Faculty: Heidi von Palleske
Heidi von Palleske is one of the most respected actors in the film and television industry. An honours graduate from the George Brown College Theatre Programme, she has gone on to star in over 40 films and television programs and has worked opposite many name actors including, Antonio Banderos, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm MacDowell, Christopher Plummer, Goldie Hawn, Kirstie Allie, Lara Fynn Boyle, Marcia Gay Harden , John Laguano, Bruce Willis, Kirstie Alley and Michelle Williams. She was a regular on Street Legal, Family Passions, Star Hunter and Regenesis. Her starring role in Ramona won her a best actress award at the Spanish International Film Festival and the critic's choice award at the Montreal Film Festival. Her consistent work in film has guaranteed her a place in Canada's Who's Who for the past 20 years. Heidi was the second female lead in David Cronenberg's award winning Dead Ringers and has worked with such notable film directors as, Atom Egoyan, David Wellington, George Romero, Liz Friedman, Adrian Lynne and David Cronenberg. In addition to acting, Heidi has written and hosted her own talk radio program for talk 640, worked in radio with Reiner Schwarz and co-wrote three episodes of the series My Messy Bedroom which was conceived and produced by Matt Zimbel. In addition to this she has dubbed and looped over 300 film and television productions and was the narrator for the Encyclopedia of Erotica. Heidi has written for television, publication and stage. Her series Digby Neck was optioned by Cirrus Productions (Crazy). She was also a writer for hire for New Scotland Films. She is a published poet and has won the H. R. Percy award for best novel manuscript in Eastern Canada, the Toronto Short Story Competition, a Toronto Arts Council award and an Ontario Arts Council award for her fiction writing. More recently Heidi has been the subject of two feature length documentaries, a guest and subject on countless radio shows, published in papers and journals internationally and the voice and founding member of CVAV (Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims.) Her advocacy work has been noted at the United Nations and brought her to parliament in order to address the house. Heidi believes that even the smallest voice can make a difference in the world.