Plosive Productions is a theatre company run by David Whiteley, Teri Loretto-Valentik, Chris Ralph and Fiona Currie. We produce shows at The Gladstone in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy.
Plosive Productions aims to provide our community with fulfilling, relevant and novel experiences, for both audiences and artists alike:
- Fulfilling: We strive for each production to present a strong staging of a strong text. We choose great works from the international repertoire (including Canada), where each work’s demands match the talents of local artists and the appetites of local audiences.
- Relevant: Whether world premières or classics, Canadian plays or texts from abroad that speak to local concerns, we look for works that matter. We find relevance in many places: sometimes in an idea, other times in a feeling; in timely subjects, or timeless tales.
- Novel: We take pride in bringing new experiences to Ottawa. This can mean world premières, new translations, or works new to Canada or to Ottawa. We also find novelty in an established work with a novel form, or in staging a classic in a new way.
We are committed to creating opportunities for local Ottawa theatre artists, both veteran professionals and emerging artists.
David Ross Whiteley, Artistic Director
As an actor/director/musician, David has worked with most of Ottawa & the surrounding region’s professional theatres, including the NAC English Theatre, four summers with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, a Company of Fools, SevenThirty Productions and Bear & Co. Favourite acting credits with Plosive include playing Tom in The Norman Conquests, Thomas in Venus in Fur, Ben in Detroit and Elyot in Private Lives. Hightlights with other companies include Moody in Anne & Gilbert: The Musical (NAC English Theatre), Duke of Windsor in Finishing the Suit (Bear & Co., CCC Best Actor, professional nomination), Salieri in Mozart & Salieri (Seven Tyrants Theatre, Jessie Awards Oustanding Production (Musical) nomination) and Dr. Givings in In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Same Day Theatre, Prix Rideau Awards Outstanding Production).
For Plosive Productions, David has directed Romeo & Juliet REDUX, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Importance of Being Earenest. Other directing credits include The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine (Vacant House Theatre), Anthony and Cleopatra (a Company of Fools), The Brothers Menæchmus (Third Wall Theatre), Hidden in This Picture (Vision Theatre), A Leave of Absinthe (The Absinthe Collective) and Thirsty for your skin, my parched parted lips… (Mutatis Mutandis).
David also works as a translator, adapter and playwright, with credits including rhymed verse renditions of Molière’s The Misanthrope (Third Wall Theatre) and Tartuffe (Third Wall Theatre, Rideau Award nomination) and The School for Wives (SevenThirty Productions/Plosive Production co-production) and Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (Plosive Productions). Other writing credits include A Flea in Her Ear (SevenThirty Productions), Winnie-the-Pooh (Plosive Productions) and with Mutatis Mutandis theatre company: What Goes Around…/…Comes Around (mutatis mutandis, Rideau and Golden Cherry Award nominations; Best in Venue, Ottawa Fringe Festival), Ubu Rex and Ubu Mactwobu, Mozart Requiem and Hot Spur! The One-Man One-Act Wild West Musical Adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part One.
David has studied at Ryerson Theatre School, the University of Guelph and holds a Masters degree from l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
Teri Loretto Valentik
Teri began writing, acting and singing at an early age and soon moved to Ottawa to study theatre at Canterbury High School. She went on to complete her undergrad in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Dramaturgy and Theory of Performance at the University of Ottawa. Teri has been nominated for the Prix Rideau and Capital Critics Circle for Best Director, Best Performance (Female)and her shows have been considered for Best Production and Designs by both the PRA and CCC. Memorable roles include the title character in Shirley Valentine (Gladstone Productions), Miss Witherspoon (Vision Theatre), Sphinx and Mum in Greek (Third Wall Theatre/Repercussion Theatre), 5 characters in A Company of Fools’ production of As You Like It, Jesse in ‘night Mother (Still Standing Theatre Co.) and Lucy/Red Operator for the North American eastern seaboard tour with the Caravan Stage Barge. She is part of the Absinthe Collective that wrote and produced A Leave of Absinthe for the Fringe circuit. Her adaptations and original Radio Show scripts have become a perennial favourite at the Gladstone in Ottawa.
Directing credits include Sorrow, which won best dramatic production at the Ottawa Fringe, Laramie, The Epilogue-10 Years Later for TotoToo Theatre, BLINK (Plosive), for which she was nominated for Best Director and Voices From the Front, an original script based on Canadians letters to and from the two world war fronts, co-written with playwright John Cook. She also writes scripts in both official languages for The Element Montessori school, producing, designing and directing those shows annually.
She has toured with and written music for several professional music groups in several genres.
Teri teaches in the Performing Arts, Journalism, Television Broadcasting and Professional Writing programs at Algonquin College. She is the stand in weather reporter for CBC Ottawa News and fills in as host for CBC Radio One’s In Town and Out. She leads groups of seniors in play and script study in Ottawa and teaches lectures for the Learning in Retirement program in Almonte, ON.
She is also the current VP of ACTRA Ottawa and a member in good standing of Equity, ACTRA, Canadian Media Guild, and The Playwright’s Guild of Canada.
Chris is a familiar face on the Gladstone stage, having appeared in Speed-the-Plow, The Importance of Being Earnest; It’s A Wonderful Life; A Flea in Her Ear; Noises Off; A Farndale Christmas; and The Italian American Reconciliation. Chris is a graduate of York University’s Graduate Theatre Program and the National Theatre School. He teaches acting at the University of Ottawa and voice at the Ottawa Theatre School.
Fiona was responsible for Plosive’s digital media presence, including web design, social media and video production. She also served for several years as the webmaster for The Gladstone. Fiona has been active in theatre craft for more than a decade. She has acted as stage manager, properties master and designed posters, programs, jewellery and prosthetic body parts. Most recently, she has focussed on sound design, drawing upon her background in musical performance and video production.
By day, Fiona manages the digital media team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She previously worked for more than a decade as a video and digital media specialist at Parks Canada and for many years at the Canadian Museum of Nature, most of that time in video production. She can identify nearly as many dinosaurs as a three-year-old and has stood on the closest point of land to the North Pole.
Founding member Kel Parsons performed in The Importance of Being Earnest and directed The Shadow: A Christmas Mysteries Radio Show in our 2011 season. She resigned from Plosive at the end of the season in order to pursue new opportunities in Stratford, Ontario. We wish her all the best in her new career.