by: Erin Thompson
Based on true life events, and told through story and song, Slut pushes the stereotypes surrounding female sexuality.
The SLUT Team
Erin Thompson, Writer/Actor
Erin Thompson is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts in Toronto. While studying improv at Second City in Toronto, she connected with Tracey Beltrano, her producer and collaborator at Beer In A Glass Productions. Favorite past credits include: Angela in “Bitch. A cathartic purge based on a true story.” (Beer In A Glass Productions), Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” (Shakespeare in the Square, Brampton), Shelby Stevens in “Steel Pier” (RAPA), Naomi in “Naomi In The Living Room” (RAPA) and Dawn Schweitzer in “Mean Girls” (Paramount Pictures). Erin is inspired by quirky, multifaceted female performers such as Toni Collette, Catherine O’Hara, Megan Mullally, and Tina Fey. Currently, Erin is developing her one-woman show “Slut” premiering at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2014. And dating…a lot.
Check out Erin Thompson’s interview (star and writer of SLUT) with Huffington Post about her role as Dawn Shweitzer in “Mean Girls”!
Dahlia Katz, Director/Dramaturge
Dahlia is an award-winning director/dramaturg with a background in physical theatre and visual forms such as mask and puppetry. She has a great passion for supporting and promoting new plays and new play development. Her most recent credits include producing the first FireWorks festival at Alumnae Theatre, and directing the debut of Ramona Baillie’s I’m Still Here at the New Ideas Festival. She also directed the critically acclaimed Dying Hard starring Mikaela Dyke, which is touring Canada and the United States for the fourth year in a row.
Dahlia is also a freelance photographer specializing in portraiture, theatre production stills, promotional imagery, weddings/events and headshots. http://www.dahliakatz.com
Tracey Beltrano, Producer
Tracey is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and has honed her comedic craft at The Second City Toronto where she met and befriended her collaborator, Erin Thompson. They began Beer In A Glass Productions shortly thereafter and produced and wrote their first project, “Bitch” at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival. Tracey’s resume is an eclectic mix from the bizarre to the dramatic. Favorite past credits include: Lucy in “Bitch” (Beer In A Glass Productions), Stella in the webseries “The Giant Comes Out” (Fresh Baked Entertainment), Grusha in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” (AADA Company, NYC), Susan in “Say No More” (Inspirato Festival), Dot Matrix in “The Office Spaceballs” (Queen’s Players Toronto) and Step Mother in the national tour of “Cinderella” (Touring Players of Canada). Tracey idolizes strong, female comedic performers such as Andrea Martin, Gilda Radner, Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball. Tracey is currently in the process of writing a screenplay to be produced in the near future. http://traceybeltrano.workbooklive.com
Robert Wilkinson, Composer/Musical Director
Robert is a native of London Ontario, where he experienced music in all of its forms. Robert’s music education began at the young age of 3, growing up in a family of pianists, bassists, guitarists, drummers and singers, taking piano lessons from his mother, grandfather and countless inspirational teachers throughout his youth. Robert not only studied Piano for 17 years (attending the University Of Western Ontario for a brief time to study Piano), but also became proficient at the Clarinet, achieving the RCM grade nine, as well as gaining much experience on Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophone. At age 17, Robert was invited to play with the London Jazz Orchestra on both Tenor and Baritone Sax. After a year of study at UWO, it became apparent that theatre was Robert’s true calling, and he dropped out to attend the Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts to study Musical Theatre Performance. Upon graduation from RAPA in 2010, Robert was invited to work with The Toronto Youth Theatre for a season, before securing a position with The Lower Ossington Theatre, as their Resident Musical Director. Credits for the LOT include “Joseph…Dreamcoat” (Director and Musical Director), “Avenue Q” (MD), “RENT” (MD), “The Marvellous Wonderettes” (MD and Co-Choreographer), “Shrek The Musical” (Musical Supervision) and “The Sound Of Music” (MD). Robert has also created several one night engagement performances around Toronto, most notably with “Miss Conception”, Toronto’s leading drag performer, with whom he created her first ever live show. Although Robert spends much of his time composing music, SLUT will be Robert’s debut as a composer, and he could not be more thrilled to be working with such a wonderful group of artists. Having been a Musical Director for eight years, mounting over 40 productions, this will be Robert’s first one woman show as a Musical Director.
Ayesha Mansur, Choreographer
Ayesha is an actress, writer, and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. She started her career as a dancer, and is a graduate of the The Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre in New York City. She went on to co-found Womb Dance Company, at the tender age of 20, and after choreographing and performing with the company for four years, she returned to NYC and attended The City University of New York, Brooklyn College, majoring in Film Production. Upon receiving her BA, Ayesha focused on her career as an actress. She has appeared in various TV shows, films and on stage in both Toronto and New York. She is especially proud of her own work, including her one-woman show ‘BEFORE: the ramblings of a former dancer’, and short film ‘Friendly Fire’. Ayesha is currently working on her third short screenplay, as well as ‘Disagreeable’, an 8-episode web-series. She is very excited about her return to the world of choreography, and is deeply grateful to the Slut team, for letting her work that muscle once again. Her musings about life can be found at http://www.lostsouthasian.blogspot.ca.
Rachel Ford, Production Designer
Rachel is a costume/production designer, cake maker, and all-round arty-crafty type, who has been designing for theatre, film and television in Toronto for the past 18 years. Selected credits include the TIFF premiered features “This Beautiful City” (Costume & Production Designer), “Small Town Murder Songs” (Production Designer); tv shows “Smart Woman Survival Guide”, and “Cold Blood” (Costume Designer); various indie theatre productions, most notably “Romeo and Juliet Remixed” (Costume Designer) with Spark Productions/Expect Theatre for which she received a Dora Award nomination. She has just finished collaborating with Expect Theatre again for its inaugural, and very successful, “Beats + Intentions” Emerging Inter-Arts Ensemble project.
Heather Lacey, Stage Manager
Heather has spent the last 20 years working in the theatre community – starting in community theatre and moving to professional work 14 years ago. Starting as a Stage Manager in community theatre, she has been a professional SM and Production Manager on many shows. Most recently Heather was the Production Coordinator for the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. She has also worked as a producer with Writers’ Springboard, a group that showcases new plays with workshopped staged readings. She enjoys being part of the creation process of new work and looks forward to Fringe every year!
Dahlia Katz, Graphic Design/Promotional Photos
Nicholas Porteous, Videographer
Jonathan Bluks, Web Designer/Manager