Instructors

Banville, Rick

Director of Production, Young People's Theatre

Rick has been a Production Manager for over fifteen years, working alongside some of Canada’s leading artists and companies while having the great fortune of touring theatre, opera, dance and music throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Canada and the United States. Read more >>

Bassett, Karen

Equity Fight Director

Karen has studied stage violence with Rapier Wit, Fight Master Robert Seale, and Fight Directors Canada. Read more >>

Baynton, Bonni

Director of Production, Calgary Opera

After graduating from the University of Calgary in 1981 with a BFA in Drama, Bonni began her Stage Management career apprenticing at Manitoba Theatre Centre and Alberta Theatre Projects. Read more >>

Becker, Sandi

Equity Stage Manager

Sandi Becker is a Toronto based stage manager. She is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Studies Programme. Read more >>

Brennan, Dawn

General Manager, Actsafe

Dawn Brennan is the General Manager of Actsafe, a health and safety association for the motion picture and performing arts industries. Read more >>

Brow, Rose

Executive Director, Vertigo Theatre

Rose, a former Stage Manager, is currently the Executive Director at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary. An award winning arts leader, she has 25+ years of experience in all aspects of theatre. Read more >>

Burns, Ken

Employment Standard Specialist, Ministry of Labour

Ken Burns went to school in 1986 to study accounting and computer science at the University of Waterloo and came out four years later yearning to be a stage manager! Read more >>

Burns, Barry

Company Manager, Shaw Festival

Barry has recently taken on the role as the first ever Company Manager at Shaw Festival where, previously, he spent ten seasons as Assistant Stage Manager. Read more >>

Buset, Alexis

Freelance Technical Director / Production Manager

Alexis attended production programs at the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts and the National Theatre School of Canada. Read more >>

Buss, Christopher

General Manager, Production Canada

Chris is a 1999 S.M. Arts alum and sees the conference as a great experience that broadened his outlook on his career as a Stage Manager. Read more >>

Chaisson, Ben

Sound & Video Designer

Ben Chaisson is an award-winning Sound and Projections Designer, design consultant and technical director, born in Halifax now working in Toronto. Read more >>

Chua, Derrick

Entertainment Lawyer & Theatre Producer

C. DERRICK CHUA is an entertainment lawyer and award-winning theatre producer. Read more >>

Clarke, Kristian

Senior Projects Manager, Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Kristian worked at Canadian Artists Representation/le front des artistes Canadiens (CARFAC Ontario) for 14 years and is now the Senior Projects Manager at Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Read more >>

Code, Michael

Registered Psychologist

Michael Code is a Registered Psychologist in Calgary and has over seventeen years providing support to individuals in career counselling to explore and successfully make important life transitions. Read more >>

Collier, Aaron

Sound/Video Designer & Musician

Aaron Collier was born in Prince Edward Island in 1981 and is an award winning multi-talented designer, musician, and digital performance artist. Read more >>

Corbett, Craig

Production Manager, Mediaco - The Presentation Company

Craig is excited to be a part of S.M. Arts 2012 and sees the conference as a great experience to broaden your outlook on a career as a Stage Manager. Read more >>

Cosgrave, Aidan

Founder & President, JST Productions

Aidan Cosgrave is the founder and President of J.S.T. Productions, an event and television production company with over 30 years of experience in national and international project creation and management with a client base that includes the NHL, CBC, Sportsnet, the Caldwell Partners, and numerous not for profit and registered charities (The Grocery Foundation, Kids Help Phone, Daytrippers Children’s Charity). Read more >>

Cummings, Jeff

Planning Director, Shaw Festival Theatre

Jeff Cummings is currently the Planning Director for the Shaw Festival Theatre. Read more >>

Davis, Sheldon

Actor

A Nova Scotian by birth and a Hamiltonian by choice, Sheldon has been based in Ontario for twenty-one years. Read more >>

Driscoll, Rosie

Freelance Company Manager

Rosie Driscoll has recently returned to Toronto after six years as Company Manager at The Stratford Festival. Read more >>

Farrell, Genevieve

Academic Coordinator for Chang School and HR / OB Department in the Ted Rogers School of Management

Genevieve has been teaching HR courses at Ryerson University for 20 years to undergraduate and Continuing Education students. Read more >>

