Resident Artists

Aviva Armour-Ostroff

Aviva works in Toronto as an actor, director, writer and producer. Most recently, Aviva appeared in ARC’s production of Human Animals, in which the cast was nominated for a Best Ensemble Dora Award. Previously to that, as Tereza in Susanna Fournier’s The Philosopher’s Wife.

Aviva has appeared in three previous ARC productions: Dissidents, Pomona, (Dora Award Nomination for Best Ensemble) and Moment (Dora Nomination for Best Performance). along with Chris Stanton, Aviva co-directed ARC’s latest production, Oil. Other acting credits include VideoCabaret’s The Great War (Dora Award for Best Ensemble), Berta in Hedda Gabler (Necessary Angel/Canadian Stage), Virginia in Age of Arousal (Factory Theatre), 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 for thirteen years. She is the producer and co-director of the film adaptation of Michael Healey’s The Drawer Boy. Aviva is in post production for her feature film, Lune.

Jackie Chau

Jackie has been designing sets and costumes in over 200 productions for stage and screen. Her work can be seen across Canada and has toured internationally. In addition, she is a production designer and art director for film and television. Selected 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, HUFF (NEPA), Antigone Insurgency, Someone is Going to Come, Talking Masks, Like the First Time, Charge of the Expormidable Moose, Ubu Mayor, Smyth/Williams, Music Music Life Death Music (One Little Goat), Gas Girls, Cake (New Harlem Productions), The Making Of St. Jerome (eastBOUND Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (TD Dream in High Park/Can Stage), Zadie’s Shoes, Lady Sunrise (Factory Theatre), Brown Balls, Mixie and the Halfbreeds (Fu-Gen), The Swearing Jar (Prairie Theatre Exchange), Dirty Butterfly (Bound to Create), Fish Eyes Trilogy (Nightswimming), Canada 300 (Watermark Theatre), Cannibal! the Musical (Starvox Entertainment), Twist Your Dickens (Second City Chicago/Toronto), Mini Me Makeover – Designer and Co-host (CBC Kids/Expect Theatre), Moment, Pomona, Dissidents, Human Animals, OIL (ARC Theatre), KISS (ARC/Theatre Smash/Can Stage), A Year with Frog and Toad (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Cowboy Versus Samurai, 39 Steps, Oraltorio, Yellow Rabbit (Soulpepper), and The Komagata Maru Incident (Stratford Festival). Jackie was named in NOW magazine’s Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009, nominated for the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design, nominated for a Saskatoon Area Theatre (SAT) award, Winnipeg Theatre award (Evie), 2 Broadway World awards and has received 8 Dora nominations for outstanding set and costume design. Jackie has been a company member since 2014.

Deborah Drakeford

Deb is now the proud co-Artistic Producer of ARC, having been a part of the resident artistic company for the past 15 years.

Deb’s ARC credits include A Kind of Alaska, The City, Bea (Dora nomination), Moment (Dora nomination), Pomona and Human Animals (both of which were Dora nominated for best ensembles) and most recently, OIL, cut short by COVID-19, as well as numerous staged readings.Deb has worked across the country from Kamloops BC to PEI. Her goal is to work in every province and territory.

She has also worked extensively with Soulpepper Theatre in Innocence Lost, Parfumerie, Marat/Sade, Happy Place, (Dora nominations), Blood Wedding, Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, Waiting For The Parade.

Deb has so many other favourite shows. Like a lot. She is a lucky gal. Here are a few recently: The Penelopiad (Grand Theatre), Portia’s Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Angelo in an all female cast of Measure for Measure (Thought for Food), Boston Marriage (Headstrong Collective) and lately, playing Shirley in the one woman show Shirley Valentine (Thousand Island Playhouse and beyond…) And then there is Rabbit Hole, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Dining Room, The Laramie Project, Same Time Next Year, The Importance Of Being Earnest, This Is How We Got Here.

And Deb has done some TV and film and voice work.

She resides here in Toronto with her husband, actor Oliver Dennis, and their two amazing kids, Charlotte and Philip.

Oh yah, and Deb is a teacher too – with Soulpepper Theatre and Young People’s Theatre, as well as with the TDSB.

Carlos González-Vío

Carlos was born at St Michael’s Hospital to (stil)l proud Uruguayan parents. He is now a Toronto based performer, translator, and physical trainer. he was raised between Mississauga and Montevideo, Uruguay, affording him the opportunity to grow up bilingual. Thanks to his work as an actor, he travelled to several parts of the world, in the other times; he’s also quite happy to focus on home for a while. Carlos was invited to be a member of ARC by Christopher Stanton in September 2013, an invitation he will always consider among the most beneficial to his personal life and creative work. Thank You.

