Resident Artists

Aviva Armour-Ostroff


Aviva works in Toronto as an actor, director, writer and producer.

Most recently, Aviva appeared in VideoCabaret’s The Great War, where the cast won a Dora Award for Best Ensemble. Prior to that, Aviva appeared as Berta in Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage) and as Virginia in Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre). She was nominated for a Dora Award for her performance in ARC’s production of Moment.

Other acting credits include He Left Quietly, winner of the SummerWorks Best Production Award, Annie Sullivan in Western Canada Theatre’s The Miracle Worker, and Layne Coleman’s film, The Shape of Rex.

Aviva was the founder and Artistic Director of The Lab Cab Festival and just finished producing and associate directing the film adaptation of Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy ( She is continuing to work on her first play Lune and is grateful to you for coming to the theatre.

Jackie Chau


Jackie has worked as a set and costume designer in Montreal, Chicago and Toronto, and her work has toured internationally. She has taught set and costume design in the US, and studied theatre design at Concordia (Montreal) and Northwestern (Chicago). In addition, she is a production designer and art director for film and television. Selected Toronto theatre design credits include: Sexy Laundry (Theatre Aquarius) Annie Mae’s Movement, The Place Between, Salt Baby, Almighty Voice and His Wife, Giiwedin, Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, From Thine Eyes (NEPA), Antigone Insurgency, Someone is Going to Come, Talking Masks, Like the First Time, Charge of the Expormidable Moose (One Little Goat), Gas Girls (New Harlem Productions), The Making Of St. Jerome (eastBOUND Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (TD Dream in High Park/Canadian Stage), Zadie’s Shoes (Factory Theatre), Brown Balls (Fu-Gen). Jackie was named in NOW magazine’s Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009, and has received 4 Dora nominations for outstanding set design.

Deborah Drakeford


Deb has worked across the country from Kamloops BC to PEI.

She has been on the Artistic Committee for ARC since 2006 and has performed Moment, Bea (Dora nominations), The City, A Kind of Alaska as well as numerous staged readings and now is very excited about Pomona.

She has also worked with Soulpepper Theatre in Marat/Sade, Happy Place, (Dora nominations), Blood Wedding, Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, and Waiting for the Parade.

Other favourite shows include The Dining Room (Down n Out Theatre, Dora nomination), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Importance of Being Earnest (The Grand Theatre, London), The Laramie Project (Studio 180), Sibs (Marquis Entertainment), Rabbit Hole, Same Time Next Year(Sudbury Theatre Company), This is How We Got Here (Summerworks), among many others. Favourite film and television gigs include the David Cronenberg film A History of Violence and Cracked for CBC.

Deb also holds a BEd and teaches across the GTA.

Carlos González-Vío


Carlos’s work has taken him from Toronto to Buenos Aires, Prague, Havana and Bogotá. With a strange stint south of St. Louis somewhere in there. So strange, some places.

Stage credits include The Oak Room (Fracas Theatre), Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Red One Theatre Collective), Hallaj (Modern Times Stage Company), Elora Gorge (The Room), La Comunión, Nohayquiensepa (Aluna Theatre), Agamemnon (Theatre Cipher), Crave (Nightwood Theatre), Endings (PassBo Dance).

Screen credits include Played, The Mortal Instruments, Cracked, Nikita, XIII, Alphas, The Bridge, The Listener, Flashpoint, Pinkville, The Incredible Hulk, Max Payne and The Punisher.
That’s actually pretty much all of it. Well, not all of it. But you know what I mean.

More recent interests and developments include translation.
Being bilingual English-Spanish, something was piqued. Stay tuned.

Ryan Hollyman


Ryan Hollyman is an award winning actor and writer based in Toronto with his wife, actress and choreographer Monica Dottor, and son Arlo James.

Selected stage includes Helen Lawrence (Canadian Stage/Münchner Kammerspiele/Edinburgh Fringe), Possible Worlds (BeMe/TIFT), Warhorse (Mirvish Production, Toronto), Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter (Canadian Stage, Toronto), The Overcoat (Barbican Theatre in London’s West End and International tour), Our Class (Studio 180, Toronto), Romeo and Juliet (Minack Theatre in Cornwall England).

Selected screen includes The Shape of Rex (Factoria Films), Othello, The Republic of Doyle, Unlocked(CBC), Flashpoint (CBS/CTV), Degrassi, The Dealership (GLOBAL), The Winning Season (TNT).

Radio: Sgt. Mike D’Olivera on Afghanada (CBC Radio 1), voice of ‘Snap’ for Rice Krispies commercials (Radio and TV).

Ryan is a two-time TFC (best actor) award winner, a Les Masques (best ensemble) award winner, and a three-time Dora Mavor Moore (best actor) award nominee.

