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Kim Dolan - General Manager
Kim Dolan is native to Kingston and is pleased to be home and serving her community. Kim holds a Masters of Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is an Accredited Music Therapist (MTA) working in the region. She has always been passionate about the arts and creative expression, and is an advocate for the use of arts for wellness and self-expression. Kim has deep ties to Blue Canoe Productions having been involved in a variety of productions since 2007. She has been involved in various capacities both on and offstage in productions including: Seussical, RENT, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Spring Awakening, and Newsies. Kim has a breadth of administrative and creative experience with other arts initiatives including The Kingston Store Front Fringe Festival, Laurier Musical Theatre, and Laurier's A Cappella group (Hawkapella). Kim is looking forward to continuing her engagement with the Kingston youth arts scene, and is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic and experienced Blue Canoe Team.
Hayley Cann - Director of Marketing
Hayley Francis Cann is a certified music therapist providing music therapy services within the Kingston, ON area. She has clinical experience with seniors including dementia and Alzheimer’s, individuals with developmental disabilities, autism, and rehabilitation including stroke, acquired brain injury to name a few. In pursuit of higher education (BMT, MTA, NMT), Hayley received advanced training in piano, guitar, and voice, as well as saxophone as her principle instrument. Throughout her life, Hayley enjoyed performing in various ensembles and choirs in her community and volunteering at schools,hospitals, and seniors homes. This lead her to pursue a career involving music, the arts, and connecting with people. Hayley has additional experience in marketing and branding and she is a general lover of the arts. These experiences lead her to accept the Director of Marketing position at Blue Canoe Productions. In tandem with joining the Blue Canoe team, Hayley is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Aging and Health at Queen’s University to further explore the aging process, the impact the arts has in healthcare, and collaborate with other healthcare professionals to find ways to promote wellbeing during the aging experience. Hayley is also using her love of the arts to author a Children’s book releasing in March 2020. In everything she does Hayley aims to provide an authentic experience that is respectful toward all people no matter their age, diagnosis, background, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
Kate Seip - Administrative Assistant
Kate Seip is originally from Waterloo, Ontario but resides in Kingston where she is a third year drama student. Kate has been involved in theatre since the age of 4 with local Christmas shows but began getting serious about theatre when she decided to enroll in an Integrated Arts Program high school. She has since performed in many plays and short films including Hamlet (KW Youth Theatre), Midnight with Envy (KW Youth Theatre), The Runaway (student film) and The Bruce Documentary (TVO). In addition to performing, Kate is heavily involved in costuming. She has been on costume crew and designed costumes for several shows including Cocktails with Mimi (Theatre Wellesley), The 9 Worst Breakups of all Time (Eastwood Collegiate), The Trouble with Cats (Theatre Wellesley), Mr Burns and the Post Electric Play (Queen's University) and is currently designing costumes for Not Wanted on the Voyage (Queen's University). Kate is constantly taking acting, singing and dance classes across Ontario to hone her craft. When not performing or working on costumes, Kate can be found painting, watching the Leafs game, cooking or going for a walk. She is an avid sports fan having played soccer, hockey, badminton and gymnastics growing up. She is thrilled to continue her position as administrative assistant at Blue Canoe this summer!
Favourite quote: “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw
Favourite Musical: Cats the Musical
Areas of expertise: Arts administration, costuming, acting
Gloria Digby - Community Arts Coordinator
Gloria was born and raised in Napanee, she has been a performer and avid theatre goer since a young age. From dancing at competitions, to singing for large audiences, to acting in plays/musicals; she has loved every second of it. Gloria has trained in various dance genres and participated in multiple workshops with choreographers from L.A., Broadway, Toronto and “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has studied various levels of the BATD and is currently working on the ADAPT dance syllabus. Along with Dance, she has also trained in multiple vocal styles since the age of 12. She has sung at a variety of events including; country jamborees, town festivals and multiple competitions. Some of her most memorable singing moments were when she did a Cafe concert with Ryland Clark(James), opening for Jacob Moon and winning the Student Artist of the Year Award from her hometown. Gloria is currently working towards a Bachelor of Music Theatre at SLC/Queen's University. She is super excited to have this opportunity to work with youth through the arts!
