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Alex Panneton


Alex Panneton is an Ottawa-born actor and multi-instrumentalist. Born to two talented musicians, music and theatre have always been an integral part of his life. Alex spent his tween years playing non-stop in a garage band with his friends, honing his guitar and vocal skills. His first foyer into the world of musical theatre happened when he was in grade 9 and cast in the ensemble of his high school’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. After that he never looked back.

In 2013 Alex enrolled in the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College, where his ability to play multiple instruments helped him carve out his niche.

Since entering the professional landscape, Alex has enjoyed a multitude of opportunities both as an actor onstage and as a musician in the pit. He spent several seasons at YES Theatre in Sudbury, with the roles of Grasshopper in James and the Giant Peach and Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, as well as performing in the Canadian premier of Violet and a new take on Merrily We Roll Along conceived by director Mitchell Cushman being some of the highlights of his time there. In 2018 Alex co-wrote and performed an original interactive Bingo musical for the theatre-for-seniors Toronto staple Smile Theatre. Alex has performed with dozens of Canada’s best regional theatre companies, such as Drayton Entertainment, Thousand Island Playhouse, The Globe, and The Mayfield.

As a musician, Alex is proficient on guitar, bass, drums/percussion, piano, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and saxophone. He is always excited for the opportunity to continue to develop his skills, or to take on a brand new instrument challenge.

Next spring Alex will be making his swing debut with the gargantuan task of covering ALL male roles in Million Dollar Quartet at The Grand. He is excited and scared. Speaking of which, he will also be performing next summer with The Grove Theatre in one of his dream shows: Into the Woods.

Alex believes that theatre artists, especially Canadian theatre artists, have a duty to not just tell stories about past injustices, but also to raise our voices as we see injustices happening in the present. Do not let ANYONE silence your voice. Trust your heart and use your platform to be as loud as you can; don’t just wait around for there to be enough distance that it feels safe and consequence free enough to write some play about it years after the fact. Don’t just be a storyteller, be part of the story you hope people will one day tell.

Love to his parents and his cat.