Tara comes from a remote, small Ontario town, where her roots and passion for community theatre began in her young teenage years. As the youngest performer on stage with her local community theatre group, Tara's boisterous yet charming and magnetic personality drew a crowd every night. The audience couldn't wait to see what Tara was going to bring to stage - either an animated young lady taking the stage by storm in stiletto's, leather and kinky blonde hair belting out "I'll Get My Man" or a shy and sweet young princess in Moliere's play, "The Doctor In Spite of Himself". Tara is also an accomplished litterateur and travels the city of Toronto in search of community theatre to bring her back to her roots and first love - theatre. Tara has paired her love of writing and theatre in her blog. Tara is vocal and candid in her writing, which makes her reviews of community theatre a pleasure to read.
Melissa comes from a very small rural hamlet with no cable television or internet. The only activity this community had to entertain themselves was the bi-annual productions shown at Beaver Valley Community School by the Thornbury Community Theatre. "Thank God for these people" Melissa thought to herself. Donating months of their own free time building and creating and memorizing lines with no financial reward just so that the people of the town had SOMETHING to do once in awhile. Now Melissa wants to give back to those dedicated people and shine a spotlight on the true heroes of the entertainment industry - Not Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone - but the unpaid actors and volunteers in the community theatre scene.
Vanessa grew up in the tiny village of Clarksburg, Ontario. She has appeared in such Grade 6 productions as Shakespeare's "Macbeth" as Lady Macbeth "B" and "Dr. Suess' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" as Cindy Lou Who. Not being popular enough to win the title role in "Snow White", Vanessa was given the more interesting and meaty role of the Evil Queen.
Vanessa spent much of her youth co-writing and appearing in funny skits alongside her best friend, Melissa Bazo, who was responsible for filming and direction.
She graduated with a diploma in Professional Writing in 2010.
Scale-model enthusiast Gareth McGorman is a life-long resident of Richmond Hill, bringing a dash of upper middle-class credibility to TCT Blog. Equal parts hobbyist and history buff, Gareth is well-known in the scale model community for his blog, Army Men Around the House (armymenaroundthehouse.tumblr.com). In 2012, Gareth founded and organized the Monsters and Martians film festival at the now defunct Big Picture Cinema on Gerrard St East. The film festival also ran in 2013. While he might look like the kind of guy you'd need to stab in the neck with a pen on a "red eye" flight, we promise he's a swell guy. Gareth holds a BA in History from York University.
A lifelong fan of computers, video games and graphics, David Peachey got his start in high school, where he did a co-op placement at Harbour Micro-Trends in Meaford, Ontario. After being yelled at by the dad of one of his friends (whose computer was brought in to download The Sims) for losing all the files on the computer (the thing was fried), David knew this was the path for him. David graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College in 2008 (?) with a 3 year advanced diploma in Computer Programming. He has had a dynamic and challenging career, helping program websites like jazz.com and Nicole Richie’s perfume website. He also programmed and designed a photography website for his wife: www.bazophotography.com. David’s inspirations include classic and indie video games, his wife, and pizza.