2014-15 Season sees us, Sterling Theatre Company: under new artistic direction of Sophie Ann Rooney, Kyle Labine and Danka Scepanovic, moving to a rebranded/renamed theatre at Dufferin at Queen, 376 Dufferin, under the same roof as Unit 102 theatre & actors company. Keep posted sterlingstudiotheatre.com These are exciting times where Kyle Labine, Sophie Ann Rooney and Danka Scepanovic will collaborate with Luis Fernandes, David Lafontaine, Jesse Hughes, Lindsay Junkin and Scott Walker.
Our first show in the new space, officially launching the 2014-15 season, is the highly anticipated
‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare
Unit 102 first show under the new banner, is the critically acclaimed
'Lobby Hero' by Kenneth Lonergan
Thank you for your support & well wishes we have received and continue to receive. Thank you to all our artists who have worked here and to our loving patrons, to whom we are truly grateful.
It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to this stage, so beautifully built and managed by Kyle Labine . All shows in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons were under co-artistic directors Sophie Ann Rooney and Angela Besharah, their programming brought over 50 actors to the stage, showcased world premiere’s by local playwrights Jane Cooper Ford, Adam Hunter Collier, Carolyn Bennett and resident playwright Noah Davis, worked with local musicians, saw artists paint the stage, saw stage veterans and up & comers, with plays ranging from Shaw to Shanley. 9 shows the first season, 16 this 2013-14 season - Bravo!
Thank you to creative team Danka Scepanovic, Ashleigh Rains, Candice Mausner, Caroline Millen, Carleigh Beverly, Alana Pancyr, Noah Davis for every hour spent making this dream a possibility.
It is fitting this space ends with John Patrick Shanley as it all began with his ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea’ with Kerri Smith and Drew Nelson, Sept 2012.
A new collaborative venture is underway with Unit 102 Theatre players, which sees us departing from 163 Sterling Rd, unit 5 come May 31st 2014. These are exciting times where Kyle Labine, Sophie Ann Rooney and Danka Scepanovic will collaborate with Luis Fernandes, David LaFontaine, Jesse Hughes and Scott Walker. This will see Unit 102 and Sterling housed under the same roof in a renamed theatre at Queen and Dufferin at the end of the year. More information will follow in a joint Sterling - Unit 102 Theatre press release with all the juicy details.
It is important for us to recognize this as both the end of something that was great and also the start of something even greater. While the space will no longer be part of Toronto’s incredible indie theatre scene, those who made it what it was will continue to create and have their artistic voices heard, even more loudly.
Join us for an inventory sale and party Tuesday May 28th 8PM - more information can be found on our website sterlingstudiotheatre.com.
Come say goodbye to this location by supporting Week 2 ‘Central Park West’, directed by Taryn Jorgenson & Music acts, Week 3 Doublebill: ‘Sailor’s Song’, directed by Angela Besharah and ‘A Lonely Impulse of Delight’, directed by Sophie Ann Rooney. One Acts Closing party is scheduled Sunday May 25th after ‘Sailor’s Song’.
We would like to thank all the artists, patrons and press who have supported our indie theatre these past two years at 163 Sterling Rd. We built the theatre from the ground up and without your continued support we could never have accomplished what we have.
We take this time to thank the collective members: Kyle Labine for all his long hours spent building and creating in the space, from the sets to the raised stage, as well as his raw acting and directing which saw much praise. Angela Besharah for her stunning photography, critically acclaimed direction, for her chameleon-like acting abilities and artistic direction. Sophie Ann Rooney for producing 24 season shows, as well as for her direction, artistic direction and acting. Danka Scepanovic for her raw talent, sheer tenacity and reliability in everything she touched. Candice Mausner for her generosity as our publicist and gracing the stage in two shows. Caroline Millen for her delightful social media posts and embodying the quintessential Vivie Warren. Alana Pancyr for her breath taking art work from season posters to set design and for acting in this year’s ‘Ravenscroft’. Noah Davis for his vulnerability on and off the page, sharing his beautiful gift ‘You Said Love’ to Toronto audiences. Carleigh Beverly for her support and tackling two gritty lead roles in our first season. Ashleigh Rains for her fruitful hard work in publicity, as well as shining on stage in two of our second season shows.
