Academy Teachers


 

Jason Dan
Broadway Stars
Born in Seattle, Jason Dan is a pianist, musical director, and educator with a multidisciplinary background. A finalist at the 2018 McGill Classical Concerto Competition and a fellowship recipient at the 2019 Texas Festival Orchestra, he has performed in festivals and venues throughout North America and Europe. Recent musical direction work includes projects at the National Theatre School of Canada and collaborations with the McGill Savoy Society. Involved in the community, he organizes an event series focusing on interdisciplinary free improvisation. He currently studies piano performance, conducting, and music technology at McGill University. Jason has previously worked with the Segal Academy as an accompanist, and this year is excited to share his passion for storytelling and music as a Musical Director.

Dr. Edward Enman
Broadway Stars and Broadway & Beyond
Edward holds degrees in solo piano performance from the University of Montreal (DMus), University of Ottawa (MMus), and Acadia University (BM). He has toured, competed, and performed across the country and has worked with many of Canada’s leading pianists and musicians. He has collaborated as a pianist and music director at the National Arts Centre (ON), Fountain School of Performing Arts (NS), Acadia University School of Music (NS), in addition to numerous choirs, ensembles, and chamber groups.

Edward is currently based in Montreal as a pianist, collaborative musician, composer, teacher, and adjudicator and is excited to be returning for his 3rd year with the Segal Academy.

 

Debora Friedmann
YAYA
Debora is thrilled to be a part of the Segal Academy team as the director for YAYA. Debora is a director and choreographer with a passion for theatre and education. She recently completed a Masters in Education and Society and co-founded the independent musical theatre company Contact Theatre. She most recently directed and choreographed Contact Theatre’s first production Bonnie and Clyde which garnered critical acclaim. Previously, she directed and choreographed Chicago (AUTS), and The Addams Family (WISTA) for which she won the Broadway World award for best director.  Born in Mexico and raised in Vancouver, she fell in love with Montreal and Montreal theatre after moving to the city in 2014.  She is so grateful to be part of the Segal family!

Félix Dupont-Foisy
Broadway Stars
Félix is a versatile Montreal based pianist, singer, conductor and composer/arranger. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Conducting from McGill University. As a singer, he was part of Opera McGill and the University of Montreal’s Musical Theater Company. He now works as a professional chorister and freelance soloist. From 2013 to 2017, he was the Musical and Artistic director of the musical theater company Phoenix Musical. His credits as musical director/pianist include Wicked, Once Upon a Mattress, Beauty and the Beast, The Wedding Singer, Next to Normal, the Quebec Musical Theater Festival as well as several children’s musicals that he wrote for the McGill Conservatory Day Camp. Felix is also an active piano and voice teacher. He currently conducts the Cine-Jazz choir and is assistant for the McGill Conservatory Choirs and the South Shore Children’s Choir. This is Felix’s first year with the Academy.

Maria Herrera
Broadway Stars
Maria is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and an accomplished actress on stage and on screen. A career that has spanned over three decades has included work with Miramax, Paramount, FOX, CBS, CBC, NBC, ABC, SHOWTIME, LIFETIME and much more. Maria has been teaching drama for over 20 years in Vancouver and Montreal including Vancouver Tap Dance Society, Sheila Parkins school of Dance in the West Island, ECS in Westmount and all throughout Montreal in association with the Segal Academy.  Maria began her career in theater in Edmonton performing at the Jubilee Auditorium and she has continued to perform for stage, film, and TV for many decades with Feature film and Television appearances coming in 2018 and 2019. After a very successful year teaching a Segal Academy class in the west island, Maria is excited to teach Broadway Stars in Montreal.

Daniel Hickie
Broadway Stars
Daniel is a Montréal based theatre creator, animator, teacher, learner and aspiring clown. In Sydney, Australia, where he grew up, he studied theatre creation and acting and was most interested by devised works and physical theatre. Since arriving in North America, he has collaborated with or learned from artists at The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, The Interact Centre for Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis), The Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Geordie Theatre Productions (Montréal) and The Kells Academy (Montréal). While Daniel has done some one-off workshops with the Segal Centre, he is overjoyed to be co-leading the Intro to Broadway class this year.

Madie Jolliffe
Broadway Stars
Madie is a director, playwright, choreographer, teacher, and performer. She recently completed her Performance Creation degree at Concordia University where she now works for the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities and as the research assistant to the chair of the theatre department. She has spent 2018 creating a multidisciplinary performance with a female collective that has been performed in Germany and here in Montreal. Madie is the co-founder of CMTS, a musical theatre company in Ottawa, Ontario, she has worked with WISTA and the Young Creators Workshop at Playwrights Workshop Montreal. She also held the position of Drama Specialist at Champions Day Camp. Madie was an assistant for the Academy in the past and is so excited to be an instructor this year! This is Madie's 2nd year working with the Academy.

Jonathan Patterson
Broadway Stars and Broadway & Beyond
Based in Montréal, Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans from theatre to opera to musicals. Recent credits include: Million Dollar Quartet (Sudbury Theatre Centre/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.); Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical, Xanadu Jr. (Segal Centre Academy, dir.). Jonathan also created choreography for the Segal Centre’s Annual Fundraiser for four seasons and is the choreographer for 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 and has a very busy private voice studio. This will be Jonathan’s 8th year working with the Academy!

Jennifer Rizzo
Broadway Stars
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 performer, freelance music director, and harpist in Montreal and along the U.S. East Coast.  Jenny is also the music director of the Montreal Children’s Theatre, instructor for CAMMAC's Musical Theatre week, elementary music teacher at Kells Academy, choreographer for the Royal West Academy productions, and teaches drama, music, and dance classes for the R.E.C. Room Cote St. Luc Programs, as well as having a private home studio.  This will be Jenny’s 3rd year working with the Academy!

Kyla Smith
YAYA & Broadway Stars
Kyla is a music educator, voice instructor, and lover of all things Disney and Broadway. As a recent graduate from McGill University’s music education program, she is now a music specialist at Verdun Elementary School. Trained in both classical singing (Vanier College and Concordia University) and jazz voice (McGill), she’s taught at Broadway Academy Westmount for the past six years as a private vocal instructor and currently runs the St. George’s Elementary School Glee club. Kyla has musical directed several other shows including WISTA (West Island Student Theatre Association)’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, and St. George’s High School production of Lucky Stiff. Also experienced at writing music of her own, Kyla received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialization in composition from Concordia in 2015, where she won the Orchestre symphonique de l’Isle (OSI) composition competition. She is looking forward to her 3rd year working with the YAYAs and her first with the Broadway Stars.