We have a combined experience of over 30 years as professional performers and arts educators, and have been involved in the Markham area for over 5 years. 

We continue to act as the directors of the Flato Markham Theatre's Discovery Camps and are very proud of the wonderful opportunities provided there for children of the community. ARTSies brings the fun atmosphere of a theatre camp experience to a weekly after-school program, while maintaining valuable educational content, taught by industry professionals. 

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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. After marrying her true love (also an ARTSie, of the Musical persuasion) and settling into York Region, she focused her energies back onto her lifelong passion- Teaching.

Libby works full time in the Education sector, providing Interactive Assembly Experiences and Teacher PD with Moving EDGEucation. This experience of working with THOUSANDS of students of all ages every year, across Ontario, solidified her belief that today's youth needs more opportunities to build creativity, confidence, and social connections. The Arts are a vehicle we can use to teach many essential life skills. 

An active member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance, Libby sits on the panel of judges for several dance competitions across Canada. She can also be found teaching and choreographing in local dance studios. Her ability to inspire, motivate, and empower students makes her an in-demand teacher, and her choreography has won several awards. 

Libby has been the Artistic Director at The Flato Markham Theatre Camps for the past 6 years, and continues in that role. She is extremely proud of the progressive camp programming she has created there, and is excited to be able to offer a similar experience year-round in this community that has won her heart! It is a dream come true to launch ARTSies Inc. with co-director Joseph! 

 

 

 

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Joseph Herbison

Joseph is ecstatic to launch ARTSies Inc with his long-time teaching partner Libby! Since obtaining his Hon. Bachelor of Music- Vocal Performance, Hon. Bachelor of Education and becoming a member of the Ontario College of Teachers, he has dreamed of creating a fun, inclusive, educational based performing arts program for youth. After working as the Musical Director for the Flato Markham Theatre’s Discovery Camps for the past four seasons (a position he continues to hold), he is happy to now offer training in the Markham area throughout the school year as the Co-Director of ARTSies Inc. Joseph is also the Musical Director at the Randolph Academy in Toronto. 

He has worked throughout Canada, Italy, China, the Middle East and in Manhattan as an arts educator, performer and director. As an educator, he believes that every student has the ability and right to learn. He strives to create a positive, interactive, safe, friendly and creative classroom climate. His experiences as both an educator and performer allow him to deliver relevant, professional quality training. Aside from developing skills in the performing arts, he strives to help students develop life skills that are applicable to any career path. 

Joseph has held positions with Annex Children's Theatre Education, Sistema Toronto, Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate, TADA! Youth Theater in Manhattan and Accademia Europea dell’Opera in Milan. When not in the classroom, he can be seen on stages internationally. He has performed alongside Josh Groban and Nelly Furtado. 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.

Welcome to our wonderful community of ARTSies- Once an ARTSie, always an ARTSie!