CFC Actors Conservatory Announces Participants for 2012-2013 Session

Toronto, July 31, 2012 – The CFC (Canadian Film Centre) would like to welcome the eight actors selected to participate in the fourth year of the CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY, presented by Shaw Media and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.

The five-month session, which launched today, is Canada's first in-depth professional level, cross collaborative on-screen training program for actors. All participants in the CFC Actors Conservatory are well-established performers in areas of film, television and theatre across Canada and internationally. CFC Actors Conservatory is designed to inspire actors and enhance their artistic and technical skills in film and television with hopes to expand their creative and business relationships. It will encourage them to push boundaries in order to be launched as confident, compelling performers.
The chosen participants are: Diana Bentley, Michael Eisner, Jade Hassouné, Craig Henderson, Natalie Krill, Alexandra Lalonde, Alexandra Ordolis, and Supinder Wraich.

Diana BentleyAfter graduating from the University of Toronto, Bentley attended the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). She then joined the Soulpepper Theatre Company with roles in Our Town and A Month in the Country, and later starred in Boing Boing and Reasons to be Pretty. TV appearances include Warehouse 13 and Mayday.

Michael Eisner
After training in the Fine Arts program at the University of Regina, Eisner attended Vancouver's theatre training program Studio 58. Professional credits include performances in Vancouver's Tomas At Mile Zero, Revenge and Steel Kiss as well as his role on the CBC's The Englishman's Boy, in which he received a Gemini nomination for Best Performance By an Actor in a Leading Role. Other credits include guest roles on Sanctuary, The Guard, SINGLE SHOT, BELOW ZERO and many more.

Jade Hassouné Hassouné is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Program at John Abbott College and is a recent semi-finalist on Canada's Got Talent as part of the dance collective Enigma Dance Productions. Film credits include CYBERBULLY, LAURENTIE and THE EXPATRIATE.

Craig Henderson
Henderson began his career doing sketch comedy in Montreal as he attended Concordia University. Soon after, he trained at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and worked in short film before moving to Toronto and joining Workhouse Theatre. Film credits include CFC production CHECKERS and HOLMES SWEET HOLMES.

Natalie Krill
Krill is an award winning dancer who's received the Triple Threat Across Canada Award of Excellence. Her professional career includes a leading role in Dirty Dancing at Toronto's Royal Aelxandra Theatre. Film and TV credits include Saving Hope, Suits, Flashpoint, Good Dog, Rookie Blue, HOLLYWOODLAND, and CASINO JACK.

Alexandra Lalonde
Lalonde has been acting in Toronto since the age of eight where she performed with Little Red Theatre. A bilingual actress, she studied 16th century classical theatre in Paris with influential teacher, Jean-Laurent Cochet.

Alexandra Ordolis
After attending McGill University, Ordolis continued her theatre studies at the National Theatre School of Canada. She has played Juliet in the National Arts Centre's production of Romeo and Juliet and most recently performed with the Theatre Junction in the Canadian premiere of Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life. Film credits include FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES and STAY WITH ME.

Supinder Wraich
A graduate of the Univeristy of Ottawa and Sheridan College's Advanced Film & Television program, Wraich has been involved with Toronto theatre at Hart House and most recently, the Fringe Festival. Film credits include TEXTUALITY alongside Eric McCormack and roles on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Combat Hospital, and The Border.

Recent celebrity guests and industry professionals who have leant their expertise include: Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), Patricia Clarkson(CAIRO TIME), casting director and filmmaker Risa Bramon Garcia(SPEED), Paul Haggis (CRASH), John Patrick Shanley (DOUBT) and Mira Sorvino (UNION SQUARE).

Participants of the CFC Actors Conservatory have received a wide range of leading film and recurring television roles as a result of the program, including: Charlie Carrick (MOLLY MAXWELL), Zoé Doyle(King, The LA Complex), Michelle Giroux (BLOOD PRESSURE), Keon Mohajeri (Rewind), and Alex Paxton-Beesley (The Firm).

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