Artistic Director, Performing Arts Programmes
Ms. Kaszas has served as the Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival, the Associate Artistic Director of Canadian Stage in Toronto, Dramaturge of the Banff Centre for the Arts with free lance directing credits in professional theatres from coast to coast. Her particular passion is the development of new Canadian plays and musicals, and she has had the fortune to work with some of Canada’s most renowned actors, playwrights, musicians and designers on many a premier. She has taught at both University of Toronto and Sheridan Music Theatre. Since arriving at St. Clair College in 2004, she has launched two programmes including Music Theatre Performance and Entertainment Technology. For the College she has directed a number of productions, including her personal favourite -- A St. Clair Christmas
now an annual Windsor tradition. Katherine is a member of the Canadian Actor’s Equity Association and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Film from York University.
Voice and Music Faculty
Mr. Karr was the Music Director for 15 seasons at the Huron Country Playhouse. Other credits include conducting, music direction and accompaniment at Persephone Theatre, Muskoka Festival, Smile Company, Solar Stage, Expo 86 Ontario Pavilion, Gilbert and Sullivan Societies of Kitchener/Waterloo and Toronto, Shaw Festival, Leah Posluns Theatre, Theatre Collingwood, Drayton Festival Theatre and Rainbow Theatre. He began teaching in 1981 while continuing his professional engagements, and is formerlyy a faculty member at Sheridan College (Music Theatre Performance), University of Toronto (Theatre and Drama Studies, Erindale) and St. Clair College (Music Theatre Performance).Other teaching credits include the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College, York University, Equity Showcase, Leah Posluns Theatre School and the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. Mr. Karr holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Western Ontario with post graduate studies in Paris at Cours de Perfectionnement et Interpretation with Denise Riviere and at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned a Masters of Music, Vocal and Instrumental Accompaniment.
Melissa Williams is one of the most innovative choreographers working in the entertainment industry today -- recently you have seen Melissa’s work on the acclaimed first season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. Seasoned in creating and staging dance sequences in many genres, Melissa has worked with some of the most established artists, actors and directors in the industry including Prince, George Michael, Bryan Adams, The Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Caine, Randy Quaid, Carmen Electra, David LaChapelle, McG, Paul Verhoeven and Joseph Kahn. Melissa found her love for live theater after spending months at Paisley Park studios choreographing, rehearsing and helping to develop the New Power Generation Dance Company. Her company DM Creative has choreographed and musically staged live productions around the world including Grease-
the musical, HAIR-
the musical, STORM
, Bon Voyage
, Piano Man
and Undercover. Ms. Williams has choreographed and performed in television and feature films including Hairspray, American Pie, Batman & Robin, That Thing You Do, Showgirls, Farmclub.com, and The Tonight Show.
Voice and Music Faculty
A lifelong resident of Windsor, Michael currently works as an accompanist, music director and instructor of Music Theory and Ear Training for St. Clair College's department of Music Theatre Performance. His MD credits for the College include Grease, Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, most recently Christmas in Vegas. Right now he is in rehearsals for the upcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar. A jazz pianist in both Windsor and Detroit, much in demand, Michael performs and records frequently with The Speakeasy Quartet, and has performed and recorded with many of Detroit's jazz greats including Marcus Belgrave, George Benson, Russ Miller, Chris Collins and Ron Kischuk. He has both performed and had original compositions premiered at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Michigan Jazz Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Boblo Island Jazz Festival, Jazz on the River Festival in Trenton and Big Tony's Jazz Festival. Michael performs regularly with Il Divo, Steve Lippia's Tribute to Frank Sinatra and with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Other recent theatre credits include accompaniment for The Fantasticks (Rochester Community College), Legally Blonde (WLMT) The Wizard of OZ (WLMT), The Drowsy Chaperone (WLMT) as well as Music Director for My Little Butterball (Windsor Feminist Theatre). In addition to teaching at St. Clair College, Michael has served on the faculty at Wayne State University.
Kristyn is a dancer, actor and choreographer who has toured the US and Europe with many musical productions (Cats, Grease). While residing in New York she performed as a Radio City Rockette for three seasons at the iconic Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Her original training took her to Los Angeles where she danced on several popular television series including All McBeal. In addition to cruise ship experience Kristyn also danced with the Mark Goodman Tap Company. She is now back in her home town of Windsor Ontario and has been active within the city, most recently directing and choreographing The Nutcracker Ballet for Edmunds Towers School of Dance.
