SHADOWPATH APPRENTICES 2016 - 2017                                                                                                                  

Heather Braaten is a professional theatre director, playwright, and dramaturge.  She has specific
interests and expertise in the fields of new play development, devised theatre, large ensemble
physical theatre as well as musical theatre. Heather also has theatre administration training
and experience in the areas of artistic direction, company management, tour management and
producing. Heather is thrilled to be one of Shadowpath Theatre’s apprentices, and looks
forward to developing her skills in production, community engagement, grant writing, artistic directing, and the business of theatre.  She is the founder and artistic director of her own theatre ensemble TOOL KIT INC. and is currently developing a new piece of devised musical theatre with that group.  Most recent directorial credits include: MATCH GIRL, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AMERICAN IDIOT, DISNEY’S ALLADIN, SPRING AWAKENING, EVITA, NEXT TO NORMAL.

TestimonialIf I had to describe my experience as a Shadowpath Apprentice in one word, I would have to say it would be “community”.  One of the most important things that I have learned from being a part of this inaugural group of supported female creative leaders, is that we are all better when we work together.  So often I have felt very alone when approaching my artistic pursuits, with nobody to discuss my ideas and aspirations with.  Being allowed to connect with this vibrant group has provided me with confidence, friendship, and a network of people that I will call upon in the years to come.  During my apprenticeship, I had a new sense of confidence to apply for a position that I may have assumed was out of reach for me, but due to the nurturing fearless atmosphere and encouragement for us to pursue our goals, I was inspired to apply, and ultimately be successful in being hired as the artistic director of a long-standing theatre company in Canada. I would recommend this apprenticeship to any woman who has a goal of being an administrative or artistic leader in the Canadian theatre community.  There is much to be learned by working as a group, and I thank Alex and Shadowpath for the opportunity to rethink my place in this community.  Heather Braaten

                                      Joanna Grace recently appeared as the Tour Guide for Shadowpath’s first Cafe Cruise in
                                      Richmond Hill.  She played french horn at Hotel Solstice (2014 & 2016) and performed with
                                      the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra (2011-2016).  Joanna teaches horn and piano          
                                      and frequently performs on both instruments.
                               Joanna was granted a national teaching award (in the U.S.) by the Music              
                                     Teachers National Association (MTNA).  She received the Studio Teacher  
                                     Fellowship Award for “excellence in teaching, dedication to music education
                                     and outstanding studio development”. Joanna later served on the MTNA committee to review applications/videos and select the national recipients in 2008-2011. Joanna played jazz piano with an all-female band Ladies Must Swing, opening for Lionel Richie at the 2008 gala honouring the Tuskegee Airman (Alabama). In Richmond Hill, Joanna was the Musical Director and Pianist for the musical Nunsense at the Curtain Club Theatre.  Advocating for curriculum-based musical theatre for JK- grade 3 students, Joanna is a Program Consultant with Education Arts Canada (EAC). She was an actor in EAC’s Red’s in The Hood for performances in Markham, Ajax and London. In 2015, Joanna completed the Artrepreneur program, a business development program for artists and arts organizations in York Region.  Joanna holds a Masters Certificate in Sound Reiki and assists people in restoring their natural ability to heal with sound.  She is the Producer of Clearly Musical Home Concerts featuring musicians in unique, up-close musical experiences where everyone gets a front row seat!

TestimonialI'm grateful this Apprenticeship has provided learning and growing opportunities for me in developing creative projects, project planning, building partnerships and requesting funding (grants and donations).  At the first meeting we were evaluating the Trillium Foundation grant that was accepted to provide funding for our Apprenticeships.  I became aware that I, as an individual artist qualify, for requesting certain arts funding...and started that process right away!  Within 2 months I had written my first grant and it was accepted for my Clearly Musical Home Concert Series (Town of Richmond Hill Cultural Grant).  In November, I received the "Emerging Creative Talent" award from the Town of Richmond Hill for "leadership in originality and innovation in the Creative Industries", and now serve on the Cultural Leadership Council! With my Apprenticeship I have appreciated the opportunity to select areas of focus and to be assigned projects that stretched me to take initiative in ways I wouldn't have otherwise.  Brainstorming in team meetings with our Artistic Director, Alex, has been extremely beneficial in really getting ideas flowing into new possibilities and realities with creative connections.   I highly recommend this Apprenticeship for independent, innovative thinkers who like to be part of a Team to take risks, try new things and make creative projects happen successfully. I had an amazing experience! WOW and Thank you!  -Joanna Grace

Deanna Galati is an aspiring theatre producer and arts administrator. She is always
up for new experiences and continuously seeks work that will both challenge and
excite her. Fresh out of York University’s Devised Theatre Program, Deanna hopes
to use her training and previous backgrounds to bring creative and fresh ideas to
Shadowpath while continuing to grow and develop her craft. Most recently, Deanna’s
credits include: Life is a Dream (Producer, Sad Ibsen Theatre), Eraser (Performer, 
Toronto Fringe Festival 2016), We Are XX (Producer, Toronto Fringe Festival 2016). 

