Since our founding in 2007, we have used this company as a vehicle to create work that is truly independent, original and from the heart.
Michael Orlando is a Toronto-based actor, director, writer, producer and dramaturge. He has worked extensively with both Canadian and International theatre and performance companies including: Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre, Crate Productions, Convergence Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Unit 102 Theatre, 32 Teeth, VideoFag and Pandemic Theatre (with which he is a frequent collaborator).
Michael’s work has been included in the Toronto International Fringe Festival, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Summerworks Theatre Festival, and the In the Soil Festival. As Artistic Director of Theatre Lab he has created: Dead End, First Sight, Naked Ladies: a play, Centre of the Universe, You Can Sleep When You’re Dead, To The Last Cry, The Other Houdini, Smother, Halcyon Youth, Warriors, Elegy and The Son of The Man.
Michael is a core member of The Wrecking Ball and is a graduate of the Humber Theatre conservatory program, where he has since become an occasional guest instructor.
Sigrid Velis is an actor, producer and arts administrator. She has appeared in various independent productions in Toronto and in her hometown of London, Ontario, and has toured across the United States with Kid’s Entertainment/King Cole Theatrical’s production of Stellaluna.
For the past few years, Sigrid has been focusing on the administrative side of theatre. As Alameda Theatre Company’s Associate Producer and Administrator, Sigrid produced the 2011 SummerWorks production of The Intruder, Carmen Aguirre’s one woman show Chile Con Carne and three De Colores Festivals of New Works, and was the Associate Producer for Body Theatre’s Salome’s Clothes.
For Theatre Lab, Sigrid has produced You Can Sleep When You’re Dead, Centre of the Universe, First Sight and Dead End. Sigrid is a graduate of the Humber Theatre conservatory program and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.
Jonny Sun is an emerging Canadian playwright whose works have been performed at the Yale School of Drama, the Hart House Theatre in Toronto, and as part of Theatre Lab's FIRST SIGHT Performance Series. He is an advocate for interdisciplinary creative practice and works across the fields of theatre, music, visual and installation art, design research, architecture, engineering, new media, and comedy. He is currently a PhD candidate at MIT, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a recipient of the MIT De Florez Fund for Humor.
His Twitter account @jonnysun, an ongoing character and comedy project, has over 310,000 followers to date and has been published in NPR, The Washington Post, The Independent, Vice, The Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed, Playboy, Cosmo, The Yale Herald, and was nominated for the 2015 Shorty Award for Comedian of the Year.
He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto.