tits + teeth
Who Are We?
Jen and Kyla - two performing artists coming to you from Toronto. We have a blast of a time interviewing our peers in show biz, unveiling their secrets about balancing this crazy unconventional life, and debating issues in the arts. We play games and ask insightful questions, all while sipping on our guests favourite drink! (or chugging…chugging is a better description) Join us for lots of laughs, endless banter, and insight into the minds of some of Canada’s finest theatre workers, both on stage and off.
Kyla is unbelieveably jazzed to be on this new adventure alongside Jen. Hailing from Stratford Ontario, she now lives with her partner on the east end of Toronto. Kyla is a musical theatre performer who attended Sheridan College's Musical Theatre Performance program and has had the privilege of working all across this beautiful country since graduating. Some of her favourite credits include Mamma Mia (Globe Theatre) Legally Blonde (Stage West) Saturday Night Fever (Northcore Prod. North American Tour) Mary Poppins, Shrek (Neptune Theatre) Crazy for You (Capitol Theatre) Snow White (Drayton Entertainment) and all three of her seasons at the Charlottetown Festival. Kyla has a passion for bouldering, scotch, and grilled cheese sandwiches, has been told she's a pretty sassy lady, and is a professional ninja wanna-be. Share a drink with us, and remember, tits up, teeth out!
With a wink and a nod to the showgirls of musical theatre,
we welcome you to
tits + teeth!
Jennifer was born and raised on the beaches in Sydney, Australia, is also a proud American, and married a Canadian hunk and moved across the world to learn about hockey and maple syrup! Life has always been a wild adventure, with some of her favourite performance credits including being turned into a tiger by some of the worlds greatest magicians on Season 2 of Masters of Illusions (CW Network), The Drowsy Chaperone, Rock of Ages (Drayton Entertainment), Guys and Dolls (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), West Side Story (Rainbow Stage), Disney's Newsies (Assistant Choreo/Director, Forestburgh Playhouse), and Saturday Night Fever (North American Tour), where she toured with her mate, Kyla, and dreamed of making a podcast! When Jen is not podcasting or performing in theatre shows, you may find her dancing samba or choreographing for Tropicana Queens, or she might have run off with A2D2 Circus!... wherever she is, you know she will have her tits up and teeth out!
Episode #1 - Marc Kimelman
Marc Kimelman, Dora-award winning choreographer, is one of Canada's most exciting artists, now based in New York City. Marc has amazing credits to his name, and is always working to create new ones. On Broadway, Marc has been on the choreography teams for A Bronx Tale and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has choreographed the North American Tour of Saturday Night Fever, Stratford's Man Of La Mancha, and been an associate/ assistant choreographer for the 1st National Tour of We Will Rock You, Disney's workshop of Freaky Friday, and the Broadway workshop of Hands On A Hardbody. His work has been seen on the television drama Elementary (CBS), and he has served as movement consultant for Vogue Magazine. Jen + Ky met up with Marc in midtown Manhattan for some Bailey's + coffee, and chatted about where he finds inspiration for his choreography, what he does to be a well rounded human, and his goals for the future. Follow Marc on Instagram @kimelman. Visit his website at MarcKimelman.com
Episode #2 - Mary Antonini
Mary Antonini, a stunning woman both inside and out, is here to sit down with your girls! Mary has taken her talents all the way from Saskatchewan, Canada to the Broadway stage. Her Broadway credits to date are The Prom, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Other theatre credits include Disney’s Aladdin (1st National Tour), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla Playhouse), West Side Story, Camelot, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). We interviewed Mary after watching her slay the stage in The Prom! Mary brought us backstage after the show, we got to look out from the stage of the Longacre Theatre, and she brought all the ingredients to make delicious Hot Toddies! She is officially the hostess with the mostest. While sipping on those Hot Toddies we chat with Mary about the development of The Prom, healthcare, and how she takes care of herself both physically and mentally. Follow Mary on Instagram @maryemily18
Episode #3 - Lauren Ritchie
