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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.
Kate Seip - Administrative Assistant and Juvenis Co-Managing Director
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
Maya Meyerman - Juvenis C0-Managing Director
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
Sonja Niedermaier - Blue Canoe Managing Director
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
Santina Hughes - Marketing Manager &Company Assistant
Santina is a recent Queen’s Music graduate with a major in Vocal Performance and is currently completing her Bachelor of Education specializing in Intermediate/Senior grades with Music and Drama teachables. She has volunteered Blue Canoe for the past three years and I am ecstatic to be on the team working with such passionate, creative, and hardworking individuals. When she's not involved with theatre, you can find her crafting, cooking, playing music, or walking her dog! With her extensive experience in the arts, education, and administration, Santina is thrilled to share with the greater communities, all of the opportunities Blue Canoe has to offer!
“Everything is possible, even the impossible” –Mary Poppins