Enseignants de l'Académie


Jennifer Rizzo (she/they)
Broadway Stars, Broadway & Beyond: Chorus Lab
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 vocalist, dancer, actor, harpist, and director in Montreal and along the U.S. East Coast. Jenny is the associate artistic director of The Montreal Children’s Theatre, musical theatre instructor at Danse123!, acting and musical theatre workshop instructor for Geordie Theatre School, choreographer for the Royal West Academy productions, and has their own private music studio based in NDG. Jenny is thrilled to be back at the Segal Academy for her fifth season! 



Chris Barillaro (he/him)
Broadway & Beyond

Chris is a Montreal-based music director, pianist, orchestrator, actor, singer, magician, and graduate of Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program and of McGill University (B.A. in music and theatre). Over the past twelve years, Chris has had the honour of helping to develop many new musicals—in both of Canada’s official languages. He has also had the pleasure of performing at many beautiful theatres across the country, such as Place des Arts, NAC, Confederation Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Globe Theatre, Centaur Theatre, and the Segal Centre. In 2018, Chris received a Félix at the Gala ADISQ in the category of “Spectacle: Interprète” for Demain matin, Montréal m’attend and in 2019, Chris received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding music direction for Kiss of the Spider Woman. This is Chris’ 2nd time acting as Musical Director for Broadway & Beyond in addition to working with Academy students in a variety of ways over the past 8 years.



Dr. Edward Enman (he/him)
Broadway Stars
Dr. Edward Enman is a pianist and composer who thrives through the cultivation of creative musical environments. He strives to create encouraging collaborative environments through his performances, his teaching, and in the creation of new works.  As a soloist and collaborative performer, he performs regularly across Canada, and his compositions have been performed around the world. Dr. Enman holds degrees in Solo Piano Performance from the University of Montreal (DMus), University of Ottawa (MMus), and Acadia University (BM), and is a dedicated educator and musical collaborator. He is currently based with his family in Montreal as a pianist, composer, collaborative musician, teacher, and adjudicator, and is thrilled to be returning for his 5th season with the Segal Academy. (edwardenman.com) 



Michelle Heisler (she/her)
YAYA
Michelle’s performance career has taken her across Canada, the United States, and Europe. A graduate of McGill University and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, she has worked on the stage, and on the big and small screens in English, French, and Yiddish. She played opposite Fyvush Finkel in Fineman’s Dictionary (Place des Arts, Montreal), and appeared in Nikila Cole’s award-winning NFB short, My Father Joe. She has lent her voice to such cartoons as Caillou, Mona the Vampire, Arthur, and Miss Mallard Mysteries (Cinar). Michelle expanded her career into the realm of directing at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts where she worked alongside former Artistic Director, Bryna Wasserman. Their production of No More Raisins, No More Almonds, was the recipient of the 2010 Virginia Beach CAB Award (Communities Against Bigotry). In 2017, she directed her first DWYT production of A Bintel Brief.  She has also toured as lead singer of the klezmer-funk band, Magillah. Michelle continues her work at the Segal Centre today as a teacher and director for the YAYA program. In 2017, she earned a Master’s degree in teaching and learning and is currently a Drama, English, and Ethics teacher at Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School. Michelle has been working with Academy students for over 14 years!



Eric Elliot Lee (he/him)
Broadway Stars

Eric is an up-and-coming musical theatre composer, lyricist, music director, and actor. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario, Eric has worked with dozens of companies including The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, Contact Theatre, and the Côte St-Luc Dramatic Society. He loves working with kids and has been the music director for the past two seasons of JPPS after school theatre program, and the resident music teacher for Willowgrove's Camp@Home summer program. Eric recently finished a BFA in Music specializing in Composition from Concordia University, and has studied the art of musical theatre writing with Jonathan Monro and the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers' Collective. Eric believes that musical theatre is the most all-encompassing art form in the world and is absolutely ecstatic to be teaching the next generation of Montreal musical theatre performers. This is Eric’s first year as a musical director for the Academy. (ericelliotlee.ca)



Laurie Dumont-Bal (she/her)
Broadway Stars

Laurie is a bilingual actor, performance creator, and theatre teacher. She is a recent Performance Creation graduate from Concordia University (Theatre Department, BFA with Distinction), in which she dedicated herself to discovering more about theatre pedagogy. She is also an Acting graduate from John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre program as the recipient of the departmental Pamela Montgomery and Carla Napier Scholarship Awards. In recent years, Laurie has worked with Snowglobe Theatre as an assistant-director for their production of Hamlet (2019) and with The Opportunity Theatre Company as a co-writer and director for Before It’s Too Late (2020). Her continuous love of storytelling inspires her work as a theatre teacher for children, teenagers, and adults across Montreal. This is Laurie’s first year with the Academy.


Jonathan Patterson (he/him)
Broadway & Beyond

Based in Montréal, Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans from theatre to opera to musicals. A performing arts educator, Jonathan is the new Interim Head of Music at the National Theatre School and 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, choreographs for the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers, and has a very busy private voice studio. This is Jonathan’s 11th year with the Academy.



Kyla Smith (she/her)
YAYA

Kyla is a music educator, voice instructor, and lover of all things Disney and Broadway. With a B.Mus and B.Ed in Music Education from McGill University and a BFA in Composition from Concordia University, she currently works as a music specialist at Verdun Elementary School. Trained in both classical and jazz voice, Kyla has been teaching private voice lessons since 2014. She has worked as musical director for the West Island Theatre Association (WISTA), St. George’s School of Montreal, Royal West Academy and Broadway Academy Westmount. This is Kyla’s fifth year teaching the Young Actors for Young Audiences (YAYA) class at the Segal Academy.


Olivia Hawkes (she/her)
Broadway Stars
Olivia has been a theatre teacher for 4 years at Geordie Theatre School and taught children's theatre and week-long intensive theatre workshops abroad in Rome, Italy. Her theatre degree from Concordia University (2019) focused on performance creation, acting, voice techniques, Shakespearean studies, and playwriting. In 2013, she performed as part of the Cambridge University corpus Christi in the works Molly (2013). She has also taken a workshop series at the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama. In Olivia’s approach to teaching theatre, her emphasis is on inspiring confidence in her students and enabling them to grow in their love of performing. Olivia is a singer in both styles of jazz and musical theatre. Olivia is also a soprano and a member of the Montreal-based performance choir OPCM. This is Olivia’s first year with the Academy.


Zoe Felix-Dupont (she/her)
Broadway Stars

Zoe is a versatile Montreal pianist, singer, conductor, and composer / arranger. She has a Bachelor of Music in Performance (voice) and a Master’s in Conducting from McGill University. As a singer, she was a member of the McGill Opera and the Université de Montréal Musical Theater Troupe. She now works as a professional chorister and freelance soloist. From 2013 to 2017, she was the musical and artistic director of the Phoenix Musical group. Her accomplishments as a pianist / musical director include Wicked, Once Upon a Mattress, Beauty and the Beast, The Wedding Singer, Next to Normal, the Festival des comédies musicales de Québec, as well as several children's musicals she has performed. Zoe is also a piano and voice teacher. She currently directs the Ciné-Jazz Choir and is an assistant for the McGill Conservatory Choirs, and the South Shore Children's Choir. This will be Zoe’s 2nd year with the Segal Academy.