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Darrell Bryan

Voice Teacher

Darrell Bryan 

Hailing from the UK, Darrell Bryan is recognized for his versatility and collaborative approach to performance and arts education. Having studied at both Keele University (UK), and York University (Canada), Darrell specializes in vocal performance (music theatre and classical voice), conducting, and music education.

Darrell has built a successful international career as a performer, musical director and educator working across Canada, in addition to appearances in the UK, France, China, Australia and the USA. Darrell works at both St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University where he teaches courses in music, music theatre, and vocal technique, in addition to directing the Queen’s choral music program.

Through his energetic and holistic approach to performance and arts education, Darrell focuses on creating the versatile music theatre performer through a practical application of vocal science. Having studied extensively with vocal clinicians in the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe, Darrell uses an understanding of current vocal pedagogy to ensure students attain their true vocal potential.

Darrell’s teaching philosophy focuses on educating and encouraging students to make healthy, informed, and sustainable steps in their vocal development. Underscoring the development of technical ability alongside skills in song interpretation and presentation, Darrell’s approach supports students in communicating complex stories through song.

As a musical director, arranger, composer, and pianist with theatre companies in Europe and Canada, Darrell has worked on both professional and student productions.

In addition to his work at St. Lawrence College & Queen’s University, Darrell runs a busy private voice, piano and theory studio, and offers musical consultation, adjudication, performance and musical theatre direction across Ontario.

Erin Puttee

Voice Teacher

Music Theatre Performance faculty member Erin Puttee

Erin Puttee is a music educator, voice teacher, and vocal coach. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and a Master of Arts in Musicology from the University of Ottawa. To augment her classical training, Erin has pursued further study of vocal pedagogy for Contemporary Commercial Music styles. Most notably, Erin is certified in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method--Levels I, II & III. Developed by voice pedagogue Jeanie LoVetri, this functional approach to voice training, rooted in voice science, “conditions the muscles of the vocal mechanism, over time, indirectly, through exercises, to respond automatically.” Click here for more information about Somatic Voicework™.

She is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ORMTA), the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association (CFMTA), the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

Ms. Puttee is also active in the vocal pedagogy community and stays up-to-date with current advancements in the field of voice. Routinely attending conferences, courses and workshops throughout Canada and the United States, she brings this extensive knowledge into the voice studio in order to meet the changing needs of her students. It is her goal to work with students to make their instrument the most free, healthy, expressive and capable that it can be.

Erin has been teaching in the Music Theatre - Performance Program since 2013 and has musically directed a staged reading of Nine, New Faces 2015, as well as playing keyboard for several SLC productions and TIP’s production of Into the Woods.

Ian Simpson

Voice Teacher

 Mr. Simpson has worked for over 25 years as professional singer and actor across Canada and the USA. His theatre experiences are at the highest level in the industry and highlights include Stratford, Shaw and Mirvish Productions. Shows include Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, The Producers, The Music Man, King Lear, Camelot, Peter Pan and many others.

Ian is the recipient of two Tyrone Guthrie awards from the Stratford Festival as well as a 2014 Civic Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

He is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music-Theatre Program and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Queen’s University.


Guest Artists

David Connolly (2016)

Guest Artist

David Connelly

David Connolly, recipient of The Premier of Ontario’s Award of Excellence in Applied Arts, made his Broadway debut at age 19 after graduating the Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College. Twenty-five years later he remains an optimistic, highly creative idea generator whose life Dance Magazine wrote, “Demonstrates the quintessential balancing act between career and community service.” Currently, he serves as the Associate Artistic Director at Drayton Entertainment, Canada's third largest not-for-profit professional theatre company.

On stage he has directed and choreographed over fifty musical theatre productions including the Canadian Premiere productions of “Mamma Mia!” and “High School Musical.” In 2015, David choreographed the pre-Broadway production of “First Wives Club, The Musical” at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago for Director, Simon Phillips.

For the screen, he most recently directed and choreographed season two of “The Moblees” for Kids' CBC. Previously, he worked for CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and on two feature films directed by Deepa Mehta.

