Cole Alvis (she/her) is a 2 Spirit Michif (Métis) artist based in Tkarón:to with Chippewa, Irish & English ancestors from Turtle Mountain. She is one of the leaders of lemonTree creations, manidoons collective, AdHoc Assembly and is on the board of the Dancers Of Damelahamid. Recently, Cole performed in Louis Riel (Canadian Opera Company & National Arts Centre) and directed the Dora-nominated bug by Yolanda Bonnell (manidoons collective & Luminato), Lilies by Michel Marc Bouchard (lemonTree creations, Why Not Theatre & Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and, alongside fellow Dora-nominated Michael Greyeyes, co-directed an Indigenous opera double bill called Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin / Gállábártnit (Signal Theatre, National Sami Theatre Beaivváš & Soundstreams). This year, Cole is calling on the women in her matriarchal line to remember together their Michif ancestors.
Colin Bruce Anthes
Colin Bruce Anthes is a Niagara-based actor, writer, director, educator, and activist. He has performed lead roles with over a dozen theatre companies, served as artistic director of two more, directed over twenty productions—including 17 original and adapted works–and taught in 5 departments across 4 post-secondary institutions. Colin has been the recipient of the Humber Theatre Award, Theatre Ontario’s International Training Scholarship, a St. Catharines Arts Award (3 nominations), The View Hamilton’s Best of 2018 On Stage, and was inducted into Stamford Collegiate’s Arts Wall of Fame. For Brock, he currently teaches 1P96: Script Analysis and 4F56/4P97: Advanced Studies in Theatre.
Jana Bergsma is a scenic painter at the Shaw Festival and a Niagara-based artist educator. She recieved her BA in Studio Art at McMaster University. Jana went on to study Scenic Art at the Banff Centre and feels that her education continues even a decade later. Jana believes collaboration is key to her role as a scenic artist. She has a genuine appreciation for scenic painting traditions and techniques. Jana is teaching DART 3Y45 Scenic Painting.
Brooke Charlebois is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto (OISE). Her research focuses on interrupting settler colonial practices in elementary drama classrooms. She was an elementary school Arts teacher in the Peel District school board for 16 years and is the former President of the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators. Brooke has previously taught DART 1F95, 2P21, 3P08. This year, she has the pleasure of teaching 3F91.
Roberta Doylend is Head of Wardrobe at the Marilyn I Walker School of fine and Performing Arts, in addition to running the costume shop and storage for Dramatic Arts. Roberta creates the costumes and all hand props for all productions, as well as teaching stitching and stagecraft skills to students. Her background is as a Designer/builder and she has designed and built over 400 professional shows in live theatre, opera, dance and film.
Ed Harris is the Head Of Scenic Construction. He has over 25 years experience on and backstage as a drummer, stage technician, rigger and carpenter. He came to Brock Dramatic Arts from The Shaw Festival where he worked in Construction Electrics/ Automation, and as a scenic carpenter. Ed got his start in the entertainment industry as a working drummer and a touring stage technician in New Brunswick for multiple production companies, and as a stagehand at the Imperial Theatre, Saint John, N.B. In his spare time, you may find him in a tree manicuring and preserving the Urban Forest. He also has 30 years experience as an Arborist. Ed builds the scenery necessary for all plays at DART, and is also teaching the carpentry labs in 1P97 – Introduction to Stagecraft, Production and Design, as well as 2P41 – Stagecraft II.
Kevin Hobbs is an actor, writer, director, educator and arts-based researcher. He received his MA in Social Justice and Equity at Brock University. His thesis on Playbuilding won the 2020 ARTS Graduate Research Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. He is presently pursuing his PhD in curriculum studies at Western University, exploring how two performance pedagogies – Playbuilding and Simulated Participant Roleplay – can work together in a medical education curriculum. He is president of Mirror Theatre, a research-based theatre company. Fun stuff: he is an avid gardener, reader and hasn’t missed the opening of a James Bond movie in over 25 years.
James McCoy (he/him) is a queer theatre artist and educator working in the Hamilton/Niagara area. A graduate of Brock University and the National Theatre School, James specializes in all areas of theatrical tech and design. He has taught and mentored students at Brock University since 2017 and currently works with Suitcase in Point Theatre Company as their Production and Technical Coordinator. His recent work has included video editing and post production on several online theatrical performances. James has recently been diving into the relationship between performance and games through tabletop RPGs. James has the pleasure of teaching the lighting and projection portions of DART 2P40 – Stagecraft.
