about 

 About 

The Lighthouse Troupe is a Canadian collective that produces experiential site-specific and interactive theatre, specializing in independent and highly improvised works that challenge the medium of live performance. 

 Company 

Ryan Boulet - Managing & Artistic Director

When it comes to creating unique and engaging productions, Interactive Theatre is Ryan Boulet’s specialty. Often drawing from the comedic & macabre aspects of life, he greatly enjoys investigating these contrasting themes, showcasing them through a rarely explored medium. As the founder of The Lighthouse Troupe, Ryan is no stranger to Collective Creation and utilizes his background in Devised Theatre from York University to manage & direct this exceptional band of artists. The Troupe’s last production The Wedding, garnered great success, establishing them in the Toronto theatre scene as a new and uncommon entity to be reckoned with. Whether it be writing, directing, performing, or producing, Ryan wears many hats within the company and enjoys the variety that these many roles bring. He can only hope that his future productions defy people’s expectations about what live performance can encompass, and that maybe he can support his sandwich addiction through his art too.

 

Jessie Whyte - Managing Director

Jessie Whyte is a Toronto-based deviser, dramaturg, and photographer who is absolutely thrilled to be working with The Lighthouse Troupe as the Managing Director. Jessie is currently entering their fourth year of Theatre Studies at York University, with specializations in Devised Theatre and Dramaturgy. Jessie has experience in a variety of areas in theatre, and enjoys learning about everything they possibly can. Recent credits include Festival Photography for The Paprika Festival and assistant directing carried away on the crest of a wave by David Yee (directed by Lindsay Bell and Margaret Legere at York University). Jessie is looking forward to assistant directing Rochdale by David Yee (directed by Nina Lee Aquino at York University) in the Fall.

Stephen Purdy - Co-Artistic Producer (Yes Trespassing)

Stephen Purdy is the Director of The Lighthouse Troupe's Improv and Sketch group Yes Trespassing. He recently played the role of Kent in The 6th Degree. Stephen studied history at York University, while being involved with Vanier College Productions. Through this he performed in the Vanier Improv Company and directed it for 2 years. His previous performances include The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone.  

Robyn Ship - Co-Artistic Producer (Stained Glass Collection)

Robyn Ship is proud to be producing the Stained Glass Collection for The Lighthouse's Troupe inaugural season. A York University and VCP alumni, Robyn has experience with his production company, Second Strike Productions, which produces the EOS one-act workshop festival and formerly the studio space The Fort Studios on St. Clair. Robyn is excited to be back in the world of Toronto theatre with such talented and hardworking people that will surely make The Lighthouse Troupe a company to keep your eyes on.

Ellyn O'Keefe - Resident Dramaturg

Ellyn O’Keefe is pleased and excited to be a part of The Lighthouse Troupe. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Ellyn trained at Humber College’s Theatre Performance program, where she took part in several productions and workshops such as To Me in 10 Years (directed by Richard Greenblatt), The Tin Drum (directed by Tatiana Jennings), and Man and Superman (directed by Diana Belshaw). Recently she worked with the company xLq on Walk the Line as well as Ellyn’s Bake Off. Ellyn is also an avid dancer, focusing on jazz and hip-hop, with experience in ballet, contemporary and Irish dance. 

  

Madeline Ius - Production Manager

Madeline Ius is excited to be working with the Lighthouse Troupe and looks forward to being a part of their upcoming season. She is also working as a Production Manager for The Teeny Tiny Music Show’s High School Symphony, which will be shown in the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. Selected works include assistant carp; Dido Queen of Carthage, assistant wardrobe; short film Banana, and assistant stage manager; The Teeny Tiny Music Show. She is currently a student of Theatre Production & Design at York University. 

  

Leah Holah - Director of Marketing & Development

Leah recently received her BFA in Film Production from York University after four years of pretending to be a theatre major with Vanier College Productions. A do-er of all things, she has worked extensively in both film and theatre, specializing in directing, management, and marketing design.

Select film credits include Behind Closed Doors, Headaches, Dal Segno Al Coda (director); For Ruthie, Out of Water (cinematographer); Mother's Day, Scratch (production manager); Kristal Clear (2nd unit production manager).

Beth Ransom - Resident Stage Manager

Beth Ransom is in her fourth year of study at York University for Theatre Performance Creation and Research with a focus in Playwriting and Devised Theatre. Her most recent stage management credits include: Yiya y Ligia as part of the PlayGround 2018 Festival, Vanier Improv Company 2016/2017 at Vanier College Productions, and Buried Child at Vanier College Productions as well. Beth is excited to be working on a show with such talented and creative artists. She is excited to continue her role as stage manager for Yes Trespassing Improv Troupe as well this season.  Finally, Beth would like to thank her friends and family for their ongoing support in all that she does.

Leanne Grant - Head of Aesthetic Design

Leanne is a student of Fashion Design at Ryerson University. She has previously worked on the costuming team for Ryerson Theatre School's production of Arranged Marriage, as well as Ryerson's summer camp productions of Alice in Wonderland and The Lion King. She has limited experience performing on stage and zero experience designing shows, which made her perfect (?) for this position. If you're confused, ask Ryan. Leanne doesn't get it either.

  

Shawn Boulet - Resident Musical Director & Composer

Shawn is a Toronto based pianist and composer who has enjoyed working with The Lighthouse Troupe on all of their productions. After graduating from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Music, Shawn has worked as a pianist for York University and the Burlington Dance Academy, accompanying classes as well as writing works for film and theatre. Working closely with the company's objective, Shawn aims to provide score that fully serves the atmosphere of the space, and carries the audience into the unique world of the production.

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