmour productions. He has performed in Toronto, across Canada and in 11 countries around the world. Theatre Smith-Gilmour has been nominated for 39 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and has won 9 times. Dean received 2 Dora Awards for best director, 2 for best actor, 2 for best production and one for best new play. Dean is a professor at York University and is a member of the teaching staff at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He has taught at the University of Toronto, University of Calgary, University of Alberta, George Brown College, The National Theatre School, L.S.P.U. Hall in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Sault Youth Theatre, Chemnitz National Theatre, Germany, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania, Hong Kong Cultural Arts Centre, Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and the Shanghai Drama Academy. He has directed at George Brown College, Humber College, York University, University of Toronto, and University of Alberta and has been invited twice to give Master Classes at the Magnetic North Festival.

Joanna Yu

Costume Designer, Summerfolk

Joanna Yu, Costume Designer, SummerfolkRecently: A Synonym for Love - Volcano Theatre (co-costume); Iceland - Summerworks 2012 (set & costume); Frequency - Tiger Princess Productions (set & costume); S is for Bird - Spontaneously combusted films (production design); A Kindness - BravoFACT (production design); Do You Turn Somersaults - Talk is Free Theatre (set & costume); Kingfisher Days - The Grand Theatre (set & costume); Tom’s a Cold - NextStage Festival (set and costume); Driving Miss Daisy - Starbright (set & costume). Four seasons with the Stratford Festival as an Assistant Designer working on Bartholomew Fair, Peter Pan, Wanderlust, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Misanthrope, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Two seasons with Canadian Opera Company as an Assistant Lighting Designer on Tosca, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Joanna also spent some time touring the US, Mexico, and France with South Africa’s longest running musical - African Footprint. Joanna is thrilled to be working with the students at Ryerson Theatre School.

Kevin Fraser

Lighting Designer, Summerfolk

Kevin Fraser, Lighting Designer, SummerfolkKevin has designed lighting for 400 professional theatre and opera productions across Canada. He recently completed 25 seasons at the Stratford Festival. Kevin has worked

extensively with Toronto’s Opera Atelier since 1988, designing many productions at home in Toronto and on tour in Europe, Asia and the USA. He has received five Dora Mavor Moore award nominations and one Jessie Richardson award nomination (Vancouver) for outstanding lighting design. Kevin is a member of Associated Designers of Canada and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School.

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