The Judges

Sunday, February 21st, 2016 (Subject to change)

Charles RoyCharles Roy – Artistic Director, Co-Founder of The Classical Theatre Project

Charles is a director, writer, and producer who co-founded and is the Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre Project – Canada’s fastest growing producer of classical theatre. Through CTP, Charles’ productions have garnered Dora nominations, six North American 40-city tours and a total audience of well over a million people.

One of Canada’s leading young theatre artists, Charles has also established a freelance career, directing and producing over 100 productions for such companies as Pleiades Theatre, Mirvish Productions, the World Stage Festival and many others. In 2015, he signed a two-picture deal with Netflix, optioned a screenplay with Warner Brothers, and signed a multi-film deal with Stephan Shelansky and Unreal Media (creator of TV’s Spartacus, etc.).

Jeff Seymour Jeff Seymour – Teacher

Jeff Seymour has been an acting coach for 34 years. He began his career in the entertainment industry in 1979 in Los Angeles, California and began teaching in 1980. Early on, while working in television as an actor, he designed and built The Gnu Theater which went on to become one of LA’s most awarded and respected theaters. Jeff directed and produced all the shows there. He spent 11 years in Canada working in the film and television industry and starred in three different T.V. series, including Jeff Ltd, which he co-created and cowrote. Jeff was one of the directors and executive producers. He has won the Canadian Emmy and has been nominated a total of four times. He has traveled the country as well as in Canada and Australia teaching his highly successful Acting and the Business seminars.

NHFNicole Hilliard-Forde – Casting Director

Nicole Hilliard-Forde is an independent casting director and producer for film and TV. As a media professional supported by a career spanning 15 years in casting, Nicole manages all aspects of content development, production, stakeholder management and film financing for Motel Pictures Inc. across of slate of projects. Nicole is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, the Casting Society of America and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab.