LARRY BECKWITH, Artistic Director
Larry Beckwith has been called a “musical polymath” for his wide-ranging professional experience and interests. He holds undergraduate and graduate music degrees from the University of Toronto, and has been a radio producer, sound designer, singer, baroque violinist, journalist, university sessional instructor, teacher and festival programmer. As a professional singer, he has appeared regularly with the Elora Festival Singers, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Opera Atelier. As an accomplished baroque violinist, he studied with Jeanne Lamon and was a founding member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble. As a teacher, he runs the celebrated strings program at the arts-intensive Unionville High School. He has also conducted two mainstage productions for Toronto Operetta Theatre – John Beckwith’s Taptoo! and La Vie Parisienne by Jacques Offenbach. As the Artistic Director of Toronto Masque Theatre, Larry Beckwith puts into play his intense interest in presenting multi-discplinary, eclectic programs featuring music, dance, theatre and other performing arts disciplines in innovative, open and entertaining ways. Always of the highest calibre, brimming with a palpable combination of intellect and joy and wide-ranging in their historical scope, TMT productions are a reflection of Beckwith’s innovative and unpretentious approach to performance.
DEREK BOYES, Artistic Associate
As an associate artist with Toronto Masque Theatre, Derek Boyes has performed in Masques for a Reaney Day; directed and performed in Masques of War, Dioclesian, Fairy Queen, A Molière Celebration and Venus and Adonis; and directed King Arthur, the Dora-Award-winning The Lesson of Da Ji, the double bill of Aeneas and Dido and Dido and Aeneas, Brief Lives and The Indian Queen. Derek is an associate artist of Soulpepper Theatre and is currently in his 12th season, appearing in Twelve Angry Men and The Crucible. Past seasons include roles in The Odd Couple, As You Like it, Our Town, The Government Inspector, Olympia, The Wild Duck, Nathan the Wise, Hamlet, King Lear, Mary Stuart, Loot, Awake and Sing, The Time of Your Life, Doc, The Fantastics, You Can’t Take it with You, The Norman Conquests, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Exit the King. He received the Soulpepper Artistic Director's Award in 2009. Derek has performed with many North American theatre companies and orchestras, including The Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and recently in Soliciting Temptation at the Tarragon Theatre, as well as in many TV, film and radio projects, and was featured on two Juno award-winning albums for the Children’s Group.E
MARIE-NATHALIE LACOURSIÈRE, Artistic Associate
A recipient of grants from the Canada and Quebec Arts Council, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière has a multidisciplinary background in music, acting (specialising in commedia dell’arte) and dancing. She is an associate partner with Toronto Masque Theatre and with Le Nouvel Opéra (Montreal), and she is the artistic director of Les Jardins chorégraphiques in Montreal. For over 20 years she directed, choreographed or danced with many groups in Canada, the United States and Europe. She was invited to many festivals: the Festival of ideas (Edmonton), Orford Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, (Lully’s Psyché), the Vancouver Early Music Festival, the New Zealand Chamber Music Festival, the Festival de Lanvellec in France, the Festival Musicale Estense in Modena (Italy), and at The International Baroque Festival in Lamèque. For the past six years she has directed and choreographed the finale of the Festival Montréal Baroque. She has choreographed all of Purcell stage works for the Toronto Masque Theatre, and has created Mozart a Milano (2006) and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (2009) which were both nominated for the Opus Prize best performance of the year. She has also gained a reputation as a stage director for many opera productions: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann for Youth and Music Canada; Bizet’s Carmen for the Opera-Theatre in Rimouski; Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland; Rossini et ses muses, le Grand Dîner, Visibilia (Monteverdi), and La Belle Danse for L’opéra de Montréal; and Rameau’s Pygmalion for Le Nouvel Opéra and the Vancouver Early Music Festival. At the University of Montreal opera division she has directed Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Strauss’ Zigeunerbaron and Fledermaus, Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and Campra’s Les fêtes vévitiennes and L’Europe Galante. For McGill University she has directed Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ullisse in Patria and Lully-Molière’s Les jeux de l’Amour, and choreographed Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes. Ms Lacoursière is a Professor of gesture and baroque dance at the University of Montreal, and also taught at Université du Québec à Montréal, Stanford University in California, Indiana University, the University of Alberta and the University of Sackville in New Brunswick. She created Lully’s Le Ballet de l’Impatience which premiered at the Festival Montréal Baroque in June 2011.
VIVIAN MOENS, Managing Director
Vivian Moens joined Toronto Masque Theatre as its Managing Director in 2011. She brings to the organization a wealth of administrative experience from her 22 years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Business Affairs department and its Archives Website. Vivian has been an active member of Toronto’s arts community, both as a performer (currently singing soprano with Exultate Chamber Singers), and as a board member for a range of arts organizations. An Honours graduate of McMaster University’s Master’s program in English, Vivian is the mother of three and a home-grown Torontonian. She is proud to manage and help strengthen Toronto Masque Theatre, whose performances touched her as an audience member long before she imagined being part of this extraordinarily talented, lively and warm team.
ANDREW TEMPLETON, Marketing and Publicity
Andrew Templeton brings twelve years of experience to his position as Toronto Masque Theatre’s Marketing and Publicity Co-ordinator. He creates and delivers marketing and publicity strategies for clients in the performing arts. These strategies cover everything from the mainstream media to social media campaigns to direct marketing to specific communities. At core, they are designed to find the right audience and build a sustaining relationship with them. Past clients include: Rumble; The Chop; NOW Orchestra; Theatre Terrific; Mascall Dance; Uzume Taiko; Les Productions Figlio; Compaigni V’ni Dansi. He has also worked in film with social action productions such as ScaredSacred (2005) and Future of Food (2005). He is excited to help Toronto Masque Theatre reach out to new and diverse audiences.
Toronto Masque Theatre's Board of Directors
Sharon Adamson, Treasurer
Heather Baleka-Smith, Member
Larry Beckwith, Artistic Director
Jenny Crober, Member
John Gillies, Secretary
Paul Mutch, Chair
Terry Robinson, Member