Theatre Aquarius Outreach, Development and Education Faculty

Jennie Esdale

Jennie Esdale

Program Director

Jennie Esdale is a theatre arts leader, performer, playwright, director and instructor. She is the Program Director of arts outreach, artist development, and theatre school education programs here at Theatre Aquarius.

Jennie is a long standing member of the Canadian Actors Equity Association and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Her work has been recognized through professional theatre awards, including: Winner Betty Mitchell Award, Outstanding Actress in a Drama; Winner Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Outstanding Achievement Theatre for Young Audiences; Nominated Betty Mitchell Award, Outstanding Actress in a Drama (2 times); Nominated Betty Mitchell Award, Outstanding New Play (2 times); Nominated Betty Mitchell Award, Outstanding Production of a Musical (2 times); Nominated Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, Outstanding Performance in Theatre for Young Audiences.

Jennie was co-Artistic Director of Calgary’s international touring physical theatre company, Green Fools Theatre, from 2004-2017 and part of the artistic core from 1998-2004. Green Fools work includes original theatre, with a focus on young audiences, and theatre education programs, including Social Circus (supported by Cirque du Soleil Cirque du Monde), that aim to improve outcomes for marginalized youth. Jennie's original works and collaborations have toured in Canada and internationally, to the U.S., Brazil and Japan.

Jennie has also worked with leading large scale theatres across the country, including the National Arts Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects and The Cultch. She has also worked with multiple renowned and innovative indie companies including Ghost River Theatre, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Sage Theatre, The Only Animal, Teatro La Quindicina. Jennie has performed at numerous children’s, arts, folk and puppetry festivals; been part of the development of multiple new plays; produced new work; was artist in residence at the Michael Wright Gallery in B.C.; and performed at the Vancouver Olympics.

Jennie is thrilled to make her home now, with her husband and two young daughters, in Hamilton.

 

Fall 2019 Instructors

Janelle Cooper

Janelle Cooper

Janelle is a writer, performer, singer, and producer. Janelle received her BFA, specializing in performance creation. Credits include: Theatre Neptune, Teatro Proscenium, National Arts Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, the Elgin Theatre, Ellipsis Tree Collective. Janelle was shortlisted for the National Gina Wilkinson Emerging Director Award and has won multiple awards for performance.

 

Naomi Costain

Naomi Costain

Naomi Costain is a sought after musical theatre performer, dancer, choreographer, director and teacher. She has performed in seven seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and has performed and choreographed across the country. She studied in the UK and has her Advanced RAD Ballet (studying Solo Seal), Advanced ISTD Modern. She has adjudicated across Canada and has taught at CCPA, STU, George Brown, the Stratford Festival, and has been on faculty at Randolph Academy and Sheridan College.

Amanda DeFreitas

Amanda DeFreitas

Amanda is a Hamilton artist who has performed in the Broadway, Toronto, and the U.S. touring cast of the musical Hairspray, and was in the smash-hit musical The Lion King for 4 yrs. She has performed in multiple other musicals as well as in Film, and T.V. Amanda is a graduate of Canada's National Ballet School’s teacher’s program. Recently, she performed in Capitol Theatres’ production of THE LITTLE MERMAID and Obeah Opera.

Treasa Levasseur

Treasa Levasseur

Treasa is a Juno nominated musician. She has produced multiple albums and has toured festivals from Iqaluit to Dublin, including performances at Massey Hall, Montreal Jazz Fest, NXNE. She received her BFA from Ryerson. Treasa has taught across Ontario, including Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Direct, Learning Through the Arts, Sing from the Start.

Melissa Murray Mutch

Melissa Murray Mutch

Melissa is an actor and teaching artist from New York. She has worked with Manhattan Theater Club for more than 17 years as well as NYU’s Dramatic Writing Dept. Theatre credits include: Lincoln Center, Hudson Theatreworks, Fire This Time Festival, New Perspectives Theater, Women’s Playwrights Festival, The New Ohio Theater, Shaker Bridge Theater. Film/T.V. credits include Law and Order: SVU, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sesame Street. She is a member of CAE, AEA & SAGAFTRA.

Rick Roberts

Rick Roberts

Actor Rick Roberts has amassed numerous film and television credits including series lead on CBS series LA Doctors and NBC series Traders, Suits, Designated Survivor, Book of Negroes, Heartland and many others. A graduate of the National Theatre School, Rick works extensively with the Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Necessary Angel, Belfry Theatre, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, Young Peoples Theate and many more leading theatre companies. 

Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith

Stacy is a performer, theatre creator and arts educator. As an actor, credits include with: Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Aquarius, Ships Company, Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre Neptune. She has multiple film and tv credits and was nominated for a Genie Awars for New Waterford Girl. Stacy has taught theatre extensively at theatre schools, programs and universities.

 

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