TestimonialMy time with Shadowpath has been such a rewarding and indescribable experience.Being right out of university, with the desire to delve into the arts admin and producing realm, Shadowpath was the perfect place for me to be to get to discover a lot about myself and how I work. When I started with Shadowpath, I had no idea what I was getting into. I pushed myself to say yes to every opportunity that Alex and Shadowpath offered, which was the smartest thing I could have done. I definitely hit barriers, learned about aspects of the job that I find frustrating and discovered all the things that I am not yet good at. But, I also made new connections, learned a lot more about the arts scene in York Region, learned how to write grants and how to always push for the best! Alex has been such an encouraging mentor. She somehow always knew how to solve a problem or advise me on a barrier I was facing. Alex has inspired me to want to pursue my personal aspirations more and more and I often see myself in her as well. Shadowpath’s apprentice program has definitely given me a platform in which I feel confident to take what I’ve learned and put it towards whatever direction my career may take me. Finally - the experience would not be complete without sharing it with a group of talented women beside me. I have made lasting connections and friendships though this apprenticeship that I will forever be grateful for. Thanks Alex for an amazing 10 months!!-Deanna Galati

                                  From her hometown of London, Ontario, Peyton Le Barr is an artist who plays many roles
                                  both on and off the stage.  Primarily an actor with both a BFA from Windsor as well as an MFA      
                                  in Acting from East 15 Acting School (London, England), she is also a core member of Spiel    
                                  Players Theatre Collective (Theatre under the influence of oddballs, empathetics, and the
                                  occasional activists).  Peyton is at heart a creator and a firm believer that it is through
                                  storytelling that we can most effectively bring the world closer together to one another.    
                                  Selected credits:  Viola Twelfth Night (Alehouse Theatre) Hamlet Hamlet: An Adaptation (Shakespeare’s Globe), B Le Shaga (Dir. Joanne Williams), Yerma Yerma (Dir. Monique Wilson), Isabella/Joyce/Shona Top Girls (Dir. Rosamunde Hutt), Mary Swanson Middletown (UK Premiere, Dir. Chris Meades), Man with Stick Pockets full of Bread (UK Premiere, Arcola Theatre)--

Testimonial The Shadowpath apprenticeship has given me a practical hands-on experience learning about grant writing, arts administration, sponsorship, budgeting, as well as production.  This job has given me the tools and the confidence to continue my pursuit in my own aspirations in theatre production.  I was grateful for the opportunity to have such a flexible and accommodating work schedule.  Having the ability to cater the job tasks to my own personal needs and areas of interest really has allowed me to get a personalized work experience. The greatest challenge I overcame was my personal fear of grant writing.  As a creative artist, my ability to write grants is an invaluable skill, but it is a practice that I, like many creative team artists, avoid out of fear and/or frustration. This job gave me practical knowledge on grants and gave me confidence in my writing skills. This job is ideal for theatre practitioners who are interested in pursuing self-produced work or want to expose themselves to new job opportunities in production.- Peyton LeBarr

Karina Milech - An actor/creator, originally from the Jewish community of Montreal, and currently
based in Toronto, is thrilled to be part of the Shadowpath team this year! Blessed with a passion
for people and innovation, Karina is eager to explore York Region, make new connections,
and to learn more about the business of acting from Alex Karolyi. Karina has often found herself
on the stage, as she holds a 3 Year Acting Conservatory Diploma from The Ottawa Theatre School,
alongside a bachelor of Social Work from McGill University. Recent credits include, Almost Maine,
with Mainstreet Productions in Uxbridge, The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine with Vacant House
Theatre in Ottawa, Laura Secord’s Touring Show for Young Audiences with Festival Players in Picton,
and the independent film, The Geneticus Project with Fakedream Productions in Ottawa.  Oh yeah, and at one point in her life, she spent 5 and a half weeks driving across Canada with her best friend and auditioned for theatre companies in every province. When she is not working in the arts, she can usually be found kickboxing in her basement apartment, or playing copious amounts of guitar.

TestimonialBeing an apprentice for Shadowpath is an opportunity I feel so fortunate to have gained this past year! Not only did I meet a team of artists from different walks of life, with a variety of skillsets, but it was invaluable for me to watch the way Alex treats her artistic endeavours like a business- a challenge for my creative self, as well as one for many other artists. Throughout the year, I learnt about marketing, grant writing, networking, donation & sponsorship requests, and how to have a good time through it all! Shadowpath’s mantra is “If you say you want to do something, just do it, it’s already done”- I shall take this with me wherever I go! I recommend this apprenticeship to any artist who maintains a flexible work schedule, and who wants to learn the business side of art. In a word- FANFREAKINTASTIC!-Karina Milech


                                    Becky Tanton is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto’s Drama program, as
                                            well as a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Canadore College. She has been
                                            involved in just about every aspect of theatre, from behind the scenes to centre stage,
                                            and has loved every stressful, heart-wrenching moment. She has a particular interest
                                            for theatre creation and new play development, and always tries to have several 
                                           projects on the go! 

Thanks to a Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Shadowpath is expanding our creative team with fifteen female apprentices from 2016 - 2019. These apprentices will develop skills in creation, producing, arts admin and artistic direction and help to increase Shadowpath's community programming. Applications are received in the summer and apprentices begin in September.