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Look who is walking the Leo Award Red Carpet and what they are wearing this Saturday, June 8th at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver

The Promotion People are pleased to announce that the following Leo Award Nominees and Presenter will be walking the Red Carpet this Saturday at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

The excitement of the Leo Awards 2013 continues at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Largest Red Carpet in Western Canada!

Leo Awards 2013 Red Carpet Saturday, June 8 — 4:30-6:30pm at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver.


The Promotion People Jesse James Miller


Website: jessejamesmill
Twitter: @Jesse_J_Miller

Award Winning Vancouver Writer/Director Jesse James Miller releases two Award-Winning films internationally. ‘Becoming Redwood’ is nominated for 16 Leo Awards and ‘The Good Son’ is nominated for 3 Leo Awards. Jesse is nominated for Best Direction in a Documentary or Series. Best Documentary or Series. Best Screenplay for Feature Film. Best direction in a feature film.

Jesse James Miller wrote and directed Becoming Redwood and directed The Good Son. His wife is Jennifer Copping and stars and is nominated for a Leo for a Lead in a Motion Picture. His films have 19 nominations, (16 for Becoming Redwood and 3 for The Good Son) the most for the Leo nominations for his two productions.

Jesse and Jennifer Copping will be walking as a couple and wearing vintage from Burcu’s Angels.

His movie and documentary have over 15 nominations – theprovince.com

The Nominees for Best Direction in a Motion Picture are
Jesse James Miller – Becoming Redwood

The Good Son – The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini

Jesse James Miller, Adam Scorgie – Producers

Best Direction in a Documentary Program or Series are Jesse James Miller – The Good Son – The Life of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini

The Promotion People Jennifer Copping


Twitter: @jennifercopping

Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Copping – Becoming Redwood




The Promotion People John Cassini


Website: johncassini.com
Twitter: @CassiniJohn

Award Winning actor John Cassini is nominated for a Leo Award for his role in the feature film “The Resurrection of Tony Gitone“. John also has recurring roles on “Continuum” and “Blackstone”.

John will be walking the Red Carpet with Jenn MacLean-Angus who has a recurring role on “The Killing’.


The Promotion People Agam Darshi


Website: agamdarshi.com
Twitter: @AgamDarshi
Facebook: Agam Darshi

Agam Darshi is nominated for a Leo Award for her starring role in “Crimes of Mike Reckert” and stars in the new CTV series “Played”, premiering this fall. She recently wrote and directed her first short film, titled “Fade Out”.

Agam will be wearing a Jason Matlo design.

Leo Award: Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture – leoawards.com


The Promotion People Juan Riedinger


Website: juanriedinger.com
Twitter: @JuanRiedinger

Multi-award winning actor Juan Riedinger has been nominated for three Leo Awards: ‘Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama’ for “Havana 57”, ‘Best Performance in a Youth or Children’s Program or Series’ for “R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” – Coat Rack Cowboy, and ‘Best Performance in a Web Series’ for “Pavement” – Wake Up.

Juan will be wearing Le Chateau.



The Promotion People Jennifer Spence


Twitter: @SpenceJen
Facebook: Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence nominated a Leo Award for her popular role on the hit TV series “Continuum”. Jennifer is also starring in the upcoming feature film ‘Down River’.

Jennifer will be wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA.



The Promotion People Ben Ratner


Twitter: @Haven_Studio

Ben is presenting a Leo Award this year. He has won 3 Leos (one last year for guest starring on Flashpoint) and has been nominated for many more. He recently guest starred on Hell on Wheels and Arctic Air. He wrote and directed the feature film Down River, which will premiere this coming fall. It stars Helen Shaver, Gabrielle Miller, Colleen Rennison, and this year’s Leo Nominees Jennifer Spence and Ali Leibert. (Jennifer Spence is also Ben’s wife and nominated for a Leo Award!)




