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Eric Branget is a theatre practitioner born and raised in Windsor. A graduate of the University of Windsor’s BFA Acting program, he has spent the past three years working in the theatre, television, and film communities across Ontario. Eric has appeared in commercials for companies such as Visa, Oxford Notebooks, and Schick. In the television world, he has appeared in programs such as See No Evil, Scariest Night Of My Life, and Evil Encounters. He was most recently featured in the award winning short film De Kiste/The Crate, in which he was awarded Best Actor.
In the local theatre community, Eric has been most recently seen in Post Production’s performance of Doubt: A Parable. He also continues to perform his original, award winning, one-man show Life of Len across the province.
He is a founding member of Tall Tale Theatre Co. and is it’s acting Artistic Director. He directed it’s premiere production, A Bad Man’s World. In his spare time Eric writes radio plays for his horror/thriller style original radio play podcast, Night Terrors.
For Eric, theatre is a chance to pose questions in an unforgettable, unique, and truly magical way. It is an experience where we can delight in our highest joys and find catharsis in our deepest fears. It is where the audience and performers can ask life’s important questions together, and each play just as much of an integral role in that journey. What he tries to bring to all of his performances is the conflict within each character. All great stories are about the conflict we experience outwardly, but perhaps more importantly, are about the conflict within ourselves. That is at the foundation of all the theatre he has and hopes to create: the trials we face everyday with accepting and understanding ourselves.
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Averey Meloche is a recently emerging theatre artist from the University of WIndsor's BFA in Acting program. Born and raised in Windsor, it is Averey's goal to enrich Windsor's theatre community by cultivating professional, paid work opportunities for trained, local artists. Averey is passionate about not only bringing professionals together to produce quality theatre, but also strives to create unique theatre experiences that merge the artists and the audience in one unified creative experience.
In the community he has performed with ACT, Ghost Light Players, and has also performed in two of his own original Commedia d'ell Arte show, The Steps to Sex-cess in the 2016 Windsor-Walkverville Fringe Festival, for which he received the "Most Innovative Performance" award, and Commedia Noir.
In school, he gained a reputation as a versatile actor, often playing multiple roles in shows such as "Jane Eyre" (University Players), where he played a wide range of characters, including a dog, and his personal achievement of "The 39 Steps" (University Players), in which he and another classmate played a total of over 30 characters. His dedication to movement and physicality of the actor earned him a position as a Teaching Assistant for the Movement for the Actor class.
Averey is humbled to be working with his other board members and is excited to continue to learn, grow, and develop his craft with Tall Tale Theatre Co. as they work toward fortifying Windsor's artistic community on a larger scale.
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Samantha Lillian, originally from Goderich, ON, has had an enduring relationship with the dramatic arts: having started with Serious Fun! Theatre Co. at the age of 12, where she began her journey as a performer. As a teenager, she attended Blyth Young Company's Summer Intensive, and the Going Pro! program with Shannon Rose Scott, where she learned various acting techniques. She was also involved in multiple shows throughout Secondary School.
In post-secondary school, she continued her pursuit of performing by enrolling in the BFA-Acting program at the University of Windsor, where she learned numerous performing methods, including those of Michael Chekhov, Uta Hagen, and Konstantin Stanislavski. However, she felt a longing to connect performance with education and the community, and so transferred into the BA(H) Drama in Education and the Community program (2010-13), where she learned of Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre of the Oppressed, Process Theatre, Drama IN and FOR Education, and Directed multiple projects.
She then obtained her Teaching qualification for Secondary Drama and Social Sciences from Western University (2013-14). After a year of teaching abroad, she found herself back in Windsor, and back in the Theatre Community; having been involved with many of Windsor’s local theatre companies.
She is now pursuing a career as an Actress and Theatre Practitioner, and is very proud to be a part of Tall Tale Theatre Co: bringing Theatre for Young Audiences, and Training in the Arts to Youth and Adults in the Windsor-Essex community.
She truly believes that educating everyone through the arts is extremely important, as it inspires critical thinking, empathy and understanding through unique and entertaining experiences that exemplify others' stories and life lessons.
Introducing Daniela Piccinin as an actor/director and Head of Marketing: a local theatre artist, singer and writer who obtained her BFA in Theatre at the University of Windsor (Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Viola in Twelfth Night). Her first professional credit was with Wirligig right here in Windsor (Mary in Mary’s Wedding). She was cofounder/actor/
director of Sunday’s and Monday’s theatre Collective (Windsor’s first professional feminist theatre company). There she worked on Subject to Revision and Shallow waters as part of Windsor’s FAM fest. She worked with and cofounded Stichomythia Theatre (Toronto) as Clytemnestra in their production of Elektra. She also completed a full term of film training with Armstrong Acting Academy (Toronto). Daniela has been a part of the Windsor theatre scene from a young age, and is thrilled to be apart of the company during her time back home. Currently, she is rehearsals for ADR/VO and she will be touring Commedia Noir this summer!
Artists in Collaboration
Michael Karloff is a professional pianist and music director from Windsor. Recent projects as a collaborative pianist include Madame Butterfly (Windsor Symphony Orchestra), The Prohibition Years (Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Chicago (Windsor Light Music Theatre), Anything Goes (St. Clair College), Champion
(Michigan Opera Theatre). In 2018, Michael co-wrote and co-produced Raise The Stakes, an raunchy re-imagining of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Michael is the instructor for Basic Skills, Advanced Skills and Jazz/Pop Piano in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor, as well as a Musical Director, Accompanist, and instructor for Ear Training and Music Theory in the Department of Musical Theatre Performance at St. Clair College.
Shannon Pitre is excited to be returning to Tall Tale Theatre Co. and is grateful for the opportunity to be working with Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises. A recent graduate from the BFA Acting program at the University of Windsor (2019), she is interested in a variety of theatre styles, including Shakespeare, contact improvisation, and musical theatre. Previous work: Annette in God of Carnage (University Players), Quincy/Itchy in Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (University Players). For TTTC: Julia (A Bad Man’s World), Kiki (For the Love of Late Night). Thank you to Averey and Gina, and much love to all of my family and friends.
Brady Madsen is an actor and educator based in Markham. He is a graduate of the BFA Honours Acting program at the University of Windsor, where he received the Daniel Patrick Kelly Award. He has trained in a wide variety of acting, voice and movement methodologies for performance, including with the Stratford Festival intensive program, the Prince Edward County Festival Players Intensive, and the SITI Company Suzuki/Viewpoints intensive. He is currently fulfilling his childhood dream of being a pirate, performing with Pirate Life Toronto.
Michael J. Krym is a Polish-Canadian writer whose work ranges from fiction, to screenwriting, to comics, and most recently, in theatre as an award winning playwright. First entering the scene as an amateur actor, Michael initially founded Tall Tale Theatre Co. alongside Eric in hopes of offering a stage for original Canadian content. Tall Tale was created as a middle ground between the competitive arts industry and the post secondary stage. Michael continues to support and contribute to team at Tall Tale, along with its core values, in every way he can.