Core Artistic Team

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“We” are sisters and co-founders Colleen Snell and Noelle Hamlyn. We began collaborating 25 years ago, inspired by stories of frogs in our back yard. Although we continue to draw from our local context we are now inspired by places we have lived and stories we have heard from all over the world. These include The Banff Centre, LADMMI, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, London Contemporary Dance School (UK), Shiseikan Budojo (Tokyo)
and Barefoot College (Tanzania).

 

With dance at the forefront, we blend disciplines, treasuring the interaction between space, place and the possibilities of narrative. We seek to blur boundaries that separate art forms, artists, audiences and communities; we collaborate with others who have similar aspirations. Our company members have trained with Gaga Movement (Israel), Jacob’s Pillow, Third Rail (NYC), Peggy Baker Dance Projects, and ProArteDanza. Like us, they are committed to listening for stories and working in community context.

Colleen Snell

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Noelle Hamlyn

Associate Artists

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Daniel Levinson

Dramaturge, Mentor

Alice Cavanagh

Rehearsal Director, Summer Company co-artistic director, Dragon, Stories in the Woods, checkmate, War of the Worlds Reimagined. Education collaborator & fight director.

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Joe Pagnan

Lighting Director

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Philippe Poirie

Creature, Home, Off the Wall, Two Solitudes, The Fall, Rehearsal Director

Kristen Carcone

Block Party, Creature, HOME, Fountain, Wall, Checkmate

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Micha Baltman

The Fall, Heart of Matter, Boomba, Summer Company 2019, Stories in the Woods 

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Amanda Pye

The Fall, Education (Creature)

David Norsworthy

Off the Wall, Block Party, Stories in the Woods

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Jarrett Siddal

Stories in the Woods, The Fall

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Francesca Chudnoff

Photography,

Performer, Block Party

Andrew Gaboury

Dramaturge, Educational Associate, HOME Anomaly , Off the Wall, Cafe Noisette, The Competition 

Kelly Shaw

Callahan Connor

Fountain

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Thomas Colford

Creature, Turn Out the Lights

Andrew Gaboury

Dramaturge, Educational Associate, HOME Anomaly , Off the Wall, Cafe Noisette, The Competition 

Kelly Shaw

Callahan Connor

Fountain

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Jessica Cen

Summer Company 2019/2020, Stories in the Woods, War of the Worlds Reimagined,

Frog in Hand business manager

Andrew Gaboury

Dramaturge, Educational Associate, HOME Anomaly , Off the Wall, Cafe Noisette, The Competition 

Kelly Shaw

Callahan Connor

Fountain

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Miquelon Rodriguez

Sound design, composer, DJ, actor. Anomaly, HOME, Block Party, Stories in the Woods, War of the Worlds Reimagined

Andrew Gaboury

Dramaturge, Educational Associate, HOME Anomaly , Off the Wall, Cafe Noisette, The Competition 

Kelly Shaw

Callahan Connor

Fountain

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Callahan Connor

HOME, Boardwalk, Heart of Matter, Off the Wall, Stories in the Woods, Distance Dances, cave forest river field, War of the Worlds Reimagined

Andrew Gaboury

Dramaturge, Educational Associate, HOME Anomaly , Off the Wall, Cafe Noisette, The Competition 

Kelly Shaw

Callahan Connor

Fountain

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Andrew Gaboury

Cyclops, Stories in the Woods, Anomaly, Home, Off the Wall, the trouble with capes, Cafe Noisette, The Competition, War of the Worlds Reimagined

Andrew Gaboury

Dramaturge, Educational Associate, HOME Anomaly , Off the Wall, Cafe Noisette, The Competition 

Kelly Shaw

Callahan Connor

Fountain

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Danny McArthur

Cafe Noisette, The Fall, Anomaly

Frances Samson

The Fall, cave forest river field

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Aria Evans

The Fall

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Alvin Collantes

Educational Mentor, Photography, The Fall, Creature

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Maddy Wright

Block Party, Anomaly, untitled, Creature

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Samuel Davilmar

California Tour, cave forest river field

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Rohan Dhupar

The Fall, 2018 Summer Company rehearsal director, Summer Company 2020, choreographer/teaching, cave forest river field, Stories in the Woods

