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Administrative Team

George Curtiss Randolph, Jr.  President and Founder

George Randolph’s commitment to the arts has taken many forms, from dancer to choreographer, director, producer, and educator. A former principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble (New York) and Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, George has over 35 years of international dance performance and education experience in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. His expertise has been leveraged as an adjudicator for many dance festivals across Canada.  He has been honored as a leader in the arts by The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, The Ontario Black History Society, Dance Immersion, and Harbourfront Centre. In 2015, he added a Canadian Screen Award to his list of accolades, as co-producer of the TVO documentary Unsung: Behind the Glee. Since 1992, he has led the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts as President/Founder.

View George's full bio here.


 

Tamara Bernier Evans Artistic Director

Tamara earned a BFA Honours in Theatre Performance from York University and completed nine years of piano performance as well as three years of music history and harmony at Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music.

She began her acting career at the Stratford Festival of Canada before going on to perform for theaters in Toronto (Tarragon, Necessary Angel, Nightwood and Canadian Stage) and across the country (The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Theatre Calgary) as well as playing a lead role on Broadway in the musical Mamma Mia! After living and working in NYC, Las Vegas and LA, she returned to Toronto to become a Founding Artist of Theatre 20 and served as the Artistic Producer there until she won a lead role in the Toronto production of War Horse.

In 2015, she served as a member of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards jury for the Touring, Musical Theatre and Opera category. She has directed workshops at the Stratford Festival of Canada, for Theatre 20, and at George Brown College among others and served as the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre for the 2015/16 season.

She will be directing a Mainspace production of Midsummer: A Play with Songs at Tarragon Theatre in May 2017 with Richard Rose.

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Ron Singer  Artistic Director Emeritus

Ron Singer was Artistic Director of the Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts from 1992 to 2009. Ron trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England), Neighborhood Playhouse and HB Studios (NY) and at the Michael Shurtleff Studios (Los Angeles).

As a professional actor, Singer has performed in feature films, TV series and commercials. Singer has directed more than 30 professional theatre productions, serving as Director of Actors Workshops (Stratford), Artistic Director of Young Companies (National Arts Centre, Ottawa), the first Artistic Director of Young People's Theatre (Toronto), and Associate Director (Toronto Arts Productions, St. Lawrence Centre).

In television, Singer assisted the director of the award- winning ABC series, Barney Miller, and was the director of a documentary special for Group W Cable TV (Los Angeles).At Expo '67 in Montreal, Singer was Assistant Head of Theatre. He has also served as Assistant Head of Productions (National Arts Centre), Executive Director of Group W Cable TV (Channel 10, Los Angeles), Producer of Citypulse News (CITY-TV, Toronto), producer for TV production development (Solnicki Productions, Toronto), Production Co-ordinator on Double Your Money quiz show (Rediffusion TV, London, England) and Vice-President of the Entertainment Division (Seabaco Group, Toronto and Moscow). For Seabaco/SAV Entertainment, Singer completed a 30-month consultancy in Canada, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe where he was engaged in the development of major entertainment projects.

Five of Singer's plays for young people have been produced across the country. He has also worked as an entertainment critic (CFRB Radio and Standard Broadcast News), arts and entertainment reporter (CBC Variety Tonight), Director of Research for the Sadat mini-series (Columbia Pictures Television, Los Angeles), and Casting Director for Funny Farm (CTV).

Ron Singer is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre at York University and over his 32-year tenure at the University, he held positions as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Director of the Graduate Program in Theatre (two terms) and Chair of the Department of Theatre (two terms).

Presently, Singer is one of the Executive Producers of the critically acclaimed series Life's Little Miracles. He was one of the Executive Producers and co-creators of the series Class Act, which showcased the trials and tribulations of those trying to break into the world of show business and the rigors of their training at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Singer is Executive Producer and Producer on the TV series Med Students, Heartbeats, Trauma Team, Situation Critical (Discovery US) and Plastic Makes Perfect (Slice).


Jenn McKenna  Office Manager

Bio coming soon!


Lauren Randolph Admissions and Financial Aid (Acting)

Lauren Randolph’s commitment to educating and inspiring young performers has spanned almost 30 years. For 12 years, she managed day-to-day operations of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Among other duties, she oversaw policy and curriculum implementation for an industry-leading post-secondary program providing professional training for aspiring Triple Threat talent. In addition, she created and developed Randolph Kids, which generated ancillary musical theatre training-based projects in partnership with the City of Toronto and the York Region District School Board. For five years she was also executive producer of the Randolph Young Company, a performance-based youth theatre group that staged three large-scale musical productions per year. In 2011, Lauren developed the performing arts curriculum at Stardust Academy, a new performing arts school in Amman, Jordan. She also served as admissions director and financial aid officer for the Randolph Academy College Program until August 2013. She continues to serve as an admissions liaison for the college program, while enjoying launching her second career as a certified executive life coach.

Prior to that, Lauren spent 15 years as a certified head coach, developing the skills of national-level rhythmic gymnasts, and leading them to compete at the World Championships and Pan Am Games. During that time, she was recognized by the Canadian Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastic Federation as Coach of the Year. Lauren herself was a member of the national team, representing Canada at the World Championships in Munich.


