Lynda Mason Green is the
founder and Director of CanadianActor Online. She administers and
moderates the CAO
discussion boards as ‘LMG’.
Lynda appeared on stage for the first time at the age of five
playing Peter Pan and never quite recovered. She has been has been a
professional actor from the age of 20 and in lo these many years since,
is perhaps best known for her continuing lead roles in such TV series
as 'War of the Worlds', the children's series 'Ramona' based on the
Beverly Cleary books and 'Night Heat'. She continues to perform
regularly on TV and in films, most recently in Pebblehut's movie for TV
'The Secret Path ', the TV series, 'Twice in a Lifetime' and the sci-fi
cult hit series, 'Odyssey 5'.
Lyn is a member of ACTRA, CAEA and The Canadian Academy of Cinema and
Television. She serves on ACTRA Toronto Performers council as VP
Communications and on ACTRA National Council.
Lyn has also co-authored the critically acclaimed book of Canadian
actors' anecdotes, 'Standing
Naked in the Wings' (Oxford University Press, 1997); now out
of print, but by popular demand, SNITW will be re-released through LULU
(an online book service) in the fall of 2006. Watch for more.
in the Biz discussion
board. Honoured with a Gemini nomination as BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Theresa Tova
was a regular for 5 seasons on the award-winning CTV series, ENG. Since
then she has gone on to write, produce and star in the theatrical
musical STILL THE NIGHT which won four Dora awards and a nomination for
the prestigious 1999 Governor General's Award for excellence in
Literature. Recently, Theresa starred as EMMA GOLDMAN in the National
American tour of the Broadway Musical RAGTIME and in the 2000 Stratford
Festival season she appeared as Yente in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. A popular
musical guest on CBC radio's THIS MORNING, Theresa garnered rave
reviews for her newly released CD of Yiddish Jazz titled "Telling
An ACTRA and Equity member, Theresa has been active on a
political level in pursuit of children's rights and clear protective
regulations. As past ACTRA National Council member and part of the IPA
negotiating team, she helped clearly define the Children's agreement
for Independent Production in Canada. This year ACTRA Toronto appointed
Theresa as the first ever ACTRA Toronto Children's Advocate. She is
also the mother of two Biz Kids and the volunteer Kidz in the Biz
Discussion Board Moderator.
Visit her Web Site: Theresa
Tova. Theresa's Yiddish Jazz CD
titled "Telling Stories" is now available
Art Hindle has been
invited aboard CAO as a Guest Moderator and looks forward to both
informing and being informed. An actor for the past 40 years and a
Director for almost 20 years, he comes to CAO with a desire to share
his experience and knowledge.
He is best known for his Gemini Award winning performance as Mike
Fennell in the hit series ENG for 96 episodes. More recently, CAO
members will be familiar with his portrayal of Pete Braga in Paradise
Falls. He assures us Mike and Pete would not be pals. Art has been
involved in some well known movies such as Canada's Faceoff , Porky's
and what some consider the best of the three, Invasion of the Body
His latest endeavour is the challenge of serving as a new councillor
with ACTRA Toronto.
Art grew up in the Beaches, lived for almost 30 years in LA, and now
spends most of his time living the good life on a horse farm outside
Dent, CAO Discussion
Board co-moderator, has appeared on
stage, screen and numerous television shows, but never as himself. He
has also written a plethora of
scripts, 3 of which were actually bought and produced without his being
charged with plagiarism.
Although his 35 year long career has not made Arthur a household name,
anyone who knew him really
well would recognize his voice and could easily pick him out of a
crowd, unless he wasn't in it. It
should be noted that although Mr. Dent has never won an award for
either his acting or his writing,
he personally knows several actors who
major accomplishments to date include once milking a
goat in a thick fog, his
one-time membership in the Bizzarro Brother’s Construction
Company, being Irish and of course - knowing the answer to Life, the
Universe and Everything. (Online
handle inspired by the fictional
character 'Arthur Dent' from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.)
Ross: Moderator of CAO's Diversity
Forum, Sandi is a past president of ACTRA Toronto
Performers (ATP) and an accomplished 30-year veteran stage, TV and film
actor. She has her B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Minnesota.
