YPT Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang

In 1984 my parents took me to see Jacob Two Two Meets The Hooded Fang at YPT. I believe Albert Schultz played one of the kids in that production. It was one of the first shows I had ever seen. I will be co-directing Jacob Two Two with Artistic Director Allen MacInnis at Young People’s Theatre this season. It is their 50th Anniversary and I am honoured to be a part of it! The show will feature all new music and lyrics by Britta and Anika Johnson and a stellar creative team. So excited to be a part of this show and process!

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Canadian Musical Theatre Project

Thank you to Sheridan College, Nicky Phillips, Robert Gontier and  Aaron Eyre. I have just finished directing a two week workshop of Central Park Tango for the Capstone Project. A privilege to be a part of Michael Rubinoff’s program!

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Siminovitch Prize

I found out that I am a nominee for this year’s Siminovitch Prize in Directing and I couldn’t feel more honoured! Congratulations to Chris Abraham, Marie-Josee Bastien and Benoit Vermeulen for being shortlisted for the award. I am so humbled to have been nominated and to even be recognized alongside these amazing people. http://www.siminovitchprize.com/people_elinore.shtml

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more news

Some more incredible news.  I will be directing a new musical written by Leslie Arden based on The Gift of The Magi by O. Henry. I am so thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with Leslie this Fall. This is commissioned by Smile Theatre, thank you Jim Betts.

Thanks too, to my incredible cast Michael Hanrahan, Harvey Atkin, Avery Saltzman, Neil Foster, Sheldon Dennis and Jason Jazrowy.  A great day and evening working with all of you presenting Barry Lipson’s new play “The Trial Of William Shakespeare” at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre’s “In The Beginning” Festival.

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Spring News

So here is what is going on over the next little while….

I will be directing On The Rocks at Theatre Passe Muraille. This is Louise Pitre’s new one woman show. I will be working closely with Louise on her deeply personal cabaret as dramaturge and director. The show will be running at TPM in the Fall.  Check here for tickets: http://www.passemuraille.on.ca/box-office/

I just found out I’ll be directing again for the HGJT In The Beginning Festival.  The Trial Of William Shakespeare, a new play by Barry Lipson.  It will have a reading the evening of June 17th, come and check it out http://www.hgjewishtheatre.com/

I’m happy to share that I am helping to develop the new musical  ‘Til You Love Someone written by Andrew Sabiston and Jed MacKay with music by Amy Sky and Marc Jordan. So far, it has been really inspiring to work with this amazing group of artists and I am looking forward to more! The goal for the next stage is a workshop.

I’ve had some preliminary meetings with Diana LeBlanc about Farther West at Soulpepper and I am super excited about that too. It will be playing in the Fall….for more info about the show go to: www.soulpepper.ca

I also have to mention that I just spent a weekend taking Jim Bett’s course at Playwrights Guild on writing for Musical Theatre. It was amazing and inspiring. I highly recommend this to any aspiring lyricists, composers and book writers out there. Jim is the best!

So that is my life right now in a nutshell!


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