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.

 

Winter 2019 Instructors

Amanda DeFreitas

Amanda DeFreitas

Amanda is a performer and instructor. Credits include: Stratford Festival, touring Disney’s The Lion King and Hairspray, multiple productions with Drayton Entertainment, Port Hope Festival and Mirvish. She is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and taught at Lois Laxton's Dance Studio. Amanda performed on Canadian Idol and is a member of Canadian Actors' Equity Association, ACTRA, The Royal Academy of Dance, & Performing Arts Educators of Canada.

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.

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.

 

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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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

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