Patrick Maubert -2016-2017 Music Theatre Technique Training Mentor. 2017 Summer Intensive and EAP Director
Patrick Maubert, a native to Fredericton NB, began his career as a musical theatre performer completing his undergrad training in MT-performance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City. As a performer, Maubert worked internationally in an array of cross-genre platforms from musical to physical theatre. Select international performance credits include: Me and My Girl, NYC Off-Broadway revival; Cinderella, Camp Broadway U.S National Tour; Wizard of Oz, UK National Tour; The Diamond Horse Shoe Revue, Tokyo Disneyland; The International 12 Tenors, European Tour. He has since completed his MA in Directing at the Arts Educational Schools of London, where Andrew Lloyd Webber is patron and mentor. Select international directing credits include: Another Day, Site-specific for AFOAF Productions and Southwark/London Arts Council; The Installation, Site-specific at the Hide Gallery for AFOAF Theatre; You Say Tomato!, London Southbank Centre for the LGMC; Heaven Help Me!, ArtsEd for Perfect Pitch; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Secombe theatre; Heart&Music, Charlotte Street Arts Centre; Oliver!, UK Regional Tour for Polkadot Pantomimes; Hairspray, for Voyager Academy. Assistant/Movement directing credits include: The Domino Heart, Finborough Theatre; Blood Wedding, Courtyard Theatre for Aria Entertainment; The Road to Qatar, Ctoo Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe; Passport to Pimlico, Site-Specific for SouthWest Fest; Legally Blonde, Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre for ArtsEd; The Wonderful World of Dissoica, for ArtsEd; Feel Good, Theatre New Brunswick. Patrick is Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director of London’s A Friend of Friend Productions and is part of the Young Vic Director’s genesis program.
Donavon LeNabat-2017 Youth Intensive Music Director
Donavon LeNabat is a Toronto-based Musical Director, accompanist and piano entertainer,He has played in the pit orchestras for Drayton Entertainment and the Dancap Production of Jersey Boys. Credits include…
- Music Director of “The Last Five Years”, Big Benn Productions Spring 2014
- Music Director of “Recurring John” (Song cycle by Kevin Wong), Summerworks 2014
- Music Director of “Liza and Barbra… Together at Last!”, Angelwalk Productions, Fall 2013
- Music Director/Music coach at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Fall 2013-present
In addition to these credits, He also runs his own band and perform several nights a week for public and private events.
Shakeil Rollock – 2017 Summer Choreographer
Shakeil Rollock is a Toronto based dance artist. Starting dance at the age of seventeen, he mainly trained in urban styles. Later, he was influenced to train in both classical techniques – including ballet – and modern techniques. Now a graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Shakeil has greatly appreciated working with choreographers such as Louis Laberge-Côté, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Sharon Moore, Draico (Step Up Franchise), Newton Moraes, Christopher House, Kevin Ormsby , Julie Perron (Cirque du Soleil) and Debra Brown (Cirque du Soleil). To date, Shakeil has performed for events such as the Pan Am Ceremonies, Panamania, Summerworks Festival, Much Live, Rhubarb Festival and Ontario Dance Weekend. Over the past year, Shakeil is more than fortunate to have performed for many companies in and beyond Toronto’s borders. He has also toured internationally to countries such as the United States of America and Jamaica, and will be touring British Columbia and England later this year. Also, Shakeil is the Artistic Director of his own collective, Impromptu Movements, which has been performing throughout the GTA this past year. Some of Shakeil’s musical choreographic credits include: West Side Story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Grease and Anne of Green Gables (with personal accolades from original cast members). Beyond performing, Shakeil choreographs and teaches throughout the province, and has been an annual lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Isabelle Siciliano -2017 Stage Manager
Since graduating from the Theatre Arts Program at Queen’s University in 2013, Isabelle has been working within the Toronto theatre community whether it be in performance or production. She has been fortunate to work with companies and organizations such as Theatre Gargantua, Volcano Theatre, and Nuit Blanche. Having worked as Assistant Director and Choreographer with Spirit Express, a youth musical theatre program here in Toronto for over four years, Isabelle particularly enjoys working with kids and youth adults through the art of performance. She could not be more thrilled to be working with No Strings Theatre this summer as Stage Manager and looks forward to an exciting summer ahead! Isabelle is a creator, an artist, and an educator. Theatre credits include: Steel Magnolias (Fifth Company Lane), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Blue Canoe Productions), The Sacrifice Zone (Theatre Gargantua), Shrapnel (Theatre Gargantua), in FORMING CONTENT (Volcano Theatre), Oliver! (Spirit Express), The Sound of Music (Spirit Express), Beauty and the Beast (Spirit Express)
Jill Filion-2017 Summer Youth Intensive Voice Coach
Jill Diane Filion grew up in Vancouver and appeared in her first musical, Oklahoma, at age 13,as a featured dancer. Favourite roles include Eliza in My Fair Lady, Marion in The Music Man,Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza and Elsa in The Sound of Music. Jill toured throughout BC for three seasons with the Vancouver Opera Ensemble, and was guest soloist with the Vancouver Chamber Ensemble, CBC Radio and the Kelowna Symphony. She was a member of both the touring and Toronto companies of The Phantom of the Opera and the original cast of Ragtime. She has since enjoyed three seasons with the Charlottetown Festival,
seven with Drayton Entertainment and two with Theatre by the Bay. Jill is currently on the Voice Faculty at Sheridan College and still attends dance class.
