Our Creative Core

Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2 (2013) - Photo Courtesy of Scarlet O'Neill (www.scarletoneillphotography.com)Sarah Thorpe (Director, Producer): Sarah holds a BA with honours in Theatre from York University, and received York’s Mira Friedlander Award for her achievements in theatre writing, criticism, world and Canadian theatre studies. Performance credits include The Loyalists, Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread Theatre), You Should Have Stayed Home (Praxis Theatre/Summerworks), The Threepenny Opera (UC Follies), the Canadian premiere of BARE (WatersEdge Productions), The Nightwood (Luminato), and the world premiere of Thomson Highway’s Pimooteewin/The Journey (Soundstreams). She recently gave a talk at the Power Plant Gallery on Soup Can Theatre’s production of Marat/Sade and Althea Thauberger’s film installation/documentary MaratSade Bohnice.For Soup Can Theatre, Sarah has directed Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (2013 Toronto Fringe), No Exit, Marat/Sade (Nominee – Best Direction of a Musical, 2011 Broadway World Toronto Awards), Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (2012 Next Stage Festival, 2010 Toronto Fringe & Best of Fringe), and co-produced A Hand of Bridge and Antigone (2012 Toronto Fringe). More info: www.sarahthorpe.net.
Scott Dermody (photo courtesy of Scarlet O'Neill)Scott Dermody (Director, Producer):  Scott is a Toronto-based theatre professional. He is a co-founder and Creative Core member of Soup Can Theatre.  He is also the Dora Awards and Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA).  Scott’s career in theatre thus far encompasses on and off stage roles. He has been a producer for most Soup Can Theatre shows since its inception, as well as having a crack at directing (for Soup Can Theatre and V-Day Toronto) and production managing (Soup Can Theatre and Single Thread Theatre). As an actor, Scott has played in classics, avant-garde multidisciplinary work, clown turns, children’s theatre, murder mysteries and a few short films.  As a recipient of Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program grant in 2013, Scott worked with and was mentored by Aislinn Rose, General Manager of The Theatre Centre.  He has taught introductory theatre courses in GTA-area schools, and ran a theatre camp in Vaughan for two years.  Scott holds a BA in theatre from Queen’s University.
Justin Haigh (photo courtesy of Who Do You Love Photography)Justin Haigh (Writer, Producer, Designer): Justin is a writer, theatre aficionado, and arts journalist – having been the primary Toronto contributor for Plank Magazine, and currently the editor and primary contributor of performing arts website/podcast ArtsVox.ca. Justin is proud to be one of the founding members of Soup Can Theatre; his credits include Soup Can Theatre’s previous three productions, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (Writer / Emcee segment Co-Director / Co-Producer), Marat/Sade (Sound Designer / Set Co-Designer / Co-Producer), Antigone (Co-Producer), and Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (Writer / Emcee segment Co-Director / Co-Producer). In addition to his creative responsibilities, Justin enjoys the challenges of handing Soup Can Theatre’s marketing, publicity, graphic design, web design, copy editing, and other miscellaneous tasks.Justin is grateful for having stumbled into the friendly and supportive world of theatre. If you see Justin, say hi – he likes talking to people.
Pratik GandhiPratik Gandhi (Music Director):  Pratik, an alumnus of Markham District H.S. and the University of Western Ontario, maintains a very busy schedule conducting, playing drums and percussion, and composing and arranging. In his young career he has conducted orchestras, wind bands, chamber works, musicals, operas, and choirs. He is currently the director of the UTSC Alumni & Community Band, a conductor of the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, and assistant conductor of Symphony on the Bay.
Leslie Thorpe-DermodyLeslie Thorpe-Dermody (Production Associate):  Stage credits include Mozart’s Requiem and Carmina Burana (Guelph Symphonic Choir), Cult Classics; The Nightmare Before Christmas: In Concert; Bat Boy and The Outsiders (Markham Youth Theatre), three productions of The Vagina Monologues (VDAY Guelph), Everyman (Single Thread Theatre), and A Memory, a Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer (VDAY Toronto). Production credits include Manager of the Guelph Symphonic Choir, Fight Director for Cult Classics and Bat Boy (Markham Youth Theatre), Co-Director of The Vagina Monologues (VDAY Guelph), and Assistant Stage Manager for Soup Can’s Love is a Poverty You Can Sell (Fringe Festival and Best of Fringe 2010), Marat/Sade (2011), and Antigone (Fringe Festival 2012). As her day job and passion, Leslie teaches high school in York Region, doing her best to instill in her students a love of Shakespeare, an appreciation of history, and an understanding of the intricacies of working backstage (VERY proud of her running crews). Leslie is proud to be one of the founding members of Soup Can Theatre.


Members Emeritus:

  • Katherine Sandormirsky
  • Gabriel Nylund


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