Meet the actOUT! Team!
Todd Vercoe, B.A., M.A.
A lifelong student and teacher of games, play, and theatre, Todd has instructed or lectured in games, play and drama for the Toronto Board of Education, South Korea's Inje University and the University of Waterloo. A graduate of the York University Department of Theatre where he studied directing and playwriting, he earned his Masters Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the founding Artistic Director of Toronto's Open Mind Productions and was faculty advisor to the R.E.D. Theatre Company of Gimhae, South Korea over ten seasons. Todd's directing credits include: Dark Ages Romance, The Takeover Clause, The Gray Zone and Theatre of the Film Noir. Some of the student productions he has supervised include: Othello, West Side Story, The Crucible and The Importance of Being Ernest. Most recently with actOUT! he directed Don't Mention My Name and A Midsummer Night's Dream. As playwright he has penned The Scheme of Things, Wake Me Gently and most recently The Petition Against Coffee.
Amy Neufeld, B.A.
Drama Basics Instructor
Dramatic Elements Instructor
Dramaturge Midsummer Night's Dream
Originally from Ontario, Amy Neufeld spent ten years in Edmonton Alberta working as an actor, teacher and administrator. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in English and Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program focusing on musical theatre, Amy has acted with multiple companies in Alberta, and taught at the Citadel Theatre, for Freewill Players, and for Theatre Prospero. She believes strongly in a learning through play approach to teaching, and absolutely loves to play theatre games! In addition to teaching many classes, she has also written several scripts for her students to perform. She is happy to once again call Kitchener-Waterloo home and looks forward to an exciting new season teaching new and returning faces in the Drama Basics andDramatic Elements program!
Kimberlee Walker, B.A., M.S.W.
Director of Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Kimberlee is a social worker, actor and applied theatre facilitator who is passionate about leveraging theatre as a tool for personal and social transformation. She helped to found Theatre of the Beat (TOTB), to create original theatre meant to challenge and inspire audiences on a range of socially relevant topics. Kimberlee has been part of creating and touring 5 original TOTB productions, performing over 120 shows in theatres, churches, schools and prisons across North America. Along with having a blast directing Elf Jr. last fall for actOUT!, Kimberlee has been leading youth theatre workshops and piloting a theatre program at Grand Valley Institution for Women.
Jennifer Mogbock, B.F.A.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Choreographer of Willy Wonka KIDS
For two year Jennifer has served as actOUT!'s choreographer. In 2017 she choreographed Elf Jr.,Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Fiddler on the Roof Jr. In 2018 she made her directorial debut with actOUT!'s staging of Disney's Lion King Jr. A few of Jennifer's past credits include King John (Stratford Festival), Damages Dangle (Theatre For The New City NYC), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), and Conviction (ABC). Jennifer will leave us to pursue her M.F.A. at New York University but hopes to return again next summer for our drama camps.
Olga Denisova, B. Econ., B.A.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Music Director of Willy Wonka KIDS
A music director, independent music instructor and vocalist, Olga holds an Advanced Diploma from School of Arts (Russia), majoring in piano, choir and conducting, as well as a B.A. with Intense Music Specialization from the University of Waterloo.
Olga has been music director of actOUT!'s performances of Beauty and the Beast Jr., Fiddler on the Roof Jr., and Disney's The Lion King Jr.
Music education has always been Olga’s passion and she has taught music since 2013. She has taught at the Ontario Conservatory of Music, the Guelph Academy of Music and the KSM School of Music, to name but a few.
In addition to volunteering as Vocal Ensemble Director at Community Music School of Waterloo Region she has spent a few terms as a Choir Director Assistant in Chapel Choir and the University of Waterloo Community Choir.
Olga’s Motto:100% of Success = 10% Talent + 90% Practice
Samantha Braun, B.A.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Samantha was thrilled to stage manage Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Seussical Kids, and Disney's Lion King Jr. Samantha has studied and worked in film and theatre for studios and productions in Toronto, New York City and Los Angeles. She is so excited to be back in her home town of Kitchener-Waterloo and to be a part of actOUT!'s wonderful team!
