My talented and dear old friend and powerhouse comedian Dana Alexander has a great podcast called Comedians of the World. I was honoured to be on an episode. Here it is on Soundcloud. It’s also on iTunes and on Stitcher.
Toronto Fringe Festival organizers looked around a few years ago at the people who were appearing on its stages and realized they had one thing in common.
Most of them were white.
But if the winning applicants were all chosen by random lottery, how could there be any question of exclusionary practices? They don’t pick people by name or skin colour but by number. Read more
Lwam Ghebretariat is a graduate of Canada’s most reputable theatre school, and yet he has never pursued a career in acting. He has persued a very different career, which he says has a unique connection to theatre.
“Ghebrehariat, who delivers an outstanding performance as Abdelhaleem, notes that the character’s slippery contradictions presented one of the greatest challenges in portraying him: “This process [of understanding the character I was playing] involved challenging my own misconceptions of who I thought the character was. Initially I thought Shareef should be more serious and sombre; however, as the rehearsals progressed, I discovered that he could be humorous and charming at times, which challenged my own misconceptions, and which I think challenged the audience’s preconceptions as well.” [Read more]
My guest of the month is Lwam Ghebrehariat, who graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, but also works as an actor. His parents left Eritrea in the late 1970s as young adults and lived in Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Italy before settling in Edmonton, Canada, where Lwam was born in1982.
In school, Lwam enjoyed academics, sports and drama, and he graduated in 2000 from a public high school in Edmonton that specialized in arts—Victoria High School. Then he moved to Montreal where he studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, graduating in 2003. After working as an actor in Toronto, Lwam returned to Edmonton where he received a BA (Honours) in philosophy and French from the University of Alberta in 2007.
But Lwam wanted to learn more. So he moved back to Toronto and graduated in 2011 from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. During law school, he worked at Downtown Legal Services and the African Canadian Legal Clinic in criminal, academic, and human rights law. Lwam competed in moot competitions, becoming the second place oralist in the Cassels Brock moot in his first year. According to Lwam the exceptional coaching that he and his team members received helped the team win first place in the national 2011 Wilson Moot. Lwam was also elected to present the valedictorian speech for the 2011 law graduates. He is now articling at a law firm in Toronto. Articling is a ten-month period of supervised work in a legal setting that all those who wish to become lawyers in Ontario and other Canadian provinces must go through. Lwam will become a full-fledged lawyer in 2012. [read more]