Meet Our Summer Camp Creative Team and Camp Counsellors!
We recognize the tremendous impact that a positive camp experience can play in the growth and development of a child. In addition to our regular program leaders, camp participants will get to work with guest instructors. These teaching artists are specialists in their fields (design, music, dance, creative movement, script writing, etc.) and have been selected for their artistic skills and for their merit as inspired educators. Our regular instructors will be on hand during guest instruction time.
Lynda Hill, Artistic and Executive Director and Principal Instructor
Lynda is a professional theatre director, dramaturge, arts educator and arts leader with a passion for the creation and development of new work, new artists and new audiences.
Lynda Hill has led the organizational and artistic direction of Theatre Direct since 2001. She has commissioned numerous new plays for the company and guided the successful production of 19 productions, 12 of which were original commissions including And, By The Way Miss…., Beneath the Banyan Tree, Binti’s Journey, Sanctuary Song and most recently, Old Man and the River. The company’s productions have been seen by thousands of young people across the country in schools, theatres and international festivals.
In addition to leading the artistic programming, Lynda oversees the direction of the company’s education work in schools, in the community and Theatre Direct’s Drama School, drawing on her 20 years of experience as an arts educator.
Emma Zabloski, Senior Counsellor and Lead Teaching Artist for Ages 4-5 and 8-10
Emma Zabloski is a theatre creator, arts educator, and youth worker. She is the Artistic Director of Zopyra Theatre which specializes in playful, interactive, and site-specific performance. Emma’s original works have appeared at the Belfry Theatre, the SKAMpede Festival, UnoFest, the Gabriola Theatre Festival, and on the Fringe circuit. Zopyra’s site-based creation Six: At Home won Rideau Awards for Outstanding New Creation and Outstanding Fringe Production as well as the Ottawa Fringe Outstanding Concept Award. Emma holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa and has trained with the Ottawa Stilt Union, One Yellow Rabbit’s Summer Lab, and the Grotowski Work Centre in Poland.
Emma has extensive experience working with children and youth and a heartfelt passion for facilitating group creation, building community, and creating space for youth voice to be heard and celebrated. As Youth Programs Manager at the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association in Victoria, she delivered a wide range of empowering after-school and summer programs for 9 – 18 year olds. She has also led numerous drama camps, including teaching for four summers at Kate Rubin Drama Studio, and facilitating a site-specific creation camp in and around a tree house!
Coleen Shirin MacPherson is an international theatre creator and Artistic Director of physical theatre company, Open Heart Surgery Theatre. She studied at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris and the University of Toronto; she has toured work to China, Egypt, US, France, Spain and across the UK. After a hit run in London (Camden People’s Theatre and Mimetic Festival) her play First Draft was performed at Falaki Theatre in Cairo, Egypt (Studio ZAT). This Is Why We Live premiered at Plateau 31 (Paris, France) and was recently performed at The Theatre Centre in Toronto. Most recently Coleen held a reading of her latest play Meat at the Arcola Theatre in London, UK, which was well received & more news to come. Coleen teaches playwriting and movement-based theatre creation and currently is teaching at the International Summer Theatre Program at the University of Toronto.
Coleen delights in working with children and youth and has led workshops and classes on playwriting and devised theatre for over 8 years. She has developed community-engaged theatre projects in the UK and Canada with companies such as: Haringey Shed (UK), Jumblies Theatre, Expect Theatre Company, The Children’s Peace Theatre and DrumARTZ Canada. She has received an Ontario Arts Council Artist in the Schools grant for over five years, facilitating workshops in Poetry in Movement across schools in Ontario.
Coleen has always wanted to fly.
