Island Productions was founded in 2013 by Michael Germant, Mel Tuck, and Gina Leon. The company was started to produce and manifest work that we believe in and that allows us to say what we want to say, express and cast ourselves in roles we want to explore. Our intention is to engage and entertain audiences and - fingers crossed - make them think, while weeping the tradition of theatre alive with relevant and resonating material written by some of the greatest contemporary and classical playwrights.
Island Productions produced its first film in 2017, and has several scripts in development, with updates to follow.
Mel Tuck - Director, Artistic Director, Writer
Mel is a highly regarded pioneer of Canadian theatre, a director of international reputation and an innovator in acting training technique and philosophy. In a career spanning over fifty years, he founded nine theatre companies and has directed over three hundred plays across Canada. He headed the drama department at Ryerson University for thirteen years and originated and ran the Gastown Actors Studio conservatory for twelve years. Mel holds a BFA from the University of Alberta and has been recognized in the form of three ACTRA and two Genie nominations. He is currently the co-founder, artistic director and resident director of the Vancouver based independent theatre and film production company Island Productions.
Michael Germant - Actor, Writer, Producer
Michael was born in Moscow and raised in Montreal. He has a degree in language from Concordia University and has studied at Acting Studio Montreal, UBC, VFS, Michael Howard Studios and Austin-Tuck Studios. His short film Legally Speaking which he wrote, produced and starred in premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and is currently on the festival circuit. He performed alongside his co-star Gina in John Patrick Shanley’s The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Michael has appeared on screen in SyFy’s High Moon, Showcase’s Continuum, Warner Bros. Television’s Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow, and FOX's War for the Planet of the Apes.
Gina Leon - Actor, Writer, Producer
Gina was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a Vancouver-based actress, visual artist, and art and voice teacher. She studied Theatre and Art History at the University of Toronto, Visual Art at the College of Art and Design in Sydney, Australia and Acting at the New School for Drama in New York City. Her abstract paintings have been showcased in Vancouver and New York (The William Bennett Gallery and The Rockefeller Center). She has most recently been seen on stage as Laura in the iconic Glass Menagerie and as Donna in The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at the PAL Studio Theatre. Gina has appeared on Bravo’s Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, FOX’s The Killing, and the Lifetime film Twist of Faith.