He is a board member of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and director of Pauletta Washington’s United Nation’s Department of Peace initiative concert tour, “Chronicle.” Recently, he directed this concert at The General Assembly Hall of The United Nations in New York.  During his twelve years as creative co-producer and choreographer of Toronto’s Fashion Cares benefit, David choreographed for artists including Katy Perry, KD Lang, Patti LaBelle and Sarah Brightman. In 2013, David was inducted as a member into The International Dance Council at UNESCO. He is a proud member of The Directors Guild of Canada, ACTRA, Equity and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Naomi Costain*

Director and Choreographer, The Wedding Singer (2018)

Naomi Costain

Originally hailing from the west coast, Naomi graduated from the Musical Theatre program at Laine Theatre Arts in London, UK.  She has her Advanced RAD Ballet (and studied Solo Seal), Advanced ISTD Modern, and Silver LAMDA Drama exam. She also trained for 3 summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts ballet program.  Naomi has made Toronto home for the past 20 years.

On the creative side, Naomi has had the privilege of working on the premiers of Norm Foster and Mike Doherty’s “For Life” (Choreographer/ Performer-STC), “A Christmas Carol” (Choreographer/ Assoc Dir- TNB, STC), and the immersive experience, “Hogtown” (Co- choreographer/ Assistant Dir- Toronto).

Other choreography credits include Sister Act (The LOT), “Mary Poppins,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Shrek,” “West Side Story” (TNB Theatre School), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (Chor/ Assistant Dir- Blind Faith), “Willy Wonka,” “Aladdin Jr,” Beauty and the Beast Jr” (Capitol Theatre), and “Anne and Gilbert” (Assistant Choreographer- Charlottetown).

As a performer Naomi has played leads in regional theatres across Canada. Favourite roles include Janet Van de Graff in “The Drowsy Chaperone” (MTC, TC), Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” (Segal Centre), Roxy in “Chicago,” Brooke in “Legally Blonde,” Bombalarina in “Cats” (Neptune Theatre), Norma in “Victor, Victoria,” Ursula in “Sweet Charity,” Bebe in “A Chorus Line” (Stage West), and Tess in “Crazy For You” (TBTB/ Port Hope).

She had also performed in seven seasons at the Stratford Festival in plays and musicals from Hammerstein, Weill, and Molière to Euripides. Her last season she played Ann Reilly in “42nd Street” and Edith in “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Naomi is passionate about working with young professionals, having been on Faculty at Sheridan and Randolph, and had taught workshops at dozens of dance studios throughout Ontario and Canada. She has also adjudicated dance across the country for many years.

*This participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.

Michael Doherty

Musical Director, The Wedding Singer (2018)

Michael Doherty

Michael Doherty is an Atlantic Canada and Toronto based composer, sound designer and music director. Recent theatre credits include; Finding Wolastoq Voice, Marion Bridge, The Space Between, Vigil, You Play Beautifull, A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek, The Drowsey Chaperone, Guys and Dolls (Theatre New Brunswick Theatre School;) Armstrong’s War, It’s a Wonderful Life, Hockey Dreams, For Life, A Christmas Carol, Red, Miracle on 34th St. (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Grace Notes, Angel’s River (The Notable Acts Theatre Festival).

Michael is the composer and co-lyricist of two full length musicals;  A Christmas Carol adapted with Caleb Marshall and For Life with Norm Foster. He is a multiple Merritt award (Theatre Nova Scotia) nominee and winner. He was honoured with the musician’s achievement award at East Coast Music Awards in 2008 and received the Playhouse Honours award from the Fredericton Playhouse in 2014.

Mary Ellis

Director, 12 Angry Jurors (2017)

Mary Ellis

Mary has worked extensively as an actor, director, and teacher for many years. Most recently she directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for A Company of Fools, and Ian Tamblyn’s musical play A Summer…A Fair for Theatre Wakefield. She also directed the highly acclaimed one-woman show The Elephant Girls, which continues to tour extensively in Canada, and has toured abroad to the Edinburgh Festival, London, Dublin, and Brighton. Other directing credits include Bridge to the Past (Theatre Wakefield), The End of Civilization, and Blackbird (Third Wall).

Her many acting credits include Pericles, Prince of Tyre (A Company of Fools), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Plosive Productions), Angel Square (Great Canadian Theatre Company), God of Carnage (Third Wall Theatre), Circle Mirror Transformation (GCTC), and Doubt (Gladstone Theatre).

She has garnered several awards and nominations for her work, including the Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Direction for The Elephant Girls, and the Capital Critics Award for Best production for Blackbird.

Mary has taught and directed numerous productions at Algonquin College, and currently teaches at The Acting Company in Ottawa.

