Nicole Bazuin is Toronto-based filmmaker and visual artist whose short films have screened across Canada and the United States. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s film program and a recipient of the Universal Studios scholarship and HSBC filmmaker’s award.
Nicole teaches 100% Hands-on Film Exercises for Absolute Beginners and Practical Movie-Making for Educators
Molly Crealock has been a professional photographer for the past nine years. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions and published in magazines and newspapers including The Toronto Star, This Magazine and Adbusters. She has been Chief Photographer at Dandyhorse Magazine since its inception in 2008. Crealock has a background in the environmental field and considers environmental sustainability in all aspects of her work. www.mollycrealock.com
Molly teaches Portraiture and DIY Matting and Framing
Micah Donovan is a multi-media artist and television host whose work has appeared in major publications as well on Discovery Science, Food Network Canada, and Cooking Channel. He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Kansas City Art Institute, where he studied printmaking, sculpture, and photography.
Micah teaches 35mm Black and White Photography: An Introduction, Composing and Creating Dynamic Images, Black and White Darkroom Techniques 101, Black and White Darkroom Techniques 201
Julian Frid is an teacher who has been lucky enough to have a diverse and extensive improv education. He began as a player, coach, volunteer, trainer then judge of the Canadian Improv Games and has trained with the Bad Dog Theatre Company, the Second City and was a player, teacher and coach for the Impatient Theatre Company. He has performed across various stages in North America, including the Dirty South Improv Festival in South Carolina and the Del Close Marathon in NYC. His past few years he has been funneling his talent into the improv team Sex T Rex and has toured Ottawa and Montreal in the Fringe festival, and performing sets there on whims. He has trained with some of the best, notably Kevin Patrick Robbins, Julie Dumais, Sean Tabares, Alex Tindal and outside of Toronto: Bill Arnett, Armando Diaz, Carrie Burnett and Zach Ward to just name a few. He recently notched off performing with Colin Mochrie from his bucket list.
Julian teaches All Life is Improvised, So earn Improv Itself and Now You Can Improvise so Make Better Scenes
Aubie Golombek is a Toronto photographer who employs a sophisticated use of long exposure times and natural and artificial lighting to create his images, using a variety of printing papers, developers, and toners to realize his vision.
Aubie teaches Perfecting Black and White Exposure and Development
Tony Gray picked up photography as a boy, taking apart (and often failing to rebuild) his father’s old cameras. Since then, his principle interests have grown to encompass fine art, colour, travel and night photography. He believes these areas afford a photographer wonderful opportunities to blend the vision, creativity, connection and otherness that give photography such artistic and expressive power. He holds a BA in philosophy (UofT) and a PhD in philosophy (MIT) and currently works at the University of Toronto. His photos, along with those of his students, have been exhibited in Boston and Toronto. Tony has taught photography classes at a variety of levels for 15 years.
Tony teaches DSLR Photography: An Introduction, DSLR Photography: Intermediate, Fine Art Photography and Colour Night Photography
Fiona Griffiths (MFA, MA), is an acclaimed multimedia artist with an extensive performing & touring experience in dance, theatre and clown. A graduate of Concordia University and The University of London, UK; Fiona has taught in many university theatre programs including the graduate programs of York and Yale Universities. She studied and taught with Richard Pochinko, and has coached many clowns including Mump and Smoot, Pochsy and Christel Bartelse. Recently Fiona has performed with the Intersection Project and 24 hours of Butoh…or not. As well as running independent workshops, Fiona currently teaches at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, University of Toronto, Hart House & the Clown Farm.
Fiona teaches Clowning Shakespeare
Nick Harauz a local graduate from the University of Toronto, and winner of the Canadian Film and Television Production Associations’ Global Mentorship Program. Nick has been involved in the film and video production industry for more than 10 years.
Nick teaches Digital Video Editing with Adobe Premiere: An Introduction
Bronwen Keyes-Bevan has a degree in Filmmaking from the University of Winchester, UK. More recently she went into the not-for-profit industry working in youth engagement though the arts. With extensive experience working with youth, Bronwen’s passions lie in helping young people, from all backgrounds, to raise their aspirations and achieve their creative potential. Raised in Ireland but suffering from wanderlust, Bronwen has travelled extensively taking pictures and working on various short films, music videos and documentaries. She is currently studying towards a post-graduate degree in Writing For TV at Humber College.
Bronwen teaches 100% Hands-on Filmmaking Exercises for Absolute Beginners and Film Directing 101
Annette Mangaard has written and directed fifteen films in more than a decade as an independent filmmaker. She has recently been nominated for a Gemini for Best Director of a Documentary for her one hour film, GENERAL IDEA: ART, AIDS, AND THE FIN DE SIECLE (for TVO, Bravo, SCN, Knowledge) about the celebrated Canadian artists collective which premiered at Hot Doc’s in Toronto then went on to garner accolades at festivals in Vancouver, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Asolo – Italy (among others).
