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Instructor Bios
Spring / Summer 2012

When you take a course or workshop at Harbourfront Centre, you're in good hands. Our instructors are friendly, accessible and among the best in their respective fields. Here are some of this year's Instructors.

Amanda Lynne Ballard

A committed social media junkie, Amanda has been fortunate to turn her passion into a career. A self-proclaimed tech nerd, she has worked in both the not-for-profit and corporate world assisting in all areas of digital program management. In 2010, she presented to The National Women's Federation annual conference as a Social Media consultant and currently sits on the New Media/Media Strategy committee for Theatre Ontario. Amanda currently works as a freelance digital marketing professional with a specialization in strategy and content management.

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Adam Bradley

Adam Bradley is a teacher, actor, writer and director, originally from Vancouver but who now lives in Toronto. He has trained all over the world in a wide variety of approaches to theatre: Practical Aesthetics with the Atlantic Acting Conservatory in NYC, physical theatre with Odin Teatret in Denmark, Dah Teatar in Serbia, and Theatre de Complicite in Toronto, mask and dance at the Antonin Artaud Festival in Bali, and improv in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto. Most recently, he completed the Fitzmaurice® Voice Certification program in L.A. with Master Voice teacher Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Heidi Burkhardt

Artist/teacher Heidi Burkhardt is a painter, potter, printmaker and an ardent missionary for good design as the basis of all efforts in any media. Heidi has taught for 35 years in the Toronto District School Board, most recently at Central Technical School's Special Art Program. Her own work stems from that venerable Canadian tradition of landscape painting. Heidi, as part of a group of four traveling painters, has been all over Canada and many other parts of the world chasing dramatic landforms. They show together regularly. Heidi is a member of the Canadian National Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.

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Brittney A. Filek-Gibson

Brittney has been working with kids and teenagers since beginning her career as a camp counsellor a decade ago. She has been a teaching artist in after-school visual arts and theatre programmes and currently works with School Visits at Harbourfront Centre on a number of projects. She holds a BFA in Theatre from New York University and a certificate in Shakespeare Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Marianne Jetté

Marianne Jetté is a costume and fashion designer as well as a makeup artist. She has been working as a costume designer since the age of sixteen and is always on the lookout for new inspiration and opportunities. She also has a background as a sewing and fashion instructor for children and teenagers and is proud to be able to pass on her knowledge and experience.

Megan A. Skyvington

Megan A. Skyvington is a practicing interdisciplinary artist working in Toronto. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design University where she majored in Drawing and Painting. Her work discusses the complicated relationship between fashion, the body, public stigma and private feelings.

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Don Taylor

Since starting his binding studio in 1980, Don has worked on restoration, portfolios, and small edition binding, and has been developing as a designer and book artist. He makes decorated papers and is interested in innovative book structures and boxes. His work has appeared in exhibitions across Canada and in Japan, Italy, and France.

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Jen Tindall

Jen Tindall is the Artistic Associate of Authors at Harbourfront Centre and helps to program the weekly series as well as the annual International Festival of Authors.

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