Biography

Director, Creator, Producer, Performer, Educator

Most recently, I participated in the Stratford Festival’s Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, where I assisted Antoni Cimolino on The Tempest. Other credits include assistant director on Treasure Island at the Stratford Festival and Artistic Associate with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival where I worked on Antony & Cleopatra and The Three Musketeers.

I am also one half of of the independent theatre company Thought For Food Productions, which I co-administer with Helen Juvonen. Recent projects include Dark Heart (Toronto Star Top Production of 2018), Measure for Measure, The Trial of Judith K., and The Memo. More info at www.thought4food.ca

I have also worked with companies such as the Sudbury Theatre Centre (Mourning Dove, assistant director), Acky-Made (Yarn, Life List – NOW magazine citation for Best Use of Space) as well as bringing The Cousins of Corsica to Stratford’s SpringWorks Festival. I have also co-created plays such as the puppet-based Handle With Care (Toronto Fringe 2013, NOW Magazine citation for outstanding design), the physical ensemble piece i (winner of Ottawa Fringe’s Patron’s Pick Award), and my site-specific production, Rearview (I think this is still the only Toronto Fringe show to be taken down by the police…) 

I’m currently exploring film-making and in addition to performing in the award-winning comedy series Just Passing Through, I have directed two short films: Advances and Weed Night, both written by Helen Juvonen. I also recently worked with Crux Encounter on an experimental theatre/film hybrid Why We Fight that was live-streamed all around the world!

As a performer, I was most recently on stage at the SpringWorks Festival with Andrea Scott’s new piece Controlled Damage. Other credits include Ligarius in Julius Caesar (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), puppetry for the PanAm games, Audrey Two in Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre New Brunswick), The Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Single Thread Theatre), Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (Casa Loma), and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Urban Bard).

I am also a passionate educator and love facilitating classes and workshops for learners of all ages and backgrounds. Some favourite experiences include working with Soulpepper’s Youth Academy, the World Festival of Children’s Theatre, the Ontario Art Teacher’s Association, Prologue for the Performing Arts’ tdsbCREATES program, and the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education Program. I have developed educational entertainment for the Ontario Science Centre including Second Leap, an exploration of human travel to Mars, The Gobsmacking Gutbag, an introduction to the digestive system, and Rediscovering da Vinci, an autobiographical presentation about Leonardo da Vinci. If you’re interested in a class or workshop please let me know at tyler(at)tylerjseguin.com!