Liberty Junction Theatre

Performing Arts Programs in Mississauga

Our history & values.

Liberty Junction Theatre Inc. was founded by Melanie Miles in 2008 and has been growing steadily for TEN 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 all children are creative and have something to contribute. We will encourage them to lead, share ideas and to have fun!

  • “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 Money //

Creative Director Mississauga & Hamilton
Choreographer, Dialect Coach, Make up Artist

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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Peter Money //

Associate Director Mississauga & Hamilton
Ukulele & Guitar Instructor

Peter has a true heart and passion to teach and mentor through music. With a unique musical background both internationally and locally, he brings with him the love of both guitar and ukulele. With 20+ years of teaching experience, his greatest desire is to use his experience and passion to encourage and uplift his students to understand music better and learn how to use it as a tool to help them find their own unique musical voice.

LJT MISSISSAUGA TEAM.


Graziella Mastrangelo //

Musical Theatre Director/ Vocal Coach / Glee Instructor

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.

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Whitney Boerger //

Community Relations, Social Media Manager and 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!

 

John Zachar //

Director/ Acting & Improv Instructor

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 this year’s Grease with Liberty Junction, and is looking forward to directing young talent on stage.
 

Acting Coach

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 grows within his students.

 

Acting Coach


Charlotte Koo//

Set & Prop Creator, Painter, Designer & Instructor,

Charlotte is a product of the Ontario College of Art and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her family background and experience has been firmly rooted in graphic design and theatre arts. Charlotte has been the painting assistant and props work for the Shaw Festival, Buddies in Badtimes Theatre and Soulpepper as well as production work for community theatre in Hong Kong. Currently she is a practicing artist and a full time art teacher in the Toronto District School Board, having been in the education sector for over 20 years.
“I look forward to working with this team of creative and artistic mentors for youth.”

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Nicole Toogood //

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.”


LJT HAMILTON TEAM.

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Vasilisa Atanackovic //

Acting & Vocal Coach
Director- LJT Mississauga Wizard of Oz

Vasilisa Atanackovic is a dancer, singer, and actor from Toronto, Canada. She began performing at the age of 6 at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts where she later graduated with a diploma in Vaganova Technique Classical Ballet under the teaching styles of Vitek Wincza and former Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina, Olga Krymchanska. She then went on to train at Ryerson University’s prestigious Performance Acting program, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and award for ‘Best Graduating Actress.’ Vasilisa has performed around the world, including Canada, Europe, and The United States. As an actor, she has performed in many productions, from the works of Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to hit Musicals (The Addams Family, Cinderella, Hairspray, The Wiz, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Ragtime, Cabaret). She has worked with some of Canada’s leading stage directors such as Peggy Shannon, Judith Thompson, Soheil Parsa, Ian Watson, Perry Schneiderman and Sheldon Rosen. Coached by Polish Soprano Marta Greda-Kicek, Vasilisa is a classically trained soprano. Vasilisa has been classified as as a ‘true dramatic soprano’ and ‘a voice that comes around once in a lifetime’ by renowned musical director David Gowland, soprano Nelly Miriciou and coach Jack LiVigni. She portrayed Helen of Troy at the LA Opera with conductor and composer Nathan Wang. In the Summer of 2016, Vasilisa performed the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica in Sicily under the direction of Maestro Leonardo Catalanotto. in 2017, she reprised the dramatic role of Suor Angelica with the Berlin Opera Academy. In the Winter of 2018 Vasilisa sang a full concert with Prima Donna Jadranka Jovanovic and in the summer of 2018 she was invited by AVA’s musical director, Ghena Meirson, to Phildaelphia to portray the lead role of Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin.’

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Jacob Daigneault //

Acting & Improv Instructor

From the age of 15, Jacob fell in love with theatre. From there he began writing and performing in collaborative plays, and getting as involved in theatre as possible. He loved theatre so much that he even went as far as staying an extra year just to do another play!

Afterwards, he went on to Fanshawe College, and spent 2 years in the Performing Arts Theatre program, where he played Prospero in the Tempest, and was the Assistant Musical Director in a musical variation of Don Juan.

Since then, he has performed in a few small, community theatre plays, and is looking to make a life in the theatre game! He loves helping kids find their potential.

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Jenni Szoradi //

Acting & Improv Instructor

At a young age Jennifer always admired the arts, and she had her life set out to do theatre. Through doing a theatre program at school, she discovered she enjoyed performing for children’s audiences and having them participate in games and improv, and sharing and passing on that passion for theatre to children. She is currently a student in the theatre-prep program at George Brown College.