Ben Page is an emerging artist and a recent graduate from Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre program, while Steve Ross is a professional actor who graduated from The National Theatre School thirty years ago and who has been playing lead roles at the Stratford Festival for the past 16 years.
Find out what inspired each of them to go into the field of acting in general, and into the musical theatre industry specifically. How were the two education paths similar and how did they differ? Was their ‘acting vs. singing’ education focus weighted differently and how did their experiences compare, given the two very different post-secondary schools that each attended? What are the primary differences in being a part of an amateur or school production vs. being in a professional production? How has Covid influenced the past year for each of these artists, and what long-term effects do they each feel that COVID will have on the musical theatre in pandemic? What is it like to have an entire year’s worth of employment taken away from you because of a pandemic? How do we pivot and find opportunities amidst these challenges? How do we use social media to our advantage?
Both artists have turned to writing in one form or another. What are the two different sides of writing a musical? What kind of funding is available for new theatrical works and how does the grant-writing process work?
Steve Ross has been a professional actor for 30 years. He’s performed at many of the regional theatres across the country and has been a company member with The Stratford Festival for 16 seasons. Selected Stratford credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, The Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird. Other regional credits include The Producers, A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, London Road (Dora Award), Assassins, Guys & Dolls, Emily, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Full Monty, The Foursome, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Two of a Kind and Every Brilliant Thing. Steve is a proud graduate of The National Theatre School.
Ben Page (they/them) is a composer/actor from Toronto and the fastest shawarma eater east of the Don Valley. A graduate of Sheridan college’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance class of 2020 and proud alumnus of Bravo Academy, their debut as a composer, Leaving Eden (Book/Lyrics by Jenny Waxman) won best musical at the New York Musical Festival. Their passion is in the creation and development of new musicals. Having been a part of numerous new works over the past few years as an actor, MD, or composer. Performance selections include: the Emcee in Cabaret (Theatre Sheridan), Spot Conlon in Newsies (Theatre Sheridan), Pump Up The Volume (CMTP), The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel (Toronto Fringe), and The Crack of Doom (Bravo NMTI) .
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Dates & Times
60 mins. No intermission.