Program Director, Acting for Film & Television
John Bourgeois is the Program Director for Acting for Film and Televison at Humber College. He holds a BA in English Literature and Theatre from Concordia University and is an alumni of the Webber-Douglas Academy in London England.
Program Director, Music
As Humber’s Director of Music, Denny Christianson brings a wealth of music business experience to the job. e spent several years on TV with Sammy Davis, Jr., recorded numerous movie soundtracks, hundreds of commercials and has served as producer for 15 albums.
Program Director, Comedy Writing & Performance
An award-winning author and screenwriter, Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson called Andrew “the foremost chronicler of Canadian comedy." He writes the "Road Sage" humour column for the Globe and Mail.
Program Director, Television Writing & Producing
Lorne Frohman is an acclaimed comedy writer and producer with over forty years of experience working on sitcoms, variety shows, children’s series, and late-night television programming.
Program Director, Arts Administration & Cultural Management
Anne Frost began work in the arts at Keyano Theatre, Fort McMurray, Alberta; she moved to Toronto in the 1980s and worked for the Toronto Theatre Alliance's Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Jeunesses musicals/Youth and Music Canada.
Program Director, Theatre Performance
Tatiana Jennings is an actor, director, dancer and choreographer. Born and raised in Moscow, she received a degree in theatre and film from the Academy of Theatre Arts, where she also studied dance.
Program Director, Theatre Production
Heather Kent teaches Theatre Properties, Scenic Paint, Puppetry and Set Design at Humber College in the Theatre Production Program.
Program Director, Creative Book Publishing
Alison Maclean has held a wide variety of executive positions in publishing, including associate publisher at Doubleday/ Seal and at Madison Press Books, and global resource manager at Wiley.
Program Director, Intro to Jazz & Community Music
Director of both the Community Music School and the Intro to Commercial/Jazz Music Program at Humber College, Catherine has been active in education for over thirty-five years.
Program Director, Creative Writing
Antanas Sileika is Director of the Humber School for Writers. His most recent novel, Underground, was named one of the 100 best books by the Globe and optioned for a film.
Head of Theory, Music
JUNO-nominated and Galaxie award-winning musician Shirantha Beddage is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada.
Head of Production, Music
Prior to joining the faculty at Humber in 2010, Peter Cook worked at the CBC for 19 years. Peter has remastered recordings of Glenn Gould, Maureen Forrester among many others.
Full-time Faculty, Music
Alex Dean, one of Canada’s foremost jazz saxophonists, has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many years. Alex holds the tenor saxophone chair with Rob McConnell’s Grammy award winning Boss Brass and he performed on their last five albums.
Head of Piano, Music
Brian Dickinson, head of the piano department is a graduate of the Humber Music Program and holds a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory (Boston). In addition, he has studied with Richie Beirach, Andy Laverne, and Paul Bley.
Head of Bass, Music
Advanced Contemporary Music Composition and Analysis Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 1980s.
Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance
Robin Duke is best known for her work in television on SCTV and Saturday Night Live.
Head of Stage and Production Management, Theatre Production
Tanya Greve is thrilled to be returning to Humber as an instructor in Theatre Production this year. Having graduated from the University of Toronto Drama Program in 1993, she has been a working stage manager since graduation.
Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance
Allan was director of the Training Centre at Second City, Toronto, for seventeen years. He has also taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (California), the University of Southern California, and the Actors Studio Drama School in New York.
Full-time Faculty, Comedy Writing & Performance
Larry worked with theatre groups such as Festival Four and Home Made Theatre before trying stand-up comedy in 1973. After assisting in the establishment of Mark Breslin’s Yuk Yuk’s comedy chain, he remained a shareholder and headline performer.
Head of Brass, Music
Alastair Kay, Head of the Brass Department is busy as an arranger, composer, clinician, and a virtuosic jazz and classical trombonist. Al has appeared with Canada’s leading orchestras, and has toured with the orchestras of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the National Ballet.
Head of Percussion, Music
Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark Kelso has made Toronto his home for many years. A former student of Humber College, Mark has built his reputation around his ability to be a musical chameleon and has become one of the first call players in Canada.
Full-time Faculty, Music
Ethnomusicologist, composer, producer and guitarist, Brad Klump, received his Masters in Music Education at Indiana University and has undertaken PhD work in ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and York University.
