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Mimi  Mekler

Faculty, Bachelor of Music Theatre

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. Mimi holds her B.A. and M.F.A. in Theatre from York University.

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 favorites 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 the Canadian Stage’s outdoor Dream in High Park. 

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 also co-founded the Charlottetown Festival’s theatre camp.