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Instructors

Arts on Fire has fun and friendly instructors. Our instructors are passionate about the arts and teach high-interest lessons. Your art skills will grow fast at Arts on Fire!

Aimee Harness  

Singing/Glee Instructor

Aimee is a classically trained singer with a musical theatre background. She loves to sing, dance, play piano and act! She is studying classical voice performance at University of Toronto, and graduated from O’Neill CVI’s Theatre Program. Aimee looks forward to sharing her passion for singing and musical theatre with families at Arts on Fire.Join Aimee for Singing Lessons on Tuesdays or Adult Glee Music on Wednesdays.

Akira Hakim  

Kids Drama/Catch-Up Instructor

Akira loves being in plays and has taken years of acting and improv classes with Arts on Fire as well as performed on the stage at St. Mary’s C.S.S. She also enjoys being a prop-master! Her fun-loving approach to collaborative play and theatre scenes brings out a child’s confidence. Akira is part of our winning Party Squad for hosting birthday parties.

Arzo Kamaluddin

Art Instructor

Arzo is studying Fine Arts at York University. She is a talented painter and loves to draw too. Kids enjoy her calm and patient teaching style. Book Arzo for your next paint party! You can see Arzo’s mural of Van Gogh-style sunflowers in our painting studio.

Barrett Moore

Musical Theatre Instructor

Barrett began singing before he could talk! He’s currently studying Acting at UBC and is a graduate of O’Neill C.V.I.’s Performing Arts Program. His favourite role to date is Tony in West Side Story at Oshawa Little Theatre. Barrett looks forward to passing on his passion for music and acting at Arts on Fire.

Charlize Diaz

Kids Drama/Catch-Up Instructor

Charlize loves the arts and wants to be a drama teacher one day. She’s studying acting at All Saints C.S.S. and teaches drama at her co-op elementary job. Performing in the Little Mermaid as Scuttle was a life-changing event! Charlize is part of our winning party-squad for birthday party hosting.

Emma Vincenzio

Art Instructor

Emma loves teaching art and will soon graduate from York University’s Teacher College with a degree in Fine Arts as well as Education. Her gentle-teaching style suits our artists-in-training.

Ethan Courtney Snow

Art Instructor

Ethan is a multi-disciplined artist who has a talent for leading art lessons. Ethan can teach painting and drawing techniques to people of all ages and can improvise too! Ethan takes orders for commissioned art pieces. You can see some of his work at @ethansnow.art.

Holly Young

Art Instructor

Holly is a graduate of OCAD University and delivers high-level art instruction for acrylic, watercolour and drawing techniques. Holly teaches Adult Painting and Ladies Paint Nights. Book Holly for a special event paint party in our studio or at your business/organization.

Imani Taylor

Drawing and Digital Art

Imani loves to draw! Her expressive teaching style helps kids gain confidence with sketching and character design. Imani has extensive experience with teaching kids of all ages. Learn how to draw and use digital art apps with Imani!

Jim McAleese

Stand-Up Comedy Instructor

Jim is a comedy writer, actor and comedian. Having taught stand-up comedy at Second City for the past 12 years we are excited to have him at Arts on Fire. More than 500 of his former students are now working in Toronto’s stand-up comedy scene. Catch Jim on Canadian TV shows such as Corner Gas, Murdoch Mysteries, Dan for Mayor and more. Take his Level One Stand-Up Classes this September-December and prepare for Level Two in January.

Kayleigh Forstner

Art Instructor

Kayleigh loves drawing and painting. She teaches dance classes when she’s not instructing art. Join Kayleigh for Kids Painting classes on Tuesdays, PA Day Camps, March Break Camp, and Summer Camps.

Lida Kamaluddin

Art Instructor

Lida is studying Fine Arts at York University. She is a talented painter and loves to draw too. Kids enjoy her calm and patient teaching style. Book Lida for your next paint party! You can see Lida’s mural of Van Gogh-style sunflowers in our painting studio.

Marissa Blagrove

Musical Theatre Instructor

Marissa has a passion for teaching kids in musical theatre and drama. Her work at the Song Spot in Whitby is on stage in Port Perry this spring: Matilda!