Annette teaches Video Cameras 101 and Documentary Filmmaking: An Introduction and Documentary Writing
Kevin McCormick is one of the most sought after acting instructors in Toronto, having worked with thousands of artists over the years and is currently the Director of the acclaimed Equity Showcase Theatre and Artistic Director and Curator for the Creative Classes – Empowerment Through the Arts at Hart House. Kevin also teaches regularly for Equity Showcase Theatre, The Actors Tutorial and co-ordinates and teaches within a unique arts program at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Other teaching highlights include York University, The Ryerson Theatre School, The Canadian College of Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Young Peoples Theatre, The George Randolph Studio Dance Theatre, Leah Posluns Theatre School, and The University of New Brunswick. Mr. McCormick has produced and directed a variety of productions and has held the position of Artistic Director for two Ontario Summer Theatres. He is a founding member of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios where he has also served as President.
Kevin teaches Art of Acting: Finding Personal Liberation & Authenticity; In Search of the Actor Within; The Organics of Acting for the Camera: An Introduction and Freedom from Self-Consciousness
Ross McKie works as a screenwriter and story editor. Recently he wrote for the television series Crimes of Passion and adapted the novel Moody Food for the screen. He is currently developing a drama series with Frantic Films entitled Push!
Ross teaches Advanced Screenplay Writing
Frank Merino has traveled around the world working on award-winning film and television productions. Working in both Canada and the United States, Frank is also well established within the corporate, commercial and educational markets, where he moves seamlessly between film, video and live stage productions.
Frank teaches Film Lighting 101
Kevin Munro is a graduate from Sheridan College’s Media Arts program and a Toronto-based freelance sound engineer (Broompole Productions). He has recorded location sound and mixed audio for numerous films, documentaries, and commercials that have been broadcast and screened across North America.
Kevin teaches Film Production Sound 101 and Film Post-Production Sound 101
Laura Jane Nelles has been a professional actor and director for 25 years and has taught acting in a variety of settings including private studios, the Toronto Board of Education as a guest artist and at York University and the University of Guelph- Humber. She has been teaching communication to health care professionals at the University of Toronto for 10 years. LJ and is currently pursuing a PhD in theatre at York University with a focus in voice and actor training where she is being mentored by David Smukler. She holds an MFA in acting and directing.
LJ teaches Voice and Speech: An Introduction
Rick Palidwor has had numerous short films and videos broadcast in Canada and abroad and he is the producer and co-director of the award-winning feature Sleep Always. Rick has taught filmmaking at Hart House, York University, George Brown College and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) for many years. Rick is currently Manager of the Creative Classes at Hart House.
Rick teaches Movie-Making 101 and Practical Movie-Making for Educators and Documenting Fieldwork
Shawn Postoff is a professional writer, independent filmmaker, novelist, playwright and artist.
Shawn teaches Writing a Short Screenplay
Alex Shuper works predominantly as an editor and his documentary credits include The Five Cent War, The Last Mogul, Comedy Gold, and most recently T.C. McLuhan’s The Frontier Gandhi; his narrative film editing credits include the critically acclaimed deadend.com and The Mad. Alex also directed the feature Edge Codes, a documentary about film editing.
Alex teaches Film Editing Concepts and Theories
Dagny Thompson has a BA in English and a diploma-in-progress in accounting, and she wants to bridge the world of arts and numbers by helping amazing low-budget films achieve life. Born in Ottawa and now living in Toronto, Dagny has been involved in the independent and mainstream film and television industry for more than a decade working with shorts, documentaries, features and educational projects. She facilitates workshops with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Charles Street Video, Hart House, and SkyWorks.
Dagny teaches 100% Hands-on Filmmaking Exercises for Absolute Beginners
Allan Turner is a writer, director, and stage/screen/voice actor as well as being one of the more sought after and respected clowns working in Toronto today. He studied improv at The Second City, bouffon and the Pochinko method of clown through mask with The Theatre Resource Centre’s Sue Morrison, and has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. He is a Theatresports and Bad Dog Theatre Company alumnus and continues to be a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene. For the past 13 years, Allan has acted as the fan favourite zombie clown, Jean-Paul Mullet. Mullet regularly performs in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and Lunacy Cabaret, and recently headlined at The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC to a packed house. Television credits include Zoink’d (YTV), Ed the Sock’s This Movie Sucks (CHCH), and Ed & Red’s Night Party (CityTV/G4), where he was a regular guest star. The tragicomedy Mullet’s Make-a-Play premiered in the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews. Currently, he produces and hosts the hit Mullet’s Night Show, a live cabaret done in the style of a late night television talk show. Follow Mullet online at www.memullet.com
Allan teaches Creativity Through Play – Let’s Clown Around!