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Multi-Disciplinary Arts Instructor, Musician and Performer  

OBJECTIVE

Multi-Disciplinary arts professional interested in education opportunities in music and theatre.

Summary

MJ is a gifted music, theatre and performing arts instructor who teaches private and group classes in theatre, classical to contemporary, numerous styles of voice, piano and theory, private and audition coaching and songwriting with her company, MJDiva Music.  MJ has extensive experience teaching  all ages and levels theatre and music, as well as numerous other disciplines associated with the performing arts.

A classically-trained vocalist, pianist, and guitar player, MJ has also had extensive experience as a professional actor and classical, musical theatre, singer/songwriter and blues and jazz performer throughout Alberta.

MJ has performed and collaborated with numerous notable companies in Calgary, including the Calgary Opera, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Calgary Fringe Festival, Calgary Ignite! Festival, Hidden Insanity Theatre, Centre Stage Theatre and Stage West for Kids. In 2009, she co-founded The Shatspearean Players, producing and directing The Life And Death Of Richard II, in January 2009, and Pericles, Prince of Tyre in August 2009, and has also created Musical Direction and Sound Design for numerous theatre and film productions. 

THEATRE RESIDENCIES and instruction

Providing direction, musical direction, instruction performance, and collaboration in numerous in-school theatre residencies throughout Calgary, some of which include:

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS - 2011 - Present

2016 - Time Travelers' Parade - Beakerhead Science and Arts Festival/Ramsay Community, Ramsay, Calgary AB

Director/Musical Director for this well-attended community event involving families and individuals from throughout Calgary as part of the annual Beakerhead Festival inviting families the public to attend in their best time traveler ware, watch a live theatre production and have a Time Travelers' Parade, ending with a dance party and a chance to save Ramsay, at the Ramsay Arena in Ramsay, Calgary AB.

2014 - Robots! - Beakerhead Science and Arts Festival/Ramsay Community, Ramsay, Calgary AB

Director/Musical Director for this highly-attended family community event, part of the annual Beakerhead Festival inviting families and individuals to attend in their best home-made robot costumes and watch a live theatre production starring local youth, engage in a community robot scavenger hunt, and culminate with a techno dance party at the Ramsay Arena in Ramsay, Calgary AB.

2011 - present

Dramantics! - The Alexandra Centre Society, Inglewood, Calgary AB

Co-Instructor with the Dramantics!, the only Youth Theatre Spring Break/Summer Camp of its kind in Calgary where youth ages 8 - 16 create, write and star in their own plays, as well as designing and creating all the costumes and sets for the performances.  The summer camp culminates in a performance at the Calgary Fringe Festival.

SCHOOL RESIDENCIES – 2005 - 2013

Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary AB

Planning and teaching numerous in-school residencies, performances and theatre classes and camps

2005 - 2009
Inglewood Community Association, Calgary AB

Planning class modules and instruction numerous Children's Theatre Summer Camps at the Inglewood Community Association, including youth productions of the Pirates of Penzance, Aladdin, Cinderella, Musical Theatre Camp, Young Shakespeare camps and numerous other themes for ages 5 - 12, as well as in-school after-school residencies at the Colonel Walker School for Halloween and Christmas, ages 6 - 12.

DIRECTING

CALGARY OPERA
'LET'S CREATE AN OPERA' PROGRAM

Il faut toujours aider son prochaine (Director, Calgary Opera, Let’s Create an Opera Programme, Sacred Heart Academy – Strathmore, 2009)

Le Tanz Canadien(Director, Calgary Opera, Let’s Create an Opera Programme, William Reid School, Calgary, 2008) 

THE SHATSPEAREAN PLAYERS

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (Director/Producer, Calgary, August 2009)

The Life And Death of Richard II (Director/Producer, Calgary, 2008 - 2009)

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Stage West for Kids (Calgary, 2010)

Old Musical/New Musical – Centre Stage Theatre (Touring production, Calgary, 2010)

A 70s Cinderella – Stage West for Kids (Calgary, 2010)

Once Upon A Christmas – Stage West for Kids (Calgary, 2009)

Munschapalooza Stage West for Kids (2007 - 2009)

