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Biographies

Darryl Knight (Brian Starks)

is an actor, musician and writer in Toronto. From his hometown of Kingsville, Ontario, Darryl studied theatre at the University of Guelph where he had stage roles in productions of Rumors, by Neil Simon, and a collective entitled Sand In The Machine. After University, Darryl relocated to Toronto where his resume has become increasing diverse. He has provided music for Elephant Shoes’ short film “A Stream of Consciousness”, as well as contributing to the 2007 P.O.V. youth program. Darryl has also been involved with pivotal(arts) as a stage manager, play lab participant and submitter, as well as actor in their annual WriteNOW Festival of New Works. In the 2009 festival he acted as the lead in Paul Kingston’s “Forward” and in the debut of “The Four Minute Mile” in the 2010 edition. Last year, Darryl co-founded Brown Dog Productions. He produced and performed in Brown Dog’s triple bill of comedic one acts and a music and comedy variety show. Currently, Darryl is focused on Fringe 2010 as well furthering his live musical endeavors.

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Suzette McCanny (Sharon Kaplowski)

is an actor with credits all over Ontario. Most recently, she played Juliet in Theatre-by-the-Bay's children's tour. She was a part of pivotal(arts) WriteNOW! festival with the original incarnation of this show and she played Isabelle in a staged reading of Theory with Alumnae Theatre's New Ideas Festival. She wrote and acted in her solo show Children of Space at The Cameron House. She has also played Lady MacDuff in Macbeth at the Rose Theatre as well as Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona with The Company of Fools in Ottawa. Suzette is a graduate of the University of Windsor's BFA Acting program.

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Trevor Small (Len Forsythe)

is a high school teacher of English and Drama in Durham Region. A graduate of the University of Guelph Drama program and former Varsity Football player, Trevor now focuses on teaching theatre and coaching at both the secondary school and community level. Since 2008, Trevor has participated in the pivotal(arts) WriteNOW! Festival of New Works, most recently as “Barry” in the collective creation Up in the Clouds, and “Len” in The Four Minute Mile, as well as Theatre on Main’s No Sex Please, We’re British.

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Kat Letwin (Testimonial Actor)

is a Toronto-based actor/writer/comedian who hails from Brantford ON., a.k.a. The Best Bloomin' City In Canada 1996. Past credits include Squeaky Fromme in "Assassins" (UC Follies/Hart House, 2010), Acaste in "The Misanthrope (Mirvish/the red light district, 2009) and Stevie in "The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?" (TCDS, 2007). She can next be seen this August as Susan in the red light district's "The Witch Of Edmonton" , as Allie in Girl Talk Productions' short film "Click" come September, and as a general fool with Vanguard Comedy's sketch team "The Rulers Of The Universe" on a monthly basis.

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Dwayne Mnchia Noble (Testimonial Actor)

is an artistic soul, from the Toronto area. From early in life he was drawn to the arts and began trying his hand as a musician, actor, writer and illustrator. Currently working in the home renovation field he is delighted to be apart of the Four Minute Mile.

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Colin Oliver (Testimonial Actor)

is an alumnus of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto, where he studied Literature, Drama, and Sociology. He is currently a high school English teacher with the Peel District School Board. Colin is the co-founder and General Manager of Theatre Recap, a Toronto-based collective dedicated to the development of new work that utilizes theatre as a tool for enacting positive social change, both locally and overseas. Selected stage and film credits include: Witch Hazel: The Tale of Two Wise Women (Theatre Recap), The Last Lighthouse (Theatre Recap), Carrie Williams Loves David Hart...And He Loves Everyone Else (Theatre Recap), A Chorus Line (UC Follies), Why Raid Identity? (Buddies in Bad Times), Marquee Depths (Burgoyne-Luttrell Productions), and Playing the Game (Greek Chorus Productions).

