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Staff Profile: Seren Lannon, Assistant Stage Manager, Little Menace: Pinter Plays

Right now Little Menace: Pinter Plays is in rehearsal getting ready to hit the stage later this month. Assistant Stage Manager Seren Lannon is part of the magic that happens in the hall to bring a show from the page to the stage.  Get to know more about her and the works she does through her staff profile.


What is your job title, how long have you been with Soulpepper, and what has your job consisted of lately?

I am the Assistant Stage Manager for Little Menace: Pinter Plays. My first show with Soulpepper was A Christmas Carol in December of 2017. We are in the thick of rehearsals right now so my job consists of a variety of tasks including tracking props and costumes, running lines with the cast, and assisting our Stage Manager with anything else that may come up.

What has your experience been going from Apprentice Stage Manager to Assistant Stage Manager?

My experience going from Apprentice Stage Manager to Assistant Stage Manager has been fantastic. It’s always a bit of a challenge when you take on a new role, but I have loved the opportunity to gain more responsibility and become even more involved with the running of a show. I am also working with some really great people right now, and that has made the transition much easier.

What is the best part about the job?

For me the best part of my job has always been rehearsals. Getting the chance to be in the room and watch artists create something that didn’t previously exist, or interpret a pre-existing work in a completely different way, never gets old. I’ve also always been fascinated by the creative process and how it differs depending on the material and who is involved. No matter how many shows I do, no experience is quite the same, and that keeps it very exciting.

When you are not at work, what are you doing?

Many of my friends are also in the industry so when I’m not working, I try and see as many other shows as possible. I also read voraciously, and run a Bookstagram account on Instagram called @booksonatrain_.

What is something we would be surprised to know about you?

Before I decided to pursue a career in Theatre, I wanted to be a journalist! I spent a lot of time writing while I was growing up, and I still have stacks of journals that I wrote in daily. Although I don’t write as often as I used to, a love of literature and the written word is still a big part of who I am. I also played the Alto Saxophone for six years.

What are you most looking forward to at Soulpepper in the next few months?

I am really looking forward to the announcement of the summer season and what the future holds for Soulpepper under new leadership! I am also very excited to see August: Osage County in the spring. The entire team on that show is stellar, and it’s a play that I’ve always wanted to see.

Staff Profile: Milusha Copas, Communications Coordinator

What is your job title, how long have you been with Soulpepper, and what has your job consisted of lately?

I’m the Communications Coordinator at Soulpepper. I started here in October of last year, so it’s been a fast paced, but certainly enjoyable, 419 days. Lately it has been a lot of winding up the slingshot we call the Family Festival, getting it ready to launch when A Christmas Carol and Peter Pan hit the stage. There has also been some joyful singing – we’re all going to be singing “you gotta bow wow wow” for the next three months until Rose closes. For the record, that is not in my job description!

What is the best part about the job?

I love that my job is to talk about (really good) theatre, with anyone that will listen!

I went into communications not really knowing exactly where I wanted to land, but spent all of my down time befriending the students in my University’s theatre department and seeing all the shows in the city…

One day I thought to myself “oh, of course theatre companies need someone to talk with the media and the public, actors can’t play every role” and that is the story of how I ended up at Soulpepper putting together this newsletter for you every month. Better yet, if you ever flip open the paper and read a review of a Soulpepper show, that critic got their seat by coming to me first.

When you are not at work, what are you doing?

I am playing weird board games, living out my life as an amateur dancer with my friends, or mentally planning my next trip. I’ve got a few lined up in my mind right now, just waiting for the right moment to take the time and jet off.

What is something we would be surprised to know about you?

I love monster trucks.

 What are you most looking forward to at Soulpepper in the next few months?

If the bit above about singing “bow wow wow” didn’t tip you off, I’m very excited for Soulpepper’s brand new original musical Rose. I love musical theatre, and so getting to see our artists that I am so fond of put together this inspiring musical is a real work perk.

Of course, it will also be tremendous to have two cool and intelligent ladies guiding this company into its future. Our Executive Director Emma Stenning has started already and Weyni Mengesha our new Artistic Director will be starting in January. I’ll miss having Alan Dilworth around in that capacity but I can’t wait to see him back in his element directing The Virgin Trial and the Greek tragedy Wedding at Aulis – his direction of the last Greek tragedy Idomeneus has been my favourite Soupepper production I’ve seen to date.

 

 

 

Staff Profile: Christopher Hackett, Young Centre Patron Services Supervisor

What is your job title, how long have you been with the Young Centre, and what has your job consisted of lately?

I’ve been with the Young Centre for the Performing Arts for 6 months as the Patron Services Supervisor, with a focus on Front of House Management.

What is the best part about the job?

Having the opportunity to work with our outstanding Patron Services Team to provide memorable experiences for our guests has been great, particularly for those who are under-served. I learned so much from our ASL interpreted performances and I can’t wait to delve into our Relaxed Performances. It has also been a treat to be able to work with our great volunteer team, a group whose dedication has no peer.

What is something we would be surprised to know about you?

I went to Grad School in England, earning a Master of Research Degree in Theatre and Performance.

When you are not at work, what are you doing?

Commuting to/from work.

What are you most looking forward to at the Young Centre/Soulpepper in the next few months?

Professionally, I’m very excited to see the direction of the company under our new Executive Director Emma Stenning, and our new Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha. Personally I am looking forward to seeing what the Students at George Brown have to offer as we move into the Christmas Market Season. I’m told that the child focused Munsch Goes to School will be a lot of fun and that the kids are wonderful. In the same vein, I’m excited to see Soulpepper’s remount of Peter Pan, as Peter Pan happened to be my very first ‘panto’ experience at the Theatre I worked in England.