Academy Teachers

Erin Berger
Shining Lights
Erin is a versatile performer, equally at home in both musical theatre and opera. She has performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. Erin holds a Master of Music in Opera and Voice and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. She pursued further studies in Graz, Austria, as well as through the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal with teachers and coaches from the Metropolitan Opera. Erin has been teaching the performing arts to students of all ages since 2007. She is the voice teacher at Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, and has a private voice studio. This is Erin’s first year with the Academy.

Dr. Edward Enman
Broadway Stars and Broadway & Beyond
Edward holds degrees in solo piano performance from the University of Montreal (DMus), University of Ottawa (MMus), and Acadia University (BM). He has toured, competed, and performed across the country and has worked with many of Canada’s leading pianists and musicians. He has collaborated as a pianist and music director at the National Arts Centre (ON), Fountain School of Performing Arts (NS), Acadia University School of Music (NS), in addition to numerous choirs, ensembles, and chamber groups.

Edward is currently based in Montreal as a pianist, collaborative musician, composer, teacher, and adjudicator and is excited to be returning for his 2nd year with the Segal Academy.

Jordan Gasparik
Broadway Stars
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Jordan is a versatile singer, actor, improviser, and host who also enjoys working behind the scenes. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University, and is a founding member of the classical music collective Liederwölfe. She teaches acting, improv, and performance classes at ASM Performing Arts and has appeared in multiple collective-creation projects there that have involved scriptwriting, musical theatre, directing, and film editing. This is Jordan’s first year with the Academy.

Michelle Heisler
YAYA and Broadway Stars
Michelle’s performance career has taken her across Canada, the US, and Europe. A graduate of McGill University’s English/Theatre program and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, Michelle has worked extensively on the stage and on the big and small screens in English, French, and Yiddish. In 2009, Michelle expanded her career into the realm of directing working alongside The Segal’s former artistic director, Bryna Wasserman.  She has toured Quebec as lead singer with the klezmer-funk band, Magillah and has recently completed a Masters degree in teaching and learning at McGill. This fall, Michelle enjoyed her directorial debut with the DWYT’s production of A Bintel Brief. She continues her work at the Segal Centre Academy as a teacher, director, choreographer, and playwright for the YAYA and Broadway programs.

Maria Herrera
Shining Lights
Maria is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and an accomplished actress on stage and on screen. A career that has spanned over three decades has included work with Miramax, Paramount, FOX, CBS, CBC, NBC, ABC, SHOWTIME, LIFETIME and much more. Maria has been teaching drama for over 20 years in Vancouver and Montreal including Vancouver Tap Dance Society, Sheila Parkins school of Dance in the West Island, ECS in Westmount and all throughout Montreal in association with the Segal Academy.  Maria began her career in theater in Edmonton performing at the Jubilee Auditorium and she has continued to perform for stage, film, and TV for many decades with Feature film and Television appearances coming in 2018 and 2019. Maria is thrilled to take on our first after-school program in the West Island!

Daniel Hickie
Broadway Stars
Daniel is a Montréal based theatre creator, animator, teacher, learner and aspiring clown. In Sydney, Australia, where he grew up, he studied theatre creation and acting and was most interested by devised works and physical theatre. Since arriving in North America, he has collaborated with or learned from artists at The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, The Interact Centre for Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis), The Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Geordie Theatre Productions (Montréal) and The Kells Academy (Montréal). While Daniel has done some one-off workshops with the Segal Centre, he is overjoyed to be co-leading the Intro to Broadway class this year.

Adina Katz
Broadway Stars
Adina wears different hats mainly in theatre, comedy, film, music, and education, having worked on stages, sets, sound studios, and classrooms across Canada, U.S., Poland, Vienna, and Israel. Her most recent productions include her one-woman, multimedia musical at the Annex Theatre in Toronto, Be a Good Girl, improvised musicals, Lalala & Order, at Chicago’s Second City, Way The Hell Off-Broadway, at Montreal Improv Theatre, and her debut solo album Back to Before. She graduated “with distinction” from McGill University’s English/Theatre program, including a year on exchange at the University of Toronto’s acting program. Adina continued her training in New York City at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Broadway’s Circle in the Square Musical Theatre Conservatory, UCB (Upright Citizen’s Brigade), Magnet Theatre, as  well as both Chicago and Toronto’s Second City. She has worked as a drama instructor and director at various camps and schools in Montreal and currently teaches Musical Improv Comedy and Acting for Improvisers at Montreal Improv Theatre. This is Adina’s first year teaching in the Academy and she is super excited to get started!

Madie Jolliffe
Broadway Stars
Madie is a director, playwright, choreographer, teacher, and performer. She recently completed her Performance Creation degree at Concordia University where she now works for the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities and as the research assistant to the chair of the theatre department. She has spent 2018 creating a multidisciplinary performance with a female collective that has been performed in Germany and here in Montreal. Madie is the co-founder of CMTS, a musical theatre company in Ottawa, Ontario, she has worked with WISTA and the Young Creators Workshop at Playwrights Workshop Montreal. She also held the position of Drama Specialist at Champions Day Camp. Madie was an assistant for the Academy in the past and is so excited to be an instructor this year!

Jonathan Patterson
Broadway Stars and Broadway & Beyond
Based in Montréal, Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans from theatre to opera to musicals. Recent credits include: Million Dollar Quartet (Sudbury Theatre Centre/Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sam Philips/music dir.);Last Night at the Gayety (Centaur Theatre, chor.); The Producers (Segal Centre, Roger DeBris/chor.); Bluenose (Black Theatre Workshop, chor.); Le portrait de Manon, L’heure espagnole (Opera McGill, dir.); Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical, Xanadu Jr. (Segal Centre Academy, dir.). Jonathan also created choreography for the Segal Centre’s Annual Fundraiser for four seasons and is the choreographer for the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers. A performing-arts educator, Jonathan has been on the faculty of Opera McGill at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University since 2010. Jonathan also teaches musical theatre classes at St. George’s High School and has a very busy private voice studio. This will be Jonathan’s 8th year working with the Academy!

Jennifer Rizzo
Broadway Stars
Originally from New York City, Jenny is a multifaceted performer and theatre educator.  She has a B.F.A. in Music Theater from The Hartt School (University of Hartford), studied Classical Voice and Musical Theatre Development at the Manhattan School of Music, and has been teaching the performing arts since 2008. When not teaching she works as a performer, freelance music director, and harpist in Montreal and along the U.S. East Coast.  Jenny is also the music director of the Montreal Children’s Theatre, instructor for CAMMAC's Musical Theatre week, elementary music teacher at Kells Academy, choreographer for the Royal West Academy productions, and teaches drama, music, and dance classes for the R.E.C. Room Cote St. Luc Programs, as well as having a private home studio.  This will be Jenny’s 2ndyear working with the Academy!

Kyla Smith
Kyla is currently a fourth-year Music Education student at McGill University. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a specialization in composition from Concordia University in 2015, where she studied classical voice before switching to jazz for her second degree. Kyla has since interned as a music teacher at both the elementary and high-school levels. She has been involved with Broadway Academy Westmount as a voice and piano instructor for children for the past five years, and WISTA (West Island Student Theatre Association) as their musical director for their production of Bye Bye Birdie. Kyla is looking forward to her 2nd year working with the YAYAs.