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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
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 is an acting student at Ryerson School of Performance, entering her fourth year this fall. Over the past two summers, she has worked for Ryerson PYC Summer Programs as a Playful Players Counsellor and Head Councellor. 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!
Alex is a fourth year student in the Performance Production program at the Ryerson School of Performance and is passionate about the arts and education. With a background in both production and acting, Alex is interested in producing and creating original work after graduation. He is thankful to be a part of the PYC team again this year.
Designated Health and Wellness Counsellor
Head Counsellor of Playful Players
Erica is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Studies program here at Ryerson. On her spare time, she enjoys dancing, going on adventures and anything antique! A graduate of Humber College’s Creative Photography program, Erica specializes in lifestyle and wedding photography. You can check out some of her work on her website or her Instagram: @egrecophoto. After an amazing experience last summer, she is excited to be returning to the Player Players Musical and Create an Ensemble this year!
Head Counsellor of Musical Theatre: Kids
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.
Choreographer of Mary Poppins
Vancouver Island born, and raised, Kristen Freed, is a Toronto based Dancer, Choreographer, and theatre artist. In 2015 she graduated with Honours from George Brown College’s dance performance studies program, and is currently completing her degree in Theatre, at York University. During her time at York University, Kristen has had the privilege to work for Vanier College Productions as their resident choreographer. Highlights include choreographing for Vanier College’s Show Choir, as well as their production of Little Women: The Musical, and 9 to 5: The Musical. This past year, Kristen, was also given the opportunity of returning to George Brown College, to choreograph for their Ensemble program. A program that allows dance alumni a space to create their work on the current students. Kristen is beyond excited to be a part of the PYC team.
Musical Director of Mary Poppins, Head Counsellor for Broadway Bound: Kids
Emma Houlahan is a Toronto based vocalist, actor, and voice-over artist. Graduating this year from 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. Last summer, Emma was a member of the Classic Theatre Festival’s Youth Troupe, devising and performing historical walking plays. Previously working as the Music Director and Assistant General Director for The Academy of Musical Theatre in Perth and Ottawa, ON., Emma is thrilled to be joining the PYC community.
Head Counsellor of Triple Threat Teen
Josh is a proud graduate of the Ryerson Dance Program. After graduating Josh has pursued a career in Musical Theatre performing in shows across Canada. Josh has spent three summers on Prince Edward Island in the Charlottetown Festival performing in “Anne of Green Gables,” “Canada ROCKS,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” and “Mamma Mia.” Josh has also ventured to the prairies, performing at Stage West Calgary in “Rock of Ages,” and most recently “Shrek The Musical” at The Globe Theatre in Regina. Josh is so happy to have the privilege of sharing his knowledge and passion of Musical Theatre at the Ryerson Summer Programs.
Head Counsellor of Musical LIT’s, and Teen Acting Academy Counsellor
A graduate from the Canadian Dance Company, West End Studio Theatre and Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, becoming a performing artist/choreographer/teacher has been a life long journey. Seven years into the business, Emma has choreographed eight full length musicals and three physical theatre pieces. She has taught dance, drama and music with several different Toronto based companies including York University and Ryerson School of Performance Summer Intensives. She has performed in Newfoundland, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Yukon Territory and has toured across the United States. In 2016 she was the only Canadian on tour with the European production of HAIR as Dance Captain and Understudy to Sheila/Jeanie. Earlier this year, she was working with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a Singer/Dancer sailing Central and South America. While on the road (or at sea) performing and traveling, Emma created #travelingdancer; a platform where she choreographs and occasionally writes music for her dance videos around the world. With lots of experience in dance and a great foundation in music and story telling, she believes that this is her formula for creation.
This year, Olivia will be entering her fourth year of Performance Acting at Ryerson School of Performance. Olivia loves singing and improv games and hopes to one day delve deeper into playwriting. She is looking forward to her first super-fun summer as a counsellor at Ryerson PYC!
Justine is going into her second year of the Performance Production program at Ryerson. She has always loved theatre, production and acting. She’s really looking forward to having a blast this summer for her first year at Ryerson PYC Summer Programs!
After Care Coordinator
Youness is a comedian. He graduated from theatre school at the Neighbourhood Playhouse in NYC. He's also taken classes in improv, stand-up and, clown. He's performed in a handful of plays, improv sets and, stand-up too. He's been working with children in some capacity for the last 3 years and, has taken workshops related to healthy child development. One of his favourite things to do is finding a good deal at Shopper's Drug Mart.
Aidan has been acting since he was six months old! His experience lies mainly in film and television including a role in the YTV/Nickelodeon show "Life With Boys" and a leading role in the film "I Declare War" which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. He is very excited to be going into his third year in the Performance Acting program here at Ryerson University!
Kate is an actor and a graduate of Ryerson's acting program. In the past year, Kate has lost five water bottles, four pairs of sunglasses, and two presto cards. This is her fourth year working at camp. Last year at camp, she wore a different shade of lipstick every day. This year, she's looking forward to wearing a different baseball cap each day of the week. Kate also looks forward to having some awesome pizza lunches.