EVENT: Inspire 2015 - Ryerson Speaker Series

SPEAKERS: To Be Announced.

DATE: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

TIME: TBD

VENUE: DMZ at Ryerson

FORMAT: Each speaker will talk for 30 mins followed by 15 mins of Q&A

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Inspire 2014 is specifically targeted to Canadian teenagers and young adults. You are invited to our inspiring events with notable line-ups of famous and successful Canadians.

Enrico Colantoni

One of the most versatile actors in television and film today, viewers know Enrico as the womanizing fashion photographer Elliott DiMauro on NBC's long-running hit, Just Shoot Me, as America's favorite dad/PI Keith Mars on the cult classic, Veronica Mars, opposite Kristen Bell, and as Mathesar, in the sci-fi/comedy film Galaxy Quest, alongside Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver. Other television credits include Hope & Gloria and guest-starring roles on NYPD Blue, New York Undercover and Law & Order.

Colantoni's love for the arts began with a drama class he took while studying psychology and sociology at the University of Toronto. His drama teacher encouraged him to pursue an acting career, and Colantoni left school for New York, where he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years. While there, he received the Princess Grace Scholarship and the Charles Jehlinger Award. He went on to graduate from the Yale School of Drama where he appeared in Hamlet at the Yale Repertory and received the school's prestigious Carol Dye Award.

Colantoni's feature film credits include Galaxy Quest, Criminal, Full Frontal, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, A.I., Stigmata, Albino Alligator, Money Train, The Wrong Guy and My Mom's New Boyfriend. Most recently in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion and as J Edgar Hoover in History Channel's The Kennedys . He received critical praise for his role as Elia Kazan in the Golden Globe award-winning and Emmy-nominated cable television movie James Dean.

His theatre credits include starring roles in Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Arabian Nights, The Triumph of Love, Dracula, Macbeth and Uncle Vanya. Born in Toronto to Italian immigrant parents, Colantoni remains loyal to his roots; he is an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In the past, he has taught drama to Los Angeles youth at Inner City Arts,and Penny Lane, a residential treatment for at-risk youth. He serves as the national spokesperson for the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, helping emergency services personnel deal with occupational stress injuries. He lives in Toronto with more than frequent trips to Los Angeles.

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