Roger has been an actor and educator for over twenty years. In addition to being a member of the Stratford Festival acting company for five seasons. Roger is currently part of the Teaching Shakespeare programme. At Stratford selected credits: Menecrates (Antony and Cleapatra0, Jehan (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) Sir Andrew Ffoulkes (The Scarlet Pimpernel) Dumaine (All’s Well That End’s Well). Other selected credits: Brick, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (Neptune Theatre), William Roper in A Man For All Seasons (Citadel Theatre directed by Robin Philips) Lee in The Melville Boys (Theatre North West). Co-artistic Director of the Grey-Bruce Arts Collective and MY (Meaford Youth) Film Studio. TV credits: Covert Affairs (USA Network), The Border (CTV), The Bridge (CBC) Zack Files (YTV).
Vocal Technique, Individual Vocal Coaching
Ms. Dwyer is a much in demand soprano, a frequent guest artist with the Juno award-winning Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Detroit Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Niagara Symphony, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. She appeared as Marina in Toronto's Opera in Concert Canadian premiere of Marina
(Arietta), as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute
with Opera Lyra, at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Ontario. Peggy is equally at home with Music Theatre repertoire, most notably as Lily, in The Secret Garden
(Simon), and as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
(Lerner and Loewe). Her performances include Handel's “Messiah”, various Mozart and Bach oratorio, Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana"
, and she was featured in the documentary "Cleary Symphony" performing Richard Strauss' "Vier Letze Lieder" with the WSO. Ms. Dwyer is featured on the Windsor Symphony's 1999 CD release performing Mozart's "Vorrei Spiegarvi".
Voice and Music Faculty
Nicholas Morvay is a musician from Windsor Ontario. He graduated from the University of Windsor with degrees in music and education and most recently earned a Master's degree in music composition from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to his work with St. Clair college, Nick works with Windsor Light Theatre, The Windsor Essex Youth Choir, and is the organist and choir director at Emanuel United church in Windsor.
Voice and Music Faculty
Ms. Marentette has appeared as a guest soloist for a number of venues and has had the pleasure of working with Al Martino, Frank Gorshin, Syd Caesar, Time Tim and Jan Rubes. She attended the University of Windsor, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. She has been heard on numerous CBC radio and television programmes.
Katie Mecher Williams
Katie Mecher-Williams is currently the Artistic Associate Director and dancer for HNM Dance Company in Windsor. Katie graduated with a diploma in Theatre Dance from Ryerson University in Toronto. She has also studied at the Minsk Choreographic School in Russia; with Toronto Dance Theatre, with Ottawa’s Le Groupe de la Place Royale, and with Dance Theatre David Earle. Katie has worked extensively with Windsor’s Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises, both touring nationally and participating in educational programming. She has toured Michigan in the state funded performance, “Dance in America” and has performed with both Michigan based dance companies, Dance Nonce and Detroit Dance Collective.She has choreographed a number of works for the Windsor Light Opera Company and HNM Dance Company. Katie brings over 20 years of professional performing experience to the Performing Arts Program.
A native Albertan, Lorretta has performed in major theatres across the country and traveled as far as the Middle East entertaining the troops. She is the recipient of several Dora nominations (Toronto Theatre awards) for her stage work including her portrayal of Eponine
in Les Miserable at the Royal Alex, Cinderella
in Into the Woods at Canadian Stage, and Liza in Outrageous at Canadian Stage. She won a Stirling (Edmonton theatre awards) for Cecilia
in Simpatico and garnered a Stirling nomination for Maria
in Sound of Music at the Citadel. Favorite credits include: Mary
in Saltwater Moon, Barbara
in Major Barbara (Neptune Theatre), Zhaboonigan
in The Rez sisters and Joni Mitchell:
River (Playhouse in Vancouver). She is an honours graduate of the B.F.A programme at the University of Alberta.
Allen has an Honours BMUS, minor in Drama
from the University of Windsor and a Masters Degree in Voice Performance and Literature (Musical Theatre) from Western University. He continues to work as a vocalist and performer world wide and has performed in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, New York City. He has starred as The Magician in THE CONSUL, Njegus in THE MERRY WIDOW, Dr. Blind in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Henry in SOUTH PACIFIC, as well as RENT, The Drowsy Chaperone, High School Musical, Paradises Lost, The Producers, CATS, Annie, Aida, and many more.
Mr. Levack is excited to have re-located back in Windsor-Essex County where, in addition to his work at St. Clair, he has a successful music studio.