Rochelle Thevasagayam

Drama and Film Instructor

Rochelle is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Theatre and Drama Studies as well as Sheridan College’s Acting program. Her acting experience includes work in commercials, voice-overs, television and live theatre. Rochelle’s favourite techniques invloce dramatic movement on stage. Don’t miss her exciting Youth Drama, Teen Short Film Making and Youth Dance Drama clesses.

Scott Barnes

Improv Instructor

Scott competed in the Canadian Improv Games in Vancouver as a teen and loved it so much he became a coach and mentor. He has trained recognizable faces and worked with some of the finest talent in the country. He served as Durham Improv’s President for two years and is excited to share his improv skills with adults who seek to both improve their stage presence and enhance their confidence and spontaneity. 

Sheri Prescott

Owner, Acting and Improv Instructor

Sheri is a drama teacher of 26 years with the DDSB and is a graduate of the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto. She loves coaching people in the art of theatre and improvisation. A long-time coach for the Canadian Improv Games, Sheri looks forward to bringing the joy of improv to the rest of Durham. Sheri prescribes an art class for whatever ails you!

Tyler Tulk

Drama, Improv, Acting, Character Drawing and Digital Art Instructor

Tyler is a graduate from Niagara College in the Acting for Film and Television program. He is passionate about acting in front of the camera and having fun with scripts. Even though his improv skills are sharp, he is also talented digital art.

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testimonials from

Artists of All Ages

My daughter just did her birthday party here, and they went above and beyond. All the parents messaged me after saying how much fun their children had. My daughter also said it was the best birthday party she ever had!

 

- Laura Hanna

My five year old daughter loves the Arts on Fire Paint classes and Drama classes so much! She has been to the art camp as well and had a blast! I even signed myself up for the adult paint classes and it feels like such an achievement to get to bring my finished work home and hang it on the wall. These are top quality classes with very knowledgeable instructors and a beautiful facility!

 

- Alicia Machnik

The adult art class is an incredible way to spend Thursday nights. The instructors are wonderful and the projects are a lot of fun! I didn't think I had artistic skill, but I have made some wonderful art! The quality of instruction and supplies provided are top notch. Great company and a great time every week! Looking forward to signing my son up for Saturday classes!

- Jill Howard

Ahhhmazing!! A service much needed in Ajax and loved by all participants. I got to do an adult art class and had a blast! They walked me through step by step and made it so easy! The kids musicals are so entertaining! Great stuff, keep up the great work.

- Jace Prohaska

Cora absolutely loves Improv! Not only is it fun and helps build confidence, but it also helps Cora as a growing performer. Improv is a beneficial skill for any stage actor!
 
 
 
 

 

- Stephanie Lee

Maria had the best day and is asking to return every day this week. We love Arts On Fire!
 
 
 

 

- Serena Dorward

Great instructor and school I throughly enjoy my classes
 
 

 

-Mustafa Jaffer

My teen enjoyed this immensely. It is priced right and expertly run.
 
 

 

-Sherri MacIver

Amazing. Lily had a great time at camp today. She can’t wait to go back. Can’t say enough about the friendly staff.

 

-Jennifer Stinson

Amazing programs for all ages. My son had a blast participating in the improv classes. As soon as the program ended he asked to sign up again! 10/10 recommend.

 

-Stephanie Dobbs

This place is amazing for kids to learn and progress in their learning for Artand have fun!! My daughter loves the instructors! Sheri and her team are doing an awesome job.

 

-Siribindu Lakkakula

Wonderful environment. Program was a terrific confidence booster for my granddaughter. She loves the class and thinks very highly of Holly.

 

-Heather Gemon

Thank you Sheri and Barrett for this! What a lovely treat!! Thesekids were super talented and really pulled everything together in 6 weeks!

 

-Yvonne Adamo

Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! Great content, awesome instructors and wonderful art experience! Drama was funfr my seven year old daughter, take home art projects were so well done and the self confidence has improved! Thank you Team Prescott!

 

-Laurrell Mohammed

Nolan loves the camps! He had a great time and especially enjoys dramagames with Tyler.

 

-Stephanie Lee

Signed my daughter up for a last minute day camp here & she had a blast! Made lots of art projects & made a friend! WIll defiitely come back 🙂

 

-Angela Campbell