Academy Teachers

Michelle Heisler 
YAYA, Acting Out
Michelle’s performance career has taken her across Canada, the US, and Europe. A graduate of McGill University’s English/Theatre program and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Michelle has worked extensively on the stage and on the big and small screens in English, French, and Yiddish. In 2009, Michelle expanded her career into the realm of directing at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts Academy, where she worked alongside former artistic director, Bryna Wasserman. She continues her work at the Segal Centre today as a teacher, director, choreographer, and playwright for the YAYA program. She has toured Quebec as lead singer with the klezmer-funk band, Magillah and has most recently completed a masters degree in teaching and learning at McGill.

Jonathan Patterson
Broadway Stars and Broadway and Beyond
Based in Montréal, Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans from theatre to opera to musicals. Recent credits include: Million Dollar Quartet (Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sam Philips/music dir.); Last Night at the Gayety (Centaur Theatre, chor.); The Producers (Segal Centre, Roger DeBris/chor.); Bluenose (Black Theatre Workshop, chor.); Le portrait de Manon, L’heure espagnole (Opera McGill, dir.); Into the Woods Jr., The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Segal Centre Academy, dir.). Jonathan also provides choreography for the Segal Centre’s Annual Fundraiser and the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers. A performing-arts educator, Jonathan has been on the faculty of Opera McGill at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University since 2010. Jonathan also teaches musical theatre classes at St. George’s High School, the Segal Centre Academy, and has a very busy private voice studio. In January, Jonathan was featured by the Montreal Gazette as the theatre artist to watch in 2017 for his work as both an actor and a choreographer.

Naomi Krajden
Broadway Stars
Naomi Krajden is an accomplished actor, dancer and singer. Recent performance credits include Rebecca in It Shoulda Been You (DWYT and Segal Centre), the title role in Fancy Nancy The Musical (Côte St-Luc Dramatic Society and Segal), The Producers (DWYT and Segal) and multiple 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated, Elly’s Emotions (Fringe, Theatre Collingwood, Solar Stage). Naomi is an instructor with Montreal Children’s Theatre and the Segal Centre Academy. Previously, she was on faculty at Toronto’s Randolph Academy and at Vaughan's City Playhouse Academy in their young artist programs. Naomi earned a B.A. Honours in Theatre Studies at York University, specializing in theatre creation.

Jennifer Bond
Broadway Stars and Broadway & Beyond
Originally from New York City, Jenny is a multifaceted performer and theatre educator.  She has a B.F.A. in Music Theater from The Hartt School (University of Hartford), studied Classical Voice and Musical Theatre Development at the Manhattan School of Music, and has been teaching the performing arts since 2008. When not teaching she works as a vocalist, dancer, actor, and director in Montreal and along the U.S. East Coast.  Jenny is also the music director of the Montreal Children’s Theatre, choreographer for the Royal West Academy productions, and teaches drama, music, and dance classes for the R.E.C. Room Cote St. Luc Programs.  Some credits include: Rhonda, Fancy Nancy! The Musical (Côte Saint-Luc Dramatic Society)Carla, NINE (New York Summer Voice Festival) Napoleonic Apparition, A Christmas Carol (Hartford Stage, dir. Darko Trensjak). This will be Jenny’s first year with the Academy.

Kyla Smith
Kyla is currently a third-year Music Education student at McGill University. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a specialization in composition from Concordia University in 2015, where she studied classical voice before switching to jazz for her second degree. Kyla has since interned as a music teacher at both the elementary and high-school levels. She has been involved with Broadway Academy Westmount as a voice and piano instructor for children for the past four years, and WISTA (West Island Student Theatre Association) as their musical director for their production of Bye Bye Birdie. Kyla is looking forward to her first year working with the YAYA program.