Our People

Jessie Garon

Jessie Garon

Creative Director

Jessie Garon grew up on a cattle farm outside of Edmonton. Her grandparents are farmers while her father is an engineer and her mother an entrepreneur. This childhood instilled in her a love of creative problem solving and a drive to make something new. At twelve years old she moved to the city, there becoming a graduate of The Edmonton School of Ballet, and later to Toronto where she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

In 2013, she interned with Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY where she studied the Gaga movement language daily. These philosophies continue to play an integral role in her doctrine and work. As a performer, she has worked with Anandam Dance Theatre, Jennifer Dallas/Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU (New Zealand), Little Pear Garden Collective, and Serge Bennathan, among others.

In 2014, Garon co-founded the multidisciplinary company ‘Vazari Dance Projects’ (Vazari) with Anastasia Shivrina. With Vazari she has since choreographed the works, #Hangman (co-creation with Anastasia Shivrina, 2014), [decoherence] (2015) and AS A BODY (2015). Her work with Vazari has been presented across Canada and garnered residency’s at The Winchester Street Theatre (Toronto), Dance Alberta (Edmonton), The Centre for Movement Arts (Calgary), and The Wilder Building (Montreal).

Shannon Lea Doyle

Shannon Lea Doyle

Production Stage Manager/Scenographer

Shannon Lea Doyle is a scenographer and sculptor from Toronto. In the past year, Shannon has collaborated with directors Leah Cherniak, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Alessandro Costantini, Mikaela Davies, Sarah Kits, Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, Adam Lazarus, Viktor Lukawski Gregory Prest, Albert Schultz, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Michael Wheeler. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University and is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy where she worked under the mentorship of Lorenzo Savoini.

Guillaume Biron

Guillaume Biron

Performer

Native of Bordeaux, Guillaume Biron is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal in Quebec. After graduating in 2007, he participated in several festivals in Montreal with related artists before being approached in 2009 by the Quebec company, ‘Les 7 doigts de la Main’. There, Guillaume was an interpreter for three years on the show “PSY”. In 2012 he founded the company, ‘Tête d’Enfant’, with Naël Jammal and Florent Lestage. The first creation named, ‘Me, myself and us’, was created in 2013. Today Guillaume is still evolving in the circus sphere but also in contemporary dance (Stéphanie Decourteille, Estelle Clareton, Vazari Dance Projects). His versatility makes him a rich creative interpreter, able to use different mediums of expression.

Jarrett Siddall

Jarrett Siddall

Rehearsal Director/Performer

Jarrett Siddall is a Dora nominated artist who began his career with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet in Edmonton AB. In 2012, Jarrett graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant. Jarrett has been a company member with Toronto Dance Theatre since 2012 where he has worked with Stephen Andrews, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Thomas Hauret, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Heidi Strauss, and Evan Webber. Independently, he has performed with Vazari Dance Projects, Hit & Run Dance Productions and Joe Ink.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

Performer

Tim is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and the International School of Comedic Acting (Italy-Antonio Fava), Tim received the Tim Sims award for comedy (GBTheatre School), is a Canadian comedy award nominee and two time Dora nominee. He also spent time studying and performing improvisation (second city, rivoli cage match) Tim was included in NOW! Magazines’ top ten theatre artists of 2012. He has developed new works for 4th line theatre , theatre Kairos, Firstdraft theatre, foundry theatre, video cabaret and red one theatre.

Lyon Smith

Lyon Smith

Sound Designer/Performer

Lyon Smith is a Toronto based actor, photographer, and award winning sound designer. Recent composition and design for: Aluna Theatre, Canadian Stage, Sore for Punching You, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Vazari Dance Projects, Deitch Group/World Stage, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, Theatre Passe Murielle, Obsidian Theatre. He has received a Dora award and multiple nominations for his sound work.

Stephen Joffe

Stephen Joffe

Composer/Performer/Director

Stephen Joffe is an actor, musician, and playwright. He graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada‘s acting program in 2012. Stage: The Crackwalker (Factory), Freda and Jem’s Best of The Week (Buddies in Bad Times), Wild Dogs (Canadian Stage), etc. Screen: Slasher, The Anniversary, Bang Bang Baby, Alias Grace, etc. Composition: Romeo and her Juliet (Headstrong/Dauntless), The Crackwalker (Factory), The Harrowing (Clocktower), White Night (Multiname Productions), etc. He is the lead singer of award winning band Birds of Bellwoods.

Neesha de Souza

Neesha de Souza

General Manager

Neesha de Souza is a born and raised Torontonian with a passion for dance, the arts, and events. She is a graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where in addition to her dance training, she took on the roles of Programme Designer in the spring of 2010, Front of House Manager in the following fall, and Producer in the spring of 2011 for three student-run coffee house productions. She has worked at event companies such as Berkeley Events, Adagio Guest Services, and Andrew Richard Designs. In 2015, de Souza graduated from Humber College’s Event Planning diploma program and went on to work as an intern with 4Tune Nightlife & Hospitality for the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been the General Manager and Program Coordinator for Vazari Dance Projects since June of 2014 and is continuing to become more involved with arts administration in Toronto.

