Wine with the Artistic Director

A first-ever live event from our Patreon-exclusive series
With Special Guests John Cassini and Brian Markinson
Hosted by Kate Twa
When: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
Where: Tempest Theatre
125 Eckhardt Ave E Penticton
Time: 7:30pm (lounge open at 7pm)
Cost: $20 ($15 for Patreon Members)

In December 2020 we launched our Patreon community. It was partially a response to a prolonged shutdown during COVID and partially as a way to continue creating and connecting with our audiences and actors. Wine with the Artistic Director was developed for Patreon and we are excited to bring it live to the theatre in this return to in-person performances. Designed as a conversation, the evening is sure to provide insight and likely, laughter. 

Our wine lounge will open at 7pm and we welcome you to come down and enjoy a glass of something local.  

Our August 4th event will also be filmed and edited for our Patreon community. In addition we are thrilled that this evening's discussion will be aired on TELUS Optik TV's Community Channels this fall.

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We are adhering to PHO regulations and restricting the number of people within the building. Masks are encouraged, but optional.

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John Cassini


In addition to a busy, award-winning acting career, John is also a TV and film producer and one of Canada’s most sought after acting coaches. He is a lifetime member of the renowned Actors Studio in NYC/LA and is the Artistic Director and co- founder of Railtown Actors Studio in Vancouver.

John’s film credits include Disney’s Alive, David Fincher’s Seven and The Game, Sony’s A Dog’s Way Home, and the black comedy Break A Leg which he also co-wrote and produced (Best Actor at the Marco Island Film Festival). Some of John’s television credits include lead roles in the series Robson Arms (CTV), in which he won a Leo Award for Best Actor, and the critically acclaimed drama Intelligence (CBC) currently on Netflix, for which he received a Gemini Award nomination.

John was a co-founder of 3rd Street Theatre in Los Angeles and performed in several of their productions including David Mamet’s Edmond, Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer, and Harold Pinter’s One for the Road. In Canada, some of John’s theatre credits include, Rabbit Hole (Arts Club), God of Carnage (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Stephen Adley Guirgis’ The Motherf**ker with the Hat, (nominated for Best Lead Actor).

Recent projects include the upcoming Fox series NeXT, multiple award-winning sci-fi thriller Volition, APTN’s much anticipated Tribal and the horror film True Fiction.

Most recently, John produced and starred in the critically acclaimed feature film Daughter which was developed through the Railtown Lab. Daughter opened the BC Spotlight Gala at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for 7 Leo awards including Best Picture and Best Lead Actor for John. In 2020, John won the UBCP/ACTRA Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Daughter. In 2018, John was awarded the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Achievement.

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Brian Markinson


Brian started his career in the New York theater scene, performing on Broadway in Neil Simon's Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning Lost in Yonkers and off-Broadway in Jules Feiffer's Elliot Loves, directed by the late Mike Nichols. Brian went on to work with Nichols in multiple films including Wolf, Primary Colors, the Emmy award winning mini series Angels in America and Charlie Wilson's War.

In 2016, Brian directed Haberdashery Theatre Company's The Motherfucker with the Hat at The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, BC.

He has worked extensively with Woody Allen, appearing in Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks and The Curse of the Jade Scorpion. Other film credits include Godzilla, Shooter and Enemy of the State. Brian has over 150 television credits, including the critically acclaimed AMC series Mad Men, the award winning series Fargo, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, The Romeo Section, Continuum and the miniseries’ Unspeakable and Klondike. Brian was nominated for a Gemini award for his role as James Roszko in the film Mayerthorpe. Brian can currently be seen in the APTN series Tribal.