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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.
Director of Youth and Community Programs
Madeline Smith graduated from Ryerson University Theatre School in 2015, with her BFA Hon. in Performance: Acting. In her new role as RTS Summer Programs Director, Madeline is bringing forward many initiatives to improve the day camp which has been in operation since 2011. She is leading the charge in working toward Ontario Camps Association Accreditation, creating programs tailored to specific groups of children, and ensuring the training at the Teen Acting Academy reflects the high quality of the school's full time BFA programs. Madeline also works as a support to the administrative staff. Madeline comes from the Ottawa region and is no stranger to the world of summer day camps, having worked at the Stratford Shakespeare School and many summers at The Academy of Musical Theatre, where she worked as the Workshop Director and assisted in opening their Ottawa branch. She has also taken courses in Expressive Arts, a field that helps people work towards growth and healing through artistic experiences.
Madeline spends occasional weekends at Camp Winston in the Muskokas. There she provides respite care to kids and teens living with complex neurological disorders (eg. Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Turrets, Oppositional Defiance Disorder etc.). She spent summer 2015 at this same camp, running their drama activities and directing the children in a musical to develop their social skills and confidence. Madeline wrote, produced and acted in Robin&Olivia at the New Voices Festival 2015 and continues to direct productions in Toronto.
Director of Adult Summer Acting Intensive
Kelly Arnsby has been faculty in the acting program at Ryerson Theatre School for the past fourteen years, and has created numerous dances for productions in the program. She has worked for many years as a choreographer, movement coach and instructor in theatre, including five seasons at the Stratford Festival where she coached actors, led classes and worked on a number of productions. She also worked for five seasons at the Banff Centre as a movement coach in the Contemporary Opera Program, where she led classes and was a resource stage director and scene study director.
Ms. Arnsby has taught in a number of university and conservatory training programs, including the University of Victoria as full-time movement instructor in theatre; at The National Theatre School of Canada; the University of Windsor as visiting artist in movement and acting where she directed three Works in Progress acting projects; the Theatre School of Humber College; the Contemporary Opera Lab at the University of Manitoba, as movement coach and as stage director for Fire by James Rolfe, and Love Stories by Claude Vivier; and in the undergraduate program as well as in the Opera Division of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
Other choreographic credits include movement for the instrumentalists in Kafka’s Chimp and dance choreography for The St. Nicholas Hotel and Sticks and Stones (Banff Centre); movement for the operas Game Misconduct and Curlew River (Festival Vancouver); dance choreography for A Masked Ball (Pacific Opera Victoria), Romeo and Juliet (University of Victoria), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (University of Victoria), and The Quince Garden (Humber College). She holds an MA in Dance from York University, a BFA in Theatre Performance (Acting) with Distinction from Concordia University, is a graduate of the modern dance school LADMMI and trained in contemporary opera in the Dramatic Integration Program at the Banff Centre.