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 Christmas, Big 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 is also 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. For four summers, she enjoyed fusing her passion for theatre and teaching as a Director and Choreographer at the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre’s 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: 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: 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 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!
JESSIE SAUNDERS-DRUTZ (Marketing Coordinator) Jessie has been on stage since she was eight years-old and loves all things theatre-related. Growing up, Jessie starred in many camp and school theatre productions. From 2004 – 2013, Jessie honed her passion for performing at CharActors Theatre Troupe in Thornhill where she participated in eight theatrical productions. From 2006-2009, she attended the Arts@Baythorn program where she was the recipient of the 2008 Integrated Arts Award and the 2009 Jean Duran Integrated Arts Award. Jessie has also participated in various regional community theatre productions with both City Youth Players and Steppin’ Out. From 2012 – 2016, Jessie was a counselor then supervisor for the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts theatre camps. Jessie recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Production from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts program. She is extremely excited to be a part of Electric Moon Theatre Company and can’t wait to share her passion with students and children across the GTA! Jessie is a professional actor in Toronto and is represented by Shari Quallenberg at Artist Management Inc. Some of her favourite theatre credits include: Philia (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum), Kate Jerome (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Sheila Bryant (A Chorus Line), Emily Webb (Our Town), and Anne Deever (All My Sons). Film/TV: Hannibal, Mission:4Count.
AUBREY ROTHMAN (Teaching Artist) Aubrey has loved theatre from a very early age. He attended CharActors Theatre Troupe in Thornhill for six years where he played a numerous roles. Aubrey attended the ArtsWest Drama Program at Westmount Collegiate Institute and was a member of City Youth Players. Some of his favourite shows and roles include Dan (Joseph..), I.Q (Hairspray), Archie (13), Mr. Webb (Our Town), Theseus (A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream). Aubrey is a graduate of the Performance Production program at Ryerson University, where he received an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. In his four years he focused on costume design, props and directing and was fortunate enough to design costumes for both a production of Hamlet and a Dance show choreographed by James Kudelka. After graduation, he has assisted in design for A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream with The Humber River Shakespeare Company and helped stage manage Reframed with The Musical Stage Company in partnership with the AGO. Aubrey also wrote and directed his first musical called Becoming Me, which was a part of this yearʼs Toronto Fringe Festival. Aubrey is so excited to work with the amazing people at Electric Moon Theatre Company and to bring that love of theatre to kids in the GTA!
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.
HERSHEL BLATT (Teaching Artist) Hershel is an actor based out of Toronto. He started out at Etobicoke School of the Arts as a drama and dance major, and as a member of the youth dance company at Ballet Creole. He then studied at LB Acting Studio and Pro Actors Lab, transitioning to film and television work. Recent credits include: What Would Sal Do? (CraveTV), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (Universal), and The Detail (CTV). He is also a recent graduate of the joint Sheridan/University of Toronto Mississauga Theatre and Drama Studies program, graduating with a B.A and Diploma in Acting. An emerging writer, Hershel is developing a play that has been workshopped at UTM’s Beck Festival this past year, and hopes to continue to create his own work in the future. Hershel’s youth and arts education experience has also been developed as a leader in the YouCan Organization, within the Lawrence Heights community, as well as a program instructor and senior counsellor within the JCC’s across the GTA. Hershel teaches acting and audition technique, on-camera, improv, scene study workshops, playwriting, as well as a range of dance styles and more! He is excited to be part of the Electric Moon team and to share his experience in the arts with 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!
