WAYNE AND SHUSTER
DIRECTED BY PAUL BATES
May 25 - 27, 2023 - Limited Run, 4 Performances
Hart House Theatre - Toronto, ON
Canadian comedy legends WAYNE AND SHUSTER are being brought back to the stage in a new collection of their classic skits. Bygone Theatre is honoured to have the chance to work with the duo’s descendants – Brian and Michael Wayne and Rosie Shuster – to bring these much-loved sketches back for a new generation of comedy lovers.
Original Scripts by Johnny Wayne & Frank Shuster
Directed by Paul Bates
Artistic Producer - Emily Dix
*The participation of these Artists is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance-Opera-Theatre Policy (DOT).
Matt has received a Canadian Comedy Award in the category of Best Male Improvisor and is currently hitting the stages as a stand-up comic and tours to improv festivals around the world.
Aurora has been nominated for many Canadian Comedy Awards for her work in Toronto’s red hot live sketch and improv scene, and in 2008 won the CCA for Best Female Improviser. She was a nominee for the 2000 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her son thinks she is hilarious.
Oliver’s improv and solo sketch comedy has delighted audiences in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Toronto. He is an alumnus of Second City Toronto House Co, and can be found on all podcast streaming sites in Caverns & Comedians, which won Best Gaming Podcast in the 2018 Canadian Podcast Awards.
Darryl has also worked as a writer for This House Has 22 Minutes and CityTV’s Sunnyside.
On television Paul played Jeff on Dan For Mayor (CTV), and has also appeared in Workin’ Moms (CBC), Kim’s Convenience (CBC), Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC), Ransom (CBS), The Stanley Dynamic (YTV), The Ron James Show (CBC), Odd Squad (PBS), Against The Wall (Lifetime), and Puppets Who Kill (CTV). Film credits include The Comey Rule (Showtime), The Tuxedo, Welcome to Mooseport, and Camille. Voice credits include Max & Ruby, Elinor Wonders Why and Monster Pack.
As a writer Paul has worked for The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos (CBC), Gaming Show (In My Parents’ Garage) (YTV), InSecurity (CBC) and The Second City Project (Global), and has written specials for William Shatner, Martin Short and others. Paul has won numerous Canadian Comedy Awards, NOW Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Male Improviser, and the Canadian Podcast Award for Best Host for his podcast The Dubious Book of Famous Deeds.
Paul has directed numerous award-winning live comedy productions including Clickbait & Switch (Second City), Carson & Taylor Promise to do a Bunch of Flips, and 32 Short Sketches about Bees.
Her performance training has been built on the foundations of acting, Verbatim Theatre, spoken word, and physical work based on teachings from École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.
She has assistant directed a high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which won a festival award for best ensemble. Britt has achieved other performance awards from Improv and Drama.
Besides performing, Britt has found passion and drive in the administrative side of theatre and music. She has previously served as an artistic director and programmer for past school productions. She is currently working with Bygone Theatre to obtain a deeper understanding of how to become a producer.
Faculty Production), and Portia in the Merchant of Venice (Assumption College Shakesfest),
and with recent production credits including: Stage Manager for The Last Time I Saw You (UTSC Drama Society/DramaFest 2023), Lighting Operator for Earth is Flat (UTSC Drama Society), and Assistant Stage Manager for The Roaring Dougies (UofT Drama Coalition). She is
thrilled to be working on her first professional show, in such a hilarious comedy at that, and hopes you leave the theatre laughing!