Moving Forward

May 31, 2021 - May 31, 2021 | Online

7 p.m. on the Segal Centre's Facebook or Youtube page 

As artistic practices evolve to encourage representation and space for creativity to thrive, are educational institutions also evolving to meet the needs of this fast-paced industry? In a business where techniques are constantly evolving, why do acting institutions continue to hold on to outdated theatrical traditions?

Over the past few years, we have discovered more the harsh reality of what many theatre students have experienced behind closed doors. The Segal Centre presents a panel discussion bringing together students from five Anglophone Quebec theatre institutions to reflect on what works, what needs to change and how to move forward.

Kayleigh Choiniere (Moderator)
Kayleigh Choiniere is a multi-disciplinary artist, activist, and graduate of The Dawson College Professional Theatre Program. As an actor, she has been working consistently on stage and in film, television, and voice for over a decade. Kayleigh thrives wearing multiple hats and has designed costumes for stage and film for as long as she has been acting. She also styles for individuals, bands, events, and photoshoots.

A devoted activist, Kayleigh produces an ongoing theatrical charity event series called "Live Drunk Reads!" benefiting organizations that support Women and the LGBTQ2s+ community. She is also a member of the ACTRA Women's Committee, LGBTQS2+ Committee, and Quebec Drama Federation Advocacy Committee. When not ferociously working to dismantle the patriarchy, she enjoys baking for intolerances, dancing, REALITY TV, organizing theme parties, and loving up on her friends. Kayleigh loves her work fiercely but hopes to not take it, and life, too seriously.

Mara Lazaris (Moderator)
Mara Lazaris graduated from the Dawson College Professional Theatre Program in 2012. Since then, she has worked in theatre, voice and television. Memorable acting experiences include 1991 (Go Films), LARPS: The Series (Beanduck, The Fantasy Network) and Sleepover (Takis Films). She is now attending Concordia University in Creative Writing to further explore another side of the industry. She loves writing about womanhood, the challenges of growing up, the complexity of love and grief, and much more. She is inspired by her talented friends and would one day like to write roles for them that match their brilliant personalities.

Camila Fitzgibbon (John Abbott) 
Camila Fitzgibbon is a Brazilian artist, arts journalist, and cultural worker based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. Since graduating from John Abbott College’s professional acting program in 2019 as the recipient of the department's Pamela Montgomery Award and Carla Napier Award, she’s worked in the theatre, film, TV and video game industries as a performer, director, and producer. Currently Apprentice Artistic Director at Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, upcoming projects include curating the company’s Graduate Showcase at the Segal Centre and ASM’ing the world premiere of Shorelines in June. When not working on a production, Camila provides dedicated media coverage on the local theatre scene as the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Montreal Theatre Hub, the host of QDF’s Community Spotlight interview series, and an on-air Arts & Culture Contributor to Global TV News. Website:

Gabe Maharjan (Dawson)
Gabe (they/them) is a local performance creator and an alumnus of the Dome, BTW's AMP and YouthWorks programs, and PWM's Young Creators Unit. They have performed with companies across the country like Buddies in Bad Times, Geordie, Centaur, the National Theatre School, Imago, Young People’s Theatre, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, among others. A couple of performance credits include Sermo Scomber’s award winning bouffon clown show Don’t Read the Comments and Cabal’s fully immersive La Somnambule (META nominated for Lead Performance) They do voice work for Ubisoft and Netflix. Their play, Eva in Rio, was shortlisted for the PGC Emerging Playwright Award. They recently participated in the PWM/CEAD Translation Mentorship, as well as the 2020 Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit where they co-created E-TRANSFERS. They’re currently serving on QDF’s Board of Directors, they’re an artist-in-residence at Imago, and they’re developing a commissioned adaptation for Geordie Theatre.

Rebecca Gibian (NTS) 
Rebecca Gibian is a bilingual actor, playwright and director. Above all, she sees theatre as a collaborative process, and believes in taking part in telling worthwhile stories in any way she can. She has worked with Repercussion Theatre, Talisman Theatre, Centaur Theatre, and the Shaw Festival among others, and received a META nomination in 2020 for her supporting role in Paradise Lost (Centaur) and a 2019 win for Outstanding Ensemble for Clean Slate (Talisman.) She was Studio 180's 2020 Emerging Director, and has received support from various institutions (Nightwood, Studio 180, Factory) for her playwriting projects. In the film and TV world, she was most recently the lead in the Quebecois Indie Lorsque Le Coeur Dérange, and has appeared in series such as Blue Moon and Demain Des Hommes. She is a Scorpio rising--sorry.

Dakota J Wellman (Bishops) 
Dakota Jamal Wellman is a performer and creator currently based in Montreal. He graduated from Bishop’s University (B.A. Drama, 2015) and relocated to Montreal in September of that same year to participate in Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. He has performed with such companies as Geordie Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, and Tableau D’Hôte Theatre. In 2017, Dakota was awarded the META for Outstanding Emerging Artist (Performance), and in 2018 he, along with Geordie Theatre/YPT, was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. For his work on Simone Half and Half (Black Theatre Workshop), Dakota was awarded the 2020 META for Outstanding Supporting Performance.

Meagan Shroeder (Concordia) 
Meagan Schroeder is a Montreal based performer, creator and educator. She holds her BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University. Her work and teaching style is often based in physical and image based theatre techniques (Viewpoints, Suzuki, Clown, Laban) in order to curate storytelling that can transcend language and engage directly with our senses. More recently in her career Meagan has been working diligently to better understand how the BodyMind is affected during performance and working to gain the tools to advocate and create with playful freedom some of  the most intimate moments of performance. Meagan now has her certificate in Embodied Counselling from The Institute of Somatic Sexology and 60+ hours of training as an Intimacy Choreographer. As she continues on her pathway to certification she is looking forward to queering narratives about intimacy and how the industry approaches the BodyMind.