Ashley is an alumna of Toronto’s Second City Mainstage, where she wrote and performed in four revues, including How to Kill A Comedian, and Sixteen Scandals. Other theatre credits: Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish (Studio180); The Second City Guide to the Symphony (Roy Thomson Hall); Impromptu Splendour: Improvised Sondheim (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); Chicago Sketchfest. TV credits: Straight Talk (CTV News Channel); Odd Squad (TVO/PBS), Schitt’s Creek (CBC). Animation credits: The Ridonculous Race, Arthur, Beywheelz, Z-Squad. Writing credits: NOW Magazine, The Toronto Star,TheLoop.ca, shortlisted for The CBC Canada Writes: BloodlinesPrize. Two-time Dora nominee, two-time Canadian Award winner.
Jan Caruana is an actor, writer, teacher and director, but improvising is what she loves best. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College Theatre Program, Jan has gone on to have an interesting and varied career. She is a multiple Canadian Comedy Award winner and has performed across North America in a variety of comedy shows. A mainstay of many Toronto stages, Jan is known for her work in shows like Monkey Toast and That Moment When and About An Hour (Toronto Fringe Festival – Best of the Fringe). Recently, Jan co-wrote and performed in The Second City Toronto Revues The Meme-ing of Life and We Can Be Heroes, which received rave critical and audience reviews. She has appeared in films and television shows including Being Erica, I, Martin Short Goes Home and Mean Girls. Jan is a Gemini/Canadian Screen nominated writer for her work with the YTV youth sketch show That’s So Weird
Carly Heffernan is an alumna of the Second City Toronto where she wrote and performed in four hit revues including Dreams Really Do Come True (And Other Lies). She recently wrote the hit theatrical The Second City Guide to the Symphony, which will be returning to Roy Thompson Hall soon! You may have seen her on Lost & Found Music Studios (YTV), Spun Out (CTV), Odd Squad (PBS), The L.A. Complex (CW) and This Hour has 22 Minutes (CBC). Writing credits include: Almost Genius (CTV), George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (CBC) as well as CBC’s radio sketch show, The Irrelevant Show.
Reid is an alumus of The Second City, where he wrote and performed in four main stage revues including the Dora nominated Second City for Mayor and the Canadian Comedy Award winning Barack to the Future and 0% Down, 100% Screwed. After graduating from The University of Windsor’s School of Dramatic Art, he spent several years performing comedic science shows with Mad Science Productions including Don’t Try This At Home! and Taking The World By Storm. Most recently, he wrote and appeared in the Ross Petty Pantos, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella at The Elgin Theatre. Television credits include Orphan Black, The Ron James Show, Odd Squad, How to be Indie and Connor Undercover.
Ron Pederson has worked at theatres across Canada including Soulpepper, The Stratford Festival, RMTC, Citadel Theatre, ATP, The Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Canadian Stage Company, The Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Murrile, 1000 Island Playhouse, and The SummerWorks Festival. He is a co-artistic producer of Toronto’s The Theatre Department. As an improviser, he has appeared with theatres and festivals in Chicago, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Regina, Vancouver, Charleston SC, NYC, L.A, Berlin, Oslo, Vienna and Amsterdam. As well, he is a founding member and alumni of The NTOW. TV And Film credits include MadTV ( FOX, 3 Seasons Canadian Comedy Award Nomination Best TV Performance), INsecurity (CBC), The Late Late Show (CBS), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) SideKick (YTV), Degrassi (CTV). Ron is the recipient of the Canadian Comedy award for Best Improviser, the RBC Arts Professional Award, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award and SummerWorks Performance Award. As well, he is a Jessie, Merritt and Dora Award Nominee.
Alex Tindal is a Canadian Comedy Award winning writer and performer. He has showcased at comedy festivals across North America including performances at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre in New York, the Second City Chicago and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Alex cut his teeth with sketch in Sunday Night Live as one of the writing/performing cast members of the Sketchersons, going on to act as Head Writer for the comedic, multimedia punk-rock opera Feint of Hart presented as part of performance lab space Videofag's inaugural season. He has been invited to create new works for the Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Nocturne Halifax (Art at Night), and has created video content for the Toronto Star and VICE. Alex starred in the BravoFACT short Stake which was selected for the 2015 Whistler Film Festival.
KEVIN VIDAL — ENSEMBLE SINGER
Kevin Vidal is thrilled to be a part of the One Night Only cast. He is an alumnus of The Second City Toronto and can currently be found on CityTV's Sunnyside. Kevin's previous theatre credits include; Sixteen Scandals, We Can Be Heroes (The Second City), RENT (Lower Ossington Theatre), Hairspray (Curtain Call Players), Radio Active Drag Queens of the Year 3000 (Toronto Fringe), RENT (Fallen Rock) Skule Nite 0T9/1T0 (UofT Skule).