Full-time Faculty, Music
Before moving to Canada from the U.S. in 1974, Pat LaBarbera toured and recorded with the Buddy Rich Big Band, of which he was a member from 1967 to 1974. During that time he played in every major city in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
Full-time Faculty, Music
Kirk started to play the saxophone at age 10, and entered a High School Music Program studying saxophones, clarinet, flute, music theory and composition, graduating in 1977. At age 17, Kirk moved to Toronto where he attended Humber College.
Head of Voice, Music
Since moving to Toronto from Sault Ste. Marie in 1984, jazz vocalist Lisa Martinelli has been an active singer and educator. She is a freelance artist in the Toronto area where she leads her own jazz quintet.
Full-time Faculty, Theatre Performance
Sharon B. Moore creates as a choreographer, director, and movement coach for dance, film, theatre, and circus. She is an award-winning creator and performer working for companies around the world.
Full-time Faculty, Music
Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Drums and Music Technology in 2006 and continued his studies at McGill University obtaining his Masters of Music in Sound Recording in 2008.
Full-Time Faculty, Music
Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Alex Dean and Mike Murley.
Head of Woodwinds, Music
Mark is known as a versatile saxophonist, woodwind doubler, arranger, composer, conductor and clinician. He is the head of the woodwind department at Humber College in Toronto.
Head of Guitar, Music
Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College and is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator.
Full-time Faculty, Acting for Film & Television
Dixie Seatle trained at Dawson College and graduated from the National Theatre School in Montreal. She was a guest artist at Earl Haig School for the Arts, and the Shakespeare in the Schools program.
Head of Composition, Music
Gord Sheard has enjoyed a many-faceted career as a professional musician for over three decades.
Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo has over 15 years of professional creative work under his belt, including four full length productions, two touring shows, over 15 commissions, and over 50 corporate collaborations across 21 dance genres.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film-maker, Waleed Abdulhamid, has been an active member of the Toronto music scene, since his arrival in Canada in 1992.
Brian Ainsworth’s dynamic career in media has spanned over 35 years as a producer of television, comedy, music, film, stage, Internet, and multimedia presentations.
Alberta born sax player and multi-instrumentalist, Colleen Allen first launched her musical career in Toronto. Colleen Allen is known as much for her charismatic stage presence as she is for her collaborative spirit.
Nina Lee Aquino is a director and dramaturge. She was the former Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company and Cahoots Theatre Company and the current Co-Artistic Director of the Factory Theatre.
Active as a freelance drummer, producer and engineer in Toronto, Mike Ardagh is equally comfortable on-stage or in-studio and prides himself on his ability to craft sounds and inspire great performances from his fellow musicians.
Ethan Ardelli is a freelancing musician in Toronto's vibrant music scene. Ethan graduated from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music Jazz Program in 2006.
Jami believes in the power and importance of independent publishing and self-publication, whether online or in print.
Marie Beath is a playwright, performer, director and dramaturge.
Ben Ball is a jazz drummer and graduate of the Humber College Music program. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto in Jazz Performance and Education, as well as a Masters’ in Jazz Studies from McGill.
Saxophonist, woodwind doubler, composer, arranger, and jazz educator Andy Ballantyne is a graduate of the Humber College music program.
Professor for Computers 1
Rick Banville has been a Production Manager for almost twenty years, working alongside some of Canada’s leading artists and companies while having the great fortune of touring theatre, opera, dance and music to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Canada and the United States
Professor for Stagecraft 1, 2 and 3
After graduating from York University in 2006, Tom worked as a lighting designer, technician, carpenter and technical director for various theatre companies and shops in and around Toronto.
Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood.
Keith Barker is an award winning playwright, director, actor and donut-maker from Northwestern Ontario.
Originally hailing from Manchester England, Collin Barrett has made Toronto, Canada his home for many years. Collin is currently the Musical Director of Eva Avila and Esthero.
Christel is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Program and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts.
Christine Berg is a voice, speech and accent coach. She holds a B.F.A (Acting) from UBC, and an M.A (Voice Studies) from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Christine is active in the professional community, regularly coaching actors for film, TV and theatre.
David Bergen has published seven novels and a collection of short stories. His novels have been shortlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Toronto born bassist Shelly Berger has been active as an arranger, composer, producer and leader in many jazz and contemporary music settings.
Deborah Bernstein has worked in the film and television industry for over 30 years. In addition to teaching at Humber, she teaches at Ryerson University and consults within the industry.
Sandra Birdsell has published 6 novels, and 3 collections of short fiction. She has written for television, theatre and radio.
Giles Blunt's first "Cardinal" novel, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger award, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for best novel, as did the latest, Until the Night.
Dennis' books have been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Regional Best Book).
