Amanda is thrilled to be a part of Twelfth Night...A Puppet Epic. In January, she performed with Solar Stage in their production of Wolf in Sheep's Clothes. playing the The Three Little Pigs. That's right...all three of them! She made her solo-show debut at the 37th Annual Rhubarb Festival with a piece called Body So Fluorescent. Her other most recent work includes: Edmond (Storefront Theatre), Bitchcraft (Pure Carbon Theatre Company), Antigone (Alumnae Theatre). She is an alumni of York University's Faculty of Theatre and since graduating has performed with Toronto Fringe Festival, Lab Cab Festival, Festival of Clowns, Nuit Blanche, Hart House Theatre, and Pure Carbon. Amanda could not have had more fun working with Shakey-Shake and Friends. She is so very grateful for this opportunity and ecstatic to be a part of the company.
Erin is a Toronto based actor, dancer, and lover of milk chocolate! You can find her frolicking in many o' fields with Donna as we recite Shakespeare into the clouds. Erin graduated from George Brown College's Classical Conservatory Program, and has since worked with independent companies all over Toronto, including: Spur Of The Moment Shakespeare Collective, Tsingory Dance, Frog In Hand, Hollywould Productions, The Arts Engine, Aim For The Tangent, and more! In her 5th year with the company, Erin is incredibly excited to be a part of Twelfth Night and cannot thank Shakey-Shake enough for all the wonderful hijinks and belly-laughs. Special thanks to Luke for all his support. You can see Erin play Maria sans puppet this August in Dauntless City Theatre's double-bill! Happy Fringemas!
Shira Taylor is a performer, director, producer, and doctoral candidate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at U of T. Shira’s stage debut was a solo rendition of the much beloved duet, A Whole New World at her uncle and aunt’s wedding at age 9. A proud Queen’s University grad, she appeared in Queen’s Players, Queen’s Musical Theatre, and Existere/Excetera shows. Shira works with Indigenous girls in the Northwest Territories as Evaluation Consultant and Drama Facilitator with FOXY and is a Research Coordinator at SickKids on the cross-Canada, Art for Social Change (ASC!) project. For her PhD. thesis, Shira created and directed SExT: Sex Education by Theatre (also appearing at this year’s Toronto Fringe and SummerWorks! A show written and performed by high school students in Toronto’s Flemingdon/ Thorncliffe Park to educate their peers on social issues in a fun and engaging way. Shira and her puppet doppelganger, Lucy, are thrilled to be joining their puppet and human friends for a 6th season!!
Megan is an actor and puppeteer. She is co-founder of Shakey-Shake and Friends, dedicated to bringing laughs, mayhem, and the Bard to kids across Toronto. Megan and her best pal Zip really love ice-cream sandwiches, sloths, and all things cute and fluffy. They love high fives the most! She loves her Shakey-Shake family and all the hi-jinks they get into together! Thanks toThomas for putting up with her for so long. Megan is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.
Favourite credits include: The Clueless Dead (PlayersTO), Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare Bash'd), Hamlet... A Puppet Epic, A Midsummer Night's Dream ... A Puppet Epic (Shakey-Shake and Friends), Girl In The Goldfish Bowl (UCF), Happy End, Little Women, Orpheus Descending, Man of Mode, The Relapse, Waiting for the Parade (GBC Theatre)
Graeme Black Robinson
Graeme is thrilled to be the newest member of Shakey-Shake and Friends! Graeme has been building and playing with puppets for over 5 years. He has spent the last two years with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and their puppet-show adaptation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, touring throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and China. Graeme is excited to be back at the Toronto Fringe Festival, where he last appeared in Or Be Eaten, a mask and puppet show created by his company Silent Protagonist. In his spare time Graeme lives in the faraway land of Scarborough, where he is training to become a Pokémon master.
Jeff is a New Brunswick born actor currently based in Toronto. This is his fourth summer playing Marlowe with Shakey-Shake and Friends in the Toronto Fringe. He also played Slender and Robin inThe Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare Bash’d; and is the creator of Let’s Travel in Time, one of the Shed Shows playing this year. Outside of the Fringe he recently appeared in The Baby (Storefront Theatre), and Ambrose (Single Thread). On film you can spot him in an upcoming short film titled 45 (Rhino Productions), and in the TV series Man Seeking Woman (FXX Network). It should be noted that Jeff did not shoot any scenes with Jay Baruchel but he did sell him kitty litter once at his day job. Like Mr. Baruchel, Jeff also has a cat that he loves very much. After Fringe he will travel to London ON to play Edward in Skylight for Troubadour Theatre.
Shaquille is ecstatic to have his Fringe debut alongside a remarkable group of puppets and people! Shaquille is entering his final year of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program joined between University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Some of his recent theatre roles include appearances in “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” (Theatre Erindale), “Shakey-Shake and Friends: As You Like It” (Theatre by the Bay), and “She Shoots! She Scores!” (Theatre Erindale). In his spare time, Shaquille enjoys writing plays, singing harmonies, and dancing to Beyoncé.
Michael is super proud to be a part of Shakey-Shake and Friends. Playing with Len is one of his favourite pastimes, others include sitting on the dock reading Shakespeare with Len, and eating his mother's home cooked meals with Len. Michael went to way too much school having graduated from Queen's University and George Brown Theatre School, and the most important lesson he's learned is that all he wants to do is play Pretend with puppets. He now plays Pretend professionally on both stage and screen.
Scott hails from a small town boy (Cue the banjo) but is now based out of Toronto (Cue the non-stop construction outside my window). He is a graduate of the acting conservatory at the George Brown Theatre School, and the improvisation program at The Second City where he is currently training in their Longform Conservatory. Scott has performed with Shakey-Shake and Friends in A Midsummer Night’s Dream… A Puppet Epic!, Romeo & Juliet... A Puppet Epic!, and Hamlet... A Puppet Epic! So he knows a thing or two about being EPIC! Other credits include: co-writer and performer of The War of the Roses: A Game of Kings (Theatre Aquarius); George in The Wedding Singer; Malvolio in Twelfth Night (Hart House, Best Supporting Actor), Komunka, The Underpants, Spring Awakening, A Fond Husband, Saturday Sunday Monday, and It’s Munsch Time. Scott just finished shooting the second season of the hit KidsCBC TV show The Moblees, and toured the stage version across Canada last summer. Fact: Scott has a love for peach pie and jungle gyms.