Meet our Youth Advisory Committee for 2018

Our Youth Advisory Committee is focused on creating greater accessibility for youth interested in a career in theatre.

The goal is to achieve a greater connection with youth already engaged in theatre across the province, to examine ways to engage more youth in the province in theatre, and to help foster the next generation of theatre practitioners, professionals, and patrons across the province.

The members of our 2018 Youth Advisory Committee are:


David Beisel (Co-Chair)

Beisel_DavidDavid is a Toronto-based production manager and lighting designer for dance, theatre and live events. He is a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre School’s Performance Production program, where he subsequently has worked as a technical supervisor for the 2016/2017 season. Currently, David works as the Production Manager for the Paprika Festival. Past management internships also include contracts at Soulpepper Theatre, SummerWorks Performance Festival and Harmony Centre Owen Sound. David is a proud co-establisher of the Youth Theatre Coalition in Owen Sound, Ontario. Recent credits include 8 Works In Progress (8 Works Collective), In On It (emerGENce Theatre) and The AMY Project (SummerWorks 2016). David is currently completing his MA at York University this fall in the department of Critical Disability Studies to study accessibility in the cultural workforce and theatre spaces.


Kelsey Dann

Dann_KelseyKelsey grew up in Barrie, Ontario, performing on the stages of Kempenfelt Community Players, The Loft Art Space, Strolling Youth Players, and South Simcoe Theatre.  She is a theatre creator and activist, and aims to create change in the world through theatre. Kelsey is thrilled to be part of this year’s Youth Advisory Committee, and is excited to connect and engage with youth and fellow peers around Ontario. Kelsey is a graduate of St. Lawrence College’s Musical Theatre Performance program and Sheridan College’s Performance Arts Preparation. Some of her recent performing credits include Liam: The Musical (No Strings Theatre), Nerve (Shining Star Theatrical Company), and The Tenth Muse (Filament Incubator). Kelsey is looking forward to being part of YAC this year and getting to know more people in the community.


Blaine Dickens

Dickens_BlaineBlaine Dickens is a DeafBlind performer, theatre creator, and translator in Toronto, passionate about fostering multi-sensory and accessible experiences in theatre through devised creation and deep collaboration. They have had many opportunities to explore these areas, such as with Red Dress Productions’ community performance of Drift Seeds, and a week-long artistic residency for Deaf artists with SPiLL.PROpagation. Currently, Blaine trains in pole and chair dance and is working in the intersections of ASL and musical theatre. Blaine hopes to bring their experiences performing in and accessing theatre as a disabled artist to the YAC this year.


Deanna Galati (Co-Chair)

Galati_DeannaDeanna is an arts administrator, collaborator and occasional stage manager in Toronto. A graduate from York University's Devised Theatre Program, Deanna is passionate about being involved with new works in development, dance, physical theatre as well as performance for social change. She is the current online content producer at Generator and the Education and Outreach Intern at the National Ballet of Canada. Deanna wishes to help facilitate new initiatives for young artists to grow and develop within the arts through her work and would like to expand beyond the arts industry as well. She is grateful to be part of Theatre Ontario's Youth Advisory Committee for 2018!


Ava Patterson

Patterson_AvaAva is an 18 year old Student from Kitchener-Waterloo. Right now she is attending Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School (KCI) for a fifth year and is hoping to attend an acting program at university in the fall. Ava has been involved in theatre for years and enjoys every single aspect of it. She has experience teaching drama, directing, producing, and performing. Most recently she has been cast as Wendy Darling in KCI’s production of Peter/Wendy by Jeremy Bloom, an adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic novel: Peter Pan, and is beginning her third year as a member of her school’s competitive improv team. When Ava isn’t at school or in rehearsal she enjoys spending time with her friends, painting, watching plays/musicals and skiing. Ava is so excited to be a part of the Youth Advisory Committee this year and can’t wait see what is in store.


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