Selected stage credits include: Cloudless (CANSTAGE), The Walls (SOULPEPPER), Human Animals (ARC), The Scavenger’s Daughter (Paradigm Prodxn), Dissidents (ARC), Fortune of Wolves (TNB), Kiss (ARC/Theatre Smash/Canadian Stage), Blood Weddings (Modern Times/Aluna Theatre), Pomona (ARC), The Death of the King (Modern Times/Theatre Centre), Elora Gorge (The Room), Nohayquiensepa (Aluna Theatre), Endings (Passbo Dance), and Crave (Nightwood Theatre).

Selected screen credits include: Blowback, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Orphan Black, Flashpoint, Kidnap Capital, The Strain, The Punisher: War Zone, and many, many self-tapes.

Ryan Hollyman

Ryan Hollyman is a resident artist with ARC and has performed in Oil, Human Animals, Pomona and Moment.
He is an award-winning actor that has worked with Soulpepper, Canadian Stage and many other companies throughout Canada and has been to numerous countries, playing some of the world’s most renown theatres with The Overcoat and Helen Lawrence touring productions. He is known in the TV world, with guest spots on Hudson and Rex, Suits, Saving Hope and others and recurring parts on Murdoch Mysteries, The Strain and The Expanse. He is a graduate of Concordia University’s performance program and was a member of the Montreal Young Company.

Rob Kempson

Rob Kempson is a theatre artist and educator, working primarily as a director and playwright. Selected Writer/Director: Trigonometry (timeshare/Factory); Mockingbird (Next Stage Theatre Festival); SHANNON 10:40 (timeshare/Videofag); explicit (Rhubarb Festival); #legacy (Harbourfront Centre); The HV Project (Community). Selected Director: Box 4901 (timeshare/Buddies), The Places We Are (Theatre Erindale), The Snow Queen (Canadian Children’s Opera Company), Electric Messiah IV & V (Soundstreams), The Little Mermaid (St. Lawrence College), 9 to 5: The Musical (Randolph College), The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Box 4901 (SummerWorks, foldA Festival); The Canadian, Maggie and Pierre, Million Dollar Quartet, Daisy Amazed Me, Violet’s the Pilot, Rose’s Clothes (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Robert (co-directed with Briana Brown, Toronto Fringe); Songs for a New World (Claude Watson). Writer/Composer/Performer: The Way Back To Thursday (Theatre Passe Muraille/Touchstone Theatre – Dora Nomination: Outstanding New Musical).

Rob has been a member of the Stratford Festival Playwrights’ Retreat, a Resident Artist Educator at Young People’s Theatre, and the RBC Intern Director for The Musical Stage Co. He is the past Artistic Producer of the Paprika Festival, the past Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille, and the past Associate Artistic Director at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. More info at or on twitter at @rob_kempson.

Andre Sills

Andre is a Toronto based Actor, Director, Producer and Writer.
He has spent most of his career working in the Theatre across the country. This would have been his sixth season at the Stratford Festival where he was set to play Henry VIII in Wolf Hall and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing before the theatres shut down due to COVID-19.
He also played the title character in the 2018 Stratford hit Coriolanus directed by the World Renowned Robert Lepage, and was in the top 10 shows of 2018 in the Washington Post and The Globe & Mail and more.
In addition he spent four seasons at The Shaw Festival where he played Tom in The Glass Menagerie and received a My Entertainment World Best Actor Award for his work in An Octoroon and a Dora Award & Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actor for his work in Master Harold and the Boys.
He has also worked at Soulpepper Theatre where he toured with Kim’s Convenience across the country, and also played Othello at The St. Louis Black Rep, and many other companies across the country. He is a Resident Artist with The Actors Repertory Company (ARC).

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 Brothers, A Chitenge Story, MUD and The Drum Major Instinct. Makambe is a proud Zambian whose intention is to be of service through her ability to tell stories.

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 Séparation, Le Menteur, and 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). In 2020, Nabil was part of ARC’s production of Oil by Ella Hickson. 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.

Tamara Vuckovic

Tamara is a Toronto based Stage Manager, Director and Producer in
primarily Theatre and Opera. Her work has taken her across Canada, from
Toronto to Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, and Halifax; to cities in the
US such as San Francisco and New York; and across seas to Italy &
Estonia. She has been ARC’s Managing Producer since 2018, and their
Resident Stage Manager since 2014. She has also been the Resident SM of
opera performance company Off Centre Music Salon since 2010.

Recent Stage Management credits include: Oil (ARC); Marjorie Prime (Coal
Mine); Hell’s Fury (Soundstreams); The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare in the
Ruff); Hook Up (Tapestry Opera); Flying Hearts Tour (Theatre Direct);
The Glass Menagerie (Grand Theatre); La Bohème (Against the Grain); Dead
Man Walking (Vancouver Opera); Birds of a Feather (Roseneath Theatre).
Her most recent directing credit is AD’ing ARC’s last production of Oil,
and the Co-Director of ARC’s Dissidents.