New Fangled Stages is a collective based in Toronto, Canada and London, UK, utilizing the cross-cultural and cross-continental heritages of all its associated artists.

NFS artists engage in collaborative projects through performance and workshops for their audience and the wider community in which they work. 

 

Bruce Gooch: Founder, Writer, Actor, Teacher. From USA, now works and lives in Canada.

 

Lynn Vogt: Founder, Actor, Teacher, Musician. From Canada, but lived and worked in NYC for several years.

 

Jon Osbaldeston: Founder, Actor, Teacher, Manager.  From the UK and Greece where he has strong family ties.

Davydd Cook: Artistic Associate, Actor, Teacher, Movement. From Canada, with strong family Ties to Greece, Davydd has worked as both an actor and voice over artist in Athens. He teaches seminars at the Elefthero Sxima studio in Athens, run by Alexandra Pavlidou.

New Fangled Stages is looking for like-minded collaborators be they individuals or companies that are interested in exploring co-production for single events or long term collaboration. If you are interested, please contact us.

 

Following the successful participation of Trashman’s Dilemma in New York New Works Theatre Festival in October 2016,  New Fangled Stages presented Trashman's Dilemma and Tangled Garden in Athens, Greece where they joined a Greek language production of Tangled Garden starring Stelios Mainas and Katia Sperelaki, still running all over Greece.  

 

New Fangled Stages is now planning to produce Tangled Garden in Toronto, Canada in 2020 as the pandemic allows.

 

 

Jon Osbaldeston

Jon trained at Rose Bruford College, London UK, graduating with BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts, and as an International Scholarship Student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock on the MFA (Playwriting), program.

 

As an actor, his work includes: UK West End productions of Les Miserables; Leonardo; Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Fiddler on the Roof. Also in London: The Mirror Never Lies; Wuthering Heights; The Stationmaster; Promises Promises; Let My People Come; Poppy. UK tours and regional: Uncle Vanya; The Rivals; Guys and Dolls. He appeared as Essex in the award winning short film Basilisk, and on TV in the International Cast of Les Miserables and the subsequent album release. For BBC Radio: The Adventures of PG Woodlouse. For Oneword Radio: various productions including Alice in Wonderland; Whats She Wants; Narrow Roads to Inner Lands; Robin Hood; A Right Royal Christmas and as host of Bedtime Stories with Jon Osbaldeston.

 

 

Canada: The Chronicles of Narnia; A Christmas Carol; The 39 Steps; The Woman in Black; Sexy Laundry; Trashman’s Dilemma; Into the Woods. For CBC Radio, season 3 of Afghanada.

Jon worked for The Niagara International Music Festival appearing in the world premiere of Raymond Ludecke’s I Confess I Have Lived over two seasons and for the same composer Madame Butterfly.

In the US, productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and Anything Goes for which he won the TTU Theatre Award as Best Supporting Actor.

 

As a Theatre Pratitioner he co-created and taught the courses ‘Acting For Life’ and ‘The Voice Medium’ for Niagara College, Canada. For Brock University he taught ‘Shaw: Manners and Mandate’ in conjunction with The Shaw Festival. He also taught the Shaw Festival’s summer theatre camp over several years. For University of Toronto, the master-class workshop series for opera post-grads ‘Now Add The Acting’. In the UK, he has facilitated various workshops for school children and teaches drama school audition prep privately.

 

As a writer, his first play Hard as Nails, won Best New Play at The London Writers Competition and was subsequently produced by Moving Arts Theatre in LA. With Felicity Duncan he co-created and co-wrote two seasons of The Adventures of PG Woodlouse for BBC Radio. They also created a series of stories and characters for the Fridgeplay company. With Barbara Worthy, he co-wrote and adaptation of It’s A Wonderful Life using music by British composer John Hogg. This was produced at The Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls and subsequently at the Trius Winery performance space in Niagara on the Lake. His play Eggs Are Off won the Red Raider Script Award at TTU and was produced there.

 

Other work also includes a founder/former member of international musical theatre group ‘The WestEnders’, appearing on their three albums and touring the world for several years. He worked as General Manager for Lyndesfarne Theatre Projects in Ontario, and facilitated outreach programs for seniors (Grey Matters), and for youth at risk allowing both these diverse groups to tell their own stories through film, theatre and oral history.

 

Jon first worked with Bruce Gooch on The Woman in Black, and subsequently with the other members of New Fangled Stages on productions of Trashman’s Dilemma at The Pearl Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario and as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival, where ‘Trashman’ reached the juried and audience selected final gala.

 

Jon is also a dog lover...and a passionate advocate in his local London community for social housing through his work as Vice Chair of a large resident led housing cooperative and as Co Chair of a Safe Neighbourhood Team working with police and other community stakeholders from a diverse social and political demographic.

Jon is currently on tour around the UK in the national production of Salad Days until November 2018...after which he will be heading straight to Athens to start rehearsals for Trashman's Dilemma!

Bruce Gooch

EDUCATION

Bruce's education took him from a farm upbringing to the University of Idaho on a baseball scholarship where he planned to major in journalism. A year later he switched to theatre, graduating with a B.A. In Theatre Arts. Receiving a Professional Theatre Fellowship at the University of Michigan, he studied and taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he graduated with an M.A..

