Staff

CARRIE LIBLING (Founder/Artistic Director) Carrie is the Owner and Artistic Director of Electric Moon Theatre Company. Originally from Montreal, Carrie holds a BFA in Performing Arts from Boston’s Emerson College and worked as an actor and voiceover artist in New York for 7 years, before relocating to Toronto in 2005. She began her theatre education career over 20 years ago, as the Music and Drama Director for 4 summers at Double “H” Hole in the Woods Ranch, a Paul Newman camp for children with critical illnesses – producing, directing, writing, music directing and choreographing the weekly talent show. While in New York, she continued to combine her passion for theatre and teaching while working for Camp Broadway, creating and instructing workshops for Broadway shows. After appearing in several original children’s musicals at Vital Theatre Company in New York City, Carrie became their Director of Family Programming, where she spent 5 years commissioning, producing and directing original musicals for children. In 2009, following the success of Pinkalicious, The Musical Off-Broadway, Carrie produced the first Canadian Production of the show at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts – it’s originally planned 6-week run lasting over 6 sold-out months. From 2012 to 2017 Carrie worked as the Education Coordinator at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts overseeing, programming and implementing school performances and theatre workshops, afterschool theatre programs and summer camps, guest artist in the classroom programs and lunch-time in school theatre programs. In April 2017, Carrie created Electric Moon Theatre Company. With Electric Moon Carrie has produced and directed sold out runs of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous ChristmasBig Nate the Musical and Junie B. Jones the Musical at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts; and the touring productions of Big Nate the Musical and Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space. She has also developed and brought Electric Moon’s arts education programs into numerous school boards and camps across Ontario. Carrie is the mom to 3 (also theatre-loving) kids, who you can usually spot in the audience of her shows. Carrie also holds a Certificate in Digital Marketing from York University and is a small business and creative arts consultant specializing in the areas of business start-up, planning and strategy, digital and content marketing and community engagement. Please visit her consulting website www.carrielibling.com.

LAUREN WOLANSKI (Program Director/Lead Teaching Artist/Party Coordinator/Virtual Program Instructor) Lauren has had a blast working for Electric Moon Theatre Company, running musical theatre, dance and theatre workshops for schools across York Region and Toronto!  Lauren is a graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College where she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, graduating with High Distinction, and a diploma in Acting. She is proud to have been a part of the Young Innovator Program at Nightwood Theatre from 2017-2018, learning the skills to become an ambassador for Canada’s National Women’s Theatre. She also participated in Theatre Gargantua’s Emerging Artist Roundtable Program in 2021. For four summers, she enjoyed fusing her passion for theatre and teaching as a Director and Choreographer at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Musical Theatre Camp. In 2016, Lauren took on the role of Artistic Director, where she oversaw the direction and design of all summer youth productions. As a professional actor and singer, she has enjoyed working for various companies across the GTA. Some of Lauren’s recent theatre credits include: Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Josie in Anne (Guild Festival Theatre) and Anna in Rosamund Small’s Vitals (Paprika Festival/Theatre Born Between)for which she was nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance of 2019 by My Entertainment World. Other credits include: Debbie – Ahava Later (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre workshop) Junie B. in Electric Moon’s production of Junie B. Jones the Musical, Michelle – White Wedding (The Toronto Fringe Festival), Katrina – Fermata (OPIA Theatre Collective), Thea – Hedda Gabler, Dionyza – Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Mother – The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Theatre Erindale), Chava – Fiddler On The Roof, Agnes – Gypsy (Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions), and Margot- Legally Blonde The Musical (Wavestage Productions). Currently, she is working to develop her own writing material at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts after having completed the Writing and Dramaturgy course with Brian Quirt and Tarragon Theatre. Lauren is absolutely thrilled to be apart of the incredible team at Electric Moon Theatre Company, and can’t wait to work with you!

DANI ZIMMER (Teaching Artist/Virtual Program Instructor) A Toronto-based actor and educator, Dani was born with a spirit to create! She loves singing, dancing, acting, crafting, games and making music. Dani has been sharing her love of the arts with the young (and young at heart) for more than a decade! A graduate of the Baythorn Integrated Arts Program, Westmount’s Drama Program and the Univeristy of Windsor’s BFA-Acting Program, Dani passionately believes in the power of arts education. The amount of enrichment that theater adds to one’s life is priceless. She believes that theater is one of the best ways to discovers one’s confidence, strengthen one’s voice, build empathy and create a sense of ensemble through teamwork. Dani has appeared in Electric Moon’s production of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas as Mrs. Divine and Grandpa, she also assistant directed Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space. Whatever it is you choose to do in this life, do it full of passion and joy. Never stop shooting for the moon!

