Meet the Launch Point Instructors! 

Maddy Scovil is a professional actor and director who specializes in theatre for and by youth. She is a recent graduate of Queen’s University with degrees in Drama, French and Education. Maddy spent three years with the Queen’s Barefoot Players where she created and toured adaptations of Shakespeare and fairy tales for young audiences. Her most recent directing credits include Blue Canoe’s Peter and the Starcatcher and Man of La Mancha. She has taught workshops in performance techniques, auditioning, puppets and Shakespeare. Her favourite and first staring role was Tinkerbell (despite not having any lines).

Cristina Gonçalves is a local dancer and theatre actress. She started dancing competitively in Vaughan, Ontario when she was 6 years old. Since moving to Kingston in 2013 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree at Queen’s University, Cristina has had the pleasure of applying her skills as a performer and choreographer in local musicals, plays, and devised projects. Some of her favourite styles of dance are tap, acrobatics/contortion, hip hop, pointe, and contemporary. Cristina has explored collaborative, devised theatre with the Juvenis Festival and the Storefront Fringe Festival and loves opportunities to create unique and original content. Most of all, she is super enthusiastic about providing artistic opportunities to youth in Kingston!

Ryan Cowl is a recent graduate of Queen’s University. Ryan holds degrees in music and education, focusing on vocal techniques and pedagogy. Ryan has been working in music and theatre for nearly two decades in various roles, including performer, educator, music director, orchestrator, and composer. Ryan is fresh out of a touring contract with the Thousand Islands Playhouse and two productions of his first original musical: Homeschooled the Musical, which was a hit of the Storefront Fringe Festival and Blue Canoe’s own Juvenis Festival. On a good day Ryan can also play over two dozen instruments!