For more than 15 years, Lauren Ritchie has been studying, researching, and educating dancers on the physical, emotional and mental intricacies of dance. Lauren has made it her life’s work to support dancers to be their best – mind, body and spirit. Lauren has created and hosts The Dance Podcast; an invaluable resource dedicated to inspire and educate dancers, teachers, and parents through candid conversations with industry professionals like Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Anthony Morigerato, and choreography duo NappyTabs. This powerhouse of a woman is incredibly intelligent and has great opinions and insights on the word of dance. We chat with Lauren about her mental and physical health and we hear what being ‘passionate’ means to her. Follow Lauren @lauren_m_ritchie and @thedancepodcast. Visit her website at TheDancePodcast.com
Episode #4 - Julia McLellan
Our guest this week is a hard as hell working, environment saving, fashionista who just closed her first Broadway show. Julia McLellan is here! Julia is a Nova Scotia girl who has taken her talents all over North America. Some of her credits include: Kinky Boots (Broadway, 1st National Tour, Mirvish) A Chorus Line (Stratford Festival) and Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard Of Oz (1st National Tour, Mirvish). We get to hear all about Julia’s whirlwind adventure with Kinky Boots, we talk love and romance in this biz, and of course we hear all about her passion for zero waste living and her wildly popular persona, Zero Waste Warbler. Follow Julia on Instagram @juliaemilymclellan and @zerowastewarbler. Visit her website at JuliaMcLellan.com
Episode #5 - Jodi McFadden
Today on the pod we hear from a sweet, sensitive, badass Canadian gal living in NYC (and crushing it)- Jodi McFadden! Jodi has been working back and forth between New York and Canada since her Broadway debut in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Band’s Visit and the upcoming Moulin Rouge. Other theatre credits include Dirty Dancing (Mirvish) Into The Woods, Anything Goes, Hello Dolly! (Stratford Festival) Chicago (Drayton Entertainment). Jodi welcomed us into her dressing room backstage at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre, before a matinee performance of The Band’s Visit. It. Was. Wonderful. We have a nip of Baileys in our coffee and chat with Jodi about her experience as a stand-by, the epic women of the Moulin Rouge, and her self care. Follow Jodi on Instagram @jodimcfadden
Episode #6 - Josh Assor
Josh Assor is a phenomenal New York City based choreographer and is here to sit down with your girls, Jen and Ky! We have been so #blessed to have some amazing choreographers grace our podcast and today is no exception! Josh’s choreographic credits include: Medicine The Musical (World Premier, Off-Broadway), Cinderella, Mary Poppins (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (National Tour, Asst. Choreo), as well as for New York Fashion Week. Career highlights include the 1st National Tour of Disney's Newsies, Mary Poppins (Broadway/1st National Tour), West Side Story (Stratford Festival), and dancing on NBC's Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon. We sip on ‘Rose All Day’ in this interview, and talk with Josh about being on the faculty at Broadway Dance Centre in New York, how he transitioned from being a performer to a choreographer, and how ‘tour life’ worked for him throughout his career. Follow Josh on Instagram @josh_assor. Visit his website at JoshAssorOfficial.com
Episode 7 - Damian Chambers
Damian Chambers welcomed Jen and Ky into his NYC pad for a morning interview filled with Bailey’s, coffee and All-American charm! You’ll get to hear all about Disney's Aladdin on Broadway and the crazy amount of tracks this talented swing covers, Damian’s transition away from musical theatre and onto his next big adventure, and his unique family story. Damian met Jen many moons ago when they both danced for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. His amazing credits since include Aladdin (Broadway & National Tour), West Side Story (Papermill Playhouse), and Candide (New York City Opera). Follow Damian on Instagram @damechame
Episode 8 - Sara Farb
Sara Farb and her beautiful pup Andy originally hail from Ontario, Canada, but have recently made the move to NYC for Sara’s Broadway debut, so we all meet up here for some whiskey and good laughs. This beautiful human can be seen in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child currently playing on the Great White Way. Sara spent 5 seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, Cordelia in King Lear), her talents have also been showcased in Fun Home as Medium Alison (Musical Stage Co/Mirvish), and The 27 Club (Soulpepper). We chat with Miss Farb about the magical, mystical world of Harry Potter, how she effortlessly transitions between musical theatre and straight plays, and her life outside the business. Follow Sara on Instagram @farb.sara
