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.

                                      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!

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). 

                                  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)--

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.


                                    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!