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Bravo Academy’s faculty comprises highly educated and experienced instructors, directors, choreographers and music directors. All Teaching Artists are qualified educators that hold excellent teaching experience and work in the industry as professional performers, faculty at post-secondary institutions, adjudicators and Master Class clinicians both in Canada and internationally.  In addition to our own instructors and regular lessons, throughout the year, Bravo Academy invites renowned local and international artists and music experts to present Master Classes.  These have include Tony-award winning and Broadway guest Teaching Artists!

Meet Our Team

Faculty & Staff
Piano Instructor
Ukulele Instructor
Voice Instructor
Acting Instructor
Administrative Team
Dance Instructor
Guitar Instructor
  • melissa bencic
    Melissa Bencic
    Founder, Artistic Director, & Troupe Director
  • Chad McNamara
    Director & Choreographer
  • Charis Wong
    Voice & Piano Instructor
  • Robbie Fenton
  • Jonathan Corkal
    Music Director
  • Lexy Cox
  • Colleen Dauncey
    Music Director
  • Meghan Caine
    Music Director; Dance Instructor
  • Cait Wood
    Voice Instructor, Piano Instructor
  • Christopher Wilson
    Christopher Wilson
    Christopher Wilson
  • Amy Moodie
    Voice Instructor, Piano Instructor
  • Tristan Savella
    Piano Instructor
  • mike ross
    Mike Ross
    Music Director
  • Lena Maripuu
    Lena Maripuu
    Director, Music Theatre Instructor
  • Sergi Guasch Llorach
    Sergi Guasch Llorach
    Music Theatre Instructor, Piano Instructor
  • Cara Adams
    Cara Adams
    Voice Instructor
  • piano
    Mitchell Aldrich
    Voice Instructor
  • Ashley Arnold
    Choreographer, Advanced Music Theatre, Private Dance Instructor
  • Michelle Blanchard
    School Office Manager
  • Breanne Dietrich
    Voice Instructor
  • Todd Elsliger
    Guitar Instructor
  • Markus Howard
    Voice Instructor
  • Julie-Rae-King
    Production Stage Manager
  • Lillian King
    Director, Troupes, Music Theatre Programs
  • Larissa Koniuk
    Voice and Piano Instructor
  • Ashley Medeiros-Felix
    Director, Choreographer, Instructor Music Theatre Programs, Advanced Music Theatre, Private Acting & Dance
  • Dan Rutzen
    Music Director, Teen Troupe and Teen Intensives; Voice Instructor
  • Tammy Whetham
    Voice Instructor
  • Ashlie White
    Music Theatre Instuctor, Music Theatre Programs


Teaching Artist Lena Maripuu performs in Peter Pan at Young Centre for the Arts until December 31st! Take a look at one of the many great reviews so far in The Star!

Check out Lower Ossington Theatre’s Annie this holiday season! Directed by Teaching Artist Lillian King and Music Director Teaching Artist Mike Ross! Annie is on stage from December 8 – January 14! Tickets are available at

Breanne Dietrich will be performing with Julia Sunay and Jordan Fantauzzo in our Marty & Penny Zlotnik Studio Theatre on November 4 2017! We are so excited to be a part of their special night and cannot wait for the show! Tickets are available at!

Tammy Whetham and Robbie Fenton where in a two man show called Wild Blue Yonder with the New Sunshine Festival in Orillia, based on a story of a young cadet from Winnipeg in WWI who dreams of being a fighter pilot.

Kara Huber made her Carnegie Hall Debut Thursday, March 16, 2017! Performing works by American composers Joan Tower and David Rakowski, including his etudes such as “Fists of Fury” and “Absofunkinlutely.” The remainder of the program features Rachmaninoff’s 13 Preludes, Op. 32.

To hear such a fiendishly difficult program presented with such seemingly effortless polish, maturity, insight, grace, and stamina to burn leaves one simply dumbfounded…exhibiting fearless steadiness, riveting machine wrists, and charisma to boot” –New York Concert Review, Carnegie Hall debut

Will Hebbes went on tour this summer 2017 with Amanda Marshall!
Check out this video from one of the concerts at Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Amphitheatre, Niagara On The Lake, ON, Canada!

Mitchell Aldrich Directed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this Summer at the Academy Theatre in Lindsey, Ontario. This production included over 50 cast members, and a children’s choir of 20!

Larissa Koniuk performed in The Bicycle Opera Project’s Canadian Premiere Tour of Sweat! A 70-Minute Chamber Opera by Juliet Palmer and Anna Chatterton. Read More.

The Bicycle Opera Project gives venerable art a new spin.

Ashley Medeiros-Felix performed in TOTAL VOCAL III, the 3rd annual celebration of contemporary a cappella music as part of the DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) series at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, on Sunday, Apr 9, 2017. The concert featured arrangements from Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off, and the American pop lexicon, and hosted by Deke Sharon, a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella genre. Read More.


Dan Rutzen Music Director for JDP Theatre Productions EVITA at Toronto Centre for the Arts, March 2017.

In this stunning musical, Eva Duarte rises from poverty to marry Juan Peron and become the 1st Lady of Argentina.  Eva Peron remains one of the most complex female political figures of the last century – adored by millions but hated by many – a fashionista who championed women’s rights – benevolent and loving to her people and country while at the same time profiting outlandishly from her position. And despite her stunning will and drive, Evita is stricken by cancer and dies at the age of 33.

Set largely in post-war Buenos Aires (the Paris of South America), Webber and Rice capture the flavour and feel of a vibrant and amazing culture in an evolving (read sometimes dangerous) political climate. With hits like “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina”, Evita is an amazing evening’s entertainment.

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Breanne Dietrich performed as Mary Poppins in Lower Ossington Theatre’s production in February 2017. Read More.

The LOT’s Mary Poppins has some magical moments amidst amazing music” – Mooney on Theatre