About Us

Good Morning, Apocalypse – The Troupe

 

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Jamie
Jamie
James Dalzell is an actor, improviser, comedian and producer. After graduating the Toronto Film School’s Acting for Film, Television and Theatre program in 2008 James fought hard to get to work on his craft right away. He was a co founder of comedy Sketch troupes The Regulars (Fresh Meat nominees) and The Short Form Richards (formerly Creedence Bathwater Revival) which were featured in Toronto and Montreal Sketchfest. Now a member of recently formed sketch troupe Good Morning Apocalypse. Some of James film and television credits include Close Encounters, See No Evil, Surviving Evil, Infested, Paranormal Investigators and Cure For The Common Hangover. You may also recognize him as “That bank customer” for the TD Edwing commercial.

Dee
Dee
Deanna Palazzo is a Toronto born actor, producer and improviser. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program and also holds a BaH in English and Theatre Studies from The University of Guelph. Her true passion is acting which she has been doing for over two decades . Notable stage acting credits include: Mr. Everything (Huronia Players), Looking (Nominated for Best Supporting Actor ACT-CO) Milton Players, Marion Bridge (D&T Productions), Off the Hook (p(a)), Crime Scene (p(a)), Twisted Elegance (p(a) &Upstage Productions), The Dinner (Upstage Productions), Some Play (Emsdale Productions) and A Crack in the Ceiling (p(a)).  Notable tv/film credits include: This Mortal Coil (Half Price Indie Films), Eyes Beyond (Spotlight Nation Studios), Dr. Zack (Yilmaz Vurucu) and Giving You The Business (The Food Network).  Co founder of the comedy Sketch Troupes Grade Eight Dance, Fancy Ladies and The Short Form Richards (formerly Creedance Bathwater Revival) where she also served as a performer.  She recently served as the host on a web series focused on Type 1 Diabetes & Pregnancy with the Type 1 Diabetes Think Tank. Deanna can also be performing with the North Simcoe Based sketch troupe Good Morning, Apocalypse on various stages in the area or hosting The JokeBox Live (a show she also co-produces).

Todd
Todd
Todd McFarlane is new to the comedy sketch world, but not to being in front of an audience.  By day, he’s a mild-mannered teacher.  Well, not so mild-mannered.  But a teacher, nonetheless.  He has been involved with Huronia Players for over 10 years, with 11 plays to his credit, including two of the three plays presented this season.
In high school, Todd took a leadership course and, as a class requirement, was forced to MC, and occasionally participate in various events which included a talent show (1st Place!) and lip sync contest.  Since then, getting him off the stage is the problem.

Karen
Karen
Karen MacFarlane may be new to performing in a Comedy Troupe, but she is no stranger to the stage. As a small child she would make up skits with her friends and perform them around the camp fire at the family cottage. Karen Performed, choreographed and taught dance most of her life. In 2007 she joined Huronia Players with her first acting role as Caitlin in Over the River and Through the Woods. Her acting career with Huronia Players has cast her in numerous plays and many diverse characters. Acquiring a love for the more comedic, outrageous roles, Karen is excited and ready to embark on a her new genre as part of Good Morning Apocalypse.

Colleen
Colleen
Colleen Waltenbury is a mother of three children in five years, who is currently  at home with her children in Midland, On. She is a teacher, having received her Bachelor of Education from Trent University, and having graduated from the York University Deaf / hard of Hearing Teacher Education Program. She is is joining her husband Brendan Main in her first foray in sketch writing. Previous writing credits include a shoe-box full of angst-ridden poetry in her teenage years.

Brendan
Brendan
Brendan Main is a writer living in Midland, On, where he works on scripts for film and theatre. To his credit he has seven full length playscripts, (recent credits include the community production Mr. Everything, and the high school play Lou Giroux and the Witch Canoe,) and dozens of film shorts, including the award-winning short film The Invisible Car. Previously he has freelanced for magazines such as The Escapist and The Arthur, where he wrote about video games, comic books, and outsider culture. Currently he’s hard at work writing sketches for the comedy troupe, Good Morning, Apocalypse, working on an evening of location-specific interactive performance theatre to showcase a local museum, and writing the sequel to Mr. EverythingBrendan has a BA in literature from Trent University, and a Masters in Performance Studies from The University of Guelph.

Bryan
Bryan
Bryan Piitz is an actor and comedian from Midland, Ontario.  Since 2002, he has been a part of the web-video troupe VideoYEAH! performing in and directing the 2009 award-winning short The Invisible Car and appearing in web series such as Viking Dad, Penguin Facts and Fat White LandoBryan has also performed with the Huronia Players community theatre since 2000, most recently in the original comedy, Mr. Everything in 2015, which he also co-directed. In addition to performing with Good Morning, Apocalypse, you can also see him appearing with Brendan Main in the troupe Same Guys.  Oh, and he’s also the reigning regional Air Guitar Canada champion for North Simcoe.  Rock on!

Nate
Nate
Nate Lacroix is a filmmaker and photographer from Midland, Ontario. Nate’s passion for filmmaking began in high school when a Communications Technology course allowed him the opportunity to produce his own short films and music videos. He took that passion to Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario where he studied Media Arts and later worked for Blackwalk Productions in Toronto before returning to his home town to start a family. After a number of years working for Renegade Digital, a video production company in Barrie, Nate decided to embark on his own and created Midland Film Club. Through Midland Film Club Nate has produced hundreds of short films in and around his community, including a music video staring Noah Cappe (“Bachelorette Canada,” “Carnival Eats,” “The Good Witch”) for “Born Losers,” a song by Canadian recording artist, Matthew Good. In 2013 Nate completed an award-winning feature-length documentary titled “Start Local,” about the importance of supporting local, that has been featured in numerous film festivals and is frequently broadcast on RogersTV.  Nate continues to live in Midland and is currently pursuing numerous film projects.

Betony Main is the troupe’s resident live performance director. Betony is a Midland native who is now thrilled to be the Drama teacher at Georgian Bay District Secondary School. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Talk Is Free Theatre and an active member of the Huronia Players, recently co-directing the world premiere of Mr. Everything and previously teaching MYDrama programs. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from York University and a B.Ed. from OISE/University of Toronto. Betony’s only attempts at onstage humour include some corny vegetable jokes from her tenure as a co-founder of the children’s theatre troupe, Tinderbox Theatre, so now she sticks to directing.