Louise Camilleri Admissions and Financial Aid (On Leave)

Louise Camilleri joined the Randolph Academy in 2016 as Admissions Director, but is also a past faculty member. She is an administrator, entrepreneur, published author, as well as an accomplished performer. She holds a B.F.A. from York University.

As a performer, she appeared as a swing in the world premiere of The Lord of The Rings (Toronto), dance captain in Mamma Mia! (Toronto), swing and dance captain in the world premiere of Show Boat (Toronto, Broadway), featured dancer in Sophisticated Ladies (U.S. national tour) and Charlene in Ain’t Misbehavin’. She has performed as a pit singer for the National Ballet of Canada’s West Side Story Suite, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony (Broadway Beauties), the Canadian Tenors, and at the Canadian Screen Awards Gala. She appears as lead vocalist on Mark Camilleri's debut album, Mark Camilleri & The CT Project. Her film and television credits include performing in the movies Superstar, Blues Brothers 2000, Disney’s Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, The Ron James Show, hosting The Galaxy Project with TVOntario, and a number of commercials as well.

As an administrator, she has played a key role in the ongoing operations of Imagine Sound Studios.


Elaine O’Neal  Communications & Alumni Affairs

Prior to joining the Randolph Academy in October 2007, Elaine O’Neal served as Communications Specialist for VLPR, a public relations agency serving the arts and entertainment and hospitality industry. Before that, she was Communications and Development Director for Soundstreams Canada, a groundbreaking new music concert and festival series.

Elaine hails from New York where she held several senior communications positions, including executive speechwriter, with Viacom and NBC. Elaine developed her writing and editing skills at publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Elaine’s own background in the arts includes directing, producing, and performing in theatrical productions. Elaine holds a B.A. in English and Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Rhonda Schiller  Student Services

Rhonda earned her BA in Psychology from York University and also studied at George Brown College as a Child and Youth Worker. She has worked with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, including schools, group homes and hospitals for over 20+ years. She recently worked as a Crisis Counsellor for Toronto with Victim Services of the Toronto Police. She currently works part time as a Crisis Counsellor in a downtown hospital in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit. Rhonda is a CPR instructor and trains and certifies high school students with lifesaving skills. 

 


Laurie Ma  College Events and Administration

Laurie Ma is not only an alumnus of the Randolph Academy College Program, but also of the Kids Program. Laurie literally grew up at 736 Bathurst, and eventually was hired as an administrative assistant for the summer camp program. In October 2009, she became student events coordinator and was promoted in January 2011 to college events and administration. She began her career in the performing arts as a child, appearing in PSAs, commercials, and Canadian television programs between the ages of 8 and 12; more recently she has appeared in episodes of the Teletoon series My Babysitter’s a Vampire.


Naomi Melvin Social Media Content Coordinator

Naomi Melvin combines her passion for marketing and the arts as Social Media Content Coordinator. This role is in alignment with the Director of Communications and adds value to the school’s online presence. Through shared stories, increased dialogue, diversified mediums of engagement and further interaction with the larger artistic community, the Social Media Content Coordinator will enhance Randolph Academy’s network at home and abroad. Naomi is a 2016 RAPA graduate whose stage credits include Footloose (Wendy Jo), A Dream Play (Solicitor/Harry Truman), Legally Blonde (Serena) and Cabaret (Frenchie).Prior to her training at the College Program, she completed her Bachelor’s of Management and Organization Studies from Western University, specializing in Consumer Behaviour, taking a mixture of Marketing and Psychology courses. 


College Program


Rosanna Saracino  Coordinator—Acting Division

Italian-Canadian director/writer/dramaturg Rosanna Saracino (MFA Directing, York U.) is a co-founder and Artistic Director of REDHANDED film and theatre. Director credits in theatre include: The Vagina Monologues (VDay, St. Lawrence Center featuring Rachel McAdams, Judith Thompson, and a cast of 33 women, hosted by Shirley Douglas), Savage/Love (Factory Theatre Mainspace), BROTHERS by Wendy Lill (Glenn Gould Studio Theatre), Smut Boy and My Sad Penis by Stephen Massicotte (Nightwood Theatre), DEATH: a comedy (at Motel, in association with One Yellow Rabbit).

Director credits in film include: …things that go bump in the night, featuring former RWB prima ballerina Evelyn Hart in her acting debut (shot on 16mm, BravoFACT!), The One (shot on 35 mm), The Ring (featured at the Hysteria Festival, shot on 35 mm), pilot episode for Gears TV The Gears meet Mother Superior (screened at Sons and Daughters, shot on HD), music video for The Gears, and a PSA and a Documentary for Ernestine’s Shelter (both screened at the opening of the new shelter).