Aaron Eyre (2017)

Musical Director, Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Aaron Eyre

Originally from Brockville, Ontario, Aaron has had a very successful career in musical theatre as a Music Director, Composer, Arranger and Pianist. Recently, Aaron has been working as the Music Director with the STARVOX productions of Trey Parker's CANNIBAL! and EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL in Toronto (soon to be on tour across North America). He has also recently worked with Theatre New Brunswick (Little Women), Theatre Sheridan, Smile Theatre and Angelwalk Theatre.

Mr. Eyre is also a busy vocal coach, music consultant, choir director and educator in Toronto. Aaron has his ARCT in piano (RCM), and a BMus (Composition) and BFA (Theatre) from Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo. 

Mr. Eyre was the Director and Music Director of St. Lawrence College's production DIVAS OF BROADWAY (2015) and is the Musical Director of St. Lawrence College's production of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017).

Craig Fair (2016)

Director and Music Director, 9 to 5

Craig Fair headshot

Craig Fair is a graduate of Sheridan Colleges Musical Theatre Performance program.  He was the recipient of the triple threat award. Has appeared in such shows as, The Producers, Legally Blonde, Crazy For You, Forever Plaid, On The Town, Mamma Mia!  He has spent 8 seasons at the Charlottetown Festival both as a performer and Music Director. 

Selected Music direction credits include: Patsy Cline, Canada Rocks!, Legends Of Harmony, The Wakowski Brothers, The Full Monty, Ring of Fire, Assassins. 

He has arranged both vocally and orchestrally for over 7 shows and is currently arranging a piece for Symphony Nova Scotia. Mr. Fair was the Director and Musical Director for St. Lawrence College's production of Now and Forever in 2015.

Brian Foley (2016)

Guest Artist

Brian Foley Head Shot 2015

Brian Foley is a renowned Director and Choreographer in Canada with a career that spans over 40 years. Born in Toronto, his first professional debut was at the age of ten. He has trained with the likes of Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins and Michael Bennett to name a few. He has choreographed performances for over 600 TV shows and major films including “Ice Castles, “Heavenly Bodies” and the James Bond thriller “For Your Eyes Only”. He has also directed and choreographed over 100 professional revue shows including Broadway musicals (including the Music Man, Annie, Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music and Fame), Las Vegas shows, ice skating and gymnastic spectacles in North America, Germany and Russia. He has been directing and choreographing the Calgary Stampede’s Grandstand Show since 1996, often referred to as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”.

Liz Gilroy

Director and Choreographer, Disney's Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Liz Gilroy

Liz started her professional acting career and the age of 12 playing Bett in OLIVER and hasn’t looked back since. She is a graduate from the Music Theatre Program at Sheridan College and an accomplished director, choreographer, and performer. She is also part time faculty at The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.


Selected performer credits: Two seasons at The Stratford Festival, Three seasons at The Charlottetown Festival, Mayzie in SEUSSICAL [ The Citadel], Emily in ELF: THE MUSICAL and Paulette in LEGALLY BLONDE [Neptune Theatre], Agnus in MARION BRIDGE [ The Globe Theatre], Sally in CHARLIE BROWN and The Actress/ Lizzie in BLOOD RELATIONS [Georgian Festival Theatre], Doris in SAME TIME NEXT YEAR, and Dory in THE LADIES FOURSOME [Magnus Theatre], Jill in SKIN FLICK [ LFT ] and Laura in LAURA [ Vertigo Theatre].

Forrest McClendon (2015)

Masterclass Instruction

MTP Forrest McClendon

Forrest is a Tony® Award Nominee for his Broadway debut as Mr. Tambo in THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, first created at the Vineyard and Guthrie Theaters. Post-Broadway, Forrest received a Barrymore Award for his reprisal of the role at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and recently appeared in the award-winning London premiere at the Young Vic. 

Stephanie Roth (2015)

Masterclass – VOCAL

Stephanie Roth-MTP Guest Artist

Born and raised in Woodstock Ontario, Stephanie began singing at the age of 10. Since then, Stephanie has taken to the stage as a leading actress in Musical Theatre productions across North America, as well as fronting pop/rock and even opera ensembles all around the globe.

Stephanie’s performance credits include My Fair Lady, Gigi, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Three Penny Opera, The Music Man, Fuente Ovejua and The King of Thieves all for the Stratford Festival; Mary in Mary Poppins; Nancy in Oliver!; Ellen in Miss Saigon, Gloria in Damn Yankees, The World Goes Round; Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers; Baroness Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music; Kathy in The Last Five Years; Heart and Soul of Broadway, Karyn in The Church Basement Ladies; Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, Mrs. Spencer in Anne of Green Gables; Marie in Pelagie; The Who's Tommy (CAN. Premiere/National Tour), RENT (U.S. National Tour).

