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Administrative Team

 

Tara Young
Chief Executive Officer

Tara Young was named as Chief Executive Officer of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Fall 2018, providing strategic leadership and management of the day-to-day operations of the College, and assuring the College's accomplishments and financial sustainability are aligned with the College's mission, vision and goals. Tara's career shows how robust, rich and rewarding a career built on performing arts education can be. She has worked as an Artistic Director and Associate on over a dozen Broadway shows and national tours. In addition to creating musical productions and working with notable groups such as the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, LA Opera, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Tara lends her vast experience and knowledge of Broadway by leading workshops and appearing as a guest lecturer. Tara's skills have been leveraged as Artistic Director with Cirque du Soleil on the Michael Jackson's The Immortal World Tour; Artistic Deputy General Manager of Dragone's The Han Show (Wuhan, China) and Resident Artistic Director of Dragone's La Perle (Dubai, UAE). With a career spanning three decades of stage and screen, she has traveled the globe working on numerous world-renowned stages both large and small from Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and Palais des Congress, to Madison Square Garden and the O2 Arena. Her unique approach and boundless energy has kept her as a sought after voice among programs offering education in theatre. Her workshops are taught to all levels from performing arts elementary and high schools to Universities throughout the United States and Canada as well as participating in Cirque du Soleil's social outreach in the arts while on tour worldwide.


Lauren Brett Randolph
Executive Director / College Financial Aid

Lauren Brett Randolph was appointed by the Board of Directors to the position of Executive Director in December 2017. As Executive Director, Lauren provides leadership and management of all programs of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts, according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Lauren Brett Randolph’s commitment to educating and inspiring young performers has spanned almost 30 years. For 12 years, she managed day-to-day operations of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts (then known as the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts). Among other duties, she oversaw policy and curriculum implementation for an industry-leading post-secondary program providing professional training for aspiring Triple Threat talent.

In addition, she created and developed Randolph Kids, which generated ancillary musical theatre training-based projects in partnership with the City of Toronto and the York Region District School Board. For five years she was also executive producer of the Randolph Young Company, a performance-based youth theatre group that staged three large-scale musical productions per year. In 2011, Lauren developed the performing arts curriculum at Stardust Academy, a new performing arts school in Amman, Jordan. She also served as admissions director and financial aid officer for the Randolph College College Program until August 2013, returning again in 2016. She continues to serve as an admissions liaison for the college program, while enjoying launching her second career as a certified executive life coach. In 2017, Lauren became a leadership coach for the Canadian Olympic Committee Olympic Co-op.

Prior to that, Lauren spent 15 years as a certified head coach, developing the skills of national-level rhythmic gymnasts, and leading them to compete at the World Championships and Pan Am Games. During that time, she was recognized by the Canadian Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastic Federation as Coach of the Year. Lauren herself was a member of the national team, representing Canada at the World Championships in Munich.


Mary Jane Boon
Director—Finance

Mary Jane Boon B.Sc., CPA, CMA joined RPCA in March 2019. She is the former Canadian CFO of Ammeraal Beltech Inc., a global leader in the conveyor belting industry, and most recently was the Interim Executive Director of Theatre Ontario.

Mary Jane earned a B.Sc. from McMaster University and after years of working in finance departments, completed her Certified Management Accountant designation. She has built a resume of experience with privately- and publically-owned corporations as well as not-for-profit organizations.

In addition to the development of her financial management career, she has been active with community theatres for over 20 years. Mary Jane is an award-winning lighting and set designer, working with a number of theatre groups throughout the Greater Toronto Area. In addition, she was involved with the administration of The Curtain Club in Richmond Hill and is a past President of that organization.


Elaine O’Neal
Director—Communications/College Alumni Relations

Prior to joining the Randolph team in October 2007, Elaine O’Neal served as Communications Specialist for VLPR, a public relations agency serving the arts and entertainment and hospitality industry. Before that, she was Communications and Development Director for Soundstreams Canada, a groundbreaking new music concert and festival series.

Elaine hails from New York where she held several senior communications positions, including executive speechwriter, with Viacom and NBC. Elaine developed her writing and editing skills at publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Elaine’s own background in the arts includes directing, producing, and performing in theatrical productions. Elaine holds a B.A. in English and Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

 

College Program

Tamara Bernier Evans
Artistic Director—College Program

Tamara earned a BFA Honours in Theatre Performance from York University and completed nine years of piano performance as well as three years of music history and harmony at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music.