Dramatic Elements Instructor
Director of Seussical KIDS
Currently a student at Wilfrid Laurier University for psychology, Kira is a very energetic individual who is passionate about acting and working with kids. She loves to play games and sports, and her cheerful attitude is sure to put a smile on your face. She has been in several shows in her hometown of Brockville, Ontario. Previously having volunteered for actOUT! Kira is thrilled to be returning to instruct classes and direct Seussical KIDS this year hoping to inspire many of actOUT!'s young actors.
Keith Hagerman, B.A., B.Mus., M.Div., M.S.M.
Music Director of Seussical KIDS.
Keith Hagerman is thrilled to be the Music Director of Seussical KIDS. Previously he was actOUT!'s musical director for Elf Jr. His previous theatre performance credits include Bastien und Bastienne (Opera Nova Scotia); Solidarity: The Musical (Berwick Camp); The Telephone (Festival Antigonish); Die Fledermaus (Theatre Antigonish); Vienna Waltzes (Opera NS); Chez Maxim 1905 (Opera NS); Music of the Night (#1,2,3,4 – Musical Theatre, Antigonish); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Chalmers UC, Kintore). Locally, Keith has performed with Da Capo Chamber Choir, Grand Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Spiritus Ensemble, Waterloo County Carollers, Wellington Winds, and CAMMAC.
To the cast – "I love watching you grow into your characters and find your voice!"
Stage Manager of Don't Mention My Name
Sydney is very excited to be joining the actOUT! team and to be Stage Managing the upcoming Senior Intensive production. Sydney is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Technical Production for Theatre and Live program, and currently volunteers with Rogers TV in various aspects of television production. Stage Management credits include: Amadeus, Come From Away, and RENT! (Theatre Sheridan); Betrayal (NorteSur Artistic Productions); and adaptations of The Sound of Music, The Music Man, The Pirates of Penzance and Into the Woods (Burlington Student Theatre).
Stage Manager of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Samuel is an avid lover of theatre and music. After studying theatre in highschool he decided to study at the University of Waterloo with a double major in Music; and Theatre and Performance. His first experiences with community theatre were with actOut! performing in Dracula (2013), and Sherlock Holmes (2014). Other community theatre experiences are JM Drama's Next to Normal as Head of Props (2015); Singer's Theatre's The Boys in the Photograph (2015), and A Little Princess (2016); and UW's Concord Floral as Sound Crew (2017). He sang with the Grand Philharmonic Youth Choir from 2015-2017, and has been singing with the UW Chamber Choir since 2016. His favourite theatres that he's performed in are The Registry, the Conrad Centre, and Centre in the Square.
Summer Camp Instructor
A teaching assistant by day, diehard thespian by night, Ms. Pieper is always grateful for the opportunity to teach, play, learn, and create! She started doing community theatre in 2009 and has worked on countless productions since then in both on and off stage roles. Chelsea is a graduate of Centre Wellington District High School with a specialist major in Arts and Culture and is now studying theatre at York University. Chelsea was thrilled to stage manage last season's Peter Pan her first production with actOUT!.
March Break and Summer Camp Instructor
A recent graduate of Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Shaneiza loves working with children and has served as a March Break and summer drama camp counsellor and leader at actOUT! for five seasons. In addition, she was vocal director for actOUT!'s production of Sleeping Beauty KIDS. A talented dancer, Shaneiza also dances at the Contemporary School of Dance doing monthly performances and assisting with grade one ballet classes. Shaneiza looks forward to the next fun actOUT! camp to continue to spread the theatre love before going on to study at the University of Waterloo.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-2018
- Lori Reiser – Chair
- Mandy Jo McMurray – Vice Chair
- Dianna Douglas – Secretary
- Jon Cardinall – Treasurer
- Breanna MacLeod – Grants, Asst. Treasurer
- Courtney Zinn – Ticketing
- Tracey Buschlen – Ticketing
- Shannon Sullivan – Volunteer Coordinator/Marketing
- Todd Vercoe – Artistic Director
- Christine Schindler – Immediate Past Chair
ActOUT! would never be able to function without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We can never thank them enough.
- Audrey Guo
- Alice Matsui
- Rachel Matthews
- Colton Read
ActOUT! The Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop is a proud member of: