Troubadour Theatre Collective creates live experiential theatre in surprising and non-traditional theatre spaces. We focus on theatre as an event rather than a presentation, and strive to dissolve the division between artist and audience in order to provoke a dynamic two-way relationship between all involved.
The Collective is committed to supporting and celebrating both emerging and established professional theatre artists who are based in the London area and surrounding regions. In so doing it is our intention to increase, strengthen, and diversify, professional theatre in London, and thereby enrich the cultural fabric of our community.
Troubadour is committed to artistic excellence and the growth and diversification of professional theatre in the London and area. Troubadour champions the Canadian voice through engagement of new Canadian playwrights and the development of new Canadian works. In so doing we are dedicated to a practice of inclusiveness which reflects the diversity of our population.
3 Pillars of Programing: Production Events: Experiential Theatre in Surprising Spaces New Play Development: Playwrights Unit, Long-term Play Development, Devised Theatre Creations Education: Professional Development Workshops and Apprenticeship Opportunities
Founded in 2015, Troubadour is a registered not-for-profit arts organization. Troubadour Theatre Collective engages under the terms of the DOT Policy and the INDIE 2.1, professional Artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.Troubadour Theatre Collective is comprised of theatre artists dedicated to their art and community and to the process of collaborative creation.
Ingrid Blekys - Associate Artist A founding member, Ingrid has worked in the theatre for over 30 years as an actor, director and educator. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and received her MFA in performance from York University in 2005. Ingrid has worked on stages throughout Canada and the U.S.A.: Stratford Festival, The Belfry Theatre, Court Theatre and The Grand Theatre, to name a few. She has taught at Windsor University, University of Victoria, University of Chicago and York University. Presently Ingrid teaches acting and movement for the actor at Fanshawe College in London. She is the recipient of the Dorothy Somerset Theatre Award, Denise Pelletier/Guthrie Award, the Nahlini Graduate Award and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award.
Charlotte Gowdy - Associate Artist An award-winning actor / director / educator, Charlotte has been working and playing at theatres across Canada for the past twenty years. She recently completed her third season at the Stratford Festival where she was the Associate Director on Bakkhai, and Assistant Director on The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Taming of the Shrew. Other theatre credits include the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Crow’s, Theatre NorthWest, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Blyth Festival and the Grand Theatre in London. Charlotte is a graduate of both The National Theatre School of Canada and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France. She is a passionate educator and has enjoyed being a regular guest teacher in the drama departments of Fanshawe College, Queen’s University, Holland College School for the Performing Arts and the University of PEI. Born and raised in Charlottetown, PEI, Charlotte now makes her home in Stratford, ON.
Francesca Ranalli - Co-Founder / Associate Artist A founding member, Francesca performs, directs, and produces theatre, opera and recital. Her work has taken her across Canada, and into Europe. Select actor/singer credits include Kyra Hollis in Skylight (Troubadour Theatre Collective), Viola in Twelfth Night (Theatre Georgian Bay), Vanda in Venus in Fur and Red in Red (Fountainhead Theatre), Portia in The Merchant of Venice (Salamander Theatre), The Mikado (Drayton Entertainment/HCP), Olga in Eugene Onegin and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Ottawa Fringe), and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Opera Lyra Ottawa/National Arts Centre and National Gallery of Canada). Francesca’s directing credits include Romeo and Juliet (Troubadour Theatre Collective), The Brothers Grimm (Opera Nuova, Edmonton), Assistant Director for Carmen (Opera Nuova, Edmonton) and La Traviata (Highlands Opera Studio). Directing Intern with Opera Nuova, included excerpts from Hamlet, Lakme, Mignon, Louise, and On the Town. Francesca has also sung as a classical and jazz soloist in Canada and abroad. She holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Ottawa and has participated in several young artist programs, as an actor, a singer, and a director. Francesca also teaches in the Fanshawe College Acting program.