Mike is an educator, researcher, and performer based in Niagara. Mike holds a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE), and has taught drama/arts-education in learning environments with young people from ages 4-17. Mike is an artist-educator with Carousel Players, a theatre for young audiences’ company in St. Catharines, working as the program coordinator for their Summer Theatre School, as well as developing afterschool programs. Mike is a member of Mirror Theatre, a non-profit social issues theatre company that employs devised and forum theatre to address social issues in educational contexts. This year, Mike is teaching 1P95: Creative Play for Education.
Kristina Ojaperv (she/her) is an Estonian theatre artist in Southern Ontario. After receiving her BA in Dramatic Arts at Brock University, she has been part of many Niagara theatre companies’ (Suitcase in Point, Essential Collective Theatre) productions and projects on stage and off stage. Her passion for various handicrafts, especially with sewing and costume creation, started when she was little and learned to sew next to her mom. Kristina is teaching the wardrobe labs in DART 1P97 course.
Adam Paolozza is a performer, director, playwright, producer and arts educator. Paolozza is the Acting Instructor for DART 2F50 Sections 1-3 and the Artistic Director of Bad New Days, a Toronto based theatre company he began to pursue his vision of a poetic theatre of gesture. He’s been a sessional instructor at the Soulpepper Academy, taught at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. He has given independent workshops all over Canada, using his own unique interpretation of the Lecoq pedagogy. Adam’s goal as instructor is to help students develop a spontaneous mind and body connection through a coupling of formal technique and improvisation.
Alana Perri is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Educator, & Improvisor. She has worked alongside populations experiencing life-altering situations, grief and bereavement, transition, living in palliative & hospice care, managing stress, as well as, simply coping with the struggles of everyday life. Additionally, she’s been acting and improvising ever since she could say ‘yes and’!
She is the Executive Director & Owner of Purple Carrots Drama Studio (Canada), providing Arts-based programming specialized in diverse neurological & physical abilities.
Previously, she was a part of the Expressive Arts facilitation team at Mohawk College; educating students on the topic of integrating Expressive Arts into treatment for those living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has now returned to her Alma Mater, in the Dramatic Arts Department at Brock University as faculty, facilitating the course Movement: Applications for Education & Theatre.
Her goal is to educate & provide Expressive Arts Therapy to anyone willing to play, share, and explore!
Alana is teaching DART 3P08 Movement:applications for Education & Theatre.
Michael Reinhart is a theatre/performance creator, performance scholar and theatre instructor. His work (both creative and academic) is based in exploring interdisciplinary art-making and collective-driven devised theatre creation. Much of this exploration and research has occurred through his work with [elephants] collective and boundary conditions / performance assembly. Michael has served as a course instructor at Brock University, the University of Toronto and the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. He is currently completing his PhD which explores devised theatre practices through systems theory.
Marcel Stewart is an actor, writer, director, arts educator and a staunch believer that Waiting to Exhale has the best OST of all time. Shaped by a Jamaican heritage that goes back generations, Marcel was born in the UK and raised in Canada amongst an eclectic and robust mix of cultures. Marcel is a multi-time Dora nominated actor and has performed in numerous Dora Award-winning productions. Acting credits include: The Brothers Size (Soulpepper); Father Comes Home From the Wars (Soulpepper); Incident at Vichy (Soulpepper); The Drawer Boy (Festival Players); Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival); We Are Proud to Present (Theatre Centre); Up the Garden Path (Obsidian); Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Recent Directing credits: Toronto Pigeons (Factory Theatre Podcast); Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Meet Chloe (Carousel Players). For Suitcase in Point, Marcel is the Outreach Director overseeing programming like the NEST Residency and Electric Innovations. For the Stratford Festival, Marcel is a Casting Associate responsible for casting all of the Festival’s programming, including new work development and the Birmingham Conservatory, with an emphasis on amplifying voices of IBPOC and others of the global majority. Marcel often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? What is my purpose?
Marcel will be teaching DART 4Y93, 4th Year Performance, in January.
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Jacqueline Taucar received her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Her doctoral research examines the performance of multicultural nationhood and diasporic identities in Toronto’s ethnocultural festivals. In addition, she builds Caribbean Carnival costumes with Michelle Reyes, designer/performer of Saldenah Carnival’s Queen Mas. Currently, Jacqueline is working to establish an archival infrastructure for documenting and preserving the primary materials and oral traditions that inform the design, creation and performance of Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival costumes. This year at Brock, Jacqueline has the pleasure of teaching DART 3Q91, 3Q92, and 1P92.
