Meet the actOUT! Team!
Todd Vercoe, B.A., M.A.
Director of Senior Intensive
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
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.
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 have loved watching you grow into your characters and find your voice!"
Jennifer Mogbock, B.F.A.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Choreographer of Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Director and Choreographer of Lion King Jr.
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 is participating with the special permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association.
Olga Denisova, B. Econ.
Summer Camp Coordinator
Music Director of Fiddler on the Roof
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.
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!.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017-2018
- Christine Schindler – Chair
- Kim Hryniuk – Vice Chair
- Jon Cardinall- Treasurer
- Dianna Douglas– Secretary
- Shelley Kraft - Communications
- Lori Reiser - Communications
- Shannon Sullivan - Marketing
- Breanna MacLeod - Member at Large
ActOUT! would never be able to function without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. We can never thank them enough.
- Susan Cardinall
- Skylar Smith
- Noah Hryniuk
- Alice Matsui
- Lucas Morrison-Kardol
- James Cardinall
ActOUT! The Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop is a proud member of: