Brittanny Hann-Bowness MMus, BEd, BFA. - YPC 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 a multitude of young company musicals such as Grease, Aladdin, Wizard of Oz, Shrek: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Into The Woods, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Jack and the Beanstalk, Frozen, Footloose, Cinderella 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 (NS), 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 conducted research in the field of vocal pedagogy with a focus on contemporary vocal belting, which has recently been published. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies. She has taught grades P-12 in public schools through HRSB/HRCE, and currently teaches music and band with HRCE. 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 would like to thank all supporters of YPC for helping make it such a success!

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Lyris Daye: Musical Theatre, Acting.
Lyris Daye is a third year student at St Mary’s  University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Lyris has a passion for all aspects of Performing Arts; including Broadway Musicals, singing/perfoming,writing composition and acting. Lyris is also known for her Neptune Theatre Debut as the youngest African Nova Scotian to cast in the Canadian Regional Premiere Production of The Color Purple. She has recently acted in the T.V series Diggstown and Books of Blood. Lyris is a former member of Broadway in the Hood Canada where she had the opportunity to perform in Las Vegas Nevada (Smith Centre), Rebecca Cohn and Alderney Landing. Lyris is currently more actively involved in music composition and is in the process of developing her first single. Currently, her latest collaboration with Artist Kirk Ovie has reached over 100k views within the first month.  Aside from Performing Arts, Lyris is a model with agency Soli Productions under the direction and leadership of Solitha Shortte. Lyris is the 2nd oldest of 5 and when not performing, she loves spending time with family and giving thanks to God.

Sachiko Akikawa-Bauer: Violin, Viola & Piano
Born in Japan and raised half in Japan and half in Canada, Sachiko had the unique opportunity to study violin and piano with a multitude of teachers and methods. She started piano at a young age in Japan and after her family moved to Nova Scotia, started violin with Jennifer Jones. She continued her violin studies when her family moved back to Japan. There, she learned strictly through the Suzuki Method from Shinei Kato, who studied with the late Dr. Suzuki. Sachiko studied piano with Rafael Alcolado while she was living in Halifax and played in the Kiwanis Music Festival where she placed first in several of her classes. She also studied piano with Nancy Carr and Diane Pittman. Sachiko got her Bachelor of Arts Concentration in Music degree from Dalhousie University studying under the tutelage of Philippe Djokic. During her time at the university, she spent her summers at Domaine Forget attending the string session they offered. At the session, she had the privilege of studying with teachers such as Claude Richard, Mark Fewer, and Yehonatan Berick to name a few. After graduating, Sachiko taught violin in Japan through the Yamano/Yamaha School of Music and taught piano privately. She also recently taught for five years in the school string system through the Halifax Regional Arts program (formerly Halifax All-City Music) and is well versed in their pedagogy and curriculum. Sachiko is currently an active member of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra playing 1st violin and also in Nova Sinfonia in Halifax, and is the concertmaster of the Bedford Leisure Club Orchestra.
Charles Urich: Drums/Percussion & Friday Rock Ensemble.

Charles Urich is a drum instructor originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from St. FX. Charles has extensive playing experience, actively working with various local acts and teaching privately.
Charles is comfortable playing different styles of music and enjoys teaching rock, funk, jazz, and world styles. He has taught at Long and McQuade in Bedford and can often be seen playing live with various bands and artists throughout HRM. 

Marissa Emberly: Musical Theatre, Classe d'Acteur, Ballet, Jazz and KinderDance.

Marissa is a dance teacher and choreographer  here at YPC. She does the choreography for many of the pieces in the musicals and teaches Classe d'Acteur, Ballet, Creative Movement and Jazz She loves getting to work with these amazing kids. Marissa 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, Sandy in Grease, Regina George in Mean Girls, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. She was a member of the the All city girls choir elementary and senior for a total of six years. Last year, she was YPC's "Instructor of the Year". When she is not teaching or performing, she tutors in French, plays soccer and is currently pursuing post-secondary education in Marine Biology.

Maegwin Halsey - Hip Hop & Tap, Classe d'Acteur:

Maegwin is another one of our young, vibrant teachers here at YPC. She has been training in dance since she was a baby, studying ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre dance. She is also a pre professional cast member at YPC. Past roles of hers include "Genie" in "Aladdin", "Lumiere" in "Beauty and the Beast", "Damien" in "Mean Girls: The Musical" and Kiki in Legally Blonde. She is also an active and proud member of the Mi'kmaq community! Maegwin has achieved many things in her young life but performing arts are her passion. She loves to teach as much as she loves to perform. She is also bilingual! 


Maya Serbu - Acting / Musical Theatre:

Maya is an experienced performer and instructor who currently studies acting at Dalhousie University. She has performed on stage and screen her entire life, and is an accomplished singer and actress. She has played many roles, including Sandy in Grease, Motor Mouth Mabel in Hairspray, and her most recent performance as "Janis" in Cast A of "Mean Girls: The Musical" at YPC. Maya's love of performing, aids her (along with her professional experience) in her teaching style. She is passionate, energetic, fun and very knowledgeable. She is also a twice-published author!


Madison Hare-Burke: Jr Instructor-Musical Theatre & Hip Hop.

Maddie is one of YPC's young, vibrant instructors. She also is one of our pre professional students! She has been involved with the performing arts for a few years and has enjoyed every minute of it. She was with Dartmouth Dance Academy for many 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, as well as Rusty in YPC's Footloose, "Janis" in MEAN GIRLS and Professor Callaghan in Legally Blonde. She also studies voice under the tutelage of Brittanny Hann-Bowness and assists with our Junior musical theatre group. She is so excited to be a part of such a great program like YPC and you will often see her hanging around the studio, just because YPC is home!