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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 recently produced, directed and choreographed We Will Rock You at Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School in Burlington, ON.

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. They hold 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 their abilities in puppetry through the Humber Puppetry Intensive.

      Haley currently works as a props builder with IATSE 828 in addition to their 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).

 

Claire Shingleton-Smith - Actor/Facilitor

      Claire completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 from McMaster University, having studied a double major degree in Psychology and Theatre and Film. Claire works as Senior Facilitator in Intensive Behavioural Intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Behaviour Innovations in Hamilton, ON. 

As an actress, her most recent stage credits include Last Call at the Hamilton Fringe, and The Little Mermaid, Sunset Boulevard, Big Fish and If/Then with Hammer Entertainment. She is currently rehearsing for Under the Apple Tree at the Hamilton Fringe. She portrayed many female characters in OnTRAC's 2017 production of Morris Panych's 7 Stories and will be playing Thai in their 2018 production of Kat Sandler's Mustard. She looks forward to more opportunities to bring theatre to corrections in the future. 

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Kelly Holt - Actor/Facilitator

Kelly Holt is an Actor, Applied Theatre Practitioner and Drama Teacher from Kent, England. Kelly graduated with first class honours from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance’s American Theatre Arts programme in 2011. After performing in TIE tours throughout Europe, and time spent as a community panel member with Kent Youth Offending Team, she chose to return to her studies and qualified as a Drama teacher in 2013. Her focus was the impact of formal Drama qualifications on recidivism rates in the women’s secure estate. Kelly is soon to complete her MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, during which she has delivered theatre projects at HMYOI Wetherby and Salish Kootenai College in Montana, USA.

As an actor, Kelly has performed in the UK, across Europe and in the US. Her theatre credits include; Elaine in the European premiere of Christopher Shinn’s What Didn’t Happen (London), Andie in Talk Tonight at the Cockpit Theatre (London) and Marks in Talking With… at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (USA). Most recently she was seen as Rosie in the sitcom It’s All Lies. Most days, Kelly spends her time working with young people on the Autistic Spectrum at a specialist provision, making theatre, contributing to a holistic curriculum, and causing chaos. She wouldn’t have it any other way.