The Company

 
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Raeburn Ferguson,

Director

Raeburn is a graduate of York University, where she studied Devised Theatre and specialized in Directing. Since graduating, she has worked steadily in community and professional theatres around Ontario, strengthening her passion for creation. She has been nominated for her work on various productions at the ACT-CO Festival, including Best Director for her work on Orangeville Music Theatre’s Wedding Singer the Musical. Raeburn recently started her own theatre company, Truesight Collective, whose mandate focuses on creating immersive theatrical events. In 2014, she travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe with an original show that received 5-star reviews and recently choreographed an original musical which toured Southern Ontario. This past spring, Raeburn completed the Theatre Ontario Adjudication course, and was hired by AtmosFX to create motion tracked choreography to be used in special effect decorations in theme parks and homes around North America. Raeburn is a huge advocate for theatre and arts education, and was the Director of the P.L.A.Y. Project at the Living Arts Centre for two seasons. She currently works as part of the Collaborative Leadership team at Theatre Ontario and is the Professional Theatre and Education Manager as well. She would like to thank Ross for the opportunity to work on this piece and for everyone involved who made it such a fun process. Enjoy!

Ross Hammond,

Playwright/Actor (Colin)

Ross Hammond is a playwright and performer based in Toronto, Ontario. Please Stand Clear is his third play to hit the stage, and also his third production in the Toronto Fringe Festival. As a writer, Ross enjoys shining a light on his character’s darker sides as a way of exploring the ways we hide the shadow self in our own lives. His inspiration for this play came from his struggles with mental health, and a desire to turn his art into a way for him to process his thoughts into something entertaining. 

Ross hopes that with Please Stand Clear, the audience is able to look at issues like suicide and self harm with the stigma and discomfort removed. To have discussions with themselves and others while keeping their power and agency intact.

Other plays by Ross include King of the Castle (Mooney on Theatre’s Staff Pick of the Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival 2016) and The Resurrectionists (Toronto Fringe Festival 2017).

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Anthony Di Feo, Performer (Tim)

Anthony Di Feo is a Toronto based theatre artist who specializes in physical theatre performance. Anthony is always looking at the potential and possibilities of language, be it physical or verbal, as a means of exploration into socially relevant issues. Anthony graduated in 2014 from York University's Devised Theatre program with a minor in creative writing. He started his theatre career with Theatre Parallax Toronto on their show KATA which premiered at the World Stage Design Festival in 2013, was workshopped in Toronto in 2015, and saw a full production in Toronto in 2016. Other notable credits include; The Resurrectionists (James, House of Rebels Theatre), So Long Sally (Jack, Chahley Horse Productions), Silk (Jeremy, Writer, Theatre Parallax Toronto), The 10/10/10 Project (Choreographer, Bismuth Theatre), Quarter Life Crisis (Creator, Performer, Affinity Theatre), and playGround 2013 (Artistic Director, Theatre@York).

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Kelly Anderson, Lighting and Sound Designer

Kelly Anderson is a graduate of York University’s theatre program, specializing in Design, Playwriting and Devised Theatre. Recently, she has been working as a playwright, set, costume, lighting and sound designer in theatre, film and for escape rooms. She is the company designer for Theatre By Committee.

Upcoming: Stage Manager, The Knitting Pilgrim (Toronto Fringe and touring).

Selected credits: Playwright and Production Designer Practice Drill (Theatre By Committee); Head of Props at Hart House Theatre 2018 Season; Production Designer for The Anndore House grand opening Best Kept Secrets (Theatre By Committee); Costume Designer Faust (Theatre By The Bay).

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Madeleine Monteleone, Stage Manager

Madeleine Monteleone cannot remember a time in her life where she was not in preparation for a show. While her mother and younger sister stretched into their ballet shoes, Madeleine could be found running around making sure not even a hairpin was out of place. York University's theatre production program was the obvious next step. Since, she has explored her passion in stage managing devised theatre pieces, unscripted or new works and site-specific pieces. Madeleine believes, more than anything, that art has the power to change the world. Favourite credits include stage managing Eraser (Homeland Collective, 2016) SCAT (Laugh Serious Theatre, 2017) CLIT. (2018) The Gut Girls (Alumnae Theatre, 2017) The Teeny Tiny Music Show (@ The Painted Lady, 2018.) Madeleine was also the resident production and technical coordinator for Bravo Ballet Company during its existence in Essex County.