Jessica Runge, Guest Artist in Movement
Jessica Runge is an avid fan of Theatre Direct’s programs for young people and is excited to be part of the summer camp team once again this summer! She is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher, and runs her own dance class for children out of the Artscape Youngplace Building on Shaw Street. Runge has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and internationally in the works of notable choreographers, and has danced for the Toronto Dance Theatre and Le Groupe Dance Lab. Her own choreography has been presented at numerous venues and festivals, garnering recognition including the KM Hunter Award. Runge has taught dance in a variety of settings to people of all ages and abilities. She is a frequent guest in local elementary schools and receives funding from the Ontario Arts Council to teach children through their Artists in Education Program. www.jessicarunge.com
Scott White, Guest Artist in Music
Scott White has been working professionally in the arts as an actor, playwright, composer and musical director for the past 24 years. He has 11 professionally produced musicals to his credit (either as composer, or composer and book writer) with productions in both Canada and the United States. Upcoming projects include development of a new musical Compulsion, a production of the family musical The Giant’s Garden in Kincardine this fall, and developing his one act musical Newfoundland Mary into a full length piece for regional productions in 2018/19. For full details on Scott, go to www.thegiantsgarden.com/scottwhite
Meredith Wolting, Guest Artist in Design
Meredith is a visual artist and performer with a passion for scenic art and musical theatre. A graduate of York University’s Devised Theatre program, she trained in collective creation with a specialization in set and costume design. Since then, she has taught drama and art classes in schools and children’s programs, and has worked as a scenic artist and props designer for theatre companies across Ontario. Meredith also works in acrylics and watercolour painting and logo design. Recent projects include scenic art in Titanic the musical (2017) and the dragon in Shrek the musical (2016) for Wavestage Theatre Company. www.meredithwolting.com
Sabrina Mastrangelo, Camp Counsellor
Sabrina Mastrangelo began studying dance, singing and acting at very young age. During the summer months of her high school career she attended the Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme in Hamilton Ontario, under the direction of Lou Zamprogna and it was there that she fell in love with the stage and discovered the changing power of live theatre. She went on to study theatre at York University. While still taking theatre courses, Sabrina switched to a degree in Psychology to focus more on the healing aspects of theatre and performance and the effect it has on mental health. Sabrina has extensive experience with children of all ages and abilities including working as an Instructor Therapist for children with Autism, as a children’s fitness and physical literacy instructor, and camp counsellor. Always striving to help children reach their full potential by encouraging creativity, growth and both physical and cognitive development.
Sabrina Park, Camp Counsellor
Sabrina is currently going into her third year at Queen’s University in the Commerce program where she spends her free time as a member of various clubs and organizations including Queen’s Women in Leadership. This upcoming fall semester, Sabrina will be studying abroad in France in hopes to improve on her French speaking abilities and learn about the French culture. Since a young age, Sabrina has developed a passion for theatre and arts, as she was actively involved in numerous theatre summer camps. Sabrina comes to Theatre Direct with 6 years of dance experience. She has worked in theatre as a Stage Director where she had the privilege of participating and assisting in the creation of a production in her high school career. Sabrina has previous experience as a camp counsellor and loves to play the piano. She is absolutely thrilled to be joining a team that incorporates her passion for theatre, arts, and the camp counsellor role.
Cezzane Ilagan, Camp Counsellor
Cezzane Ilagan just recently finished her first year at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Throughout high school, Cezzane was involved in several extra-curricular activities and clubs, including being the Visual Arts Representative on her high school’s Visual and Performing Arts Council. Her artwork was displayed at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board’s IMAGES Art Show in 2013, 2014, and 2016. She loves working with different media but is particularly interested in creating three-dimensional works. All of her volunteer work has involved working with children and she was recognized for her efforts by the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga in 2015 with an award. She frequently works with drama camps during the summer, assisting counsellors and instructors with campers as well as creating sets and props out of recycled and everyday materials.
Cameron Wheeler, Camp Assistant
Cameron is a future student at the University of Toronto, in the program of History. She is a graduate of Silverthorn Collegiate, with a Specialist High Skills Major in the area of Arts and Culture and an avid visual artist. In high school, she worked with a teacher representative to prepare and conduct an annual showcase of art, and has experience in sound and lighting for stage performances. Cameron recently wrapped up a 4 month co-op placement with the Education Department at the ROM. Previously, she has volunteered at the PD Day Camp offered at Neilson Park Creative Centre and is excited to spend her summer assisting with programming that connects children and youth with the arts.
Meet Our Teaching Roster for our School-Year Programming
Ingrid Hansen, Guest Artist in Puppetry
Raised by gregarious Danish immigrants, Ingrid loves talking
to strangers. A Co-Artistic Director of SNAFU Dance Theatre, she tours across the country with SNAFU performing Snack Music, Table Top Tales, Little Orange Man, and Kitt & Jane: A Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future. Outside of SNAFU, she has created and performed with Corpus Theatre, The Quickening, Theatre Direct, and Atomic Vaudeville. For the past seven years, Ingrid has built an ongoing collaboration with the inmates at William Head on Stage Prison Theatre, including co-directing The Prison Puppet Project with Peter Balkwill in 2013. On TV, she is a lead puppeteer and voice actor for four seasons of Tiga Talk on APTN. She sometimes roams the country teaching workshops for adults, children, actors, dancers, puppeteers, and prison inmates. Recently, she trained to become a Firefly artist with Theatre Direct, and pioneered a new object-puppetry show for kindergarten classrooms called Lost & Found, of which children said, “It`s magic”, and “She`s a witch!” She recently puppeteered on two new children’s web series Sparkly Butt and the Hot Dog Kid and Singalong with Tobee.
