Fall 2017 Instructors

Jennie Esdale

Jennie Esdale

Creation/Physical Theatre/Program Director

Jennie is Program Director of Theatre Aquarius’ ODE: Outreach/ Development/ Education, that develops programs to help break down barriers to theatre, reach new audiences, develop local talent, and offer a theatre school that provides exceptional training and opportunity to explore artistic voice.

Jennie is an actor,  a writer, director, designer, producer, stilt walker, long time member of CAEA, as well as Playwright’s Guild of Canada. She is the recipient of Calgary’s professional theatre awards, the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance, she has been nominated 3 times for Betty Mitchell Award Outstanding Performance, 2 times nominated for Betty Mitchell Award’s Outstanding New Play,  2 times nominated for Betty Mitchell Award’s Outstanding Production of a Musical, Winner Elizabeth Sterling Hayne’s Award Outstanding Achievement in Design, and nominated for Elizabeth Sterling Hayne’s Award Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences. Jennie is the writer and director of produced and award nominated works that have performed at The Banff Centre for the Arts, multiple arts and children’s festivals in Canada, and have toured to the U.S., Japan and Brazil. She has also written and directed several large scale events and spectacle performances and has worked extensively with youth and young audiences.

Jennie began her artistic career as an actor, performing her first professional role at the age of 16. She has performed at the National Arts Centre, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Cultch, Theatre Passe Muraille Buzz, The Only Animal, Vancouver Olympics at Williams Lake outdoor snow show, Alberta Theatre Projects, Mammalian Diving Reflex, Shadow Theatre, Teatro La Qunidicino, Fringe Theatre Adventures, Edmonton Fringe Festival, Sage Theatre, Generic Theatre, Ghost River Theatre.  She was Co-Artistic Director of Calgary’s Green Fools Theatre for over a decade. Green Fools creates and tours stilt, mask, puppet, storytelling works and is Western Canada’s leader of Social Circus. Social Circus is a global movement that connects circus arts with marginalized youth. Green Fools Social Circus program is endorsed by Cirque du Soleil and has provided programs for inner city kids, youth in remote communities and the children of Calgary’s Syrian refugees.

Acting

Janelle Cooper

Janelle Cooper

Fall 2017 - Acting

Janelle is a writer, performer, singer, producer and instructor. Janelle received her BFA from the University of Calgary, specializing in performance creation. She founded Ellipsis Tree Collective, Calgary’s first Afrocentric performance society, that develops and curates culturally conscious art. Recently, Janelle performed in premiere of Sousatska at the Elgin Theatre. She has worked with Teatro Proscenium, National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre, Urban Curvz Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Front Row Centre Players, Ellipsis Tree Collective. She is an accomplished and sought after singer and coach and studied at the Carmen Tellier School of Music. She is the recipient of CAT Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress, Calgary Theatre Critic’s Award Best Supporting Actress, and has been nominated for the Black Gold Awards.  Janelle is also a producer and theatre creator, she produced the Canadian premiere of Lynn Nottage’s RUINED, also Andrew Moodie’s THE REAL MCCOY,  Cheryl Foggo’s JOHN WARE REIMAGINED, Djanet Sears ADVENTURES OF A BLACK GIRL IN SEARCH  OF GOD (also performed in the National Arts Centre production). She has created and directed several works including THE HARVEST OF THE MOON’S BELLY, A DJEMBE LOVE SONG, THE BIRTH OF A QUEEN, HEY, BIG SPLENDA!, UNDER THE NUT TREE, CLIPPED WINGS. Janelle was part of the acting faculty at Theatre Aquarius Summer program, leading 122 youths in acting and play creation classes.

Cheri Maracle

Cheri Maracle

Fall 2017 - Acting

Cheri is a multi-award nominated actor/singer/songwriter and instructor. Cheri has a theatre-trained background and has performed professionally for the past 20 years across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including at The National Arts Centre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon Theatre, Kahawi Native Dance Theatre, Lighthouse Theatre, Western Canada Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Carousel Theatre, Banff Centre for the Arts, Manitoba Theatre Centre, PuSH Festival, The Belfry Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. She has performed the solo show, Paddle Song, extensively across the country. Cherie is also a singer and performs at festivals across Canada with her jazz quartet. She has released two original albums. Cheri was nominated for the prestigious K.M. Hunter Theatre award 2007 and 2014 for her body of theatrical work. Cheri’s role as Sarah Bull, on the critically acclaimed drama series Blackstone, earned her a Canadian Screen Award nomination for best supporting actress in a featured role. Film and Tv credits include: Ms/ Cardinal on Degrassi: Next Class; Four in the Morning; 2 seasons as Sarah Bull on Blackstone; Mardoch Mysteries; Tkaronto; Mrs. Woolf on Moccasin Flats; Misty Moon on Blackly; Dead man’s Gun; Madison; Spirit Bay; The Road Forward; Arbor Live!; Cherie also hosted the 20th Annual Indspire Awards TV special.

Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith

Fall 2017 - Acting

Stacy is an actor, arts educator and theatre-maker.

For over 18 years, she’s worked in theatres throughout the country and also has worked extensively in television and film.  You may have seen her on stage at the Neptune Theatre, Drayton, Ships Company, Theatre New Brunswick and more.  She has performed in A Christmas Story, The Miracle Worker, The Diary of Anne Frank, Sylvia, Anne, The Government Inspector, Run For Your Wife, Twelfth Night.  On Television, she’s appeared on Rookie Blue, Blackbird, Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost, Relative Chaos, Robson Arms, Marion Bridge and she was nominated for a Genie Award for her work in the film New Waterford Girl.  She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Dalhousie University.