Angela Besharah will be stepping down as Co-Artistic Director at the end of the season to pursue her other endeavours. We wish her the best of luck and are truly grateful for everything she has given to the community, to Sterling and to art itself. Sophie would like to personally thank Angela from the bottom of her heart 'Angela is Sterling's sunshine, a true gem and will be missed, but I know what she has in store is going to be amazing, much love and joy on all your future endeavours'.
We thank all the artists who have graced our stage or worked behind the scenes : Kerri Smith, Drew Nelson, Angela Besharah, Carleigh Beverly, Caroline Millen, Noah Davis, Nathan Mitchell, Adam Lolacher, Adrian Griffiths, David Greig, Taylor Whittaker, Kyle Labine, Mikey Lipka, Ashton Doudelet, Katelyn Wallace, Candice Mausner, Robert Fulton, Alana Hawley, Clayton Gray, David Tompa, Alison Brooks, Adam Collier, Carolyn Bennett, Jerrit Boyce, Stephanie Belding, Zerha Leverman, Bruce Pitkin, Heather Marie Annis, Ashley Bryant, Lisa Aitken, Colin Edwards, Danka Scepanovic, Jane Cooper Ford, Kathryn Greenwood, Kirsten Johnson, Caitlin Driscoll, Alana Pancyr, Tim C Murphy, Benjamin Ayres, Jessica Salgueiro, Ashley Rains, Suzannah Moore, Jodi Sprung Boyd, Michael Goldlist, Melissa Robertson, Damon Runyan, Sophie Ann Rooney, Emily Coutts, Michael Cooper, Alana Freistadt, Melee Hutton, Melissa Hood, Carolina Bartczak, Michael Eisner, Jimmy Makris, William MacDonald, Justin Mader, Brett Haynes, Heather Bellingham, Jessica Hinkson, Harrison Coe, Nadia Blanchfield, Alyssa King, Elizabeth Tanner, Robert Tsonos, Deborah Tennant, Aris Tyros, Richard Beaune, David Frisch, Tammy Vuckovic, Malcolm Taylor, Jason Stroud, Geoff Ball, Sean Connolly Affleck, Jodie Dowdall Runyan, Jimi Shlag, Hamza Fouad, Morgan Johnson, Stefne Mercedes, Jessica Kennedy, Andrew Cameron, Andrew Anthony, Jessica Huras, Chloe Sullivan, Taryn Jorgenson.
We thank friends of the theatre for their support: Doug Labine and Carolyn Rooke, John and Sue Rooney, Karen And Wayne Anderson, Scott McCulloch, Todd Sandomirsky, Artjom Giltz, Derrick Chua, Shadi Shahkhalili, Karen Crowder Ford and Terry Ford, Peter Freund, Kris Besharah, Heather Goodwin, Cary and Julia Mausner, Ana Maria Alvarado, Jessica LaFrance, Jeff Parazzo, Katie Ford, Diane Flacks, Bobby Del Rio, Patrick Yang, John Buchan, Jason Knight, Lisa Parasyn, Ron Leach, Ron Basch, Matthew Bennett, Josh Hinkson.
Love to Musicians and artists: Ukae, Joe McLeod, Cat Montgomery, Oliver Pigott, Ashley Bryant, Melissa Story, Kristen Gutoskie, Danny Smith, Joe Law, Julie Neff, Tetiana Ostapowych, DJ Demers and Erik Arnesen.
Sponsors/suppliers: St Ambroise, Amsterdam Brewery, Jonestowne Brewery, Fritolay, Lindsey Bakes, Life is Sweet, Inside Light Studio, Acting with Sophie Ann Rooney, 236 Productions, Q Media Solutions.
We would like to thank Mooney on Theatre, National Post, Notable.ca, Paula Citron, Lynn Slotkin, Chris Hollie Stage Door, Charpo Canada for reviewing our shows.
Special thanks to TAPA for celebrating artists in this city.
Again thank you to all who have seen our shows, be sure to stay in touch to come see our new domicile!
2011/12 and 2013/14 Season Shows
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
The Glory of Living
Nine Months is an Arbitrary Number
Interior : Panic
By A Thread
By A Thread - remount
You Said Love
Where’s My Money?
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Laundry and Bourbon
The Red Coat
Central Park West
Off Sterling Shows produced by Sterling Studio Theatre
Ripped Open Mic
Trial of Ken Gass