Who We Are

 
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Who We Are

We have a combined experience of over 30 years as professional performers and arts educators, and have been involved in the Markham area since 2013. Formerly the creative directors of the Flato Markham Theatre's Discovery Camps, we are proud to continue to enhance and support the arts in Markham.

ARTSies has a very specific focus on THEATRE FOR KIDS! All of our programs are FUN, inclusive, educational, and taught by industry professionals. 

 

The Directors

Libby Avalos
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Joseph Herbison

Joseph has worked throughout Canada, Italy, China, the Middle East and in Manhattan as an arts educator, performer and director. Favourite performance credits include Baloo in Jungle Book Circus (China and Dubai Tour), Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Javert in Les Miserables, Masetto in Don Giovanni and Bobby in Crazy For You.

Libby Avalos

Libby is an established Arts Educator in the GTA and across the country. She "retired" from the stage in late 2011, after being abroad for over a decade. During that time away, Libby lived, trained, and performed in New York City for several years, and spent many years traveling as a performer and Dance Captain on cruise lines.

 
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Our amazing team consists of energetic and passionate leaders who bring plenty of experience in both the arts, and childcare. All staff members are Standard First Aid and CPR-C certified, as well as High Five certified.

 

Additional Faculty

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Camp Special Guest Director: Shana Brown

Shana Brown is a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University, holding a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Literature, a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Education (Piano), and a Bachelor of Education, Althouse College. She also holds an ARCT both in Piano and Voice.

We are excited to welcome Athena to our #artsiesfamily this September! @athenasomusic will be leading both voice and piano 🎹 lessons on Saturdays, starting with the Fall session, at our new venue! We are excited to add her talent and energy to the team! Read more about her below..
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Athena is a classical pianist with a passion for musical theatre. She is known for various roles including music director, music teacher, accompanist, and collaborative artist. Athena is a fifth year York University student pursuing two degrees concurrently in Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Music and Bachelor of Education. Growing up, she has been trained extensively through the Royal Conservatory of Music and has achieved up to Level 10 in Classical Piano Performance. Her technique and classical background have contributed immensely to the work she accomplishes in the musical theatre field as she has collaborated with Toronto theatre companies and local performers through music direction, musical arrangement, and piano accompaniment. Athena is thrilled to be a part of the ARTSies team and to have a chance to work with so many talented stars! Select credits include: Shrek the Musical (Music Director), Vanier College Productions’ Show Choir (Assistant Music Director), 9 to 5 (Keyboard 2), Little Women (Keyboard 2), 120 Diner’s Diva Night (Accompanist).

Private Voice & Piano Lessons: Athena So

Athena is a classical pianist with a passion for musical theatre. She is known for various roles including music director, music teacher, accompanist, and collaborative artist. Athena is a fifth year York University student pursuing two degrees concurrently in Bachelor of Fine Arts with Specialized Honours in Music and Bachelor of Education.

 
 
We are so lucky to have ARTSies in the Markham community. Libby and Joey are amazing! They work hard each week to create a safe and supportive environment where kids can be themselves at their best. Kids are taught how to make and maintain friendships based on common interests and building each other up. Libby and Joey stress the importance of team building. The improv games and activities give children real life examples that ‘the show must go on.’ I really appreciate how Libby and Joey take the time to get to know each child, and tailor their instruction and feedback so each one of them will shine..I’m thrilled we found ARTSies, and can’t wait till the next session starts!
— Alison Campbell, Parent
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