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JT Papandreos

Stories in the Woods, Cafe Noisette, Creature, The Fall, Checkmate

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Mayumi Lashbrook

Cafe Noisette, Checkmate, Boardwalk

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Tavia Pereira

Paint the Town Red, The Competition

Jeremy Pearson

The Competition, Home, fight choreography, Summer Company 2020, Frog in Hand statistics

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Damian Norman

Creature, checkmate, Cafe Noisette, Off the Wall, Dragon

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Clarke Blair

Dragon, Summer Company 2018 & 2020, Stories in the Woods, cave forest river field

Sydney McManus

Fountain, The Fall, Springboard Danse 2016

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Elke Schroeder

Stories in the Woods, Education/training mentor

Makenna Martinez

Summer Company 2020, Stories in the Woods, Giants Network youth leadership panel

Management & Board

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Ruben Burga

Frog in Hand Board Chair

Ruben Burga, PhD, MBA, P. Eng. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph. He teaches and researches topics in Sustainability and Social Responsibility in business and is interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Prior to his academic career, Ruben was a senior executive in various high tech organizations and was based at various times in Asia, Latin America, the US and Canada. Ruben is passionate about the arts and has been involved with Frog In Hand since its early days and prior to that when his daughter and the founders of Frog in Hand were both involved in dance competitions in the US and Canada.

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Colleen Snell

Frog in Hand Artistic Director, Board Member, Artistic Committee, Marketing Committee

As the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Frog in Hand, Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in a variety of roles including educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer. Colleen devises and performs collaborative work with musicians, spoken word poets, actors, fight directors, visual artists and martial artists. She holds a master’s degree in dance from England's London Contemporary Dance School (University of Kent). She is an advanced actor-combatant (FDC), a writer with the Dance Current, and an avid arts educator. Her collaborative choreographic process and work is highly regarded, as is her work in improvisation and site-specific production. Guided by Colleen's vision of collaboration, Frog in Hand has received support from the Port Credit Village Foundation, Hazel McCallion Foundation, City of Mississauga, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Federal Government. Since the pandemic Colleen has created new radio plays, dance films, outdoor (distanced) site-specific productions and a narrative website, The Lost Museum (Welcome to The Lost Museum).

Caroline Augustin

Frog in Hand Board Member, Marketing Committee

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Caroline Augustin started her first dance studio in Mississauga, Blueheel Dance, in 2003, driven by a love of dance and a desire to share this awesome activity with others. Blueheel has over the years built a reputation of delivering excellent dance instruction in a fun, vibrant atmosphere that fosters friendship and camaraderie. 

 

Caroline Augustin has extensive experience in marketing, helping to set Blueheel apart. Augustin describes herself as the “accidental entrepreneur,” having fallen into the dance business when she realized how deeply it resonated within her. It was quite the switch moving from a successful Corporate Marketing & Advertising career to starting a business in a field so new and far removed from the world of banking and corporate management. She took the leap and never looked back.

 

Caroline is an active part of the community, strongly believing in giving back through participation in fundraising, scholarship programs, and supporting youth. Since 2013, Blueheel has been an active partner of the Community Foundation of Mississauga’s Dancing with the Mississauga Stars fundraising event. More recently, it has been involved in the Small Arms Society and its efforts to reimagine the historical Small Arms Building at 1352 Lakeshore into a Creative Hub for the Community. Caroline joined the Frog in Hand board in Spring 2020.

James Roy

Frog in Hand Board Vice-Chair & Secretary

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James Roy began his career at the age of twenty-two when he founded the Blyth Festival. This theatre in small town Ontario was one of the first to specialize in producing new Canadian works, and remains one of the most successful theatres in Canada today.  Between 1980 and 1986 James was Artistic Director of the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, British Columbia and the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg.


James joined CBC Radio Arts and Entertainment in 1990 as the Executive Producer of
Morningside Drama. For much of the 90’s and following he was Area Executive Producer of
Network Radio Drama, as well as producing his own drama series. His productions have won Gold Medals at the New York International Radio Festival and at the Gabriel Awards.


