CARRIE LIBLING (Founder/Artistic Director) Originally from Montreal, Carrie worked as an actor and voiceover artist in New York for 7 years, before relocating to Toronto with her family in 2005. Major credits include several New York theatre productions, as well as commercials and voice-overs for Ziploc, Mott’s Applesauce, V05 Shampoo, Conair and H&M. Carrie 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. 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 including, 42nd Street, Into the Woods, Footloose and more! 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 in New York, Carrie produced the first Canadian Production of the show at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2012 Carrie began working as the Education Coordinator at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts overseeing, programming and implementing school performances and theatre workshops, after school theatre programs and summer camps, guest artist in the classroom programs and lunch-time in school theatre programs. Most recently, Carrie produced and directed the inaugural shows for Electric Moon Theatre Company – Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas and Big Nate the Musical. Both shows received rave reviews and ran to sold out audiences. She will be directing and producing the upcoming touring companies of Big Nate the Musical and Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space as part of Electric Moon’s 2018-2019 season. She has also spent the last several years performing in local Toronto productions including: Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, Ms. Andrew in Mary Poppins, Lily in Annie, and Mrs. MacAfee in Bye Bye Birdie. Carrie holds a BFA in Performing Arts from Boston’s Emerson College, is a mother of three (also theatre-loving!) children and also works as a Group Exercise Instructor for GoodLife Fitness.
LAUREN WOLANSKI (Program Director/Lead Teaching Artist) Lauren has had a blast working for Electric Moon Theatre Company, running musical theatre, dance and theatre workshops for schools across York Region! Lauren is a recent 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: selections from Rosamund Small’s Vitals (Paprika Festival), 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). After a short but successful run, Lauren will be returning to Vitals once again this fall with Theatre Born Between! Currently, she is working to develop her own writing material 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!
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!
KAITLAND 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. Kaitlind attended an arts high school majoring in dance as well as trained with a studio, graduating with a Fine Arts Certificate in Ballet and Modern. Kaitlind is now a graduate of the Dance Performance Preparation Program from George Brown College where she received the Faculty Award for overall excellence. Kaitlind is a current member of Breakaway Entertainment, Interactive Entertainment and TDC Entertainment. Dance credits include: Cirque d’Zouk 2016 (D’Zouk Productions), Oshawa New Year’s Bash (City of Oshawa and Interactive Entertainment), Unleashed 2015 (George Brown College), OM Yoga Distillery District 2016 (City of Toronto and Breakaway Entertainment),APOG Conference 2016 (Breakaway Entertainment), and Musement (Toronto Dance Project). Recently, Kaitlind has been focusing her attention more towards musical theatre. She appeared most recently in Toronto’s Lower Ossington Theatre production of Mary Poppins. Kaitlind also teaches and choreographs for studios across Ontario. She finds great honour in training and growing the love for dance in young students.
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!
JONATHAN GORDON (Teaching Artist) Jonathan is an actor, director and writer from Toronto. He has performed in countless productions and some favorite credits include 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. A recent B.F.A. Acting graduate, Jonathan has trained internationally at acting intensives and courses at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and the Boston University School of Theatre. Last year, he founded Awfully Big Adventure Theatrical Productions, for which he serves as Artistic Director. In October 2017, the company presented its inaugural production of When You Cure Me, which Jonathan produced and co-directed and is currently developing original productions. Additional directing credits include serving as Associate Director for the Lower Ossington Theatre’s remount of The Wizard of Oz, after Assistant Directing their original production. He’s had many fulfilling experiences working with young students and actors, including serving as a Peer Mentor in high school, 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!
LAUREN MAYKUT (Teaching Artist) Originally from Guelph, Ontario, Lauren began her acting training at Dalhousie University where she completed her BA in Theatre. After graduating she returned to Toronto and worked as an actor with companies such as the Guild Festival Theater, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, and Little Red Theatre. She then took off for New York City where she completed her MFA in acting at Columbia University. She has performed Off-Broadway as Electra in An Oresteia and as the Duke of Venice in Othello both at Classic Stage Company. She also appeared as Titania in Gorilla Rep’s acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in New York City’s Washington Square Park. As a Teaching Artist, Lauren has taught numerous workshops with Classic Stage Company, bringing an actor’s sense of play to inner-city classrooms to make Shakespeare relevant, engaging, and fun. She also attended Roundabout Theatre’s Teacher Training Program. It is her mission to make theatre accessible to everyone regardless of their background and upbringing and currently teaches with Shakespeare In Action in Toronto, bringing an actor’s sense of play to inner-city classrooms and libraries, making Shakespeare relevant, engaging, and fun.
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.
MELISSA TORELLI (Teaching Artist) Belgian-Italian native, Melissa follows the arts scene very closely internationally, as well as at home in Toronto. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Honors Bachelor in Music Theatre Performance, she has been able to work on original Canadian productions such as Prom Queen: The Musical, and Dora- award winning musical Brantwood written and directed by Julie Tepperman and Mitchell Cushman. As a bilingual performer Melissa works also with the francophone community as much as possible. She is excited to return in the fall for her 2nd season with travelling group Dufflebag Theatre. Selected theatre credits include: The Yoga Musical (new Canadian work), Godspell, Parade- in Concert (A Night at the Lincoln Centre, NYC), Bye Bye Birdie, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Melissa is excited to work with Electric Moon Theatre, it is sure to be an exciting school year!
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.
BRYN KENNEDY (Teaching Artist) Bryn is an actor, director and arts educator from Toronto. Her very first job was working as a camp counsellor at Upper Canada College Theatre Arts Camp, eventually becoming Director of the Camp. Now that she has graduated from the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto with a Diploma in Acting and an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Bryn has been able to expand her passion for arts education into a year-round role, working as a Teaching Artist with Electric Moon Theatre Company. Her acting credits include The Mill on the Floss, Caucasian Chalk Circle and Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Theatre Erindale), FAME, The Crucible, Into the Woods (St. Clement’s School), Crazy For You, Oklahoma, Seussical, Once Upon A Mattress (Toronto Youth Music Theatre Company) and the 15-Minute Minimum (Sears Drama Festival). Her directing credits include ‘night Mother (Sears Drama Festival), Antigone (UTMDC), Overtones, the premiere of the original play Beneath the Bed (Beck Festival), and Happy Family (Toronto Fringe Festival). Bryn is so excited to be sharing her passion for the arts with students through 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 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 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 every school musical she was able to. She is currently in her fourth year at York University working towards her Bachelor Degree in History and Dance. She has taken part in various plays and musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical the Musical, 7 Stories, Mary Poppins, and Guys and Dolls. Samantha has worked at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Preforming Arts for the past 5 years acting as director, choreographer, musical director and artistic director for their various after school programs, as well as being a camp counsellor at the theatre. Samantha has also been teaching dance for the past 8 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 theatre experiences!
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. Bryanne has a very special talent in communicating and working with children.