Based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Callam Rodya wears many hats.
By day, he is a New Media Reporter for Laurentian Publishing, producing and presenting video content and reporting local news online and in print for both Sudbury.com and Northern Life.
His creative work includes acting/directing/writing/producing for both stage and screen, electronic music production, graphic design, photography, marketing, communications, and development work for the performing arts, and occasional viral blogging.
As a filmmaker, he was recently awarded the Grand Prize (Shorts Category) for his film Beautiful Monster in the 2014 Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival and is currently developing several film projects. He also produced and co-starred in Revisions, directed by Mathieu Seguin. His first short film, LeMiew: Nature’s Perfect Pet, was awarded First Place (Student Category) in the MCTV Amateur Videomakers Competition at Cinéfest 2002. His follow-up, a dark silent film entitled The Masterpiece, was screened at Cinéfest 2005.
Callam was the Founding Artistic Director of the Encore Theatre Company in Sudbury, which had a mandate to produce edgy, exciting, and gritty theatre and to foster, promote, and create professional opportunities for local theatre artists in the Greater Sudbury community. The company produced six mainstage productions of which Callam directed three: Down Dangerous Passes Road by Michel Marc Bouchard, Closer by Patrick Marber, and Lenin’s Embalmbers by Vern Thiessen, as well as producing and performing in several.
Callam studied Theatre Performance at Thorneloe University (Laurentian University) and is a graduate of Sudbury Secondary School’s Performance Arts Program. He has performed on nearly every stage in Sudbury over the past 15 years and he has earned two QUONTA Awards and the Sears Ontario Drama Festival MIRA Award for his work.
His acting training includes both classical and contemporary, and he has played some of Shakespeare’s most notable characters including Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Orlando in As You Like It, and Mercutio/Friar Laurence in Joe Calarco’s four-male adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.
Callam was accepted into the inaugural Playwrights’ Junction at the Sudbury Theatre Centre for the 2012.2013 Season. He has written or co-written several one-act plays including a staged adaptation of Edgar Alan Poe’s A Telltale Heart (with Lisa Hamalainen), a multi-award winning comedy entitled Soy! (with Maty Ralph), and most-recently, The Interview, which he directed as part of Thorneloe Playfest 2010. His short play One Man’s Canyon has been workshopped at the Sudbury Theatre Centre and he has had his writing workshopped by Pat the Dog Theatre Creation.
As a screenwriter, Callam has written all of his short films to date.
As an electronic music producer, Callam has scored several stage productions (including all Encore productions to date) and received a QUONTA Award in 2003 for his original score for What Happened: The September 11th Testimony Project directed by Valerie Senyk.
He has performed and produced as one half of the spoken word duo Senyk + Rodya with his mother, Valerie Senyk. The duo has performed at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal and toured Northern Ontario. Their 2006 EP entitled The Fool charted on Chart Attack. Callam continues to produce solo projects and routinely scores theatre productions and motion pictures.
Callam was part of the inaugural planning committee for Greater Sudbury’s Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts gala and awards ceremony, which was held on May 1, 2014.
As a graphic designer, Callam has done extensive work in both print and digital formats. He has designed all promotional materials for the Encore Theatre Company since its inception including website, posters, and the company’s brand identity. He has also done extensive freelance work for individual, corporate/non-profit, and educational clients.
Callam also served as Arts & Entertainment/Online Editor for Lambda, Laurentian University’s student newspaper.