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 ELEVEN 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 Money //
Creative Director Mississauga & Hamilton
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.
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.
Whitney Boerger //
Choreographer & Social Media Manager
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 Grease & “13” the Musical with Liberty Junction, and is looking forward to directing young talent on stage.
Colin Paradine //
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.
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.”
Lauren Shepherd //
Vocal Coach & Zumbini Instructor
Lauren Shepherd, a graduate of Brock University’s BA in Drama, and The University of Exeter’s MFA in Staging Shakespeare programs, is thrilled to return to Liberty Junction for another production. Her first show with LJT was in 2011, fresh home from her Masters degree in England. In the UK she studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and researched in the RSC archives in Stratford Upon Avon.
Since 2011, Lauren has worked on a number of productions with LJT as a vocal coach, director, and dialect coach. She continued her studies at U of T for a few years, earning a research bursary to travel back to the UK and research Early Modern madness at the Bethlem Archives. In 2014 Lauren launched her own theatre company, The Shakespearience Group.
In 2015, she travelled to St. John’s, NL for 4 years with her husband for his medical residency. While there, Lauren’s artistic flair flourished. She performed as Kala in Disney’s Tarzan with Peter MacDonald Productions, in Sister Act with Atlantic Light Productions, in TRUMMP The Musical with Peter MacDonald Productions, and both fight choreographed and dialect coached PMP’s production of Oliver. She also performed with NL’s only professional Shakespeare Company, Perchance Theatre in the summer of 2016 playing Viola in Twelfth Night, and The Nurse in Romeo & Juliet. But her most cherished memory of her 4 years away was singing with an incredible choir, Les Ms. This choir, under the direction of Dr. Valerie Long, became her lifeline, and taught her more and more each week about the value of community and the strength and resilience of the arts community. In 2018, Les Ms were invited to join the DCINY Magnificat 2019 performance choirs under the direction of Dr. Nancy Menk, and so in March of 2019 Lauren and her family travelled alongside the choir to New York where she performed on Broadway and at the one and only Carnegie Hall; Bucket List item officially checked off!
Lauren is so grateful of the experiences she’s had – truly being in the right place at the right time – and the right place for her right now, is Liberty Junction Theatre Inc. So happy to be back!
LJT HAMILTON TEAM.
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.
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.