Nigel Hamer – Acting for the Camera
Nigel has been a professional actor for over thirty years and in that time has had the pleasure of working in all aspects of the entertainment business. Theatre credits include work at the Stratford Festival, Broadway in NYC, Can Stage, Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Grand Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick and Mirvish Productions in Toronto. Besides being fortunate to have shot over two hundred commercials, Nigel’s vast TV/Film credits include many principle and supporting roles on TV series like; Suits, The 11th Hour, Sue Thomas FBI, Blue Murder, In a Heartbeat, Road to Avonlea, Hardy Boys, and Earth Final Conflict with recurring roles on Degrassi and Radio Free Roscoe. Recently he guest starred in Really Me, Wingin’ It, May Day and Reign. His films credits include Cadet Kelly, St.Roz, Celine, Loretta Clairborne, All Hat, Parkland, The Note, Mitchell Brothers, Sons of the Mistletoe, Interstate 60 and Dr.Cabbie.
A graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School, Nigel has been proud to work as a teacher and acting coach. He has spent the last six years working as the on camera acting teacher at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto. He has worked as an Guest Artist, Coach, Adjudicator and Director at the Cardinal Carter School for the Arts for over ten years; conducted workshops in Shakespeare for ‘Shakespearience’, Voice and scene study work for the Hamilton Board of Education, TV/Film classes for ‘The Drama Workshop’ in Toronto and taught workshops at the Stratford Festival of Canada.
Nigel makes his home in Burlington with his wife Cintia.
- Taylor Sinstadt – Summer 2016 Production Manager/Technique Director, Set & Lighting Design
Shane O’Regan – Fall 2016 Music Theatre Technique Training Mentor & Repetiteur
Shane O’Regan, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, studied piano privately with Paul Simons and Oksana Zotova at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts. He is a graduate of both the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts’ Triple Threat College Program in Toronto and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s MA Musical Theatre Performance program in Glasgow. Shane’s theatre credits include Our Town (Annex Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Randolph Theatre), Company, Active Virgin (Edinburgh Fringe), and Cinders (UK Tour). Recent work on the piano includes Vocal Arranger for COLLABRO (Winners of Britain’s Got Talent, 2014), Arranger/Pianist for Andrée Bernard’s House on Fire (Union Theatre, London), Resident Pianist at Joe Allen Restaurant (Covent Garden, London) and Musical Director/Pianist for December Songs (Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto). Shane is an instructor of Musical Theatre, Voice and Piano and has worked for a number of schools and companies in Canada and the UK including CTA Performing Arts (London, UK), Spirit Young Performers Company (London, UK), Mansion on the Hill Studios (Halifax, NS) and Camp Winnebagoe (Muskoka, ON). Shane has recently relocated to Toronto after a year of work as Manager of the Bella Rose Arts Centre in Halifax.
