THE MASTER CLASS SERIES
Vocal Production & Master Class
PATRICIA WARNOCK - (she/her) has taught Vocal Music in the Music Theatre Program at the Etobicoke School of the Arts for 21 years. She is the current Head of the program.
Music Theatre Scene Study & Improvisation
SHARON HELDT (she/her) is a professional actor in theatre/ film / television, Sharon has over 38 years experience in the business.
NEW Faculty & workshops
Music Theatre: Tyler Pierce
Vocal Technique: Gabriela Farias
Pop/ Rock Vocals: TBA
Fosse Workshop: Marianne McCord
Agents- How to Connect- DeCosta Talent
Vocal TutorialTeacher 2022/23
Accompanist & Vocal Coach 2022/23
GABRIELA FARIAS brings a unique perspective as both a classroom music teacher and private voice studio owner. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s of Teaching degree from OISE where she completed her thesis on culturally responsive pedagogy in music education.
MICHAEL VIEIRA-(he/him) is a Toronto born musician. He brings years of experience as a vocal coach, accompanist and audition pianist. For 37 years he was the accompanist, composer and musical director for ESA.
Choreographer Music Theatre - 2023
Tyler Pearse is a Toronto-based artist and budding choreographer with a thriving career as a vocalist and performer: Rock of Ages (Elgin Theatre), Peter’s Final Flight (Ross Petty Productions), Ginny & Georgia (Netflix), etc.
Choreographer Hip Hop 2022/23
MARK SAMUELS - (he/him) is a well-established, in demand artist in the dance & choreography industry with over 20 years of experience.
On Camera Film Studies 2022/23
CRAIG WARNOCK - (he/him) has been in the Film and Television industry for over 35 years.
Vocal Production & Coaching 2022/23
REBECCA POFF (she/her) has been on the faculty at Sheridan College Honours Bachelor of Music
Theatre Performance as a vocal tutorial teacher for the past 15 years and has been able to help usher many young talented performers into
Broadway Talk Back- 2022
Broadway Talk Back- 2022
LEE MACDOUGALL- (he/him) was in the original Broadway cast of Sankoff and Hein's COME FROM AWAY, after developing the show at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Washington DC's Ford's Theatre, Gander NFLD's Community Centre, and Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre.
TIMOTHY FRENCH (he/him) is one of the foremost Directors and Choreographers of Musical Theatre
in Canada. Mr. French spent 7 years at the Stratford Festival where he moved from performer to Associate Director and Choreographer with the eminent Brian
Fosse Workshop & Broadway Talk Back 2023
MARIANNE MCCORD Marianne has performed across Canada and the US in musicals produced by Mirvish Productions, Livent, The Stratford Festival, The Drayton Festival, from Theatre New Brunswick to Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre. Highlights include CHICAGO at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.
ED SAHELY- (he/him) spent 7 years with The Second City, receiving a Dora Mavor Moore award for work on the Toronto MainStage. His theatrical improv troupe, NOT TO BE REPEATED, was so successful, it went on to become a series on CTV and The Comedy Network.
Vocal Storytelling/Performance 2022/23
MACAYLA PARIS -(she/her)
Macayla Paris is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto - Treaty 13. She is passionate about the development of new work through collaborating with artists of all mediums and backgrounds. Macayla is a graduate of Sheridan College's Music Theatre Performance Program.
Choreographer Tap - 2023
LINDSEY GALLAGHER (she/her)Member of professional tap dance company, What's On Tap,Certified Tap Dance Instructor,Member of University of Guelph's competitive tap dance team, Guelph Tap Pak.
Choreographer Music Theatre 2022
STEPHEN COTA (he/him) has been performing all over Canada including 16 seasons at the Stratford Festival where he has been on stage and for the last 6 years and has had the privilege of working alongside Donna Feore as Associate Choreographer and Assistant Director.
Choreographer - Tap 2022
SHILA LEE- (she/her) is a current student of the University of Toronto, doing a double major in Psychology and English. She is also a Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance Full-Time Competitive Graduate with Tap and Hip Hop as her specialty. Shila continues to guest teach at ESA in the Music Theatre department.
Headshot Photography Workshop - 2023
ANN BAGGLEY (she/her) https://www.annbaggleyphotography.com
Ann has been an actor, an assistant director and has been photographing with intent for the last 10 years.
Ann has performed at both The Stratford and Shaw Festivals and has worked at regional theatres across the country. She was assistant director to renowned director and choreographer, Donna Feore at the Stratford Festival for 7 seasons, most recently as AD on Billy Elliot in 2019.
As a photographer, Ann provides headshots for actors, businesses and corporations, families, weddings, and just about anything else she’s asked to do!
Ann is so very excited to meet all of the Master Class students and share and impart her knowledge of the performing arts.
MACKENZIE HAY: (she/her)
Currently a student of the esteemed Second City Conservatory Program, Makenzie has a high level of training and experience in all disciplines of
performance art. She is also professionally certified in meditation and alternative medicine.
Social Media 2022/23
SKYLAR BLYTHE: (she/her) is excited to be working with Master Class to boost their social media and further their outreach for their Triple Threat Intensive. Skylar is an ESA MT grad and SPLASH Show Choir member. Currently studying at Toronto Metropolitan University, Skylar is heading into her 4th year towards her bachelor's degree in Creative Industries, studying her 3rd year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.