Fleming, Peter

Production & Operations Manager, Ryerson Theatre School

A graduate of Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts program, Peter has been active in all areas of the entertainment business. Read more >>

Fujimoto-Pihl, Paul

Technical Director, The Grand Theatre

Paul attended Humber College for Theatre Technical Production, and freelanced as a technician for a couple of years after in Toronto. Read more >>

Hancox, Amanda

Executive Director, Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Amanda has worked as a dancer and actress across Canada. For the past 13 years she has been the Executive Director of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. Read more >>

Hepburn, Alistair

Business Representative, Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Alistair is a Business Representative with the Canadian Actors' Equity Association, who specializes in the CTA & ITA. Read more >>

Hodnett, Sandra

Senior Red Carpet Coordinator, Ajyal Film Festival, Qatar

Sandra Hodnett has worked on film festivals for 20 years in the Production and Venues Departments, hiring, training and supervising Venues teams. Read more >>

Hoover, Cheryl

Director of Production, Citadel Theatre

Since 2008, Cheryl has been Director of Production at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, the largest regional theatre in Canada. Read more >>

Kadri, Haysam

Equity Actor

In his 17 years as a professional artist, Haysam has endeavoured to make himself versatile by gaining valuable experience in a wide variety of disciplines. Read more >>

Kates, Beth

Freelance Designer (Lighting, Projection, Set & Costume)

Beth is a self-taught, award-winning Lighting, Projection, Set, and Costume designer who started working in rock and roll at 14. Read more >>

Klodt Wong, Melanie

Manager of Festival Logistics, Toronto International Film Festival

Melanie Klodt Wong worked as a stage manager for over ten years and has spent the last six years in festival arts management. Read more >>

Landon, Heather

Production Manager, Roseneath Theatre

Heather has been working professionally in theatre for more than fifteen years and completed a B.A. Honours Drama degree from the University of Windsor. Read more >>

LeSage, Jeanne

LeSage Arts Management, CHRL, MBA

Jeanne has a 25+ year career in arts management, starting as a stage manager working across Canada. Read more >>

Levinson, Daniel

Artistic Director, Rapier Wit

Daniel is the artistic director of Rapier Wit, Canada's oldest stage combat school and production company and he is one of eight certified fight masters with Fight Directors Canada, Canada’s only nationwide internationally-recognized stage combat association. Read more >>

Lewis, Heather

Equity Stage Manager

Heather Lewis has been stage managing across the country for the past 12 years. Read more >>

Lucas, Steve

Freelance Designer

For the last 28 years Steve has designed award winning sets and lighting for more than 300 productions of theatre, dance and performance art. Read more >>

McQueen, Lynn

Communications Director, CAEA - Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Lynn worked as a professional Stage Manager in Montreal, Halifax and Toronto and across Canada. Read more >>

Miller, Sarah

Equity Stage Manager

Sarah is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre’s Technical Theatre Production program, with a specialization in stage management and theatre administration. Read more >>

Morgan, Winston

Founder, S.M.Arts

Winston Morgan (1952 – 2016) 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. Read more >>

Morris, Jeff

Stage Manager, National Ballet of Canada

Born in Toronto, Jeff Morris studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School Read more >>

Moses, Arron

Freelance Stage Manager

Arron Moses has built, over the past 30 years, a career in the production of corporate and special events. Read more >>

North, Andrew

Academic Production Manager, School of of Creative and Performing Arts at University of Calgary

Before coming to Calgary Andrew worked for 13 years at Globe Theatre in Regina. During those years he was (at different times) Globe’s Artistic Associate, Executive Director, General Manager, Planning Manager and Production Manager. Read more >>

Oakey, Christine

Equity Stage Manager

After 10 years of touring as a stage manager with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Christine has tallied up over 1,100 performances, in 5 languages with 12 different shows. Read more >>

Pearson, Val

Equity Actor

Val has been a professional actress since 1979 and has performed across Canada. Read more >>

Porter, Chris

Stage Manager, Mirvish Productions

Mr. Porter’s achievements include many of Toronto’s major commercial musical theatre productions. Read more >>

Porter, Kate

Freelance CAEA Stage Manager

Kate Porter has been an Equity Stage Manager for 10 years and divides her time between theatre and opera. Read more >>

