Actors Conservatory Residents Get “Close Ups” and Personal at 2015 Showcase

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● February 26, 2016 14:30


Since the launch of our Actors Conservatory seven years ago, the CFC has selected a group of promising actors to participate in this transformative program annually. And each year, we are impressed and inspired by the talent that these actors possess.

We were reminded of this at last night’s Actors Conservatory Showcase at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, where we celebrated the graduation of the eight 2015 Conservatory residents – Lovell Adams-Gray, Zahra Bentham, Emily Coutts, Grace Glowicki, Jesse LaVercombe, Bruce Novakowski, Gia Sandhu, and Varun Saranga. The showcase premiered their original “Close Ups” – productions that spotlighted their craft and provided the opportunity for the actors to express themselves onscreen through characters they created.

As the evening began, Kathryn Emslie, CFC’s Chief Programs Officer, emphasized the important role that actors play in the filmmaking and TV creation process, and shared some inspirational words with the actors, “Amazingly talented writers can’t see their characters come to life without you, exciting directors can’t realize their vision with you, accomplished editors can’t create magic without you, and brilliant producers can’t close a film or TV deal without you.”

The audience witnessed the essential role that actors play in bringing a story to life and witnessed the sheer talent, creativity, passion, diversity and vigour of the 2015 actors. Take a look at the compilation below to see for yourself:


These Close Ups not only illustrate the ability of these actors to light up the screen, but also remind us of the incredible collaboration that occurs in order to make these showcase pieces a reality. The actors collaborated with CFC alumni writers, directors, editors and producers to bring their vision to life, and these Close Ups all feature original music created by the 2015 residents of our Slaight Family Music Lab.

We are so proud of the results of the Actors Conservatory and the many accomplishments of our program alumni. Since the program’s inception in 2009, it has helped accelerate the careers of 58 talented actors, including Giacomo Gianniotti (a series regular on Grey’s Anatomy), Eli Goree (Race, Dead of Summer), Annie Murphy (who stars in Schitt’s Creek as Alexis Rose), and Jade Hassouné (Shadowhunters), among so many other gifted actors. We look forward to the exciting careers that lie ahead for this year’s actors.

The Actors Conservatory is made possible thanks to the generous support of many program partners, including the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the Government of Ontario and The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. We also extend and a special thank you to Shaw Media, co-host of last night’s Showcase.

Additionally, we are grateful for the support, mentorship and guidance that our mentors and guests provide to the Actors Conservatory. The creation of the Close Ups would not have been possible if not for the tireless commitment of many wonderful production volunteers; we extend a special thank you to these individuals as well.

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016/2017 Actors Conservatory. For more information on eligibility and nomination and application requirements, please CLICK HERE.


To view more photos from the 2015 Actors Conservatory Showcase, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about the Actors Conservatory, CLICK HERE.


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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications