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Our Staff

Sandy Stanutz 

B.A. Mus (St. Francis Xavier University), Ph.D. Music education/research (McGill University)

Artistic Director / Vocal & Instrumental Coach

Sandy is the Miriam Post-Doctoral Researcher of the School of Applied Child Psychology and Human Development in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She researches the quality of musical memory in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She, along with her colleagues, Dr. Jacob Burack and Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin were awarded a Grammy Foundation Grant to investigate absolute pitch ability, a rare memory for pitch and melody, in children with ASD. The implication of determining musical strengths in ASD is that they could be used as tools to enhance other areas of development. She has been developing a music curriculum for use with children aged 3-6 at the Abe Gold Learning Centre, Miriam Foundation, Montréal. One of her next goals is to test the efficacy of that program for developmental enhancements in verbal and non-verbal communication, executive function, motor movement and social engagement in early childhood.
Sandy is also the co-owner and artistic director of the Manotick Arts Camp, a summer performance arts program in Ottawa for children and youth aged 6-17.

Adam Breadner

B.A., B. Ed.

Director - Drama

Adam had been a proud member of the Manotick Arts Camp since 2005. He is currently a Special Education teacher and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Coordinator at Brookfield High School. Adam began his teaching career in 2002 as a Drama teacher in the Western Quebec School Board and moved to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board in 2006 where he has taught Drama, English, Social Sciences, and Special Education.

Adam caught the acting bug at Bishop's University while completing his undergrad degree in the mid-to-late 90's. Since then, his devotion to performance slowly turned from center stage into the director's chair, but on rare occasions he still may seek out the limelight. As a teacher, Adam has been involved with multiple theatrical productions, always relishing in the enthusiasm and enjoyment of his students.

Passionate about storytelling, creativity, collaboration, and inclusion, Adam looks forward to every summer at MAC where he knows everyone's voice will be heard, a great show will be put on, and memories will be made.

Brad Long

Brad Long

Director - Drama

Adult Program

Brad Long is an Ottawa based actor and writer. Recent theatre credits include playing Mark Antony in Ottawa Shakespeare Co.’s Julius Caesar, MSND and Othello (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival) Dreams of Whales with New Theatre of Ottawa, The Fan with Odyssey Theatre, Hamlet 2011 (OSC), The Pillowman (Rideau Award nominee for Emerging Artist, 2009), A Company of Fools’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “I”, Little Martyrs with Evolution Theatreand a dizzying array of characters in Twelfth Night with The Ottawa Theatre School. He is a core company member of Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences and has been an instructor with the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, The Ottawa Theatre School and Encounters With Canada

Madeleine Boyles-Manseau

Director - Drama

Madeleine Boyes-Manseau is an Ottawa-based theatre maker. She is Co-Artistic Director for both May Can Theatre and Skeleton Key Theatre. Her creative highlights include: a punk rock musical/mockumentary (The Tragicall Historie of Nick Wade); a one-on-one tryst in a closet (7 minutes in Heaven); an experiment in the effect of human consciousness on molecular structures done by death bed (To Hell in a Handbasket); a satirical self-help seminar for the deeply miserable (Happiness™) and an all ages ambulatory theatrical adventure by and also in the Ottawa River (Swan River) . Madeleine’s company May Can has toured from coast to coast including stops in: Charlottetown, Saint John, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria, with her work being presented at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Wildside Festival, the rEvolver Festival, the undercurrents Theatre Festival and the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival.

Erica Frosst

Dance Teacher

Director - Activities

Erica graduated with distinction from Ottawa’s Canterbury High School with a Fine Arts certificate in Ballet and Modern Dance. Currently, she studies Education and Chemistry at Queen’s University, where she is involved with the Queen’s Dance Club and the Concurrent Education Students’ Association. After achieving Associate level certification with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing in 2015, she enjoys teaching dance on the weekends at a local Kingston studio. Erica is excited to continue teaching dance at Manotick Arts Camp while also organizing the camp's activites. "I'm looking forward to another wonderful summer at Manotick Arts Camp, creating new memories with all of the staff and campers and helping others to find their passion in the arts!"

Lauren Wallace

Director - Drama

Lauren began her Manotick Arts Camp career in 2012 after being a camper herself and is thrilled to continue being a part of her favourite team of staff and students. Lauren has an Arts Honours degree in Performance from Trent University (2016) and recently graduated from Queen's Bachelor of Education program. Her entire education has been dedicated to the arts and she is a passionate director, choreographer, musician, actor and vocalist who loves working with children of all ages who are wanting to develop their skills. Lauren has had the privilege of wearing many hats over the years as a dance instructor, choir member, artistic director in a musical theatre company but teaching is her all-time favourite. "The MAC program is the best training a child could receive as an aspiring performer and is the best use of a summer I could ever think of. Friendly atmosphere, professional teachers, and always memories to last a lifetime."

Haley Menard

Visual Art Teacher

Haley is currently studying Fine Arts and Art History at Queen’s University, going into her final year. She specializes in sculpture and new media, and has a background in painting and printmaking. She is an aspiring art and french teacher whose passion is to see students embrace their creativity. Haley attended Manotick Arts Camp as a student, and is so excited to come back as a teacher.

