Monkeyman Productions will be on hiatus for all of 2016.

Company

MartinMartin Chodorek (founding member)
Martin is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School’s acting program who has Monkeyman Productions to thank for his love of directing. The jury is still out on whether it’s a Tevye/Golde love or something more akin to Conan’s feelings on the lamentations of his enemies’ women. Born and raised in Toronto, Marty enjoys two slices of lime in his club soda and has an exceedingly high pun tolerance. He honours the Eurovision Song Contest in his heart, and tries to keep it all the year. Other ongoing fanatical projects include cheering for the Buffalo Bills, trying to find English-dubbed, Region 1 DVDs of “Ryōri no Tetsujin”, and buying more comics than he has time to actually read.

LinnLinn Øyen Farley
Linn first got involved with Monkeyman Productions in a roundabout, almost-didn’t-happen kind of way. Since that fortuitous project, she’s sat behind (and Googled instructions for) a variety of lighting & sound boards in the name of geek theatre. Linn happily fills the role of Monkeyman’s token Norwegian, and is probably a lot nerdier than you think she is (see: fanfiction). Linn is a graduate of the UC Drama Program at UofT, where she specialised in lighting & set design. When she’s not working on her vitamin D deficiency in a dark theatre, she’s coding and/or designing websites.

 
LeemanLeeman Kessler
Leeman Kessler née Tarpley is a Nigerian-born American who has been acting and acting up for as long as he can remember. He’s trained everywhere from the jungle gyms of Nashville to the soybean fields of Ohio to the very boards of London, England and now finds himself stranded on the cold, black stages of Toronto with his wonderful and way-smarter-than-him wife. The Monkeymen were the first souls brave enough to let Leeman act North of the 41st Parallel. For their sake he has portrayed King Kong, a werewolf, HP Lovecraft and even a mountie. Outside of their warm embrace he has also been President Eisenhower, a golem and various medical practitioners for instructional videos. Available for parties and answering machines.

TimTimothy Nussey (founding member)
Tim was born in the city of Toronto and is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. He has been involved in performance, including theatre, music and film for over a decade in the city, but it is with the forming of Monkeyman productions that Tim has truly found his love for the theatre and especially for acting. Tim has appeared in many Monkeyman shows, with highlights including Dead Man’s Party, and Godzilla on Sundays. He has also taken on the mantle of producer for some shows, and enjoys it, even if the learning curve can be pretty steep. Tim is a big video game geek, and Optimus Prime is one of his childhood heroes.

ChrisChristopher Ross
Chris is a Toronto-based technical director, production/stage manager and enthusiast. He’s had the pleasure of coordinating tech for – and drinking beer with – many wonderful companies, including the red light district, Pandemic Theatre, and (obviously) Monkeyman Productions.

 

 
BradBrad Rowe (founding member)
Brad is a classically trained performer with a strong background in the stage, his roles have been varied from war criminal to singing plant enthusiast. His role within Monkeyman is affectionately referred to as ‘the pretty one’, however he works hard to prove himself as more than a chiseled jaw line and melt-inducing dimples. While not quite as well versed in all things sub-pop, he strives to learn the finer points of D&D, Sonic the Hedgehog and Star Trek. Brad is looking forward to a long and prosperous future with the Monkeyman Productions team as things can only get better from here. Also, Brad is the tallest. Which makes him way cool. Or not.

LisaLisa Sciannella
Lisa Sciannella hales from North York Toronto. And every night she enacts elaborate plans to take over the world. Until headway is made in her delusions of world dominance, Lisa has worked with several theatre companies, like Theatre Inspirato, The Cabbage Town Theatre and Monkeyman Productions. For some reason they sometimes let her run things back stage. And on rare occasions they even let her play with a glue gun. The resulting mayhem is indescribable.

 

D.J.D.J. Sylvis (founding member)
D.J. has been involved in theatre for over 20 years as an actor, director, technician, playwright, and producer. You may know D.J. from such productions as That Great Green Galloping Lizard, Why Is My Cape So Tight?, and Dead Men Don’t Wear Communicators. He’s proud to be both a founding member and the playwright-in-residence for Monkeyman Productions, and prouder still to have the chance to work with such supreme – and supremely geeky – artists on our productions. Not since the Justice League has such a team been assembled, and he hopes to spend many more years as the Plastic Man of the group.