MIRIAM DRYSDALE — ENSEMBLE SINGER
Miriam Drysdale is a Toronto based singer, actor, improviser and puppeteer. She graduated from the Randolph Academy and continued her studies at Second City. Miriam recently wrote and starred in Heart Puppetations, a puppet musical that toured in the Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg Fringe. You can catch Miriam doing improv around the city and singing with her band, Across the Board.
COLIN MOCHRIE — PRE-SHOW VOICE
Colin Mochrie is known worldwide as a star of the long-running improv tv show, Whose Line is it Anyway? The show will begin production on its fourth season on the CW Network in January. But the man known largely for working without a script also recently penned his first book, Not Quite the Classics, a collection of short stories. For the past 12 years, Colin has been touring with fellow Whose Line alum, Brad Sherwood, throughout North America, Australia and India. Watch for the award winning feature film starring Mochrie called The Anniversary.
JORDAN ARMSTRONG — MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Jordan is a music educator, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She is a musical director with the Second City in Toronto and performs regularly as a part of the improv and sketch community with Death Ray Cabaret, Bad Dog Theatre and Oakville Improv Theatre and as part of world music and dance ensembles Samba Squad and Ballet Creole. Most recently Jordan was assistant musical director for the 2015 Fringe hit People Suck. She is currently creating music for Haunters, a musical web series about ghosts.
EWAN DIVITT — TRUMPET
Ewan Divitt is an in-demand trumpet player and improviser in Toronto, and has recorded on many albums, and demos, music videos, played live on the radio, international live television, as well as toured with musical acts all over Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. He is extremely excited to be working with One Night Only, which combines so many things that he loves.
JAKE KOFFMAN — SAX / FLUTE
Jake Koffman, is part of the next generation of musicians and educators dedicated to the preservation, the integrity, and the evolution of jazz music. Born into Canadian music royalty, Jake grew up admiring the accomplishments of two grandfathers who were musicians inducted into the Order Of Canada. On his mother’s side is Victor Feldbrill, who conducted the Toronto and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras, among many others, and to whom the Toronto Star referred as “an indispensable cog in the city’s musical machinery.” On his father’s side is one of the most prominent voices in Canadian jazz history, reedman and flutist Moe Koffman, whose work with Rob McConnell and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as hit song “Swinging Shepherd Blues”, have firmly ensconced him in jazz history, and helped put Canadian jazz on the world map. After earning his bachelor’s degree in music performance, Jake began his freelance career as both a bandleader, and a sideman. Jake can frequently be heard in Toronto clubs performing with such invaluable and consistent members of the Toronto jazz scene as Bernie Senensky and Neil Swainson, who are on Jake’s debut album, recorded in May, 2013. He has also worked with Nikki Yanofsky and Quincy Jones.
DAVID STEIN — BARITONE GUITAR
David Stein is an Ontario based interdisciplinary artist. Since finishing his Honours BFA in Music at York University, he has worked in musical composition, audio recording and production, nature photography, web design, teaching, and health research. He recently released his first solo electronica album “Crossbow” under the name David Alexander. He also has a strong interest in nature and the preservation of amphibians and currently takes care of many species in his home in Guelph, ON.
JUSTIN HAN — PERCUSSION / GLISS
Justin is a graduate of the University of Toronto's Percussion program, under the tutelage of John Rudolph, and Bev Johnston. A versatile freelance musician, he can be found in a wide variety of music projects in Toronto, such as a multitude of musical theatre productions, orchestras, pop and rock bands, the award-winning Weston Silver Band, and more. He has been fortunate enough to receive a one-on-one tutelage with Evelyn Glennie, and share the stage with (or open for) several prominent artists such as Guido Basso, Peter Appleyard, Johnny Reid, OneRepublic, Simple Plan, Third Eye Blind, and Bryan Adams.
MELODY A. JOHNSON — DIRECTOR
Melody has moved between the worlds of theatre and comedy throughout her career. Memorable theatre roles include: Sarah Jane Moore in Assassins; 7 Stories (Betty Mitchell nomination); Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre); and, for Tarragon, It’s All True (Dora nomination); co-creator of Mimi with Allen Cole and Rick Roberts; and the Dora win for the title role of Mercy in Little Mercy’s First Murder/Tarragon/Shaw Festival. ‘Fave’ comedic escapades are An Awkward Evening with Martin & Johnson, numerous shows as a Second City mainstager and Second City MainStage /Tour Co. director and, most recently, the monthly Mel’n Dave Live at the Castle. Melody has been touring her self-penned Miss Caledonia from 2011 to present, recently touring the UK, and winning the prestigious 2014 Ontario Touring Artist.
