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What is the Toronto Theatre Database?

Have you ever been to a show and recognized an actor, but could not remember what you had seen him or her in? You check their bio in the program, but you haven’t seen any of the shows mentioned there.

That is the exact experience that gave birth to the idea of the Toronto Theatre Database.

Our goal is to keep an neurotically exhaustive record of every single show ever staged in Toronto. Not only do we want to detail what is currently playing in Toronto, but we also want to create a historical record, an archive, that is easily accessible to you, the public.

Why Toronto? Because that’s where all of the staff are based. We would love to make the site include all Canadian theatre, but it is simply too big a job for a small handful of people to do. In a few years, however…

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Amanda Lynne Ballard

Photo Credit: Amanda Lynne Ballard

David Fisher

General Manager

David is an actor and technician living in Toronto. Originally from Ottawa, he has been involved in theatre since the early 1990s, originally as an actor and then later as a techncian. He graduated with Canterbury Highschool for the Arts, and moved to Toronto to study acting at Ryerson University. He ended up studying in both the acting program and the technical theatre program, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre in 2008.

David has worked on a large number of productions across Toronto, largely as a technican. He is currently the mainspace technician at Theatre Passe Muraille. In David’s former life, before theatre, he was a competitive flatwater kayaker, who won a number of medals at the national level.


Meghan Speakman

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Meghan Speakman

Associate Content Manager

 Meghan began her theatrical journey as the production manager of the Four Person Play Theatre located in the Speakman Family living room.  After exploring the world of acting in various young companies and school productions, she found herself drawn backstage once again and moved to Toronto to study technical theatre at Ryerson University.

Meghan graduated university with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre in 2009, and is now an Equity stage manager.  She can be found stage managing shows in Toronto, or at theatres across Ontario.  In her life away from theatre, Meghan is also an avid fan of science fiction, and board games.


 

Dustyn-Wales2Dustyn Wales

Associate Content Manager

Dustyn is a professional stage manager who has traveled the country working in musical theatre, opera, TYA, new works and repertory theatre. He first became involved in theatre at age 8 acting in his elementary school’s play, The Aliens Are Coming, and hasn’t looked back.
Dustyn spends most of his free time enjoying shows he isn’t working on, entertaining friends, and planning his next trip to Disney World.


Debbie KefferDebbie-Keffer

Lead Researcher

Debbie is an archivist who takes pride in preserving and helping people connect with heritage. She’s been lucky enough to work at places like the National Ballet, for icons such as Canadian song bird Anne Murray, and with items as amazing as the Hudson’s Bay Company’s charter from 1670. She particularly enjoys bringing order to chaos and in her off-hours she’s a member of Barley’s Angels and a regular volunteer at Canadian Stage. She also can’t resist cheesy photo ops.


Linn Øyen Farley

Linn Øyen Farley

Website Designer

Linn Øyen Farley is a freelance web designer and developer with a degree in technical theatre. She specialises in building beautiful and accessible websites for small businesses, fellow freelancers and arts workers, and believes in enabling even the most non-technical people to take control of their own site post-launch.

She gets disproportionately excited about a lot of things, including IKEA furniture, to-do lists, BBC programming and bacon-related cooking.

You can see her work and get in touch at drollic.net.


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Theatre Museum Canada celebrates and preserves Canada’s rich theatre legacy. Besides caring for a growing collection of theatre artefacts, its programs include temporary exhibits at the CNE and the Macdonald Heaslip Walkway of Theatre History at Hart House Theatre. Its most popular program is the Legend Library of videotaped interviews conducted by R.H. Thomson exploring Canada’s theatre and posted online at: www.TheatreMuseumCanada.ca. Planning is underway for a new year-round home at King and Blue Jay Way, part of the King Blue Condominium, Retail and Hotel complex.