About Us – 2021

Our history & values

Liberty Junction Theatre Inc. was founded by Melanie Miles in 2008 and has been growing steadily approaching THIRTEEN years!

We are a registered non-profit theatre organization in Mississauga offering a variety of performing arts programs for both children and teenagers, including summer theatre camps, musicals and plays, improv courses, acting for TV and film workshops, vocal training, and a Kinder Drama program for young children.

“Liberty Junction” means a gathering place for freedom to be explored. We believe that where there is freedom, creativity will flow. We aim to create a positive and safe environment for participants in order that creativity and freedom would be expressed naturally.

We believe that everyone is creative and has something to contribute. We will encourage them to lead, share ideas and have fun!


Our Core Values

We foster creativity & self-expression

We celebrate risk

We strive to elevate others

We honour our commitments

We value progress over performance

We celebrate progress over performance

we do everything with excellence

we celebrate diversity

we ask for feedback for Improvement

We are committed to success

we take responsibility for our actions & behaviour

We seek out positive solutions

We honour people’s points of view

we conduct ourselves with integrity

  • “Liberty Junction has given my child the opportunity to develop even more confidence while performing and singing on stage, confidence that she can take into other aspects of her life.”
  • “My son has continue to learn and grow with Liberty Junction theatre. He has made some wonderful friends and loves to perform.”
  • “There is no doubt the confidence my daughter received by being part of this great production. She has made so many friends and can’t wait to be part of another Liberty Junction performance.”

Melanie Miles

Founder, Creative Director

At the age of eight, Melanie formed her own acting, singing and dancing group with her friends in the neighbourhood. Together they created scenes and musical theatre numbers and showcased them in Seniors homes in Brampton, Ontario (under the supervision of her parents). With her passion for self-expression and creation further developed, Melanie auditioned and was accepted into Mayfield Dramatic Arts Major. She found her way from acting to directing. It was at Mayfield where she participated in the Sears Festival, receiving an award for Excellence in Stage Managing. The following year, she was selected to direct a professionally written play. Melanie’s passion for leading and creating brought her to audition for the internationally acclaimed Vancouver Film School- Foundation Film program. She furthered her experience directing and working with actors, as well as producing short films. Melanie is also trained in Laban Movement and carries an array of creative talents from make-up artistry, set & costume design and sound editing.



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Nicole Toogood

Director & Choreographer

Nicole is absolutely thrilled to be choreographing for Liberty Junction Theatre. She has an extensive background directing and choreographing for a variety of theatre groups for quite some time. She has directed and choreographed “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Young Frankenstein”, and “Its Christmas Carol!’ being some of her favourites.

She has truly been honoured to work alongside such a professional welcoming creative team. Nicole is thankful for this amazing opportunity and looks forward to maintaining such a great relationship with the LJT theatre folks. As always, love and thanks goes to my ever supporting and encouraging “FRAMILY.”


Whitney Boerger

Choreographer

Whitney is trained in jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, and ballet. She spent her performance career in many roles across competitive dance and musical theatre productions including: Aida, Singing In The Rain, Spring Awakening, Pippin, and Man of La Mancha. During this time, Whitney also had the great opportunity to travel to New York City and train at the Broadway Dance Center and attend the Rockette Summer Intensive Workshop. For 10 years, Whitney has taught and choreographed for various groups including competitive and recreational dance teams and musical theatre productions including: Hairspray, Music Man, Into The Woods, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Newsies, and Liberty Junction Theatre 2018 productions of Lion King and Grease.

Whitney is honoured to work with such a talented and inspiring group of instructors and students and is truly grateful to be apart of the LJT Family!


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Gilbert Mhanna

Choreographer

Gilbert is a Lebanese freelance choreographer, dancer and filmmaker. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Filmmaking and Communication Arts from Notre Dame University – Louaize – Lebanon (NDU) in the year 2015. Gilbert has been involved in arts since he was a young boy, having always admired the cinema, theatre, and dance. Gilbert moved to Toronto and pursued a degree in Theatre Arts at George Brown College.

