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THE DEFENDER: Julie LeBlanc

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Julie LeBlanc is an actor, director, and producer. She has been performing since her first production in 1983, continuing on to receive awards for both acting and directing. Julie attended the University of Calgary where she studied theatre/psychology while training with the prestigious improv facilitators at Loose Moose Theatre. Upon her return to Peterborough, Julie worked in the mental health field for over 23 years but found time to create P.I.G-Peterborough Improv Group in 1996, enjoying over 12 successful years entertaining audiences in the Peterborough area.

Most recently, Julie has moved to Collingwood to marry the man of her dreams and her love for this community is plain to see. In May 2013, Julie founded the C.I.A. –Collingwood Improv Artists, providing comedy entertainment to the Georgian Bay Area. Humour plays a large part in Julie’s outlook on both life and theatre as she maintains the motto “You’re not in trouble if it’s funny.” Julie is currently the host of Georgian Bay Life on RogersTV Collingwood… and loving it!

THE BOOK: The Manticore by Robertson Davies

The ManticoreHailed by the Washington Post Book World as “a modern classic,” Robertson Davies’s acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven.

The Manticore—the second book in the series after Fifth Business—follows David Staunton, a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father. As he seeks help through therapy, he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father. (Goodreads.com)