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ACTRA Spotlight

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ACTRA Spotlight is a podcast from ACTRA Toronto about performers, by performers. Join co-hosts Jean Yoon (star of Kim’s Convenience) and ACTRA Toronto Vice-President, David Gale (host of Loving Spoonfuls), as they chat with notable Canadian performers about their stories and work in the filmmaking industry.

ACTRA Spotlight is a podcast from ACTRA Toronto about performers, by performers. Join co-hosts Jean Yoon (star of Kim’s Convenience) and ACTRA Toronto Vice-President, David Gale (host of Loving Spoonfuls), as they chat with notable Canadian performers about their stories and work in the filmmaking industry.

Location:

Canada

Description:

ACTRA Spotlight is a podcast from ACTRA Toronto about performers, by performers. Join co-hosts Jean Yoon (star of Kim’s Convenience) and ACTRA Toronto Vice-President, David Gale (host of Loving Spoonfuls), as they chat with notable Canadian performers about their stories and work in the filmmaking industry.

Language:

English

Contact:

416-520-5817


Episodes

Joanne Vannicola

6/23/2020
Join host David Gale for an inspiring conversation with Emmy award-winning actor, author and activist Joanne Vannicola. Listen as Joanne discusses being a non-binary performer, their memorable acting roles over the years, becoming an author, their work with ACTRA Toronto as the chair of outACTRAto, and more. Read more about Joanne's memoir, All We Knew But Couldn't Say: https://www.joannevannicola.com/memoir Watch outACTRAto's Queer Your Stories...

Duration:00:43:08

Cara Ricketts

5/22/2020
Join host David Gale as we have a wonderful chat with the ACTRA Award-winning Cara Ricketts! Listen as Cara chats about life during COVID-19, reflects on her background in theatre, her time at the Canadian Film Centre, her award-winning role on Anne with an E, being second on the call sheet on Street Legal, video game performance in Far Cry, and more.

Duration:00:59:22

Jean Yoon

3/31/2020
Join host David Gale as he chats with former ACTRA Spotlight host, co-star of Kim's Convenience and 2020 ACTRA Award of Excellence recipient, Jean Yoon! This podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at ACTRA Toronto's Winter Conference in February 2020. In this episode Jean chats with David about her role as Umma on the smash hit Kim's Convenience, her past roles in stage and screen, living around the world, and more. As mentioned in the podcast, Jean gave a wonderful speech at the...

Duration:00:53:25

Peter Keleghan

1/6/2020
In our first ACTRA Spotlight of 2020, join host David Gale as he chats with former ACTRA Award of Excellence recipient Peter Keleghan. Peter is one of Canada's most well-known faces, having been the first Lloyd Braun in Seinfeld, plus starring in many famous Canadian shows including The Newsroom and The Red Green Show. Peter discusses his famous family connections, the origin of his name, how he helped instigate the creation of the Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union, and more!

Duration:00:38:53

Karen Robinson

11/29/2019
Join host David Gale as he chats with the wonderful performer Karen Robinson. Karen is perhaps best known recently for her role of Ronnie Lee on the hit comedy Schitt's Creek, but has appeared across stage and screen in a career spanning more than two decades. In this episode she talks about her newfound fame thanks to Schitt's, her family life, her start in the business and her thoughtful perspectives on diversity in the film and TV industry.

Duration:00:35:15

Eric Peterson

10/9/2019
Join host David Gale as he has a funny and engaging chat with the wonderful, award-winning actor Eric Peterson. Eric, a remarkable defender of Canadian content, has had many iconic roles over his career, including Oscar Leroy in Corner Gas and Leon Robinovitch in Street Legal, plus is the co-creator of the internationally successful Billy Bishop Goes To War. In this episode, the past ACTRA Award of Excellence recipient discusses his long career in film and theatre, his current acting work,...

Duration:00:44:40

Joey Klein

9/5/2019
Join host David Gale as he has an lively conversation with ACTRA Award winner-turned-filmmaker Joey Klein. Joey is the director of Castle In The Ground, a new feature (starring Alex Wolff, Neve Campbell and Imogen Poots) which is having its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. In this episode David and Joey talk about his latest film, his filmmaking process and what it is like to be a part of the festival circuit.

