Tim Kachurov – Actor, Director & Drama Coach
Tim graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (R.A.D.A) in London, England and the Academy of Theatre Arts in Toronto under Anthony Turjanski. Tim’s acting career includes many live performances with such Theatre companies as the International Drama Ensemble, Canadian Stage, Lovers and Madmen, and Horizontal 8. Tim’s notable performance include Voltemand in Hamlet at the Canadian Stage directed by Ned Vukovic from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Cicero in Julius Caesar at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. Tim has performed in the Boof Clown Show (established by renowned artist Nikolai Terentiev) since 2007. Tim is currently the Artistic Director of the Toronto Theatre Academy, which he founded in 1990, where he trains and coaches students in the Art of Drama. He also directs TTA’s annual theatre productions, which have included The Exception and the Rule by Bertolt Brecht, The Madman and the Nun by Stanislaw Witkiewicz, and Antigone by Jean Anouilh. Tim is Chairman of the Board of Solar Stage Children’s Theatre and an active member of the Bishop White Committee at the Royal Ontario Museum where he gives public lectures and writes articles on Japanese art.
Kieth Fernandes – Acting Assistant & Professional Actor in Residence
“I started training as an actor with Studio Theatre Arts in 1981. My brother Michael is an actor, and he inspired me in the arts. When I looked at the door-knob before I put my hand on it, [before] I entered, I said ‘let me give this a shot’. I trained with Ann Page, very good with vocal training…of course, she was from England. My brother worked with Tim Kachurov at Consumer Glass, I think was the name. Talk to Tim on that. I just moved to Toronto and was looking for a workshop to train…and Patrick told me about someone who was taking lessons and Tim gave him the contact to Tony, and Pat gave it to me, and the rest is…”
Keith Fernandes has been involved in theatre workshops and productions for over 30 years, ranging from classical to contemporary. He started learning at the Studio Theatre workshop in Montreal under the artistic direction of Ann Page, and is a graduate of The Academy of Theatre Arts under Polish director and teacher Anthony Turjanski. He has performed in numerous Tennessee Williams works, including Glass Menagerie as Tom, Orpheus Descending as Val Xavier, and Camino Real as Casanova. Keith has also toured in Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with the play The Case Of The Wandering Corpse, as well as performed in The Queen and the Rebels at the Canadian Stage, both directed by Ned Vukovic. He has also acted in a few projects directed by Igor Rados: Apollo of Belack, Physicists, and a short film, Tax for Homeless. Keith does not pursue acting as a professional career anymore, but he continues to grow as an actor. He returns to the Toronto Theatre Academy to maintain his technique, and to help current students.