GENEVIÈVE CHOLETTE - FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Geneviève Cholette is a professional musical theatre performer and choreographer known all across French Ontario for her art as well as for the workshops she has given to over 5000 young artists. While enjoying a booming career in the arts in Canada and in France, she has been teaching for almost 20 years having opened her own studio when she was only 18 years old. In 2010-2011, she had the great honour to have been asked to become the official spokesperson for the FTAMS (Theatre Festival for French Ontario High Schools). Since 2006, she has launched the teen acting studio for the world renowned Cater Thor Studios, in Toronto, she continues to coach teens and children for professional film, TV and theatre auditions and has received several grants for her French Musical Theatre projects through the Ontario Arts Council. After giving workshops in dozens of French, English and French Immersion schools in Ontario and Quebec, teaching Drama and Musical Theatre at the Toronto French School for the past two years, she has been asked to teach her Musical Theatre workshops by the Ministry of Education for the ‘’Moniteurs de langue’’.
Geneviève believes that artists can change the world and is dedicated to helping every artist on her path (young and old) find their true voice through their passion for the arts.
JULIE-KIM - ARTIST AND ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATOR
Originally from Montreal and now living in Toronto, Julie-Kim was introduced to music at a very young age by taking piano lessons. Although she loved piano, it is her singing talent that she chose as her instrument of choice to express her talent. Julie-Kim has a Jazz music degree from the C.E.G.E.P. de Drummondville. Most recently on tour with the popular French Trio Les Chiclettes, Julie-Kim fills her days in studio where she gives her voice to jingles or musical bands for corporate events and is also pursuing her acting career in film and theatre. You'll be seeing her in the next Molière's Le malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid) with Le Théâtre Français de Toronto. Some nights have surtitles so everyone is welcome!
LISE CORMIER - GUESTARTIST
Lise Cormier is an Acadian originally from Halifax who now lives in Toronto. Lise is an actor, singer and dancer in theatre, musical theatre, film, TV, and radio in both English and French. Here are some recent career highlights. Lise performed in Électro! Bing! Bang! with the new company, Théâtre Novo. Lise played “Diablanc” in Les Zinspirés 3D with the Théâtre français de Toronto, and was nominated with the ensemble for a Dora Award in the Theatre For Young Audiences Category. Lise was nominated in the same category the previous year for The Tale of a T-Shirt (Fixt Point / Theatre Direct). She was also in The Barber of Seville at Soulpepper. Lise voiced "Misty Simmons" on the award-winning radio drama Backbencher (CBC Radio). Lise graduated with Honours from Sheridan’s Music Theatre Performance Program and has also studied various forms of physical theatre. Lise has taught theatre, musical theatre and dance at Neptune Theatre School, Halifax Dance and the Leica Hardy School of Dance. Lise is a proud member of the unions CAEA, UDA and ACTRA. https://lisecormier.workbooklive.com
BIANCA HEUVELMANS - GUESTARTIST
Bianca Heuvelmans is delighted to be an active part of the artistic education rewarding the youth of Toronto and its neighbouring communities through Studio Unio. She is a graduate of The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and counts musical theatre as her consummate passion. She has joyously taught improvisation, dance, vocal lessons, as well as visual arts to the youth classes at The Randolph Academy for two seasons. On the Toronto stage you would have seen her as The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Magenta in the celebrated The Rocky Horror Show, as Heidi in Heidi, or as a spotlighted performer in various downtown Cabarets such as the lauded Chris Tsujiuchi's Cabaret. In recent past she has co-produced, directed, stage managed and starred in a triumphantly reviewed musical's run at The Lower Ossington Theatre. In the mere preludes to her twenty two years of age, Bianca already recognizes the importance of her individual and team-driven impact on the Canadian theatre scene. Her wish is to promote that very passion in future generations by bestowing them the confidence, the know-how, and the chance to express themselves vivaciously on stage.
HEUVELMAS - ARTIST
MARIKA LAPOINTE - GUESTARTIST
Marika Lapointe has been passionate about the arts since childhood. She has performed on stage across Canada as well as in New York City. As a professional actor she considers that her lifelong involvement in the arts has been instrumental in developing important personal and professional skills. Today, she is an active member of the francophone troupes Le Club des Marteaux and Les Improbables as well as a recurring cast member for Duotang Chesterfield’s Mystery Theatre. Marika graduated from the conservatory program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and participated in the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education course.
VÉRONICK FOURNIER - GUESTARTIST
From a very young age, Véronick was interested in performing arts; growing up, she indulged in singing and dancing lessons while being active in community theatre. She attained an Associate (Teacher’s) certificate from the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and is a graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Véronick has competed in many singing competitions, most recently, in June of 2011, she was a finalist in Ontario Pop. Her passion for the performing arts is not limited to the stage; she has experience in producing, stage managing and is currently the Artistic Administrator for Resonance Theatre. This year, You can see her on tour with Earth Rangers.
CHRISTOPHER WEBB - GUEST ARTIST
Christopher is an actor, dancer, and singer, a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. His artistic journey began in Shawinigan, Québec (the region he hails from) with various concerts, corporate events, and television competitions highlighting his singing, dancing, and piano abilities.
Since moving to Ontario, he has been seen on stage as: Cléante in Le Malade Imaginaire (Théâtre Français de Toronto), Du Croisy in Les Précieuses Ridicules (Théâtre Français de Toronto),Tyler in Merrily We Roll Along (Theatre Sheridan), Ernst in Spring Awakening (Theatre Sheridan), and as an ensemble member/dancer in The Wedding Singer (Hart House) and Chicago (Theatre Sheridan).
Christopher is also a graduate from the Certificate in Translation Program of the University of Toronto and has been translating for different Canadian companies (Tim Hortons Canada, Théâtre Français de Toronto) and, of course, for Studio Unio.