NPYT Summer Camp Instructors

Lucy Walker – Camp Director

Lucy is very excited to work with such a wonderful team in her second year as Camp Director. She has been involved in the program in some capacity for nearly 10 years and loves introducing theatre to young people. She has deep interests in all areas of performing arts and looks forward to passing those through to kids of all ages. In high school, Lucy wrote and directed shows that went up for adjudication at Sears Drama Festival. She continued her love of theatre in University where she stage manages student run productions, including Victoria College’s presentation of The Drowsy Chaperone. She is currently earning her degree in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto, and she spent this past semester completing courses in the film and television department at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Lucy hopes that campers will learn to love the theatre so much they will also stay at camp for 10 years.

Corey Auwaerter

Corey has twice served as a volunteer mentor for the Northumberland Players’ Summer Theatre Camp. He performed on stage as “Billy” in the Northumberland Players production of Leaving Home this Spring. He has also worked behind the scenes, as a member of the backstage crew for Sister Act and as script assistant for Romeo and Juliet He recently completed high school at Cobourg College Institute and plans to attend university in the fall. He grew up in Toronto but is enjoying life in Cobourg.

Luke Paron

Luke began seriously immersing himself in the arts when he was 14 and auditioned for his first ever musical, his school’s production of Cabaret, and landed the lead role of Cliff Bradshaw. After this, he began finding opportunities to take the stage wherever possible, finding his way to the Northumberland Players. Through his time with the Players he has been in a number of shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sister Act and Leaving Home. He has trained with the Stratford Shakespeare school for the past three summers concluding with the completion of their three-week Theatre Performance Intensive. His next years will be spent focusing on his passion for photography and animal rights with groups such as Anonymous for the Voiceless and Sea Shepherd.

Sadie Stratford

Sadie is a competitive dancer as well as a part-time dance teacher at High Pointes Dance Academy. In September she will be transitioning into teaching dance and will be moving to Toronto to pursue a joint program between the National Ballet School of Canada and York University. Sadie loved the opportunity to work with so many talented children last year at the Northumberland Players Theatre Camp and is excited to see what this year will bring.

Theatre Intensive Instructors

Brandy Harmer-Kelly

Brandy’s love for dance began at a very young age. She studied many different dance disciplines including RAD Ballet, CDTA Jazz, CDTA Tap, Modern, Hip/Hop, Musical Theatre and Lyrical. Brandy furthered her dance training by taking workshops and master classes in Toronto, Buffalo, New York City and Boston with some of the greatest artists in the industry including Frank Hatchett, Ebon Gage, Mia Micheals (So You Think You Can Dance), Tyce Diorio (So You Think You Can Dance), Cris Judd (Performed with Micheal Jackson), and Rhee Gold.

Brandy has completed numerous teacher training programs and conferences with Canadian Dance Teachers, Dance Olympus, Dance Masters of America, and Project Motivate. She and her students have won numerous awards for her outstanding and innovative choreography as well as their outstanding performance quality and technical ability at competitions throughout Canada & the US.

In 2002 she became the principle Artistic Director and founder of “High Pointes Dance Academy” in Cobourg. Her high energy, quality training and dedication is reflected in her outstanding programs, instructors and facilities. Many of Brandy’s students have achieved excellent success and have continued their studies at professional schools including Ryerson University, Sheridan College, George Brown College, The National Ballet School of Canada, Quinte Ballet School and York University. Her goal is to inspire and provide all of her students with an enjoyable dance experience in a safe, friendly and nurturing environmen

Marc Hallworth

Marc is an actor, comedian, writer, director, teacher, and improvisor from Calgary, Alberta. After doing years of theatre and independent film projects, he began doing stand-up and improv in Calgary in 2006. He moved to Toronto in 2009 to do the Humber College “Comedy: Writing & Performance” program, performing regularly at Yuk Yuk’s, the Rivoli, the Comedy Bar, and the Second City. Upon graduating, he won the Billy Crystal Sketch Award and the Independent Producing Award. Since then, he’s done stand-up as a part of a number of festivals, including NXNE, YYComedy, FunnyFest, the Brantford Comedy Festival, the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival, “Funniest Clean Comedian on the Lakeshore”, the Dundas West Street Festival, and the Bollywood Monster Mashup, where he opened for Aparna Nancherla. He was the second place winner of the 2017 Flat Tire Comedy Competition, and a semi-finalist in the 2017 Comedy Brawl and 2016 Absolute Comedy “Prove You’re A Comic Competition.” He’s appeared on SiriusXM Radio as part of “Canada Laughs,” and was chosen to host the Ontario Celebration Zone as part of the 2015 PanAm Games. He is currently on the Wednesday night roster of comedians at Yuk Yuk’s. He is an improv tournament champion at both the TheatreSports Micetro and Toronto Beerprov (three times!), and got to be part of The BooProv Halloween Spooktacular with Colin Mocherie. He’s also participated as an improvisor in the 2015 Pages Unbound Festival, produced the improv tournament The ChapShtick Comedy Challenge at the 2015 Festival of New Formats, and helped produce and perform at the first ever Calgary Improv Festival. He’s appeared in the Canadian film The Cocksure Lads, and the webseries The Village Green, which won ‘Best Comedy’ and ‘Best Ensemble Cast’ at the Seattle Web Fest. He was in the revue Hey 90s Kids, You’re Old at the Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Chicago Fringe Festivals, as well as the New York Frigid Festival, where it won the Audience Choice Award and appeared in an article in New York Times. He has experience teaching and coaching comedy, having taught improv regularly at the Harbourfront Community Center. He has done stand-up lectures at Humber College, UrbanArts, and as part of The Happiness @ School Project, which was featured on CTV and in The Toronto Star. Marc was the producer of Siren’s Comedy for 8 1/2 years, which was nominated for the 2018 Best Comedy Gym at the I Heart Jokes Awards. He currently produces five regular comedy shows, Drop & Give Me 20, Another Day & Another Laugh, A Night Of Comedy, Saturday Night Stand-Up, and The Vest Show in Town, the latter he does with his sketch troupe Vest of Friends. Vest of Friends have appeared on ShawTV as part of “The Late Night With Matty D”, and are the winners of the Best-of-the-Fest Award at the 2016 Toronto SketchFest, the Sketchiest-Sketch-Troupe Award at the 2016 Toronto SketchFest, the Best-of-the-Fest Award at the 2015 Montreal SketchFest, the Grinder Award at the 2013 Montreal SketchFest, and the Producer’s Pick Award at the 2013 Columbus Brew-ha-ha. Their podcast The Vest of Friends Podcast was nominated for the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Audio Series in 2018, and can be heard every week on neversleepsnetwork.com. They have performed as part of JFL42, 420Fest, Fresh Meat 2011, were finalists in the 2015 Sketch ComAggedon, were a nominee for the 2015 NOW Magazine Award for Best Sketch Troupe, and were named one of Bite.ca’s “10 Canadian Sketch Troupes You Need To See Right Now.”

Shannon Linton

Shannon is a singer, voice teacher and music educator. She has performed extensively in opera and oratorio, including solos with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the University of Ottawa Orchestra and Choirs, the Canadian Centennial Choir, and the Cantiamo Girls Choir. She also performs musical theatre, most recently in concert with Jason Jestadt who conducted the Mirvish production of Come From Away in April. Shannon also makes up half of the acoustic-pop duo Northern Hearts, and is the co-founder of Sounds of the Next Generation (SONG), an el Sistema-inspired music program for under-served children and youth in Northumberland County.