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 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.
Joy Garofalo Soltys
Stage Manager of Elf Jr.
Director of Beauty & the Beast
Playwright of Alice in Wonderland
Joy has been an active member of the actOUT! team since 2006, beginning as a volunteer member of stage crew, and now as a director, stage manager and playwright. Previously, she's also filled the roles of camp leader and class instructor for actOUT!. She is a graduate of the Eastwood Integrated Arts Package, and has enjoyed watching many of the young actors she's worked with over the years join and graduate from the program as well. In past seasons, Joy has directed such plays as Aladdin Jr., Beauty & the Beast Jr., Seussical Jr., Willy Wonka Jr., Mulan Jr., and recently wrote and directed A Dead Queen Tells No Lies. This season she's excited to be spearheading the senior S.O.S. program, which promotes the exploration of other areas of the theatre world, such as playwriting, costume & set design, and marketing.
Amy Neufeld, B.A.
Drama Basics 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 program!
Tricia Marchand, B.A.
Dramatic Elements Instructor
Director of Alice in Wonderland
Tricia first caught the acting bug at the age of six when she began acting, singing and dancing in school theatre productions. Tricia grew up training in vocal and dance in Kitchener Ontario, and then went on to study on-camera acting in Toronto and theatre at the University of Waterloo. She has appeared in both television and film. Along with her passion for the arts, she loves working with children. She has been passionately working as a children’s dance/fitness instructor, community centre instructor and camp leader for many years.
Kimberlee Walker, B.A., M.S.W.
Director of Elf 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. this fall, 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 Elf Jr.
Keith Hagerman is thrilled to be the Music Director of 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.
Choreographer of Elf Jr.
Choreographer of Beauty& the Beast
This is Jennifer's first year as actOUT!'s choreographer. 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.
Music Director of Beauty and the Beast
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.
Candice Wilkinson, B.A.
Director of Peter Pan
A graduate of McMaster University’s Honours Theater and Film program Ms. Wilkinson’s directing style is heavily based on devised theater, meaning a collective creation that all participate in the creation of a production. Some credits include director and playwright of BUST, stage manager and designer of McMaster's IRIS, and designer for multiple productions.
Peter Pan was one of Candice’s favorite childhood stories (either as play, book or film) and when the opportunity to direct came up she could not say no.
Everyone she has meet so far at actOUT! have been incredibly talented and she could not have asked for a better theatre company to make her KW directing debut.
Stage Manager of Peter Pan
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 recent graduate of Centre Wellington District High School with a specialist major in Arts and Culture and is planning to continue her post-secondary studies in theatre. Chelsea is thrilled to be working on Peter Pan, her first production with actOUT!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Christine Schindler – Chair
- Kim Hryniuk – Vice Chair
- Jon Cardinall- Treasurer
- Dianna Douglas– Secretary
- Chris Kardol - Fundraising
- Shelley Kraft - Communications
- Lori Reiser - Communications
- Shannon Sullivan - Marketing
- Dan Sevigny – Volunteer Manager
- 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
- Kaleigh Wiens
- Haley Goldin
ActOUT! The Kitchener-Waterloo Children's Drama Workshop is a proud member of: