Mark Keller BFA – Head Director Senior Drama Educator

Mark Keller has been working with Children’s Arts Theatre School for over fifteen years. A graduate with honours with a BFA from York University, studying within the Acting program, Mark has worked in a variety of facets within the performing arts. From stage managing fringe shows, to being artistic director of an Australian Regional dance competition, and being featured in a number of commercials, short films, and theatre productions. He took a year off from CATS to work and live in Australia, where he worked for a prominent theatre, wrote articles for a large website, even booking an ad campaign for an Australian bug spray! Mark truly loves helping children work towards their artistic goals.

Emily Harrison Smith BECE – Senior Drama Educator

Emily Harrison Smith has been with CATS for many years. She started out as a student, and became a member of staff eight years ago. Emily hopes to obtain her B.Ed after completing her undergraduate studies in Leadership in Early Childhood Education at George Brown College. She has volunteered her time in various classrooms, and gained valuable experience. Emily is looking forward to being a part of the drama department again. Emily enjoys working with each and every child at CATS!

Naomi Peltz – Senior Drama Educator

Naomi Peltz is an actor, singer, and improviser. She studied at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts and the Second City Training Center. Naomi has been seen in such shows as Guys & Dolls, FoxFinder, Obeah Opera, Straight Up, On the Rocks, and Evidence to the Contrary to name a few. This past year she has had the opportunity to live and work abroad, first in China followed by Italy. In Italy she taught English Theatre to her students and in China she helped build a theatre program. This fall she is happy to be back in Toronto, where she will be workshopping a new play called, The Departure Train, as well as producing Benefits Lapsed. She can’t wait to see what adventures the future holds.

Thomas Putman – Senior Drama Educator

Thomas is an actor, author, musician and educator based in Toronto, Ontario. Thomas studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow where he obtained his Master of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance. Select performance credits include: Dennis in Rock of Ages, Tony Hendon (Stephenville Theatre Festival), Doug in The Quest Musical (Toronto), Pugsley Addams in The Addams Family (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Scott Free, Jean-Biff, Andrew, Louis (Solar Stage 2015-2019), and various film and television work. As a vocalist, Thomas has performed as a part of the Opening Ceremonies of the XX (2014) Commonwealth Games as well as in various bands throughout the GTA playing hundreds of private events and functions with JUNO Award winning collaborators. Thomas’ love of the performing arts shines through with his health-first approach to teaching and his enthusiastic instruction and encouragement of our next generation of artists.

Mariha Laura Celis – Drama Educator

My name is Mariha Laura Celis, and I am 18 years old. I love dancing. I recently graduated from George Brown’s performance preparation programme and want to return for two more years to earn a diploma in performance as well. I recently joined CATS as a substitute for some of the dance classes as they were preparing for the Matilda production; the time I spent teaching was brief but memorable. I liked the atmosphere and enthusiasm of each session, and it made me want to return for more! That is why I am so excited to be joining CATS as a counsellor during the summer camps this summer!!!

Sara Dow – Drama Educator

Sara has been a part of CATS for several years, beginning by participating in many CATS Mainstage productions. This year will be her sixth year as a counsellor at CATS camp, and she is looking forward to taking on the role of Camp Coordinator. Sara has just completed her BaH at Queen’s University in history and film. She hopes to soon continue in film studies and begin hands-on experience. She is looking forward to seeing returning CATS campers and meeting all the new ones as well! Sara can’t wait for another great summer at CATS camp!

Labrini Fotos – Drama Educator

Labrini Fotos is currently a performance arts student at Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. She’s started in Wexford’s Focus and Wonder shows, and was previously a student and volunteer for CATS. After graduation, she plans on attending Ryerson University for Film Studies. This is her first year working with CATS, and she’s excited to start the year.

Ruth Somerville – Assistant Drama Educator

Jamie Nicholson is thrilled to be teaching again this year. He is a graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts where he majored in musical tRuth has been acting since she was five years old and has been performing at CATS for six years. She’s been a CIT and summer camp for two years, but this is her first year working with CATS. She’s currently in Grade 10 at Etobicoke School of the Arts in the film program. CATS has always been the highlight of Ruth’s year and she’s very excited to be working this year.heatre. He was a member of SPLASH, Canada’s top show choir, competing in Show Choir Canada, Can-Am and FAME USA National Championships. He is also a music journalist for Revibe magazine. Jamie attended the University of Guelph for Food Science. He looks forward to another great year at CATS.

Amanda Davis – CATS Administrator

We would like to welcome Amanda Davis to our CATS Team. Amanda will be a part of our Admin and Registration Team, working remotely from Burlington.

With over 10 years of experience in sales, and customer relationship management and over 5 years in management and team leadership, Amanda strives to inspire a winning culture. In her most recent role in Media Sales, Amanda had the experience of working in multiple markets with multiple Media Partners across the globe. Metroland, Tacoma News Tribune, New York Post, and Macquarie Media ( Australia) to name a few. Amanda’s strengths are building relationships, establishing strong sales pipelines, and creating a positive work environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and quality.

Fun Facts about Amanda: She was born and raised in Montreal, She has a love for Musicals, especially Disney Fairy Tales, that she now gets to share with her 2 beautiful children ages 3 and 6.

Stay in the loop

Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news and deals