Jon Corkal -2016 Summer Music Director
Jonathan Corkal is an actor, singer, music director, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Saskatoon, SK, he discovered his passion for music and theatre while studying at McGill University, in Montreal, QC. He is currently enrolled in the highly regarded Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College and was a recent recipient of the Outstanding Musicianship Award. When he’s not performing, he can be found sitting at the piano or guitar trying to convert ideas into songs. Recent musical direction credits include 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (No Strings Theatre), BRIEFS: A Cabaret (Independent), Tick, tick…BOOM! (TNC Theatre), and Party Worth Crashing: Toronto (Bum Chic). Selected acting credits include Danny Boy: A New Musical (Theatre Paradoxe), To Be: In Concert (Kaleidoscope Theatre), Company (Players Theatre), West Side Story and Sweeney Todd (AUTS).
Peter Kelly – 2016 Summer Co-Choreographer
Born in Guelph Ontario, Peter Kelly is a Toronto based multi-faceted dance artist and producer. Peter proudly completed his professional dance training from George Brown College’s, Dance Performance Studies Program. He has also participated in dance training intensives with ProArteDanza, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Kenny Pearl, and Rock Bottom Movement.
Since graduation, Peter has performed in various Toronto festivals and shows including: Fresh Blood presented by The Chimera Project, Dance Made in Canada with Cadence Ballet, Hanna Kiel’s Young Human Body, Rock Bottom Movement’s DIY Musical, Dance Ontario Dance Weekend 16, and is a member of The Garage, Breakaway Entertainment and Impromptu Movements. In addition, Peter is going into his second season with Toronto Dance Theatre as a company member under the direction of Christopher House.
Peter regularly teaches workshops across Ontario with Breakaway Dance Productions. Peter has also taught at various schools throughout Ontario.
A part from dancing, Peter has choreographed for Eros Cabaret, Making a Stage for Our Stories, Blueprint: an evening of emerging dance works, The Space, Company B, Carousel Dance Centre, Guelph Dance Festival, Youth Moves and George Brown Ensemble.
In his spare time, Peter participates in programs to further develop his stage managing and producing skills such as The Toronto Fringe Festival’s T.E.N.T Program (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network and Training) and The Producers’ Learning Network. To add to his experience, he has produced and/or stage managed multiple dance performances including Blueprint: An Evening of Emerging Dance Works, and SummerWorks: Street vs. Stage. He was also a marketing intern with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen. and is the artistic director of a new organization for emerging artists: New Blue Emerging Dance.
- Catherine Spence – Summer 2016 Stage Manager
- Emily Bradbury – Summer 2016 Assistant Stage Manager/Rehearsal Manager
Emily is an singer, actor and dancer originally from Vancouver, BC. Moved to Toronto, ON last year to continue her training before heading to London, England in September 2016 to study Drama & Dance at Royal Holloway University.
Performing and training since she was three, Emily has had the opportunity to work with professional artists all across the world such as: Susan Cuthbert, Valeria Easton, Peter Jorgensen, Warren Kimmel, and Andrew Swift. Currently she is training under Allison Arends for Voice, preparing for her summer production and attending a variety of dance classes at City Dance Corps.
Recent theatre credits include: Rusty in Footloose, Polly in The Boy Friend, Marmee in Little Women, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Abuela Claudia in In The Heights.
Susan Cuthbert – EAP Associate
Susan Cuthbert is an accomplished singer, actor, and dancer, and also an experienced teacher, director, and choreographer. Susan is thrilled to be working with the No Strings Theatre Creative Team. Most recently, Susan was the Assistant Director for the Mirvish’s Musical of Musicals at the Panasonic Theatre in Toronto, and as Vocal Coach for Kerry Stratton’s Toronto Concert Orchestra’s production of Brundibar. Susan has recently been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her roles in Cats (also at the Panasonic Theatre), re-creating the roles she played in the original Canadian production. Susan began her career as a dancer, but is best known as Anne in the Charlottetown Festival production of Anne of Green Gables (including across Canada tour and the Canadian Cast Recording), and playing the starring role, Christine Daaé in the original Canadian production of Phantom of the Opera. Susan is also a Stratford Festival stalwart, a previous Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, principle actor on TV’S Degrassi: The Next Generation, and a concert diva – singing with such artists as Mandy Patinkin and Michael Burgess. She enjoys teaching , directing and choreographing for such schools as the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Sheridan College, the Etobicoke School of the Arts, Long and McQuade, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus. Susan is excited to work with the wonderfully dedicated youth in this intensive and high caliber summer program!
