RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER - YOUNG PERFORMERS
Broadway North Youth Theatre is thrilled to have such an experienced staff on board to work with the kids and to make sure our productions are of high artistic and technical quality.
Jaqueline Brown grew up dancing competitively in her hometown, Newmarket, ON. She furthered her studies in dancing, acting, and singing at George Brown College where she earned a Diploma in Performance Dance Studies, and a Certificate in the Performing Arts. She holds her Associate Jazz Teacher’s Certification with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD), and has completed ballet examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).
Jaqueline is a company member of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) and performs throughout Simcoe County and the surrounding areas year-round. As a member of SCD, and previously with companies such as The Parahumans, Sophie Luxton Productions, and the York Lions Dance Team, she has performed and showcased various works for community events, festivals, full-length shows, and competitions such as Toronto’s Dance Ontario Dance Weekend, the Guelph Contemporary Arts Festival, "Cumulonimbus & the Fable Keepers", "Fever II: A Cabaret", and the Huronia Arts Festival to name a few. In 2015, Jaqueline choreographed Canadian indie rock band, The Elwins' "Show Me How To Move" music video.
In 2014, she studied abroad at the Vienna International Dance Festival, Impulstanz, partaking in workshops taught by dance experts from across the globe. Jaqueline is a full-time dance educator at local studios in and near her hometown. She studied Psychology and Spanish at York University and received her BA Honours degree. Jaqueline’s passion for dance extends through to her love of other artistic forms such as singing, and playing the piano and guitar.
Our 2019/20 season is Jaqui's 4th as choreographer for our Young Perfomers' programs.
Lisa MacDonald's day ranges from volunteer at Inn From The Cold, Stage manager in local theatres to working at “JHJ International”. She is busy at trying everything in life.
Pre-children and husband, Lisa enjoyed working at CNE Exhibition Stadium, Maple Leaf Gardens, The ACC, SkyDome, and Copps Coliseum as “The Local Crew” back stage for bands that stopped in Toronto and Hamilton on their tours. When touring was light, Lisa also worked on local TV Commercial sets, TV show sets, and Movie sets.
The next Chapter in life brought 3 beautiful children, a very supportive husband, volunteering, work and Stage Managing with Broadway North Youth Theatre and Steppin’ Out Productions. Lisa is thrilled to be involved in helping manage the stage for some very talented Young Performers who get to experience amazing theatre. This year, Lisa will once again be stage managing all our Young Performers' AND Teen Troupe productions.
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER -
Zach is an emerging, multidisciplinary artist hailing from King City, ON. He has been performing since the age of 11 when his parents forced him into community theatre to calm down their loud and energetic child. After his ﬁrst class, the heat of the spotlight could not be ignored and, he has since spent every moment he can onstage.
Zach holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sheridan College’s illustrious Music Theatre Performance Program. He has performed in various venues across the country ranging from Toronto/GTA to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some of his past musical performances include The Phantom of the Opera, My Bonnie Lass, The House of Martin Guerre, RENT, Kiss Me Kate, and Broadway North’s inaugural Teen production of Into the Woods, where he starred as the Baker! Zach is also proud to have curated his own work in such venues like Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and actively seeks to be part of new works being developed across the country. He also has worked with the Young Company as part of the Charlottetown Festival in Prince Edward Island, where he participated and performed as a representative of LGBTQ+ youth. He is also an accomplished vocalist, having won awards and accolades from the Newmarket Voice Festival, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), Sheridan College, and the Celebration of the Arts.
The 2019/2020 year is Zach’s ﬁrst time working as an Assistant Choreographer with Broadway North's Teen Troupe. He thrilled to working with one of his Alma Maters to inspire the next generation of performers and share the magic of live theatre with young people!
RESIDENT CHOREOGRAPHER - TEEN TROUPE
Darren has been involved in community theatre since he was a very young age, after having made his "theatrical debut" as Little Red Riding Hood in the backyard of his aunt's home in Detroit. He continued to explore all aspects of musical theatre from that time on. He worked many summers as a choreographer/director in his hometown of Orillia, ON before moving to Toronto. Darren's favourite roles thus far have been Sylvia St Croix in RUTHLESS, Edna Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY, Hysterium in FORUM and Snoopy in SNOOPY. He has choreographed many adult as well as youth shows including Oklahoma, Meet Me in St Louis, Sound of Music, Rent, and Hairspray to name just a few. He continues to be the resident choreographer" for Broadway North Youth Theatre's Teen Troupe working with them to bring quality theatre to the area. Darren has acted as Broadway North's choerographer for their Young Performers' Guys and Dolls, Dear Edwina and Annie and Teen Troupe's Into the Woods, Urinetown, and Footloose and Les Miserables. This year, Darren will be once again working with the Teens in Mamma Mia. Recently, Darren retook the stage with Theatre Aurora starring as Adam in Next Fall and as Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman. For his work, he was nominated as Best Actor in both shows, winning an ACTCO for the latter.