JONATHAN GORDON (Teaching Artist) Jonathan is an actor, director and writer from Toronto. Favorite acting credits include Crutchie in Newsies, Timothy in Bible Camp, or in the Name of the Father, Peter in When You Cure Me, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Prentiss in Peter and the Starctatcher and Jack in Into the Woods. He been involved in developmental workshops for new work at the Young People’s Theatre and can also be heard voicing one of the characters on an upcoming PBS animated series. In addition to his B.F.A. in Acting, Jonathan has trained internationally at acting intensives and courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and the Boston University School of Theatre. In 2017, he founded Awfully Big Adventure Theatrical Productions, for which he serves as Artistic Director. The company presented its inaugural production of When You Cure Me, which Jonathan produced and co-directed. He’s had many fulfilling experiences working with young students and actors, including serving as a Peer Mentor in high school, supervising running rehearsals for children’s ensembles in musicals, and working with View Dance Challenge – a cross-country competition for young dance artists. Jonathan attributes many of his experiences and opportunities to the amazing teachers who have helped guide and inspire him, and he looks forward to sharing his passion and experience with you!
TAL SHULMAN (Teaching Artist) Tal is an educator and actor born and raised in Toronto. His acting experience includes one season at the Stratford Festival (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Shakespeare in Love), work with Young People’s Theatre (To Kill a Mockingbird, and Risky Phil, upcoming), and Soulpepper Theare (Peter Pan, coming at Christmas time). On camera, Tal has appeared in Jay Baruchel’s Man Seeking Woman (FXX), as well as a principal role in Freeform (formerly ABC kids’s) made-for-television movie Angry Angel, which premiers in December 2017. Tal is excited to share his experience with young people, and has a particular passion in teaching improvisation, Shakespeare, audition technique, and basic acting technique. He looks forward to all the work he will be honoured to do with Electric Moon Theatre.
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 joining the team of teaching artists at Electric Moon. Christina is a proud graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program. Her other recent theatre credits include playing Biondello/Saxophonist in The Taming of the Shrew (Aquarius Players), Sam in This Will Lead to Dancing (Theatre of the Beat), and performing in Jillian Jiggs and Tree Boy (ToBeDetermined Theatre Company). Aside from acting, she also has a background in singing, movement and dance (tap, hip-hop, contemporary), and plays the piano 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.
MICHAEL ZAHORAK (Teaching Artist/Music Director) Born in Manila, Philippines raised in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Michael has earned an education in songwriting, piano performance, piano pedagogy, with minors in psychology and philosophy respectively from Berklee College of Music, Royal Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in Vienna. Following a three year stint as a Nashville-based singer/songwriter with Universal Music Group from 2004-2007, Michael’s short list of collaborations include world- renowned film composer Hans Zimmer; orchestrator Glenn Caldwell for Stevie Wonder’s National Wonder Tour; Grammy-award winning pianist Angelin Chang; and Canadian music producer T-Minus. As an educator, Michael’s work includes masterclasses to kindergarten through high school to collegiate-level music students. Michael’s enthusiasm & devotion throughout the Arts is pursued by a ‘Way of Life’ approach, and for that reason Electric Moon is undoubtedly an appropriate platform in catering to such needs, whereas I am delighted to be associated with this community educating the future artists of our generation. In addition to being a multi-media composer, musical theatre director & session musician, Michael is also a ghostwriter, physical therapist, and volunteers at The Good Shepherd in Toronto, which aids in providing shelter for the homeless.
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 study Theatre and Music at Queens University. He is a now an actor and musician based out of Toronto. Some of his more recent 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 is to be workshopped and performed this coming fall. 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 come teach and play this upcoming school year!
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!
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.
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.
SAMANTHA LAMANTIA (Teaching Artist/Dance Instructor) Samantha has been involved in the arts since the age of 3 having been a competitive dancer throughout most of her life and participating in many school musicals. She is currently in her sixth year at York University working towards her Bachelor Degree in History and Dance, while also completing a Certificate in Public History. Performance credits include: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, 7 Stories, Mary Poppins, and Guys and Dolls. For the past 7 years, Samantha has worked at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts acting as director, choreographer, musical director and artistic director for their various after school programs, as well as being a summer camp counsellor and supervisor. She has taught dance for 11 years and has training in all styles from ballet to hip hop. She is thrilled to be a part of Electric Moon Theatre Company and to continue to be able to share her love of theatre with all of you!
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.
