|Bill Vlaad||Rescued from marauding pirates as a small child, Bill was shipped to a small town where he learned the long lazy drawl of the Northern Ontario accent. He was able to join theatre troupes during his time in "Juvie" and learned many soliloquies while in solitary confinement. Unable to tough it out in a university theatre program he took the route of least resistance. Which was to take a program on development and travel to Africa to work. This way there was less competition for the roles of Danny Zuko, Oliver Twist and the like. Unable to work well with others, Bill started up an executive search business jamming square bankers into round holes. He most appreciates dressing up like an adult and pretending he is a meaningful, tax-paying member of society who people shake hands with - as long as he is on his medication.
With 40 plus years under his belt there are too many people to thank here. But the good thing is, he thanks those people often, hugs them in public and occasionally sends them strip-o-gram to show he cares.
|David Bacque||I started my career in 1979 as a floor trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange working for two different firms (both no longer exist) and moved on to be a Money Market and fixed income trader for a major bank, a career that lasted 17 years. I then made a move to work with another bank owned firm as an investment advisor and worked with many wonderful clients for 18 more years. After almost 35 years on bay Street I am now an actor as well as working with a small production company as a producer. I started acting classes 5 years ago as a new hobby and the bug bit hard. For 4 years I used evenings, weekends, lunch hours and vacation days to practice and actually work as an actor. For the past year I have experienced the reality of being the perfect example of the ‘struggling actor’ and loving it!!! Credits include commercials, short films, several docudrama TV series, TV pilots and a History Channel mini-series.|
|Hani Zakaria||“It’s about that one YES… That yes keeps you sane in a world of NO.” These are the words Hani spoke to his interviewer five years ago. Those words landed him a mentorship position at BMO Nesbitt Burns where he remains today as a dedicated Investment Advisor. Hani wasn’t speaking of cold-calling though, he was pulling from a side much more personal to him: his experience in the arts…
A graduate in Finance from Rotman (UofT) and a hopeful CFA, Hani’s business acumen is irrefutable. What’s often unmentioned though is his passion for acting, song and dance. While pursuing his degree, Hani stayed an extra year, opting to also receive a major in Theatre. Hani has acted on both stage and television in major productions such as:Baxter (Family Channel), Warehouse 13 (Syfy), Beauty and the Beast (abc), High School Musical 2 on Stage (Toronto Centre for the Arts) and Romeo & Juliet (Manitoba Theatre Centre). Most surprisingly, Hani is also in a four-member pop group called REVERSE where he goes by the alias of Zak. With their hit single ‘Glad To Meet You’, REVERSE has performed on Breakfast Television and Global Morning and is currently receiving airplay on several stations. To learn more, you can visit www.officiallyREVERSE.com.
|Jessie Behan||Jessie joined Redwood in 2012 and is currently a Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining Redwood, she worked as a Regional Sales Representative assisting a Senior Vice President, District Sales Manager at Mackenzie Investments from 2010-2012. Prior thereto, she was an Investment Representative for a Senior Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns from 2008-2010. Ms. Behan obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from York University in 2008. Ms. Behan also holds the CIM designation.
While building her corporate resume, Jessie managed to continue building her acting resume as she's always had a zest for the arts since she was a little girl. She recently graduated from the Conservatory Program at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto but prior to that, she attended the Meisner Program at The Actor’s Pulse in Australia, the Theatre Program at McGill University in Montreal, and the Drama Program at Leaside Highschool in Toronto.
Jessie has participated in many plays and theatre festivals, been part of numerous sketch comedy shows, and had various TV/Film appearances. You may recognize her from the crazy Bridezilla Youtube Video that received 9 million hits worldwide or heard her voice in the International animation series, The99 by Endemol Productions, where recorded 26 episodes as a 10 year old boy names Alex. She is currently writing a one woman show, her first feature film, and just finished shooting two edgy comedy pilots with The Incubator Studio.
|Kent Lam||From actwright theatre, Kent Lam is a playwright, producer and occasional actor. As a playwright, Kent wrote and produced Drowning in Wasabi (actwright theatre - Toronto Fringe) and The Cubicle Chronicles (actwright theatre - Bad Dog Theatre Short Play Festival). Kent was also a member of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company’s first Playwright’s Kitchen unit and pivotal (arts) theatre company's collective creation unit (2010). He was also the Artistic Producer of one big umbrella theatre company (http://onebigumbrella.blogspot.ca/), best known for its blog interview series, Umbrella Talk, which featured Canada's top playwrights and playwrights from elsewhere. Other theatre credits include Volpone - Squeeze-box Theatre (actor), Up in the Clouds - pivotal (arts) WriteNOW! Festival (actor /collective creator), Never Swim Alone - The Drama Workshop (actor), The Lion in the Streets- The Drama Workshop (actor) and Kingship de Facto - SummerWorks Festival 2007 (Producer). Kent has an Economics and Urban Studies degree from the University of Toronto, where he was also an Executive Member of the Hart House Investment Club. Kent has worked for three leading Canadian mutual fund and investment brokerage firms , working in both Head Office and Retail Branch Compliance and Administration roles.|
|Neil Greenbaum||Lead in High school production of Grease - Danny Zuko Played Tin Man in wizard of oz - theatre group Played Tony in west side story, played Rum Tum Tugger in Cats at camp.
