ATGT

who we are

Who we are

company members

DAVYN RYALL

DAVYN RYALL

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Davyn completed both the full season actor’s program at Dynamic Theatre Factory (DTF) with Anik Matern & Liz Valdez, as well as the Artistic Career Management certificate program at College Rosemont in 1999.

He has since taken numerous workshops with DTF, QDF and QWF. He can be seen in American films and in French films and television. He was the founder and Artistic Director of Village Scene Productions (2002-2016), directing-producing over fifty productions in both French and English, and the creator of Harvest: The Montreal International LGBTQ Theatre Festival 2004-2014.

First hitting the stage in 1994, he’s since appeared in: A Queer Carol/Un Conte de Noël Flyé, Fezziwig (2007, MainLine), Guillaume et Jacques, Geeves (2006-07, 2013, Monument National), My BIG Gay Italian Wedding, and BIGGER, Maurizio LeGrande (2014, MainLine), and as the voices in both A Twins Tale, Oscar (Rialto) and HAMalot, Ghost (2016 and 2019), and in Glengarry Glen Ross as James Lingk (2018, MainLine).

With over 45 years of creative organizational experience, Davyn particularly enjoys directing and writing for the stage, with ten penned plays produced to his credit. As a producer, discovering and developing emerging talent while rediscovering experienced veterans, all the while creating opportunities for artistic collaborations, is his passion. ”I’m inspired by a play that provokes the mind, disturbs the soul, challenges the senses and creates an engaging experience whereby every audience member is reacting in the moment to what is being played out on stage.” He is a co-founding member and Artistic Director of Acts To Grind Theatre (2016…).

Davyn is thrilled to be developing opportunities for, and collaborating with, the local artistic community.

BRYAN LIBERO

BRYAN LIBERO

ASSOCIATE ARTISITIC DIRECTOR

Bryan received his DEC in Professional Theatre from John Abbott College and his BFA in Theatrical Performance from Concordia University.

He has appeared in Village Scene Production’s Bathhouse: the Musical and Bain-Sauna: le Musical! at Place des Arts and at Calixa Lavallée (2012) as Maurice; My BIG Gay Italian Wedding BIGGER at MainLine (2014); and in Acts to Grind Theatre’s Ham, a lot (2016, 2019) as Hamlet; Wolves at MainLine (2017 St. Ambroise Fringe Festival) as Ben; True Love Lies as Royce (Calixa Lavallée 2018) for which he won the Broadway World award for best actor in a supporting role; Bathhouse: the Musical and Bain-Sauna: le Musical! as Teddy (Touring production Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto 2018); and Glengarry Glen Ross as John Williamson (2018, MainLine). all under the direction of Davyn Ryall.

He is also a founding member of Acts to Grind Theatre. Other selected credits include: Complete Female Stage Beauty, Persephone Productions; Hair, In the Wings Promotions; and 33 Variations, Brave New Productions.

IZAK BENROBI

IZAK BENROBI

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Izak is native to NdG-Montreal. He has studied and mastered his craft with workshops at MSOPA, DTF, and Intentional Dreams. As an actor he’s appeared on stage with Village Scene Productions in ‘’ManBoobs’’ as Marty (Rialto, 2011), ‘’Guillaume et Jacques’’ as Geeves (Monument National, 2013); and with Acts To Grind Theatre in ‘’Hamalot’’ as King Claudius (2016); ‘’CLOSER’’ as Larry (MainLine, 2017); ‘’True Love Lies’’ as David (Calixa Lavalee and the Royal Theatre, Gananoque); and in “Glengarry Glen Ross” as Richard Roma (MainLine 2018); all under the direction of Davyn Ryall. As a producer he is a founding member of Acts to Grind Theatre (ATGT).

who we are

company collaborators

MOLLY DESORMEAUX

MOLLY DESORMEAUX

Set Designer

Molly has been involved in theatre since a very young age and has always known that it would be her life’s work.

Molly first moved from the Eastern Townships to the Montreal area to study Professional Theatre: Acting at John Abbott College in 2012, before also graduating from their Design program.

Since then, she has been working hard both in front and behind the curtain, taking on the roles of actress, costume designer, and set consultant for various production teams.

Most recently, she consulted with director Davyn Ryall on the set design of Glengarry Glen Ross!

When she is not working on a theatre project, Molly can be found studying her way to a Master’s degree in Drama Therapy at Concordia University.

OLIVIER ROSS-PARENT

OLIVIER ROSS-PARENT

Videographer

Olivier is a Dawson Professional Theatre program graduate (2016).

He toured for a year as Romeo in the Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Romeo and Juliet”. He appeared in ATGT “Glengarry Glen Ross” production in the roles of Blake & Baylan, (2018 MainLine).

He now works mostly in film and television both on and off camera.”

RICHARD SMITH

RICHARD SMITH

Sound design and production assistance 

Richard is a graduate of Dawson College in Communications Film & Drama, D.E.C. 2002. He is a founding member of Acts to Grind Theatre (2016…).

He has appeared frequently on stage (William & James, Cherry Lane Theatre 2007) (Bain-Sauna: Le Musical!, Place des Arts 2012) (Guillaume et Jacques, Monument National 2013) and in both English and French films (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) and TV (Quantico).

He is a member of the Union des Artistes and an apprentice member of A.C.T.R.A. In stage productions, Ricky excels in the areas of set, sound, and promotion. Recent productions designing and running sound include Glengarry Glen Ross, Closer and True Love Lies.

He is a founding member of ATGT. He is happy to be on board at ATGT.

KATHY SLAMEN

KATHY SLAMEN

Photography

Kathy is a Jacqueline of many trades: she holds a BA in Creative Writing (93), a BFA in Film Production from Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia University (94) (graduated with distinction) and a diploma in Professional Photography from Dawson College (01) (Dean’s Honour list). Over the last 30 years, she has stepped into the role of actor, director, writer and standup comedian, but her passion has always been in the realm of the visual arts. Her photography and cinematography have won several international awards – for her independent short films, as well as for her riveting people portraits and self-portraits. Her photos have been published in multiple books, has shown her body of work in galleries and festivals around the world and in several solo photo exhibitions in Montreal, Toronto and New York City. She specializes in event/performance photography as well as portraits and headshots. She is an advocate for mental health awareness, and her latest project explores how bipolar illness manifests itself in cycles, using herself as the subject through various still images.

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