Wendy has enjoyed an extensive, professional career in theatre having performed on stages across Canada & the US, as well as in film & television, including numerous commercials. Born in Timmins, her background includes studies of piano and music theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as years of dance and figure skating training. She is a graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City, & the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England. Wendy has successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.
Cyndi is a Toronto-based music theatre performer and has performed in theatres across Canada. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier in Theatre and English, she also studied acting at the University of Windsor. Her music studies have included Voice, Music Theory, and Flute. Cyndi has written and directed for youth and teen music theatre programs, and she has taught for the after school drama program Arts Express. She has also enjoyed volunteering her time to perform at the Hospital for Sick Children.
Nick is a musical theatre performer/choreographer and comedian. He holds diplomas from Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, Vancouver Film School, and Second City Toronto's Conservatory and Musical Conservatory programs. Nick also teaches musical theatre to 7-18 year olds at ACT ONE School of Drama, and improv workshops through Second City's Education Company. Nick has successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey.
Laura Cooper is overjoyed to be a Registered Music Together teacher and part of the Toronto MT teaching community! Though her educational background is in science (M.Sc. Neuroscience, McGill University), she has never stopped playing music for fun and she has always had a special connection with young children and families. Laura is currently working as a research assistant for a postpartum depression study at the University of Toronto, and supports families during their childbearing years as a birth and postpartum doula. Laura spent 5 seasons with McGill’s Savoy Society performing Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, in the orchestra pit, on stage, and behind the scenes. She played violin on a legitimate Canadian folk album (Toll the Bell, Lakes of Canada), plays violin and accordion and sings backing vocals for the Montreal-based folk-pop ensemble, The Seacoast Barony.
Shannon Dooks has been singing since the ripe age of 4 years old in Oshawa, ON and started enjoying drama at an early age as well. She has recently returned home after studying musical theatre in Australia where she lived for the past 5 years. She has performed on various stages in Sydney, Australia as well as taught at the Australian Girls Choir and currently teaches vocal lessons at Appletree Music Academy while keeping up with local auditions. She also has an EP out on iTunes that features three songs written by her that shows another side of her music career. Shannon has a passion for sharing music, drama and performance with children because of how young she started and how important it is to start early. She is looking forward to more Fun With Music Together!
Ara is a trained singer and performer/choreographer working in theatre and dance. Originally from New York, she holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and MFA from UC Davis. She has taught theatre and dance classes as well as directed plays for children in New York and California. Highlights include creating two original jukebox musicals (Gulliver's Travels and Where the Wild Things Are) that featured 80s power ballads and arena rock -- as Max sails to the island students sang Stix' "Come Sail Away" while five year olds dressed as lobsters played hardcore air guitar. Ara is a registered Music Together teacher.
Pamela holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, a BFA Honors in Dance from York University and a Vocal Music diploma from Canterbury School of Performing Arts. Her teaching and learning practice is influenced by her work with artists from New York, San Francisco, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Toronto. Pamela continues to immerse herself in diverse, inclusive and multi-disciplinary creative work that fuels her focus as a performer, choreographer, artist-educator and arts advocate. She is thrilled to be a registered Music Together teacher and is looking forward to having Fun With Music Together with families across the GTA!