Prokop Miller, Roxanne

Equity Stage Manager

Roxanne has been a professional stage manager for over 25 years and has worked in many disciplines including commercial musicals, opera, dance, and large-scale events. Read more >>

Rainville, Janelle

Freelance Stage Manager / Freelance Production Manager / Instructor

Janelle began her relationship with the stage at the age of 3, in the traditional blue tutu & sequins - unfortunately it doesn’t fit anymore. Janelle has had the opportunity to stage manage for a variety of genres over the past 19 years including theatre, musicals, tours and special events, though the bulk of her time is spent working in the realm of dance. Read more >>

Read, Debbie

Freelance CAEA Stage Manager

Debbie stage manages for Toronto Operetta Theatre and George Brown Theatre School. Read more >>

Richardson, Siobhan

Intimacy Director

Siobhan Richardson is an Intimacy Director, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, and the only person in Canada recognized as an Intimacy Director by Tonia Sina, founder of the Intimacy For The Stage method. Read more >>

Riedle, Jennifer

Senior Business Representative, Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Jennifer is the Senior Business Representative at Equity’s Western Office. Read more >>

Rodney, Yvonne

Career Counsellor, Dancer Transition Resource Centre

Yvonne Rodney is a consultant, author and playwright, provides counselling/coaching to individuals and organizations in areas of career planning, personal development and spiritual growth. Read more >>

Rose, Richard

Artistic Director, Tarragon Theatre

Richard Rose is the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre. Prior to joining the Tarragon in 2002, Richard was Founding Artistic Director at Necessary Angel. Read more >>

Russell, Lisa

Equity Stage Manager

Lisa is a Calgary based stage manager who started her professional career over twenty years ago at the Citadel Theatre. Read more >>

Salverda, Ray

Production Manager

Ray has worked in the entertainment industry – primarily as a Production Manager/Project Manager for over 30 years. Read more >>

Salverda, Crystal

Equity Stage Manager

With over 30 years in the entertainment industry Crystal has been blessed to work both across Canada and internationally stage managing some wonderful productions. Read more >>

Secord, Sharon E.

Head of Wardrobe, University of Waterloo Department of Drama and Speech Communication

Never did Sharon think at the age of 10 learning how to sew would take her on a journey into the world of theatre, costumes and the Vancouver Olympics. Read more >>

Sellery, Janet

Consultant, Sellery Health + Safety

Janet Sellery is one of Canada's leading experts in health and safety and the arts. Read more >>

Stein, Jennifer

Freelance Event Producer & Director

Jennifer Stein is an award-winning director, content creator and producer. She has extensive experience in the areas of large-scale sporting events, festivals, theatre and concerts. Read more >>

Stewart, Douglas

Organizational Development Consultant, Competence Consultants & Associates

Douglas Stewart, Douglas Stewart is a managing partner at Competence Consultants & Associates, which provides a range of organizational development services with an emphasis on change management, anti-oppression, diversity, human rights and cultural competence. Read more >>

Stobart, Jennifer

Equity Stage Manager

Jennifer has currently stage managed 144 professional productions in her 31 year career, 46 of which were brand new works. Read more >>

Stuart, Ann

Stage Manager, Stratford Festival

This will be Ann's 36th season with the Stratford Festival when she will be Stage Manager for Twelfth Night directed by Martha Henry. Read more >>

Vest, Marisa

Stage Manager, Cirque du Soleil

Marisa has spent the past six years on tour with Cirque du Soleil and is currently touring North America with Cirque’s latest production: TORUK – The First Flight. Read more >>

Wales, Dustyn

Business Representative, Canadian Actors' Equity Association

Having worked at the Equity office just over two years, Dustyn is one of the Senior Business Representatives handling the CTA and ITA at Canadian Actors' Equity Association, working mainly with commercial and large-scale, site-specific and musical theatre. Read more >>

Watters, Caroline

Stage Manager, Cirque du Soleil

Caroline Watters is currently a Stage Manager on Toruk: The First Flight for Cirque du Soleil, currently touring North America. Read more >>

Westoll, Kathryn

Managing Director, Toronto Fringe Festival

Kathryn Westoll was a stage manager for thirteen years, mostly in Toronto. Read more >>