Ann Marie Pilon-Gerdun
Originally from Quebec, Mrs. Pilon-Gerdun has studied dance and drama in Montreal, Toronto and Paris. She graduated from Canada's National Ballet School Teacher's Training Program in 1985 and also studied acting at the Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. She holds her Licentiate Teaching Certificate with the Cecchetti Society of Canada and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London, England). She taught at various studios in Toronto and then re-located to Windsor in 1991 in order to teach at the Dance Studio of Academie Ste-Cecile and at the University of Windsor where she taught for the Musical Theatre and the Acting Program. She was appointed Supervisor of the Dance Studio of Academie Ste-Cecile in 1992, where she is the principal ballet teacher as well of being in charge of the Ballet Teacher's Training Program. She now teaches part-time for the St. Clair College Music Theatre department . On many occasions, she has collaborated with Susan Haig and other conductors of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra to produce special choreographies to be preformed as part of the Windsor Symphony concerts.
Director of Working, Monologue Workshops
Over thirty five years of directing and acting across Canada, working on classics and developing new Canadian plays. Directing: productions at Stratford (this past season’s Three Musketeers), the Grand Theatre, The National Arts Centre, CanStage, Mirvish Productions among many others. He has directed numerous productions for the Blyth Festival. He has also been a guest director and teacher at the National Theatre School, George Brown College, Humber College and Dalhousie University and The University of Missouri at Kansas City.
Miles has received a Dora nomination (Directing, Molly Sweeney, Grand/CanStage); Dora Award (Directing, The Drawer Boy, Theatre Passe Muraille), a Jessie Award directing, The Taming of the Shrew, Bard on the Beach, Vancouver)
Director of Working, Monologue Workshops
Directing credits include The Yalta Game, at the Shaw Festival and the Canadian premieres of Dog Sees God: Confessions of A Teenage Blockhead, Elegies, A Man of No Importance, Acting Up Stage Co., and Lanford Wilson’s Book of Days. She was also resident director on Love Loss and What I Wore for Nora and Delia Ephron in Toronto, and The Toxic Avenger where she worked alongside John Rando for Dancap. At the Stratford Festival she was the assistant director on Fuente Ovejuna, and worked alongside Des McAnuff on As You Like It and A Word or Two. She assisted Des on Jesus Christ Superstar at Stratford, the Lajolla Playhouse and on Broadway. In Des McAnuff’s final season at the Stratford Festival she was an associate director on Henry V. She was an inaugural member of The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction. Lezlie was Associate Artistic Director of Showboat Festival Theatre from 1996 –’98, cofounder and AD of Theatre in Port from 1998 – 2001, and AD of The Georgian Theatre Festival from 2003 – 2005.
Lezlie’s musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol has been performed at Theatre Orangeville, The Globe, STC, Workshop West and Carousel Theatre in Vancouver. Other musicals include: Queen of the Mist, Raging Grannies and Make ‘em Laugh for Smile Theatre. She is currently writing a musical adaptation of The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen with her New York collaborator. It will be workshopped this summer at the Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival’s “The PiTCH”. Lezlie is a two time Pauline McGibbon nominee. She was also nominated for a Dora Award for best director of A Man of No Importance and received a Guthrie Award from the Stratford Festival.
She is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction and The BMI musical workshop in New York. Her songs have been performed for Andrew Lippa’s Writer’s Bloc, Ars Nova, and The London Platform.
Director of The Drowsy Chaperone
Directing credits include the Governor General’s and Chalmers Award-winning Fronteras Americanas, by Guillermo Verdecchia (Tarragon Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, M.T.C., The Festival des Ameriques, Soulpepper Theatre), The Bald Soprano (Dora Award for Best Director), Black L L Comedy, The Real Inspector Hound, Loot, What The Butler Saw with Soulpepper Theatre, No Exit, The Human Voice, The Elephant Song at the Stratford Festival, Dib and Dob for Roseneath Theatre (Chalmers and Dora awards), La Ira de Ernesto y Ernestina at the Havana International Theatre Festival, and Proof at Centaur Theatre in Montreal. Acting credits include Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Dora Award nomination for Best Actor), Berkley in Possible Worlds (Theatre Passe Murialle), Pozzo in Waiting for Godot (Centaur Theatre), Nagg in Endgame (Soulpepper Theatre), Lord Jeffrey in Get off the Stage, which he co-wrote with Guillermo Verdecchia and Andy Massingham.