Sheridan Cheng

Sheridan Cheng

Visual Art Teacher

Sheridan currently teaches grades 5 and 6 within the Ottawa Catholic School Board in Ottawa. She is a graduate from the Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University, and also has a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree from the University of Guelph. Throughout her post secondary education Sheridan continued to participate in musicals, both instrumentally (on trumpet) and through costume design. Sheridan maintains her skills in visual art and music by continuing to take courses in studio art, as well as playing trumpet in concert winds ensembles.
Sheridan has worked extensively with children and worked for over 7 years as a recreational gymnastics instructor with the City of Ottawa. In her free time, Sheridan is usually running around playing with her 2-year-old son, and has already introduced him to the world of music and finger-painting. “I loved working with all the kids, making a mess (…but not too much of a mess?), and just being able to work in such a positive, all around artsy environment. Each summer at MAC is completely different which is why I love it so much!”

Katiee Yates

Katie Yates 

Vocal Teacher

Katie is currently studying Music Therapy at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, after spending one year in the general arts program at the University of Ottawa. Katie attended the Manotick Arts Camp from a young age, because it was a place that she could express her love for the arts! Prior to University, Katie attended the Arts Program at Canterbury High School, majoring in vocal music. She took part in many solo performances and performed in many festivals as part of both the Canterbury singers and Vocum choirs. Katie plays piano and has achieved level 8 of the Royal Conservatory of Music. The Manotick Arts Camp is an amazing two-week opportunity that allows kids to find their passions in the arts! “I look forward to sharing my love for the arts with the Manotick Arts Camp students through this great experience!”

Sean O’Blenis

Sean O’Blenis

Instrumental Teacher

Sean got his first drum set at age three and music has been a huge part of his life ever since. As an instrumentalist, Sean plays the trumpet, drums, guitar and piano, and he has dabbled in a number of other instruments as well. He attended the Manotick Arts Camp throughout his childhood and for the last two years, has returned to work and volunteer at MAC. This year Sean will be working as a Counseling Instrumentalist for the two week camps. Sean is currently completing grade 11 at Canterbury High School in the winds program where he plays the trumpet. He plays in the senior concert band, honours orchestra and senior jazz band. He also plays in ensembles to accompany the dance students at Canterbury. Sean played in a couple of rock bands growing up and currently drums for a band which includes three MAC alumni. In his spare time, Sean loves to ski and skateboard. He is looking forward to another fun summer at Manotick Arts Camp!.

Olive Andrews

Playwright/Drama Counselor

Olive has been with the Manotick Arts Camp since the wee age ten years old; now 18, and with the help of the Manotick Arts Camp, Olive has sprouted from a little seed into a sunflower. With the Manotick Arts Camp, Olive has gone from student to playwright, director, and actor. Olive graduated from Canterbury High School's drama program in 2016, and has now moved on to Montreal, studying creative writing at Concordia University. Olive co-created a collective for Fringe 2015 entitled "Or...Not" which Apt 613 described as a "top Fringe 2015 discovery", also having directed, acted and produced in shows such as "Sole Sisters", "Simone & Sebastian", and "Doctors". This will be Olive's third year as a playwright for the Manotick Arts Camp, and we are extremely excited to watch as more younguns’ are inspired and educated to become blossoming sunflowers.

Monyk Zahab

Technical and Drama Counselor

Monyk Zahab is graduating from École Secondaire Publique De La Salle from their theatre program. Next year she will be attending college in Theatre Arts Technical Production. Once she graduates from that program, she anticipates going to the National Theatre School of Canada in Stage Management.  She is independently producing her own play Les rideaux by Constance Delaunay. Monyk is one of the stage managers for her school production La sortie au théâtre by Karl Valentin and directed by Jean-Stéphane Roy. She also helped build the set for De La Salle's graduating class' independent production Vive la révolution! by Marie-ève Desnoyers, Émilie Du Perron, Nicholas Lum and Camille Ducellier.  As for acting, she recently participated in two plays: Marcel poursuivi par les chiens by Michel Tremblay and, Elle voit des nains partout! by Philippe Bruneau. She is extremely passionate about the theatre arts. She has been attending Manotick Arts Camp for ten years as a camper and a counsellor. Monyk enjoys Manotick Arts Camp, as it creates memorable moments for the students


David O'Blenis

Instrumental Counselor

Manotick Arts Camp was a highlight of David's summers growing up in Manotick. This is his third year as a Counseling Instrumentalist. David is in his final year at Canterbury High School in the strings program where he plays the double bass. He plays in the senior ensemble, the orchestra and other smaller ensembles with his classmates. David was the principal bassist for the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra. He also plays piano, guitar and electric bass and performed in a couple of rock bands growing up. He plans to study Global and International Studies at university in the fall. In his spare time, David plays hockey for the Osgoode Rideau Senators and is an avid downhill and water skier. He loves the outdoors, especially canoe and kayak tripping in Canada's parks. David looks forward to another summer of music and fun with everyone at MAC!

riley pensa

Riley Pensa

Instrumental Counselor

Riley grew up in Manotick, Ontario where he began studying music. At the age of 3 he started “Music for young children” a introduction to piano for kids. Later, at age 4 he began taking violin lessons, which have been the focus of his studies at Canterbury High School for the arts for the passed 4 years. From early childhood Riley was always very passionate about music, and frequently picked up and played around with new instruments. Riley recently graduated from Canterbury High School and will be attending Algonquin for their Culinary Chef Training program next year. Since his first time coming to MAC as a camper, Riley has always been very excited to come back. Now as a camp counsellor, he brings much to the music and band section of camp and still looks forward to seeing camp friends.