Justin Belmar, the main character of The Dance Teacher has been convicted of a crime. He is an utterly charming young man who declares his innocence from inside a jail. We follow the story of Justin from his days in university till the moments before his sentencing. But is he guilty?
Guilt or innocence is a verdict decided by the courts. Social media, however, has provided each of us with the information needed to make our own decision. When we hear about an entertainer charged with sexual assault or an athlete is charged with murder, we judge. Regardless of any judicial proceedings we believe we know and we judge guilt or innocence.
The Dance Teacher is the story of a man convicted of a crime yet he pleads for his innocence. Is he guilty or innocent? What’s your opinion.
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Joey Munroe as JUSTIN BELMAR
Joey discovered a passion for entertainment in Mexico where he danced and sang in nightly shows for over 2 years. His dreams brought him to Vancouver where he commercially appeared as the world wide face of Gillette and made his television debut on the Bravo show Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce. Joey says "Team is the most important thing. My favourite thing to do is put talented people in a position to win. I am always looking to build new relationships with driven individuals and take the work to the next level. LOVE IT!" When he's not boxing or listening to music, he is writing and producing his own content. You can find him starring in his company's (Joyline Pictures) debut project (Stick & Move) hitting festivals this summer. A dramatic short film about an MMA fighter seeking redemption.
Robert L Duncan as MR. TAYLOR
Robert was born and raised in Saskatchewan. After achieving a degree in Kinesiology at U of S in Saskatoon, he moved to Calgary, Florida and then Mexico before recognizing that acting was the field he needed to pursue and moving to Vancouver in 2001. Robert says that "the only thing consistent about the acting world is that nothing is consistent!" A few favorite theatre credits include lead roles in Teachers earlier this year (Open Heart Theatre), Exit the King, Boys in the Band and Love, Valour, Compassion, (all Ghost Light Projects). His latest TV credit, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the movie Cocaine Godmother (2018), was a memorable experience as was starring in the feature film, Stolen Path, filmed in Croatia and Vancouver. For a full list of credits please check out http://www.imdb.me/robertlduncan
Angela Chu as GAIL
Angela was born in Calgary. Her passion for acting began a few years ago, inspired and encouraged by her friends and family. She hopes to gain as much experience as possible in both theatre and film. Angela was recently cast in the Studio 58 production of Skin of Our Teeth as Doris and Drum Majorette. She’s also one of the co-creaters of Studio 58’s and Neworld Theatre’s recent co-production of The Porn Project.
Brad Bonnell as MAURICE
Brad Bonnell is an actor, musician, and composer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Recently he relocated to Vancouver to further pursue film, but his first love is the theatre. This will be his first appearance in Vancouver, and quite overdo at that! Favourite credits include Miles in The Drawer Boy (2011, Danielle Irvine, The Basement Theatre), Andy Paris in The Laramie Project (2012, Danielle Irvine), and Jacob Mercer in perhaps Newfoundland’s most famous two-hander: Salt-Water Moon (2014, Petrina Bromley, Rising Tide Theatre).
Jessie Liang as ANGIE WU
Jessie Liang is a Brazilian-Taiwanese actress about to graduate the prestigious Acting Program at Studio 58. Notable credits include The Skin of Our Teeth (Sarah Rodgers),Wilderness (Genevieve Fleming), 2BR02B (Alan Brodie), and Institutionalized (Deneh'Cho Thompson) as well as winning the Studio 58 2017 Glorian MacDewellis International Student Scholarship Award.
Jo Dworschak as MARILYN
Jo Dworschak, originally from Victoria, is the producer and host of the popular storytelling game show Story Story Lie held at the The Rio Theatre and other select venues. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio program and continues to practice writing and creating. She was awarded best solo show at the Montana Fringe Festival and is a broadcaster on Co-op radio with Out and About in Canada. She was a finalist in BC’s Funniest Female. This is her first acting gig since playing pirate number 3 in the Pirates of Penzance in high school.
Maegen Eastwood as DETECTIVE MORI
Maegen Eastwood is so thrilled to be joining this cast for her first production with Tomo Suru. She’s been acting and performing her whole life, most recently as Ann in Slow Dancing (Surrey Little Theatre) and Mother Fairy in Sleeping Beauty (Vagabond Players). She also works in film and voiceovers. When she isn’t working (which is pretty much never), she’s hanging out with her adorable dog Zig and even more adorable husband Matthew.
Nazanin Shoja as DETECTIVE SPINNER
Nazanin Shoja is very excited to be back on stage as Detective Spinner for her debut performance with Tomo Suru Players. Originally from Victoria, BC, Nazanin is a graduate in performing arts from the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts in Toronto and the Université de Nice Sophia-Antopolis in France. Her most recent stage credits include: Die Fledermaus with the North Shore Light Opera and the Ovation Award winning production of Ragtime with Fighting Chance Productions.
Rylan Oleksyn as MATT
Rylan was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan on Christmas Eve in 1992. He had a very athletic upbringing and you would be hard pressed to find a sport he hasn’t tried at some point. Since moving to Vancouver to pursue acting full time, Rylan has appeared in several commercials and independent films, including the Leo Award Nominated “Lions in Waiting” which he not only acted in but also choreographed all the on-ice hockey scenes for.