Royal Canadian Legacies

Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus
Ellie King

Ellie was born just south of Liverpool in the UK and trained in dance and drama before taking to the road as the bass player and singer with a touring band.

After moving to Canada she returned to her first love – theatre. She has worked as the Artistic Director for Charades;  the Founding Artistic Director for the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre and since 2006 as the Managing Artistic Director for The Royal Canadian Theatre Company which she also founded.

She is well-known as an actor both in theatre, in animation and on screen, with her signature role of 'Shirley Valentine' still living in many people’s fond memories.

She is also a director – with over 70 productions to her credit – and a writer, producer, designer and scenic artist.

She has been involved with teaching and mentoring all ages from very young to seniors of 80+ since the mid 1980s. She holds qualifications from various institutions including LAMDA, The Guildhall School, RAD and others.

Musical Director
Geoff King

Geoff began his musical career as a wobble board tuner, but soon graduated to washtub bass enthusiast. In several years since that humble start he has moved, nay leapt, from instrument to instrument as though the floor of the orchestra pit were lava. Now, finding himself balanced precariously upon the keyboard, Geoff brings you tonight's performance. Previous musical compositions include the catchy “Whoops, It’s A Snail!” and the stunningly original “Total Eclipse of the Spleen” from Not Up My Trousers, Vicar!