Our Story

Covid has altered the trajectory of the theatre scene. ‘Our Theatre Voice’ believes it is of extreme importance to continue reviewing and commenting on the arts to encourage audiences to return to this important cultural format in community gathering for storytelling.

 

Since going live, 'Our Theatre Voice' has been quoted by Centaur (Montreal), Capitol (Port Hope), Mirvish, Shaw, Stratford (Festival and Here for Now), Tarragon, Factory, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Grand Theatre (London, ON), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Theatre Passe Muraille, Crows, Hart House (Toronto), Theatre on the Ridge (Port Perry) and 1000 Islands Playhouse

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Meet the Founder

Joe Szekeres

Involved in community theatre outside of the Greater Toronto area for over 30 years as an actor and director, Joe now reviews and comments throughout Ontario and Montreal. 

Qualifications: Ontario College of Teachers (retired),

Ontario Ministry of Education Additional Qualifications  Dramatic Arts Parts 1 and 2

Bachelor of Education (Queen's University)

Certificate of Honours Standing and Bachelor of Arts (King's College/University of Western Ontario) English Language and Literature Major/ French Minor

Theatre Ontario Workshop: 'Writing Reviews that Matter" Part One with Lynn Slotkin

Theatre Ontario Workshop: "Writing Reviews that Matter" Part Two with Lynn Slotkin

Our Values

These are our values. Please respect them.

Inclusivity

‘Our Theatre Voice’ includes all voices that will be heard and recognized with dignity and respect.

Diversity

 ‘Our Theatre Voice’ recognizes the uniqueness of all individuals and will continue to reach out for their voice.

Integrity

‘Our Theatre Voice’ believes in due diligence and we stand by what we say.

Objective

 ‘Our Theatre Voice’ recognizes the importance of fair, impartial, and unbiased views of live theatrical performances.

Meet the Original Web Designer

Elodie Hraynyk

For her work in building OUR THEATRE VOICE website, Elodie Hraynyk received the "Prix d'excellence academique Education cooperative" at her Grade 12 graduation ceremony. Congratulations, Elodie, in helping to build our website presence. She will continue her studies in "Pre-Health Science" this fall and will remain part of the team. Along with her interest in the theatre and all things arts related, Elodie continues to make people aware of mental health issues through her own social media accounts. 

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Business inquiries:
elodie.hraynyk@gmail.com

Get Involved

If you would like your community event reviewed, please send an email to us at ourtheatrevoice@gmail.com and we will get back to you in a timely manner.

Meet the Guest Writers

“I’ve known Dave Rabjohn for over 30 years as our common interest in community theatre forged a friendship. Aaron Kropf was part of the Canadian writing team for OnStage Blog. These gentlemen have promised to be impartial, unbiased and fair as they continue to work with me in sharing our commitment to you, the reader, to share the good stuff that is happening in professional theatre on Canada’s east coast, in Toronto, Stratford, London, Montreal and hopefully the Ottawa area soon.”

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Meet Contributing Writer

Aaron Kropf

Aaron has been a lover of the performing arts from a young age. He attributes that to growing up in Stratford and attending at least one performance at the festival from grade 4. Aaron has been involved with a number of community theatre groups, and worked for some of the largest theatre companies in the country. When not at theatre Aaron enjoys time with his family and living the east coast life. 

Meet Contributing Writer

Dave Rabjohn

As a youngster, I went to see a production of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' at the old Colonnade Theatre on Bloor St.  There were about five people in the audience - probably some special Tuesday matinee. I sat on a bench in the first row, my knobby knees sticking out into the playing area.  Martha was literally on one side of my nose and George was on the other side.  They were screaming back and forth over my head like I was the tennis net.

Boom - fifty years of loving theatre ensued.

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