Megan Piercey Monafu
Megan Piercey Monafu believes in radical hospitality as a personal, political, and artistic virtue. There is a reason why a theatre is also called a house; it can be a place where community comes together.
A playwright, director, producer and facilitator, Megan holds a BFA in Theatre and Development from Concordia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Trained in Forum Theatre and community development, Megan specializes in drama work for sensitive populations and situations, and has facilitated for communities and organizations in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and the Maritimes.
Recent artistic work has included residencies at ArtEngine, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and the Ottawa Fringe, and resulted in the Corel Endowment for the Arts Award in 2019 and presentation at the undercurrents festival in 2021. Recent audio work also includes a workshop series for youth at the GCTC and an audio doc series for CBC Halifax. Her current writing uses audio storytelling and play creation with integrated video to explore our personal relationship with the Internet.
Megan and her partner Dan have two young boys: a 4-month-old who you may see around the OST office, and a 3-year-old who can’t wait to get on stage. Megan is looking forward to learning from Kathi and getting to know the OST-ETO community!
Kathi Langston, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Actor, director, drama teacher and coach, Kathi has studied and performed drama and dance in Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa. She studied theatre at the University of Ottawa and has produced, directed and acted in numerous productions. With the support of an Ontario Arts Council, she worked with Street/At Risk youth. She is a recipient of the Ontario Provincial Leading Women, Building Communities Award, a nominee for The Y’s Women of Distinction, recipient of The Ottawa Fringe 2012 Performer’s Spirit Award, nominee for the Les prix Rideau 2012 outstanding female performance award, and a recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Kathi won Best Professional Female Performance at The Atlantic Fringe Festival in 2014.
Sue moved to Ottawa from England in 2008 where she studied and worked in a finance capacity for 20 years. Having been a parent of an OST student since 2013, Sue also started helping out in a volunteer capacity as our resident “Excel Wizard,” preparing the rehearsal schedules for our All Ages plays in Spring 2016. Sue is very excited to be a part of the OST family and truly believes that theatre offers huge benefits to all, in all aspects of life.
Audrey brings administrative, website and social media skills to OST-ETO in the new position of Office Administrator. Her youngest, of three daughters, is a student of OST-ETO. Audrey was a member of her high school improv team all through her high school years and she considers improv as one of the highlights of her teenage years. She is happy to be working among passionate people of the performing arts and students of many talents.
Flora has performed on many occasions with various art groups and programs. She has experience in different forms of performing arts including; singing, dancing, and theater. In middle school, she was a part of the program SAM ARTISTE at Collège Catholique Samuel-Genest; a program designed to provide the opportunity for students in grades 7 to 8, showing a particular interest in artistic expression, to benefit from enriched training in the art. Flora is very excited and happy to be a part of the OST team as an office assistant for the 2020-2021 season.
Vanessa has spent many years as an OST student, when she was younger. She has always had a passion for the arts, participating in various theatre-related programs during her high school years such as organizing shows. She is currently studying at the University of Ottawa.
Béatrice has been attending classes and camps at the Ottawa School of Theater since she was 7. She especially enjoys performing and studying Shakespeare theater. She is currently in the specialized theater program at Béatrice Desloges High School.
Max is a current student at OST and a high school student. He has experience within the school as a volunteer in summer camps and regular classes. He loves making others laugh through acting and loves meeting new people. If you ever happen to see him, make sure you say hello!
Cloé took drama classes at OST for three years before volunteering. She has now been working as an office assistant for the school for the past few years. She has enjoyed theatre since a young age and is a member of the theatre and improv group at her school.
Kaitlin has been at The Ottawa School of Theatre for over 9 years and loves it! She has performed different styles of theatre at the school and now works as an administrative assistant, she is also a student representative for the board. Every year she helps in makeup for the All Ages plays. Kaitlin currently attends Algonquin College studying Massage therapy.
2021-22 CONTRACT THEATRE ARTISTS
Rebecca (she/her) is a performer, theatre creator, and drama educator. She first discovered her love for performance while attending the Specialized Drama Program at Canterbury High School. Thereafter, she attended Concordia University’s Theatre Performance Program in Montreal (BFA, 2018). She has spent countless hours training vocally with Jonathan Patterson, earned her Basic Actor-Combatant certificate with Fight Directors Canada, and partook in a 2-week long Viewpoints/Suzuki intensive with SITI Company in New York City. Rebecca has performed locally and internationally at a range of venues, from Montreal’s Segal Centre, to Germany’s Figuren Theatre, and Toronto’s Hart House Theatre. She is passionate about creating inclusive, playful spaces where powerful storytelling can come to life.
For more information, visit Rebecca’s website: //rebeccabaueractor.com/
Rebecca is delighted to join the amazing teaching team at OST! Passionate about the transformative power of witnessing, creating and performing theatre, Rebecca works as an actor, director, instructor and community artist in Ottawa, recently performing with Bear and Co in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and Cymbeline, and with Three Sisters Theatre Company in The Revolutionists and The Clean House (Prix Rideau Nomination Best Female Performance). Rebecca has taught acting to all ages with the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Department, Carleton University, Ottawa’s Acting Company, Ottawa Children’s Theatre, The Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning, Prairie Theatre Exchange Theatre School and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. She currently directs and facilitates the Creative Well Theatre Project with Branch Out Theatre and the Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO).