Lindsay Goodtimes, Guest Artist in Aerial and Circus
Lindsay Goodtimes is a dancer, choreographer, creator, circus performer, host, singer and, above all, an entertainer. Lindsay Goodtimes has been entertaining audiences for the past two decades. After graduating from Toronto Dance Theatre in 1998 she spent many years performing and choreographing theatre for young audiences in the US, Canada and abroad. She worked for companies such as Tanglewood, Koba and Shrimp Magnet, at this time she was also Assistant Artistic Director/Dancer of The HoneyKats Dance Company. In 2002 her travels took her to South East Asia where Lindsay trained at the Thai Fire School. It was there she was first introduced to the circus arts. Upon returning from her travels she was impassioned with a great desire to incorporate fire arts in dance, it was at that time that Lindsay co-founded Femmes Du Feu with Holly Treddenick as a vehicle to explore this fusion. Lindsay was honoured to be a part of the Circus Orange team for many years and participated in their trade mark spectacle performances at JFL Montreal, Winterlude Ottawa and Cavalcade Toronto to name a few. She began her aerial training with Sabrina Pringle in 2006 and has performed contemporary circus with FDF and Anandam DanceTheatre. When not performing Lindsay can be found teaching Acro, Circus and Yoga to kids or in a forest somewhere with her 2 daughters.
Michelle Silagy is Contemporary Dance Artist and Educator. She is the Young Dancers’ Program Director at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she facilitates a multi-ability dance class, Creative Movement Made for Me. Silagy’s contemporary dance choreography, has been referred to as “exquisite…filled with beautiful images that speak of rest, tranquility and hope” (Globe and Mail). It’s been presented at venues to include the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Textile Museum of Canada (within exhibitions –notably Kai Chan’s), The Gardiner Museum, the EnWave Theatre, Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, and in Inuvik above the Arctic Circle with singer song-writer Susan Aglukark. Silagy is a certified DanceAbility Teacher (2012)— and — one of ten first generation International Master DanceAbility Teachers (2015). She received her training from DanceAbility International Founder Alito Alessi in Austria, Mexico and Uruguay. Silagy performed an integrated dance piece in Vienna with DanceAbility at ImPulsTanz, Festival 2012. Silagy is currently working with Theatre Direct on projects for Young Audiences including Flying Hearts, her new sensorial movement event. Silagy is currently
completing her MFA Candidacy in the Dance Department at York University.
Debashis Sinha, Guest Artist in Sound
Driven by a deep commitment to the primacy of sound in creative expression, Debashis Sinha has realized projects in radiophonic art, electroacoustic music, sound art, audiovisual performance, theatre, dance, and music across Canada and internationally. A winner of 2 Dora Awards for sound, his selected sound design and composition credits include productions with: The Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Why Not Theatre, Project Humanity, Doug Varone, The Theatre Centre, Nightwood Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, inDance, Tribal Crackling Wind, Project Humanity, Canadian Rep Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Pleiades Theatre, MTC Warehouse and Necessary Angel. His live sound practice on the concert stage has led to appearances at MUTEK, the Guelph Jazz Festival, the Banff Centre, The Sound Symposium, ISEA, Madrid Abierto, and other venues. www.debsinha.com
Autumn Smith, Guest Artist in Drama
Autumn is an artist innovator, director and educator. She recently completed her MFA at York University in Theatre Direction with an Emphasis on Teaching. This fall Autumn will be returning to York as a member of faculty. She is also a conservatory trained actor from the Oxford School of Drama, specializing in Shakespearean text. Autumn is a sought after Artist Educator having worked with The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto District School Board, U of T/Sheridan, The National Ballet/Stratford Project, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Shakespeare School, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Tarragon Theatre, George Brown Theatre School and Stagedoor Manor in Association with the American Theatre Wing . Autumn is the former Artistic Director of the Dora Award winning company, MacKenzieRo: The Irish Repertory Theatre of Canada. Autumn’s other recent credits include: Communications and Outreach Manager for The Toronto Fringe Festival and Adjudicator for the Sears Drama Festival and Paprika Festival.
Lucy Hill, Guest Artist in Drama and Improvisation
Lucy is an actor, improviser, and theatre creator. She is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Conservatory, The Arscomica International School of Commedia dell’Arte, and Ghost River Theatre’s Devised Theatre Program. While Lucy very much enjoys performing in the classics, most recently Lucy played ‘Juliet’ in Romeo & Juliet, her passion as an actor is for new work. So far in her career, Lucy has originated roles in twelve new Canadian plays, and participated in many more plays in development. She has devised three of her own projects including a solo half-mask play called Bertha, an improvised play called Dot & Mae, and a non-verbal physical theatre piece called A Date with the Night. Together with Lucy’s improv duo partner, Judy Wensel, Dot & Mae toured to improv festivals across Canada and into the U.S. Lucy is also a member of The Bad Dog Repertory Players at the Toronto improv theatre, Bad Dog Theatre. Upcoming Lucy is returning to the four roles in the solo half-mask play I, Claudia at Neptune Theatre in Halifax followed by heading to Kamloops, BC, to be apart of the world premiere of The Cure for Death
by Lightning at Western Canada Theatre. www.lucyadelehill.com