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Adult Summer Acting Intensive Coordinator
Kelly Arnsby has been faculty in the acting program at the Ryerson School of Performance for the past sixteen years and has created numerous dances for productions in the program. She is also the coordinator of the Adult Summer Acting Intensives at the School of Performance as well as the movement instructor.
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 contemporary dance school LADMMI, and trained in contemporary opera in the Dramatic Integration Program at the Banff Centre. She is a certified Pilates instructor and studied Irene Dowd’s work at The National Ballet School of Canada and in workshops with Irene Dowd. She has trained with master teachers Monika Pagneux (movement for actors), Richard Armstrong (extended voice), and Patricia Miner (contemporary dance), who have greatly influenced her teaching.
Madeleine has worked as an actor, writer, and director in Berlin, London, and Toronto. She recently directed Caitie Graham’s Gash for the FireWorks Festival at Alumnae Theatre, and in 2015, she produced a double bill of Sheldon Rosen’s one-act plays, New Order and The Grand Hysteric, at Ryerson University’s Abrams Theatre. In 2013 she produced and directed The Nature of a Bullet as part of the Toronto Fringe. Madeleine’s written works include Prize Horse, performed at the 2012 New Voices Festival, as well as bagged, created with the 2013 InspiraTO Playwriting Academy. In 2014, she won Pat the Dog Theatre Creation’s 24-Hour Playwriting Contest with her play Bunk*R. Other directing credits include Paradise Comics (2014), Positive I.D (2013), and Just to See You Smile (2012).
Foundation in Acting Instructor
Nick has worked in Toronto, Canada and London, UK as a director, writer and actor in independent film and theatre. He has been teaching for thirteen years, including the Youth and Summer Theatre Programs of the Ryerson School of Performance (then called the Theatre School) where he served as Program Director from 2013 to 2015. He also taught with the Act One School of Drama in Pickering from 2005 until 2011. In 2015, Nick directed New Order and The Grand Hysteric, both as part of a double bill by Sheldon Rosen in Ryerson’s Abrams Studio Theatre. His directed works also include: Tattoo (2013), Pushing (2013), bagged (2014), as well as Metallica Is The Last Straw (2014) – all for the InspiraTO Festival at the historic Alumnae Theatre in Toronto. Nick wrote and performed his solo show, The Nature of a Bullet, for the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2013. He directed French Wine in 2011 and Prize Horse in 2012, for the New Voices Festival. Nick worked and trained with the Actors Centre UK and City Academy in London, UK and he holds a BFA in Theatre Performance: Acting from Ryerson University.
Peggy Jane Hope
Voice Teacher for Foundation in Acting and Professional Scene Study
Peggy Jane Hope is an acting/voice and speech teacher, actress, singer, dancer, and songwriter. She studied theatre at the Ryerson Theatre School, and has a Masters degree in Theatre Performance from York University as well as a Voice specialty diploma in the Kristen Linklater pedagogue. Peggy Jane also studied jazz vocal music at Humber College, and participated in several long-term residences in the music department at The Banff Centre for the Arts. She studied classical singing with Gwenlynn Little of the New York City Opera, as well as jazz vocal with the legendary Sheila Jordan. She has performed roles such as Maria in The Sound of Music, Sally Boyles in Cabaret, and Nora in A Doll’s House. Peggy Jane has completed her first term of teaching acting/voice and speech at The Ryerson School of Performance and has recently returned from California, where she studied with award winning vocal coach, Claude Stein, of The Natural Singer.