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): BAH – Theatre from York University. Acting credits: Loot (Bygone), Gut Girls (Alumnae), Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings), Behold, the Barfly! (Spoon Vs. Hammer/TO Fringe 2016/TO SketchFest 2017), Comedy of Errors (Confidential Shakespeare Project), The Loyalists (Single Thread), The Threepenny Opera (Hart House), Canadian premiere of Bare (Waters Edge), The Nightwood (Luminato), and the inaugural production of Tomson Highway’s Pimooteewin/The Journey, directed by Michael Greyeyes (Soundstreams). Soup Can credits: directing A Christmas Carol (The Three Ships Collective, supported by Soup Can), Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 1 and 2 (TO Fringe 2010 & 2013, Best of Fringe 2010, Next Stage 2012), No Exit, and Marat/Sade; producing Circle JerkA Hand of Bridge/No Exit double bill, and Antigone (TO Fringe 2012). In 2015, Sarah wrote, performed in, and co-directed the award-winning solo piece Heretic: a modern retelling of the story of Joan of Arc. Recent recipient of two Ontario Arts Council grants: through Theatre Ontario for a directing mentorship with Alan Dilworth, and a Recommender Grant (recommended by Volcano Theatre) to co-create a new play, American Traditional, about Maud Wagner: the first known non-indigenous female tattoo artist in the US in the early 1900s. Currently producing Theaturtle’s European tour of Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music. 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 graduate of York University’s Film Production and Screenwriting program but has found a happy home in the world of independent theatre. Justin is proud to be one of the founding members of Soup Can Theatre; his credits include Soup Can Theatre’s previous seven 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), A Hand of Bridge / No Exit (Co-Producer, No Exit Dramaturge, Sound Designer, Set Co-Designer), Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Pfennig (Writer/Emcee segment Co-Director/Co-Producer), The Session – part of Circle Jerk (Writer/Director), Heretic (Dramaturge/Co-Producer), and A Christmas Carol (Writer/Co-Producer, The Three Ships Collective supported by Soup Can). Justin has also written for CBC Comedy and is the founder of the Spoon Vs. Hammer comedy collective and the writer-director of their critically acclaimed sketch revue, Behold, the Barfly!

 

Pratik GandhiPratik Gandhi (Music Director):  Pratik Gandhi is a freelance conductor based in Toronto.  He has been music director of Soup Can Theatre since its inception, and also serves as music director of the Rouge River Winds.  Pratik is Vice-Chair of the Concert Band division of Musicfest Canada, and syllabus coordinator for the OBA Concert Band Festival.  He has also been selected as a finalist for music director of the Wellington Wind Symphony in Kitchener, for which he will conduct in several concerts during their 2018-19 season.  Pratik is originally from Markham, and received B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees from the University of Western Ontario.

 

 

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
  • Kathleen Hemsworth

 

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