Episode 9 - Steven Guy-McGrath
Steven Guy-McGrath is an actor, a renovator, a foodie, a boat enthusiast, a playwright, a musician, dad extraordinaire, and this weeks guest of honour on Tits and Teeth! Stephen is a performer and writer. You’ve seen him on stages all across this country including Anne of Green Gables, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet(Charlottetown Festival), Once (Mirvish) A Christmas Carol, Glengarry Glen Ross (Soulpepper) and No Great Mischief (Tarragon Theatre). Stephen is the writer of Spinning Yarns and also Bully, a play about astrophysics, broken homes and chocolate bars. We have ‘Spindrift’ cocktails and chat with this lovely Newfie about summers at the Charlottetown Festival, his one-person show, Spinning Yarns, playing this year at Charlottetown’s second stage, and being a dad and family man while in this fast pace business. Follow Steven on Instagram @sgmplays
Episode 10 - Shannon Lewis
Plucked from Pickering, Ontario and placed on the Broadway stage, Shannon Lewis is a true legend! Shannon is the choreographer of the inventive new musical The Secret Silk by Stephen Schwartz and John Tartaglia. Her critically acclaimed choreography recently appeared in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Maltz Jupiter Theatre), as well as the new musical film Stuck starring Amy Madigan, Giancarlo Esposito and Ashanti. As a performer, Shannon starred in the original Broadway cast of Fosse and is featured singing I Gotcha on the Original Cast album. She starred as Ursula opposite Christina Applegate in the Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, and as Miss Krumholtz with Daniel Radcliffe and Nick Jonas in the Broadway revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. Other Broadway credits include: The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Contact, Candide and Crazy For You. We meet up with Shannon after a busy day at Pearl Studios in New York, get a drink in hand to decompress and chat about her initial move from Canada to the US. We also hear about all the incredible women she’s had the privilege of working with over the years, including Gwen Verdon herself. Follow Shannon on Instagram @realshanlew . Visit her website at ShannonLewis.net
Episode 11 - Robert Markus
Robert Markus, loyal human, hilarious gent, and star of Toronto’s Dear Evan Hansen is here with Jen and Ky! Robert is a Canadian treasure. He is currently playing Evan in Dear Evan Hansen. At the Stratford Festival, he has been seen as Tommy in Tommy, and Riff Raff in Rocky Horror. He’s had a season at the Shaw Festival (Sweeney Todd, Our Town), and played iconic roles such as Gabe in Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre), and Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Mayfield Dinner, Drayton Entertainment). While enjoying a vodka soda and lime, we chat with Robert all about his journey with Dear Evan Hansen. We learn about his process and how he keeps himself mentally and physically healthy so that he can be ‘Evan’ every night. We also learn that Robert is a talented song writer, and that he can do an Aussie accent way better than Ky will ever be able to do. Follow Robert on Instagram @rjbmarkus
Episode 12 - Jardan Bell
Jordan Bell, the man with the infectious smile, serious drive and determination, and the voice of an ANGEL, is here to have some bubbly and fantastic chats with your girls. While in Canada Jordan worked for incredible companies such as The Stratford Festival (West Side Story, Evita, Kiss Me Kate) Mirvish Productions (A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, Wizard Of Oz) and the Charlottetown Festival (Full Monty, Anne of Green Gables). Since moving to the US, Jordan has been a part of the world premiere of Calamity Jane (The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row) From Here to Eternity (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival) and West Side Story (Orlando Shakespeare Festival). We get to hear all about the process Jordan took to get his green card in order to pursue his dream in New York, Pride in the Big Apple, and we get a hilarious recantation of Jordan’s famous series of monologues from ‘The Sign Says No.’ Follow Jordan on Instagram @belljordan. Visit his website at JordanBellOnline.com