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Actor's Green Room Interviews

Through Actor's Green Room Interviews introduces you to selected actors with whom the National Arts Centre English Theatre department had the pleasure of working in the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons.

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Meet: Teodoro Dragonieri
Actor, Mask artist

Teodoro Dragonieri is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator who has initiated, developed and co-ordinated many popular and critically acclaimed arts programs for museums, arts organizations, inner-city youth, and developmentally challenged individuals. He has presented lectures/workshops and has exhibited extensively across North America and Europe. His art and research reflects an interest with the function of the artist in society, the role of creativity, the “Carnival” as a common thread in various cultures and the role of the mask in theatre. He is co-founder and artistic director of Zanni Arte, a company dedicated to promoting the use of masks in theatre and education. Teodoro has worked for the National Arts Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s Mentorship and Youth Outreach Programs, Theatre Ontario Adult/Youth Courses, Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology, Sears Ontario Drama Festival, Tarragon Theatre Educators/Youth Outreach Programs, Second City Theatre Company and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Meet: Jonathon Young
Actor, Co-Artistic Director of the Electric Company Theatre

Jonathon Young is a two time Jessie Award winning actor as well as a writer, designer and Co-Artistic Director of the Electric Company Theatre.

Jonathon is a much sought after actor locally and across Canada.

He has performed with The National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, the Citadel, The Belfry Theatre, Touchstone, Ruby Slippers, Richmond Gateway, Bard on the Beach, High Performance Rodeo and in almost every Electric Company Production.

He has extensive film and television acting credits including work on Davinci's Inquest, Mysterious Ways, Outer Limits, Jake and the Kids etc. and films: Antitrust, Trixie, Firestorm, A Guy Thing, You Know My Name and others.

This season Jonathon will be performing in Lisa Lisa with Touchstone Theatre and Romeo and Juliet at the Vancouver Playhouse.

He is a graduate of Studio 58.

He lives and works with actor/director Kim Collier and their daughter Azra.

Website: Electric Company Theatre

NAC Study Guide: Brilliant! The Blinding Enlightenment of Nikola Tesla (1.6 mb)

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Meet: Jonathan Koensgen, Actor

» Read Jonathan's journal entries!

Jonathan makes his fourth main-stage appearance at the NAC as the Player Queen/Courtier in Hamlet, directed by Marti Maraden. In 1998 and again in 2000, he played Colin in productions of The Secret Garden, also directed by Ms. Maraden. In 2002 he portrayed Tommy (one of his favourite literary characters) in the dramatic reading of Brian Doyle's Angel Square, directed and adapted for the stage by Janet Irwin. For four seasons Jonathan was the voice of Tommy Tibble in the Emmy award-winning animated series, Arthur. Other cartoon credits include the recurring voices of Leo in Caillou, Piggy in Kids in Room 402, Alvin in The Little Lulu Show and Lawrence in For Better or For Worse. Jonathan's film and television work includes feature roles in Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist (HBO), Snow in August (ShowTime), Punch and Judy (Distinct Features) and episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Campfire Productions) and All Souls (Spelling Television). Jonathan is a student at Nepean High School in Ottawa.

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Meet: Douglas Campbell, Actor (1922-2009)

A veteran of the stage, Mr. Campbell was recently honoured with The Governor General's Performing Arts Award and prior to that The Order of Canada in celebration of more than sixty years in the theatre. His career began in Britain and he was lured to Canada by Tyrone Guthrie for the inaugural season of The Stratford Festival. Mr. Campbell also co-founded the Canadian Players bringing professional theatre to all corners of the country. He has played roles ranging from The Great Detective to King Lear, from Alfred P. Doolitle to Henry VIII in a career that has encompassed film, television and radio. Mr. Campbell has acted and directed across Canada and is particularly pleased with his association with Bard on the Beach, Vancouver. Also he has worked and is known in New York (many theatres), Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum, Civic Light Opera), Philadelphia (Bristol Riverside), Chicago (Goodman), Lansing (Boarshead), and Minneapolis (Guthrie), where he was Artistic Director.

Related link:
Flags fly at half-mast at the National Arts Centre in honour of legendary actor Douglas Campbell (October 2009 press release)

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Meet: Jenny Young, Actor

After premiering The Shape Of A Girl at Calgary's ATP playRites 2001 and touring to several Canadian cities during the 2001/02 season, Jenny Young's performance in "Shape" has earned her a Betty Mitchell award, Jessie Richardson and Dora nominations, and this year's "Jessie for Most Promising Newcomer". Jenny has most recently been seen in Mary's Wedding at the National Arts Centre, and this past summer Toronto audiences caught a glimpse of her Ontario writing and directing debut with Saints Sins and Clowns for Mayhem Productions. Past credits include The Seagull and Orestes (Directors Project/ Vancouver Playhouse), Til' I am Myself Again (Section 8), The Field (Axis Theatre/Jessie nomination), Time After Time (Green Thumb Theatre/Jessie nomination), War of The Worlds (Rumble Productions), The Wake (the Electric Company) and several shows for Studio 58, from which she is a graduate.

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Meet: Paul Rainville, Actor

Paul Rainville is most happy to be able to work in this great theatre again under the ever patient and gentle Marti Maraden in this company of actors. Paul looks forward to working next at GCTC on Suburban Motel, directed by John Koensgen, and later this spring, back here in The "Vaudevilles" of Chekhov directed by Micheline Chevrier.

(This bio refers to work Paul did on the Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale)