CFC Welcomes 2014 Actors’ Conservatory Residents

CFC Welcomes 2014 Actors’ Conservatory Residents

Toronto, July 31, 2014 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce the residents of the 2014 CFC Actors’ Conservatory, presented by Shaw Media and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. Ten actors have been selected to participate in the sixth year of this highly acclaimed program. The CFC Actors’ Conservatory is a transformative artistic experience that strengthens the performer’s instrument for the screen and builds a professional skill set. It is designed to increase residents’ confidence and onscreen portfolio while establishing strong creative and industry partnerships.

“We are excited to begin working with this year’s talented actors, a group which truly represents Canada’s diverse acting community, “ said Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC. “Each one brings unique perspective and experience to the CFC Actors’ Conservatory and we look forward to helping them expand their portfolio of onscreen work and increase their professional opportunities. ”

Alumni of the CFC Actors’ Conservatory have been named TIFF® Rising Stars and have also gone on to work on acclaimed TV series including Reign, The Borgias, Suits, Copper, The Strain, Schitt’s Creek, Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries and Remedy, as well as hit features The Colony, The Husband and The Animal Project, among others. Through the generous support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, graduates have worked with internationally acclaimed directors and acting coaches, such as Larry Moss, the late Jacqueline McClintock, Sarah Polley, David Rotenberg, Lindy Davies, as well as award-winning actors including Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Cattrall, Edward Norton, Mira Sorvino, Patricia Clarkson, and veteran casting directors such as Avy Kaufman, Jennifer Euston and Deirdre Bowen.

The CFC Actors’ Conservatory is a full-time six-month program that balances artistic expression, creative collaboration and the demands of the international screen entertainment industry. The residents participating in the CFC Actors’ Conservatory are well-established performers in film, television and theatre across Canada and abroad.

The 2014 residents of the CFC Actors’ Conservatory are:

Erin Carter

Erin Carter began her acting career performing on stage as a member of the American Academy Company, starring in such plays and musicals as Women Behind Bars, Steel Magnolias and Into the Woods. Her film acting credits include the short Setup, Punch, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the upcoming indie short she starred in, wrote and produced entitled Bonfire. Carter is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and studied comedy at The Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.

Eliane Gagnon

Eliane Gagnon was born and raised in Montréal. She began her acting career at the age of 18 in the popular youth TV show Ramdam.In the last ten years, she played mostly in independent films, including Derrière moi (Rafaël Ouellet, director), Jo pour Jonathan (Maxime Giroux, director) and Le beau risque (Mark Penney, director) opposite Shaun Benson. Most recently, she played in Louis Cyr (Daniel Roby, director), and Chloé Robichaud's web series Féminin / Féminin.Gagnon recently wrote and produced her first short film Douce Amère, and is now developing her first bilingual feature How Could I Be Loved. Gagnon holds a screenwriting certificate from the University of Québec in Montréal.

Gabe Grey

Gabe Grey was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and raised in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand before moving to Atlanta and then Toronto. Best known for his role as Dr. Ned Patel on Global's hit World War II drama, Bomb Girls, Grey also starred as Dr. Naveed Mirali in Lucky 7. Most recently, he played a recurring role on Lost Girl and did extensive voice work on the upcoming videogame, Far Cry 4. His additional television and film credits include Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, The Border, Nikita, a recurring role on the first season of Covert Affairs and a supporting lead in the Japanese-Canadian film Toilet (Naoko Ogigami, director). Grey holds his HBSc in Biology with Minors in Psychology and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto.

Emmanuel Kabongo

Emmanuel Kabongo was born in The Democratic Republic of Congo and relocated to South Africa with his family before moving to Toronto. He began his acting career on the TV show Breakout, and has since appeared in Flashpoint and Nikita. In 2014, Kabongo appeared in the features The Animal Project and Pompeii.

Patrick Kwok-Choon
Patrick Kwok-Choon is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and works extensively in theatre, television and film. Most recently, he performed in over 360 shows for The National Theatre of London/Mirvish Canadian premiere of War Horse. His television appearances include Rookie Blue, The Best Laid Plans, Backpackers and on the upcoming show Open Heart as a series regular.

Anna Maguire

Anna Maguire is a British-Canadian actress and filmmaker. Her recent credits include The Hour, Parade’s End, Oscilloscopes, The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange and The Water Engine. She recently completed filming on emerging director Arran Shearing’s first feature film Forgotten Man, and starred in the short film He Took His Skin Off for Me, which premiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival this year. As a writer/director, Maguire has completed three short films, the first of which, Don’t Forget Your Mittens, premiered at the 2014 London Short Film Festival. She is currently in development to direct the short Your Mother and I, originally written by Dave Eggers, and adapted by herself and Julia Hart. Maguire holds a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University.

Andy McQueen

Andy McQueen was born and raised in Markham, Ontario. A graduate from Unionville High School Arts York Drama Program, McQueen has appeared on various TV shows including The Bridge, Warehouse 13, The Listener and as a recurring character on Satisfaction. This past year Andy worked on his first feature film, Pretend We’re Kissing, written and directed by Matt Sadowski, and appeared on the Toronto stage for the first time in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. McQueen’s short film credits include The Change, Fight and Sebastian, which is currently in the festival circuit.

Cara Ricketts

Cara Ricketts joined Toronto’s theatre scene in Obsidian Theatre Company’s Born Ready, for which she received great acclamation in major media outlets, including Now Magazine’s top 10 artists of the year. Ricketts’ additional theatre acting credits include several Stratford Festival performances, such as Macbeth, A Winter’s Tale, As You Like it, Twelfth Night, Cymbeline and Harold Pinter's The Homecoming opposite Brian Dennehy, as well as other theatre credits including the Canadian premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Birdland Theatre, Soulpepper and Theatre Calgary’s A Raisin in the Sun, Cruel and Tender (Atom Egoyan, director) for CanStage, Mamet’s Race for CanStage with Jason Priestley, Cyrano, and Clybourne Park in the U.S. Ricketts’ screen credits include Satisfaction, Saving Hope and Murdoch Mysteries. Her upcoming projects include Bravo's short Momsters Playground, Valerie Buhagiar’s feature The Anniversary with Colin Mochrie, a web series called Whatever Linda, and the forthcoming mini-series The Book of Negroes.

Sabryn Rock

Sabryn Rock is an accomplished stage actress who has appeared on stages across Canada, including The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Acting Up Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, Obsidian Theatre and The Globe Theatre. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her performance in Caroline or Change. Rock’s screen credits include The Story of Luke, The Divide, The Listener, Combat Hospital, Against The Wall, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Flashpoint, Nikita, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, inSAYSHAble and Incredible Story Studio.

Kevin Jake Walker

Kevin Jake Walker is an actor, artist and songwriter. He began his acting career in self-produced work and new play development, having performed in notable world premieres including The Middle Place, Post Eden and Gas. Walker’s screen credits include Go in the Wilderness,I Spyders, The Devil in Me and Storming Juno. Walker is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, and was nominated for a 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award. He also paints large-scale abstract pieces and has released two records to date.

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