Maissa wrote and produced the first six episodes of The Destiny of Special Agent Ace Galaksi in 2013. Intrepid cast member Liisa Kallasmaa mentioned how cool Ace would be as a staged audio drama, and thus the Space Dick went Large in the race to save destiny.
Now with the editors at the Giant Book of Destiny so dependent on Ace’s services, Maissa’s working hard to keep up with the demand.
Fresh from her stunning triumph as Tanya in “Mamma Mia”, Marlo is thrilled to be put in charge of Destiny. Favourite roles: Carmen in “Curtains” (for which she won a Thea Award), Marilla in “Anne of Green Gables” and Belinda in “Noises Off”. She also sings with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with whom she has sung at Carnegie Hall and Roy Thomson Hall; and sung back-up with artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Barbra Streisand and Eric Idle (in the world premiere of his oratorio “Not The Messiah”).
Martin has worked in both professional and community theatre for over 30 years. Some of his recent credits include Officer Lockstockin Theatre Aurora’s Urinetown, for which he was awarded a THEA for Best supporting actor in a musical, Fagin in Oliver! Sparky inForever Plaid and Captain Hook in Peter Pan for Marquee Productions.
He has also directed several productions including Marquees’ Bye Bye Birdie, BIG! The musicaland has pulled double duty as the Artistic Director and Voice of the plant in Little shop of Horrors and Director and Genie for Marquee Productions Aladdin, and Hairspray.
Shawn Erker is a writer and performer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is a two-time winner of Theatre BC’s Canadian Playwriting Competition, and has written and produced eight plays toured to Fringe Festivals across Canada. He currently co-produces the anthology fiction podcast series Streams & Variations, available on major podcast platforms and at streamsandvariations.com.
Liisa is an award winning actor in theatre, television & voice over. She was one of the original cast members from the very first season of Ace Galaksi in 2013, reprised the role of Phoenix in the live stage show in 2017, & is thrilled to now be a reoccurring cast member (as well as script contributor, sound editing assistant & director! Yeah, she’s just as surprised as you are … )
Some of her other credits include theatre roles such as Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, Jayne Fine in The Attic, The Pearls & Three Fine Girls, & Ursula in The Little Mermaid, voice over work with Duotang Chesterfield’s Mystery Theatre & other audio spots, & television programs such as Fear thy Roommate. She has trained with industry professionals including Tom Todoroff, Elley-Ray Hennessy & Lynne Cormack.
When Liisa isn’t acting she can be found wreaking havoc in various games of Dungeons & Dragons, crafting, gaming, drinking more chocolate milk than any human should, & snuggling with her darling, spoiled-rotten cat.
Jamie is an actor/writer/producer residing in Toronto. He is a graduate of the M.F.A. Theatre program at York University. He created and co-produces the Streams & Variations podcast. His play, That Moment When …, originally written for the Inkubation Project wth musician Mark Martyre, was produced at the Springworks: Indie Theatre & Arts Festivalin Stratford. Selected acting credits: Ludie in The Trip To Bountiful (Alumnae Theatre), Uncle Wish in Dear Uncle Wish, (Theatre Enthused), Titus in Titus Andronicus, (Seven Siblings Theatre), Captain NoBeard in Pirates Don’t Babysit, (Black Sea Productions), Pontius Pilate in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, (Unit 102), Jaoquin in Salvador (Toronto Fringe). His writing has been seen at Springworks, Summerworks, Alumnae’s New Ideas Festival, Toronto Cold Reads, Sing For Your Supper, York New Play Festival and other places. Jamie is an avid cook, urban gardener, ukulele strummer and the straight man in his screwball comedy life.
Dave has worked with many talented individuals to bring magic to the stage in Kiss Me, Kate (Second Gangster), Into the Woods (Steward), Sweeney Todd (Bird Seller), Parade (Luther Rosser), The Little Mermaid (Grimsby), and Peter Pan (pixie dust).
Dave wants to remind everyone, all destines are final…unless you edit The Book.
A veteran stage performer JC’s performed in over 40 productions since 1983 (Grade 11). As a character actor, his favourite challenge is to take on 3 or 4 different personalities and accents in one show.
JC has also acted in TV shows showing a wide range, from creepy, psycho murderer to kind, small-town sheriff (Paranormal Witness, Web Of Lies, Fear Thy Neighbour) and was featured in a national commercial (Weedman).
JC is very proud to perform several voices in the Ace Galaksi SciFi podcast series since the beginning stages, meeting Maissa in various coffee shops, reading the script out loud in different voices to her. “I’m an ACTOR!” JC proudly claims… as he makes a living as a visual artist and graphic designer.
Stephanie has been acting since her first appearance as the Big Bad Wolf in a production of the Three Piggy Opera, a kindergarten spectacle. Since then, her passion has grown through her participation in musicals, plays, dance performances, and showcases.