Danila Botha is a fiction writer based in Toronto. Her first book was a collection of short stories called Got No Secrets; Too Much on the Inside is her first novel.
Robi Botos is a Jazz pianist of Hungarian decent who has quickly joined the ranks of Canada’s elite jazz musicians.
Daniel Brooks is one of Canada’s most accomplished theatre makers. As a writer, director and performer he has collaborated with some of the country’s finest talents in producing a body of daring and original work.
Matt Brubeck is a JUNO award-winning performer/composer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres.
Rob Bulger is an honours graduate of the Humber College Music Program (1983). He has been playing professionally since 1970. In the early 70’s Rob was a member of the Canadian progessive rock band “Spirit of Christmas”.
Shawn is an acting coach and director, as well as a teacher. He is a member of the Ontario Talent Bank, and of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios.
Juno-nominated trombonist William Carn has emerged as one of Canada’s leading contemporary jazz composers and performers. He currently leads the Juno-nominated William Carn Quintet as well as his newest project, Run Stop Run.
Michael has been a working actor for over thirty years in the theatre, Canadian & U.S. film & television, TV commercials, radio and animation voices. He attended the Banff School of Fine Arts and was a member of William Hutt’s Young Co. at the Grand Theatre in London, Ont.
Bruce Cassidy is known for inspiring players with whom he works, bringing into focus for them their own voice and amplifying their experience of the joy of music making.
Randy Chan has worked in the publishing industry for 20 years, specializing in strategic marketing and partnerships. Presently he is the Senior Marketing Manager at Harlequin.
Julia Chanter has held a number of digital publishing roles, at Wiley, Dragnet Magazine, and as a consultant.
Wayson Choy is the author of the critically acclaimed The Jade Peony, which shared the Trillium Book Award with Margaret Atwood, won the City of Vancouver Book Award, and was chosen to compete in the 2010 Canada Reads competition.
Christina Collins has been acting for over twenty years. Ms. Collins studied acting at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre School in New York City. She has performed at a wide variety of theatres across Canada and the United States.
Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, the most recent being Burmese Lessons, a love story, a memoir about her experiences in Burma and on the Thai-Burma border.
Peter Conrad is a writer, director and producer of visual content. Most recently he helmed the irreverent comedic web series, Turning Intern.
Professor for Lighting Technology 1 & 2, Lighting Design and Computer Applications 2
Paul is teaches Lighting Technology 1 & 2, Lighting Design and Computer Applications 2, and has worked professionally as a stage manager, lighting designer, technical director, carpenter and production manager.
Steve Crowe graduated from Humber College in 1985, and he quickly established a reputation in Toronto as a consummate professional trumpet player.
Troy Cunningham has worked in book publishing for just over a decade.
Guitarist Emile d'Eon is an a in-demand session player and clinician.
Sienna Dahlen is one of Canada’s most versatile and original singer-composer-multi-instrumentalists. She is currently based in Toronto, Canada where she works as a freelance musician and educator.
Jacob Damelin is a pianist, composer and educator born in Toronto, Ontario. He teaches jazz, classical and popular music and has taught at schools and colleges in the United States, Canada and India.
Professor for Introduction to Theatre 2, and Drafting 1
Glenn teaches Introduction to Theatre 2 and Drafting 1.
Davidson is an active educator. She is on faculty at York University, the Humber College Community Music School and the National Music Camp of Canada (Jazz Faculty).
Diane Davy is President of Castledale, a consulting company specializing in the business side of the cultural sector with an emphasis on book and magazine publishing. Davy also serves as the part-time executive director of WorkInCulture.
Canadian Jazz Pianist Greg de Denus is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Greg’s wide creative range, impressive technical ability, and uncompromisingly original improvisations have firmly established him as a rising star in the Jazz and Improvised music communities.
Paul de Jong is a Voice and Speech Instructor and Coach with over twenty years of experience. He was the Program Director for Humber's Theatre Performance program for three years and Head of Voice for six years.
Best known for his multi-platinum success with rock artist Kim Mitchell, Paul has forged a career which encompasses funk, fusion, jazz and latin.
Winner of the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors 2006 at the Montreal Jazz Festival and Galaxie Rising Star 2010 at the Halifax Jazz Festival, alto saxophonist Luis Gonzalez Deniz is a name to watch out for.
Christine Duncan has been singing professionally since the age of 15. She is involved in everything from jazz, R&B, gospel, improvised music, sound poetry, to new music and musique actuelle.
Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of the Penny Brannigan mystery series set in North Wales.
