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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

Miranda Di Pietro recently graduated from Ryerson School of Performance with a BFA in Performance Acting. Since the age of eight, she has performed in many musicals including Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Dracula, Pregnancy Pact and most recently, Over Again, which premiered at the New Voices Festival 2019. Miranda is so excited to be apart of Ryerson PYC as the Designated Health and Wellness Staff this summer!

Mackenzie
After Care Coordinator

Mackenzie is going into her 4th year of the Criminology Program at Ryerson University and this will be her first year with the Ryerson PYC Programs. Mackenzie has worked with children for the past 7 years; 4 years teaching dance with a local studio in Windsor Ontario and the past 3 years working as a nanny for families in the G.T.A. She has always had a passion for the performing arts as well as working with children and the Ryerson PYC Program has given her the opportunity to do both. Mackenzie is very excited to be joining the Ryerson PYC Program staff this summer and cannot wait to participate in this artistic space.

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

Ethan is going into his fourth and last year at Ryerson in the Performance: Dance Program. He has been performing in many musicals such as Sweet Charity, The Drowsy Chaperone, Into the Woods, Newsies, and others, both in high school and with Ryerson Musical Theatre Company. In addition to musical theatre, Ethan has performed and choreographed for various Ryerson Dance shows. This summer is Ethan’s first time working with PYC, as well as his first time directing, and he is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist children and young adults into the world of the arts and musical theatre.

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

Ben Kopp is a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance Acting program. He has performed in a number of classical as well as contemporary works, include Brutus in Julius Caesar, and Uncle Fester in The Addams Family. Ben began playing piano at a young age, and over the years it has become his passion. He has several jobs accompanying children's shows and singers. Ben also wrote a full length musical, that debuted at the New Voices Festival in 2019.

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

Maddy is an actor, dancer, and singer, entering her fourth year in the Ryerson’s School of Performance Acting program. She has worked with youth for over 8 years teaching dance, musical theatre, and drama across Toronto and has taught drama internationally at the Taipei American School in Taiwan. Some of her favourite roles at Ryerson include Eliza Doolittle in Shaw’s Pygmalion and Rosaline in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. She has over 18 years of dance training in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz, and over 7 years of formal singing training. She is a graduate from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts’ Musical Theatre program, where she first began acting. She can’t wait to join the PYC team and meet this year’s campers!

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

Erik is a passionate Actor/Director from Brampton, Ontario entering his fourth year of study at the Ryerson School of Performance. He has been performing since the age of 6, and he’s been involved in theatre ever since. Erik has had the pleasure to perform on Mirvish and Drayton Entertainment stages and continues to create theatre within Toronto. This past summer he had the amazing opportunity to teach an acting workshop in Taipei, Taiwan for the Taipei Youth Program Association, where he learned how much he loves teaching others what he loves to do! He cannot wait to teach even more this year with Summer Programs here at Ryerson!

Quinlan
Assistant Director of The Music  Man Jr.

This is Quinlan's first year at PYC and he is super excited for the opportunity to assistant direct The Music Man Jr. He believes in the amazing ability for arts education to help grow young minds and allow the next generation to explore their creativity in a safe and productive environment.   Quinlan began his acting career in a very similar setting to the PYC programs. At 7 years old he began taking lessons at the Peterborough Academy of Performing Arts and after 9 years studying with them, he was hired to teach. He is currently a 3rd year acting student at Ryerson School of Performance and has enjoyed performing in many productions both in his schooling and in his free time.  

Theadora
Assistant Musical Director of The Music Man Jr.

Having spent last summer in the amazing Musical Theatre: LIT program, Theadora is so excited to be officially joining the PYC team this summer! This will be her fifth year with the PYC family, and her first as a counsellor. Theadora is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter, who has performed at Canadian Music Week, Koener Hall and NXNE. She is very grateful to have been a two-time participant of The Musical Stage Company’s teen musical theatre intensive, One Song Glory. Theadora is currently pursuing a BFA in Film Production at York University.

 

 

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

This is Max’s first summer with Ryerson PYC Programs and he is over joyed to be joining this year. Max is entering his fourth, and final year at the Ryerson School of Performance Dance Program. Max is from Ottawa, Ontario where he trained as a competitive dancer for 8 years before moving to Toronto to pursue dance professionally. Max has gotten the opportunity to work with artists from all over Canada including Peter Chin, The Rubberbandance Company, Hanna Keil, and Alan Lake. Max has also been teaching and choreographing dance to competitive dancers for the past 5 years. He is thrilled to be putting all his dancing and teaching experience to use this summer as assistant choreographer of The Music Man Jr and choreographer of the Broadway Bound Playful Players!

Anna
Counsellor - Kids

This is Anna’s first summer with the Ryerson PYC Program. She is excited to meet and work with everyone! Anna is currently entering her second year in the Acting program at the Ryerson School of Performance. She has undergone training in Acting world wide attending workshops in Canada, London, and New York. She believes that the theatre brings out our best selves because we are working our inner voice and mind’s imagination. Which is capable of anything and has the power to inspire anyone!

