Simon Miron is a writer, director and arts educator based out of Winnipeg Manitoba. He has been teaching voice and theatre for over a decade and has participated in the development and creation of dozens of new works. Over the past 15 years his work has been featured across Canada and the UK. He has had the pleasure of working alongside such companies as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, MacEwan University, CTP Toronto, Royal MTC, PTE, MTYP, Rainbow Stage, MCMA, and Le Cercle Molière.
Director of educational activities
Jacqueline Harding is a Winnipeg-based performer and educator who holds a Master of Fine Arts (Musical Theatre) from the Boston Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) from the University of Manitoba. A versatile artist Jacqueline has performed with many different theatre companies in Winnipeg, including Rainbow Stage, District Theatre Collective, Dry Cold Productions, Manitoba Opera, One Trunk Theatre, Pizza Party Productions, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, establishing herself as an exciting and diverse performer in the city’s artistic community.
Paul De Gurse
Artistic producer/music director
Paul works as a music professional across Canada. In 2012 he earned a Bachelor of Jazz studies degree from the University of Manitoba. Through Rainbow Stage’s creative mentorship program, he has studied under veteran Canadian theatre conductors Jeffrey Huard, Elizabeth Baird and Stephen Woodjetts. Since then, his work as a music director and conductor for musical theatre productions has taken him to theatres across Canada, including Rainbow Stage, Drayton Entertainment, Neptune Theatre, Mayfield Theatre and Toronto’s Acting Up Stage company. In addition to his work as a musical theatre conductor, Paul is an active freelance keyboard player, composer, arranger and vocal coach.
Dance section coordinator/instructor
Jillian Willems is a Winnipeg based director, choreographer and performer.
Select performance credits include: South Pacific (Winnipeg Symphony); A Charlie Brown Double Bill (MTYP); South Pacific (Regina Symphony); Heathers (WST); Follies (Dry Cold); Annie (Rainbow Stage); Aida (Edmonton Opera); Letters and Words (Synaethesis)
Select creative credits include: Guys & Dolls (Director, WSO/Rainbow); Pippin (Choreographer, WST/ViC); Chicago (Director/Choreographer, Pizza Party); Breaking Up is Hard to Do (Choreographer, Rainbow Stage); American Idiot (Choreographer, WST); Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Choreographer, District Theatre Collective).
Jillian teaches Musical Theatre at Industria Dance Centre. For the 2018/2019 season, Jillian was mentored by Ari Weinberg in Theatre Management through Creative Manitoba.
Instructor (voice section)
Paula is an accomplished performer, music director and arts educator who is passionate about telling stories and helping others tell stories in the Winnipeg community. She was most recently seen in Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s production of Pippin as Fastrada and as the Music Director for Dry Cold Production’s Kiss of the Spider Woman. She has also worked extensively for Rainbow Stage, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Center, Prairie Theatre Exchange and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. Paula obtained Bachelors degrees in Music and Education at the University of Manitoba where she studied voice with Tracy Dahl. Paula has also taught Contemporary Vocal Technique workshops for the Rainbow Stage Conservatory and maintains a busy private voice studio of about 30 award-winning weekly students, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in theatre and music. She is honoured and excited to be a member of the teaching faculty for the Vic!