Stacy has taught various aspects of performance, including acting, voice, improvisation and clown to all ages at various schools, theatre schools and universities including Neptune Theatre School, Dalhousie University (Theatre 1800) the High School Drama Festival and summer camps.  For the past three years, Stacy has worked with Playmakers Theatre School in Stratford, Ontario.

She has developed workshops and collective creation pieces fro students about bullying and peer issues.  Last year she created the Kale Show for The Foundation for Education which toured elementary schools throughout Perth County.  For the past two years she has worked with the docents at Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery on voice and speech.

Theatre Aquarius ODE

New programs are beginning year-round for all ages!  Please call 905.522.7815 x. 236 or click below to register.

Musical Theatre

Éric Charbonneau

Éric Charbonneau

Fall 2017 - Music Theatre

Éric is a Vocal Coach at Western University, London, On and is frequently music director musical theatre and opera productions. He is the Music Director for the Shakespeare School at the Stratford Festival and is also a rehearsal and performance keyboardist and pianist for the Festival. Eric is the Orchestra Director for Western Chamber of Music. He has worked with The Grand Theatre in London, Music Theatre in the Thames, Opera on the Avalon, LINK Theatre, he has been the assistant Conductor for Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Music Director for the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Eric has been Music Director or keyboardist for The Secret Garden, les Miserables, Company, Sweeny Todd, Heathers: The Musical, Weill’s Street Scene, Donizetti’s The Daughters of the Regiment, Mame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat, La Traviata, Wtiwe, Monteverdi’s l’Incoronazione di Poppea,Massenet’s Cendrillon, Guys & Dolls and HMS Pinafore.  Éric started studying piano at the age of 5. He received his Bachelors in Music Performance and a Masters in Collaborative Piano. Eric is also a vocal coach and voice instructor.

Lisa Emmons

Lisa Emmons

Fall 2017 - Music Theatre

Lisa completed Honors B.F.A. in Dance at York University. She has 15 years experience as a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor. Lisa received her BFA Honours in Dance from York University. She trained at the National Ballet School and attended the Teacher Training Program, Landmark Education, Gaga Intensive NY, Series 808 Alternative Technique Class Craft in Choreography, ImpulsTanz Austria, ImproWinter Germany, Peggy Baker Dance Intensive, Andrea Nan Dreamwalker Dance Company Conscious Bodies/Actions of Compassion training. Lisa is an active instructor and offers technique training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern and hip hop. She founded the transFORM program and works with students from many backgrounds and skill levels, training in technique and exploring expression, emotion and story telling through movement and the body.

Lisa has choreographed multiple works presented at Burlington Performing Arts Centre ; Factory Media Centre, Hamilton; BPAC; The Citadel, Toronto, Hamilton Fringe Festival, Dance Matters, FRESH BLOOD Chimera Project, Niagara Dance Company for Seeds in Time Festival, Winchester Street Theatre, Jay9 Dance Projects, Toronto Fringe Festival. She has performed with Maxine Heppner, Susan Kendal, Ballet Espressivo, Motus O Dance Theatre, Laurence Leimeux, Andrea Nan (The Whole Shebang – Burlington), and has toured extensively through Canada, Europe, United States. She is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of  Form Contemporary Dance Theatre, a company that explores dance as a means to express personal and community truths, nurturing vulnerability, creating inspiring new work from a rigorous dance background.

Jan Alexandra Smith

Jan Alexandra Smith

Fall 2017 - Music Theatre

Jan is an accomplished director, choreographer, singer, instructor and performer, making her career in Canadian professional theatre for over 20 years. Jan holds a BFA in Acting. While in theatre school, she took a hiatus to perform in the original Canadian cast of Les Miserables. Upon finishing school, Jan continued a successful career as a musical theatre performer.  She has acted, danced and sung on stages from Richmond, BC to Charlottetown, PEI. She has spent six seasons with the Shaw Festival and appeared in twenty production at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre. Her favourite roles have include playing Mrs. Cheveley in An Ideal Husband three times, Dolly in You Never Can Tell and Janet in Rocky Horror Show, as well as her role as The Chaperone in the Drowsy Chaperone at the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Jan co-starred in Alice as the Red Queen and has appeared in Anne™ in the prestigious Charlottetown Musical Theatre Festival over multiple seasons as Miss Stacey, Mrs. Sloane, and Mrs. Spencer.

Jan has directed or choreographed numerous plays and musicals in major Canadian theatres, including  Pride and Prejudice, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Servent of Two Masters, The Hollow, The Mountaintop, God of Carnage, The Mousetrap, Nunsense, Fascinating Ladies, Dangerous Corner, Murder on the Nile, Stones in his Pockets, Midsummer Night’s ream, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Jan maintains that mentorship is a meaningful part of her artistic practice and she teaches workshops and in training programs. She has recently led teens in a production of Evita at the Grand Theatre’s High School Project.

Theatre Aquarius ODE

New programs are beginning year-round for all ages!  Please call 905.522.7815 x. 236 or click below to register.

Program, Artists, Dates and Prices Subject to Change.  All Sales Final.  No Refunds.

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