Gilbert dedicates his life for art. Before moving to Toronto, Gilbert directed and choreographed two musical, HAIRSPRAY and HOMEBOUND the Christmas Musical. Both were productions of more than 32 cast members, dancers, singers, and crew members – most of which were school and university students.
Apart from theatre and cinema, Gilbert have also worked as a freelance choreographer and dancer for various short films, feature films, advertisements, festivals, and dance schools.

“The love for what I do and who I am is unconditional and the passion to share this art with the world is my mission.”


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Alexandra Kazakevic

Vocal Director

Alexandra Kazakevic is a singer from Mississauga, Ontario. Alex began her music education at the young age of seven taking piano, voice, and theory lessons. She completed high-level certifications from the Royal Conservatory of Music, was involved in multiple choirs, theatres, and performance opportunities throughout her upbringing.

After majoring in voice at Cawthra Park Secondary School, Alex went on to complete her Bachelor of Music (with a specialization in vocal performance) from the University of Western Ontario. Despite her past education rooted in classical training, her influences and preferred genres include r&b, pop, soul, blues, jazz, and musical theatre.

Currently, Alex is working as a music teacher and professional vocal coach whilst creating and exploring a professional career as a music artist.


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Alma Sarai

Vocal Coach

Alma is an artist and arts advocate from Burlington, Ontario, and a recent graduate from the Theatre and Drama Studies program at the University of Toronto Mississauga joint program with Sheridan college. With roots in Hamilton, Alma has sung with the Hamilton Children’s Choir, performed and taught at Theatre Aquarius’ various programmes, and danced since the tender age of 3.

She is currently an Actor and Associate Producer with Tottering Biped Theatre, an Actor with ‘It’s a Mystery to Me,’ and recently appeared on ‘The Forgotten’ an Investigation Discovery special. Alma also works with various other local education programmes, helping to promote youth education and development through the arts. Alma has been teaching with Liberty Junction since September and has an ability to inspire youth in the online classes during this pandemic


Colin Paradine

Acting Coach

Colin is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Arts program and has been working as a professional actor since then. Some film and television credits as Defective (2017), Murdoch Mysteries, Reign, Tapped Out, Antisocial, The Unleashed, Dead Genesis and Anchor Baby. His theatre credits include Hamlet, Macbeth, Arsenic and Old Lace, Of Mice and Men, The Birthday Party, The Seagull, and Camino Real to name a few.

Colin has also been teaching drama for 20+ years. He has taught ages 5 to adult and ran his own theatre school in Mississauga with a focus on theatre and cultivating positivity, discipline and growth within his students.

 


Nathan Gregory

Theatre Administrator

Nathan is a current Ryerson student, studying Performance: Production and Design, with a focus in Production and Stage management. He previously studied English & History at Ryerson University as well.

Nathan’s passion for the arts was sparked first in elementary school, then fully released in high school with his school’s involvement with the Sears Drama Festival, where he twice won the award for Outstanding Stage Management.

In University, Nathan has become involved extensively with the Ryerson Musical Theatre Company (RMTC), through stage management, and currently presides over the company as President.

 


Graziella Mastrangelo

Vocal Coach

At an early age Graziella had her sights set on an elite high school which focused not only on academics but set a very high standard for performing arts. It was there Graziella had the opportunity to wet her feet in many aspects of the performing world. A love affair with Musical Theatre flourished and quickly she moved on to study all the different facets of Music, Theatre & Dance.

She is a Graduate of The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts; from which she holds a diploma in Performing Arts (Voice, Drama & Dance). She is a classically trained actor in Shakespearean, Elizabethan, Contemporary works, has extensive training in Improv at The Second City Theatre in Toronto and many years of training both in front and behind the camera.


John Zachar

Director

John has an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Windsor and is currently working at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in Toronto as a Visual Arts teacher.

He has been involved with theatre for over 24 years. Some shows he has performed in are: Adolfo in Drowsy Chaperone, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Capitan Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, just to name a few. He has also directed shows such as Urinetown and Into the Woods.

John is very excited to be a part of Grease & “13” the Musical with Liberty Junction, and is looking forward to directing young talent on stage.