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Phil Koole

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Phil Koole is a Toronto based clown who received his BFA in Theatre and Netherlandic Studies from Calvin College (2006) in Grand Rapids, MI, where his interest in clown and physical theatre was sparked. He is a Therapeutic Clown in various rehab and long term care centres across Toronto. He’s performed at The Foolish Cabaret, The Red Nose District, The Toronto International Circus Festival, The Red Nose Cabaret, and The Toronto Festival of Clowns. He created and performed Halapatooloo, a duo clown show at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival (Outstanding Ensemble, NOW Magazine), and in the summer of 2013, to the delight of many park visitors young and old, he self-produced and performed twelve one hour sessions of roving clown with his character ‘Grup’ and his Sacred Rope in parks across the city of Toronto. He has also performed internationally in public spaces in The Netherlands and the USA. He has studied the art of theatrical clown with renowned instructors Helen Donnelly (Foo), John Turner (Mump & Smoot), and Peter Jarvis (Silver Elvis). Most recently he performed his piece “Grup the Wanderer” at The Fringe North International Theatre Festival, August 2017 and delighted the streets of Toronto all summer long with his busking skills.

Collaborators

Byron Laviolette is the director and dramaturg for the Morro and Jasp clown series with U.N.I.T. Productions. Morro and Jasp have received numerous awards including a 2014 Canadian Comedy Award, a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award as well as over 10 NOW Magazine Awards including Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Ensemble. He was also the Creative Director of The Mission Business, an experience design company whose clients included Autodesk, Microsoft, Starbucks, Metrolinx, and PWC. Byron holds a PhD in Interactive Theatre and Pervassive Transmedia Fiction from the Theatre and Performance Studies Department at York University and his criticism/art journalism has appeared in Scene Changes, EYE Weekly, AdBusters and IN Toronto magazine. Most recently, Byron directed Morro and Jasp’s 10th original clown show, Morro and Jasp in Stupefaction at Crow’s Theatre, the millennial pop musical Maddie‘s Karaoke Birthday Party at the 2017 Fringe, and the Summerworks Festival Audience Choice Winnter, Pearle Harbour’s Chautauqua.

Kathleen Le Roux has worked as a therapeutic clown artist since 2001 (Sick Kids, Holland Bloorview, Dr Clown/Jovia) and is currently running her own independent practice in Toronto. A graduate of Queen’s University Drama, The National Theatre School of Canada and the Loose Moose International Improv School, she has worked as a comedienne/clown, director and producer in children’s television, as a comedic performer, director and producer in theatre for adults as well as a teacher of improvisation at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto. She has studied the art of theatrical clown and improvisation with some of the world’s most acclaimed theatre trainers including John Turner and Michael Kennard (Mump&Smoot), Philippe Gaulier, Karen Hines, Grindl Kuchirka, Leah Cherniak, Francine Cote, Jan Henderson and Jean- Bernard Bonange (Bataclown).

Neil Muscott is a professional photographer based in Toronto. He has photographed everything from fashion shows to the G20 riots. His portfolio includes studio and location portraits, fashion, vintage, theatre, dance, circus, macro, nature, architecture and special events. He has worked with many theatre, dance and circus companies including Foo Productions, Canadian Space Opera Company and Green with Envy Productions. His photos have been published in Now magazine, Mooney on Theatre, FAB, The Torontoist and in media outlets in Toronto, New York, Germany and Israel. His clients include professional meeting planners such as Facilitation First , Décor and More and The Irish Embassy Hospitality Group; corporate clients like TD bank, McLeish-Orlando, and Peppermill Media; and the charities BIST (Brain Injury Society Toronto) and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Toronto) and Delilse Youth Services. Prior to becoming photographer, Neil worked for two decades as a writer, performer, director of a wide range of comedy shows, including the hit “The Comedy Debate”, a co- production with Second City. He was the producer of the critically acclaimed, “Honest Ed – the Bargain Musical”, chosen by Now Magazine as one of the Top Ten Theatre productions in 1999.

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