As a black actor working in Canada at a time when actors of colour were
considered a risk, Sandi found few in the performing arts who would
take her seriously. Sandi persisted in her performing career, earning
theatre credits across the country: Theatre Passe Muraille, Magnus
Theatre, Toronto Workshop Productions, Stratford Festival, Theatre
London and Factory Theatre. In addition to theatre, Sandi has also
worked in film and television including ENG, Street Legal and Night
She recently directed 'The Wedding Band'
at EST and, in recent years, has focused her talent into organizing for
change. She is the founding editor of Into the Mainstream, a talent
directory of visible and audible minority members of the Alliance of
Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). This directory
is now in its second printing and has helped visible and auditory
minority performers be considered for more roles.
David Sparrow: In 1990
David crashed an audition and wound up in the Second
City's National Touring Company out of Toronto, Canada. It was the most
fun he'd ever had, and since that time he has brought laughter to
North America. He has appeared in over eighty film and television roles
including "Serendipity", "Star Trek Voyager" and "Shall We Dance" and
stage productions from coast to coast.
He has voiced radio spots and character voices for the cartoons JoJo's
Circus and Totally Spies and has directed for the stage, for
corporate/industrial film projects and for his own projects.
As a writer David has completed four films, a TV pilot, hours of sketch
comedy, a children's book and the parody theatre hit, THE HONEY
which played to sold-out crowds in Los Angeles in the fall of 2000. LA
Weekly said "Sparrow channels Kramden to the stage."
David is currently on the cusp of total anonymity and moderates the
soon be renamed CAO Comedy
- Actor/writer/director Adrian Truss has performed for
Second City and appeared in episodes of SCTV. In 1986, he helped form
the infamous improv troupe Illustrated Men which toured throughout
North America and also staged a highly successful production of Waiting
For Godot at the Canadian Stage Theatre.
Trained at Ryerson
Theatre School, Adrian has written and directed several plays for the
stage, including Dragonhead, Retribution and Tale of the Scorpion which
were well received in both Toronto and Los Angeles. He has also written
episodic TV (Puppets Who Kill) and for the last three years has written
the highly successful Toronto ACTRA Awards.
In voice, Adrian
has performed original roles in many highly popular series including
Bob and Margaret, Mischief City, Atomic Betty and the Emmy
Award-winning Rolie Polie Olie. He also voices many other radio and
television projects. Jane & the Dragon for which he is
a co-production between Nelvana and Peter Jackson’s WETA
is an agent at The Characters Talent Agency, the largest agency in
Canada, which has been in business for 36 years.
Bryan has been there for almost ten years, which means he started
working there at age 12.
Originally from Winnipeg, Bryan moved to
Toronto to pursue an acting career. After forays in to Second City,
stand-up, writing and performing Fringe shows, commercials and bad
MOW's, he realized he would be happier on the business side of " the
biz". He is fortunate to represent some of the best actors in the
country, with lead roles in feature films, series (both live action and
animation) and theatre. He likes to brag. A lot.
Bryan moderates CAO's Agents
and Casting Q's forum.
Monica McKenna / McKenna Photography:
Known for her diversity in photography as well as her love of Guinness,
Monica McKenna has been shooting professionally for over two decades.
This means of course that she started at a very, very young age. Like
Specializing in Entertainment Portraiture, Monica also enjoys the
challenges of food, product and fine art assignments. McKenna is
currently featured on BIOGRAPHY! Channel on the television show "In The
Minds Of…" where she can be found waxing poetic on a variety
of un-related subjects and was recently published in National
For the last eight years, McKenna has been Co-Chair of AMIS ( Acting
and Modelling Information Service) also sits on the Board of The
Entertainment Industry Coalition.
Aside from her work in the Entertainment
Industry, some of Monica's clients include IMAX SYSTEMS, BMG MUSIC
PUBLISHING, LCBO FOOD & DRINK MAGAZINE, MICROSOFT, DISCOVERY
CHANNEL,CP HOTELS, MCLEAN HUNTER PUBLISHING, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and
ROY THOMSON HALL.