She’s also spent time teaching theatre to children and teens, and sees herself continuing to welcome future generations onto the stage.
Patsi is a long-time community theatre volunteer, and graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School. She received her degree in technical theatre production, but has always preferred her work on stage as a performer. She has spent over 20 years nurturing her acting, singing, and dancing skills.
Breathing life into a character is Patsi‘s favourite part of “the process“. Some of her favourite roles include Eva Peron in Evita, Lily in The Secret Garden, Anna in the King and I, Mary Magdalene in JCS, and Marian in The Music Man. She received a Thea Award nomination for her role as the Cat in the Hat, in Seussical.
Patsi’s favourite thing about performing and the Arts, is that there is no other craft that relies on so many different levels of teamwork. She can’t wait to get back on stage and bring stories and characters to life for audiences again!
“My credits include: Kong – Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, Despicable Me 3, Lego Batman Movie, Logan, Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Wait, sorry, not Wonder Woman. I think I paid with my debit card for that. Cineplex’s credit card system was down. It was a whole thing. I missed out on the PC grocery points. So frustrating!”
“I’ve been a Toronto based actor for a few years now.
Pencils are surprisingly hard to put in my hair.”
Paul is a graduate of AMDA and the York University Creative Ensemble. Outside of his credits as a stunt coordinator and performer Paul is very proud of his past work with the Sudbury Theatre Centre, recently with Lower Ossington Theatre as well as his credits internationally in Brussels, Germany and the U.K.
Madeleine has been doing digital illustrations since she was a very young child. In her teen years she found success animating on youtube.
Her channel “tribbleofdoom” has over 105,000 subscribers and millions of views. Madeleine has continued her work as an illustrator and artist ever since.
Will has a love of the arts and relishes the opportunity to take part in them while simultaneously acting ridiculously.
In his spare time William enjoys playing guitar and stroking his beard. William often saunters through town dressed as a medieval viking jarl, seeking a fit crew to cast havoc back into the hearts of urbanites everywhere.
You can hear his music at: http://Bittertree.bandcamp.com
Lilita Tannis is a writer and poet currently writing about culture and identity in Canada. She has directed several contemporary young adult plays written in Latvian and performed by students in their second language.
Ace Galaksi marks her debut into community theatre and working with actors skilled in English and Klingon.
Scott graduated from Sheridan College with an advanced diploma for Technical Production for Theatre and Live events.
In 2015 he worked on a musical called Colours in the Storm where he gained valuable foley experience, which prepared him for this exciting project.
After a 40-year career in journalism and writing three books, Rod decided to go deep with his appreciation of noises and sounds and became a foley artist with Ace.
Elise Blohm-Gagné has a BA and Bed at the secondary school from Nipissing University level with a Double Honours History and Gender Equality & Social Justice. When not enveloped in her books, Elise hangs out with the Students on Stage theatre troupe at her school, and has performed in several of their productions.
In her free time she enjoys reading, writing historical fiction and, of course, developing brand new sticky note colours and systems for Fran’s enjoyment.
Erik is an animator, illustrator, voice actor, writer and graduate from the Sheridan animation program.
Erik is an inveterate science fiction fan, reading and watching (not to mention creating) as much as he possibly can. He also has a strong fascination with science and engineering, though whether this is due to his interest in SF or the root cause of it is a crapshoot.
This is usually the part where Erik makes a wry allusion to the fact the he is talking about himself in the third person, but under the circumstances, that would be unnecessarily silly. This is clearly a written biography.
Erik kind of maintains an art blog at http://oeufcasse.tumblr.com/
Michelle joined us as the Editor of Destiny then used her new connections to write herself another future. We can only assume it is to her satisfaction.
Cindy attended the Theatre Program at Humber College and later Fashion Design at the International Academy. Cindy has worked in the fashion industry for 20+ years and has had the pleasure of working with some of Canada’s top designers. She is also a wife and mother to two wonderful children and is lucky to have her husband and children’s support and encouragement in all of her creative endeavours.
Cindy has always felt thankful that the Great Book of Destiny has helped her see the true path of her life. And always remembers that even the smallest of discoveries can lead to big results.
Lots of bits of lots of stuff mashed together to create Gord. A classically trained percussionist, he has traveled worldwide and played in venues like the Royal Albert Hall in London England. He has recorded in studio for commercials and television, with groups large and small of all styles as well as accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists.
Did we mention he actually has applied to CSIS? If ever there was someone who has had more than one turn on the dance floor with Destiny, it’s Gord.
Leslie is a graduate of the University of Windsor and the National Theatre School. Is currently a candidate for her Masters at York University. She has produced various types of theatre and other arts events. She last worked as Assistant Producer with Shadowpath Theatre Productions and Artistic Producer for the Newmarket Group of Artists.
Leslie is committed to building communities of artists, and telling Canadian stories.