Rob has been writing songs since he was 5, and couldn’t be happier to see Killer Business – The Musical lifted off the page and put on the stage. Past writing successes are Hipcheck – the Musical at the Toronto Fringe in 2009. It received the Patron’s Pick and the Best of the Fringe, Canada in Love co-written with Stephanie Graham for Smile Theatres 2011 season, a one‐man show Sentimental Christmas also for Smile Theatre, and Berlin, Broadway and Beyond, a two hander celebrating the music of Broadway and Irving Berlin. Musicals that are still in the works are Nickleby, Hood, Right of Way, and Noah a musical about a guy and his boat. Thanks to his Mom, Jayne and Todd. But mostly to his wife, Steph who has been behind this project from the start. He is nothing without her.
Ken is a writer/Actor/Director from Cape Breton. Ken has written for Mysteriously Yours, Stirling Festival Theatre and The Cape Breton Summertime Revue. He directed the acclaimed hit, As You Puppet (Toronto Fringe, Best of Fringe and YPT), Billy Bishop Goes To War (Ontario Tour), The Fourposter (SFT), Rumpleforskin (Toronto Fringe starring Don Harron), several Christmas Pantos at the Stirling Festival Theatre and Miss Persona’s Marvelous Melodies (Web Series). Ken has performed in theatres across Ontario and Nova Scotia, in over 20 commercials, Murdoch Mysteries, King and CBC’s DNTO.
Saul Segal is an actor, singer, writer, traveller and layabout. He received his BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor. Canadian credits include: Lend Me A Tenor, You’ll Get Used To It, Pirates of Penzance (Sunshine Festival); Forever Plaid (STC, Red Barn); The Wizard of Oz (Fanfare); Oklahoma (Red Barn). Saul has also performed for audiences around the world, from Brazil to Japan and most places in-between for Dick Foster Productions, FJM Productions and CBG Inc. He also served as creator/executive producer on the travel web series The Clueless Traveler. He is a proud member of ACTRA, Equity and Air Miles.
Geoffrey has directed extensively at Regina’s renowned Globe Theatre (Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily, Anne of Green Gables, Marion Bridge, Over the River … Stones in His Pockets, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, among others), at the Weathervane Playhouse in Ohio (Forever Plaid, Pirates of Penzance), and in Toronto (Will he – nill He, and Not in This Lifetime, Jean Harlow). He has directed at the University of Windsor (The Boys from Syracuse) and Sheridan College (Grease!), and is the founding Director of the Globe Theatre Conservatory Actor Training Program.
In addition to her many credits as a performer, Stephanie’s choreography credits include: The world premiere of A Snow White Christmas (Theatre Orangeville), The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe Theatre), Colours in the Storm and She Loves Me (Theatre Sheridan), Pop Goes the Sixties, They’re Playing Our Song and Back in ’59 (Showboat Festival Theatre), Next to Normal (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Sound of Music (Cornerstone University), The Last Resort (Charlottetown Festival), Impulse-An Evening of Original Choreography (Stratford Festival) and three seasons as the Director/Choreographer of the Confederation Centre of the Arts Young Company. Upcoming: Director/Choreographer for Johnny Belinda (Smile Theatre), Co-Director/Choreographer: Godspell (Theatre Sheridan) www.stephaniegraham.ca
Robert grew up in B.C and Western Australia. He has worked as a Music Director, pianist, accompanist, vocalist, and vocal/repertoire coach in numerous Theatre productions of all incarnations, as well as performing with several multi-genre bands and ensembles in Australia, Canada and the UK. He has toured the UK twice with Canadian roots supergroup “Tanglefoot” and performed with Australia’s “Los Chasquis”. A product of the University of Western Australia, Graham’s self-penned pop, rock, and soul songs have garnered him numerous songwriting awards. His songs have also elicited licensing deals in Australia and Italy, been included on several compilation CDs, and will appear in upcoming Australian and Canadian feature films in 2013/14. His music has been heard on radio stations in several countries.www.robertgraham.org
Alana Freistadt, originally from Saskatoon SK, is a theatre technician specialising in stage management and wardrobe. Select Credits: Production Stage Manager: Jewel (Stephenville Theatre Festival); Stage Manager: Where’s My Money (Sterling Studio Theatre), Spring Awakening (Theatre Sheridan), Commercial Performance Critiques (Musical Theatre Performance Program, Sheridan College); Assistant Stage Manager: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Theatre Sheridan); Production Assistant: Secret Service (Fugue Theatre); Community Stage Producer (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Student Wardrobe Head: Merrily We Roll Along; Dresser: Merrily We Roll Along, Oklahoma!, Assassins; Stitcher: Merrily We Roll Along, Oklahoma!, Blood Brothers, Once Upon a Mattress, Assassins (Theatre Sheridan).
Pascal has designed and painted for both community and professional companies since 2009 with selected credits including: Lead Scenic Artist – Mary Poppins, Oliver!, Too Many Cooks, Sorry I’m Canadian, Big Band Legends, Tuesdays with Morrie (Drayton Entertainment); Set Design – The Full Monty (Rose Theatre Productions); Hairspray, Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Willy Wonka, Annie, Once upon a Mattress, Anne of Green Gables. Pascal has trained with Stratford off the Wall, Stratford, ON and with Scenic Designer Christine Peters (Broadway NYC).
Jennifer Lennon is a Toronto-based lighting designer. Selected lighting design credits include: Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (BARO Theatre Company), The Bear / Still Stands the House (Shaw Festival Directors’ Project), Holy Mothers (Divine Bovine), Who Killed Snow White? (New Groundswell Festival – Nightwood Theatre), When The Ice Breaks (Down n’ Out Productions), Other People (Mutual Friends Co-Op), and The Penelopiad Directors’ Showcase (Nightwood Theatre). As lighting designer and stage manager: Parashakti: Primordial Energy (Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Halifax and West Coast tours). As assistant lighting designer: Stratford Festival (three seasons), Shaw Festival (one season), and Charlottetown Festival (Hairspray).
Torrent Productions is comprised of Rob Torr and Stephanie Graham. Both have extensive performance credits from The Stratford Festival, Charlottetown Festival, Mirvish Productions, The Canadian Opera Company, Opera Ontario and with many smaller theatre companies around Ontario. Rob is a composer, arranger, writer and director. Stephanie is a director, choreographer, producer and writer. Torrent premiered an excerpt from The C-Word at Upstaging Cancer in the spring of 2009 and then went on to co-produce Hipcheck – the Musical with Joan Jamieson and Shelley M. Hobbs at the 2009 Toronto Fringe. Hipcheck went on to be Patron’s Pick and presented as a part of the Best of Fringe. Torrent Productions is committed to creating, developing and producing musical theatre.
Tammy has a long history of designing for the arts. As a freelance artist, she has worked with many clients, big and small, including the Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Festival, Luminato Festival, Culture Days, CBC and the National Ballet of Canada. Tammy is most proud of the cheeky website for Hipcheck – the Musical. She is thrilled to be collaborating once again with Torrent Productions.