PRODUCTION TEAM

salvatorSALVATORE ANTONIO

DIRECTOR & WRITER
Salvatore Antonio is an actor, playwright, director and educator. A graduate of the Acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada, Salvatore has played on most of Canada’s professional stages from Vancouver to Halifax. Recent performances include; the title-role in Botticelli In The Fire & Sunday In Sodom* (Canadian Stage Company); Domesticated (Company Theatre Canadian Stage Company); and Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre). He has also played numerous featured and lead roles on television and film.

Salvatore is also a published playwright, who has been produced internationally in cities including Toronto, Florence, San Francisco, and New York. He was named a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for his first play, In Gabriel’s Kitchen in 2007.

He has been Playwright-In-Residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, and an invited member of the Playwright’s Units at Tarragon Theatre, Buddies In Bad times, and Factory Theatre. He recently wrote and directed his first short film, IN/OUT, which had it’s world premiere as part of the 2016 InsideOut Film Festival, and is currently working on a film adaptation of S h e e t s., and developing a television series.

Salvatore is the artistic director of Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto, where he also teaches Acting For Camera.

*2016 Dora Award –– Outstanding Production

samanthakainegruenSAMANTHA KAINE GRUEN

PRODUCER
Samantha Kaine Gruen is an actor, writer and producer.  She has played lead roles in film and theatre as well as successfully produced her first television series: OFFBEAT ROADS – THE DANAKIL DIARIES, which aired in Canada in 2013 and is currently being aired in Europe.  Some of her past performances on television include roles on diverse shows such as: Rookie Blue, Shoot The Messenger and a recurring role on Saving Hope just to name a few.  Her lead role as a woman suffering postpartum in the short film Baby Half Lie, won Best Short at the ReelWorld Film Festival in New York in 2013.  Currently, Samantha can be seen on Crave TV’s hit drama The Art of More.  Samantha’s theatre company-Veritas Theatre is producing their first full-length play in March at the Theatre Centre and she will be producing her first feature film in the Fall of 2017 under her film company, Red11 Productions Inc. A proud Jamaican-born, Canadian raised Nubian woman, Samantha is a strong advocate of more women and more diversity on all screens.  She is also a true believer in the entrepreneurial spirit and that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations!

 

simonrossiterSIMON ROSSITER

LIGHTING DESIGN
Simon Rossiter is a Toronto-based lighting designer who occasionally designs scenery. He has created more than two hundred original designs for a diversity of theatre and dance companies throughout Canada, including works with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, the National Ballet of Canada, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Théâtre français de Toronto, Theatre New Brunswick, and Toronto Dance Theatre. He is the lighting director for the Next Stage Theatre Festival presented at Factory Theatre, and Fall for Dance North presented at the Sony Centre. Simon has received two Dora Mavor Moore awards for outstanding lighting design, is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

lyonsmithLYON SMITH

SOUND DESIGN
Lyon is Toronto based multi disciplinary artist that creates work primarily as a sound designer, actor and photographer.
Recent Select Sound Credits:e, Venus in Fur, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Comedy of Errors, Hamlet,  Alls Well that Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew and Liv Stein for Canadian Stage, Morro and Jasp 9 to 5 for the Factory theatre, the Last Donnelly Standing and If Truth Be Told for the Blyth Festival, Elle for Theatre Passe Muraille, Venus’ Daughter for Obsidian Theatre and Beaver for the Storefront Theatre.  He has received a Dora award and multiple nominations for his sound work

tamaraTAMARA PROTIC

STAGE MANAGER

Tamara Protic is a graduate of the York University Theatre Production program. Until this past year, Tamara had spent the last 7 years working for the Classical Theatre Project doing Shakerspeare for high school audiences. Most recently she had the pleasure of working with ZoomerMedia/Theatre Brouhaha on Late Night written and directed by Kat Sandler, Theatre By The Bay’s Faust directed by Jeanette Lambermont-Morey, and Cue6 Productions’ Byhalia directed by Jill Harper. Tamara would like to send out all of the thank-yous to her parents, Nemanja, Ana and Trish for their stupendous love and support.

CHRISTINE GROOM

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Christine is a Toronto based production manager, producer, theatre technician, and artist. She is delighted to be working with Veritas Theatre for the first time. A graduate of Theatre Sheridan, Christine spends most of her time working as the General Manager of Cue6 Theatre (Check them out at cue6.ca). Recent Producer/ Scenic Design Credits for Cue6 include We ThreeByhalia, Mississippi, pool (no water), and Kate and Sam are Not Breaking Up. You may have also seen Christine at the Toronto Centre for The Arts this past December where she was production managing Second City’s hilarious holiday satire; Twist Your Dickens.

chalahunterCHALA HUNTER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Chala Hunter is a graduate of the Acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada and also studied at the University of Toronto (BA in Drama and French). Recent credits include Noises Off  (Segal Centre, Jacob Tierney), Beaver (Storefront Theatre, Brendan Mcmurtry-Howlett) Lulu, v.4 (redlightdistrict, Buddies In Bad Times), Wormwood, (Tarragon, Richard Rose), Travesties, (Segal Centre, Jacob Tierney) Susanna Fournier’s, All the Ways You Scare MeThe Stronger Variations, with Theatre Rusticle/Buddies in Bad Times and Canadian Stage’s As You Like it and Titus Andronicus, (Celia, Lavinia).  Other credits include, Three More Sleepless Nights as part of the 2014 Playwrights Project,  Scheherazade at Nextstage Festival 2014and the English language premiere of The iShow, Summerworks, Necessary Angel’s Tout Comme Elle (Luminato), Lennox in Macbeth (Repercussion Theatre), the role of Nuna in RedSkyPerformance’s North American tours of The Great Mountain and Anna in Five Fingers (Wewillmeet Prod.).  Fresh Water, a piece she co-wrote and performed with Nathan Barrett premiered in Vancouver at the Orpheum Annex, and then had a run at Videofag in Toronto.  She was one of four winners of Solo Collective Theatre’s 2013 Emerging Writers competition, and her play, Amy, la Reine des Morts was showcased in French, at the Festival Zone Homa.  She is currently developing two new film projects, and a new theatre work with Babelle Theatre in Vancouver.