About Squirrel Suit Productions

We love creating new and innovative work to promote thought, discussion and very often laughter. We are dedicated to supporting emerging artists and our community. We strive to promote one another’s projects and productions and see as much new work as we can.

This support is not limited to fellow theatremakers and includes companies and local businesses who have set out on their creative paths.

We aim to make a positive impact on our community through raising awareness of mental health and social justice issues. We strive to make a difference and promote positive change in our communities.

Founders

Melanie White - Artistic Director

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Melanie White is a Fanshawe College graduate and co-founder of Squirrel Suit Productions. She works intensely to create new and innovative theatre and support young actors in their community.

Actor, Director, Writer

A conservatively trained actor, director and playwright, Melanie has starred in Hamlet, Splendor in the Grass, Unity 1918, and has co-written the Fringe shows Skirts in a Box, and In Their Shoes.

She directed and provided dramaturgical support for the Squirrel Suit Productions’ Fringe Festival hit SAOR and has led the Squirrel Suit Productions London Emerging Artist Project over the past three seasons. She co-directed the dark yet fun production of Titus Andronicus (2016) and led acting and character workshops with the cast of FP Theatre’s Taming of the Shrew (2017).

She also worked as a mentor to the creative team of Hair: The Musical, before returning to her home in Yellowknife, NWT to work at her big, fancy corporate job where she runs the world. 

Currently…

Melanie is working behind the scenes with Squirrel Suit and planning the new season and also enjoying life in Yellowknife with her partner Jori, their cat Jazzy and dog Stanley.

Carlyn Rhamey - Artistic Producer

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Carlyn Rhamey is a proud Fanshawe College Theatre Arts alumni, a storyteller, actor, playwright and co-founder of Squirrel Suit Productions. 

Actor, Storyteller, Writer, Producer

Currently, Carlyn is involved in two creation units: The Junction at Theatre Aquarius and FEMINISTA: A Women’s Room. Recently, Carlyn’s solo show The ADHD Project had a sold out run at the Toronto Fringe and won the David Seguin Memorial Award for Accessibility in the Arts. The ADHD Project was also performed in the National AccessAbility week and CADDAC 11th Annual ADHD Conference. She currently tours the show in Ontario schools with Prologue to the Performing Arts. 

Carlyn is also a Hamilton Fringe ALERT alumni and last year performed an original piece (anamnesis:) in the FrostBites Site Specific Performance Festival. When not creating Carlyn works with adults with developmental differences, is an ADHD advocate, avid coffee drinker and vegetarian.

Selected Credits Include…

Solo Shows: The ADHD Project, Scaredy Cat, SAOR

anamnesis: (2019 FrostBites Festival), “Luna” & “Monsters” in Dale the Unicorn (2019 HamilTEN), “Jenny” in Movie Night: Episode Two (A New Friend) (2018 HamilTEN), “Lavinia Andronicus” in Titus Andronicus (Funeral Pyre Theatre),”Ophelia” in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Passionfool Theatre), “Abigail Williams“ in The Crucible (Passionfool Theatre), performer/playwright of In Their Shoes (London Fringe), “Bridget” in Moonshine (Toronto Irish Players), Shakespeare on a Subway (Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective), “Sissy” in Unity (1918) (Fanshawe), “Ophelia” in Hamlet (Fanshawe)

Our Community Impact

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Partnership with The London Abused Women’s Shelter 2017

For our 2017 London Emerging Artist Project we paired up for a 2nd year with Funeral Pyre Theatre for the gender role reversal of The Taming of The Shrew. A portion of the proceeds from this production was donated directly to The London Abused Women’s Shelter in #ShinetheLight on Women’s Abuse campaign. 

Squirrel Suit Artistic Director Mel White also led a series of professional acting and character workshops with the emerging artists of the cast.

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Random Act of Kindness Campaign – Niagara to London, ON 2016

Squirrel Suit committed to acts of kindness to help spread some love to their communities. This included acts of kindness such as Leading a drama workshop for adults with special needs, teaching CPR/AED to London high school students, handing out Tim Hortons gift certificates to the homeless, bringing coffee to community crossing guards, providing driving services to people in need, and volunteering at local non-profit organizations such as YMCA of Niagara, Mainstream Services, London CMHA Crisis Support Line and more.

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Halloween for Hunger –  Niagara 2013

Squirrel Suit Productions teamed up with Free the Children on Halloween to help feed families in their community! Before all the parties and costume contests this year, volunteers joined the kids in trick or treating from door to door… But! Instead of receiving candy, collected canned food items and donated it to a local shelter.

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Project Exchange – Toronto 2012

During the Winter season Squirrel Suit Productions participated in a new initiative called “Project Exchange”. Giving out care packages to Torontoians living on the street in exchange for their stories. Tales were incorporated into Squirrel Suit’s production of “In Their Shoes”. Each care package included: deodorant, soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, hand sanitizer pads and tampons (womens) as well as a hat, gloves, a scarf and more! In addition to the care packages, there were lunch bags with sandwiches, fruits and granola bars.

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