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Mimi  Mekler

Faculty, Bachelor of Music Theatre

Program Area: Visual and Performing Arts

Email: mimi.mekler@sheridancollege.ca

Contact Info: Ext. 2727

Mimi Mekler has been teaching at Sheridan for more than twenty years, working with the Music Theatre Department, Theatre and Drama Studies (joint program with University of Toronto), and Animation (Classical and Digital Character).  Her specialties include: Mask, Clown, Shakespeare, History, Script Analysis, Acting Styles, and Acting for Animators.

Her theatre experience is broad and varied. She is probably best known as Maggie in the long-running children’s TV series Crazy Quilt.  Other acting highlights include playing a crazed nun in Bella Donna, portraying both Portia and Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, touring children’s shows and interactive plays, dubbing films in Prague, creating segments of R. Murray Schafer’s opera-in-the wilderness And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, and co-creating a clown-dance piece.

Her directing has been praised for its “dramatic edge” (NOW Magazine) and was given a Thea Award for “Unique Creativity, Imagination, Inventiveness and Originality” for her production of As You Like It.  Most recently, she directed the one-woman musical Sweetheart – The Mary Pickford Story at Spadina House Historic Home and Gardens,  and later at the Highlands Summer Festival.  Other favourites include the water-soaked Metamorphoses (Mary Zimmerman) and a puppet-filled Midsummer Night’s Dream for Theatre Sheridan.    For Theatre Erindale, she has directed numerous productions, including David Copperfield (awarded Best Play 2007, Ontario Arts Review; the gender-swapped Taming of the Shrew, and the original creations: A Harvest Yet to Reap, and  Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes.  She was also Mask and Text Consultant for The Tempest at Canadian Stage’s outdoor Dream in High Park.

She has been dramaturge for over 60 productions, specializing in developing new plays and revitalizing classics.

Mimi has been active in fostering interest in theatre throughout community groups.  She has adjudicated in Manitoba, the United States, and throughout Ontario. She is an active member of Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank and teaches a range of workshops.
She has worked extensively with young people, teaching programs through Artists in Education under the aegis of the Ontario Arts Council.  Her specialty is guiding students in developing and performing original plays.  She has worked with the Canadian Opera Company, writing and staging new versions of classical operas with children (including Rheingold, Elixir of Love, and Turandot).  She co-founded the Charlottetown Festival’s theatre camp.
Mimi holds her B.A. and M.F.A. in Theatre from York University.
 
KEY TO MEMBERSHIPS: Canadian Actors’ Equity Association; Theatre Ontario (including Talent Bank)
Acting:

Crazy Quilt  (Maggie)  Treehouse TV
Bella Donna (Sister Bibiena) David Copelin
Julius Caesar (playing both Portia and Calpurnia) William Shakespeare

Adapting and Dubbing films for Barrandov Studios, Czechoslovakia


Directing:
Sweetheart – The Mary Pickford Story  (Burry)  Spadina House Historic Home and Gardens; and Highlands Summer Festival
Three Sons of Fortune (original)                     Puppetmongers (workshop)
Perfect on Paper (Johnson)                            Toronto Fringe Festival
Gowgama Tavern (Riordan)                            Factory Studio
A Dangerous Act (Saxer)                                Theatre Imago, Los Angeles
On Golden Pond (Thompson)                         Highlands Summer Festival
Nip and Tuck (Feydeau: my translation)         Belleville Theatre Guild

For Theatre Sheridan:
Metamorphoses, Two Noble Kinsmen, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

For Theatre Erindale:
Pericles, All’s Well That Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew, The Winter’s Tale, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Story Theatre, Scams of Scapin, Les Belles Soeurs, The Constant Players/The Dispute; David Copperfield (*awarded Best Play 2007, Ontario Arts Review) ; and the original creations: A Harvest Yet to Reap, Brass Buttons and Silver Horseshoes

Other: Associate Directing: And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, and Princess of the Stars R. Murray Schafer’s operas-in-the wilderness, Haliburton Forest

Mask and Text Consultant: The Tempest, Canadian Stage’s Dream in High Park.

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