Honesty: Cast and Creative

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Jordan Tannahill, Creator: Jordan Tannahill is a Canadian playwright and filmmaker. His work has been presented in theatres, festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. Jordan’s plays have been honoured with various prizes, including the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Drama for his book Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays, the 2014 John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards for ‘Outstanding New Play’ for rihannaboi95 in 2013 and Concord Floral in 2015. Concord Floral also received the 2015 Carol Bolt Award and was shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Award for Drama. In 2016, Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom won the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for ‘Best New Play’ and its production at Canadian Stage received the Dora Award for ‘Outstanding Production.’

Virgilia Griffith, Performer: Virgilia Griffith is a Toronto based theatre artist. Winner of the Meta Emerging Artist Award for Gas Girls. She was also a Dora Mavor Moore nominee for Outstanding Female in an Independent Division for her performance of Honesty directed by Jordan Tannahill. Selected credits include: The Wedding Party (Crow’s Theatre), Da Kink In My Hair ( Theatre Caldary/ Nac), How We Are ( Mikaela Davies and Polly Phokeev Productions), Up The Garden Path ( Obsidian Theatre Company), Byhalia, Mississippi (Cue6), Gas Girls ( Black Theatre Workshop), The Power of Harriet T! (Carousel Players/ Black Theatre Workshop).

Mandy E. MacLean, Director: Mandy E. MacLean, director: Mandy is an artist from a military family on the east coast. Her works as a director includes assistant to Ted Witzel on the workshop and full production of Yukonstyle (Canadian Stage), Assistant Director on The Park under Diana Belshaw, Till Eulgespiegel under Varrick Grimes and previous incarnations of the Dora Nominated Honesty under Jordan Tanahill (Suburban Beast). She has recently performed with Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre), hiraeth (with Varrick Grimes), Young Innovators Lab for Nightwood Theatre, Experiencing Chekov with Brenda Bazinet, and #WeddingMusical. In the last few year she has trained in Composition and Speaking (SITI Company of New York), Suzuki with Kameron Steel (of SCOT) and Viewpoints with Thomas Morgan Jones (TNB). She hold degrees from the Humber Theatre (12) and the University of New Brunswick (09). Mandy has held the role of Artistic Intern at Canadian Stage. She learns the most from a five year old that calls her “Mando” and a fifteen month old that calls her “Manee”. Thank you for Jordan and Alex for their trust; and Virgilia for her ability to play.

Angela Shackel of Accounts and Records, Producer: In its beginnings Accounts and Records was a thematic podcast featuring narratives, round-table discussions and interviews. The project was responding to that fact that I’m constantly inspired and moved by the stories of my friends, coworkers and acquaintances. I love surprising personal histories, hilarious anecdotes and clever commentary divulged casually over dinner tables, on the subway, or by text message. My initial plunge into podcasting took these informal stories and gave them form by placing them in a narrative or larger discussion in a focused way. Connecting well with people through great conversations is my favourite thing. I rebel against a culture where everyone works in isolation; I prefer collaboration, and feel that conversation is one of the best modes we have for challenging each other’s perspectives. As a child I would spend hours entertaining my (significantly) older brothers about stories from grade school. To hold their attention, I started learning about pacing, punchlines, ideas and good characters being key to having your audience’s listening commitment. I have also always been fascinated by time and memory; preserving ideas, thoughts, and events has always been a priority for me. Working in recorded audio allows me to do what I was already doing socially — editing and retelling stories, events or news items — in order to connect with people.