Training Programme

Acting and Voice Training programme at The Dance Centre – Open to 25 applicants.
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ABOUT THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Tom Oliver BA MUS, ORMTA, NATS, CAEA

Tom is in high demand as a voice teacher, adjudicator and voice production technician. His studio, Voice Concepts, (Hamilton, Oakville, and Toronto) has prepared and trained young singers for Universities and Colleges throughout North America. He is privileged to have trained artists with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals (Kiss Me Kate, Evita, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Super Star, Pirates of Penzance, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Tommy and Fiddler on the Roof), Broadway (Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, The American Idiot) Dancap (Billy Elliot) Mirvish Production (The Railway Children, Once, Kinky Boots) Drayton Productions (Spelling Bee, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, High School Musical, South Pacific) Theatre Aquarius (Buddy Holly, A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins) GADZ Productions (The Pied Piper, Honk, and High School Musical, Robin Hood).

In 2004, Tom was invited to join the Voice Faculty at Sheridan College Music Theatre Division. His duties with this prolific Bachelor of Music Theatre program includes both private tutorials and Class room work concentrating on voice production. In 2012 Sheridan’s Theatre Prep Division included Tom on their professor roster teaching Voice and Music.

Tom is a graduate of The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (BA.MUS). Previous schools of music and performance training: Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music, Banff School of Fine Arts, Johansenn International School of Music (Victoria B.C) Actors Institute (Los Angeles). He has appeared as principal artist with Opera Piccola (Victoria BC) Palo Alto, Sacramento, Vancouver, Edmonton Opera Companies, and the Canadian Opera Company, Music Theatre with Theatre Plus, Winnipeg Rainbow Stage. Tom is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, Voice and Speech Trainers Association and The Canadian Actors Equity Association.

Teaching however, has always been Tom’s priority. Researching and training with international artists and seven years post graduate pedagogical studies with Mr. Jaap Teer (Amsterdam Conservatory of Music/Vancouver BC) along with twenty-five years of practical work acknowledges this fact.

Tom’s teaching is “student-centric” providing each young artist with memorable tools to access authentic and healthy vocal expression. For the past thirteen summers Tom has served as Vocal Director for the Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Program at the Dofasco Centre of the Arts (Theatre Aquarius) directed by Lou Zamprogna who is also the co-founder of the renown “Dance Centre” in Hamilton and Dundas Ontario. Recently, his daughter, Gema Boich (Zamprogna) announced the opening of another “Dance Centre” in Grimsby, Ontario, where Tom is excited to offer voice/music (RCM Classical and Music Theatre) training to twenty-five applicants. Registration is currently open (see website for contact).

Grahame Renyk is a multi award-winning instructor and faculty member of the Drama Department at Queen’s University.  When he is not teaching, Grahame works in the theatre as an actor and director.  A member of Canadian Actor’s Equity, Grahame has performed and directed for theatres across Canada and in the US.  Recent directing credits include Spring Awakening (Theatre Mies, Kingston), Lilies (Queen’s University), For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, and Cut Loose (both for New West Theatre, Lethbridge, AB).  Performance credits include several seasons with New West Theatre in Alberta and the Weston Playhouse in Vermont.  He has taught directing, acting, and theatre studies at Queen’s, the University of Guelph, the University of Lethbridge, and in Hamilton for the Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme.

Gema Zamprogna is a Gemini Award nominated actor who has performed extensively in Canada, the US and abroad since the age of 8.  She is best known for her portrayal of “Felicity” on the award winning CBC drama The Road to Avonlea.  Trained in her youth at the renowned Theatre Aquarius Performing Arts Programme in Hamilton Ontario, Gema went on to study at Queens University completing a BA Drama.  Gema has taught acting and dance for the Theatre Aquarius performing Arts programme for 15 years and has also choreographed and assistant directed the Senior Programme productions of Footloose, A Chorus Line and Guys and Dolls among others.  When Gema is not teaching, she continues to work as a voice over artist for various television and radio commercials.