ActingWorks brings award winning Actors, Directors & Filmmakers to Swansea Town Hall!

by dramawayadmin

We are excited and proud to announce our ActingWorks program will run again this summer, commencing on August 17th. Led by Brooke Banning of Peanut Butter People, our ActingWorks program will be visited by several Guest Artists and members from the Entertainment & Film Industry. This will be an exciting opportunity for our performers who will be attending as they will get to meet professionals currently working in the industry and hear their stories first hand.

We are excited to have Actor & Teacher Kevin Kashani visiting on August 27 at 1 pm to perform and share his training and experience as an Actor, Director and Drama Instructor. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Drama Centre, where he was employed for two years as a peer coach, assisting practical students with their work. He has been involved in numerous theatre projects where he had the opportunity to work as both an actor and a performance dramaturge, and he continues to pursue his love of both acting and teaching! His theatre credits include: “The Djinns of Eidgah” (Hamilton Fringe Festival), “End-Stage Protest” (InspiraTO theatre Carousel), “Devices” (New Ideas Festival), “The…Musician: An Étude” (Theatrus/Toronto Laboratory Theatre), “Far Away” (Bad Dress Productions), “Rhyme, Reason or Otherwise” (Hart House Players)
Kevin Kashani

We have also arranged for Lizz Hodgson Director, Producer and Writer to come and speak with the group on August 19th at 1 pm regarding Casting. Lizz brings with her extensive experience working in this field. She has worked as a Casting Assistant for a Toronto Casting Agency and has casted actors in TV shows and films such as Heretics, Defiance, Bomb Girls, Lost Girl, Call Me Fitz and the feature film Cottage Country. Our performers should come prepared with questions about casting on this date.

The excitement will continue the following day on August 20 when our Volunteer Patricia Parker comes in to do Acting head shots for all our performers at 10:30 am. We encourage everyone to dress accordingly and Brooke will advise you if you need any wardrobe suggestions. Here’s a few shots of her past Photo shoot with our performers.
Kathryn in colour

We are also honoured to have Kire Paputts Director & Producer of upcoming feature film to be shown at TIFF called The Rainbow Kid. He will be in on August 21st at 1 pm to speak with the group and answer any questions about directing a feature film and how he casts etc.
Kire Paputts: Bio

Kire Paputts is an award winning producer/director who has experience in an array of film/video industry roles. A Ryerson University Film Program graduate, he currently works in both the creative and corporate side of the industry. As a writer/director, Kire has made a name for himself with short and feature length films that have played around the world at such prestigious film festivals as the Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Vancouver International Film Festival and The Edinburgh International Film Festival. With a background in both narrative and documentary filmmaking, Kire has worked on numerous projects of multiple formats and lengths as a producer/director/editor. For more info please visit
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Actress Anne Page will also be visiting and talking about her experience an actor but she has yet to confirm the time so stay tuned.

Anne’s acting career started in 1986 at the University of Waterloo and, after receiving her diploma in Performance Studies from Ryerson Theatre School, she worked as an actor in television, film and theatre throughout Canada. Prior to a hiatus from the entertainment industry, recent theatre work included “Taking Liberties”, “Conservatives in Love” (both by Dave Carley), a year with Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre, “Medici Slot Machine” (Sue Miner, Pea Green Theatre) and “Orchidelirium” (Sue Miner, Pea Green/Theatre Voce Co-production). Previously, she had co-founded and co-produced Toronto’s critically acclaimed Theatre Voce, which received a total of 13 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for its beautiful and courageous productions. Film and television credits include “Murphy’s Law”, a Canadian Film Centre pilot project, “After Hours”, a CTV late night comedy show (for which she was nominated Canada’s Funniest Female), “Our Great Lakes”, a TVO documentary and “Due South” an Alliance prime time dramatic series. Anne has been performing her most challenging role for the past 5 years, mom to Jack (5) and Evelyn (3).
Anne head shot

We are also excited to be supported by first time volunteer Sarah Seddig week 1 of camp. She looks forward to learning from our performers and supporting the group in any way possible.