Originally from London Ontario, Dave moved to Toronto in the mid 70’s to attend Humber College and has worked with Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Shania Twain, Aaron Neville, and Lou Rawls.
Linda Dunlop is an experienced journalist with a background in print, radio, television, and online media. For several years, she was the series producer for TVO’s Imprint, a Gemini-nominated program covering books, authors, and the publishing scene.
Puppetry Intensive Instructor
Faye Dupras has worked as a director, puppeteer and educator throughout Eastern Canada and the USA. As an image based theater artist she is dedicated to creating visually and thematically rich, cross-disciplinary new works.
Considered to be one of the world’s great Cuban pianists, composers, arrangers and educators, Hilario Duran has been nicknamed “Con Tumbao” for his creative use of the tumbao repetitive bass figures.
Ron Eckel teaches the Literary Agenting and Rights Management specialization in the Humber Creative Book Publishing program.
Sue Edworthy has worked in the non-profit arts for over fifteen years, is a self-described city enthusiast, and is respected and sought after for her marketing and communications expertise.
Linda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre at Dalhousie University and went on to graduate from Humber’s Postgraduate Comedy Program in 2002.
Rik Emmett has survived four gold & platinum decades in the music biz. International notoriety as the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist with Triumph provided entry into three Canadian Halls of Fame.
Marina Endicott's first novel, Open Arms, was short-listed for the Amazon First Novel award. Her second, Good to a Fault, was a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and a CBC Canada Reads book, and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book, Canada/Caribbean.
Richard Evans is a Gemini Award-nominated film and TV composer and renowned keyboard recording artist.
Jane Fair, saxophonist and woodwind player has been deeply involved with jazz both as a performer and teacher for several years. Jane currently co-leads a quintet with Rosemary Galloway.
Kevin Fallis is a recording engineer and post production mixer based in Toronto Ontario.
Anne Fenn's professional comedy writing experience includes TV, film, radio, print journalism and stage. Anne has written and story edited myriad TV series, MOWs, short and feature films, and continues to develop her own projects.
Deb Filler has worked as an actor, writer and comedian internationally. In the past three years she has been playwright-in-residence at several theatre companies.
In May, 2011 French released his debut quartet recording, “Dance of the Bees”, on the Cellar Live label (www.cellarlive.com).
Guitarist Trevor Giancola is becoming a staple of Toronto’s thriving jazz and creative music scene. He has performed as a member the Mike Murley Quartet, the Kelly Jefferson Quartet, Boptarts featuring Seamus Blake, and others.
Camilla has a Ph.D. from Oxford University and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta.
Acclaimed composer and pianist Tania Gill is a key figure in the Toronto scenes of jazz and popular music.
Don Gillmor is an award-winning Canadian novelist, journalist and children's book author. His new novel Long Change examines the world of oil through the life and loves of one man; both stories are epic.
Dean Gilmour graduated for the University of Windsor with an Honors BFA degree in Dramatic Arts in 1976 and immediately traveled to Paris, France to attend the School of Jacques Lecoq.
Guitarist Joey Goldstein has been a mainstay on the Toronto jazz and commercial music scene since the late 1970’s after receiving his musical education at Berklee College Of Music in Boston.
Cynthia Good has been a leader in the publishing industry for many years. She was appointed the first editorial director of Penguin Books Canada and went on to become president and publisher.
Catherine Graham is the author of five acclaimed poetry collections. As a creativity consultant she has worked with such organizations as GlaxoSmithKline, BookExpo, York University and the Ontario Government.
Originally from Winnipeg, Kelsley studied at McGill University in Montreal and completed his graduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music. While in New York he studied privately with Steve Turre.
Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer and sideman, playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter, Ventanas, and Monsoon.
Justin Gray is an acoustic and electric bassist, composer and bandleader whose musical influences include Contemporary Jazz, North Indian Classical, Indo-Jazz and Contemporary World Music.
Janet-Laine Green has been a working actor/director/producer and teacher for more than 25 years. Her performances have been honoured with nine Genie and Gemini nominations
Danny Greenspoon is a producer, engineer, guitar player and film composer, and President of The Audio Truck Inc., a mobile recording studio with which he has recorded some of the biggest acts in the world for television, radio, and record.
Johnny Griffith is a multi-Juno Award nominated saxophonist who has played and recorded with numerous artists. He has extensively toured across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe.
Varrick Grimes is from Newfoundland, where he began his vocation in theatre as Associate Director at Theatre Newfoundland Labrador establishing the Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
Angel Guerra was the creative director of Stoddart Publishing and its imprints House of Anansi Press and Cormorant Books. In 2002 he set up Archetype, a downtown-Toronto art and design studio focusing on the cultural industries
Shannon Gunn has relocated from Vancouver where she has been successfully regarded as an outstanding jazz vocalist and jazz educator for over twenty years.
