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. 

 
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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.

 

Introducing… Our special guest Musical Director!

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Joining us for the Summer Camp “Bonus” Session July 2nd-12th!

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.


As an undergraduate student Ms. Brown worked as a collaborative pianist for several voice students and ensembles. She sang with the Western Singers under the direction of Dr. Victoria Meredith and was active in Western’s opera program, singing the role of Anna Gomez in Menotti’s The Consul and Valetto in Monteverdi’s Poppea.  Her most recent performance was with the Sault Ste Marie Musical Comedy in the title role of Mary Poppins.


Ms. Brown has experience working with choirs in both elementary and secondary schools as well as church choirs. She has also been a vocal coach for musical theatre productions, such as Annie Junior and Pirates of Penzance.  With many years of experience as a young musician in Liturgical music, Ms. Brown has fulfilled several roles, such as cantor, organist, chorister and music director.


Ms. Brown has been teaching in elementary and secondary schools since 2014 and is currently teaching drama in the Arts Huron program at Huron Heights Secondary School in Newmarket.

The Directors

Libby Avalos

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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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.

 
 
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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