Cow Over Moon was started in 1996 (before many of you were even born!). It all started with a group of students from Cawthra Park Secondary School in Mississauga who loved doing improvisation (that means making up plays on the spot). One of them (his name is John) was asked if he and his friends could act out a fairy tale for the reading hour at the toy store he worked at. Well, one thing led to another and before you knew it, Cow Over Moon was created and this group of teenagers were making up 5 minute fairy tales at a variety of locations including Sears and Pizza Hut. They even got free pizza for performing!
In the summer of 1996, just before many of the gang were going off to University, they produced their first full length show of Sleeping Beauty. It was during that production that one of the actors broke his foot WHILE ON STAGE! We have had many amazing artists work with Cow Over Moon in the past including well known comedians, actors and even a few real live rock stars!
In 2000, Cow Over Moon became an official non-profit company which means that all the money we make from the shows, goes right back into making shows. We are all pros at this now, but we are in it for the love of it! We love doing what we do and we hope you have a good time.
Here are some of the amazing friends that have worked with Cow Over Moon:
- Terrance Balazo (comedian, host of Trivia Nights in Toronto, editor of MacClean’s Magazine’s Trivia Quiz, actor in Killjoys, Transporter, My Sister’s a Vampire, etc.)
- Michael Balazo (Tim Sims Award Nominee, comedian, writer, This Is That, Day Six, (CBC and many others)
- Katie Crown (The Remainders, Laugh Sabbath, Tim Sims Award Winner, voice actor: Adventure Time, Bob’s Burgers, Clarence and the upcoming Iris Opener and Storkes)
- Laura Condlln (actor: Stratford Shakespeare Festival, The Murdock Mysteries, An Enemy of the People, Of Human Bondage and many more)
- Melissa D’Agostino (of current Lupe fame, also actor in Six Day Road, Tactical Girls and the upcoming Renaisance)
- Chris Locke (comedian:Laugh Sabbath, Cream of Comedy, actor: Mr. D., True Dating Stories, The Amazing Gayl Pile, and upcoming Apartment 2B, Filth City and Sundowners)
- Kathleen Phillips (comedian, Tim Sims Award Nominee, 2007 and 2008 NOW Magazine’s Best Character Comedian, Laugh Sabbath. Actor: Mr D., The Ron James Show, winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) for the TV show Sunnyside 2016. Upcoming: Filth City)
- Mark Sykes (actor: TVOKids, The Space, The Reading Rangers, Tumble Town Tales, Blacksails)
- Jesse Foster (from band The Germans)
- Brian Froud (Swiss Family Guy Robinson, actor, voice actor, comedian in recent shows: Grojband, Total Drama All-StarsCamp Lakebottom)
- Sebastien Grainger (from bands Death From Above 1979 and currently Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains)
- Owen Marchildon (from band Purple Hill and previously From Fiction)
- Maggie Maloney (Maggie was in everyshow from 1996 to 2008; now she is a Primary teacher with the Toronto District School Board)
- Jeff O’Brien (The Mousetrap, Jaremy Rykker in Game of Thrones, Boyar Man in Dracula Untold)
- Leon Taheny (from bands The Germans, Sebastien Grainger and the Mountains and Final Fantasy, co-owner of Union Sound Company, a recording company)
- Graham Wagner (writer for Baskets, Portlandia, Hot Box, Men with Brooms)
- Ian MacPhedron (current owner of Extra Butter Coffee Café, Roncesvalles Avenue)