Following two years as Head of Radio A&E, he left to lead the CBC team that launched Radio One on Sirius XM Satellite Radio. He returned to A&E to develop and produce the first season of Afghanada, CBC’s most popular radio drama series. Subsequently he returned to manage Radio One on Sirius XM as it expanded to include the Radio Promo Unit, producing all CBC Radio’s on air promotion.


Since 2015 James has been Creative Director for Amazing Agency and its sister company, IT World Canada.

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Noelle Hamlyn

Frog in Hand Director of Visual Design, Ex-Officio Member, Advisor to board transition
Member, Artistic Committee, Advisor to Marketing Committee

Noelle is a graduate of Sheridan’s Textile program (2007), SAIC (Chicago, 2009), and Fanshawe’s Technical Costume Studies (2015). Noelle’s work represented Canada at the International Craft Biennale (South Korea), the Love Lace Competition (Sydney, Australia), Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and in Japan in a select group of Canadian artists exploring the possibilities of Japanese paper. Hamlyn’s practice has been recognized by awards and support from: OAC, Mississauga Arts Council, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) and the Mississippi Mills Textile Museum. Noelle’s work is held in permanent collections at: Cambridge Art Gallery, Peel Board of Education, Japanese Paper Place, City of Mississauga Culture Division, Peel Museum and Archives (PAMA) and Cleveland University Hospitals. She has shown at Biennale Internationale Du Lin de Portneuf (Quebec), Art Gallery of Mississauga (X-IT Room, F’d Up!), VAM’s Annual Juried Exhibition (best in show). Noelle recently embarked on an adventure to South Africa, working as an artist in community with like-minded textile creators.

Joe Pagnan

Ex-Officio Member, Advisor to board transition

Member, Artistic Committee

Joe is a scenographer with proficiency in scenic and lighting design, represented by the Associated Designers of Canada. He is honoured to be part of the global design community. Growing up playing on farms and backwoods around Guelph and Rockwood Ontario, Joe currently resides with his partner in Niagara, Canada. Actively engaged in exploring emerging performance practice and theory, Joe was an assistant curator of the 2011 Canadian Exhibition for the Prague Quadrennial of Space and Design (Czech Republic). Once a member of the Young Centre's emerging artist program, he also holds a BFA Honours from Ryerson University. Joe have since participated in intensive master classes with Universitat Weimar / Theatre Bauhaus (Berlin), OWOW Project (Poland), and Rimini Protokoll (Berlin). Current research hopes to answer the question: Can we define performance space in an unstable or degenerative organic world? 

Jessica Cen

Frog in Hand Business Manager, Assistant to the Board, Board Note-Taker, Advisor to Marketing & Artistic Committee

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Jessica Cen (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Scarborough. She specifies in stage and production management, theatre administration, public relations, and design and is passionate about supporting artists to realize their visions and create immersive intersectional spaces and transcendent experiences. Jessica graduated from Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute as an Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major and Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Theatre Performance Production and minoring in Acting & Dance. She was the Production Assistant and Stage Manager for the Frog in Hand Summer Company 2019 & 2020, assisting and facilitating in a variety of roles and projects. She collaborated with Frog in Hand in Fall 2019 on site-specific outdoor promenade-style performance, Stories in the Woods, as the Assistant Stage Manager and Production Assistant. Her recent works also include Toronto Union, Electric Moon Theatre Company, City Youth Players, Flato Markham Theatre, and the Female Eye Film Festival. Currently, she is the Business Manager of Frog in Hand and is extremely grateful and ecstatic to be a part of the Frog in Hand Summer Company for her third time!

Alice Cavanagh

Frog in Hand Rehearsal Director, Advisor to Artistic Committee

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Alice (she/her) is an Australian actor and movement coordinator for stage and screen who is fascinated by the art of physical storytelling. Trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (2012), Alice became curious about the world of theatrical violence and physical communication. In 2013 she began to study stage combat and started her training as a fight director. After working for several years in the Australian Film & TV industry as an actor, Alice left Australia to continue her studies as a fight/movement director in the UK  and Canada. Alice is now working in Toronto as a movement coordinator and actor with dancers, actors, directors, filmmakers, stunt performers, photographers, models, poets, and musicians to create meaningful stories for the stage and digital space.