She is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Program and the recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie award from the Stratford Festival.

Eliza Jane Scott (2015)

Director, Les Belles Soeurs

Eliza Jane Scott headshot

Theatre: Anne of Green Gables (Confederation Centre for the Arts),  Alice Through the Looking Glass (Confederation Centre for the Arts), Spoon River (Soulpepper), Company (Theatre 20), Elegies (Acting Upstage), Sound of Music ( National Arts Centre) Tartuffe (National Arts Centre) Enron (National Arts Centre),Company/Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Assassins (Birdland/Talk Is Free Theatre); Colours in the Storm (Festival Players); The Music Man, Fuente Ovejuna (Stratford Festival); The Full Monty (Stage West); Elegies (Acting Upstage – Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination); The Producers Canadian Company and First American National Tour (Mirvish Productions); Yidl Mitn Fidl, Funny Girl (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre); Wang Dang Doodle (Grand Theatre London); Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (Marquis Entertainment); The Possibilities, Measure for Measure (Montreal Young Company); The Convict Lover, Sir John, Eh? (Theatre Passe Muraille); most recently directed Laura Secord (Festival Players at Prince Edward Country).

Other: (Film/TV) Molly: An American Girl Doll (ABC/ Disney); Challenger (BBC/ National Geographic); Sue Thomas F. B. Eye (Pebblehut/Pax); A Saintly Switch (ABC/Disney); The Gavin Crawford Show (Idlemind/Shaftesbury); Odyssey 5 (Showtime); Leap Years (Showtime); Bleacher Bums (Showtime). 

Jan Alexandra Smith (2015)

Director and Choreographer, SEUSSICAL

Headshot of Jan Alexandra Smith

Originally from Toronto, Jan graduated from the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Fine Arts acting program and went on to play major roles across the country from Charlottetown to Vancouver.  She has especially enjoyed return engagements with the Shaw Festival, the Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.  Jan has also appeared as guest soprano with the Kingston Symphony, Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in Victoria, British Columbia and Music by the Sea in Bamfield, British Columbia.

Her directing credits include Betty Mitchell and Elizabeth Sterling Hanes Award nominated productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Buddy Holly Story, and the Canadian premier of The Mountaintop for Theatre Calgary. Other favourites include God of Carnage for Theatre Calgary and Dangerous Corner for Vertigo Theatre.  In 2013, Jan was shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson Prize for an Emerging Female Director.

Valerie Stanois

Guest Artist

Val Stonois

Val Stanois has had great success as a musical theatre performer, singer and recording artist. She has appeared on Broadway (Rock of Ages), the Stratford Festival (Into The Woods, Hello, Dolly!), Drayton, Mirvish, Stage West and many others. She is also the Lead Vocalist and Artistic Director of the singing group SONIC EVE with her recordings heard on CBC and available through ITunes!

Ms. Stanois graduated from Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre program and has trained with some of Canada’s top singing, acting and dance professionals including an Apprentice Training Program at The Stratford Festival.

Breanna Willis (2016)

Guest Artist - Choreography and Performance

Breanna Willis

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Breanna holds a Bachelor of Physical Education (Dance Major) from the Universities of Alberta and Otago (New Zealand). As a performer, guest instructor, choreographer, and adjudicator, Breanna has had the opportunity to combine her two passions of dance and travel to over 60 countries, and currently represents Canada as a judge and choreographer for the International Dance Organization.

Choreography credits include: 9-5, The Musical (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), It’s Always Something (Sony Centre), “Strictly Dancing” (Australian Broadcasting Co), “Mass Exodus” (Ryerson University), “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (assistant choreographer), Canadian National Dance Team (Jazz/Modern) 2012-present

Select performance credits include: Television: “Warehouse 13”, “Bomb Girls”, “The LA Complex”, “MMVA’s” (Psy) Theatre: “Crazy For You”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Stratford Festival), “West Side Story” (Vancouver Opera), “Return to Grace” (Fallsview Casino), “9-5”, “Dance Legends”, “Canadian Legends”, “Legends of Rock & Roll” (Drayton Entertainment), “The Super Groovy 70’s part 1 & 2”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” “Chicago”, (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), “Chicago” (Palace Theatre New Hampshire), “42nd St” (Troika Asia Tour), Princess Cruise Line.