Meet Our Camp Creative Team and Camp Counselors!
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.
Victoria Stacey, Associate Artistic Director and Lead Instructor
Victoria Stacey graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from York University. During her time at York, Victoria studied Devised Theatre and Directing. In conjunction with her academic education she also volunteered for Theatre Direct. Since that time she has become an integral part of this TYA company taking on such projects as associate director of Summer Camp, assisting with the casting process of Beneath the Banyan Tree (winner of 3 Dora Awards in 2015), working closely with Fides Krucker of URGE to flesh out the movement vocabulary for the publication of the And by the way, Miss… script in Ignite: Illuminating Theatre for Young People edited by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, and becoming a Firefly Artist for the in-school kindergarten storytelling residency called the Firefly Project .
Victoria now holds the title of Associate Artistic Director and works directly with Lynda Hill, Artistic & Executive Director. She has been using her devised theatre training in many ways but finds her creative muscles are flexed most through Theatre Direct’s Drama School Programming during which she works collaboratively with the children and a team of Artists to create unique pieces of theatre incorporating movement, music, drama, and design.
Jessica Runge, Lead Instructor for Ages 4-5 and Guest Artist in Movement
Jessica Runge is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She 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. Runge 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. Runge is an avid fan of Theatre Direct’s programs for young people and is excited to be leading the Wee Camp once again this summer! www.jessicarunge.com
Autumn Smith, Guest Artist in Drama for PA Day Camps
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 Improv for Winter Camp
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
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 23 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 The Things We Did For Love, a production of the family musical The Giant’s Garden in Guelph this fall, and a production of Newfoundland Mary which will be part of the 2016/17 season of Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary. For full details on Scott, go to www.thegiantsgarden.com/scottwhite
Andy Miller, Guest Artist in Design
Andy Miller is a Set Designer who specializes in the field of theatre and film productions. Her skills include graphic, industrial, and set design. Andy also has a special interest in instructing design as a tool to promote the art of puppet building, product design, stage makeup, and set design to students and educators. Andy’s recent work includes; Artist Contributor to Wee Festival 2014, Art Direction as Artist-In-Residence at Howard Park Public School, Design Associate for the Canadian Opera Company’s Education and Outreach Programs, Design Lead for 360 Screenings’ interactive productions, as well as Design Illustrator for Commercial Art Direction Company, C-It Productions. Andy is most importantly a Mom to her 2 kids who continue to inspire her passion for the development of children’s education and contribution to art and design in the world of theatre.
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.
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
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.
Carrie Cooper, Counselor
Carrie is currently a second year student at York University, focusing in Theatre Studies and History with aspirations of eventually being admitted into the Concurrent Education program. In the past, Carrie has worked in Theatre as a Director, Stage Manager, Production Manager, Acting Teacher, as well as time spent as an Actor. Carrie acted as a counsellor for Winter Camp and Summer Camp in the 2015-16 season and is excited to continue as both a counsellor for drama school programming and box office staff for Theatre Direct’s 2016-17 season.