Foundry Theatre Company is a non profit charitable organization that is passionate about the development and promotion of new Canadian work. By actively encouraging dialogue between writer, actor, and spectator, the writer has access to a varied audience to assist in the writing process.
Participation is open to all playwrights, actors, and audience members who are interested in the creation and development of new work. Readings occur on the last Monday of every month from September to May, except December, and take place at The Detour Bar, located in Kensington Market.
Elisabeth Feltaous founded Foundry Theatre Company, and has co-produced the reading series since 2008. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and has been involved in all aspects of theatre, with a career that has spanned Toronto, New York City, and London, UK, both on stage and off. Memorable productions include a spot in the running crew of Second Stage’s world premier of Lanford Wilson’s “Sympathetic Magic”, Production Assistant for Richard Frankel Productions, working on productions of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Stomp! on Broadway, and involvement in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a performer, she has worked in both official languages across all mediums from puppetry to TYA to classical theatre.
Nicole Grainger has been a co-producer with Foundry Theatre for the past 2 full seasons (2009/2010 & 2010/2011). A graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program, her career has spanned Theatre, Film, Television and has encompassed TYA and Adult audiences across Canada in both official languages. When not on stage, in front of a camera, or producing for Foundry, she’s a hired gun choreographer in a variety of mediums. If you’d like to learn more about her, please feel free to visit her website http://nicolegrainger.workbooklive.com
Elisabeth & Nicole met in 2007 when Alumnae Theatre asked them to co-produce the Feb. 2008 production of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”. They bonded over dim sum at New Treasures Restaurant which has since become a favourite haunt for conducting business or just simply hanging out.
They survived the ups and downs of that first project together, including the not-so-comfortable realization, that no, Nicole cannot drive a 24′ moving truck! Unfortunately they didn’t discover this important tidbit of information until it was too late and all traffic in front of Marty Millionaires was blocked – in all 4 directions!
In 2008/2009 Elisabeth was producing the reading series for First Draft (the predecessor to Foundry Theatre). When she realized that a trip to India was going to conflict with the February 2009 production of Frank Canino’s “The Swan Queen and Faery Princess” Elisabeth contacted Nicole and asked if she’d be interested in producing the reading that month…. to which the reply was a resounding, “hell yeah!”
Later that year Elisabeth and Nicole decided to rebrand, and Foundry Theatre Company was born. You can read its full story in the History section of this site. Together, they’ve navigated play selection, director interviews, learning how to edit video footage for the Forging Ahead series on You Tube, building this website, starting up their first Twitter account and now, moving into full production with the advent of “Little Crickets” for Summer Works 2011.
This is just the beginning for them. The adventure just keeps getting bigger and better every season.