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Raeburn Ferguson

Raeburn is a graduate of York University’s Theatre program where she studied theatre creation and directing. Raeburn spends her time on and off stage balancing performance and creation. She has directed such Musicals as Mary Poppins, Homechild the Musical and Wedding Singer the Musical for which she received a Best Director nomination at the annual ACTCO Festival. Her Choreography credits include Grease, Jekyll and Hyde, Wedding Singer the Musical, Mary Poppins and Legally Blonde the Musical. She was also recently on stage in the Lower Ossington Theatre’s productions of Legally Blonde the Musical and Jesus Christ Superstar. When not working on a show Raeburn is a dance educator teaching children Jazz, Tap and Ballet. She was also recently the Director of Music programs at the Harbourfront Centre. Raeburn is very excited about the P.L.AY project and cannot wait to get started!

Andrew Gaboury

Andrew Gaboury is a performer, playwright and educator based in Mississauga. His training is in devised, group-based theatre and physical performance, including red-nosed clown and contemporary dance. Andrew is one of four co-artistic directors of hub14 art and performance works, a studio and artist residency nestled in the Queen West neighbourhood of Toronto. He has been working with the Living Arts Centre for a year running school workshops, weekend classes and day camps. Recent credits: Mary Poppins at Living Arts Centre (choreographer, Bravo Broadway); Beauty and the Beast at Living Arts Centre (choreographer, Bravo Broadway); Home at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival (co-creator, Frog in Hand Productions); Explorer at HarbourKIDS: Circus 2017 (performer, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto); A Wake for Lost Time at the DaPoPo Live-in (performer, [elephants] collective, Halifax); Life List (assistant director, Acky Made Productions, Toronto Fringe Festival).

Susan Applewhaite

After graduating high school, Susan Applewhaite headed to London, England where she trained and worked in theatre and film for five years. Upon returning to Toronto, she became involved in music and recorded several albums with acclaimed producer, Jack Lenz. But the call of the stage was too strong. Susan continued her studies with teachers Sears & Switzer, Adam Lazarus and ventured back to stage and television where she has been happily playing ever since. Most recently, Susan has been finding her writing voice so she can create her own work involving her passions: story, music and movement. When not performing, Susan shares her knowledge and love of theatre with students of all ages. For the past ten years, she has taught drama, dance, musical theatre and improv, learning from her students as much as she hopes she teaches them.

Yo Mustafa

Yo Mustafa graduated from Sheridan College Theatre programme and went on to complete the one-year acting master class at the HB Studio. He has directed over 30 productions and is currently Artistic Director of West End Studio Theatre in Oakville.

Selena Coupland

Selena Coupland received her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Music and French Education and her teaching degree at Laurentian University in 2010. While completing her Masters Degree specializing in voice study at Western University in 2012, Selena began teaching part-time in 2011 and then progressively full time at the Montessori Academy of London where she taught French and Music for four years. Selena was the vocal director and producer of three school wide musicals (“You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, “The Wizard of OZ” and “The Little Mermaid”) during her years in London. Moving to Toronto three years ago, Selena has maintained her voice studio, taught school music and directed a choir of international students in the GTA. Selena joined the L.A.C Team 2 years ago, directing three of our BRAVO Braodway summer sessions which include: “Oliver!”, “Peter Pan” and “Beauty and the Beast”. She is also musical director of the Living Arts Center’s P.L.A.Y. Project Productions: “Seussical” and “Into the Woods”. This year Selena is very excited to be directing another P.L.A.Y Production: “The Sound of Music”

Elizabeth Gomez

In 2004 Elizabeth Gomez designed and created a multidisciplinary performing arts school in Oakville Ontario, Stage It Performing Arts Studio. Her company garnered a reputation in the GTA for excellence in youth musical and theatre instruction and performance. Elizabeth went on to produce and direct 28 full scale musical theatre productions over the period of eleven years. In addition she has created and hosted multiple concerts and events in the community. Elizabeth applied and was given the opportunity to take twenty students to at Disney World and participate in re- professional performing arts workshops with Disney Broadway and in New York with the Broadway Students Summit. Elizabeth holds a diploma in Marketing Communications and Public Relations from BCIT in Vancouver, her Grade Ten Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has taken post-secondary courses from York University, in Shakespeare and Theatre and several arts courses at post-secondary institutions in Vancouver. She has trained as a singer with top vocal coaches in Canada and the US, is a member of Nats, the National Association of Singing Teachers, Ontario Chapter. Elizabeth has completed the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York. Currently she has taken on the position of chair of music education for the Sound Of Music Festival in Burlington and is thrilled to be back at the Living Arts Centre directing Game of Tiaras.