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Look Who's Teaching the Sault Youth Theatre This Summer!

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
June 28th, 2012 at 10:51am | Last Updated at 10:52am


dramaA few spots remain in a unique summer theatre training opportunity for ages 10 through 15. Each year the KCTC Summer Theatre Camp, located at the Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre invites youth to work with local and guest artists in a creative and collaborative environment, learning life skills and creating theatre.

This year's featured guest artist is Benjamin Muir who will teach and direct a final performance piece along with Loretta Durat, award-winning theatre director and Artistic Director of the camp and of its partner company The Sault Youth Theatre. Leading a special half-day workshop will be the Saultís own Hilary Connell, actor, now based in the UK.

Benjamin Muir is a graduate of Humber College's Theatre Performance Program. He has been invited back to Humber since to assist instructor and director, Tatiana Jennings, with her first year and third year productions. Most recently co-writing and assistant directing, And the King Dances, with the class of 2012. Benjamin was recently invited, as a guest artist, into Tatiana Jenning's Kadozuke Kollektiff. Benjamin has furthered his studies in acting at Pro Actors Lab, with Miriam Laurence, and recently at The Art of Acting Studio under protege to the famous Stella Adler and Master Teacher, Ron Burrus, in Los Angeles.

As an actor, Benjamin was invited to work with Adam Paolozza in the development TheatreRun's critically acclaimed show The Double. Theatre credits include Raymond Bobgan and Karin Randoja's A Field Guide to Fever's and Curses, Tatiana Jenning's Pentheus and Barking Bird Theatre's No Time for Dreams. He has had the great fortune to have worked with award-winning theatre creators Theatre Smith - Gilmour three times; first on the Humber co-production Grimm, again on creating Grimm Too and most recently was invited to take on the adaptation and workshop performance of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, which will premiere in Toronto in 2013. Benjamin played the lead in the History Channel's award-winning WWII film Storming Juno.

We are thrilled to welcome back Hilary Connell, a former SYT student who made her theatrical debut in a pair of iridescent "Hammer pants" playing the title role of Aladdin. In the 14 years since, she claims that she has "never worn a costume so awe-inspiring and so forgiving in the thigh-area". :)

Hilary attained her Honours BA in Drama at the University of Toronto, where her class culminated their studies with a trip to Milan where they had been invited to perform at the Piccolo Teatro. By the next summer Hilary was once again across the ocean, studying Shakespearean acting in a summer intensive at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UK. This was followed by a year long post-graduate course in classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Since graduating, Hilary has played in theatrical productions ranging from contemporary American to outdoor Shakespeare, short films and music videos both in the UK and France. Three weeks ago she completed filming a leading role in The Other Wife (a German-UK co-production miniseries) opposite John Hannah (Four Wedding and a Funeral, The Mummy) and Rupert Everett (My Best Friends Wedding, An Ideal Husband).

Hilary is happy to be home for a rest and to celebrate Canada Day ... which is also her birthday!

Registration for the camp running July 2-13 remains open, but not for long!

For information visit saultyouththeatre.com or call SYT at 705-971-9015


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