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Deanna Palazzo (Testimonial Actor)

Deanna is a performer, producer, director and writer. She one the co-founders, Facilitators, Artistic Directors and Artistic Producers of pivotal(arts) theatre company, inc. Notable stage acting credits include: Some Play (2010), Crime Scene (2010), A Crack in the Ceiling (2009) and Off the Hook (2007). She was also one of the co-writers of A Crack in the Ceiling, which was also a part the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival. Selected film credits include I Choose Chaos (Limestyle Productions), Eyes Beyond (Spotlight Nation Films), The Palace (At Large Pictures) and Dr. Zack (Yilmaz Vurucu). You can also see Deanna performing around the city in various productions as well as with her sketch troupe Grade Eight Dance.

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Fiona Suliman (Testimonial Actor)

Fiona is an actor from the Toronto area. Since graduating from the University of Toronto's Drama Program she has been working as an educator through companies like Soulpepper and CanStage. Most recently Fiona has been feeding her creativity through being a spoken word artist and as an idependant filmaker. She is very excited to be a part of the Four Minute Mile.

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Naushaad Suliman (Testimonial Actor)

Naushaad is an elementary/middle school teacher by day and student by night. Between daily employment-required migrations from Toronto to Mississauga and back again to continue studies at OISE, Naushaad likes to do/watch improv, paint, read, and at times "act out". This is Naushaad's theatrical debut (unless you count the variety shows in high school and that part in Antigone where he played Hamon, Antigone's cousin and love interest). Naushaad is on his way to becoming unfathomably successful due to the help of Len.

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Kevin Morris (Playwright)

is a playwright, actor and director. His first experience seeing his written work performed on stage was in the 2000 Rhubarb Festival, where his play Incompletance had its debut. He wrote and directed several new shows while attending the University of Guelph’s theatre program, where he also acted in several productions. Kevin is also one of the founding members of pivotal(arts), and worked in varying capacities on the first two seasons of the WriteNow! Festival.

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Daniella Marchese (Director)

is an emerging theatre practitioner in Toronto and the Artistic Director of Theatre Symbiosis. Selected directing credits include The Visit (Stage Blue Productions), Dutchman (Theatre Symbiosis), The Four Minute Mile (pivotal(arts)) and Buff (Alumnae Theatre). She has also developed arts programming for young people with Avenue Road Arts School and the Canadian Opera Company. Daniella is a graduate of the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto and the Arts Administration Program at Humber College.

Daniella Marchese

Sarah Olmstead (Producer)

is a graduate of Queen’s University (Drama/English Language & Literature), and has also completed Humber College’s post-graduate Arts Administration and Cultural Management program. Sarah lives in Toronto, where she works at The Arthritis Society as a not-for-profit fundraiser. Selected credits include: Anechoic – Producer (Curious Carnivore); Witch Hazel – Publicist (Theatre Recap); Assistant Publicist (SummerWorks Festival); Rumours Of Our Death – Producer, Glengarry Glen Ross – Director of Development and Publicist; Amadeus, This Is Our Youth, The Laramie Project – Stage Manager, General Manager (Staged and Confused Productions); Crazy For You – Production Manager, Gypsy – Stage Manager (Queen’s Musical Theatre). Sarah is currently producing the North American tour of Mark Shyzer’s Fishbowl, which recently won an Audience Choice Award at New York’s Frigid Festival.

Sarah Olmstead

Katie Barnes (Stage Manager)

is very excited to be involved with The Four Minute Mile. She is returning to the theatre after a short break during which she tried to finish her degree. Her previous experience includes Celebration (Sears Ontario Drama Festival), Boxed In (Hysteria! Festival) and Frame (New Ideas Festival).

Katie Barnes

Jamie Sample (Production Manager)

is a freelance lighting designer and technical director based in Toronto. Most recent Technical Direction includes Alumnae Theatre’s New Idea’s Festival (2008 -2010), and Johnny Jackson and Heavenly Passion at the 2008 Toronto Fringe. His lighting design credits include: For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (Alumnae Theatre), Trying (New Stages Peterborough), Passion of Dracula (Mayfield Secondary), Fefu and Her Friends (University College Drama Program) and Dutchman (Theatre Symbiosis). Jamie is a graduate of the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto, and a founding member of Theatre Symbiosis. Jamie is also the photographer behind www.bozopenguin.com.

Jamie Sample

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