KATELYN GOODWIN (Teaching Artist) Katelyn was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she received a BA in English with a concentration in Drama. She moved to Toronto after university to pursue Musical Theatre and joined the Electric Moon family in 2018 as Mrs. Godfrey in Big Nate: The Musical. She is currently in Electric Moon’s production of Junie B. Jones: The Musical! Select theatre credits include The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Company (Marta), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Narrator), Evita (Eva Péron), and Heathers: The Musical (Veronica). She also had the privilege of performing The Mikado in the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She feels very lucky to not only be able to perform with this company, but to also bring performing arts education into schools all around the GTA!
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 Footloose, Junie B. Jones the Musical, Big Nate the Musical, and Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas with Electric Moon Theatre Company as well as Rocky Horror Picture Show with Marquee Productions.
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.
JENNI SASLOVE (Teaching Artist) Jenni is a recent graduate from Queen’s University, with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in psychology and theatre. She loves combining her interests in the arts and sciences, as seen through her culminating thesis exploring the psychological experiences of stage actors, specifically the link between performing intimacy and actual feelings of intimacy between scene partners. She previously attended Arts Westmount’s Drama Program, as well as Baythorn’s Integrated Arts Program. Jenni is also trained in voice, piano, and dance (tap, jazz, hip hop, and latin). Jenni has performed in numerous shows since a young age, with favourite credits including: Veronica Sawyer (Heathers; Blue Canoe/Reelout), Serena (Legally Blonde; QMT), Kathy(Company; QMT), Ursula (Bye Bye Birdie; Steppin’ Out), and Tracy (Better than Dying Alone; Storefront Fringe Festival). Jenni has also worked backstage in roles such as Vocal Director (QMT, Queen’s Players), and Director (URJ Camp George). Jenni has worked with children in a theatrical setting for several years in positions such as Supervisor of Performing Arts (URJ Camp George, Canadian Forces), Vocal Teacher, and currently as a Princess Performer for Forever Fairest. Jenni is so excited to join the Electric Moon family and cannot wait to share her passion for the arts with you!
TERESA TUCCI (Teaching Artist) Teresa is a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College. She is a professional Singer and Actor in Toronto. Teresa has had extensive vocal training in classical music, musical theatre and pop as well as dance and acting. Teresa attended the Woodbridge School of dance for over 10 years. She starred as a host for Family Channel’s hit series “Project Pet” back in 2014. Teresa was also a backup singer for Alessia Cara at the 2015 Much Music Video Awards in Toronto. She has been working with children for many years teaching theatre in dance in many elementary schools; as a teacher’s assistant at various dance studios; and has also been a vocal coach at many theatre camps in the GTA. She absolutely loves children and has found pure joy in teaching and working in the theatre arts.
CIANA HENDERSON (Teaching Artist) Ciana is an actor, writer, and educator. She recently graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Drama and Psychology, and also received a Bachelor of Education with a focus in Arts Education. She teaches dance, theatre and playwriting. Last year, she was a member of the Paprika Festival’s Playwrights Unit and is currently a participant of the Young Innovators program with Nightwood Theatre. Recent credits include: Minka in In This House (Talk Like You Theatre – Upcoming), Bobbie in Concord Floral (Theatre Kingston), and was an ensemble dancer in Cabaret (Queen’s Musical Theatre). She is very excited to be a part of the Electric Moon Team and looks forward to the year ahead!
CARLO BIANCHINI (Teaching Artist) Carlo is a professional actor, singer and songwriter who also has been trained in various forms of dance, specializing in tap for the musical theatre stage. Carlo recently graduated from Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program where he received an Honours of Bachelor Music Theatre Performance Degree. Carlo has had the chance to play some incredible roles including Bert in the magical story of Mary Poppins at the Highlands summer festival. As well as Herb In Electric Moon’s production of Junie B Jones, The Musical. Previous roles include Ozzie in On the Town, Blakey in Chelsea Sunrise and Erikin Erik with a k., a new Canadian musical written by Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey that was explored through Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project.