No Strings Theatre is headed by a team of seasoned professionals in Dance, Drama and Singing as well as associate staff of emerging artists in the field.
Introducing the Creative Team
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 as Monisha in the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s concert performance of Treemonisha at Koerner Hall, and as an ensemble member in 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. She is also 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
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 a range 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. Patrick is Associate Artistic Director of Toronto’s No Strings Theatre and former Associate Artistic Director of London’s A Friend of a Friend Productions. Select international directing credits include: Little Shop of Horrors, Toronto Centre for the Arts with No Strings Theatre, The Great Canadian Show Tune! at the Wychwood Theatre for No Strings Theatre, 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 Dissocia, for ArtsEd; Feel Good, Theatre New Brunswick. Maubert is part of the London Young Vic Director’s genesis program and coaches students internationally. He has adjudicated music and drama festivals throughout the UK and the maritimes.
Kelly Bedard co-founded No Strings Theatre at the age of 15 with her voice teacher Denise Williams. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications and went on to create the international arts criticism website myentertainmentworld.ca where she currently serves as managing editor and head of the Toronto theatre branch.