Stephanie Fowler – Artistic Director and Instructor, Owen Sound TheatreKids and Teen Performance Group (Panto Director, Saugeen Shores and Owen Sound)
Stephanie Fowler has been involved in theatre from an early age and has continued to act and direct for groups in Canada and abroad. Experienced as an elementary and secondary school drama teacher, Stephanie started Sandcastle Theatre in 2002 to provide an opportunity for young people to participate in theatre. Inclusivity and accessibility are very important to Stephanie and her approach and philosophy help people – young and old – discover their talents and gifts.
Stephanie works with a number of other local musicians and artists for her programs.
Nadia Mear – Instructor, Meaford programs (Panto Musical Director, Collingwood)
A native of Vancouver and a graduate of the triple-threat program at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Nadia has found ‘home’ here in the Georgian Triangle. Most recently seen as onstage in Theatre Georgian Bay’s musical No Chance In Hell, she has produced and performed across the country in film/tv, cartoon webseries, voice over work and theatre. Nadia teaches the Meaford TheatreKids classes with Sandcastle Theatre and is musical director for the upcoming Potter the Christmas Panto in Collingwood.
Select Performing Credits: Twelfth Night (Theatre Georgian Bay),Shevil the Musical (T.O Fringe), The Emperor’s New Clothes (Simcoe Street Theatre), QUARTERLIFE: the musical (T.O Fringe), Lord of the Pantos (Holiday Panto Productions), Songs For A New World(Arts Club), Happy End, Merrily We Roll Along, On the Twentieth Century, (Shaw Festival).
Producing / Directing / Musical Directing Credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Georgian Bay), True Colours, Peter Pan the Panto, Cinderella the Panto, Annie (Sandcastle Theatre)
Laura LaChapelle – Instructor, Collingwood programs (Panto Director, Collingwood)
Laura LaChapelle has been part of community theatre in the Georgian Triangle area for over 30 years. Not only is she an actor but she is a director and stage manager. The last 10 years she has kept busy teaching drama to children running both after school programs and summer drama camps.
Jackie Rose Brown – Musical Theatre instructor Owen Sound (Panto Musical Director, Saugeen Shores and Owen Sound)
Jackie-Rose Brown is a graduate of the triple-threat program at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Originally from Owen Sound, Jackie-Rose has worked in film, children’s theatre and musical theatre. Some recent credits include Mute: The Musical (Toronto Fringe), Life Boat (Small but Mighty Productions), Shevil: The Musical (Toronto Fringe), and The Princess and The Pea (Solar Stage). Jackie-Rose has recently moved back to her hometown to pursue a career as a vocal teacher.
Deanne Service – Dance Instructor Meaford (Panto Choreographer)
Deanne, known as Dee to most, was born and raised in the Georgian Bay area and fell in love with performing at a young age. She began training in multiple styles of dance at the age of 4 and has since channeled her passion for dance into teaching and choreographing. Whether you are 2 or 92, dancing recreationally or competitively, Dee believes dance does wonders for your body, mentally and physically. The studio and stage are her home. Teaching is when she is happiest. She hopes that by teaching with love, compassion and encouragement, she will help others find their passion and love for the movement and art of dance. She hopes it will help them in life as much as it has helped her. Dee recently opened her own studio in Wasaga Beach called Active Arts. This will be the third season teaching and the 4th production she has choreographed for Sandcastle Theatre. She always looks forward to working alongside her fellow colleagues and the students on the shows. The productions she has contributed to are Cinderella, Oliver!, Peter Pan: The Panto and True Colours. Next time her work hits the stage will be for Sandcastle Theatre’s upcoming Christmas pantomime, Potter – the Panto.
Lauren Best – TheatreKids Sprouts, Mini, and Jr instructor Owen Sound
Lauren is an interdisciplinary artist, musician, and arts instructor, facilitator, and coach. In addition to instructing classes and workshops, she is Sandcastle Theatre’s General Manager. Growing up in the Owen Sound area since the age of 9, she has been involved with local organizations such as Sheatre both in her youth and as an adult through her professional arts practice. Lauren is passionate about sharing her experience and skills locally and accessibly through Sandcastle Theatre. She completed the Artist-Educator Professional Training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music with the designations of Mentor/Lead Artist, and went on to become RCM faculty. Her work included curriculum development, leading workshops/classes/camps, and teacher training/mentorship, both at the RCM and with other organizations including the Roman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital. Lauren’s interest in using neuroscience findings creatively was highlighted in her work with the RCM’s new early childhood learning program “SmartStart InterArts”, which is based on using music and multiple art forms to develop cognitive skills using both arts and cognitive science best practices.