The Promotion People Aubrey and Sarah


Twitter: @Groundyh20, @AubreyArnason, @theproposalshaw
Website: aubreyarnason.blogspot.co.uk, shaw.ca/theproposal, shaw.ca

Sarah Groundwater Law and Aubrey Arnason host tv series ‘The Proposal’ and ‘Wedding Belles’, and will host the Leo Award’s Celebration Night on June 7th at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver.

Sarah and Aubrey will be wearing Jenny Packham dresses from Bisou Bridal.


Nicole Oliver The Promotion People


Website: nicoleoliver.com
Twitter: @mouthnoize
Facebook: Seed, Taken Back: Finding Haley

Actor Nicole Oliver is one of Canada’s top voice over/animation actors and has guest starring roles on “Rogue” and “Seed”.

Nicole will be wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA.



The Promotion People - William Ainscough


Website: citytv.com
Facebook: Seed
Twitter: @Seed_tv

Young Vancouver actor William Ainscough stars on City’s new original series “Seed”, guest starred on ABC’s “Once Upon A Time”, and soon to be seen in the feature film “Hidden”, starring Alexander Skarsgard.

William Ainscough will be wearing a Minecraft t-shirt under his suit.



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Ben Ratner and Loretta Walsh Collaborate on Vancouver Stage, in Play “Dinner with Friends”

“Don’t just talk the talk; you’ve got to walk the walk”

The Promotion People - Diner with Friends Poster

Departing temporarily from the classroom, Vancouver-based acting coaches Ben Ratner and Loretta Walsh of Ben Ratner’s Haven Studio are slated to star in Dinner with Friends at Studio 398 on Granville Island in Vancouver, B.C. from November 8 to 17th, 2012.

Dinner with Friends, produced by Loretta Walsh and The Dirty Manhattan Equity Co-op, is a Pulitzer Prize winning play about the journey to find balance and truth in marriage and friendships, and the unspoken sorrow that can creep up on us as we approach middle age. After their successful run of Lobby Hero in 2010, actors Loretta Walsh and Noel Johansen have now joined forces with Jenn MacLean-Angus for a second round of independently produced theatre. This group is passionate about the Vancouver theatre scene and their energy is contagious. Talented director Jennifer Clement, a veteran of Vancouver stages, and cutting edge designer Peter Wilds, are also involved in the production of Dinner with Friends.


Rounding out the cast is a Vancouver favorite, award-winning actor/director/acting coach Ben Ratner. A professional actor for almost 25 years, Ratner started teaching in 1994 as a protégé of internationally acclaimed acting teacher and author Ivana Chubbuck. He went on to open his own “Haven Studio” in 2002 and rapidly earned a reputation for his highly demanding and thoroughly rewarding scene study classes. After years of studying alongside Ratner, Loretta Walsh, a former student, was hired to teach additional classes at “Haven Studio.” Ratner and Walsh are highly sought after with a lengthy waiting list in addition to the five classes they currently run. Ratner’s students include many of the top actors in the country. Many are currently working in film, TV and theatre across Canada, Los Angeles, and on Broadway. He is also in high-demand in Toronto, where he teaches workshops twice a year. Walsh is currently working with the newer actors at Haven Studio, inspiring them with her passion for the craft and preparing them for challenges ahead in the world of acting.

Donald Margulies has said that, like his other works, he wrote Dinner with Friends “to reflect observations I’m having at (this) time in my life … All around us, relationships are changing… It’s those notions of impermanence, the yearning for something else that I’m tapping into.” Dinner with Friends gives the audience an open and generous view into the world of two couples, long-time friends, who are characters that everyone can identify with. They are characters that are ordinary, vulnerable and ultimately human.

Dinner with Friends opens at Studio 398 on Studio 1398 at 1398 Cartwright St, Granville Island on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 and runs until Saturday, November 17, 2012.

