Theatre Aquarius ODE Faculty

Jennie Esdale

Jennie Esdale

Program Director

Jennie is a director, actor, playwright and instructor. Her theatre work has been presented by children's, arts and puppet festivals as well as theatres in Canada, US, Brazil, Japan.

Originally from Alberta, Jennie has worked with companies including National Arts Centre, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, The Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Ghost River Theatre, Mammalian Diving Reflex, the Cultch and The Only Animal, where also performed in an outdoor theatre of ice at the Vancouver Olympics. Jennie was co-Artistic Director of Calgary’s physical theatre company, Green Fools Theatre, for over a decade, a company focusing on work for young audiences and in partnership with Cirque du Soliel's Cirque du Monde program, outreach programs with youth at risk.

Jennie was nominated for Calgary’s Professional Theatre Awards, the Betty Mitchell Award, for Best New Play twice and Outstanding Performance twice; works she directed were nominated for Outstanding Production of A Musical. Jennie was nominated twice and also won Edmonton’s Sterling Award for Outstanding Achievement in TYA. She is a member of CAEA and Playwrights Guild of Canada.

 

Spring 2018 Instructors

Cherish Violet Blood

Cherish Violet Blood

Cherish is an actor, storyteller, writer and comedian. Credits include: Stratford Festival, Frontline Partners with Youth Network- Flame, Toronto Alliance of the Performing Arts, Spiderwoman Theatre NY, Article 11, Summerworks, La Ma Ma Theatre NY, Native Earth Performing Arts. She teaches traditional story telling and the Spiderwoman developed Storyweaving process.

Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal

Cliff is an award winning playwright and actor.  His Theatre for Young Audiences play, Sidewalk Chalk, toured across Eastern Canada. Cliff has performed National tours including: The Push Festival, Magnetic North, the High Performance Rodeo, National Arts Centre, Soulpepper. Plays in development include with Tarragon, VideoCab, Factory Theatre.

 

Janelle Cooper

Janelle Cooper

Janelle is a writer, performer, singer, and producer. Janelle received her BFA, specializing in performance creation. Credits include: Teatro Proscenium, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, the Elgin Theatre, Ellipsis Tree Collective. She produced the Canadian premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined and has won awards for performance.

 

Izad Etemadi

Izad Etemadi

Izad leads Theatre Aquarius Newcomer Arts Program. Toronto based, Iranian-Canadian theatre artist, Izad has worked extensively with newcomers with a story circle process. Izad has worked with multiple theatre companies and has toured solo shows across the country, as well as a run off Broadway, earning Broadway Worlds Best Independent Production honours. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Award from Buddies in Bad Times.

 

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All classes held at Theatre Aquarius Arts Education Centre

55 Wentworth St. South.  Hamilton ON. L8N 2Y5

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 9

Ages 10 - 13

Ages 14 - 17

Adults

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 9

Ages 10 - 13

Ages 14 - 17

Adults

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Sarain Carson Fox

Sarain Carson Fox

Sarin is a dancer, model, and tv host/ personality. She is host of Viceland RISE documentaries, including the water protectors of the DAPL. Sarain trained as a dancer at the Alvin Ailey Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in New York City, as well as Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, the Quinte Ballet School. She is a multiple recipient of  and the Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

Ray Hogg

Ray Hogg

Ray has toured internationally as a choreographer, director, and performer. He has performed in Kiss me Kate, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, Seussical, The Producers, Evita and for the Stratford Festival, Oklahoma, South Pacific, and most notably My One and Only. Ray is a sought after instructor and has been on the dance faculty at George Brown College teaching Modern, Jazz and Performance and was the Artistic Director of Rainbow Stage, Canada’s longest running professional musical theatre company.

 

Reza Jacobs

Reza Jacobs

Reza Jacobs is a multiple award-winning music director, arranger, composer and sound designer. His credits include: Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Musical Stage Company, Factory Theatre, Tarragon, Passe Muraille, Volcano, Cahoots, Luminato Festival and Harbourfront's World Stage Festival.  Reza has an MFA from NYU Tisch.

 

Radha Menon

Radha Menon

Radha is a playwright and she is Artistic Director of Red Betty Theatre, a company with focus on diverse women. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and has developed her work at Factory Theatre, Kali Theatre UK Play Development, Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit, Cahoots Hothouse Playwriting Unit, Nightwood Theatre, National Film Board of Canada. Radha has won multiple awards for her work including the 2016 City of Hamilton Theatre Award.

Find The Class That Is Right For You!  Start Your Adventure Today!

 

All classes held at Theatre Aquarius Arts Education Centre

55 Wentworth St. South.  Hamilton ON. L8N 2Y5

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 9

Ages 10 - 13

Ages 14 - 17

Adults

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 9

Ages 10 - 13

Ages 14 - 17

Adults

For more information please email School@Theatreaquarius.org

Sonia Norris

Sonia Norris

Trained in physical theatre by Lecoq and at the Dell Arte School, Sonia holds an MFA in directing and is currently pursuing her Phd. She has directed and taught physical theatre, clown, le Jeu, mask, internationally, including with: Cirque du Soleil, Handspring Puppet, Luminato, Stratford Festival, California State U, National Theatre School, Banff Centre.

 

Marilo Nuñez

Marilo Nuñez

Marilo Nuñez is a playwright /director/ performer/ instructor. She has worked with Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Cahoots theatre, Aluna Theatre, Why Not Theatre and was the founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to Latinx Canadian theatre artists. She was shortlisted for the KM Hunter Artist Award in Theatre, nominated for the Most Influential Hispanics in Canada, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Spirit Awards.

 

Jan Alexandra Smith

Jan Alexandra Smith

Jan is an actor, director, and choreographer. She has a BFA in acting and began her extensive professional career in the original Canadian cast of Les Misérables. She has starred in, directed productions and choreographed works at major theatre’s across the country. Credits include: Charlottetown Musical Theatre Fest, Shaw, Edmonton’s Citadel, Thousand Island Playhouse.

 

Shaun Smyth

Shaun Smyth

Shaun has performed at every major theatre across the country including Stratford, Canstage, Necessary Angel, Centaur, Theatre Calgary, in the US Santa Barbara Playhouse, Walt Disney Theatre LA, La Jolla Playhouse, tour Australia/ NZ/ New York. He works extensively in film & tv, credits include Fringe, The Killing, Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, Almost Human.

 

Find The Class That Is Right For You!  Start Your Adventure Today!

 

All classes held at Theatre Aquarius Arts Education Centre

55 Wentworth St. South.  Hamilton ON. L8N 2Y5

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 9

Ages 10 - 13

Ages 14 - 17

Adults

Ages 4 - 6

Ages 7 - 9

Ages 10 - 13

Ages 14 - 17

Adults

For more information please email School@Theatreaquarius.org

Chris Stanton

Chris Stanton

Chris is a writer, sound designer, director, performer and composer. He has been nominated for 11 Dora Awards and he is the Artistic Producer of ARC. Chris has toured across Canada, US and internationally. He has worked with numerous companies including: the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Coal Mine, Why Not Theatre, Harbourfront, Summerworks, Obsidian

 

Jordann Zaza

Jordann Zaza

Jordann is a musical director, instructor and teacher. She has instructed countless young performers in voice, vocal pedagogy, and musical theatre at Toronto’s Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, Arts Express, Zodiactors, Annex Children’s Theatre, Howlett Academy, Kingsley School. She is a music teacher as well as an accomplished musical director of numerous independent theatre productions.

 

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