Duration:00:46:50

Amy Jo Johnson

9/5/2019
Join host David Gale as he chats with ACTRA Toronto member Amy Jo Johnson, director of the new feature film Tammy's Always Dying, which is having its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Amy Jo is very well known for her roles in such iconic shows as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Felicity and Flashpoint, and in this conversation she talks about her transition from performer to filmmaker, her life in the business, and more.

Duration:00:28:08

Julian Richings

7/30/2019
Join host David Gale as he chats with one of the most recognizable faces in Canada, Julian Richings. Julian has had an incredibly successful and diverse career, with a particular focus on the horror and fantasy genres, being very well-known for playing 'Death' on Supernatural. In this episode he talks about this role and others from his career, including Doom Patrol, Patriot, Kingdom Hospital, The Time Shifters, John Woo's Once a Thief and more. Hear as Julian discusses his early family...

Duration:00:54:14

Jennifer, Tamara and Sarah Podemski

7/8/2019
Join hosts Jean Yoon and David Gale chat with Jennifer Podemski, Tamara Podemski and Sarah Podemski! These three sisters have all had extensive careers in performance and filmmaking across Canada and abroad. Jennifer is a past ACTRA Award of Excellence recipient, a performer in such features as Dance Me Outside and Empire of Dirt, which she also produced, and founder of Redcloud Studios. Tamara is a performer, artist and musician, who has performed in the Broadway show of RENT and TV shows...

Duration:01:11:45

Mark Little

6/19/2019
Join hosts David Gale and Jean Yoon as they chat with the ACTRA Award-winning comedian and performer Mark Little. Mark has an extensive career in comedy and animation, including Cavendish, Picnicface, Gary and His Demons and Cupcake & Dino: General Services. Hear about Mark's favourite comedians, his background in comedy and improv, the video he created which got over 32 million views and attracted the attention of Will Ferrell, and more!

Duration:00:50:39

Colin Mochrie

6/4/2019
Join hosts Jean Yoon and David Gale as they chat with the wonderful and funny Colin Mochrie. Colin is a comedy star, famously known for his work on the TV series Whose Line Is It Anyway? In this episode, Colin talks about his start in comedy and some of his early influences, tells some great stories from his extensive career and discusses his charitable work, family and involvement with ACTRA Toronto. And there's even some impromptu improv with Colin, Jean and David!

Duration:00:42:12

Bryn McAuley

5/21/2019
Hosts Jean Yoon and David Gale chat with the recent ACTRA Award winner of Outstanding Performance - Female Voice, Bryn McAuley. In this episode she talks about her start in the industry, her involvement with ACTRA Toronto and the Young Emerging Actors Assembly (YEAA) and even gives us a sample of some of the amazing voices she has performed in animation over the years.

Duration:00:34:05

Rick Mercer

5/7/2019
Join hosts Jean Yoon and David Gale as they chat with the legendary Rick Mercer on ACTRA Spotlight. One of Canada's most recognizable personalities as host of the Rick Mercer Report, Rick discusses what he is up to nowadays, along with reminiscing about memorable stories and moments from his extensive career.

Duration:00:49:20

Wendy Crewson

4/1/2019
We are thrilled to chat with the wonderful Wendy Crewson in the latest episode of ACTRA Spotlight! Wendy is one of Canada's most successful performers, a past recipient of the ACTRA Award of Excellence, Earle Grey Award and Canada's Walk of Fame. Join host David Gale as he chats with Wendy about her start in the business, some of her memorable roles and co-stars, her ACTRAvism as a supporter of Canada's cultural industries, and more.

Duration:00:31:50

ACTRA Award of Excellence Recipient Jayne Eastwood

2/21/2019
In our inaugural episode of ACTRA Spotlight, join co-hosts Jean Yoon (Kim's Convenience) and David Gale (Vice-President of ACTRA Toronto) as they chat with 2019 ACTRA Award of Excellence recipient and Canadian screen legend Jayne Eastwood. Jayne talks about her start in the business in the famous Goin' Down the Road, to her time with SCTV, her favourite roles and more.

Duration:00:37:31