Alexandra (Clement) McNamara is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Department (BFA Acting 2007). After university, she found herself drawn to event planning and design and now runs Blush + Bowties, launched in 2013. Today, the company is a team of 3 with over 50 events a year in its portfolio. Most recently, Alex designed and planned Toronto’s first Concierge Event for the well-respected Australian wedding dress company Grace Loves Lace, and completed a course in interior design. We spoke to Alexandra about her experience studying acting in the Department of Theatre, and what it has given her as a designer and small business owner.
Spotlight on Alumni
Tori Anderson (BFA Acting 2011) has continued to work in film, TV and theatre in Canada and the US. In her most recent work she played the title role of Evie on No Tomorrow (CW). She has also worked on Killjoys (Syfy), The Other Kingdom (Nickelodeon, Family), Open Heart (YTV, TeenNick), and has appeared in the films Killing Daddy, The Mermaid Chair, To Have and to Hold and Cable Beach. Tori also portrayed Michelle Phillips in Dream a Little Dream at the Phoenix Theatre in Arizona and Viv in HABIT at the Luminato Festival. We spoke with Tori about her time at York, and how it has helped her in her career.
Tina Jung is a graduate of York University’s Department of Theatre (BFA Acting 2013). Since then, she has been busy working, mainly in television and film. She has a recurring role on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop. Other selected screen credits include Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, The Expanse, and Beauty and the Beast. You can also see her on the upcoming Michael and Peter Spierig’s Saw: Legacy released later this year.
Nadine Bhabha is a graduate of York University’s Dept of Theatre (BFA Acting 2016) and most recently had the title role working with Canada’s oldest Black theatre company, Black Theatre Workshop. The show was called Bluenose and it toured throughout Montreal to schools for Black History Month. She was recently interviewed by Global TV Montreal on the play and the importance of diverse narratives. Since graduating, she has booked various small roles in commercials and TV movies, has workshopped a new play with Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions entitled Through the Glass, and is working with Shakespeare in Action, teaching young children the joys of working with the “Bard”.
Emily Coutts (BFA Acting 2011) is most recently a graduate of the Acting Conservatory at The Canadian Film Center (2016). Her most recent film and television credits include Murdoch Mysteries, 3-Way (Not Calling) (TIFF 2016), Come Back (CFF 2017), Dark Matter, Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Steven Soderberg’s The Girlfriend Experience and Hallmark’s The Best Christmas Party Ever. Coutts is also a filmmaker and co-produced and starred in the indie feature Barn Wedding (Canadian Film Fest & Dances With Films Festival) and is currently co-creating a comedy series called Beattie and Mae.
Sheri Godda is a graduate of York University’s Dept of Theatre (BFA Acting 2013) and most recently a graduate of The Second City Conservatory (2016). Sheri is the other half of the improv comedy duo GoddaKuch. Since graduation, she has performed in multiple shows with indie theatre company Echo Productions. She is starring in a web series titled, “At Sea” which is to be released in 2017. You can also catch her in her first principle role in the “Murdoch Mysteries” season 10 finale. Sheri has been accepted into The Second City House Company Ensemble where she will perform every Friday at The Second City John Candy Box Theatre.
Andrew Cleveland, Photo: Phil Crozier Andrew Cleveland (BFA Spec. Hons. 2013) is a Toronto-based sewer, dresser, and costume designer. Born and raised in Orangeville, Ontario, Andrew has a background in Costume Design including a bachelor’s degree in P… View Article
Kelly Anderson (BA Hons Theatre Studies) graduated from York in 2015 with a specialization in Set and Costume Design, Devised Theatre, and Playwriting. Since then she has worked on twenty productions as a set, costume, lighting, and/or sound designer, and playwright. Highlights include costume design for Theatre By The Bay (Faust); a mixture of set, costume and lighting design for Theatre By Committee (Lion in the Streets, The Winter Play Project, Faith); sound design for theatre company Pearle Harbour Presents (Rebel Without A Cause, Canadian Content-ed, Pearle Harbour’s Sunday School); costume design for webseries pilot Jib & Jab (Kurt Ogilvie); and sound design and composition for Little Black Afro (Carbon: A Workshop Performance). Kelly’s debut play Family Debts was produced as part of Theatre By Committee’s inaugural Winter Play Project.