About S.M.Arts

The S.M.Arts Team

The S.M.Arts team is made up of Janelle Rainville as Director, Jeff Morris as Conference Associate, Anna Spencer as Conference Assistant and, of course, our many talented instructors. S.M.Arts instructors are chosen because they are working professionals with successful careers in the arts. Through their advice, expertise and helpful hints, each participant will have the opportunity to explore the many facets of Stage Management.

JANELLE RAINVILLE has had the opportunity to stage manage for a variety of genres over the past 14 years including theatre, musicals, tours and special events, though the bulk of her time is spent working in the realm of dance. She spent 4 seasons with the National Ballet of Canada as ASM and SM for YOU Dance. In the past 6 years, Janelle has been doing more Production Management, working with Le Théâtre français de Toronto, University of Waterloo & Magnetic North Theatre Festival. In her "spare" time, Janelle teaches dance stage management at Ryerson Theatre School, Stage Management at the University of Waterloo and is the administrator of P.M.Arts - the sister conference for Production Managers. But her favourite project thus far has been her son, Hunter - the first ‘S.M.Arts’ baby.

WINSTON MORGAN stage managed in Canada for twenty-seven years and had the opportunity to work in a variety of situations including small, medium and large theatres across Canada, as well as festival and commercial productions. Winston presently works at the Toronto International Film Festival Group as Venue Manager. He has also been involved with the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Madness and Arts International Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Workman Theatre Arts and has taught Stage Management sessions at Ryerson University, Humber College, York University, George Brown College and the National Theatre School.

JEFF MORRIS studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School (1987 – 1990), pursuing a growing interest in stage management for dance. After leaving Ryerson, he worked as Production Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre (1990 – 1995, company debuts in Warsaw, Berlin, Tokyo, New York), Production Manager for Dancers For Life (AIDS Committee of Toronto, 1991 – 1997), Stage Manager for Theatre Passe-Muraille (Never Swim Alone, Metamorphosis of a Shadow), and Stage Manager for the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA). In 1995 he joined the National Ballet of Canada, and has been Stage Manager for a wide range of the company’s unique classical and contemporary repertoire, including works by Ashton, Balanchine, Forsythe, Neumeier, and Robbins; world premieres of The Comforts of Solitude (Perreault), Monument, Wolf’s Court and Dénouement (Mrozewski), Emergence (Pite), Pur ti Miro (Elo), The Four Seasons, Cinderella, and An Italian Straw Hat (Kudelka), the company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and most recently the world premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet. In addition to his work with the National Ballet of Canada, Jeff continues to stage manage for dance artists and organizations such as Peggy Baker, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, the National Ballet School, and is an adjunct faculty member with The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

During each Conference we have the invaluable assistance of an Apprentice Stage Manager. Without their help, guidance and talent the Conferences could never run so smoothly.

1996 Michael Sinclair (Toronto)
1997 Kristen Van Alphen (Toronto)
1997 Cathy Male (Toronto)
1997 Sarah Saville (Edmonton)
1998 Kristin McCollum (Toronto)
1999 Todd Augustus (Toronto)
1999 April Land (Vancouver)
2000 Jacquie Carpenter, Kate McDonnell (Toronto)
2001 Janelle Rainville (Toronto)
2002 Michelene Sutherland (Toronto)
2003 Vincent Abis (Montreal)
2004 Laura Donn (Toronto)
2006 Sandi Becker (Toronto)
2007 Gillian Lewis (Toronto)
2008 Elizabeth McDermott (Toronto)
2009 Sandra Crljencia (Toronto)
2009 Nik Dethmers (Winnipeg)
2010 Bonnie Thomson (Toronto)
2010 Laura-Lee Gerwing (Vancouver)
2011 Emily Grindrod (Toronto)
2011 Eric Savory (Montreal)
2012 Meghan Speakman (Toronto)
2014 Sam Hale & Becky Wasser (Toronto)
2015 Katie Honek (Toronto)
2016 Troy Taylor (Toronto)
2017 Melanie Hall (Toronto)

Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Equity)

Equity represents almost 6,000 active professional artists including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers working inlive performance (theatre, opera and dance) in Englush Canada.

Recognizing that the arts are vital to life and that artists make an invaluable contribution to our society, Equity supports the creative efforts of its members by seeking to improve their working conditions and opportunities. The business of Equity is to negotiate and administer collective agreements, provide benefit plans, information and support, and act as an advocate for its membership.