Vedant Sharma

2021 Summer Ensemble Actor

Vedant Sharma is a South Asian Canadian Actor. Vedant is also a director writer. Vedant has his own film production company. Vedant is a marketing professional. Vedant is a graduate of the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marking and Marketing Management. Vedant Sharma is a member of Crane Creations Theatre Company’s 2021 Summer Ensemble. Vedant is currently working as a Co-ordinator for the NHL (National Hockey League).

Education and Training

Vedant is a graduate of the University of Toronto in Rotman School of Management.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marking and Marketing Management. Vedant is an actor and learns the craft of acting from acting studios across Toronto. Vedant has training from Soulpepper Theatre, Second City, Cahoots Theatre and Hart House. 

Some actors learn their craft by attending theatre school. Theatre schools are learning institutions which offer students intensive training. This training lasts between two to four years. Throughout these years students learn the basics of acting and are taught various techniques such as Meisner Technique, Stanislavski Technique, Suzuki, Viewpoints, Laban, and other methods. Some theatre schools are part of public or private colleges and universities. Theatre Schools can also be independent conservatories and learning institutions. Some actors don’t have any prior training. Johnny Depp and Jennifer Lawrence are famous actors who don’t have any formal acting training. Some actors learn their craft by taking acting classes outside of a theatre school, from acting studios.

Acting Experience

Vedant is a theatre and film actor. Theatre Credits include: Mary’s Wedding produced by TCDS, Queen produced by UC Follies, Sathyavan & Savitri produced by Cahoots Theatre. His film credits include Play the Role directed by Liam Kimmons, Addicted directed by Nabil Hasan, Here Are Your Nominees directed by Habil Hasan, Ghollu directed by Warsame Raghe, and A Lot which he also directed. He has appeared in the feature film Cyber Underground, directed by Rudy Cimic.  

Directing and Producing Experience 

Vedant has his own production company called VedArt Productions. Vedant is the director of the short film, A Lot. He is also a writer of A Lot and stars in the film. Vedant has directed the play Butter Chicken. Vedant is also a writer and actor in the play. 

Writing Experience 

Vedant is the screenwriter of A Lot, which was selected for the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema in 2018 and also the writer of another short film titled Ghollu, which he was also an actor in and produced. Vedant is the screenwriter of Khaana, a short animated film. He is also the screen writer of a television series, You Again. Vedant is the playwright of Butter Chicken, a full length play.  

Vedant Sharma: Summer Ensemble 2021 

Vedant is a Crane Creations 2021 Summer Ensemble member. This was Crane Creations Third Annual Summer Ensemble and Vedant’s addition as a member of the ensemble, helped make this year a memorable experience for everyone.

Due to lock down restrictions a large portion of the program was conducted over zoom. Vedant as well as the rest of Crane Creations 2021 Summer Ensemble handled the transition beautifully, and Vedant was quickly able to adapt his talents to a Zoom’s online platform.

Vedant’s fellow 2021 Summer Ensemble Members include 

  • Rosina B. Ferede
  • Rhys Whitman
  • Kate Martin
  • James Hyett
  • Nicole Eun-Ju Bell
  • Tyler Simpson
  • Sanskruti Marathe
  • Reid Millar
  • Rishab Kalra

What is the Summer Ensemble  

The Summer Ensemble is an 8 week training program for theatre artists. In this paid working opportunity artists learn skills required to be a professional artist in Canada, and gain valuable insights into the theatre industry in Canada and abroad. To apply artists must be between 18 and 29 years of age.

“I don’t know where else I would learn what Andreja taught us. I couldn’t ever find that information myself or even know where to look for it in the first place.” 

Vedant Sharma

Vedant Sharma is an actor in the 2021 Summer Ensemble. In the 2021 workshop of Twelfth Night, Vedant plays the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Vedant also participated in many activities and project with Crane Creations Theatre Company as a Summer Ensemble Member. He read through plays and assisted in workshops of new work. He was part of important and lively discussion and debates about the Canadian theatre industry. Vedant learned about the industry of theatre and what it looks like to be a professional full time artist. He learned about theatre in Mississauga. Vedant wrote grants and presented pitches for future theatre projects. Vedant participated in a seminar held by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council

With his fellow Summer Ensemble members he explored the arts outside of Canada as well, and conducted workshops and presentations on prominent International and Canadian artists and theatre companies.