Bunnicula  Centre Stage Theatre (Calgary, 2008) 

COMPOSITION/SOUND DESIGN

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ­– Stage West for Kids (Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary 2010)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Centre Stage Theatre (Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary 2010)

A 70s Cinderella – Stage West for Kids (Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary, 2010)

Once Upon A Christmas – Stage West for Kids (Composition of complete score, Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary 2009) 

Munschapalooza – Centre Stage Theatre/Stage West for Kids (Composition and Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary, 2007 – 2009)

Mixed Up – Centre Stage Theatre (Composition and Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary, 2009)

Most Dangerous Game – Centre Stage Theatre (Composition and Sound Design, Recording of overdubs, Calgary, 2008 – 2009)

Bunnicula – Centre Stage Theatre (Composition and Sound Design, Recording and Production, Cue Sheets, Calgary, 2008) 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

20052012

Centre Stage Theatre

My Favourite Fairy Tales (Knave of Hearts, Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary – 2007 – 2012)
Old Musical/New Musical (Vocalist, Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary, 2010)
A 70s Cinderella (Disco Queen, Stage West for Kids/Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary, 2010)
Wandering Tribe (Staged Reading, Calgary Cultural Centre, Calgary, 2010)
Most Dangerous Game (Various roles, including Woman/Mrs. Smith /Dateline Host, etc., Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary, 2008-2009)
Once Upon A Christmas (Mrs. Claus, Stage West for Kids/Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary December 2009)
Munschapalooza (Rock Star, Centre Stage Theatre, Stage West, Calgary, May 2009)
Bunnicula (Mrs. Monroe, Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary, 2008)
Wrecked (Sharon/Various Characters, Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary, 2007)
The Venus of Milo, AB (Venus/Herself/Various Characters, Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary Fringe Festival, 2006)
The Subject of My Affections (Various, Centre Stage Theatre, Calgary, 2005)

20072008

Calgary Ignite! Festival - Sage Theatre

Fire Ally (Mother, Ignite! Festival, Calgary, 2008)

The Dirty Goddess (Bone Woman, Ignite! Festival, Calgary, 2007)

20042005

Hidden Insanity Theatre

Durang! (Nurse Ratchett/Phys Ed Teacher, Hidden Insanity Theatre, Calgary, 2004)

19911994

Maenad Theatre 
Cherry - The Karaoke Play (Prostitute, Maenad Theatre, 1994)
The Dolly Rockers (Honey, Maenad Theatre, 1992)
Bluto (Woman 3, Maenad Theatre, 1991)
19901992

University of Calgary
The Lover (The Wife, University of Calgary Nickle and Dime Program, 1992)
Life Under Water (amy-Joy, University of Calgary Nickle and Dime Program, 1991)
Medieval Cycle Plays (Various Roles, University of Calgary Mainstage, 1991)
19861990

First Soprano

Calgary Opera

Candide (First Sheep/Cartagenian, Alberta Theatre Projects/Calgary Opera, 1990)

La Fille Du Regiment (Soprano, Calgary Opera, 1990)

Un Ballo in Maschera (Soprano, Calgary Opera, 1989) 

The Magic Flute (Soprano, Calgary Opera, 1989)

Carmen (Soprano/Small Role, Calgary Opera, 1988)

The Mikado (Soprano, Calgary Opera, 1986)

19831988

Principle Theatre Players

Brigadoon (Fiona McLaren, 1988)

South Pacific (Nellie Forbush, 1985)

My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle, 1983)

VOICE OVER

Don’t Believe Everything You See – Audio Prologue – D. A. Richards (December 2010)

Pericles – Promotional Video – The Shatspearean Players (August 2009)

Most Dangerous Game – Promotional Video - Centre Stage Theatre (2008 – 2009)

ARTS ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

THE SHATSPEAREAN PLAYERS - 2009 - 2010

Producer/Managing Co-Artistic Director

GREEN FOOLS THEATRE SOCIETY - 2006

General Manager/Arts Administrator

  • Artist scheduling

  • Event Planning

  • Word, Excel, various accounting programs

  • Marketing

  • Contract Negotiation/Administration

EDUCATION

19951997

Legal Assistant Certificate

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)