2018 Judging Panel
Tracey is one of Canada’s busiest and most respected directors and choreographers with credits that span over 180 productions internationally. For the past 12 years, Tracey has had a close association with the legendary rock band QUEEN and its production of We Will Rock You, which she has directed and choreographed in Toronto, South Africa, Asia and the recent US. National/Broadway Tour. Tracey’s other directing/choreography credits include: ONCE (The Grand Theatre/RMTC), Million Dollar Quartet (Charlottetown Festival), Cabaret (RMTC), West Side Story (Rainbow Stage), Evita (Vancouver Opera) Rock Of Ages (StageWest Calgary), Buyer & Cellar, Venus in Fur (ATP), Jane Eyre, The Penelopiad, The 39 Steps (RMTC) and Hairspray (Rainbow Stage/Mayfield). Recent choreography credits include: Billy Elliot (RMTC), Kiss Me Kate and Evita for the Stratford Festival, The Drowsy Chaperone (TC/RMTC) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Boys in the Photograph (Mirvish). Tracey continues to be very proud of her 17-year association with Ross Petty Productions and their Annual Toronto tradition of the Christmas Panto. Tracey was the Resident Director for Once and War Horse (Mirvish Productions), the Associate Choreographer for Peggy Sue Got Married (West End) and from the time of its North American debut, Tracey was Asst. Choreographer for the Canadian production and US. National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Tracey recently staged Neil Patrick Harris’ HBO Special, Circus Awesomeus. As an educator, Tracey is committed to the mentorship and development of young artists and has taught at colleges throughout Canada. She actively promotes the development of emerging artists and new work.
Singer, actor and voice teacher Christian Fletcher has performed with the opera companies of Santa Fe, Banff, Vancouver, San Jose, Opera Northeast, Rockland, Boston Lyric and The Manhattan School. Musical Theater roles include leading roles in West Side Story, The Threepenny Opera, Carousel, The Sound of Music and many Gilbert and Sullivan musicals. He has originated roles in Enter the Guardsman, The Green Heart and The Wild Party (Lippa). His extensive concert work has taken him around the globe, including concerts in London, Paris, Prague, Nice, Milan, Athens, Toronto, Taipei and the islands of Greece.
He has directed and coached cabarets, Miss USA pageants and specializes in singing for dancers and actors. Christian has designed and taught workshops across the USA and internationally in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, France, Italy and Canada. He currently teaches and is on the admissions staff at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Mr. Fletcher is Artistic Director of Forecast Productions which produces concerts in New York City and founded the Forecast Talent Agency for career counseling and career advancement.
His students have performed at The Metropolitan Opera, regional opera houses and on Broadway in Hamilton, Les Miz, The Lion King, Tarzan, Motown, Aladdin, Beautiful, 42nd Street and Cats. National Tours: Hamilton, Cabaret, Shrek, Flashdance, The Producers, Motown, Saturday Night Fever, The Wizard of Oz, Rock of Ages and We Will Rock You.
He is a Grammy Award quarter-finalist for Music Educator of the Year (2018), an accomplished chef and has published articles online.
B.F.A., Voice, The Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Diploma, The New England Conservatory of Music Artist Certificate in Musical Theatre and Opera, The Banff Centre for Fine Arts
Originally from Bristol England, Ms Burgess is a sought after voice teacher, specializing in Commercial Voice, with a focus on Musical Theatre Performance. Louisa Teaches at Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts (2013-Present), George Brown College (2004-2016), and Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in the Performing Arts Departments (1997-2013). Louisa is a Musical Theatre Specialist leading workshops across North America, and has a busy private studio of her own. Louisa is also proud to have been teaching in Monterrey Mexico and Mexico City since 2007 with the acclaimed Theatre Company DuboForce.
Louisa graduated from the Sheridan College Musical Theatre Performance program, winning the Rosemary Burns Award. She continues to study acting, singing and voice extensively in Canada and New York City.
Louisa has had the pleasure of performing in theatre across Canada and in New York. She was critically acclaimed for her role in the Bravo short film “In Her Mother’s Eyes”, which went on to win the Sir Tim Rice Award at the Sarasota Film Festival. Louisa also performed the role of Joan D’Arc in the musical “Divine Heretic” for the Disney Live New Work’s Project in Manhattan. Louisa was thrilled to perform at the Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theatre in New York in Voco Doro’s production of “I am…the Music of Babbie Green”. Louisa was honored to work with Ms Green on this wonderful show! Most recently, Louisa garnered wonderful reviews for her role of “Mother” in Sunday in the Park With George at the Berkley Theatre in Toronto with the very first Confidential Musical Theatre Project, as well as “Carlotta” in Follies (WaveStage Productions) “Rose” in Gypsy (WSP) and “Emma Goldman” in Ragtime (WSP)
In the recording studio, as a voice actor and singer, Louisa’s career has spanned over 20 years. Her work has included animation voice over, commercials, show tunes, demos and most notably the re-occurring role of Aunt Chloe in Nelvana’s animated series Ned’s Newt.
Louisa has had the privilege of Directing and musically directing throughout Southern Ontario over the past 25 years. For 6 years she was the resident Vocal specialist and Musical Director for the Toronto Youth Music theatre Company. In November 2009, Louisa had the honor of being the Musical Director for the Toronto Ensemble for “A Night with Jason Robert Brown” at the Glenn Gould Studio.
Louisa is a busy adjudicator for the National Music Festivals for the Musical Theatre, Commercial Voice and speech Categories.
Recently, Louisa was awarded the distinction of being recognized as one of George Brown College’s Top 20 Faculty Members, making a significant contribution to excellence in teaching and learning.
ANTHONY BASTIANON (Band Judge)
A musical director, pianist, composer and educator, Anthony’s 25-year career has brought him coast to coast in Canada and into the U.S.A. With over 150 productions to his credit, his work as a musical director includes 13 years as resident Musical Director at Stage West in Toronto. Other credits include Mamma Mia & Shrek (Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg); Mary Poppins (Globe Theatre, Regina); Spelling Bee (Grand Theatre, London); Songs For A New World and Title Of Show (Angelwalk Theatre, Toronto); Joseph (Drayton Entertainment). As a composer, Anthony has written several musicals including The Rob Ford Musical (Toronto); Not In My Backyard (Port Stanley) and several award-winning Fringe shows in Toronto including the 2015 production I’m Right Here (best musical by Broadwayworld.com).
His versatility as a musician has brought him opportunities to work with pop celebrities such as Steven Page, Chantel Kreviazuk, Dan Hill and Josh Groban as well as theatre icons Andrea Martin and Michael Burgess. He is currently on faculty at the Sheridan College Music Theatre Program and is the artistic director of the new children and adult rock choir – Voices Rock Canada.
Josh Bogert to HOST
Josh Bogert, from Vancouver BC, is a rising star in the world of electronic pop music. His passion for the arts, his strong work ethic, and his versatility have taken him across Canada and the United states, performing in venues such as Toronto’s Budweiser Stage and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Josh’s music training started at the young age of four, with classical violin, and quickly expanded to a love of singing, as well as mastering many instruments including guitar, drums, piano, and saxophone. Now as a DJ, producer and performer, Josh still finds inspiration from all types of music, ranging from classical to jazz, when producing his electronic pop originals and EDM remixes. At age 17, Josh is ready to make his mark in music history, and is poised to make a splash with his brand new single “Blink,” now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play. You can also find Josh on Family Channel’s original series “Backstage” bringing the character of Miles Lennox to life in brand new episodes every Friday at 6:30pm. Josh is honoured and excited to be back performing at this year’s Show Choir Canada!
Ann Cooper Gay