Emma L
Counsellor - Playful Players

Emma is a dancer entering her fourth year in the Performance Dance Program within the Ryerson School of Performance. From Moncton New Brunswick, Emma has always been apart of summer dance camps at her home studio DancEast and is looking forward in sharing her love of theatre with the Ryerson PYC Programs this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Robin
Counsellor - Kids

Robin Luckwaldt is a theatre maker and actor combatant originally from the Ottawa Valley, and a co-director of KAIROS Theatre, as well as a founding member of OPIA Theatre. With KAIROS she has collaborated on the creation, direction, production, and performance of three original works: The Bathtub Girls, a duet with her creative partner, Natalia Bushnik; Best Before:, a site-specific, short play for the Hamilton Frost Bites Festival; and Study of a Gambler in Neon, a solo mask performance which was produced at the London One Act Festival. Selected theatre works -- Buddies/Pandemic Theatre: Fight Director, Shove It Down My Throat.  Rhubarb Festival: Fight Director + Caroline, Wasp. Education Arts Canada: Blake, Jay vs. the World; Riley, The Secret Life of Riley K. The Edge Productions: King Henry, Henry V; medea, bash: latter-day plays. OPIA: Rosaleen, Widow’s Wedding Dress. Other works: Sarah R. in Season 8 of Nick van der Kolk’s Love + Radio. This April, Robin co-instructed a workshop in Sound Design in Performance with Phoebe Wang at Den Danske Scenekunstskole for the Radiobiograf Festival in Copenhagen. Awards – Critics’ Choice Award, The Bathtub Girls (Hamilton Fringe, 2016); Maja Ardal's Award for Research and Performance, Gambler in Neon, (London One Act Fest, 2016); the Francis and Vera McGrath Dramatic Art Bursary (2014), for commitment to craft. Training -- B.F.A. Acting (2016), University of Windsor; additionally with the SITI Company, the Stratford Shakespeare Academy, Rapier Wit, and the Moscow Art Theatre School.

Angela
Counsellor - Kids

Angela is an actor and writer who has been developing theatre for the past six years, and she hopes to continue this by producing her own work in the near future. Angela has spent many summers having fun at theatre camps in her home town, and she is very excited to spend this summer with the PYC community.

Samantha
Counsellor - Playful Players
Counsellor - Kids

This is Sam’s second summer with PYC Programs and her 5th summer as a theatre camp counsellor. Sam is about to enter her 4th year of the Production and Design program at the Ryerson School of Performance, where she specializes in lighting and video design. Sam has had the opportunity to design numerous productions at Ryerson as well as professionally. Sam enjoys all elements of the theatre and attended theatre camp every year growing up, she is so excited for another inspiring summer at camp!

Jacob
Counsellor - Kids

This is Jacob’s first summer as a part of the team with Ryerson’s PYC Programs and he couldn’t be more excited! Jacob is and actor and creator currently entering his second year in the Acting program at the Ryerson School of Performance. Before moving to Toronto, he had the privilege to learn and perform as a member of the Citadel Theatres Young Acting Company, as well as improvise and work with Rapid Fire Theatre and the University of Alberta’s improv team. Jacob is thrilled by the opportunity to share his passion for the performing arts with the campers and expects he might learn something new as well. Fun Fact: Jacob used to work as a Batman character actor for parties, the kids couldn’t tell he was too short.

Brianna
Counsellor - Kids

Brianna Wright is an actor currently studying performance at the Ryerson School of Performance. While at Ryerson School of Performance, Briana has had the pleasure of playing roles such as the Princess of France in Shakespeare’s Love's Labour’s Lost and Mrs. Higgins in Pygmalion. She recently participated in Tarragon’s Young Playwrights Unit and performed in Impromptu for the Parados festival. She is excited to utilize her theatre knowledge and background in theatre with PYC this summer.

Isabelle
Counsellor - Kids

Isabelle is an actor and playwright entering her fourth year of Ryerson’s School of Performance Acting program. She fondly remembers her own experiences with summer camp, so she looks forward to sharing her passion for performance with the young artists attending PYC! Apart from acting and writing, Isabelle loves reading, knitting, and hanging out with her beloved dog, Pebbles.

Diana
Counsellor - Kids

This is Diana’s first year working with Ryerson’s PYC Summer Programs. She is an upcoming 2nd year student of Ryerson’s Performance: Production program and recently was the audio assistant in EnChoreo 2019. In the past, she has performed and produced in her high school’s productions of Beauty and The Beast, Crazy For You and Cinderella, often finding herself memorizing her harmonies while sewing costume pieces together. Her 5 years of background knowledge in music, dance and drama and her 6 years of camp counsellor experience has prepared her for this summer.

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.

Youness
Counsellor - Kids