She began her acting career at the Stratford Festival of Canada before going on to perform for theaters in Toronto (Tarragon, Necessary Angel, Nightwood and Canadian Stage) and across the country (The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Theatre Calgary) as well as playing a lead role on Broadway in the musical Mamma Mia! After living and working in NYC, Las Vegas and LA, she returned to Toronto to become a Founding Artist of Theatre 20 and served as the Artistic Producer there until she won a lead role in the Toronto production of War Horse.

In 2015, she served as a member of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards jury for the Touring, Musical Theatre and Opera category. She has directed workshops at the Stratford Festival of Canada, for Theatre 20, and at George Brown College among others and served as the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre for the 2015/16 season. She directed a Mainspace production of Midsummer: A Play with Songs at Tarragon Theatre in May 2017 with Richard Rose.

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Laurie Ma
Administrator

Laurie Ma is not only an alumnus of the Randolph College Program, but also of the Kids Program. Laurie literally grew up at 736 Bathurst, and eventually was hired as an administrative assistant for the summer camp program. In October 2009, she became student events coordinator and was promoted in January 2011 to college events and administration. She began her career in the performing arts as a child, appearing in PSAs, commercials, and Canadian television programs between the ages of 8 and 12; more recently she has appeared in episodes of the Teletoon series My Babysitter’s a Vampire.


Michael Reinhart
Coordinator—Acting Division

Michael Reinhart is a theatre/performance creator, performance scholar and theatre instructor, who has taught at The Randolph Academy and the University of Toronto. His work (both creative and academic) is based in exploring interdisciplinary art-making and collective-driven devised theatre creation. Much of this exploration/research has occurred through his work with [elephants] collective, of which he is a founding member, as well as in an array of external collaborations. Select recent projects include: “4 ½ (ig)noble truths” (Zeitpunk Theatre – Superior Theatre Festival 2017, UNO Festival 2017, Theatre Centre 2016, SummerWorks 2016. “Best of SummerWorks” NOW Magazine, awarded 'Best Direction' by My Entertainment World), “A Wake for Lost Time” ([elephants] collective - Katzman Contemporary 2017, DaPoPo Live-In Festival 2016, SummerWorks 2015), “The Weavers” (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts 2017), “Surplus Party Guest” ([elephants] collective - Katzman Contemporary 2016), “A Kitchen Sink Drama” ([elephants] collective - Rhubarb Festival 2016), “Stare.Print.Blue” (digifest 2015 & Open Spaces: SURVIVAL Festival, Berlin 2014).


Dylan Roberts
Coordinator—Film & TV Division

Dylan Roberts most recently played Merry in the Mirvish Productions' World Premiere production of The Lord of the Rings in Toronto, and was seen on the big screen in the Mira Nair-directed Amelia. He is a graduate of the Theatre program at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario. Dylan made his professional theatre debut in Ted Dykstra's directorial debut, Science Fiction. Recent theatre credits include: Whistle In The Dark (Company Theatre); The Taming Of The Shrew (ShakespeareWorks); Tempest and Romeo And Juliet (Resurgence Theatre); Accidental Death Of An Anarchist (Globe Theatre); Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Abridged (Waterloo Stage Theatre). Dylan is honoured to be part of the legendary VideoCabaret; he has portrayed Louis Riel in the last two installments of the Canadian history cycle. VideoCabaret's Confederation garnered a Dora nomination for the acting ensemble. Dylan is also proud of his association with Studio 180; he played a slew of characters in their smash Canadian premiere of The Laramie Project. Dylan can also be seen in dozens of television ads and often appears on television and film screens. Recent film and television credits include Kit Kittridge: American Girl (HBO); Nature Of The Beast (ABC); The Jane Show (Global); The Call (CBC); and Closing The Ring, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough. Dylan especially enjoys working on projects through the Canadian Film Centre, creating short films with Canada's most exciting young writers and directors.


Jeannie Wyse
Coordinator—Vocal Division

Jeannie received her Associateship Diplomas in Voice and Piano from the Western Conservatory of Music and studied Opera at the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Most recently, she was the Director/Musical Director for Sonus Stage's inaugural production of Side by Side by Sondheim and Musical Director for Hair (The Grand Theatre) and The Rocky Horror Show (Randolph College). In 2010, Jeannie served as Assistant Conductor/Keyboardist for Jersey Boys (Dancap) and was the Children's Musical Director for the The Sound of Music (Mirvish). She was also the Musical Director for the Georgian Theatre Festival (Meaford) for two seasons. Jeannie has toured North America with Riverdance - The Show and toured and recorded extensively with the Elmer Iseler Singers, including an appearance with the Canadian Brass at Carnegie Hall and on the soundtrack to Schindler's List with John Williams. She has appeared as a soloist with the AIMS Festival Orchestra, Summer Opera Lab, Vocalpoint Chamber Choir and the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir with whom she was a Vocal Coach for seven years. Jeannie has been a member of the music faculty at the Randolph College for the past 14 years and was the Associate Music Director at Metropolitan Community Church Toronto for 8 years. She has also served as keyboardist for Seussical,Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia! and Lord of the Rings. Jeannie has a private studio and teaches Pop, Musical Theatre and Classical voice. She is also active as a Clinician and Adjudicator.