Andre Sills


Andre’s theatre credits include Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper Canadian Tour), Shakespeare’s Nigga, Ruined (Obsidian), Intimate Apparel (ATP), You Can’t Take It With You, Home (Soulpepper), Cruel & Tender (Canadian Stage), Courageous (New Stages), Out At Sea (ARC), Richard III (Hart House Theatre), Taming Of The Shrew & As You Like It (Theatre By The Bay), A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Shakespeare In Action), The Overwhelming (Studio 180), Othello & Radio Golf (St.Louis Black Rep), Much Ado About Nothing (Canadian Stage).

Selected film & TV includes Baby Brain, Sensitivity Training II, Battlers, Till Dawn, XIII, Sensitivity Training, Rookie Blue, Insecurity, Good Dog, Dan For Mayor, I Kill Monsters, A Kindness, Unlucky.

He received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Intimate Apparel from Calgary’s Betty Awards, and was nominated by as Best Actor for his work in Richard III. Andre spent four seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and attended the Birmingham Conservatory under David Latham. He is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.

Makambe K Simamba

Makambe K Simamba is a Dora Award winning playwright and actor for her most recent solo work, Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers (b current performing arts). She recently co-directed inVISIBLE (Too) at the University of Lethbridge. Stage acting credits include Blacktop Sky (Obsidian Theatre), A Chitenge Story (Handsome Alice, Betty Mitchell Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance), GIANT (Ghost River Theatre), Bea (Sage Theatre), SIA (Pyretic Productions) and inVISIBLE (Handsome Alice). Film acting credits include Burn Your Maps (TIFF), Grand Army (Netflix), and Young Drunk Punk (Citytv). Makambe is a national award winning playwright whose work includes Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little BrothersA Chitenge StoryMUD and The Drum Major Instinct. Makambe is a proud Zambian whose intention is to be of service through her ability to tell stories.

Tamara Vuckovic


Tamara is a Toronto-based Stage Manager who received her BFA in Performance Production from the Ryerson Theatre School. She has been an ARC Resident Artist since 2014. She is also the resident Stage Manager for Off Centre Music Salon. Selected Stage Management credits include: Moment (ARC); The Love Crimes of Frances Lark (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Brilliant Traces (Tango Soul); Little Death (The Theatre Centre); Hairspray (LOT); Melancholy Play (The Empty Room); Macbeth (Sterling Theatre Company); True (Criminal Theatre); Tragedy: A Tragedy (SummerWorks Festival); Queer Bathroom Stories (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Old Love (Sirius Theatrical); Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Sterling Studio Theatre); The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (JR Theatre Company); Journey’s End (The Empty Room); The Biographer (Tango Co.); The Bundle (Edward Bond Festival).

Tamara is also an emerging Director. She was one of this year’s recipients of Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program Grants, and made her directorial debut with George F. Walker’s Suburban Motel. Assistant Directing credits include: The Memo (Thought For Food); Boyfriends (Toronto Fringe Festival); Unity 1918 and The Girls Who Saw Everything (Ryerson Theatre School).

Nabil Traboulsi


Nabil Traboulsi is a Canadian-Lebanese film, television and stage actor based in Toronto. Nabil is a Meisner-trained actor and a graduate of the 2-year conservatory program at the Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York. He has appeared in short films and has recently been part of stage productions at the New York Fringe Festival, the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), the Kaaitheater in Brussels, and the Toronto Fringe Festival. For the Théâtre Français de Toronto (TFT): Les Zinspirés: Six Degrés de SéparationLe Menteur, and the male lead in La Seconde Surprise de l’Amour. The cast of Les Zinspirés was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore award for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble (TYA division). For Film/TV: Titans (Netflix/Warner Bros.)

Nabil is fluent in English, French and Arabic and has lived in different cities including New York, Paris, Beirut and Montreal.

Bahareh Yaraghi


Bahareh is a Toronto based performer and a five-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee (Individual & Ensemble). She was most recently seen at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this season in the Canadian English premiere of The Aeneid.

Other recent credits: The Death of the King (ModernTimes/Theatre Centre), Le Placard (Theatre Français de Toronto), Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna), Her2(Nightwood), Moment (ARC), Minotaur (YPT), Les Zinspirés (Theatre Francais de Toronto), Bea (ARC), The Kite Runner (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), Prisoner of Tehran(TPM), Hallaj (Modern Times).

Upcoming productions include: Unholy (Nightwood), Kiss (ARC/Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage), and the remount of the multi-award winning Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna).

Bahareh is a graduate of Humber Theatre, holds a BA from McGill University, and is a resident artist of ARC.