Pathway to Performance!
No Strings Theatre’s mission is to provide opportunity for young people to develop their skills in all aspects of the music theatre arts – singing, dancing, acting, and production – under the guidance of trained professional artists.
Upcoming Shows & Events
Audition Preparation Workshops
Preparation for secondary school, post-secondary school, community and professional Performing Arts Auditions.
Summer Music Theatre Intensive
Acting, singing, and dancing training, culminating
in a fully staged show.
A mentorship and collaborative professional program for ages 21-30 with opportunities for growth in all aspects of a musical theatre production.
Drama, Music Theatre classes, and Song and Script devised workshops.
March Break Program
Solos and ensemble excerpts from musicals
Pop and Pit Orchestra
Contemporary music, including music theatre, jazz, pop, with a focus on the summer’s music theatre show.
Founding Artistic Director
Denise Williams is a professional singer, actress, and music educator. She has an international performance career encompassing the concert stage, opera stage, theatre stage, television, commercials. Her most recent appearances in Toronto have been Monisha in the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s concert performance of Treemonisha at Koerner Hall, and she was in the cast of Mirvish’s North American premiere of The Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Denise concentrates her time on performance education, and has founded No Strings Theatre with a desire to aid youth in developing their skills in music theatre as well as grow in their team skills for life. As a music educator, she has directed children and youth choirs for the Toronto District School Board, Royal St. George’s College School, Suzuki and Thornhill Music Camps, and many other community organizations. She has also led several choral workshops for the Canadian Amateur Musicians (CAMMAC) and was an assistant director for The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Repertory Chorus, and is currently on the teaching faculty of the Nathaniel Dett Youth Chorale. Denise has been a private voice teacher for over 20 years and is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists (ACTRA), Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA) National, the Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS), The Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA), the Royal College of Conservatory Examiners (RCM).
Associate Artistic Director
Dane Shumak is an emerging director, producer and administrator whose work focuses on social engagement of audiences and professional engagement of emerging artists. He has his own production company called Cordwainer Productions and is proud to add his talents to the No Strings Theatre team. Dane’s directing credits include American Idiot the Musical, 4000 Miles, Dogfight the Musical, The Pillowman, The Last Five Years, and Spring Awakening. Dane believes in the power of art to influence society, change minds, build bridges and change lives, and he will strive to continue to bring this forward in his art as long as he is practicing.
Originally born in Toronto, Dane honed his passion and craft for theatre in the Peterborough and Kawartha Regions, working for many major community and professional organizations in the area. Soon after, he developed his own successful production company, with specific interest in concert and musical theatre production. Dane’s unique eye for musical theatre and concert production opportunities have led him to be a critically and financially successful producer and director, and is proud to be a part of the No Strings Theatre team.