ALAN KLIFFER — ARTISTIC PRODUCER / CREATOR
Alan Kliffer is originally from Winnipeg, but moved to Toronto after high school and graduated from both The Randolph Academy and The Second City Conservatory. Alan began assistant teaching improv, producing, directing and writing comedy at the young age of 16 and hasn't stopped since. He started his own production company, Kliffer Entertainment, and is committed to producing professional improvisational theatre. Alan is also an actor and an MC for dance competitions across Canada. Credits include Hilda's Yard (Drayton Entertainment), First Wives Club Pre Broadway Workshop (Marquis Productions), and many more. Kliffer Entertainment is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee.
KATHERINE RAWLINSON — EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Katherine Rawlinson’s company (Rebel Developments Inc.) produces theatre shows and invests in emerging and established artists. Katherine graduated from Harvard in 2008 with a degree in Social Anthropology. She studied performing arts at Stella Adler (NYC) and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the British American Drama Academy (London, UK). Katherine’s creative space enables multi-disciplinary creative collaboration. She is a Tiffany Circle Member (Canadian Red Cross), Emerging Leader for the Toronto Arts Foundation and Director on the Next Gen Board for the Institute for Private Investors (NYC, San Francisco).
LEXY COX — CHOREOGRAPHY & MOVEMENT SPECIALIST
Lexy is a diverse performer, choreographer and instructor specializing in a variety of dance styles. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA program, majoring in Theatre Performance and Dance. Her additional dance certifications include, the Canadian Dance Teachers' Association (acrobatic and modern divisions), the Performing Arts Educators of Canada (acrobatic and jazz divisions), and the Acrobatic Arts Canada (full syllabus). Lexy is also a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.
KEVIN MATVIW — LEAD STAGE MANAGER
Kevin has been performing improv and sketch comedy in Toronto, Canada for the past eight years. Credits include: Are We There Yet? 2, Vampire Campfire and My Homeroom Teacher is a Vampire with The Second City Educational Company and S#@t My Mayor Says, Best. Monday. Ever. and The Dysfunctional Holiday Revue for The Second City National Touring Company, where he was described as “Saturday Night Live Worthy” by the Globe and Mail. Kevin’s work has also been featured in Canada’s National Post, the Canadian Comedy Award winning sketch show Sunday Night Live and cracked.com
BRANDON KLEIMAN — SET DESIGNER
Select set and costume design credits: The Immigrant (Harold Green Jewish Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre North West); BlindDate (Tarragon Theatre and World Stage, Dora-nominated: Outstanding Production); We The Family (World Premiere by George F. Walker); Real Estate, Mourning Dove, In Piazza San Dominico (Sudbury Theatre Centre); 39 Steps, The Affections of May (Harbourfront Theatre PEI); Venus in Fur (Theatre Kingston); War of the Roses (Theatre Aquarius); Aromas (Andrew Faiz); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Easy Street Productions); Napoleon: The Musical, No Way to Treat A Lady (Talk Is Free Theatre). Brandon has eight seasons with Hart House Theatre on the U of T campus, and was guest artist with The Randolph Academy, Sheridan Musical Theatre School, and George Brown College. Brandon spent five seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada as a design assistant and has also assisted on designs in New York, Los Angeles and across Canada.
JOSH HOODLESS — LIGHTING DESIGNER
JASON CABANAW — SOUND DESIGNER
Jason is a producer, musician, and sound designer/engineer. He has done the sound design and mixing for musicals such as Seussical, Hair, and Full House the Musical, among many others, as well as playing in the pit band from time to time. He continues to produce multiple albums for musicians in a variety of genres and is currently co-producing and playing guitar on the Original Cast Recording of Full House the Musical.
ANDREA MILLER — WARDROBE / ASM
Andrea Miller is a freelance audio producer, stage manager, and sometimes writer. She plied her trades throughout the UK for five years including production on three Edinburgh Fringe runs, a variety of podcasts and audiobooks, and a documentary for BBC Radio 4. She did not meet the Queen. Since moving back to Toronto, she works as stage manager, online producer and general swiss army knife for The Social Capital Theatre, as well as working as a freelance audio producer for AMI Audio, Hogarth Worldwide, and anyone else that will have her.
LAURIE MURPHY — PUBLIC RELATIONS
is a producer and an award-winning public relations practitioner specializing in strategic integrated marketing and communications and project management. She works in Toronto with artists, cultural organizations and entrepreneurs. While at Factory Theatre, her work was recognized with a Best PR Award for Small Theatre Company in Canada. In Ottawa, Murphy was the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Director of Marketing & Communications. She also provided administration/research support at the Inuit Art Foundation (Ottawa), and writing and PR support to The Rooms Art Gallery (St. John’s). She has served as an executive board member on provincial and national boards, such as the Canadian Public Relations Society (President Elect, Ottawa/Gatineau and Past President, Prince Edward Island CPRS Chapters), PEI Council of the Arts, TheatrePEI, and PEI Writers’ Guild. Her work in the training, performance and production of improv garnered Murphy three PEI Theatre Festival Awards (best direction, ensemble and musical inventiveness).