Ingrid Hansen trained first as a dancer, then as an actor and theatre creator, until she landed a job as a lead puppeteer on the children's series Tiga Talk! Ingrid loves teaching puppetry to adults, schoolchildren, and prison inmates.
Professor for Properties 1
Nina has worked as a props builder and scenic artist across southern Ontario. Recent career highlights include: sewing a tyvek elephant, carving monster nail polish bottles, casting an army of tiny Aladdins, painting marble pillars and making bouncy bread.
Samantha Harvey is the author of three novels, The Wilderness, All Is Song and most recently Dear Thief, which was published in September 2014.
Orville Heyn has served as a lead vocal instructor and lead in-house session Producer for the International Jazz Workshop at the Banff Center for the Arts and has worked on faculty at Humber College since 1997.
Lawrence Hill is author of ten books. His 2007 novel The Book of Negroes won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres.
Nathan Hiltz is a Juno-winning jazz guitarist who was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over the course of his professional career he has played on over 25 albums and toured extensively across Canada.
Nalo Hopkinson is the author of six novels, a short story collection, and a chapbook.
Isabel Huggan is a Canadian writer of fiction, essays and poetry, who has chosen to make her home in France. A prize-winning author with an international reputation , she has been teaching writing for over 35 years.
Helen Humphreys is the author of four books of poetry, six novels, and two works of creative non-fiction. She was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Toronto born Will Jarvis is a busy freelance bassist and educator who has been performing professionally since 1980. Will is a graduate of the Humber College/TRU Music Program and holds a Master of Arts degree in Composition.
Melody Johnson is an accomplished and award winning actor, writer and teacher and has worked extensively across the country and beyond.
Pam Johnson has been dancing, choreographing and teaching in Toronto for more than 25 years. She is a graduate of the contemporary dance program at Indiana University and holds an M.A. from York University.
Pete Johnston is a Juno Award-winning bassist and composer. Pete has published his research on improvisation and music pedagogy in the International Journal of Music Education and Critical Studies in Improvisation.
Drew Jurecka is an accomplished violinist comfortable in many genres. He can be heard frequently in clubs and theatres around Canada with his own group or as a part of one of his bands, The Hot Jazz String Quartet and the Hogtown Syncopators.
Greg Kavanagh started his music career as a session guitar player. He quickly moved into composing music for television shows and commercials before pursuing his passion for production and artist development.
Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. Medina Hill was Trilby Kent’s first novel, she has since published Stones for my Father and Smoke Portrait. Her latest novel is Silent Noon.
Joseph Kertes was born in Hungary but escaped with his family to Canada after the revolution of 1956. He studied English at York University and the University of Toronto, where he was encouraged in his writing by Irving Layton and Marshall McLuhan.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Pat has been playing professionally for almost 30 years, touring extensively in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Now living in Toronto, he has played on over 200 albums, several of which have received Juno nominations.
Juno award winning musician Jeff King is a Toronto-based saxophonist who, for the past 20 years, has performed all over Canada, the U.S., and internationally.
Mike Kirby has won 12 CLIO Awards for advertising excellence in his 35 year career as Actor, Narrator, Broadcaster and Author.
It is Eveli’s tenth year here at Humber College! Her enthusiasm and passion for music, as well as her long experience make Eveli a great part of our community.
Fides Krucker is a leading performer of contemporary vocal music in Canada and abroad – notable for her interpretations of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, the Berio Folk Songs (recently recorded with Vancouver's Turning Point Ensemble) and works by R. Murray Schafer.
Richard Lee is an award-winning actor, fight director, sound designer and theatre producer.
Elizabeth Lennie has spent her acting career both on stage and in film and television. She has since adapted the skills learned as an actor to work in the world of narration and commercial voice-over.
From his first percussion lesson, given to him by his father in Havana, Cuba, when he was only four years old, “Chendy” learned at an incredible rate. Experienced in all styles of Cuban music he is one of the most “in demand” Latin musicians in Toronto.
Larnell Lewis is a Toronto born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician who also happens to be a graduate of the Humber Music program and the 2004 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Ashley Little is the author of three novels. PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist was shortlisted for the ReLit Award and optioned for film.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally known guitarist living in the Toronto area. Lorne has been playing professionally since 1977 and is an in demand player/clinician.