Originally from NYC, Corey is an actor, educator whose research explores best practices in actor training from the lens of artistic agency and mental health. She teaches at Ryerson University’s Chang School and served as a Guest Artist for Rosebud School of the Arts, and Brooklyn College. Recent acting credits include:The School for Wives (Moliere in the Park); Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival; Pink Slime Caesar Shift Series by Jen Liu (Contemporary Art Museum St, Louis; LACMA; Smithsonian; Berlinale; San Diego Asian Film Festival). MFA York University. Corey teaches DART 3F50 (Performance II) in the Winter Term.
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Curtis is an educator, arts facilitator, and public speaking instructor. Originally from Toronto, Curtis holds a doctoral degree from the University of Toronto (OISE), his thesis focused on crafting public persona in educational leadership. He is an arts professional trained in classical theatre, children’s performance, and voice with a career as an actor, director, and owner of theatre companies in both Ontario and Alberta. Also, Curtis was a schoolteacher, arts consultant and school principal. In addition to published work on teaching and learning and the arts in education, Curtis has conducted research with members of Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute. This year, Curtis teaches DART courses 1P95 Creative Play for Education and 2P21 Drama in Education II at Brock.
Barbara Worthy is a creative producer, writer, director and actor, well known for her work in creating numerous original productions, working closely with local performers, musicians, and heritage organizations. Her live performances often integrate music and multimedia in innovative settings, focusing on local history and culture, as well as First Nations and Black History.
She is also media and production consultant for TD Niagara Jazz Festival, and is the Director of Music Niagara’s Performance Academy.
Barbara worked with CBC Radio for two decades, producing the Bell Canada Shaw Festival Series and the Bank of Montreal Stratford Festival Series, plus numerous dramas, documentaries and variety programs. But it was her work as writer and co-producer for the award-winning international series Legends and Myths of Canada’s First Nations for CBC Radio’s Ideas that started her long-standing work with Canada’s First Nations communities across Canada.
Barbara came to Ontario to join Christopher Newton’s Shaw Festival acting ensemble. Her 20-year relationship with the Shaw has involved acting, writing, and producing.
She is also an active member of the Niagara Historical Museum, a supporter of the Royal Canadian Legion, and has been a passionate and active member of the St. Catharines Recreational Rowing league for nearly 30 years.
She has been a part-time instructor for both Niagara College and Brock University since 2006. In 2022 Barbara is teaching DART 3P92 Scriptwrighting.
Other Instructors at Dramatic Arts
Recent Instructors at Dramatic Arts
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Ali Joy Richardson (she/her) is a writer and director in Tkaronto (Toronto), originally from Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). She’s a past member of Nightwood Theatre’s Write From the Hip playwriting unit, has been an RBC Director in Development with Canadian Stage, and an RBC Apprentice Director with the Musical Stage Company. Her play A Bear Awake in Winter was recently published by Scirocco Drama and her play Dad will be performed virtually this winter as part of Studio 180’s season. She’s the book-writer and director of One Deep Breath (Education Arts Canada), a trilogy of musicals about mental health for preteens which has toured to over 50,000 students. She was Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Paprika Festival from 2017-2019 and has been an instructor and guest director at Sheridan College, Randolph College, and George Brown College. www.alijoyrichardson.com Ali has taught 4F56- Advanced Studies in Theatre for DART.
Matthew (he/him) was thrilled to be teaching DART 2P11, Voice and Speech. Matthew is a sought-out educator who’s currently on faculty at York University, Randolph College, and the Moving Voice Institute (Associate). Matthew is the executive board chair of lbs/sq” performance and holds an M.F.A. in Performance with an emphasis on Teaching (voice) from York University. As a performer, selected credits span from Broadway (Tony nominated JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR), Off-Broadway (ZORBA), The Stratford Festival (JCS & CAMELOT), National Tours (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Zach in A CHORUS LINE – B’way World SF nomination, and Flute/Thisbe in Theatre Rusticle’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Dora nomination.
Kelly Wolf is a Theatre Maker, a Set and Costume designer and an Artist Educator who has created designs for many theatres across Canada ranging from small independent companies to the major festivals. Recent work has taken her into the realm of site-specific theatre creation with her company Open Heart. Recent design work includes Team on the Hill, Berlin Blues, Judith (Blyth Festival), Hook Up – (Tapestry/Theatre Passe Muraille), Waiting Room (Tarragon Theatre), Quiver (Nightwood, Theatre Aquarius Studio),
Recent designs for Brock: Orlando (costumes), Pantalone’s Palace (set & costume) Top Girls (costumes), Radium Girls (set & costume). Graduate of York University (BFA) University of Toronto (MA) Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Member of Associated Designers of Canada.