Plosive Productions was formed in 2010 by Teri Rata Loretto, Kel Parsons and David Ross Whiteley. Our mission is to produce the kind of works that Ottawa-Gatineau audiences want to see. From light-hearted comedies to powerful dramas, we will produce high-quality contemporary and classic works that truly connect with the audience. We produce shows at The Gladstone in the heart of Ottawa’s Little Italy.
Teri Loretto Valentik
Teri began acting and singing at an early age and soon moved to Ottawa to study theatre at Canterbury High School. She then went on to study Theatre at the University of Ottawa, where she is currently completing a Masters degree. Teri has been twice nominated for the Rideau Award for Best Performance-Female for Shirley Valentine and for Mary in How the Other Half Loves, (The Gladstone Theatre.) She was also nominated for a Golden Cherry Award in 2009. Other memorable roles include the title role in 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 Absinthein 2008.
Directing credits include Sorrow, which won best dramatic production at the Ottawa Fringe in 2008, Theatre Life and Laramie, The Epilogue-10 Years Later for TotoToo Theatre, Equus for the Algonquin College theatre program and Seven Stories for Encore! Productions.
Teri teaches in the Theatre programme at Algonquin College and is directing her second play for that program in 2011. She is an instructor at Orleans Young Players and Theatre School and teaches at Carleton University in the Learning in Retirement program.
Teri has been the stand in weather person for CBC Ottawa Radio One and Television’s News at 5, 5:30 and 6 for several seasons. She is a member of The Canadian Media Guild, ACTRA and Equity Canada.
David Ross Whiteley
As an actor/director/musician, David has worked with most of Ottawa’s professional theatres, including four summers with the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, a Company of Fools’ 20th anniversary production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and SevenThirty Production’s A Flea in Her Ear. David also provided the translation for that production; other translations and adaptations include What Goes Around…/…Comes Around (Rideau and Golden Cherry Award nominations; Best in Venue, Ottawa Fringe Festival), Ubu Rex (which he also directed) and rhymed verse renditions of Molière’s The Misanthrope(which he also directed) and Tartuffe (Rideau Award nomination).
Other directing credits include The Brothers Menæchmus (Third Wall Theatre), Hidden in This Picture(Vision Theatre), A Leave of Absinthe (The Absinthe Collective), Thirsty for your skin, my parched parted lips… (mutatis mutandis) and Anthony and Cleopatra (A Company of Fools).
David has studied at Ryerson Theatre School, the University of Guelph and holds a Masters degree from l’Université du Québec à Montréal.
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 is responsible for Plosive’s digital media presence, including web design, social media and video production. She is also 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 is a Broadcast and New Media Specialist at Parks Canada. She also worked for close to a decade 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; she can sometimes find her desk surface under all the cables and wires; and she 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.