Trumpet player/ arranger John MacLeod received his formal musical training at Humber College in the mid 1970’s. In 2011 John MacLeod and his Rex Hotel Orchestra released their first cd “Our First Set” which won a Juno Award for best Traditional Jazz Album of that year.
Jon Maharaj is a bass player from Toronto, Canada. He currently plays with or has played with Michael Occhipinti, Marvin Hamlisch, Allison Au, Matt Stevens, Harley Card, Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Emilie Claire Barlow, Denzal Sinclaire, Rez Abassi, The Tenors, Mark Masri, Kellylee Evans, and many others.
Steve is on faculty at The Humber College School of Performing Arts, where he instructs private lessons and various ensembles. He is also a world music educator for the Toronto District School Board, specializing in Brazilian and Cuban drumming.
Professor for Wardrobe 1 & 2 and Theatre Effects for the Body
Barbara has costumed for many highly regarded professional theatres such as Mirvish Productions (Lion King, Mama Mia, The Producers, Hair Spray, Jane Eyre), Stratford Festival, the Canadian Opera Company, The National Ballet, Canadian Stage, and Tarragon Theatre.
Meg Masters has worked in the publishing industry since 1987. She spent over ten years at Penguin Books Canada as an acquisitions editor and has been working as a freelance writer and editor for the last ten years.
Professor for Sound 1 and 2
Peter spent 13 years as the Resident Sound Designer for the Stratford Festival, where he designed over 60 productions. He has designed and consulted for most of the major venues in Canada, including Mirvish Productions, The Shaw Festival, The National Arts Centre, and Canadian Stage.
Sheila is an accomplished writer, producer, choreographer and director. She has trained at the University of Victoria and with the National Ballet School, as well as in NYC with Uta Hagen at HB Studio.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, bassist and composer Michael McClennan has been busy making his mark on the Canadian music scene.
Bruce Ian McCulloch is an actor, writer, comedian, and film director. McCulloch is best known for his work as a member of The Kids in the Hall, a popular Canadian comedy troupe, and as a writer for Saturday Night Live.
Kelly McEvenue has been on the coaching staff of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for 29 seasons as the teacher of the Alexander Technique and as a movement coach
Bob’s musical career has included countless live and recorded engagements, including several major TV shows, records and concert tours.
John Metcalf is a writer and editor. He directs editorially the Porcupine’s Quill Press and also edits the critical journal Canadian Notes and Queries.
Originally from London, England, Peter Mikhail has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for over 15 years.
John Millard - Mostly self-taught, John Millard has been active in the Canadian music and theatre scenes for the last twenty years. He has toured Canada and Europe with his bands The Polka Dogs and John Millard & Happy Day.
Vaughan Misener plays Electric Bass and writes music. He has done so in Boston, New York, Europe, Israel and Canada. Vaughan Misener went to Berklee College of Music where he studied with Bruce Gertz and studied privately in NYC with Jeff Andrews.
Catherine Mitchell is the former director of foreign and special markets at Tundra Books, the children’s book publisher of McClelland & Stewart.
Viv Moore was born in England and has worked collaboratively and solo artist as a dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher for 34 years, in dance, theatre, film and video in Sweden, Australia, England and Canada.
Pamela Mordecai is a poet, novelist, short story writer, scholar and anthologist.
Toronto-based musician Nick Morgan is a saxophonist, woodwind doubler, and educator who is emerging as a strong musical voice in the Canadian and international jazz communities.
Kim Moritsugu is the author of the novels Looks Perfect; Old Flames; The Glenwood Treasure; The Restoration of Emily; and And Everything Nice, a mystery novelette.
Donna Morrissey is the award-winning author of Kit's Law, Downhill Chance, What They Wanted, andSylvanus Now, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Guy Mullally has been writing for television in Canada and the United States for more than 25 years.
Evan Munday has worked in book marketing and publicity for ten years and has been nominated twice for a Silver Birch Fiction Award, for The Dead Kid Detective Agency and its sequel, Dial M for Morna.
Ravi began his study of tabla under the guidance of his uncle the late Padmabushan Pandit Nikhil Ghosh in Mumbai, India. In 1990 he had his ‘gandabandhan’ ceremony and officially became an exponent of the Farukkabad style.
Juno Award and Jazz Report Award winning drummer, Lorne Nehring is originally from Montreal where he began playing piano, saxophone and drums. Lorne studied percussion and began his jazz studies at McGill University.
Soren Nissen is known for his strong rhythmic and harmonic support along with technical proficiency and creativity across a number of musical genres.