KAITLIND GORMAN (Teaching Artist/Dance Instructor) Kaitlind began her dance training in Pembroke, Ontario. She began with Jazz and quickly expanded to Ballet, Tap, Acrobatics and Hip Hop. After six years at the studio, Kaitlind, moved to Ottawa to continue her dance training in a bigger city. Kaitlind attended an arts high school majoring in dance as well as trained with a studio. After graduating with a Fine Arts Certificate in Ballet and Modern, Kaitlind chose to move to an even bigger city and continue her training. Kaitlind is now a graduate of the Dance Performance Preparation Program from George Brown College where she received the Faculty Award for overall excellence. She is growing her name in the Toronto dance industry. Kaitlind is a current member of Breakaway Entertainment, Interactive Entertainment and Electric Moon Theatre Company.

BRANDON SWANN (Teaching Artist) Originally from Victoria BC, Brandon began his acting career through a Special High Skills Major Theatre program in Ottawa. He continued on to get a BAH from Queens University studying Theatre and Music. He is now an actor, musician, composer and teacher based out of Toronto. Currently teaching for Electric Moon Theatre Company and Ovation Performing Arts Academy, Brandon has set his sights on teaching and guiding youth within the arts. His passion and style revolve around shaping his teaching techniques and approaches based on the needs of the kids. He believes that everybody learns differently and there is not “one” right way to teach and grow but many to be explored! Some of his more recent performance credits include Jack and the Beanstalk (Education Arts Canada) Red’s in the Hood (Education Arts Canada), Raising the Barn (Globus Theatre), Living History (Globus Theatre). An emerging writer and composer, Brandon is working on a new musical that was just workshopped and performed by a high school in Ottawa. He has always had a passion for teaching; many of his recent credits revolving around children’s theatre and education. He is very excited to continue to teach, play and explore this upcoming school year!

HERSHEL BLATT (Teaching Artist) Hershel is an actor, writer and arts educator born and raised in Toronto. He has worked between stage and screen with acting credits including: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal), What Would Sal Do? (Crave), Flashback (Resolute Films), The Boys (Sony/Amazon), A Bear Awake in Winter (Next Stage Theatre Festival), as well as workshops of new plays at Canadian Stage and Theatre Direct. Hershel is also part of the 2021 cohort of Segal Centre’s JAM (Jewish Arts Mentorship program) and is developing his play Ahava Later with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. He is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts and the Sheridan/UofT Theatre & Drama Studies program. Hershel’s youth and arts education experience has been developed as a leader in the YouCan Organization within the Lawrence Heights community, and as a program instructor across the JCC’s in the GTA. Most recently he has been working as a drama/speech instructor at TCMS and Ostar Education, offering virtual group classes and personal coaching. Since 2017, Hershel has had the opportunity to teach in both Toronto and York Region with Electric Moon, sharing his passion and experience in the arts with students! He looks forward to continuing his work through the company and is excited to meet all of you!

SID KROACH (Teaching Artist/Dance instructor) Sid is a director/choreographer from Toronto. She has taught dance from ages 5-95 throughout the GTA for over three decades, and has been teaching community theatre for schools and after-school programs. A recent production with Electric Moon, is CYP’s collaboration for Shrek: The Musical. Sid is a graduate of the Sheridan College Musical Theatre Program, and has a BA in Theatre from McGill University. She was in the original cast and the choreographer for Tony and Tina’s Wedding at Second City. She is involved in Arts Programs in many high schools, and guest teaches in drama, dance, and fitness.  Sid is also a Zumba Instructor, which has allowed her to teach all types of abilities, skill levels, and special needs. Sid is looking forward to another amazing year with Electric Moon!

CHRISTINA LEONARD (Teaching Artist) Christina first started working with Electric Moon Theatre Company as an actor performing in Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space! as Benjamin Stilton.  She had a blast and is excited to be working with Electric Moon as a teaching artist. Christina is a proud graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program.  Her most recent roles include playing Biondello/Saxophonist in Taming of the Shrew, and playing 4 characters (3 puppets, and an evil king) in the social justice musical Selah’s Song.  Aside from acting, she also has a background in singing, movement and dance (hip-hop, contemporary, tap), and plays the piano, ukulele, and alto saxophone. Christina has over 6 years of experience working with young people and can’t wait to help them explore their creativity with Electric Moon.

EVAN SOKOLOWSKI (Teaching Artist) Evan is very excited to be working with Electric Moon as a teaching artist. He is a Toronto-based actor and graduate of the Randolph Academy Musical Theatre Program. Evan’s current focus is Musical Theatre and recent performances include Wizard of Oz and Little Shop of Horrors for Lower Ossington Theatre; The Life for Call it a Day Productions and Carrie for Hart House. In addition Evan has appeared in short films as well as creating and performing in cabarets. Evan also stars as the title character of Nate Wright in Electric Moon’s production of Big Nate the Musical. Evan assists with Men’s choir at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts and works as a music director and vocal teacher. He continues to study with Second City Improv and in his free time he is interested in cars and basketball.

