Jill Kooymans - Artistic Director
Jill Kooymans is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's M.A. Applied Theatre course with a specialization in theatre in the criminal justice system. After interning with artsdepot and Second Shot in London, UK, she wrote her master's thesis on the feasibility of prison theatre work in her native Canada. Upon graduating, she began her work in Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, ON, and established Ontario Theatre and Rehabilitation through Arts in Corrections (OnTRAC).
In addition to her work with OnTRAC, Jill works with Theatre of the Beat on their prison theatre project in Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener, ON. In 2014, her original show Bloom was given the Hamilton Fringe Festival's Audience Choice Award with Jill as writer, director and co-producer. She will be performing in Hammer Entertainment's spring production of [title of show].
Haley Reap - Designer
Haley Reap is an artist and designer based in Hamilton, ON, specializing in the design and construction of props, puppets, special effects, and specialized costume pieces. She holds a BFA in Theatre Design (Set, Costume, and Lighting) from the University of Alberta, and a graduate certificate from Sheridan College’s Special Effects Makeup, Props and Prosthetics Program. In 2016, Haley furthered her abilities in puppetry through the Humber Puppetry Intensive.
Haley currently works as a props builder with IATSE 828 in addition to her design and fabrication work for a variety of independent television and theatre projects. Notable credits include puppet and props construction for Shrek the Musical at Rainbow Stage (2016), costume construction for Emily Haines of Metric (2015, Pagans In Vegas Tour), and makeup for the Beaver Creek Childrens Theatre Project (2016).
Jackie Omstead - Facilitator/Actor
Jackie Omstead is a community artist and arts coordinator. She finds providing the logistical and administrative support necessary in order to make artistic endeavours come to life deeply gratifying and is passionate about working collaboratively to promote meaningful inclusion and barrier-free access to the arts. Since moving to Toronto in 2014, Jackie has been working with Jumblies Theatre— most recently as the Programming Coordinator— and has collaborated with The AMY Project, Arts4All, Ahuri Theatre, The Community Arts Guild, and OnTRAC.
As an artist-facilitator, she has designed, produced, and lead several multi-arts projects, with the support of both the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Jackie graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama and a Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity and is currently completing her Master's degree at Ryerson University in Criminology and Social Justice.
Claire Shingleton-Smith - Actor
Claire completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 from McMaster University, having studied a double major degree in Psychology and Theatre and Film. In her professional life, Claire works as Senior Facilitator in Intensive Behavioural Intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her theatrical life, her most recent stage credits include Last Call at the Hamilton Fringe, and Sunset Boulevard, Big Fish and If/Then with Hammer Entertainment. She took on the challenge of portraying many female characters in OnTRAC's 2017 production of Morris Panych's 7 Stories and looks forward to more opportunities to bring theatre to corrections in the future.