 

TRAINING

His practical actor training was at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) where he learned his craft from a company some of the best actors, directors and designers in North America. He worked his way up to playing leading roles on all three of OSF's theatres. It was at OSF that he first ventured into writing. His first play, Patterns Broken, was work-shopped within the OSF company. Throughout his tenure in Oregon he taught for OSF's outreach program as well as workshops and seminars accompanying the plays during the ten months long seasons. 

 

ACTING 

After OSF, Bruce worked in theatre throughout the United States and Canada. On Broadway he appeared in Macbeth and Solitary Confinement. He played leading roles across North America, among them; Jamie Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night and Moon for The Misbegotten, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, Tusenbach in The Three Sisters, Mozart in Amadeus, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Henry in Henry V among thirty-three Shakespeare productions. He has worked with such gifted directors as Jerry Turner, John Rando, Robin Phillips, Zoe Caldwell, Jack O’Brien, Mark Lamos.

 

WRITING    

The first professional production of Bruce's plays was Dirt at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. It was followed by a production at San Diego's Globe Theatre, Virginia Stage, Baltimore's Morris Mechanic. Dirt was translated and given a two year run in Finland at Theatre Tampere, where Ravaged Hearts was given a staged reading by Bruce and his wife and partner, Lynn Vogt. In 2012, Bruce directed Dirt in Los Angeles at The Rogue Machine Theatre and in 2017, Nordiska, the leading theatrical rights agency for all of Scandinavia, optioned the play for three years. His other plays, Horse Heavens, O'Fallon's Craft, Ravaged Hearts and Random Acts of Love have received productions across North America. Random Acts of Love was awarded Best New Play in Toronto's 2004 Fringe Festival and toured southern Ontario for two seasons.

 

Trashman's Dilemma, his dystopian tale about the rebirth of language and family, received successful runs in Hamilton, Canada and London's White Bear Theatre in the UK. It was presented in the New York New Works Theatre Festival's gala performance in Manhattan in 2016. New Fangled Stages, a company developed and created by Bruce, Lynn and Jon Osbaldeston presented Trashman's Dilemma in Athens in the fall of 2018. Tangled Garden, his latest play, was translated into Greece and presented in Athens where NFS' production join it in fall of 2018, alternating with an English.

 

NEW FANGLED STAGES  

A turning point for Bruce. He and Lynn casually produced under New Fangled Stages until 2016 when they and actor/writer Jon Osbaldeston, based in London UK, made New Fangled Stages a bone fide production company legally operating in North America as well as the European Union.   

 

Bruce met Jon in Niagara Falls, Ontario where they performed in a production of The Lady In Black. Jon joined the cast of Trashman's Dilemma for the Hamilton production in 2012 as well as the White Bear in 2013 and the New York New Works Theatre Festival in summer, 2016.

 

Sharing like passions and sensibilities of the power of story telling for the possibility for social thought and change, the founders have set New Fangled Stage's sights on contemporary or re-imagined classic stories set in non-traditional performance spaces. Bruce, Lynn and Jon have forged New Fangled Stages and made it an organization that is designed to cross cultural and political boundaries, hopefully and eventually, the world over. New Fangled Stages has an education outreach program that accompanies the productions. 

Lynn Vogt

Education

Lynn grew up in Ontario and studied Drama and Music at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.  After graduation she made her home in Toronto where she performed on stage, film and television for 8 years before moving to New York City.

 

Training

While in New York, she studied with Carol Rosenfeld from the HB Studios, Terry Schreiber and with the venerable Michael Howard.  In 1993 she was one of the founding members of The Actors Company Theatre (TACT)  and performed in several of their productions.  As a member of TACT, she worked in various outreach and after-school programs, bringing theatre to under-privileged youth in New York City.

 

Acting

Lynn has worked in theatres across Canada and the United States in a variety of roles in both classical and modern plays, highlights of which include: Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf,” Katherine in “Taming of the Shrew,” and M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias.”

 

While in New York, she participated in the “Theatre in the Ear of the Beholder”  and “Meet the Artists” series at Lincoln Center in New York City.  She has appeared in films, television series, movies of the week, live radio and radio dramas in both the US and Canada. 

 

Teaching and Coaching

Besides acting, Lynn is a devoted music teacher and has her own studio where she teaches piano as well as coaches students and professionals for music theatre auditions.  

Davydd Cook

Davydd trained at the University of Windsor (BFA Acting) following a ten-year career in community and semi-professional theatre. Canadian theatre credits include The Pillowman for Rarely Pure Theatre; Hedda Gabbler, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Heartbreak House for University Players; Down Dangerous Passes Road in a production that toured to the Brighton Festival Fringe in the UK; the world premier of The Best Man for Korda Productions and Windsor Pride; and an early workshop production of the devised theatre piece I Am Here by Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises. Since moving to Greece, he has appeared in Six Characters In Search of an Author (his first Greek-language acting role) and has participated in the devising and performance of several workshop and commissioned performances. He also works in voice over and, with his wife, maintains an acting studio where he leads seminars and teaches acting for amateurs in English. This is his first time in New York.

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New Fangled Stages

North America

142 Geoffrey Street, Toronto,

ON M6R1P5, Canada.

001416.539.944

                                  

Europe

2 Jenkins House

London, UK SW8 4XP

0044 794 634 0329