Leslie Arden – Composer: The Great Canadian Show Tune
Leslie Arden has had a varied background as a composer/orchestrator, lyricist, librettist, performer, director and teacher. She’s written over a dozen musicals, including the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning The House of Martin Guerre and the Chalmers Award winning The Happy Prince. She wrote the score to Harvest Moon Rising, the beautiful story of a modern family and a pioneer family, both struggling to maintain their family farm and their rural way of life. Leslie wrote the score to a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, which was produced by Chicago’s American Musical Theatre Project in August 2006 and showcased by the National Alliance of Musical Theater in New York City later that same year. Leslie wrote the music for Canadian Stage’s productions of The Beard of Avon and It’s a Wonderful Life (in which she was also featured as a performer), and the Stratford Festival’s 2009 production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Her family musical, The Princess and the Handmaiden, premiered at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre in 2009. Leslie collaborated with Norm Foster on the oft produced The Last Resort and Ned Durango, and her new choral piece for soprano and choir, inspired by the diary of Elizabeth Simcoe and entitled Feathers On The Page, premiered in May of 2012. In 2013, Leslie heads back to The Stratford Festival to compose the music for The Three Muskateers.
Leslie was one of 13 professional musical theatre writers chosen by Cameron Mackintosh and Stephen Sondheim to take part in a 6 month master class taught by Mr. Sondheim in Oxford, England in 1990.
David Warrack – Composer: The Great Canadian Show Tune
Born in Calgary, first heard on Radio at age of 5. Writer of 79 professionally-produced musicals, including Rob Roy at the Edinburgh Festival (leading to subsequent CD) and some of the longest-running shows in Canadian Theatre history. Most recently, A Snow White Christmas at Theatre Orangeville in 2013 (written with the legendary Norm Foster). Three Dora Mavor Moore Awards (Toronto equivalent of New York’s Tony Award). Toured and recorded with Maureen Forrester for fifteen years as conductor/accompanist. Toured and recorded with Jeff Hyslop for four years. Toured for 5 years with Don Harron (Charlie Farquerson). Ten years as Michael Burgess’ Accompanist/Musical Director. Toured with Michael Burgess/Rebecca Caine across Canada (19 concerts). Hundreds of non-theatrical compositions, most recently premiere of oratorio Abraham in October of 2015 with Richard Margison as Abraham (6 featured soloists, Bach Children’s Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers). Comic writing includes four years on Peter Gwowski’s Morningside (CBC) and countless satirical revues, including Toronto Toronto which ran for over three years. Producer of theatre (62 productions), television (specials, plus the only 3 televised Dora Award shows), recordings and concerts (The Ginger Group, Ronnie Hawkins’ Farewell concert at Massey Hall, Beny Maissner Tribute at Koerner Hall). Founding Conductor of Canada Pops Orchestra. Guest conductor across Canada (Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, etc.). Organist/Choir Director at Hillcrest Christian Church since 2006. Conducted first radio special in 1972 (Ballade for Charlottetown Festival on CBC), followed by 44 years of TV and radio presentations, most recently a Christmas television special for Vision Television. Seven years in a row as part of the Elora Festival doing concerts featuring Jackie Richardson, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Burgess/Caine, and a multitude of stars. Stratford Music Festival with Len Cariou in 2013. 2014 recording of The Three Davids, featuring the music of David Frishberg, David Shire, and David Warrack. One-man show – Feeling As Though I Were Flying in 2015. Ongoing concerts with Bill Bridges, Susan Cuthbert, Theresa Tova, Mary Pitt, and Moshe Hammer. Musical Director for over 250 productions, including Shenandoah on Broadway, the cross-Canada tour of Jacques Brel, four years of Showcase Theatre Festival in Vancouver Island, and nine of Ross Petty’s Pantomimes at the Elgin/Wintergarden Theatre in Toronto. Recent projects include performing in showcase of Baby Grand at Buddies in Bad Times; MD for Theatre Museum Gala (with Sheila McCarthy, David Rogers, Jackie Richardson, Michael Therriault, Raoul Bhaneja, and Ma-Anne Dionisio); the Gala for the 60th Anniversary of Regent Park; the celebration of the 80th Anniversary of the Muskoka Festival in Gravenhurst; Songs of the City at Jane Mallett Theatre (Co-Producer /Musical Director/Composer) in April of 2015 and 2016: composers writing songs based on individuals “saved” by United Way organizations; Heart and Soul (MD of Jazz/Musical Theatre concert in support of Alli’s Journey, a charity dedicated to helping young adults with Cancer); Cole Porter Tribute with Marilyn Lightstone, Lawrence Cotton, and Gabi Epstein at Jazz Bistro; Valentines Day concert at Toronto Centre for the Arts; May concert with Theresa Tova and Brian Katz; guest appearance with Wintergarden Orchestra; 2 May concerts with Marshall Loomer; June concert with Marilyn Lightstone.
