Heather Dick, Artistic Director
Heather Dick is an accomplished performer, director, Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, and acting instructor who loves to bring humour into every aspect of her work. She has worked across Canada performing in, directing or producing more than 70 shows and is a highly sought-after acting coach. Working in both English and French, and in a variety of theatrical styles, she has been directing for over 24 years.
Heather graduated from Queen’s University (BA Hons. with majors in both Drama and French), and between performing commitments, followed up her formal studies by attending the Master Drama Program (acting) in Banff, Alberta and training under several master coaches in Toronto. She has studied with the world renowned Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, Mass.) where she was also Teacher Trainee in Voice for their Month-long January professional actor intensives (2012 - 2014), and at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in Orkney, Scotland where she certified as a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. In recent years, she has also branched out into writing plays and short stories.
Over the last 25 years, Heather has coached and taught acting workshops for several Toronto studios, Ryerson Polytechnic University (Dance Program), the Theatre Ontario Summer Courses Program, and many community theatres as well as for the Sirius Theatrical Company. Since 2004, she has been a drama and creative writing artist with the Learning Through The Arts and the Living Through The Arts programs of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She is a member of CAEA, ACTRA, Theatre Ontario and VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association).
In 1989 Heather founded the SIRIUS THEATRICAL COMPANY in response to both her own need to explore new and diverse performance opportunities, and the need of emerging artists to work with, and be mentored by, established professionals in all theatre disciplines. For the Company and the Lakeshore community, Heather recently directed the highly successful production of MAIL-ORDER ANNIE which marked the Company's initiation into the world of school matinee performances. In December 2006, she directed TAPESTRY OF DREAMS, a multi-dimensional stage performance infused with dance, music, drama, photography and visual art. TAPESTRY OF DREAMS was the culminating event in DREAMWEAVERS, 6-month project produced by the Company and funded by the City of Toronto Culture Division - TO Live With Culture. And, in June 2006, Heather co-wrote, directed, performed in and produced the highly acclaimed STREETHEARTS, a new play developed by the Sirius Theatrical Company Collective and set in the heart of the South Etobicoke Lakeshore community.
Film and TV credits include roles in: RESIDENT EVIL: APOCALYPSE, PROM NIGHT III, FORBIDDEN FRUIT, TALK TO ME (MOW), and episodes of THE JUDGE (6), WILD CARD and SCALES OF JUSTICE (CBC). Favourite stage acting credits include: Marjorie in the one woman tour de force, JEWEL, Sally in TALLEY’S FOLLY, Poppy in NOISES OFF and Doris in SAME TIME NEXT YEAR. She has performed with Kawartha Summer Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre (Calgary), the Great Canadian Theatre Co. (Ottawa), Stage West, (Toronto), the Banff Festival, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Huron County Playhouse and the Sirius Theatrical Company, to name a few.
Melanie is a drama artist who uses drama to engage, teach and build community.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature and earned her ATCL [Associate Trinity College Of London] Teachers Diploma in Speech & Drama from the prestigious Trinity College of London, England. Over the years, Melanie has thrived on being part of a number of community theatre productions & musical projects where self-instruction and apprenticeships with experts advanced her skills in theatre crafts, voice coaching and directing. She was the Assistant Director on the Sirius Theatrical's production of MAIL-ORDER ANNIE in 2006.
Melanie is especially passionate about teaching children as they explore drama through rhyme, improv, poetry, scene study and dramatic arts. The hallmark of her artistic approach is to encourage participants to engage fully, think individually and create collaboratively. It is rooted in the belief that each person has within, this incredible uniqueness that only he/she can share so participating fully makes for a strong individual and an even stronger group who can entertain and inspire.
Currently, Melanie’s focus is on educating and inspiring children and the teaching faculty of school boards in performing arts through drama and the spoken word. Through creative drama and experiential learning, participants have the opportunity to share their ideas while working on projects that connect with their lives individually or as a group
Christy Heath is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and Bartenieff Fundamentals Practitioner as well as a Dance Notator, Instructor and Stage Manager. She has taught ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, dance fitness and creative movement for the Swansea School of Dance, The City of Toronto, The Columbus Centre, DanceFit Studio, High Park Fitness, York University and George Brown Dance. She was the Artistic Coordinator of George Brown Dance for nine years where she also taught Dance History, Dance Studies, Production and Professional Development. Christy has taught workshops in Laban Movement Studies and Labanotation, as well as dance, for such organizations as Ballet Jorgen Canada, York University, The Randolph Academy, The Peel Board of Education, The Toronto District School Board and The Studio School of Dance. She has been a guest lecturer for York University and Ballet Jorgen Canada and, from 2004 through 2009, she was a rehearsal director of THE NUTCRACKER Youth Cast for Ballet Jorgen Canada. Currently, Christy is raising her two young children and also working as a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator.
Kayla Warburton received a BA(Hons.) in Dramatic Arts and Criminology from the University of Windsor and has worked in all aspects of the theatre from acting to stage management to set building and costume design. She has performed in numerous styles of theatre from Chekhov’s classic UNCLE VANYA to Beth Henley’s CRIMES OF THE HEART. Most recently, she was a reader for Sirius Theatrical Company’s holiday fundraiser, our staged reading of A CHRISTMAS CAROL in December 2014. Kayla has also studied clowning, voices, improv and tai chi and often brings these techniques to her teaching as well as to her ‘day’ job as the Assistant Director of a Before and After School program in Mississauga.
While with Windsor’s University Players she designed costumes for NOISES OFF and LYSISTRATA before going on to design costumes for JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE TEMPEST, THE CHERRY ORCHARD and A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS with other companies. Kayla has volunteered with numerous children’s productions and stage managed as well as painted sets for our 2015 student showcase MURDER IN THE MANSION.
Marianne McIsaac has worked for over 30 years as a theatre professional. She graduated from the University of Windsor with a B.F.A. in performance and was very busy in the late 70’s and 80’s with acting roles in television and feature films. In 1996, Marianne was invited to guest lecture at The Ryerson University Theatre School and has continued to teach acting there part-time.
Marianne garnered a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Robin Spry’s SUZANNE and an ACTRA nomination for Best Actress in a Series for her role in Norman Lear’s THE BAXTERS with Megan Follows. She also landed the starring role in a U.S. soap opera called HIGH HOPES which aired across Canada. Guest appearances include ANOTHER WORLD, THE LITTLEST HOBO with Keenan Wynn, and SUE THOMAS F.B. EYE.
Favourite stage roles include Lenny in CRIMES OF THE HEART, Nina in THE SEAGULL and Helen in W.O. Mitchell’s THE KITE with David Fox. Marianne has performed with The Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre lab, The St. Lawrence Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Magnus Theatre (Thunder Bay), The Gryphon Theatre (Barrie) and Theatre Plus, to name a few.
For the past 15 years, she has concentrated on directing for the stage and is particularly interested in the development of new Canadian scripts. For the Ryerson Theatre Company Marianne has directed THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA and all six of George F. Walker’s one-acts from SUBURBAN MOTEL. She has also consulted as both dramaturge and story editor on several projects.