About the Actors

The Promotion People Ben Ratner

Ben Ratner has been a professional actor for almost 25 years, started teaching in 1994 as a protégé of internationally acclaimed acting teacher and author Ivana Chubbuck. He opened his own “Haven Studio” in 2002 and rapidly earned a reputation for his highly demanding and thoroughly rewarding scene study classes. Today, he is sought after as a coach, mentor and teacher to many of Canada’s busiest actors, a great number of which are working internationally. While teaching in both Vancouver and Toronto, Ratner’s own acting, writing and directing career continues to flourish. With over 100 film and TV credits and numerous awards under his belt, he recently won his third Leo Award, this time for his guest-starring performance on CTV’s Flashpoint, and was also nominated for “Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film” for his work on Sisters & Brothers. A Jesse Award nominee for his portrayal of “Bobby” in American Buffalo, Ratner will return to the stage in November of 2012 to co-star in Dinner with Friends at Granville Island’s Studio 1398 alongside his studio administrator and fellow teacher at Haven Studio, Loretta Walsh. Ratner wrote, directed and co-starred in the feature film Moving Malcolm in 2003, directed an episode of CTV’s Robson Arms in 2005, and wrote and directed the short film Power Lunch in 2008. Most recently, he wrote and directed the feature film Down River, which will premiere in 2013.

The Promotion People Loretta Walsh

Loretta Walsh is a classically trained acting graduate of the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Walsh is an actor, theatre producer and acting teacher. She produced the critically acclaimed Vancouver production of ‘Lobby Hero’ at the Havana Theatre and was named one of Vancouver’s ‘Top 10 Artistic Leaders whose Stars are on the Rise’ by the Vancouver Sun. Selected theatre credits include ‘Lobby Hero’, ‘Othello’, ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’, ‘Woman in Mind’ , ‘Black Comedy’ and ‘Hamlet’. Select Film and television credits include ‘Life Unexpected’, ‘The Troop’, ‘Chaos’, ‘7 Things to Do Before I’m 30’, ‘Down River’ and ‘OMG’ which just premiered at VIFF. Loretta formerly taught acting at the Port Stanley Festival Theatre and for Arts Express in Toronto before moving to Vancouver 5 years ago where she began studying with Ben Ratner. Loretta currently teaches acting at Ben Ratner’s Haven Studios in Vancouver.

What Some of Canada’s Top Actors Are Saying about Haven Studio:

The Promotion People Ben Ratner

“Working with Ben is an incredibly deep experience for me as an actor…He is absolutely in touch with, and really knows the craft. Ben is amazing!”
~Gabrielle Miller (Sisters & Brothers, Corner Gas, NCIS, Cold Case)

“Ben is a treasure – a rare combination of instinct, intelligence and compassion, who is awe-struck by what a student can do when she is plugged into her own intuition and creativity.”
~Brian J. Smith (Gossip Girl, Stargate Universe, Law and Order, The Columnist on Broadway)

“I credit many of my ‘breakthroughs’ to his insight, support, and trust, and highly recommend him to any actors seeking to go deeper into the work. Thanks Ben!!”
~Erin Karpluk (Being Erica, Godiva’s)

“He is, without a doubt, one of the finest teachers I’ve worked with.” ~Stephen Lobo (Continuum, Arctic Air, Little Mosque on the Prairie)

“The combination of the demanding material, the commitment and talent of my classmates and Ben’s forceful, yet passionate direction and guidance made me into the actor I am today – a confident and working one! He’s a remarkable teacher and man.” ~ Ali Liebert (Bomb Girls, Firefox, Afghan Luke)

“Loretta creates a space that’s completely safe, supportive and full of love. She knows when to push you and when to give you space. She has a keen eye and a way of communicating that ensures you understand on the level you need to. I feel like she really gets the things you need to work on and tailors the exercises and scenes so you can do just that: meet the challenges head on from a strong, supported place. I trust her completely and can’t wait to get back in class with this very special woman!” ~ Jennifer Spence (Continuum, Alcatraz, Stargate Universe)

The Promotion People, Diner With Friends

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