Married to the marvelous, talented Lona Davis. Three exceptional children: Gordon (Jessica), Cayleigh (Patrick) and Levi. Four awesome grandchildren (Alexis, Grayson, Griffin, and Neave), all under the age of three!
- Garry Williams – Composer: The Great Canadian Show Tune
Born in Halifax, raised in the US and Berlin, Germany, Garry lives and works in Halifax as a theatre artist, teacher and musician. He holds a degree in Music and English from Mt. Allison University, and studied Music and Theatre at Manhattanville College, NY and the Free University (FU) Berlin. He works year-round as an actor, director, singer, songwriter/composer and playwright, whose work has taken him across Canada, and to Europe.
In 2004, Garry founded DaPoPo Theatre and provided artistic direction with associate directors Eric Benson and Kim Parkhill, with productions such as The Sex Play (2006), Sunday in the Park With George (2007), When Did You Last See My Mother?, the original musical revue So… What About Love? (2009), Julius Caesar (2010), and his original play Jesus Is A Faggot (2014). Garry featured Sky Gilbert as part of the annual DaPoPo Live-Festival, as well as Guillermo Verdecchia, DanielMacIvor and
HugoDann. In 2013, he co-presented DaPoPo’s ‘The Drinking Game’ in Lethbridge, Alberta for Theatre Outré.
Outside of his work with DaPoPo, Garry has worked with queer friendly companies including AngelsAndHeroes?(Fewer Emergencies); the Halifax Summer Opera Workshop (Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Alcina); Us vs Them (A Tournament of Lies, Litmus Road); and TheatreSpeak (Mimi). He is an ardent supporter of the Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), and a member of Theatre Nova Scotia.
Garry has worked with the YouthProject, founded and co-facilitated the Queer Youth Ensemble Acting Out! with RichieWilcox and Kym Butler in 2010-2011. He has appeared as part of the QueerActs Festival, and has been delighted to perform in support of NSRAP and Halifax Pride. Garry has become a staple of [[MenzBar|Menz & Mollyz], where he hosts the weekly Sing-Along Show Tunez on Saturday nights; a soirée of (mostly) original songs, A Little Cabaret, with Kristi Anderson and Zach Faye; and the ever-popular Café DaPoPo, and DaPride Café, with DaPoPo Theatre.
- Kristen Pottle – Teaching Associate (2016)
Kristen Pottle is a sought after performer and teacher in the Canadian Musical
Theatre Industry. Gaining a reputation as a true triple threat performer, work has
taken her across Canada and the United States. Growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, she began her training at a young age, and it was clear it was the path she would follow. Her training brought her to Toronto and The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, where she received the Triple Threat Award upon graduating. She completed her training this year at the Banff/Citadel Professional
Development Program culminating with a run of West Side Story (Rosalia) at The Citadel Theatre. She has been seen on the North American Tour of The Wizard of Oz (swing, Wicked Witch U/S). She also performed with the Toronto company at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Other theatre credits include: Anne of Green Gables,
Alice Through the Looking Glass, Canada Rocks! Ring of Fire, Feux Follets, The
Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival), Graziella in West Side Story (Vancouver
Opera Company), Kiss me Kate (TIFT), Joseph, The Producers, Happy Days, All
Shook Up (Stage West), and Beauty and the Beast (SilverMist).
While performing, Kristen developed a love for teaching as well and has loaned her talents to various workshops and studios in her off time. She added yoga teaching to her
skillset last Spring after completing her Hot Hatha Yoga teacher training at BeHot Yoga Toronto. Kristen brings her passion for performance to the stage and to the classroom!
- Thomas Alderson – Teaching Associate (2o16)
Thomas made his Mirvish debut this past year in Kinky Boots. Other selected credits include: Bud Frump in How to Succeed…, Prince Herbert in Spamalot, Bellhop in Lend Me a Tenor, Mordred in Camelot, Footloose (Drayton Ent.); Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins, La Cage aux Folles (Neptune Theatre); White Christmas (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Anne of Green Gables (Theatre Calgary). Film/TV: David Martin in Stage Fright (feature film with Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver); Odd Squad (TVO/PBS).
