CFC Welcomes 2013-2014 Actors Conservatory Participants

CFC is pleased to announce the eight actors selected to participate in the fifth year of its highly successful CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY, a program presented by Shaw Media and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

The CFC Actors Conservatory is designed to inspire actors and enhance their artistic and technical skills in film and television, with an emphasis on expanding their creative and business relationships. It encourages them to push boundaries in order to be launched as confident, compelling performers in an international marketplace.

The five month long session is Canada's first in-depth, professional level, on-screen career accelerator for actors. All participants in the CFC Actors Conservatory are well-established performers in film, television and theatre across Canada and abroad.

The chosen participants are: Giacomo Gianiotti, Dan Jeannotte,Kimberly Laferriere, Steven Love, Annie Murphy, Matt Murray,Brooke Palsson, and Camille Stopps.

Giacomo Gianiotti Giacomo Gianiotti was born in Rome and has been working in Toronto and internationally in theatre, television, and film. Onscreen credits include: “Murdoch Mysteries”, “Copper”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Time Tremors”, Medicina Generale, Done, and La Bomba. He also appeared in the play The Little Years, produced by Tarragon Theatre, which was nominated for seven Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including “Best Ensemble”.

Dan Jeannotte Dan Jeannotte is an improviser, actor, and writer who has worked in the comedy and theatre scene in Montreal. Film and TV credits includeRed 2, Deadly Hope, Washed In Blue, Cat. 8, “Being Human”, and “Sophie”. Theatre credits include the lead in Segal Centre's production of Equus, and performing as a puppeteer in The Heretics of Bohemia. Jeannotte has toured Canada and the US with his Canadian Comedy Award-nominated improv troupe Uncalled For.

Kimberly LaferriereKimberly Laferriere was born and raised in Montreal. She studied fine arts and cinema production at Dawson College and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Laferriere's credits include “Blue Mountain State”, “Being Human”, and the upcoming feature filmsSerpent in the Bottle, Undisclosed, and the Canadian action film, The Badge. She also appeared in the production Waiting for the Barbarianat the Segal Centre in Montreal.

Steven Love
Steven Love was born and raised in Vancouver before moving to Toronto. His film and television credits include: The Admirer, Jake and Jasper: A Ferret Tale, Solo, The Ridge, “Supernatural”, “The Troop”, “The Secret Circle”, and “Galaxy English” (which he co-hosted).

Annie Murphy
After graduating from Concordia University's Theatre Performance program, Murphy moved to Toronto to pursue her acting career. She can be seen in independent films Story of Jen and Lick. Her television credits include “Blue Mountain State”, “Good God”, “Rookie Blue”, and “Beauty and the Beast”.

Matt Murray
Matt Murray was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting, and is a graduate of Humber College's Theatre Program. His television appearances include a role on “The Firm”, “Suits”, and “The L.A. Complex”, as well as the feature film Junction. Murray also appears in the web series Guidance.

Brooke Palsson
Brooke Palsson began her acting career at age nine, appearing alongside Dean Cain in Christmas Rush. Her role in “Less Than Kind” garnered a Gemini Award nomination and the award for Best Female Performer at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Other film and television credits include: CFC Features' Molly Maxwell, Keyhole, “Todd and the Book of Pure Evil”, “Flashpoint”, “Saving Hope”, and the upcomingEuphoria. An accomplished singer/songwriter, Palsson's debut EP “The Willow” will be released in the spring 2014. Her music has been featured in “Less Than Kind” and “Flashpoint”.

Camille Stopps
Camille Stopps is an actress and dancer from Cobourg, Ontario. Her credits include the short film Jane, the Toronto Fringe Festival production without, and starring roles in the upcoming featuresLearning to Ride and Splitting Bethany. In her dancing career, Stopps has worked with renowned Canadian choreographers such as David Earle, Matjash Mrozewski, Kate Hilliard and Valerie Calam. She is a graduate of Ryerson University's Theatre: Performance Dance Program.

Past participants of the CFC Actors Conservatory have appeared in leading film and recurring television roles as a result of the program, including: Alex Paxton-Beesley (“Copper”, ”The Firm”), Charlie Carrick (“The Borgias”, Molly Maxwell), Sarah Allen (Baby, How'd We Ever Get This Way?), Zoé Doyle (“King”), Supinder Wraich (“Copper”), Eli Goree (“The Hundred”), Johnathan Sousa (What We Have), Keon Mohajeri (Rewind), Melissa Hood (Dirty Singles), and Michelle Giroux (Blood Pressure).

Recent celebrity guests and industry professionals who have leant their expertise include: Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”), John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood), (Patricia Clarkson (Cairo Time), casting director and filmmaker Risa Bramon Garcia (Speed), Paul Haggis (Crash), John Patrick Shanley (Doubt) and Mira Sorvino (Union Square).

CFC will announce additional mentors, workshop leaders and guests over the coming months as the individual needs of the eight actors are considered. For more information, please CLICK HERE