Why Vedant Loves Theatre 

“It just fulfills me and I feel good about myself. I like creating things that. My whole heart is in it.”

Vedant Sharma

What is an actor? 

An actor or actress is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs in the theatre, film, radio, television, or digital media.

What Does An Actor Do?

An actor’s doesn’t just memorize lines and look pretty. An actor has a fun but important role in creating a story. They are responsible for interpreting and embodying the character in a play, television series, or film. To do this well many actors rehearse and train their bodies and voices regularly. They study their script and consult with the director and scene partners about their interpretation of the character.

An actor’s main concern should always be understanding what a character wants or needs and what they are is doing to achieve this action. A want or a need is often referred to as an Objective, or motivation. What an actor is doing is referred to an action or a tactic. An Actor Acts. A good actor makes many different and thoughtful choices about what the character is doing. A very good actor can make many creative out-of-the-box choices, and is always ready to change their actions on the fly.

Actors sometimes require additional special skills. For example, an actor in a Broadway musical may also need to know how to sing and dance. An actor is a puppet show must know how to operate a puppet. Professional Improvisers need to know how to create a character and make up a story on the spot without any preparation. An actor in an action blockbuster film may also be trained in stage combat and martial arts.

What does it take to be a professional artist? 

How Does An Actor Prepare? 

Actors Prepare in Many Different Ways. Let’s ask Vedant how he prepares. 

“I like to go through the whole script a few times. I create a backstory for the character. I fill in the blanks that the script leaves out about who this character is and where they come from.”

Vedant Sharma

Who is Vedant Sharma. An Interview with Vedant. 

Q: How did you get into theatre? 

A: I started in high school, and originally I wanted to be an actor because I wanted to be famous. I ended up really getting into the whole process of getting into character and breaking down a script and all that. 

Q: Do you have a favourite role you have ever done? 

A: I did a play called Mary’s Wedding. It was a two person play with no intermission.It was a  roller coaster of emotions. There are a lot of difficult transitions between different worlds because part of the play takes place in a dream world. 

Q: Do you have any hobbies? 

A: I like cooking, baking and writing. I bake good pie and brownie. I like sports. I play basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton. 

Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring actor? 

A: Just be serious about it. It’s not as easy as you think it is. There’s a lot of rejection. If you do the work you get the rewards. 

Q: You are also a producer and have your own production company. What’s it like to produce your own work. 

A:  It’s a lot more rewarding when you are creating a project. When you are acting you only are part of one tiny branch. But as creator you do everything. It’s more work but you get to see your own idea to come to life. 

Q: You are also a writer? What inspires your writing? 

A: Usually it comes from my real life. Sometimes I’ll have moments in my life or my relationships, where I’m like, “That is funny.” And it inspires an idea of a story in my head. 

Q: You are a professional actor but like most working actors, you also have a job not related to acting. What is it like balancing these two worlds? 

A: Yeah, it’s about knowing what to prioritize. Acting is notoriously not a stable career, and you need to find something which gives you stability. 

Q: What are you up to now?

A: The job I’m doing now. I work for the NHL. I’m writing story lines about players in the league.

Q: Do you have a favourite play? 

A: I really like musicals. So I’m gonna say Lion King. I love how they use puppets to create some of the characters. 

Q: Do you have a favourite television show? 

A: Succession is really dope. I also like Ted Lasso. 

Where to Find Vedant

Vedant is one of the many talented and inspiring 2021 Ensemble member, lets meet his peer: Rosina  

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Temilola Gafaar

2021 Summer Ensemble Artistic Producer

Temilola (Lola) Gafaar (she/her) is a Nigerian born, Toronto-based writer and director. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto and is currently working on developing several short and long-form stories. Temilola explores her passion for storytelling in theatre and film.

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