MandaManda Whitney
Manda Whitney is a Toronto-based actor/writer and graduate of the University of Guelph BAH theatre program. She is thrilled to be working with Monkeyman Productions where she can combine her love of all things geek with her love of theatre. Her recent roles include Matt Damon in “Matt and Ben” (Theatre Elusive), New Moon in “Wonderful” (The Bench), Little Sally in “Urinetown” (UC Follies) and Em in “Ever” (Emotive Emu Productions). When she isn’t writing or acting, she can usually be found playing video games, reading comics, and making nerdy Youtube videos. She would like to thank her friends and family for the constant support in her crazy adventures so far.

 

Member-At-Large

JohnJohn Jones
John prefers to avoid the fiery kiln of theatrical creativity, but his dramatic flair is a constant source of inspiration to his fellow company members. Often described as “out of this world” or something along those lines, John has yet to attend a company meeting. He is comforted, however, by the knowledge that a seat at the table awaits him when he’s ready to take time out from righting wrongs and whatnot. John spends part of each day contemplating the dark side of the moon.
 

Past Company Members

Hannah Barnett-Kemper, Scott Clarkson, Jessica Nelson, Phil Rickaby

Past Collaborators

  • Lindsey Alston
  • Lizz Armstrong
  • Michael Atlin
  • Sarah Beaudin
  • Bespoke Theatre Company
  • Clare Blackwood
  • Matthew Ivan Bennett
  • Michael-David Blostein
  • Sarah Blostein
  • Susan Bond
  • Sarah Bowden
  • Esther Brown
  • Andrew Campana
  • Graeme Casson
  • Mitchell Court
  • Adam Cresswell
  • Merritt Crews
  • Debs & Errol
  • Joseph Deogracias
  • Jeff Dingle
  • Erin Eldershaw
  • Adam Esquenazi Douglas
  • Heather Emme
  • Nicole Fairbairn
  • Mark Farmer
  • Mark Gagné
  • Andrew Gaunce
  • Martha Girvin
  • Kelsey Goldberg
  • Tasha Gordon-Solmon
  • Jennie Grimard
  • Brandon Hackett
  • Jordan Hall
  • Anne Harper
  • Jeffrey Henderson
  • Melanie Hrymak
  • Amanda Ives
  • Cameron Johnston
  • Sean Kaufmann
  • Jennifer Kenneally
  • Sarah Knight
  • Janina Kowalski
  • Luke LaRocque
  • Robert LaRonde
  • Rory Leahy
  • Alexandra LeBlanc
  • Kat Letwin
  • Rufio Parker Luey
  • Mark Harvey Levine
  • Tanya Lynne
  • Kari Maaren
  • Colin MacDonald
  • Michael Mackinnon
  • Daisy MacLean
  • Chelsea P. Manders
  • Camilla Maxwell
  • Leslie McBay
  • Sarah McCready
  • Tom McGee
  • Matt McGrath
  • Megan Miles
  • Laura Moniz
  • Emma Moore
  • Jack Morton
  • Stephen Near
  • Rebecca Nesvet
  • Jordi O’Dael
  • Jeff Orchard
  • Davian Den Otter
  • Stefanie Pantalone
  • Nick Philpott
  • Kay Poiro
  • Simon Pond
  • Rae Powell
  • Kelly Preeper
  • Adrianna Prosser
  • Laura Roald
  • Kevin Robinson
  • Charlene Rockwell
  • Miriam Rosalky
  • Jessica Rose
  • Tom Rylett
  • Kyle Shields
  • Neil Silcox
  • Valen Steer
  • David Straus
  • Sarah Swift
  • Paul Tamm
  • Michael Trottier
  • Victoria Urquhart
  • Shawn Van Osch
  • Annemieke Wade
  • Holly West
  • Chloë Whitehorn
  • M.J. Williams
  • Diana Woody
  • Melissa Zaccardelli