Paul Novotny is an audio/music producer, composer/music supervisor, established artist/jazz bassist and teacher. As an artist he has released 5 albums (two Juno nominees) with his music/business partner Joe Sealy on their co-owned record label Triplet Records Inc.
Tim O'Brien fought in Vietnam, later becoming a graduate student at Harvard. He eventually left to become a newspaper reporter and then fiction writer, after publication of his memoir If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Send Me Home.
One of the Toronto jazz scene’s most exciting trumpet players, Brian O’Kane holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto.
Guitarist/composer David Occhipinti has twice been nominated for a Juno award, once for his CD, Forty Revolutions (2007), and also for, Duologue (2003), his first of two duo CDs with saxophonist Mike Murley.
Michael Occhipinti is an 8-time JUNO nominated guitarist, composer, arranger, and band leader.
Bassist/Producer Roberto Occhipinti is a well established presence on the Canadian and international music scene.
Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass, and for the past 34 years on acoustic bass.
Anthony Panacci attended the Humber College Music Program from 1976-80 and has also received his grade 10 in classical piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto
Patrick Parson, MA, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and a dancer and musician who draws much of his inspiration from the vibrant multicultural community that makes up Caribbean.
Mike Petersen’s career began on Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock in 1984. Since then he has performed across Canada, throughout the U.S. and in Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Britain, Singapore and Poland.
Alison Pick is the author of the novel FAR TO GO, longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. FAR TO GO won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction, and was a Top 10 of 2010 Book at NOW magazine and The Toronto Star.
After graduating from York University with a BFA (Honours), Bruce began a long association with Second City that took him from critically acclaimed Mainstage performer to respected Director, Head Writer, and Producer on various Second City stages.
Puppetry Intensive Instructor
Ann Powell co-founded Puppetmongers Theatre in 1974 with her brother, David, and with the company she creates new works for both young and adult audiences that have garnered awards and critical acclaim.
Puppetry Intensive Instructor
David Powell, the other co-founder of Puppetmongers, has been involved with all levels of production: design, scripting, construction, marketing, touring, performing and administration.
Clare Preuss is a multidisciplinary artist who has collaborated with innovative companies in Canada, Germany, Uganda and the United States
Karin Randoja is a multi-award-winning director, actor, teacher and singer/composer. For over 25 years she has directed and dramaturged devised performances, including Gertrude and Alice; huff; Brotherhood:The Hiphopera and My Nightmares Wear White.
Originally from Edmonton, Kim was playing 6 nights a week in bar bands in Victoria upon finishing high school. He received encouragement and mentoring from Dave Keen and Paul Horn, discovering jazz and classical music.
Professor for Scenic Painting 1 & 2 and Visual Communications
David has a Master's of Education in Art Education from the University of Victoria, as well as a BFA in Intermedia from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Michael Redhill is an American-born Canadian poet, playwright and novelist. He is also the author of four novels published under the name Inger Ash Wolfe, The Calling, The Taken, A Door in the River and The Night Bell.
Technical Director, Professor for Safe Working Practices and Rigging
John first came to Humber Theatre as a student in the Production Program. After graduation, John was invited to join the staff of Humber Theatre as Technical Director for the Program.
Puppetry Intensive Instructor
Shawna Reiter is the co-founder and artistic director of CLUNK Puppet Lab, where she creates original work through the exploration of highly visual theatre.
Nino Ricci is the author of Lives of the Saints, which won the Governor General’s Award and aired as a TV adaptation.
Bob Rice is a Juno Award nominated composer / arranger / producer / trumpeter and currently leads one of the most exciting Latin jazz big bands in Canada.
David Adams Richards, CM, ONB (born 17 October 1950) is a Canadian novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet.
Maria Ricossa has worked in Theatre, Film, Television and Radio for over 25 years. She was a series lead in Street Legal and Riverdale, recurring roles in Degrassi, the Next Generation, Missing and Da Kink in my Hair.
Sean Robertson-Palmer is an interdisciplinary performer whose work has been seen at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto's Nuit Blanche and the Summerworks Festival just to name a few.
After 42 years at the drums, Barry has established himself as one of Canada’s most unique drumset stylists.
When Robert Rotenberg was 15, he sent a short story to the New Yorker. He kept the rejection letter, on their letterhead no less, for years.
A Vancouver native, Brian relocated in Toronto after graduating from Boston's Berklee College of Music.
Sacks published a collection of humor pieces in February 2011. The book, Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason, contains pieces from The New Yorker, Esquire, Time, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, and other publications. The publisher was Tin House Books.
