Bridget Ogundipe (Founder of Reel Talents T.O) obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University of Toronto and an Acting Diploma from Sheridan College. She has also completed Screen Writing Courses at George Brown College, film courses at Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) and is an active member of EQUITY and ACTRA.
Bridget is a passionate and hardworking artist whose recent works include Intimate Apparel as Mayme, (Neptune Theatre), Coma, Woman King, The Marriage of Anansewa (ATE); Language of the Heart (Factory); For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (TPM).
She can be seen in various film and television productions such as, Beauty and the Beast (CW): Heartland (CBC): The Dating Guy (Marble Media); Life’s a Zoo.tv (Teletoon, CTF: Gemini Award); Ties That Bind (CFC); Scoundrels of Faith (Greenland ENT). Bridget has also worked with Excel Media as a script editor.
Bridget Ogundipe has always had a passion for teaching and working with young people to inspire and motivate growth and success. For years, she was a teacher at The Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television and helped develop and grow the Children and Teen Acting Programs. As well, she taught the Voice and Movement and Acting Fundamentals courses for the College Diploma Program. Bridget has been traveling all over the GTA in TDSB schools giving lectures and teaching workshops in Film and TV Acting, Theatre, Music, Dance, Movement and Yoga. She has worked with children with disabilities to help integrate those with learning disabilities into regular classes, giving every student a fair opportunity. Along with Dr. Doron Almagor and Dr. Michelle Pearce at the Possibilities Clinic, Bridget Ogundipe instructed and helped develop an alternative research therapy program using dramatic arts as a vessel to assist young people with ADHD, Autism, Tourette Syndrome and various learning disabilities.
Bridget's greatest accomplishment has been her involvement with Third World Awareness (TWA) since 1998. TWA is a non-profit NGO that is 100% volunteer based, and provides the poor with basic necessities as well as giving young people the opportunity to work with those living in impoverished communities around the world. Over the past twenty years, Bridget led groups to Jamaica and Haiti, building schools and providing aid to those with various illnesses. Bridget has taught in schools in the ghettos of Trench Town and at a local dumpsite in Riverton City in Kingston, Jamaica. She has gathered funds and organized a school and orphanage building project in the poorest and most unstable slum in the Western Hemisphere, Cite Soleil, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and has also developed a very successful arts program for the youth in the community. As a founding member of TWA, Bridget has given lectures, led fundraisers, meetings and designed arts programs while working with those from diverse social, cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds to raise funds and awareness for the cause. She has entered situations in some of the most unstable parts of the world with senses awakened, exercising her gift of observation, communication and acute sense of awareness of self and others.
Raymond Cruzzola (Film Director) is a Writer, Director and Producer at Room Temp Productions. He studied film at Humber College and is now operating his own video production company.
His company handles all types of video projects including promotional, actor’s demo reels, business media, and live events. He has a particular interest in working with non-profit organizations and has created educational videos for the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital in the area of mental health.
Andrea Scott (Guest Instructor) is a professional writer, producer and actor with a Masters’ degree in Theatre from the University of Toronto who made the transition to writing theatre in 2010 with the one person play, Damaged, about the life of a transgender woman. Since then she has written several plays including Eating Pomegranates Naked, Frenemies, Swings & Roundabouts, and Better Angels: A Parable which won the award for production at the 2015 SummerWorks Theatre Festival in August. Upcoming projects include her Theatre for Young Audiences play, Princesses Don’t Grow on Trees and Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife in August 2016
Olunike Adeliyi (Guest Instructor) studied her craft at The Canadian Academy of Method Acting, The Pro Actors Lab, Lonsdale Smith Studios, Ivana Chubbuck Studios, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Olunike is made her Shakespeare debut in "Macbeth" as Lady M. Her theatre credits in Canada and the U.S include, Blue Window, Children's Hour, Jitney, The Shadow Box, The Marriage of Anansewa, Wedding Band, and HER2 with Nightwood Theatre.
She played Leah Kerns in the highly rated television series, Flashpoint. Other television appearances include re occurring and guest star roles on The Listener, Combat Hospital, Being Human, Republic of Doyle, Cracked, Remedy and Lost Girl. Film credits include SAW 3D, Three Days in Havana and French Immersion which garnered her a best actress nomination at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Olunike became the recipient of the 2014 Canadian Black Awards for best actress.