Sandra Long
Coordinator—Dance Division

Sandra Long (A.R.A.D., A.I.S.T.D.) has been inspiring young dancers with her highly creative and energetic style for 20 years. Ms. Long is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). She has trained students in all levels of examinations including the very prestigious Solo Seal Award. Sandra has trained with the top Ballet and Modern dance professional in Canada, the United States and England and is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School in London, England. A celebrated Choreographer, Ms. Long has created pieces for performance in many countries including Spain, England, Greece and the United States. Ms. Long is also a Can Fit Pro Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.


Deborah Tennant
Coordinator—Vocal Tutorial

Deborah Tennant is in her 15th year teaching voice and audition technique at Randolph and is the coordinator for the Vocal Tutorial Area.

Deborah has a busy and varied career as an actor, singer, teacher and writer. She graduated from the respected Studio 58 Theatre program at Vancouver Community college, where she was on the Dean's Honours List and received the VCC Scholarship for academic achievement. Since graduating she has continued her training at the Banff Centre (Young Professionals Master Class, Bernard Hopkins, David William); Workshops for Professional Actors (Carol Rosenfeld, David Craig); Equity Showcase (Patsy Rodenburg, John Karr, David Rotenberg, Arnold Mungioli); and private vocal work with David Dunbar and Cornelius Reid.

Deborah has worked at theatres from Vancouver to Halifax in everything from Shakespeare and Moliere to Gershwin, Burt Bachrach and Gilbert and Sullivan. Favourite roles include Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Maria in The Sound of Music, Elmire in Tartuffe and Marilla in Anne of Green Gables. She has been a member of the Stratford Festival Company, playing Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music and appearing in Inherit the Wind.

She has a long list of TV and Film credits including A—The Scarlet Letter, Due South, Sister Mary Explains it All, The Newsroom, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Martha Behind Bars and Degrassi, as well as commercials.

She has done workshops on Vocal Presentation for Second City, been a guest lecturer at George Brown College, and has a lively private studio.


Jenny Richmond Bravo
Director—Student Services

Jenny Richmond-Bravo earned her M.Ed. in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) in 2010. She also holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology from York University. Jenny has studied a variety of approaches to learning and personal development and has worked extensively in educational administration, program coordination and facilitation. As someone with a passion for the arts, Jenny is thrilled to be a part of the RCPA team, working to promote student wellness and success.


Sophie Kendrick
Director—Admissions

Sophie Kendrick joined the RCPA team as Admissions Director in March 2018. A graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology, she completed her post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Centennial College. Previous positions include account coordinator, Veritas Communications; account executive, Zeno Group; and account manager, Pomp & Circumstance PR.

 

Kids Program

Allison Hess     
Director—Kids Program

With an extensive background in both performance and arts education, Allison believes that the arts should be fun and accessible for all. She is looking forward to bringing her expertise and passion for performing and education to her role as director of Randolph Kids. As a performer, Allison has worked in both film and theatre, and has graced stages big and small across Ontario, including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. As an educator, she works with young performers across the GTA, and specializes in theatre for children aged three to seven. Allison also adapts, arranges, directs and in her spare time loves to bake and hang out with her cat Thor.


Sydney LaForme           
Administrator—Kids Program

Sydney LaForme has been teaching dance and movement in Toronto since graduating from the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. In addition to being on faculty for Randolph Kids, she has also taught at Toronto Film School. Aside from teaching, Sydney also works as a performer, director and stage manager throughout the city.


