From L to R: Ada Masciarelli, Tricia Bartley and Michele Matthews
As a kid I loved drama and choir and took every chance I could get to be on stage or be part of the “scene” in some way. As an adult, I work as an educator with Special Needs adults in work oriented programs and have been working with the Special Needs population for over 30 years.
I wrote and directed plays for an educational setting for 7 years, and from that we decided to form the I Can Dream Theatre in 2011 as a means of branching out to the community in hopes of raising more awareness, and helping to break down stereotypes. As ICDT continues to grow, so do many of our goals to help enrich the lives of the Special Needs population through specialized programming, and giving them an opportunity to not only shine on stage but to do so in their everyday lives as well.
As a member of the ICDT board, and combined with my continued role in the theatre aspect, I am proud to be a part of this innovative and remarkable group that is helping to open up doors for the Special Needs population and open up minds to the community at large.
TRICIA (Stage Manager - Set Design)
I love being an educator, whether it’s in the classroom or backstage, there is always a lesson given and I’m not always the teacher.
Creating a Set Design that works with the casts abilities and dresses the hard work and dedication that each of them has shown time after time is really a “rush” for me. It’s always new, its always challenging and in the end when it all comes together; it’s always magic.
Dara Murphy (Music Director)
For the last six years, Dara Murphy has been a music and drama teacher at Summit School. Dara runs two choirs, a brass band, and an improv group. She also writes and performs theatre with the Summit students. Their shows have received outstanding reviews, and they have performed at the Centaur Theatre, the Segal Centre, and the Montréal Fringe Festival.
After these experiences, she published a book of two plays designed for people who require accessible, easy-to-read dialogue. Dara was born in Alberta, she got her education degree at McGill University, and she has been living in Montreal for ten years
Carli Olenroot (Choreographer)
Dance has been a part of my life than before I could say the word "dance". From the moment I could walk, I was already trying to boogie. Believe me, there is home video footage to prove that. My parents have always been big music enthusiasts so the importance of music and that of expression through music was taught very early on.
In 2007 and 2008, my competitive dance team performed and won second place a the World of Hip Hop Championships in Los Angeles, California. There are no words to explain how much pride individually and as team you have when representing your home country, Canada.
When I started working for Summit School as a teaching assistant for students with developmental disabilities, I knew I had found my other calling. Being able to share this common ground and watch the students explode with their own creativity is something so beyond rewarding.
I am so excited and honoured to be a part of I Can Dream Theatre.
Let's get dancing!