Faculty and Staff Members

Our faculty believes in nurturing the artist and educator in you. They are professional artists and educators, each working in their chosen field as actors, directors, community-based theatre practitioners, and scholars. They are award-winning teachers, as well. You will also be exposed to the professional world in theatre and education through guest artists who come to the school to conduct workshops, teach classes, and direct plays.


David Court. Learning Specialist, Set Designer/Scenic Artist

Kelly Daniels, Acting and Directing

Michael Keating. Acting and Voice for the Actor

Gina Lori Riley. Movement for the Actor

Michelle MacArthur. Theatre History and Theatre Criticism

Diana Mady Kelly, O.Ont. Professor Emerita

Gail Murray. Drama in Education and Community

Tina Pugliese. Drama in Education and Community. Director, School of Dramatic Art

Meaghen Quinn. Drama in Educaton and Community, Acting and Improvisation

Erica Stevens Abbitt. Theatre History and Critical Analysis

Brian Taylor. Acting and Directing

Esther Van Eek. Costume Design and Stage Makeup

Lionel Walsh. Acting and Improvisation


Kristen Power, Secretary to the Director

Maureen Haggith  Secretary

Valerie Bonasso Properties and Scene Painting Coordinator

Jacqueline Khan Assistant Costume Designer

Agatha Knelsen Head of Wardrobe/Costume Designer

Danielle MacKinnon Technical Coordinator

Kristen Siapas Marketing and Box Office Coordinator

Justin Yelle Master Carpenter

Sessional Instructors and Guest Artists

Marc Bondy
Guest Instructor; Guest Director
Room 215 JDAC
519.253.3000 ext. 2814

Tim Brunet
Sessional Instructor
Room 208 Chrysler Hall Tower
519.253.3000 ext. 2025

Dr. Deborah Cottreau
Sessional Instructor
Room 214 JDAC
519.253.3000 ext. 2809
Dr. Simon du Toit
Program Coordinator, 
Outstanding Scholars, Alternative Spring Break, and Leadership Development
Dillon Hall (Room 113)
519-253-3000 ext. 3457
Jane Needles
Sessional Instructor
Louise Paquette
Sessional Instructor
Room 214 JDAC
519.253.3000 ext. 2809
Jim Warren
Guest Instructor, Guest Director
Room 214 JDAC
519.253.3000 ext. 2809
Kirsten Watt
Lighting Designer
519.253.3000 ext. 2814
Paula Wing
Sessional Instructor
Room 214 JDAC
519.253.3000 ext. 2809