Mark Wilson  Coordinator —Vocal Division

Mark Wilson is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Opera Division, has an Artist Diploma from U of T, as well as an honours B.F.A from York University. He sings with the Canadian Opera Company as a long time member of its chorus. He has been a company member of the Stratford Festival, and has sung in opera and in concert with the Manitoba Opera, Vancouver Opera, Festival Canada, Festival of the Sound, Aldeburgh Festival, New Music Concerts, and Westben Arts Festival, among others.


Sandra Long Coordinator—Dance Division

Sandra Long (A.R.A.D., A.I.S.T.D.) has been inspiring young dancers with her highly creative and energetic style for 20 years. Ms Long is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). She has trained students in all levels of examinations including the very prestigious Solo Seal Award. Sandra has trained with the top Ballet and Modern dance professional in Canada, the United States and England and is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School in London, England. A celebrated Choreographer, Ms Long has created pieces for performance in many countries including Spain,England, Greece and the United States. Ms. Long is also a Can Fit Pro Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor.


Deborah Tennant  Coordinator—Vocal Tutorial

Deborah Tennant is in her 15th year teaching voice and audition technique at the Randolph Academy and is the coordinator for the Vocal Tutorial Area.

Deborah has a busy and varied career as an actor, singer, teacher and writer. She graduated from the respected Studio 58 Theatre program at Vancouver Community college, where she was on the Dean's Honours List and received the VCC Scholarship for academic achievement. Since graduating she has continued her training at the Banff Centre (Young Professionals Master Class, Bernard Hopkins, David William); Workshops for Professional Actors (Carol Rosenfeld, David Craig); Equity Showcase (Patsy Rodenburg, John Karr, David Rotenberg, Arnold Mungioli); and private vocal work with David Dunbar and Cornelius Reid.

Deborah has worked at theatres from Vancouver to Halifax in everything from Shakespeare and Moliere to Gershwin, Burt Bachrach and Gilbert and Sullivan. Favourite roles include Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Maria in The Sound of Music, Elmire in Tartuffe and Marilla in Anne of Green Gables. She has been a member of the Stratford Festival Company, playing Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music and appearing in Inherit the Wind.

She has a long list of TV and Film credits including A—The Scarlet Letter, Due South, Sister Mary Explains it All, The Newsroom, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Martha Behind Bars and Degrassi, as well as commercials.

She has done workshops on Vocal Presentation for Second City, been a guest lecturer at George Brown College, and has a lively private studio.


Kids Program


Lauren Randolph Kids Program Founder

Lauren Randolph’s commitment to educating and inspiring young performers has spanned almost 30 years. For 12 years, she managed day-to-day operations of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. Among other duties, she oversaw policy and curriculum implementation for an industry-leading post-secondary program providing professional training for aspiring Triple Threat talent. In addition, she created and developed Randolph Kids, which generated ancillary musical theatre training-based projects in partnership with the City of Toronto and the York Region District School Board. For five years she was also executive producer of the Randolph Young Company, a performance-based youth theatre group that staged three large-scale musical productions per year. In 2011, Lauren developed the performing arts curriculum at Stardust Academy, a new performing arts school in Amman, Jordan. She also served as admissions director and financial aid officer for the Randolph Academy College Program until August 2013. She continues to serve as an admissions liaison for the college program, while enjoying launching her second career as a certified executive life coach. 

Prior to that, Lauren spent 15 years as a certified head coach, developing the skills of national-level rhythmic gymnasts, and leading them to compete at the World Championships and Pan Am Games. During that time, she was recognized by the Canadian Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastic Federation as Coach of the Year. Lauren herself was a member of the national team, representing Canada at the World Championships in Munich.


Lee-Anne Galloway Kids Program Coordinator

Lee-Anne Galloway became Kids Program Coordinator in March 2015, after initially joining the Randolph Academy in February 2014 as Administrator. Lee-Anne is also a Randolph college program alumna and Kids Faculty member. Her aptitude for business started early on through working for the family business. Her background includes a variety of experience in administrative leadership roles running teams, and building projects for MLSE, lululemon, Stiletto Entertainment, Holland America Cruise Lines, and Mirvish Productions. She has travelled to over 70 countries working on board cruise lines alongside numerous cultures. A successful life coach, Lee-Anne is the director of B Your Change Coaching, a Toronto-based practice dedicated to helping others face their fears, live authentically and make positive lasting changes. She can be found coaching, running workshops and speaking throughout the city.


Cayla Bekk Kids Program Administrator

Originally from the Yukon Territory, Cayla is a graduate of the Randolph Academy where she graduated as class valedictorian. She has performed all around Toronto in everything from full-scale musicals, including the Canadian premiere of Bingo the Winning Musical, to being a featured singer at events attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mayor John Tory and other dignitaries.  Cayla is also an experienced stage manager, working on the productions such as Little Pricks (Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse), Tuck and Daisy (George Ignatieff Theatre), The Skriker (Annex Theatre), and It’s Kind of a Love Story (St. Vladimir's Theatre), Lord Sword - Workshop (Inter Arts Matrix), Break Through Dance Challenge (Markham/Ottawa/Huntsville), and Piaf; Songs of the Nightingale (Citadel Theatre). Cayla is so excited to be joining the kids program staff and can’t wait to get back to work with the Triple Threat Team!