Neil Greenbaum joined Aston Hill in July 2013. Prior to joining Aston Hill, Mr. Greenbaum was SVP, Sales & Service at Sprott Asset Management from 2012 to 2013. Neil brings over 20 years managerial and sales experience working within the Canadian financial services industry. In 1994 he joined Dundee Wealth where he built and led various departments on both sides of the business, including the Customer Service and Training & Development departments on the retail brokerage side, as well as the inside sales team at Dynamic Funds. Starting in 2008 Mr. Greenbaum spent two years as a wholesaler at Dynamic Funds, leading the number one territory in terms of both gross and net sales. Mr. Greenbaum graduated from Concordia University and the Queens Executive Leadership program.
Joining the Bay Street Performers came like a flash of lightning. It awoke the latent consciousness of the buzz of the audience, the thrill of the stage, the behind the scenes laughter and the tiresome rehearsals. Perhaps there is a second chance to explore the craft that we loved once before. It has been many years since the idea of performing entered the mind but why not take a chance at a dream lost and enjoy the journey once again. The expectation is not to trick the ego into thinking that stardom awaits but to revisit a passion that has long been kept under lock and key. It is about connecting with oneself yet again and to share the spotlight with new friends.
|Olga Constantopoulos||After a long hiatus, Olga returned to her creative side via Second City four years ago. She is a graduate of their Long Form and Conservatory Programs and has taken three shows to the storied Second City MainStage as both a writer and performer: Streetcar Named Disaster, Person of Pinterest and FaceTime Continuum. She has appeared in the short films Dolphins are Forever and Playhouse, and applies her creative juices to the written word via her blog http://curiousyetdelicious.blogspot.ca, and the online magazine EGO. Olga’s “real life” look a bit of a dramatic turn last year when after almost 20 years in retail brokerage a corporate restructure left her on the wrong side of the employment line. Not to worry - she’s not! - she’ll get back to Bay Street and her super-organized-roll-up-the-sleeves- get- the- job- done life probably sooner than she’d like. In the meantime, Olga is taking yet another show to the Second City MainStage as a performer (Literally! A Writing Show) and producing the play Mixed Up for Toronto’s upcoming Fringe Festival. Everyone needs a passionate hobby … what’s yours? @olgieiscurious.|
|Tina Bates||Tina Bates is an actor by night and an investment advisor by day. Theatre credits include The Importance of being Earnest (Cecily), The Secretary Bird (Molly), Cowboy Mouth (The Loster), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Gertrude). Tina's recent acting training was with The Drama Workshop, Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television, and Second City. Tina has spent 20 years on Bay Street. Tina is an Associate Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities. Prior to this role, Tina was EVP and Head of Insitutional Sales at Dundee Capital Markets and Partner, Insitutional Sales at Paradigm Capital Inc. Tina has her MBA, CA, CPA and CIM designations and she has worked (and performed) in Toronto, Canada and London, UK. Tina is thrilled to be a part of the Bay Street Performers!|
|Tom McGee||Tom is a dramaturge, playwright, producer, puppeteer, and performer based in Toronto, Ontario. The co-founder and associate artistic director of Theatre Brouhaha, Tom has been instrumental in developing the company's mandate and capturing Generation Y as an audience. He has dramaturged and produced all of Theatre Brouhaha's scripts working closely with his writing partner prolific Toronto playwright Kat Sandler. The award winning Theatre Brouhaha has played to sold out houses and has toured to Montreal, Ottawa, and Kitchener-Waterloo. He has been involved in over one hundred productions on all levels from producing to directing to marketing.
A self-taught puppeteer and puppet builder, in 2011 Tom founded Shakey-Shake and Friends Puppet Theatre company with the goal of presenting accessible, fun, and engaging adaptations of classic shows for young audiences. Playing to sold out audiences and critical acclaim, Shakey-Shake and Friends has quickly become a much-beloved fixture of the Fringe Festival with their shows Romeo and Juliet... A Puppet Epic!, The Tempest...A Puppet Epic!, and A Midsummer Night's Dream...A Puppet Epic!. This year, he will be premiering Hamlet...A Puppet Epic in the Toronto a Fringe and As You Like It...A Puppet Epic in Barrie's Theatre By The Bay.
With McGee+Associates, Tom has worked as a presentation trainer, communications trainer, an crisis consultant for the last five years. He has trained at all levels, from executives down, specializing in recognizing and encouraging his clients' pre-existing skills and helping them to apply their business skills to media and presentation. McGee+Associates' methodology is to identify audience needs and to develop story that will speak to them individually, rather than to overwhelm them with key messages that mean more to communications departments than to customers. While our clients are primarily from FI's, we have trained athletes, coaches, and even our peers in the communications field.
Tom first got involved with McGee+Associates during his time at Queen's University, where he worked with head trainer Patrick McGee to develop an improvisation-based training model for corporate communications. Since then, he has taken on training, applying his theatre knowledge to clients' performance techniques and his dramaturgical abilities to the development of story and audience.