Twelfth Night on the Twelfth Night

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A fun, casual networking event for lovers of Shakespeare. After a short introduction, participants will draw roles randomly and dive into the text.

The presents are unwrapped. The eggnog is drunk. The New Years champagne is flat. Feeling caught in the post-holiday blahs? Well don't worry - so was William Shakespeare and he wrote "Twelfth Night" to drive away the winter blues. Filled with a cast of zany characters, mistaken identity and a ship wreck, it's guaranteed to warm the hearts of even the scroogiest.

Tyler Seguin and Helen Juvonen are delighted to partner with East End Arts to bring their Classical Reading Night to east Toronto artists. After a brief discussion of the play and an opportunity to meet new people, we'll draw parts from a hat and dive into the text with our best Illyrian accents. This will be a fun and casual setting to explore and play with one of the great classical texts while getting to know who's making art in the east end.

If you have a copy of the script, please bring it along! There will be coffee and snacks available for purchase at the cafe. See you on the 5th!


Helen Juvonen is an independent theatre artist working as an actor, director and playwright as well as the founder and Artistic Director of Thought For Food Productions. Producing anything from Shakespeare to new Canadian plays, she is interested in theatre that explores the shared space between the performers and the audience.

Performance credits include: Purgatory in Ingleton (Summerworks); Handle With Care (Toronto FringeKids!); Love/Child (Driftwood Theatre's Trafalgar 24);  Beauty and the Beast (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Much Ado About Nothing (Spadina House Museum/Single Thread); The Importance of Being Earnest (Casa Loma); Volpone (Ontario Renaissance Festival); The Mousetrap (Toronto Truck Theatre); and Spring Awakening (Ranevsky Repertory Theatre).  

Directing credits include her own play The Aleatory Project, where the actors use random elements to determine the course of the play live on stage, Rearview which takes place in a moving vehicle, as well as a variety of classic plays including Love’s Labour’s Lost, Agnes of God and The Birthday Party. 

Helen is a graduate of York University's Glendon College where she received a Combined Honours BA degree in English and Drama. Other training includes workshops with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Puppetmongers.

Helen recently fulfilled a lifelong dream when she became a Jeopardy Champion.


Tyler Seguin is a graduate of the University of Toronto / Sheridan College program in Theatre and Drama Studies and is currently working as an actor, director and puppeteer.  Tyler most recently apprenticed with Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop and worked on their new production The First Christmas Present as a builder and designer. His physical theatre and puppetry training also includes work with Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret, Denmark), Quinn Bauriedel (Pig Iron Theatre, Philadelphia) and David and Ann Powell (The Puppetmongers, Toronto) as well as a variety of performance techniques including Clown, Mask, Viewpoints, and Chekhov.

Recent credits include Our Town (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Handle With Care (Toronto FringeKids!), Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre New Brunswick), Clouds Over T.O. (The Guild Festival Theatre), The Secret Garden and A Child’s Garden of Verses (Theatre New Brunswick), Alice in Wonderland (Sudbury Theatre Centre). He can also be seen in an episode of Discovery Channel’s Cold Blood and the PEI-based webseries Just Passing Through.

Tyler has also directed productions such as The Universal Wolf and The Cousins of Corsica for the Toronto Fringe Festival, The Merchant of Venice for Alchemy Theatre and The Aleatory Project  (Alberta tour). He has developed and directed educational entertainment for the Ontario Science Centre including Second Leap, an exploration of human travel to Mars; The Gobsmacking Gutbag, an introduction to the digestive system; and Rediscovering da Vinci, a biographical performance about Leonardo da Vinci.

Tyler is looking forward to directing Thought For Food's Canadian premiere of a new translation of Vaclav Havel's The Memo in the spring.


January 5th, 2014 7:00 PM   through   10:00 PM
Du Cafe
885 O'Connor Drive
Toronto, ON M4B 2S7

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