Meet the actOUT! Team!
Todd Vercoe, B.A., M.A.
Director of Don't Mention My Name
Director of Midsummer Night's Dream
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 in the Faculty of Fine Arts, where he studied directing and playwriting, he earned his Masters Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the former 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. 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
March Break Camp Coordinator
Choreographer of Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Director and Choreographer of Lion King Jr.
Instructor for Theatrical Dance Basics
This is Jennifer's second year as actOUT!'s choreographer. Last season she choreographed Elf Jr. and Beauty and the Beast 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 Mogbock appears with the permission of Canadian Actor's Equity Association.
Olga Denisova, B. Econ.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Music Director of Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Music Director of Lion King Jr.
Olga Denisova is a pianist and a singer. Her music path started back in Russia when she was but a child. Olga has studied classical piano, classical and jazz vocals, and conducting. She was the participant, laureate and winner of local and international vocal and choral contests. Olga holds a Bachelor of Economics degree, and currently is studying in the Intense Music Specialization program at the University of Waterloo.
Olga has worked in musicals, show groups and jazz bands. Her true passion is to teach music. Previously, she worked at the Ontario Conservatory of Music, the Guelph Academy of Music, MF Music School and Community Music School of Waterloo Region. Currently Olga is a Chapel Choir Director Assistant at University of Waterloo and independent instructor at KSM Music School.
Samantha Braun, B.A.
Stage Manager of Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Stage Manager of Lion King Jr.
Stage Manager of Seussical Kids
Samantha is trilled to be Stage Managing Fiddler on the Roof Jr. our 2017 fall production at actOUT!. 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 and cast of Fiddler on the Roof Jr.!
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
Currently a student, Shaneiza Popat is enjoying her fifth year at 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 four 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.
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.
- Susan Cardinall
- James Cardinall
- Haley Goldin
- Noah Hryniuk
- Morgan Isherwood
- Alice Matsui
- Aaron Meulenbelt
- Lucas Morrison-Kardol
- Skylar Smith
ActOUT! The Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop is a proud member of: