iFilmGroup Production Team Leaders
Director/Producer and Writer
Matthew Marshall is an award winning director and playwright with his own production company- m & s Marshall Productions, who has over twenty five years in the film and theatre industry.
Let Matthew Marshall tell you about the two highly gifted Leaders on the iFilmGroup Team he works with.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
Don has his finger on the pulse of the community and has a passion for helping teenagers and young adults advance their careers and passions within the media and production industry".
"I had the pleasure to work with Don Hickey on a number of productions. I have seen him in front of the camera as an actor as well as I have watched his hard work behind the camera in various roles.
Don has countless connections within his network and has found locations for various films that I have been a part of. Within his network, Don has also brought several people on board as crew members for productions to fill areas where we needed people.
Registered Psychotherapist and Drama Therapist
Angel Bilagot is a Registered Psychotherapist and Drama Therapist. Angel graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a combined degree of Psychology and Theatre. She completed her Master’s Degree at Concordia University, specializing in Drama Therapy. She continued her training in Drama Therapy in New York City while working as a Therapist at the PTSD Clinic in New Haven, Connecticut. She was provided with the opportunity to have gained professional experiences to work, teach, and develop programs for environments such as the Jewish General Hospital (Montreal), The Canadian Institute for Neuro-Integrative Development (Montreal), The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, and The University of Alberta (Edmonton).
Drama therapy uses drama and theatre to achieve therapeutic goals. Simply put, a drama therapist uses drama in a skilled and intentional way to help others. In drama therapy, dramatic play can be done in a safe environment under the guidance of a trained therapist who can use these moments of play to help a child heal and grow.
It is through the art of drama and play that many people learn to express themselves better and gain confidence in interaction in the world as well as how to effectively deal with personal matters and worldly issues in a more effective way. Drama and acting can be a tool in which those involved can gain some amazing benefits and encourage personal growth within individuals and positive meaningful change in a person’s life.
She is dedicated to helping children, teens, and families through the use of art. She has worked nationally and internationally and strives to provide a safe, supportive and creative space that encourages personal growth and change in a meaningful way.
Dramatic play, whether formal (theatre experience) or informal (playing at home) allows children, youth and teens to safely express themselves, try on different characters, experiment with a different voice, and make brave choices.
Acting Coach/producer and writer/actor
Helena is a Canadian Actor and a graduate of the Theatre Arts Performance at Fanshawe College in London Ontario. The program offered her two years of in-depth training in the area of acting. She is using that training to coach other young actors who are up and coming.
She is associated with iFilmGroup where she is an acting coach and also has acted within a number of their productions.
Helena is a big part of the creative team of the one hour long dramatic film "Blue Love" by m & s Marshall Productions where she plays the lead role of Kaitlyn Butler as well as being the co-producer and co-writer of the film.
She was the dramatic acting coach on the short film "Struggles Within". She has been a part of a number of short films. Credits in those films include: Whitney in "In Limbo", Alicia Turner in "Malicious Attack", Candy in "Summer of Discover", Medical Attendant in "Ronny’s Bench", Karla in "Zenno", a Towns Women in "Black Donnellys", a student and radio Announcer #2; in "Tuned In".
Stage roles included Been Wendla in "Spring Awakening", Titania in "A Midsummer Nights Dream" and Mother in "Byrthrite"
Yannis is an experienced musician over 30 years with diverse knowledge in the music industry, he is currently working on his music degree of classical guitar in Greece and also studying on Berklee Online for the Guitar and Songwriting Master Certificate, he has performed in various countries (Greece, Turkey, Germany) and collaborated with other professional musicians from around the world in several music projects. He is connected with professional musicians from all over the world. He also has worked for the Theatrical Company "Horos" as a Production Assistant/Public Relations Manager in Greece. Yannis has worked as a music career consultant in Europe and helped a lot of musicians establish their career as professional musicians.