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Members of the Department
Ash, Jesse Peter
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While a student at Concordia, Rob made his professional acting debut in Godspell at the Segal Centre. He’s played lead roles in theatres across the country from Theatre New Brunswick to the Banff Centre. Locally, he’s performed for Centaur, Geordie, the Segal and six seasons at Theatre Lac Brome. Catch him on film opposite Sharon Stone in a Different Loyalty, opposite Taylor Kitsch in The Covenant, with Marlon Brando in Free Money and with Christopher Plummer in Nuremburg. The diversity he’s experienced professionally he brings to the classroom whether working on drama, comedy, music or Shakespeare. John Abbott directing credits include Hair, Romeo and Juliet, Rumors, Twelfth Night, Fiddler on the Roof and To Kill a Mockingbird. Teaching what he loves has been the greatest reward of his career.
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I have worked in Montreal Theatre for many years. I began by operating and then designing lights and sound; eventually, I moved on to technical direction and finally production management, which is my specialty and what I teach at John Abbott. Theatre History is also one of my passions. Based in Montreal, I have also worked in 7 provinces and 1 territory, as well in the United States. Though I have worked for most of the major English companies in Montreal, I particularly enjoyed my years spent working for the Piggery, the Centaur, the Segal Centre and Just for Laughs.
514-457-6610 ext. 5587
Cuk, AndrewCoordinator, Acting
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C-0068 Professional Theatre
Andrew Cuk, M.A., Ph.D., has been a theatre and music professional for over thirty years. He began teaching at John Abbott in 2005. He is a director, writer, actor and Artistic Director of the Montreal theatre company, Canis Tempus, which produced his plays Sala XVIII and Quixote. Two of his plays premiered at John Abbott: Three Witches, a modern take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Elektra, a reworking of the ancient Greek myth. Andy has directed classical and contemporary plays, operas and musicals. He received his doctorate from the University of California and his masters from Western Washington University. At Abbott, along with directing productions, he has taught acting, text, theatre history and Theatre Workshop.
Recent off-campus directorial credits: Handel’s Xerxès (opera), Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan (operetta), Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Massenet’s Cendrillon (opera), Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (opera), Daisy and the Wonder Weeds by Jean Elliott Manning (musical).
Directing at JAC: Shakespeare’s Lear, Leanna Brodie’s For Home and Country, Moira Buffini’s Welcome to Thebes, The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Cloud Nine by Caryl Churchill.
514-457-6610 ext. 5773
Pierre Dussol has been a member of the Department of Theatre at John Abbott College since 2003. He has taught Stagecraft, Theatre Orientation, Theatre Workshop, Media and AutoCAD. He graduated from the Professional Theatre Program at John Abbott in 1991. He has worked on over 200 productions in theatre, television and film in Stratford, Montreal, Nova Scotia and London, England. He holds a Bachelor Degree in History and Archaeology from Concordia University. He also received a Master’s in Education from the University of Sherbrooke. In 2012 Pierre published his first book “AutoCAD For The Theatre” with the CCDMD. He has served as a member of the Faculty Professional Development Committee since 2007.
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Zach Fraser has taught with John Abbott College’s Department of Theatre since 2008. At Abbott, Zach primarily teaches Movement, Mask, and Professional Management for the acting students. He is a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier (London/Paris), UQÀM’s puppetry program (Montreal), and Dalhousie University (Halifax). Zach frequently works within the professional theatre community as an actor, director, movement coach, puppeteer and puppet maker. In Montreal, Zach has also taught at the National Theatre School, McGill University, and Université de Montréal, and was a guest instructor at École Philippe Gaulier in France.
514-457-6610 ext. 5571
Howell, JasonCoordinator, Theatre Workshop
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Jason Howell holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University. A graduate of John Abbott’s Creative Arts program in the 90’s, Jason came to the college as a teacher in 200, where he teaches media, acting and directs the Theatre Workshop shows. He has various professional acting credits from theatre and film projects in Montreal and across Canada. Jason is also a working musician and can be seen with his band Jando in various locations across the Montreal pub circuit. He currently represents the Theatre department on the ALC Program Committee.
514-457-6610 ext. 5763
Patrice Jacques graduated from the John Abbott College: Professional Theatre Technical program in 1994. Ever since, he has worked in all facets of the entertainment industry. From stage managing to props master in theatre, to model maker, make-up effects mold maker & special effects props maker in movies. He has also had the honor of being the props specialist for all 22 running show from the Cirque du Soleil headquarters in Montreal for 7 years. He loves learning and sharing his knowledge. Joining the Theatre faculty 3 years ago, he currently teaches props building, sculpting in various mediums, mask fabrication and mold making. Throughout the various stages of his versatile career, he’s stayed active in the film business with his sfx props making company working on such films as The Aviator, The Day After Tomorrow, The Mummy 3, White House Down, Riddick and XMEN: Days of Future Past.
Leigh Campbell, Tracy
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Carolyn Murdoch has been happily part of the JAC Theatre Department Family for 10 years now. Ms. Murdoch is a graduate of Mount Alison University, as well as the National Theatre School of Canada, where she later taught Stage Management, Production managed the Directing Program, and helped co-ordinate the Technical Production department. Over the years, Carolyn has worked and toured throughout Canada in Theatre and Dance, as well as some television & film work…but she enjoys nothing more than being with all the wonderful, clever & creative people in the Theatre Department at John Abbott College.
Nadia Rowsell hails from Harrington Harbour, Quebec and moved to Montreal in 2007 to pursue her post secondary education. She graduated from the Professional Theatre Program (Set & Costume Design) in 2012. Upon graduation she was the co-recipient of the Pamela Montgomery Award & the recipient of the Jason Panich Scholarship. She also has a DEC in Creative Arts: Theatre Workshop. In addition to beIng the wardrobe technician, Ms. Rowsell teaches Costume Execution to the 1st & 2nd year technical students.
514-457-6610 ext. 5072
Anana Rydvald teaches Mime and Improvisation at John Abbott College’s Department of Theatre and Music. Originally from Sweden, she first came to Montreal to study at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens at the age of 12. Since then she trained as an actress and mask artist in both Europe and Canada. Before settling down in Montreal she worked as an actress for several years with the renowned Scandinavian Theatre group Cantabile 2 that creates site-specific performances around the world. She is the artistic director of Level 4 Theatre and does televison, film and voice over work as well.
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Jo- Anne Vezina has been a teacher at John Abbott College since August 2011. She is a graduate of the John Abbott Theatre Department, design section, which earned her a DEC ( Diplome d'Education Collégial). Ms.Vezina teaches a scenic painting class as well as providing paint support for the department's productions. Ms.Vezina has over 28 years of professional experience as a scenic artist, working with companies that include but are not limited to the following; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, L'Opéra de Montréal, Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, La Cie Jean Duceppe, O Vertigo Dance, Le Cirque du Soleil, Arturo Brachetti, and the Stratford Festival.