Alexandra’s love of theatre and performance was what initially lead her to pursue an Honours BA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa. After achieving this degree she moved to New York City and attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, an acting conservatory where she broadened her onstage training. Alexandra then returned to Canada where she achieved a Masters in Performance studies from the University of Toronto. This variety of scholastic training has allowed her to study the art of performance for years both practically and academically, giving her a perspective of what theatre and performance can accomplish, both onstage and off
Alexandra then spent the next few years broadening her performance opportunities, some of her favourite were; performing as Beowulf in Beowulf, an acrobatic stilt adaptation of the classic tale which was performed at Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa. Another was performing in East of the Sun and West of the Moon for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as in Water Spirit for the Luminato Festival in Toronto. She also enjoyed the opportunity to direct, teach and create theatre curriculums for companies all across Southern Ontario.
In 2011 Alexandra took the leap and started her own company – To Be Determined Theatre Company! Alexandra grew up in a small rural farming town and in her experience ‘community’ means that everyone’s input and hard work are essential to create the best possible process and result. This is the philosophy that demanded she create the To Be Determined Theatre Company as she wanted to ensure that theatre is a community effort, everyone in the company has a place, a voice, a role and reward from their hard work. These efforts should be celebrated all the way through the process, rather than just on opening night.
Although she spends a lot of time on the road, Alexandra still makes time for her home town of Guelph. She has had the opportunity to adjudicate the Upper Grand District School Board Sears Festival, twice, and to continue working in the community as a director, play polisher and workshop leader for local companies. Alexandra was honoured to be selected as 1 of Guelph’s 40 young leaders under 40. She has worked very hard to follow her passion for theatre and youth and to never stop striving to learn more. Alexandra loves that there is always more to do, more to try and more to challenge her in this field!
Performer – The Berenstain Bears On Stage
Alex Aoki is delighted to be working on To Be Determined Theatre Co.’s production of The Berenstain Bears On Stage as Brother Bear! This is Alex’s second season touring Canada with TBD Theatre Co. You probably recognize him from his hilarious role last season as Prince Ronald in ‘The Paper Bag Princess: A Musical’.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Edmonton, Alex fell in love with theatre and performance at an early age. He had the opportunity to develop this passion in school through his involvement in the drama, dance and choral music programs, plays, musicals, improv, and so on. He has since gone on to perform in multiple musicals at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and moved to Toronto to pursue his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the Ryerson School of Performance. Most recently, Alex can be seen in the production Crossing Borders, a story of immigration, internment, and identity, which was developed in London (UK), will debut in Los Angeles and premiere in Canada at the Parados festival in June 2018.
Performer – The Berenstain Bears On Stage
Coral is thrilled to be performing as Sister Bear in ‘The Berenstain Bears On Stage’ with To Be Determined Theatre Co. this season. She first was introduced to theatre by regularly attending children’s theatres in her hometown of Toronto. She truly feels that this has brought her performing journey full circle.
Coral is a proud graduated of the Musical Theatre program at St Clair College where she performed some of her favourite credits: Rocky Horror, Heathers the Musical and Peter and the Starcatcher. She would like to thank her family and friends for the love, support and constant encouragement to follow her dreams.
Stacey is so excited to join the To Be Determined Theatre Co. team! She first fell in love with theatre in high school while performing in and doing behind the scenes work for her school’s various productions. Further advancing her love of theatre through education, Stacey graduated from the University of Guelph in 2018 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Mathematics and Theatre Studies. Stacey has always been an avid believer in the importance of the Arts in education, which is why she pursued an education that focused on the connections between the Arts and the Sciences. She is thrilled to be working with a theatre company that brings wonderful and educational theatre to youth audiences, and is thankful to be involved with theatre in a way that suits her interdisciplinary skills.
Performer – The Berenstain Bears On Stage!
Aimee is making her To Be Determined Theatre Co. debut as Mama Bear in their production of The Berenstain Bears On Stage. She is an actor/singer/mover/stage manager from Montreal. She is a recent graduate of the Professional Theatre: Acting program at John Abbott College in Montreal, and the Triple Threat program at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She has since made Toronto her home and is excited to be building a career in the arts.
Recent roles include Claire in Il Testosteroni (New Ideas Festival); Gerda in The Snow Queen/La Reine Des Neige (Little Red Theatre). She also worked as Backstage Coordinator for the 2019 Paprika Festival and as Production Assistant on the 2018 Production of The Wedding Party (Crow’s Theatre).
Thank you to my parents for introducing me to the Berenstain Bears many years ago. I am looking forward to bringing these lovable bears to life for children of all ages.
Head Tour Manager – The Berenstain Bears On Stage
Jemma is extremely excited to be a part of To Be Determined Theatre Co. again this year, this is her third season tour Canada with TBD! Jemma livened stages across 4 provinces in her first season with TBD Theatre as ‘Jillian Jiggs’ in ‘Jillian Jiggs’ and as numerous characters in ‘Tree Boy’ with TBD Theatre Co. Then last year she made her debut behind the scenes as the Tour Manager for ‘The Paper Bag Princess: A Musical’.
Originally from Alberta Jemma grew up in Calgary and spent most of her free childhood hours rehearsing, and performing with Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Her first major role was when she was six, and performed as Little Red Riding Hood in “Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Pigs”: a show written by children, for children.
When she grew too old to be a part of the children’s theatre she asked CYPT to start a new program for young adults to learn and grow as directors, taking on an entire show as an assistant director over the course of several weeks (The Tempest).
Jemma, soon after, followed her passion to Edmonton to continue her education in performance at the University of Alberta. She expanded her knowledge in performer created and devised theatre and focused on character creation
Jemma graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts, Majoring in Drama and with a Minor in Film Studies. Her graduation brought on more exciting work, including a spot in dance company, Toy Guns Dance Theatre, as an actor. She trained in dance and movement both in choreography and technique as well as performing in their well acclaimed shows: Bright Lights, Cold Water and Propylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Retinol Palmitate and other Words I don’t Understand Like Love. After closing a sold out show at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival Jemma moved back to Calgary where she played the lead in Morpheus Theatre’s annual pantomime and musical, Young Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Dick Whittington’s Cat. Jemma then moved from the prairies for good and settled in Toronto. She is incredibly thankful for the opportunities she has been given here, including being a part of new theatre productions and companies (Wolf Manor Theatre Collective, Theatre Stendhal, 7 Keys Productions, and more); performing in the Toronto Fringe Festival with What She Said Theatre; and continuing to sing, dance and act as popular children’s characters at festivals and large events. She is incredibly excited to be working in children’s theatre, having started her passion for performance at such a young age, and cannot wait to continue to spread the fun and imagination with TBD Theatre Co, this year as the Tour Manager!