North Toronto Theatre Arts was founded in 2016 and is currently in its fifth year of operation providing quality arts education to the Yonge and Lawrence area. Each class is focused on building student's confidence, creating a welcoming environment and pushing students to perform to the best of their abilities. Education in the arts has been proven time and time again to have a long lasting positive impact on the confidence of young people. At North Toronto Theatre Arts we want to build our student's confidence, interpersonal skills and discipline. Each class culminates in a staged performance allowing the students the opportunity to build a production and perform in front of family and friends.
Founder/Director: Sarah White
Sarah spent over a decade working as a professional actor in theatre, film, television and voice over. Her favourite professional credits include playing Willa opposite Megan Follows in Booky's Crush, Rachel on The Border, Nora in The Land of Promise and getting to scream in the Stephen King adaptation 11/22/63. She has worked as an independent theatre producer and arts educator since 2011. Working first with the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre and then founding North Toronto Theatre Arts Sarah has produced over a dozen plays and musicals for young people. Sarah also works for Stagecoach teaching their further stages program at two locations. She believes in the lasting positive impact that arts education has on young people.
Instructor: Katie Miller
Katie Miller is a Teacher and Actor originally from Calgary, Alberta. She is a graduate of Webster Conservatory's Musical Theatre program where she obtained her BFA in Musical Theatre. Katie has spent several years working with Storybook Theatre where she has worked as a Music and Acting coach. Katie is so excited to now call Toronto her new home, after spending the last 2 years in NYC. Select teaching credits include Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz (SBT). Select performance credits include; Sister Act (Arts Centre of Coastal Carolina) The Last Five Years (Webster Conservatory), Mary Poppins (Variety Children’s Theatre), Into The Woods andThe Pajama Game (LHC).
Each year industry professionals guest teach a class, running specialized workshops for the students.
Noah Spitzer is an emerging actor, writer, and educator who holds a BFA (Honours) in Theatre: Performance Acting from Ryerson University. Since graduating, Noah has toured his highly acclaimed solo show, My Second Smile, across the country, from schools in Vancouver, Ottawa, and Richmond Hill, to the Factory Studio Theatre in Toronto, and to the Ottawa Fringe Festival. He has twice been nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award as part of the ensemble of To Kill a Mockingbird and Hana’s Suitcase at Young People’s Theatre. Hana’s Suitcase went on to tour to Montreal’s Geordie Productions and to Seattle Children’s Theatre. He has also self-produced and performed in numerous independent theatre productions. As an educator, he has been a Teaching Assistant at Ryerson University and a Resident Artist-Educator at Young People's Theatre, as well as a guest artist at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary level. In 2016/2017, Noah was a Jury Captain for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards, in the Theatre for Young Audiences division. Noah is a proud member of Canadian Actor's Equity Association and ACTRA, and is represented by The Characters Talent Agency. He recently finished shooting a principal role in the independent feature film Georgetown, where he had the thrill of acting with, and being directed by, Academy Award-winning actor Christoph Waltz. You can learn more about Noah on his website, www.noahspitzer.com.
Jade O'Keefe is a Toronto-based actress, singer and playwright. She has earned her BFA in Acting at Ryerson University. Jade has had the pleasure of performing in Music of the Night: A Tribute to Colm Wilkinson, where she shared the stage with the man himself. Jade appeared onstage as Kristine in Miss Julie (Martha Rose Prod.) and travelled to Colorado Springs with her play, Two Nine One Letters for its American debut as part of the Rough Writers 15’ Festival . Before Ryeson, Jade worked as an actor for four consecutive seasons at 4th Line Theatre, a leading Canadian open-air theatre. Most recently, Jade starred in two short horror films in association with Humber Film Students; Voyeur and The Hag.
Laura Commisso is an actor, improviser, and comedian based in Toronto On. in 2014, Laura graduated from York University's School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design with her BA in Devised Theatre. She is also a graduate of the Toronto Second City Training Centre's Sketch and Improvisation Conservatory programs. Laura has also trained in stand-up, clown, and voice acting from some of Toronto's most notable comedians. Currently, you can find Laura performing regularly with Toronto's freshest improv company, The Assembly , alongside her troupe, "The Pepperoni Pizza Cats".