Special Guests

Cliff Jones – Writer/Composer

CLIFF JONES is a Writer, Composer, Lyricist, Music Director, Stage Director, Arranger, Conductor, Producer and winner of several national and international awards in Television, Music Theatre and Radio. The first musical he wrote, originally commissioned by CBC Radio, was a rock opera based on “Hamlet”. It went on to play on Broadway, then in Los Angeles for a year and a half where it won seven L.A. theatre awards. Cliff wrote over six other stage musicals which have played in Edmonton, Charlottetown, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Sydney, Australia.

In television, Cliff has written/composed for many wonderful performers including Martin Short, Lorne Michaels (producer of ‘Saturday Night Live’), Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Thicke, Karen Kain and Peter O’Toole, among others. His shows have been broadcast on CBC, CTV, TVO, PBS, CBS, Showtime Cable and ZDF (Germany).
Sarah Factor is an international artist who regularly plays shows in both Toronto and New York City. She frequents such historical venues as Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, both located on Manhattan’s lower east side, who have seen the likes of Martha Wainwright and Jessie J.

Further, Cliff has taught writing for television, film and music theatre at Sheridan College as well as being Chairman of the Sheridan Music Theatre Advisory Board for fifteen years.

He has won and/or been nominated for over a dozen National and International Awards (U.S. and Europe).

Sarah Factor – Singer/Songwriter

Sarah FactorSarah Factor is a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Sarah moved to New York City at the age of 18, fresh out of high school, with a musical dream and her step dad’s acoustic guitar- restrung so she could play left-handed. She started writing music after graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), taught herself a few chords, and started playing open mics all over the city.

Sarah’s style of songwriting is a reflection of her exposure to Joni Mitchell while growing up and singing camp songs in the open air of Northern Ontario. Sarah’s voice will get you right in the feels with her soulful and emotive sound that compliment her catchy melodies- sure to get stuck in your head after listening.

Sarah Factor is an international artist who regularly plays shows in both Toronto and New York City. She frequents such historical venues as Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, both located on Manhattan’s lower east side, who have seen the likes of Martha Wainwright and Jessie J.

Sarah Factor is excited about her recent EP release “Everywhere We’ve Been” which debuted on WRSU 88.7FM. Sarah’s EP is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and various other digital platforms. She looks forward to touring this coming fall and helping fans around the country to feel all of their feelings while singing along to her songs!

Emily Lukasik – Actor

Emily LukasikEmily is currently playing Réza in the all-Canadian cast of Once, which runs until June 28th, 2015 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. She has also just finished her fourth and final year of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance BA program, where her credits include Nora Helmer in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Jo March in Little Women​.

As part of Sheridan’s exciting Canadian Music Theatre Project, Emily has participated in workshops of Marathon of Hope (John Conolly & Jim Betts), The Moon in Autumn (Grant Tilly & Richard Ouzounian) and most recently and extensively, Moll (Leslie Arden and Cathy Elliot).

This past summer, Emily was part of The Blyth Festival’s 40th Anniversary company, in the world premieres of Kitchen Radio and St. Anne’s Reel. Other credits include: The Stephenville Theatre Festival (Country Jubilee and Newfoundland Songbook) and two summers with the Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Program (Mimi in Rent, Chess, High School Musical.)

Her passion for classical text has lead her to seek further training at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City.

Emily looks forward to returning to the role of Jo March this fall in the Theatre New Brunswick production of Little Women.​