Mathieu joined the OST family back in 2011 and has been a part of many shows and camps ever since, as well as spending the past two years working as an office assistant and as a camp counselor during the summer. He is currently studying at the University of Ottawa where he is enrolled in a bachelor of arts, with multiple courses in theatre and music. He cannot wait to share his passion with all of his students.
Sébastien is an emergent actor in Ottawa’s French theatre community. His 8 years of improvisational experience, many theatrical productions and 5 years at the Ottawa School of Theatre have fostered in him an immense passion for theatre and teaching. He is currently studying ethics, political philosophy and, of course, theatre at the University of Ottawa. Seb is excited to get started and work hard to help create amazing productions with the OST family.
Elyse Gauthier (she/they)
Elyse became a student of OST in 2006 and has since been part of the OST family, taking countless courses and performing in several all-ages productions, in addition to working in the office, as a camp assistant, and finally as a teacher. She is currently a Master’s student at the University of Ottawa’s Theatre Department, and works at the National Arts Centre’s French Theatre as an education officer. She is thrilled to teach her students the craft of theatre and give back to the school that has played such an important role in her life!
Zackari is a young actor, comedian, and improv artist of the Ottawa region. He is currently pursuing his theatre studies at the Ottawa University, Department of Theatre, where he is actively involved in the department’s productions. He is a member of the Theatre Company Mauve Sapin and landed his first professional role in the Pattes en aiguilles production. Zackari is very excited to be part of the OST team this year and to create something fun and beautiful.
Ben is a theatre researcher, educator, and practitioner specializing in comedy and technology in performance. Originally from England, Ben completed a PhD in Theatre at the University of Kent, where he lectured for several years, spent two years in Malawi working in Theatre for Development, and moved to Canada in 2017. Ben has a Masters of Education from the University of Ottawa, and works as an Education Researcher CHEO Research Institute, and as a freelance Instructional Designer.
John P. Kelly
John P starts his third year with us. How time passes! John is from Ireland… but he will dispute that now and shout (still in his old accent) “I’m just as Canadian as anny of yiz!”
John arrived in Ottawa over fifteen years ago after a long career in Theatre and Broadcasting in his native land. He claims he loves it here and wonders why he did not come sooner. For all that, we can still hear his brogue in the corridors every year as he roars “Bloody Winter!” As you can see, he is quite proud that his class in ‘Acting for Mature Students’ is a mix of Fun and Theatre – with the accent (his very own!) on the former. This year his class will do a real play. What on earth is that? Come join in and discover!
Erin MacDonald has been bringing the joy of theatre arts education to students at the Ottawa School of Theatre for 12 years! A former student of OST (then, OYP), Erin went on to study Theatre Arts at Algonquin College. Erin also taught in the drama program at The Element High school for 4 years and has been a guest instructor at Algonquin College Performing Arts and Model International Management. She leads workshops at various venues in Ottawa. Erin has also been the Box Office Manager for Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre since 2010 and has toured with the company to Toronto. She also completed a mentorship grant with Rag and Bone. Erin’s work in stage management earned her Prix Rideau Award Nominations in 2013 and 2018. Erin directed A Christmas Carol at OST in 2019 and has created and directed dozens of plays for OST students over the years. Currently, Erin is navigating the new challenge of teaching theatre via Zoom and is looking forward to the day we can be back on stage with an audience in person.
Kirsten is a current student at the University of Ottawa, studying in both communications and English. She has loved the arts since a young age. She has participated in countless plays and musicals, and done her fair share of backstage work. She has studied many varieties of dance and has done vocal training over the years, as well as basic training for the piano. Kirsten has worked over many summers for musical theatre camps, and has a strong love for teaching. Kirsten has been in an Ottawa based dance company, productions by the University of Ottawa, and after school theatre with different companies. She knows almost every theatre game that can be played.
Chelsey is happy to be joining the OST team, after being first introduced to the school through her children who are current students. She attended Canterbury High School and went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in theatre at the University of Guelph. She is excited to be back performing on stages around Ottawa, and teaching theatre to young performers in a fun and inclusive atmosphere.
Brooke became a part of the OST family back in 2012, taking courses, participating in multiple all-ages productions, working with the office staff, and is now teaching. She is currently wrapping up her final year at the University of Ottawa studying Second Language Teaching and Psychology. She is very excited to be working with the OST staff once again and cannot wait to share her passion for theatre with her students. She aims to help her students find their voice and fall in love with the art that helped mold her into the person she is today.
Born in France to a family of artists – her mother and grandmother were dance teachers and her aunt a choreographer for musicals – Virginie found herself on the theatre boards at the age of three. At 10, she studied at the Conservatory of Theatre in her hometown, directed by José Lemius. In 1992, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization Art and Spectacle. Three years later she moved to Canada and studied television at the Cité Collégiale, and has subsequently worked on various television shows. Virginie is entering her 8th year of teaching at the OST and it is always a great pleasure to meet all those fantastic and talented students.
VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Barry MacDonald
Past-President: Karen Bolt
Vice-President: Igor Plechtchenko
Treasurer: Nancy Verspoor
Secretary: Jennifer Rowberry
Volunteers Coordinator: Liz Briggs
Directors at large: Pat McColm, Kaissy Yu, Suzanne Allen, Colleen Sutton
Student Rep: vacant