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.
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 Producitons. Lisa is thrilled to be involved in helping manage the stage for some very talented Young Performers who get to experience amazing theatre.
Michelle caught the theatre bug at a young age when she was invited to be a crew member for a Night on her 12 th birthday. She continued to be an active stage crew member for productions in Kingston until she moved to university to pursue her passion with music and teaching degrees.
At Wilfrid Laurier University, Michelle was an award-winning stage manager for the Laurier Fringe Festival and went on the stage manage Laurier Musical Theatre’s production of Bat Boy.
Michelle can now be found teaching music, drama, art, and math at Our Lady of the Lake CCS in Keswick. Locally, Michelle has been assistant stage manager for Hairspray and Legally Blonde, as well as Steppin’ Out’s Into the Woods. She has acted as Stage Manager for Broadway North Youth Theatre's Teen Troupe in Into the Woods and Urinetown, the musical. She is very excited to have the opportunity to encourage more youth to be involved in the theatre community by working with Teen Troupe once again in Footloose.
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 is excited to be "resident choreographer" for Broadway North Youth Theatre as they embark on this exciting new adventure - bringing quality theatre to the area. Darren has acted as Broadway North's choerographer for their Young Performer's Guys and Dolls, Dear Edwina and Annie and Teen Troupe's Into the Woods and Urinetown. Darren will be working with the teens again for Footloose
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 is currently studying Psychology and Spanish at York University working toward her BA Honours. Jaqueline’s passion for dance extends through to her love of other artistic forms such as singing, and playing the piano and guitar. She is very excited to work with BNYT’s Young Performers group this season.