Core Artistic Team
“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.
Cafe Noisette, Checkmate, Boardwalk
Management & Board
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.
Frog in Hand Artistic Director, Board Member, Artistic Committee, Marketing Committee
Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations as a dancer, educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer. She is the proud Artistic Director of Frog in Hand Productions Inc, a dance-theatre company she co-founded with her sister, Noelle Hamlyn. Frog in Hand has received support from the Port Credit Village Foundation, Hazel McCallion Foundation, City of Mississauga, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council and the Federal Government. Colleen joyfully and playfully devises original, multidisciplinary work with diverse artists from many backgrounds; she loves to stage site-specific performances in surprising and unusual places. Her work has been called "measured and clear" (The Dance Current), and "simply brilliant" (Mooney on Theatre). Colleen holds a Masters Degree in Dance from England's London Contemporary Dance School (University of Kent). Independently Colleen regularly choreographs and dances with a variety of dance-theatre/physical-theatre companies, including a new collaboration with installation artist and scenographier Troy Hourie ("Odditimes"), which was live-streamed to Portugal in August 2020.
Frog in Hand Board Member, Marketing Committee
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.
Frog in Hand Board Vice-Chair & Secretary
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.
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.
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?
Frog in Hand Business Manager, Assistant to the Board, Board Note-Taker, Advisor to Marketing & Artistic Committee
Jessica Cen (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist based in the territories of Treaty 13 and the Williams Treaties, also known as Scarborough. She specifies in stage and production management, theatre administration, public relations, and design. 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 had the privilege of being mentored by and working alongside many respected industry artists during her undergraduate studies. 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. She collaborated with Frog in Hand in the following fall season for their site-specific outdoor promenade-style performance, Stories in the Woods, as the Assistant Stage Manager and Production Assistant. Her recent works also include collaborating with Toronto Union, Electric Moon Theatre Company, City Youth Players, and Flato Markham Theatre. She was also the Volunteer Coordinator for the 18th Annual 2020 Female Eye Film Festival. Today, she is the Business Manager of Frog in Hand.
Frog in Hand Rehearsal Director, Advisor to Artistic Committee
Alice is an Australian actor and physical performer who has been working with Frog in Hand over the last three years. Trained as an actor at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Alice continued to explore physical storytelling through further training and work as an actor, fight choreographer and movement coordinator.
Since leaving Australia in 2016, Alice travelled the UK and Canada to dig deeper into the craft of stage combat and movement performance. She is an advanced actor combatant with the FDC in Canada and the BADC in the UK. For the last three years Alice has been based in Toronto working as an actor and movement coordinator. This time in Canada has been a wonderful journey, from developing and honing skills in stage combat with Rapier Wit, to diving into the independent film and theatre community as an actor, stunt performer, fight choreographer and movement coordinator.
Alice has had the absolute pleasure of continuing her exploration of physical storytelling with Frog in Hand.