Allison Beula    
Coordinator—Triple Threat Division

Allison Beula holds an Honours B.A.A. in film and is a recipient of the “Norman Jewison Filmmaker” Award. She furthered her training at The Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts, for whom she currently Directs, Choreographs, and Instructs. She is also on faculty for The Avenue Road Arts School and VIBE Arts. She has lead workshops and classes for dozens of institutions including: Mirvish (Lion King),The Toronto and Catholic School Board, OISE, and The Ontario School of Ballet to name a few. She trained with Upright Citizens Brigade and Dance Manhattan (NYC), and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory Program. Allison is a two-time recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant for “Artists in Education”. Allison’s musical The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go! which she wrote, directed, and choreographed, made its debut at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won “Patron’s Pick” and “Best of the Fringe” and then continued on to be in the January 2012 “Next Stage Theatre Festival”. She choreographed artist Jeff Straker’s video Hypnotized which hit the MMM Top 10. She recently choreographed for “CBC-CBC Days Live” and she continues to direct and choreograph multiple productions across the city every year. In 2016 she was cast as a Principal lead in the new television series “Oh Yuck-Season One!” as the loveable robot “DURP-E”, it is set to debut on networks across the world in late 2017.


Rebecca Mastoras        
Coordinator—Dance Division

Originally from beautiful B.C., Rebecca’s extensive dance training and performing began at a very early age at her mother’s dance studio. After training under the National Association of Teachers of Dance based in London, England, Rebecca achieved her Fellowship accreditation in ballet, tap and modern stage. More recently, her studies have continued into International Ballroom and Latin. Rebecca is on faculty at several Toronto academies including the Joy of Dance, Byfield Dance Experience and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Rebecca is a sought-after adjudicator and guest instructor and her love for the stage has brought her to perform all over Canada. She was a member of Shawn Byfield’s national tap dance ensemble Funk Factory and her choreography has been featured in such productions as the Toronto-based Women In Dance and the season-opening gala celebration for the Stratford Festival. She is currently working with the tap collaboration Toronto Rhythm Initiative that melds the rhythmic talents of local tap artists with live jazz musicians.



Ron Singer       
Artistic Director Emeritus

Ron Singer was Artistic Director of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts (then known as the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts) from 1992 to 2009. Ron trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England), Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studios (NY) and at the Michael Shurtleff Studios (Los Angeles).

As a professional actor, Singer has performed in feature films, TV series and commercials. Singer has directed more than 30 professional theatre productions, serving as Director of Actors Workshops (Stratford), Artistic Director of Young Companies (National Arts Centre, Ottawa), the first Artistic Director of Young People's Theatre (Toronto), and Associate Director (Toronto Arts Productions, St. Lawrence Centre).

In television, Singer assisted the director of the award- winning ABC series, Barney Miller, and was the director of a documentary special for Group W Cable TV (Los Angeles).At Expo '67 in Montreal, Singer was Assistant Head of Theatre. He has also served as Assistant Head of Productions (National Arts Centre), Executive Director of Group W Cable TV (Channel 10, Los Angeles), Producer of Citypulse News (CITY-TV, Toronto), producer for TV production development (Solnicki Productions, Toronto), Production Co-ordinator on Double Your Money quiz show (Rediffusion TV, London, England) and Vice-President of the Entertainment Division (Seabaco Group, Toronto and Moscow). For Seabaco/SAV Entertainment, Singer completed a 30-month consultancy in Canada, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe where he was engaged in the development of major entertainment projects.

Five of Singer's plays for young people have been produced across the country. He has also worked as an entertainment critic (CFRB Radio and Standard Broadcast News), arts and entertainment reporter (CBC Variety Tonight), Director of Research for the Sadat mini-series (Columbia Pictures Television, Los Angeles), and Casting Director for Funny Farm (CTV).

Ron Singer is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre at York University and over his 32-year tenure at the University, he held positions as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Director of the Graduate Program in Theatre (two terms) and Chair of the Department of Theatre (two terms).

Presently, Singer is one of the Executive Producers of the critically acclaimed series Life's Little Miracles. He was one of the Executive Producers and co-creators of the series Class Act, which showcased the trials and tribulations of those trying to break into the world of show business and the rigors of their training at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Singer is Executive Producer and Producer on the TV series Med Students, Heartbeats, Trauma Team, Situation Critical (Discovery US) and Plastic Makes Perfect (Slice).


George Curtiss Randolph, Jr.     
Founder

George Randolph’s commitment to the arts has taken many forms, from dancer to choreographer, director, producer, and educator. A former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (New York) and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, George has over 35 years of international dance performance and education experience in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. His expertise has been leveraged as an adjudicator for many dance festivals across Canada. He has been honored as a leader in the arts by The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts - Barbara Hamilton Award, The Ontario Black History Society, Dance Immersion, Harbourfront Centre, and received a Proclamation from Toronto Mayor John Tory. In 2015, he added a Canadian Screen Award to his list of accolades, as co-producer of the TVO documentary Unsung: Behind the Glee. From 1992 to 2017, he led the Randolph College for the Performing Arts as President/Founder.


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