Who We Are


All of our performers are professional actors who have been working in the theatre, film, television and radio industries for many years. Our instructors have been teaching children, teens and adults across Canada and abroad for more than a decade!


 

Founding Members Lauren Spring and Thomas Gallezot



LAUREN SPRINGis a professional stage and screen actress and international improvisor. She obtained her BFA honours degree (in Theatre and development) from Concordia University in 2005 and completed graduate studies in physical theatre, improvisation and clown Paris, France at L’ecole de Theatre Jacques LeCoq and with Philippe Gaulier.  Lauren also recently completed her Masters degree in International and Community Development. Lauren has been teaching improvisation courses for children, teenagers and adults for over 10 years throughout Canada and abroad- she facilitates workshops for everyone from business professionals in banks to “priority youth” at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club and at Batshaw’s juvenile penitentiary. She also teaches high school improv classes at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto and facilitates the "Improv for Public Speaking" class at Harbourfront Centre. Lauren also wrote and performed in the Extant Jester's recent show WATER, that has been produced by the Royal Ontario Museum and is currently touring to Elementary schools in Toronto, York, Peel and Durham regions.  TYA theatre contract favorites include: Cinderella/3 Muskteers  (DuffleBag Theatre: Bilingual show), Puss and Boots (Alberta Opera Company), Amanda in the one woman show Dying to Be Thin (Quebec high school tour), playing Moonchild in A2D2's production of Once Upon A Circus for Ontario Place in the summer of 2008 and Rachel in Mixed Compay's 2009 northern Ontario tour of Far From The Heart.   In 2006, Hourglass  a play Lauren wrote and starred in, had its debut in Montreal.  Recently, Granted, a new show by the Extant Jesters, has had it’s premier at Alumnae Theatre and as part of the Canadian Stage Company’s Festival of Ideas and Creation and is in development at Theatre Passe Muraille where it has been workshopped as part of the BUZZ program.  Lauren has performed professionally throughout Canada and abroad and also works part time at the Art Gallery of Ontario as an Adult and School Programs Education Officer where she designs and facilitates arts-education tours and workshops for a variety of adult and school groups. 

THOMAS GALLEZOTis a patent attorney and a material engineer from Paris, France.  He is also a professional actor and improvisor and currently works part-time as the AUdience Development Manager at the Theatre Francais de Toronto.  Thomas graduated in theatre from the Conservatory of Strasbourg, studied Clown and Mime with Emmanuel Vacca and Elena Serra of l’Ecole Marcel Marceau, and Method Acting with Jack Waltzer. He co-founded the company Les Improvisateurs in Strasbourg and founded the company En Construction in Paris, and originated the Catch Impro concept which is now wide-spread throughout France. Thomas has been teaching improv workshops to children, and adults throughout France and in Toronto for over 15 years. TYA credit favourites include: Cinderella/3 Muskteers  (DuffleBag Theatre: Bilingual show), the Clown show Pilou et Muriel, (Animation Numero 1, Eastern France Tour) La Princesse au petit pois dans la tete (Les cousins D’arnolphe, Paris) Les Contes Zinedit (Inedit Theatre, Lyon). Thomas also played Dreammaster is the A2D2 production of Once Upon A Circus for Ontario Place in the summer of 2008. Currently, Clearing Customs, a new play by the Extant Jesters, has had it’s premier at Alumnae Theatre and as part of the Canadian Stage Company’s Festival of Ideas and Creation.  Thomas also teaches high school students at the Second City Training Centre in Montreal. Thomas also works with the Thatre Francais de Toronto and you may even recognize Thomas' voice as that of "Spiderus" the nasty singing spider in the popular cartoon Miss Spider! 








Company Members: Kimberly Persona, Jessica Moss, Esther Maloney, Amelia Sargisson.

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