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Lisa Martinelli

Lisa Martinelli

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. 

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Sharon B Moore

Sharon B Moore

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.

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Andrew Mullin

Andrew Mullin

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.

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Dave Neill

Dave Neill

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.

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Brian O'Kane

Brian O'Kane

Head of Brass, Music

One of the Toronto jazz scene’s most exciting trumpet players, Brian O’Kane holds a master's degree in jazz performance from the University of Toronto.

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Mark Promane

Mark Promane

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.

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Ted Quinlan

Ted Quinlan

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.

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Ray Salverda

Ray Salverda

Full-time Faculty, Theatre Production

Ray Salverda has worked in theatre and live entertainment for over 35 years, primarily as a production manager, technical director and project manager.

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Dixie Seatle

Dixie Seatle

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.

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Gord Sheard

Gord Sheard

Head of Composition, Music

Gord Sheard has enjoyed a many-faceted career as a professional musician for over three decades.

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Alissa York

Alissa York

Full-Time Faculty, Creative Writing

Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include MercyEffigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. Stories from her short fiction collection, Any Given Power, won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award.

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Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo

Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo

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.

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