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“The camp director and counsellors are all top of the line quality! Activities are very useful learning moments for kids in a fun way, which is even better. Best customer care in town! Thank you.”
-Summer Programs Parent

Our staff and instructors each specialize in their respective fields. We are proud to maintain a counsellor-camper ratio of at least 1-8 for campers aged 6-18, and a ratio of at least 1-6 for campers aged 4-5.

Our staff all believe in the benefit of supporting young people through the arts, and the learning, confidence and fun that can come out of this. Some are senior students and recent graduates of Ryerson School of Performance, and other post-secondary Theatre Schools, who are finding success and acclaim in the Theatre World, as performers on stage and screen, writers, and directors. They are now  wanting to pass on their passion. We also bring in students and graduates of Ryerson’s Early Childhood Studies Program, to work especially with our youngest students. These staff bring with them heaps of hands-on field placement experience. We ensure that our instructors are passionate about the specific field they teach and have the appropriate knowledge and experience to pass on to the students. All staff participate in training prior to the beginning of the session, including First Aid/CPR training.

Eva Peringer
Director of Youth and Community Programs

Eva Peringer graduated from Ryerson University in 2016, with a BFA  in Performance: Acting. In her new role as Ryerson PYC Summer Programs Director, Eva is working to maintain the high level of excellence Toronto families have come to expect from PYC's programs. During summers 2016, and 2017,  Eva held the title of Assistant Director of PYC Summer Programs, during which time she was instrumental in establishing the health care program, and developing PYC's scheduling system. Eva comes from the Ottawa Valley region and is no stranger to the world of summer day camps. She performed in her first musical at age five - Gertie Pie in Anne of Green Gables - and worked for many summers at The Academy of Musical Theatre, where eventually worked as the Workshop Director at their Perth branch. 

Alyssa
Assistant Director

Alyssa is a recent graduate from Ryerson School of Performance's acting program. This summer, she is looking forward to participating in a handful of productions being featured in both the Fringe and Parodos Festivals! She has been working in childcare and arts education throughout the past six years, and has been a part of the Ryerson PYC team for the past three summers. She is thrilled to be returning as the Assistant Director, and is excited to continue developing and participating in the magic that arts education can provide! 

Bree
Administrative Assistant

Bree graduated from the Ryerson School of Performance's production program in 2014 and has worked with PYC programs in various capacities since then. In previous seasons she worked as a part of the production team as a scenic painter, prop builder, and running crew. Bree is continuing her education at Ryerson University and is currently studying Psychology. She is elated to be joining PYC programs for another summer in this new role and can't wait to welcome all our families to camp.

 

 

 

 

Emma
Programming Coordinator
Early Care Coordinator

Emma Houlahan is a Toronto based vocalist, actor, and voice-over artist. A recent graduate of York University with a BFA Special Honours in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance, Emma made her European debut in 2015, performing in several concert venues across Western Germany. Since then, Emma has also performed internationally in the USA, England, and across Canada. 
Hailing from the Ottawa Valley region, some of Emma’s favourite performance credits include: Paulette in Legally Blonde, Polly in Crazy for You, and Emma in Jekyll and Hyde. Previously working as Music Director, Emma is thrilled to be joining the PYC community as Program Coordinator this year. 

Miranda
Designated Health and Wellness Counsellor

 

Mackenzie
After Care Coordinator

 

Ethan
Director of The Music Man Jr.
Head Counsellor - Broadway Bound: Kids

 

Ben
Musical Director of The Music Man Jr.
Co Director/Head Counsellor - Musical Theatre: Teens

 

Kathryn
Choreographer of The Music Man Jr.

Kathryn hails from Northern Ireland and has been living in Toronto for the last year. Kathryn achieved her Master's Degree in Musical Theatre Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and her first professional role was as a performer at Disneyland Resort, Paris. Since then, Kathryn has enjoyed performing in musicals across the UK, including the Wembley Arena (London) and Lyric Theatre (Belfast). In Toronto, Kathryn was thrilled to work with immersive theatre company Lost and Gone on their most recent show ‘Twin Peaks’. Kathryn loves to see her students grow in confidence and ability, while having lots of fun at the same time!

Despina
Head Counsellor - Playful Players

 

Margot
Co Head Counsellor - Musical Theatre: LITs
Co Head Counsellor/Director - Musical Theatre: Teens
Counsellor - Teens

Margot is an actor, writer, and director currently entering her fourth year in the Acting program at the Ryerson School of Performance. She has undergone training in skills such as Shakespeare performance, clown, Michael Chekhov technique, movement, voice, dance and stage combat. She has also performed in over two dozen plays and musicals and loves to share her passion for the stage! Margot has been a drama camp counsellor since the age of thirteen and she is thrilled to be joining the Ryerson Performance and Community Programs team this summer. When not having a blast at camp, Margot enjoys seeing live theatre, playing the ukulele and cutting her own bangs.

Madelaine
Co Head Counsellor - Musical Theatre: LIT

 

Paige
Head Counsellor - Teen Acting Academy
Head Counsellor - Centre Stage: Teens

This is Paige’s first summer with the Ryerson PYC Programs and she is so excited to be a part of these wonderful camps! Paige has worked for six years at the Flato Markham Theatre camps, and now teaches performing arts classes with Ovation Performing Arts Academy in Richmond Hill. Paige is a recent graduate of the Performance Acting Program at Ryerson University, and, as an avid actor, singer, and dancer, she loves being able to share her love for the performing arts with campers. Paige is looking forward to fantastic summer!  

Erik
Head Counsellor - Play Makers: Kids
Head Counsellor - Centre Stage: Kids

 

Quinlan
Assistant Director of The Music  Man Jr.

 

Theadora
Assistant Musical Director of The Music Man Jr.

 

Max
Assistant Choreographer of The Music Man Jr.
Counsellor - Playful Players
Counsellor - Kids

 

Anna
Counsellor - Kids

 

Emma
Counsellor - Playful Players

 

Robin
Counsellor - Kids

 

Angela
Counsellor - Kids

 

Samantha
Counsellor - Playful Players
Counsellor - Kids

 

Jacob
Counsellor - Kids

 

Brianna
Counsellor - Kids

 

Isabelle
Counsellor - Kids

 

Diana
Counsellor - Kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidan
Media Coordinator

Aidan Shipley is a Canadian actor/director/writer/producer. Upon graduating from Ryerson University’s film program in 2014, his thesis film, Dorsal, was awarded the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for best film by the National Screen Institute and was recently acquired by the CBC. He went on to co-write/direct the short film Boxing, which premiered at TIFF in 2015 where it was highlighted with eight other short films to be a part of the TIFF Short Cuts Remix Program. The following year he directed his first feature Cardinals, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and has since screened at a variety of international festivals and cities including New York, Los Angeles & London. More recently he has also shot and produced short documentaries for both NBC Left Field and The Marshal Project as well as winning a Canadian Screen Award for Best Directing in a Web Series or Program for a virtual reality short film titled Deerbrook. Currently he is producing the feature documentary A Girl Named C, which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2018 and developing his next feature as well as a narrative television series.

Isaiah
Lunch Relief Staff