Joy Tanner was born on March 7, in Buffalo, New York. She spent four months there when her dad was transferred to Rochester, New York, where she and her brother were raised. She attended SUNY Potsdam, where she graduated a year early, with a double honours degree in English and Theatre. Joy went to London, U.K., to study at the British American Drama Academy. She received her diploma in Oxford, from BADA. She also studied with Tony Award winning director, Warren Enters, at SUNY Buffalo. In the early 1990's, she moved to Canada, where she began her acting career. She is best known for DeGrassi The Next Generation (2010-2013) Life With Derek (2005-2009), House At The End Of The Street (2012) and Cold Squad (1998). Joy writes and is also active in the indie theatre scene in Toronto, Canada.
Ilona Smyth (CSA) is one of the most experienced and connected Casting Director in Ontario, Canada. She has been casting for more than 9 years, working on over 40 projects across North America. Ilona has cast such feature films as; House at the End of the Street (Jennifer Lawrence), February (Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly, Kiernan Shipka) There Are Monster (Zoe Kazan, Scott Speedman), Clown (Jon Watts) Television Series; Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays (Don McKellar), Best Laid Plans (Peter Moss), many movies of the week (Lifetime Network), commercials for major corporations (Ford Canada, A&W, Nordstrom etc) as well as independent features. Ilona was nominated for a 2015 Canadian Screen Award in Best Achievement in Casting for the CBC prime-time Series The Best Laid Plans. Ilona has worked one-on-one with directors Osgood Perkins, Bryan Bertino, Mark Tonderai, Peter Moss, Jim Allodi, Joe Ruben, Jon Watts, Don McKellar, Patricia Rozema, Alison Mclean to name a few. She has a strong working relationship with Canadian agencies as well as the top agencies in the US. Ilona is always working alongside a director in realizing their vision and bringing their characters from page to reality.