For 37 years, Rob Salem was a movie and TV critic, columnist and editor at the Toronto Star. He has hosted shows on radio and television, authored several books and has just completed a stage musical.
Terry has written for all TV formats, from sitcom to sci-fi action to soap opera, and most intriguingly, to writing jokes for mimes for a Cirque du Soleil TV series.
Richard Scarsbrook is a Canadian Author, Teacher, and Entertainer. His most recent book is The Indifference League.
A classical version of Scrimger's biography would go something like this: "Richard Scrimger was born in the city of M--- in the province of Q---, the son of a product manager." But he is not a classical guy.
Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1965. He came to Canada with his family at the age of nineteen.
Toronto pianist Bernie Senensky has earned the reputation of being one of Canada’s premier jazz artists. His playing has been featured internationally in many jazz festivals, and he is recognized and respected as one of the foremost jazz pianists in the world.
Olive Senior was born and brought up in Jamaica and educated in Jamaica and Canada. She is a graduate of Montego Bay High School and Carleton University, Ottawa.
Mark Shannon is a freelance musician, composer, and producer who has worked in Toronto since the 1980s. His musical education began at Humber College and continued at York University, graduating with an Honours BA-Music in 1987.
Sarah Sheard has published numerous works of fiction, personal essays, and three much admired novels, Almost Japanese, The Swing Era, and The Hypnotist.
Matthew Sibiga has worked for Random House of Canada for 20 years and is currently the imprint sales director the Knopf Random Vintage Canada Publishing Group.
Darren Sigesmund is a Toronto-based trombonist, pianist and composer. He has studied piano and composition extensively under the tutelage of Toronto instructor Frank Falco.
Denzal Sinclaire, a graduate of McGill University’s Jazz Performance program is one of Canada’s most popular jazz vocalists and is ranked among the finest jazz singers of his generation.
Charles is currently a lecturer in cultural pluralism in the arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
Michele Smith is co-artistic director of Theatre Smith-Gilmour. She received her Master’s Degree in French Literature from the University of Aix-en-Provence and she studied at the famous School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Neil Swainson was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 1955. He began working with Paul Horn in 1975, and played in his band for two years. Neil also backed up such musicians as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Sonny Stitt. In 1977, Neil moved to Toronto, which has become his home.
Steve Szmutni, Newfoundland native and long time Saskatchewan resident, began his music training in Brandon University’s Music Education program. He continued his studies at Humber College, where he graduated in 1992 with an Honors Diploma in Music.
Jazz pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff has received various awards, including the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Inga Untiks is a PhD candidate in Humanities at York University specializing in contemporary art practice and display in the Baltics, Eastern and Central Europe. She has taught at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the Arts Management Program, and the Open University in London.
M G Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, and a biography of Mordecai Richler.
Don Vickery was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1959, he relocated to Toronto where he has been a vital part of the jazz scene ever since.
Toronto-based jazz pianist and composer Nancy Walker is a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene, praised for her work as a side player (live and in the studio) with instrumentalists and singers alike.
Dianne Warren is an author. Her story collection Bad Luck Dog won the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award at the same moment that Joe Carter hit the home run that won the Toronto Blue Jays the World Series.
Dan is a graduate of Humber College in Toronto and École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Professor for Electricity 1 and Special Effects for the Stage
Roger has worked in the performing arts in Toronto for more than 25 years, mainly as a Technical Designer, Technical Director, and Production Manager.
David Willson has extensive experience in book distribution and operations. Currently David is involved in the sales and marketing of a major database organization expanding into the library marketplace, and previously assisted with the start-up of a new education division at Library Services Centre.
Steve Wilsher is a Master Instructor Emeritus with the Academy of Dramatic Combat and a former Fight Master of both the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and Fight Directors Canada.
Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene.
Tim Wynne-Jones is an English–Canadian author of children's literature, including picture books and novels for children and young adults, novels for adults, radio dramas, songs for the CBC/Jim Henson production Fraggle Rock, as well as a children's musical and an opera libretto.
In demand for his creativity and versatility, guitarist Geoff Young has appeared at clubs and festivals worldwide.
Heather Clara Young has worked in the field of arts management for twenty-five years.
A graduate of the Humber College Music Program, Tony Zorzi is one of Toronto’s busier guitarists. Currently he is a member of the Toronto jazz and rock fusion group Five After Four, with whom he has recorded three albums.
Allen Zuk began his career in Edmonton, starting with newspaper design and production in 1990, working his way up to production management, then moving on to web design and multimedia in 1997.