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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 Artistic Director and Owner of the Manotick Arts Camp. She is passionate about the power of  performance arts in educational settings to positively influence cognitive and emotional development in children and youth. She spearheaded the creation of the Manotick Arts Camp in 2000, and she has enjoyed emmensely, the creative genious her teams aspire to each summer. Sandy is the accompanist for the RTO Entre Nous Chorus and she maintains a studio of piano and flute students. She was 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 (2014-2017). She researched 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. She developed a music curriculum (Music for Wee Ones) for use with children aged 3-6 with ASD at the Abe Gold Learning Centre, Miriam Foundation, Montréal. She offers Music for Wee Ones classes throughout the year in Manotick for typically and atypically developing children. 

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

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.


 

Jasmine Emond

Marketing and Administrative Director

This is Jasmine, she has just recently joined our team, she is adapting fast and if you haven't heard from her already you surely soon will. Currently, she is studying a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing program, in Toronto, but she returns every summer to Ottawa to see family. "I have always been creative, on my down time I love to paint and draw." Jasmine has always loved the arts since a young age and has participated in choirs and drama classes in school.

Jasmine's experience has come from her time at Versature as a Marketing Intern and from being a Communication's Intern for EO Ottawa. When she's not at work, she enjoys hanging out with friends, travelling, and teaching swimming lessons to children."

 

Connor de Laplante

Music Councilor

Connor is graduating from the Canterbury High School Winds program and he will be attending the University of Ottawa’s Piano program this fall. As an instrumental teacher, Connor specializes in saxophone and piano, but he has gained proficiency on may other instruments. He has experience performing in a variety of ensembles such as concert and jazz bands, choirs, and pit bands for musicals. Connor has a deep love for music and is passionate about arts education. As an aspiring music teacher, he is very excited to be part of the team this summer at the Manotick Arts Camp.

 

Sarah Julian

Visual Art Teacher

Pursuit of the visual arts has been her lifelong passion. Sarah graduated from the Visual Arts program at Canterbury High School, and continued her education to complete a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Ottawa University and an Illustration Degree from Sheridan College. She has experience teaching adults and kids art through art therapy and community outreach programs. 

Sarah attended the Manotick Arts Camp back in it’s inaugural seasonin 2000 and is excited to be coming back as a mentor. 

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!”


 

Heather Lynn Smith

Vocal Teacher

Harmony will forever be the power that holds Heather Lynn Smith captive to music. After studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and eleven years teaching Music for Young Children©, she has just completed the MMus program at the University of Ottawa studying voice with Christiane Riel. As a member of the Ottawa Bach Choir, she has been thrilled to perform in spectacular venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Notre-Dame de Paris, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and the Beijing National Centre for the Performing.  Arts

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!


 

Siobhán McMahon

Dance Counselor

Siobhán graduated from Les Petits Ballets’ Pre-Professional Division and the Society of Russian Ballet with distinction in 2018. In 2015 she gained acceptance to and trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School professional division for their summer intensive. She is also the 2018 Cappies winner for “Best Female Dancer in a Production” for her role as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Siobhán is currently a student at Queen’s University studying Media and Performance Practices (theatre and film), and is pursuing a career in the performing arts. She enjoys working in all artistic areas and looks forward to fostering a love for the arts in all her students at the MAC.

Reba

Director - Drama

Reba hails from Kanata. She has been singing in public since she was four years old. Her first love was Disney Princess songs, which she still adores. Her palate expanded to musical theatre and classical/opera music as well. Reba has directed Elementary School musicals, and a one act operatic production at the University of Ottawa. She can often be seen performing in Ottawa theatrical productions or behind the scenes as a Stage Crew Volunteer at Centerpointe Theatre. Reba is passionate about using music to tell positive stories that unite us as humans.

 

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.