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THE MASTER CLASS SERIES
FACULTY 2024

PATRICIA WARNOCK

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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. 

SHARON HELDT

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.

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         2024 Faculty

                                        
 
        Faculty & upcoming workshops 2024!
             Music Theatre: Meghan Caine!
                  Vocal Technique: Gabriela Farias & Rebecca Poff!
                         Broadway Pop Vocals: Chris Tsujiuchi
                              Hip Hop- Mark Samuels!
                                 
Fosse Workshop: Marianne McCord!
                                     Improvisation: Ed Sahely!
                                        
Agents- How to Connect WORKSHOP- DeCosta Talent
                                                     

Gabriela Farias

Vocal TutorialTeacher  2024 

Michael Vieira

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Accompanist & Vocal Coach  2024    

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.

Chris Tsujiuchi

 *NEW* Broadway Pop  Vocals 2024!

CHRIS TSUJIUCHI

“Talented accompanist, musical director and possessor of one of the finest manes in the city, Tsujiuchi is also one of our finest cabaret artists – as he shows in his regular series of holiday cabarets.”

— Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

Mark Samuels

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Choreographer  Hip Hop 2024

MARK SAMUELS - (he/him) is a well-established, in demand artist in the dance & choreography industry with over 20 years of experience.

Craig Warnock

On Camera Film Studies 2024

CRAIG WARNOCK - (he/him) has been in the Film and Television industry for over 35 years.

Rebecca Poff

Vocal Production & Coaching 2024

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

professional careers.

Marianne McCord

Fosse Workshop & Broadway Talk Back 2023

Steve Cota

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Choreographer Music Theatre 2022

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.

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.

Tyler Pearce

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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.

Improvisation 2024

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.

Lee MacDougall

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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

Broadway Talk Back- 2022

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

MacDonald.

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Shila Lee

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TAP NOT OFFERED IN 2024

Choreographer Tap - 2023

 Choreographer - Tap 2022

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.

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.

Macayla Paris

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.

Ann Baggley

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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. 

Choreographer Music Theatre 2024

Meghan Caine (she/they) is an interdisciplinary performer, creator and educator. Originally from

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, she has a broad spectrum of experience in the industry,

performing in professional theatre settings, new works development and teaching.

Makenzie Hay

Yoga/Meditation/Focus 2022/23/24

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.

Skylar Blythe

Social Media 2022/23/24

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. A recent graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University, Skylar complete her bachelor's degree in Creative Industries, studying  her 3rd year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.SKylar currently is an arts educator for Young People's Theatre after completing her residency.

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