Thomas is a proud graduate of H.B. Beal Secondary School and the Sheridan Institute’s Music Theatre
- David Lopez – Teaching Associate (2016)
A native of Toronto, David has performed extensively
across Canada and around the world. Most recent credits include Kinky Boots, Oscar D’Armano in The Wild Party and Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Show. Other selected favourites include featured roles in Spamalot, Seussical, Kiss Me Kate, Cats, The Jungle Book, La Cage aux Folles (Merritt Award nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Dora Award nomination), as well as numerous productions of
The Buddy Holly Story. Some of his film work has
included Once Upon A Mattress (Disney), as well as At The Hotel and Stormy Weather (CBC). David has also had the pleasure of performing as a backup dancer for Patti LaBelle and Katy Perry.
William Shookhoff – Audition Preparation
William Shookhoff is a noted conductor, pianist and vocal coach throughout Canada and abroad. He has conducted Canadian orchestras from coast to coast, as well as in the Netherlands and China. He has served on the music faculties of the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Wilfrid Laurier, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Johannesen Summer Institute of Music. He has been on the Music Staff of the Canadian, Netherlands, Edmonton, and Portland (Oregon) Opera Companies.
Equally at home in Music Theatre, Mr. Shookhoff was the Associate Conductor of the inaugural Canadian production of Les Miserables, and of the Canadian Tour and Toronto productions of Phantom of the Opera. He has been a guest Music Director with Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and Citadel Theatre (Edmonton).
Frequently in demand as coach and conductor, Mr. Shookhoff makes frequent appearances in those capacities throughout Western Europe and China, as well as maintaining an active coaching studio in Toronto. He is a regular guest conductor with the Bluebridge Festival and with Opera Kitchener. He has also devoted his efforts to the development and presentation of the Massed Piano or Monster Concert, and has conducted such events at Carnegie Hall, New York; Massey Hall and Nathan Philips Square, Toronto; the White House, Washington, DC; and the Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome. Mr. Shookhoff is Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions.
Kate Carver – Spelling Bee 2015
Kate Carver is a busy vocal coach, répétiteur and accompanist based in Toronto. She has been regularly employed by the Canadian Opera Company, the Opera Division at the University of Toronto, and Opera York. In addition Ms Carver has also been on the music staff in Marlena Malas’ voice program at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York, at England’s Britten Pears School, Broomhill Opera in Kent, British Youth Opera, the Banff Centre, University of Montreal, the Toronto Summer Music Academy, Stratford Summer Music, Maritime Concert Opera. She is highly in demand as a private vocal coach to professional and student singers in Toronto. Ms Carver was an apprentice with the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and was sponsored by the Friends of Covent Garden Bursary to attend the prestigious National Opera Studio in London, England. She received a vocal coaching diploma from the Guildhall School of Music. While in England, Ms Carver studied Art Song with master coaches Martin Isepp and Graham Johnson. Ms Carver holds a bachelor and master’s of music from McGill University, where she studied with Luba Zuk, Dale Bartlett, Michael McMahon and Dixie Ross Neill.
Eric Benson is a director and actor who is based in Toronto, ON. He grew up in a small city in northern Saskatchewan, then moved to Halifax, NS, where he became a core member of an emerging independent theatre company called DaPoPo Theatre. With DaPoPo he worked with a wide variety of different styles of production and methods of creation, touring to Europe multiple times — mainly Berlin — to showcase new work (Apocalypse 2006/2009; What the Tide Brought In), as well as work with youth and new audiences. His work as a director in Halifax earned some glowing reviews; and more than one of his productions has been featured in the Canadian Theatre Review (Sunday in the Park with George; Café DaPoPo). While with DaPoPo, he worked with: musical theatre (So… What About Love?); devised collective creation (Four Actors in Search of a Nation); Shakespeare (Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night); adaptations of contemporary European classics (Biography: A Game, Rossum’s Universal Robots); theatre for children (The Pirate Show); high-school-musical work (She Loves Me); as well as many other types of productions.