LINDSAY CROXALL (Teaching Artist) Lindsay has had a successful career for over 15 years as a singer, dancer, actor, choreographer and director in the entertainment industry. After making her debut as a “Super Swing” and Dance Captain at Canada’s Wonderland back in the early 2000’s, Lindsay graduated with a BFA in Music and Theatre from the University of Windsor. She then set off as a professional performer, travelling the globe on several major cruise liners. Lindsay returned home just in time to be part of the original Canadian cast of “We Will Rock You!” in Toronto where she had the thrill of a lifetime getting to perform on several occasions with the legends themselves, Brian May and Roger Taylor. Lindsay then spent several seasons performing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival before she began working coast to coast in regional theatres. Her favourite credits include a range of work from mega musicals like “Cats” and “Evita!” to home grown Canadian musicals such as “The Drowsy Chaperone”. Lindsay also has a passion for teaching and inspiring others to learn about theatre arts and can be found teaching, choreographing, and directing at dance studios, schools, and community theatres across Ontario. She is very excited to be on the Electric Moon Theatre Company team and looks forward to spending time with you!

JAMES MELTZ (Teaching Artist/Dance Instructor) James has been teaching dance and choreographing for over 10 years. He is a graduate of the prestigious Musical Theatre program at Sheridan College and, subsequently, attended George Brown College majoring in commercial dance. He is an experienced instructor and choreographer in numerous dance styles including hip hop, jazz, tap, acro and musical theatre. James is the lead instructor at Markham School Of Dance. James choreographs for several theatre companies in Toronto. His most recently choreographed shows include FootlooseJunie B. Jones the MusicalBig Nate the Musical, and Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas with Electric Moon Theatre Company as well as Rocky Horror Picture Show with Marquee Productions.

JENNI SASLOVE (Teaching Artist) Jenni is so excited to be teaching with Electric Moon Theatre Company again this year! She is currently completing her master’s degree in teaching at the University of Toronto (OISE), where she is working towards being qualified to teach grades 4-10, specializing in the dramatic arts. She is also a graduate from Queen’s University, where she majored in psychology and theatre. Jenni has years of training in acting, voice, dance (tap, jazz, hip hop, and Latin), and piano. She has performed in numerous shows, with favourite credits including: Veronica Sawyer (Heathers; Blue Canoe/Reelout Production), Serena (Legally Blonde; QMT), and Tracy (Better Than Dying Alone; Storefront Fringe Festival). Jenni has worked backstage in roles such as vocal director, director, costume crew, and marketing. In addition to Electric Moon, Jenni is currently working as a vocal teacher, tutor, and princess performer. She has over 10 years of experience working with children ages 4-18 years old, especially in arts-based settings. She can’t wait to share her passion for the arts with you

NIKKI HAGGART (Teaching Artist) Nikki is thrilled to join Electric Moon Theatre Company’s team of teaching artist after having appeared as Gina in Electric Moon’s Big Nate The Musical and Thea Stilton in Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space. She is a graduate of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Program in Montreal, where she was awarded the Jason Panich Scholarship and the Karla Napier Award. Other favourite theatre roles include Plug in Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical, Ensemble in We Will Rock You, Cheddar in In Memoriam: The Wake of Cheddar Fandango, Thea in Spring Awakening and Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. She has appeared on Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Secrets and Fatal Vows, Syfy’s Being Human and Teletoon’s Cartoon Gene. Outside of the world of theatre, she is always on the lookout for coffee to drink, cats to pet and new tunes to play on her ukulele.

BRYANNE SAWAGED (Teaching Artist/Dance Instructor) Bryanne started dancing at the age of 5. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical with many accomplished teachers. Bryanne is a member teacher of the B. A. T. D. and has attended many workshops in Canada, the United States and Europe. As a competitor, she was a member of the Canadian National Tap Dance Team that won the 1st Canadian Gold Medal in 1998 in Reisa, Germany. She has also participated in many competitions at both the regional and national levels. Bryanne has taught and choreographed for many studios in the Toronto and surrounding communities. Her work has won many prestigious awards and scholarships. Bryanne is a very passionate and energetic teacher who encourages confidence, discipline and commitment from all of her students.

AUBREY ROTHMAN (Teaching Artist) Aubrey has loved theatre from a young age and while starting out performing, he soon fell in love with the world behind the stage. After graduating at Ryerson with a BFA in performance production he is now an experienced playwright/lyricist and costume designer. His most recent shows as costume designer with Electric Moon include: Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space, Junie B. Jones the Musical and Big Nate the Musical. He has also published his very first children’s book titled “Belina Bloom, It’s Time to Grow Up!” and recently launched a custom art online business entitled A.R Creations- check out his book and art here at aubreyrothman.com

DANAH ROSALES (Teaching Artist/Dance Instructor) is a professional artist born and raised in Toronto. At a young age while serving in her church’s dance ministry,  Danah discovered that her physical, emotional and spiritual expression was naturally found through movement.  She was strongly compelled to further explore the art of dance and performance, so she began her training at Etobicoke School of the Arts and is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.  After working with Toronto Dance Theatre Company for the past 3 seasons, she now continues her endeavours of multiple physical and artistic disciplines. She has worked alongside artists such as Christopher House, Peter Chin, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Kent Monkman, Annie MacDonnell, Ame Henderson, 45 Degrees, Hollywood Jade, Snoopy and more.  Danah continues to develop her artistic voice and is finding the potential meanings to being here and now.