Wakeup Sleeping Beauty
“Wake Up Sleeping Beauty!” encourages young audiences to have fun re-thinking traditional stories and imagine new possibilities. We encourage dialogue and reflection on the themes of gender equality and autonomy. Young audiences are given the opportunity to “re-write” the story in a fun and interactive setting. Created by the Live Action Theatre Project, a Montreal based collective dedicated to creating theatrical works that explore approaches to interacting and co-constructing story with audiences.
Rosaruby Kagan Glaberman (Director, Co-Creator)
Originally trained in New York City in Grotowski based physical theatre, Rosaruby has been performing, writing and producing independent theatre pieces internationally for over fifteen years, collaborating with companies such as North American Cultural Laboratory (NaCl) , Reverend Billy's Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, The Living Theatre , Ariel Dance Theatre and Rubber Repertory. She works professionally in film (ACTRA) and theatre and is the founder of Red Body Productions creating original works such as Buddha and the Rock Star (2012) and performed her own devised solo show Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, a Sort of Love Story, (2014 UnoFest, Segal Centre for Performing Arts ). She holds a BA in theatre from The New School University in NYC and an MA in Drama Therapy from Concordia University in Montreal. She is a licensed Psychotherapist and facilities arts based therapeutic workshops in the Montreal English School Board. www.redbodyproductions.com
Julia Ainsworth (Playwright & Co-Creator)
Julia Ainsworth is a Montreal based writer, director and arts educator. Recent projects include The Live Action Theatre Project, Mud (The Other Theatre) and Unfit for Bears (Zeitgeist Theatre). Currently she is writing “Mens Rea” as the first recipient of the Playwrights Guild of Canada Mentorship Program, in collaboration with Teesri Duniya Theatre. Julia holds a BFA in Theatre from York and a Bachelor of Education from Queens. As a certified teacher and arts educator, Julia has taught performing arts extensively in schools and theatres across Quebec and Ontario. She is also the founder and director of MTL Acting for Kids & Teens.
(Princess Briar Rose) Elisabeth Yale (ACTRA – UDA)
Elisabeth has been involved with the Live Action Theater for over a year, performing this spring her third show with the company. She started her stage career with the children’s musical show Koukoulia and the Birds, touring all over the province of Quebec. In 2013, after portraying Mae in a local workshopping of Maria Irene Fornes’ Mud, she was cast on Syfy's Being Human, followed in 2014 by a role in another Syfy television series; Helix. You may also see her on an episode of the new comedy web series Shooting the Moon. She was also the lead in the suspense short film Phobophobie which was in competition at the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival, and then at the 32nd Hamburg International Short Film Festival. More recently, this last summer Elisabeth was cast in a principal role on the most recent Incendo made for TV movie; Crossfire.
William Ward (Prince Samuel)
William Ward first appeared on the stage in his high school production of Much Ado About Nothing in 1997. Since then he has been seen in a wide variety of dramas, comedies, musicals, sketch comedy, and improv shows. Some recent stage acting credits include Death and the Maiden, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Final Girl, and Mud. In 2010 William co-directed The Pirates of Penzance with The Mcgill Savoy Society. He has also written, produced, and performed in the award-winning shows THUNDERSPANK and Blastback Babyzap (with comedy troupe Uncalled For) and Rains Down in Africa at the Montreal and Toronto Fringe and Just For Laughs festivals. Aside from his work in theatre William is also a filmmaker and has written and directed several comedy shorts that have appeared in various shows and festivals. William is grateful to have been a part of the Live Action Theatre Project since its inception in 2014 and feels privileged to continue to help it evolve into new and interesting incarnations like Wake Up Sleeping Beauty.
Lise Vigneault (Narrator)
Lise Vigneault has been performing for the better part of ten years. After discovering improv in 2007, she soon found herself immersed in the Montreal Anglo theatre and comedy scene. Lise joined the ensemble cast of Montreal's notorious bilingual "punkrock" theatre company Le Nouveau International in 2009, and has been there ever since. Lise also has never stopped performing improv, and is welcoming her 350th show this year. Leigh Ann Taylor (Carmella the Witch) Leigh Ann Taylor is a fluently bilingual actress residing in Montreal, Quebec. She is passionate about all genres of acting, including: tv, film, stage & voicework. She adores creating characters & immersing herself into her roles; body, mind & spirit. Some of her tv/film credits include: 19-2, Being Human, Fatal Vows, Les Truche 2, TS Spivet & I'm Not There. Leigh Ann is also an acting teacher and audition coach, and a part-time clinical social worker. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, tennis, running & meditation.