MMus, BEd, BFA.
YPC's Owner and Artistic Director
Brittanny is a local performing artist who resides in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia with her husband, Brett. She has been running performing arts programs since 2007. She has directed dozens of young company musicals such as Grease, Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Into The Woods, The Lion King, Jack and the Beanstalk, Frozen, Footloose and Les Miserables. Her acting credits include 'Velma Kelly' in Chicago (Toronto), 'Maureen' in Rent (Toronto), 'Wicked Witch' in Wizard of Oz (PEI), 'Rizzo' in Grease (PEI), and 'Dragon' in Shrek (Halifax), to name a few. She has also performed with Feast Dinner Theatre (PEI) and Second City (ON). She is a member of Carl Orff Canada, Performing Arts Educators of Canada (Jazz), Royal Academy of Dance and NSMEA / CMEA. She studied Performing Arts at York University (Toronto, ON) and graduated in 2011 with a double major in Dance and Music (Jazz Vocal Performance). She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Education from Crandall University (Moncton, NB) and her Masters in Music Education from Western University (London, ON). She has presented at numerous education conferences for dance, drama and music, and she is currently conducting research in the field of vocal pedagogy with a focus on contemporary vocal belting, which has recently been published. She has taught grades P-12 in public schools through HRSB/HRCE, and currently teaches music at Ellenvale Junior High where she also runs the musical theatre program and pop choir. In addition to teaching public school, she has taught Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Break Dance, Musical Theatre, Voice, Piano, Ukulele and Guitar through Maritime Dance and Maritime Theatre School, Fall River School of Performing Arts, and Halifax Rec (Lake and Shore, Porter's Lake) where she founded and designed the successful "Broadway Bound" program. She is passionate about performing arts education and has been recognized by the Nova Scotia government for her efforts. She is very exited to begin this new chapter of her life as director of YPC.
Marissa is a teacher in training with the junior students in Frozen jr here at YPC. She does the choreography for many of the pieces in Frozen jr and she loves getting to work with these amazing kids. Marissa is 16 and has been dancing since she was 7. Her main styles of dance are ballet, jazz and modern. She also enjoys acting. She started acting when she was 10. Some of her past roles have been Matilda in Matilda the Musical, Fiona in Shrek the musical and Sandy in Grease (directed by Brittany Hann). She was a member of the the All city girls choir elementary and senior for a total of six years. She loves theatre and is thrilled to get the opportunity to work with the students at YPC!
Chloe Wentzell: Musical Theatre
Chloe is a student teacher with the junior students here at YPC. Chloe is 15 and has been doing theatre since she was 11! Some of her notable roles have been Donkey in Shrek: the Musical, Rizzo in Grease (both directed by Brittany Hann!), Amber in Hairspray and Grandma Addams in the Addams family musical. She is currently playing Ren in YPC’s Footloose. Chloe has been a member of both the Lake City voices choir in elementary and the Dartmouth all-city girls choir (Vocala) in jr-sr high, as well as taking voice lessons. She is so glad to be a part of these wonderful productions, and to work with the fantastic junior class!
Madison Hare-Burke: Musical Theatre
Maddie is 14 years old and is a volunteer for YPC. She also is one of our pre professional students in Footloose! She has been involved with the performing arts for only a little while, but has enjoyed every minute of it. She was with Dartmouth Dance Academy for 2 years where she was learning hip-hop. A role she has played in the past is Vince Fontaine in the musical “ Grease”, at Ellenvale Junior High School. She also sings for the Ellenvale pop choir ( directed by Brittany Hann ) and is currently playing Rusty in YPC's "Footloose". She is so excited to show the amazing work these little ones have accomplished!