Meet our Youth Advisory Committee for 2015

Our Youth Advisory Committee is a project spearheaded by Theatre Ontario to achieve a greater connection with youth 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.

The members of our 2015 Youth Advisory Committee are:

Marilee D'Arceuil, Co-Chair

Yac DarceuilmarileeMarilee has worked and volunteered in various not-for-profit youth organizations in capacities of communications and social media management, youth engagement and project development, to grow and enhance the brand and level of engagement with youth and young adults.  Marilee started managing the social media accounts of Frontline Partners with Youth Network, then moved on to a communications internship with the Centre for Social Innovation, helping to increase awareness of the organizations and increase new engagement.

Ray Jacildo, Co-Chair

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Ray Jacildo brings to Theatre Ontario a wealth of knowledge and experiences working with school boards, artists, and not-for-profit organizations across Ontario. Prior to joining Theatre Ontario, Ray served as Executive Director for SWITCH, a youth-run organization that collaborated with the TDSB to install millions of dollars worth of renewable energy technologies across Toronto. As Management Coordinator and Assistant to the Producer of Theatre 20 he worked on the early establishment of the company and the production of their première Off-Mirvish musical. Ray has also worked with MPPs at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and Toronto Youth Cabinet at City Hall.  Along with his work as an administrator, over the past two years Ray has acted in over 25 productions with artists such as Sharon Pollock, Atom Egoyan, and Robert Carsen. He has won a Dora Award for Best Ensemble as part of the COC, and been asked to speak about his youth work at conferences in high schools across Ontario, McMaster, York, OISE, and the UK. Ray is looking forward to changing the theatre landscape managing Theatre Ontario's Youth Advisory Committee.

Michelle Blanchard

Yac BlanchardmichelleMichelle is an administrator, producer, and stage manager from Newmarket, ON. While studying journalism at Carleton University, Michelle also oversaw the student-run Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Company as artistic director for two years. After graduating, she joined the Classical Theatre Project, where she has been the group sales and company manager for two years. Michelle will be performing in an original play produced by her own company, Lazy Sunday Theatre Co., at the Ottawa and Toronto Fringe Festivals this summer. In her spare time, she enjoys legal dramas, sandwiches, and the complete works of Stephen Sondheim.

Wayne Burns

Yac BurnswayneWayne, born in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, is an award-winning actor, a classically trained singer and an emerging creator. He’s a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, the recipient of two Theatre Nova Scotia Awards and currently stars in Syfy's original series, Olympus, as Lykos, Prince of Athens.

Biden Hall

Yac HallbidenBiden is an actor and producer recently graduated from Western University’s Arts Management post-graduate program.  Having been in Toronto in for less than a year, Biden is excited for this chance with the Youth Advisory Committee to further hone is creative and administrative abilities.  He has produced a number of shows including Escape from Happiness by George F. Walker, as well as Legally Blonde: the Musical, each with Theatre Western.  In his own acting work, he has played such roles as Kipps in The Woman in Black (London Community Players), Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Western), and Michal in The Pillowman (Richmond and Tower Productions).

Jeff Ho

Yac HojeffJeff is a theatre artist from Hong Kong. Credits include:  Unknown Soldier (lemontree/Architect Theatre), Murderers Confess at Christmastime (OutsidetheMarch), Taming of the Shrew, (Repercussion Theatre), Orphan Black (BBC America). As a playwright, Jeff is part of Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources and will be part of the Banff Playwright’s Colony 2015. Jeff received an Honorable Mention for the SummerWorks 2014 Spotlight Award for Performance as well as the SummerWorks 2013 Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award.  Jeff is a graduate of the NTS.

Brittany Kay

Yac KaybrittanyBrittany received her degree from the Theatre and Drama Studies joint program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She is also a graduate of the Musical Theatre Intensive at the Banff Centre of the Arts and has her BEd from OISE. She is an arts educator for Roseneath Theatre and a teaching assistant for Young People’s Theatre. Brittany is also a regular contributor to the theatre blog In the Green Room. Up next you can catch Brittany at the Paprika Festival and the Fringe Festival in Rounding the Bend.

Laura McCallum

Yac MccallumlauraLaura is a graduating student at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College pursuing a specialist in Theatre and Drama Studies. Though still passionate about acting, Laura is excited to foster a newfound love of directing and arts administration upon moving to Toronto this summer.

Luke Reece

Yac ReecelukeLuke is a fourth year Theatre Major and Creative Writing Minor at York University. He is a playwright, director, performer, and the Artistic Director of Little Black Afro Theatre Company. He loves engaging with other emerging Canadian artists, and is always seeking new collaborative work.

Kayleigh Robertson

Yac RobertsonkayleighKayleigh is an actress, editor and improviser in Toronto. She began video editing in December 2013 for The National Theatre of the World. She trained at The Second City for improvisation and continues to say "yes!" to all forms of acting, editing, and improv that comes her way.

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