Favourite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Favourite musical: Legally Blonde
Area of expertise: Dance, Vocal, Acting
Sonja Niedermaier - Production Coordinator
Sonja is a recent graduate of Queen’s University’s DAN School of Drama and Music. While there, Sonja developed a passion for technical theatre and worked her way to a role as Head Electrician for the school. Outside of The DAN School, Sonja has worked as a technician at Thousand Islands Playhouse, The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, and 4th Line Theatre. Since coming to Kingston, Sonja has worked with Blue Canoe on many projects. Some highlights include being co-Festival Technical Director for the Juvenis festival in 2017 and 2018, and Lighting Designer for Legally Blonde (2018) and Elf: The Musical (2019). Sonja is thrilled to be back working with Blue Canoe and can’t wait to see what this new age of theatre has in store!
Quote: "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun." -- Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins)
Favourite Musical(s): Rent and Hairspray
Areas of Expertise:
-Laughing at my own jokes
Santine Hughes - Production Coordinator
Hello! My name is Santina and I am a recent Queen’s Music graduate with a major in Vocal Performance. In September, I will be finishing my Bachelor of Education, specializing in Intermediate/Senior grades with Music and Drama teachables. I have volunteered for Blue Canoe for the past three years and I am ecstatic to join the team as one of the Production Coordinators. When I’m not involved with theatre, you can find me crafting, baking or playing Animal Crossing. I am so looking forward to creating accessible theatre and exploring the arts through an online lens with you all!
Favourite Quote: “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt” –Charles M. Schulz
Favourite Musical: Waitress
Areas of Expertise: Vocals, Music Direction, Arts Education & Leadership
Maya Meyerman - Juvenis Managing Director (Interim)
My name is Maya and I am a Brock University student going into my fourth year of Studies in Arts and Culture with Cultural Management. I have lived in Kingston my entire life and have been involved in the arts community for many years. I've been involved in community theatre and am a graduate from the Kingston School of Dance. I also worked as a summer student at the Tett Centre for 2 years. I can't wait to spend the summer with Blue Canoe and work on the 2021 Juvenis Festival. I am always happy to hear from community members too so feel free to reach out if you have any feedback or fun ideas!
Favourite Quote: "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have" - Maya Angelou
Favourite Musical: A Chorus Line
Areas of Expertise: Dance (dancing and choreography) and arts administration
Jenni Saslove - Launch Point Academy Coordinator
Hi! My name is Jenni. :) I graduated from Queen’s, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Drama. I absolutely love musical theatre and I’ve been performing ever since I can remember! I also have a huge passion for camp. I went to camp for 12 summers, then worked at camp in various performing arts and leadership roles for 8 years after that! I cannot WAIT to get started with Launch Point Academy and I look forward to seeing you there!
Fun fact: I LOVE puns! Some might even say I'm ~pun in a million~
Area of expertise: Musical theatre! Singing, dancing, and acting - and helping you combine each of them!
Favourite quote: "She believed she could, so she did." - R. S. Grey
Favourite musical theatre show: I can't pick just one!!! Some of my favourites are Heathers, Next to Normal, Wicked, and Waitress!
Abby Wolfe - Education Assistant
Hey my name is Abby and I work at the Blue Canoe Theatre Company! I love acting and improv and love working with other people! I've done lots of acting camps being a camper and also being a counsellor! My area of expertise would definitely be improv! I was the captain for my school's improv team and have been working on my improv skills since grade 9!
Favourite musical: Phantom of the Opera and Noises Off!
Favourite quote: "You have no idea how high I can fly." -Micheal Scott
Area of expertise: Improv