New Year, New Alumni Updates

Posted: Jan 30, 2020

The new year has been off to a strong start for our residents and alumni: alumni film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open has been on an awards winning streak; a number of alumni projects played at U.S. festivals in January; our Actors Conservatory alumni are getting award nominations and securing roles in major features and TV series; and numerous alumni are scoring funding and being selected for leading industry programs and accelerators. Get all of the details below!

Two women stand by side; one woman is in distress, and the other woman puts her arm around the distressed woman's shoulders

The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open


A father tucks his daughter into bed

A Rock and a Hard Place


Three people stand together deep in conversation at the centre of a crime scene

Andy McQueen (far left) on ‘Coroner’


  • Tune in to Coroner season two on CBC to see Actors Conservatory alumnus Andy McQueen as Malik Abed; the second season also features two episodes directed by alumnus Charles Officer and an episode written by Shannon Masters
  • Stephen Dunn wrote and directed an episode of Little America, which premiered on Apple TV+ on January 17
  • Alumni series Murdoch Mysteries (executive producer Christina Jennings) hit milestone 200th episode on January 13
  • Catch CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Zahra Bentham in the new Netflix series Spinning Out, which premiered January 1, 2020
  • Transplant, a new series coming to CTV on February 26, features a lot of CFC alumni involvement: Joseph Kay (creator/writer/executive producer); Holly Dale (co-executive producer and director); Sugith Varughese (as senior surgeon Dr. Aajay Singh); Lynne Kamm (writer/co-executive producer); Rachel Langer (writer/co-executive producer); Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (writer/co-executive producer); Anar Ali (writer); Jennifer Engels (writer/co-executive producer); Sarah Glinski (writer); and Tamara Moulin (writer)
  • Bell Media greenlit Children Ruin Everything, from New Metric Media; New Metric Media president and CFC alumnus Mark Montefiore serves as an executive producer


Four young kids looking down towards the floor; the picture is taken from below them

Detention Adventure


  • Alumnae Jennifer Holness, Lauren Corber, Lori Lozinski and Trish Dolman are among the participants of the inaugural cohort of the BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media
  • A number of alumni projects have been selected to receive support from The Harold Greenberg Fund through its Script Development Program:
    • Places in Between, from Lauren Grant (producer)
    • Out of the Barren, from Trish Dolman and Jennifer Podemski (producers) and Kathleen Hepburn (writer)
    • Oddly Flowers, from Jordan Canning (writer/director) and Marc Tetreault (producer)
    • Your Life is Mine, from Danishka Esterhazy (writer/director) and Judy Holm (producer)
    • Vic and Doc and Duke Go to the Store, from Bruce McDonald (producer, director)
    • Gone Upriver, from Kaare Andrews (director)
    • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, from Matt Code and Natalie Urquhart (producers)
    • Heidegger, from Pat Mills (writer/director) and Nicole Hilliard-Forde (producer)
    • Jamaica Farewell, from Clement Virgo (writer/director) and Damon D’Oliveira (producer)
    • The Pioneer, from Kyle Mann (producer)
    • North of Normal, from Carly Stone (director) and Kyle Mann (producer)
  • Lori Lozinski has been selected as one of six B.C.-based creators who will receive support to undertake the production of her original digital project Colour Study (working title) through the 2019/20 CBC + Creative BC Digital Production Fund
  • Mike Peterson and Julie Strifler have been selected to participate in the 20th edition of Rodderdam Lab for producers
  • A number of alumni projects received funding from the CMF for development and production, including Detention Adventure, produced by Lauren Corber (LoCo Motion Pictures); The Book of Negroes: The Africville Years, from Conquering Lion Pictures (Damon D’Oliveira and Clement Virgo); and Murdoch Mysteries XIII – Augmented Reality Game, from Shaftesbury (Christina Jennings)
  • Liz Levine’s memoir Nobody Ever Talks About Anything But the End is now available
  • Marc Tetreault is a recipient of a grant from RBC and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s MVP Project, which provides support to emerging Canadian musicians and filmmakers for music video creation and production

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