In 2011 and 2012, Eric was a part of the Stratford Festival’s mentorship program for directors: the Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. He worked closely there with two directors: Weyni Mengesha (Hosanna); and the Festival’s Artistic Director Des McAnuff (Henry V); as well as partly with a third (as interim assistant director under Ethan McSweeny on The Pirates of Penzance). There he also was able to workshop two short pieces of his own: an adaptation for a single actor of Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus; and a gender-fluid treatment of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Eric moved to Toronto in the summer of 2013 and immediately started directing here. Since then, he has garnered a nod for Outstanding Production from NOW Magazine for his work in the Fringe Festival (Offensive to Some), was given a People’s Choice award for his work in a local short play festival (Eating French), has done dramaturgy-direction by request for a new script (Surrender Dorothy), and has been praised for his production of a play for young audiences in a local children’s theatre (Beauty and the Geek at Solar Stage Children’s Theatre). He is excited to be in Toronto, and is looking forward to continuing his work as a director here.
Alison Smyth – 2013-2014
“Best Featured Female” in the 2010 Broadwayworld.com Awards for her performance in Jersey Boys (Dancap Production), Alison Smyth’s acting credits include: Hairspray! (Mirvish Production), Evil Dead: The Musical (Latimer Ent./Starvox Ent.), Anne of Green Gables – The Musical (Charlottetown Festival), Anne of Avonlea (Sullivan Entertainment), and Hairspray: The Movie (New Line Cinema). Alison had the pleasure of directing Anne of Green Gables – The Musical for No Strings Theatre in the summer of 2013 at The Toronto Centre for The Arts. Past productions directed and/or choreographed by Alison are: High School Musical, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin and Oliver!. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga and coaching musical theatre performers of all ages and stages at her private studio.
Natalie Brucker 2013-2014
Natalie has been dancing for almost as long as shes been walking, in fact, the two are practically synonymous for her. Maybe you’ve passed her walking down the street, arms moving to an unheard beat, and thought that person is crazy…but creation was in motion. Natalie believes in dance as expression and is passionate about showing the world all the emotions that dance moves you to feel. Believing that the more languages you know, the more you are able to communicate, she has dedicated her spare time to training in many different styles: Hip hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Breaking, Latin Ballroom, Ballet, Swing and shes still learning. On the technical side, Natalie trained with the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance as a competitive dancer until moving on to choreography with dance companies like Only Human Dance Collective and Pushpull dance. Performances include Canadas Wonderland, CHIN Festival, Square One Mall, Festival of Dance, Women in Dance and fundraisers like BAC2Fasion, Canadian Cancer Relay for Life and Autism Society for Children. She has danced in music videos and worked corporate functions for Microsoft, Kaleidescope, and CIM as well as choreographed wedding performances. She shares her passion daily teaching students in the University of Toronto Kinesiology program and classes in Toronto. But being the co-founder & Artistic Director of GeoMetriX Dance is her most exciting endeavour yet. With one full length production, Work Vs. Passion, complete and the next in motion, the success GeoMetriX has seen in its short time has been inspiring. www.geometrixdance.com
Tara Litvack 2013
Tara Litvack is a Toronto-based musical director, accompanist, arranger, and vocal coach. She is an honours graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Tara is on faculty at Bravo Academy and is the resident accompanist for Tracy Michailidis’ Songbook Masterclass Series.
Set Those Sails: A Night of William Finn (Self-Produced), One Song Glory (Acting Up Stage Co.), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Musical Director, Robin Hood: A Legendary Musical Comedy – Assistant Music Director, High Fidelity – Musical Assistant (Hart House Theatre), tick, tick…BOOM! (Half-Pint Theatre), Into the Woods, Legally Blonde (Bravo Academy), Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, RENT (Toronto Youth Theatre), Into the Woods (Stageworks Toronto), Hair, Gypsy (VCDS), Urinetown (UC Follies), Life Is Sweet, There’s Something About Ashley (Ashleyx2 Productions), The Laramie Project (Composer – Theatre Aurora),Honey, I’m Home! (Pianist – Scotiabank Nuit Blanche).
Upcoming: Anne and Gilbert (Bravo Academy), Honest Aesop’s (Tarradiddle Productions) – Part of Toronto Fringe Festival 2013
Please visit www.taralitvack.com or follow @taraliane on Twitter.
Tim Askew 2011-2012
Michael Therriault -2009-2012
‘BIZ’ Seminar Guest
2009 – 2012
Steve Wilsher 2011-2012
2011 – 2012