Jessie Garon

Jessie Garon

Creative Director

Jessie Garon grew up on a cattle farm outside of Edmonton. Her grandparents are farmers while her father is an engineer and her mother an entrepreneur. This childhood instilled in her a love of creative problem solving and a drive to make something new. At twelve years old she moved to the city, there becoming a graduate of The Edmonton School of Ballet, and later to Toronto where she graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

In 2013, she interned with Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY where she studied the Gaga movement language daily. These philosophies continue to play an integral role in her doctrine and work. As a performer, she has worked with Anandam Dance Theatre, Jennifer Dallas/Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects, Lemi Ponifasio/MAU (New Zealand), Little Pear Garden Collective, and Serge Bennathan, among others.

In 2014, Garon co-founded the multidisciplinary company ‘Vazari Dance Projects’ (Vazari) with Anastasia Shivrina. With Vazari she has since choreographed the works, #Hangman (co-creation with Anastasia Shivrina, 2014), [decoherence] (2015) and AS A BODY (2015). Her work with Vazari has been presented across Canada and garnered residency’s at The Winchester Street Theatre (Toronto), Dance Alberta (Edmonton), The Centre for Movement Arts (Calgary), and The Wilder Building (Montreal).

Shannon Lea Doyle

Shannon Lea Doyle

Production Stage Manager/Scenographer

Shannon Lea Doyle is a scenographer and sculptor from Toronto. In the past year, Shannon has collaborated with directors Leah Cherniak, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Alessandro Costantini, Mikaela Davies, Sarah Kits, Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, Adam Lazarus, Viktor Lukawski Gregory Prest, Albert Schultz, Guillermo Verdecchia, and Michael Wheeler. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University and is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy where she worked under the mentorship of Lorenzo Savoini.

Guillaume Biron

Guillaume Biron

Performer

Native of Bordeaux, Guillaume Biron is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal in Quebec. After graduating in 2007, he participated in several festivals in Montreal with related artists before being approached in 2009 by the Quebec company, ‘Les 7 doigts de la Main’. There, Guillaume was an interpreter for three years on the show “PSY”. In 2012 he founded the company, ‘Tête d’Enfant’, with Naël Jammal and Florent Lestage. The first creation named, ‘Me, myself and us’, was created in 2013. Today Guillaume is still evolving in the circus sphere but also in contemporary dance (Stéphanie Decourteille, Estelle Clareton, Vazari Dance Projects). His versatility makes him a rich creative interpreter, able to use different mediums of expression.

Jarrett Siddall

Jarrett Siddall

Rehearsal Director/Performer

Jarrett Siddall is a Dora nominated artist who began his career with the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet in Edmonton AB. In 2012, Jarrett graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he was awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant. Jarrett has been a company member with Toronto Dance Theatre since 2012 where he has worked with Stephen Andrews, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Thomas Hauret, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Heidi Strauss, and Evan Webber. Independently, he has performed with Vazari Dance Projects, Hit & Run Dance Productions and Joe Ink.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

Performer

Tim is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and the International School of Comedic Acting (Italy-Antonio Fava), Tim received the Tim Sims award for comedy (GBTheatre School), is a Canadian comedy award nominee and two time Dora nominee. He also spent time studying and performing improvisation (second city, rivoli cage match) Tim was included in NOW! Magazines’ top ten theatre artists of 2012. He has developed new works for 4th line theatre , theatre Kairos, Firstdraft theatre, foundry theatre, video cabaret and red one theatre.

Lyon Smith

Lyon Smith

Sound Designer/Performer

Lyon Smith is a Toronto based actor, photographer, and award winning sound designer. Recent composition and design for: Aluna Theatre, Canadian Stage, Sore for Punching You, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Vazari Dance Projects, Deitch Group/World Stage, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, Theatre Passe Murielle, Obsidian Theatre. He has received a Dora award and multiple nominations for his sound work.

Stephen Joffe

Stephen Joffe

Composer/Performer/Director

Stephen Joffe is an actor, musician, and playwright. He graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada‘s acting program in 2012. Stage: The Crackwalker (Factory), Freda and Jem’s Best of The Week (Buddies in Bad Times), Wild Dogs (Canadian Stage), etc. Screen: Slasher, The Anniversary, Bang Bang Baby, Alias Grace, etc. Composition: Romeo and her Juliet (Headstrong/Dauntless), The Crackwalker (Factory), The Harrowing (Clocktower), White Night (Multiname Productions), etc. He is the lead singer of award winning band Birds of Bellwoods.

Neesha de Souza

Neesha de Souza

General Manager

Neesha de Souza is a born and raised Torontonian with a passion for dance, the arts, and events. She is a graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where in addition to her dance training, she took on the roles of Programme Designer in the spring of 2010, Front of House Manager in the following fall, and Producer in the spring of 2011 for three student-run coffee house productions. She has worked at event companies such as Berkeley Events, Adagio Guest Services, and Andrew Richard Designs. In 2015, de Souza graduated from Humber College’s Event Planning diploma program and went on to work as an intern with 4Tune Nightlife & Hospitality for the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been the General Manager and Program Coordinator for Vazari Dance Projects since June of 2014 and is continuing to become more involved with arts administration in Toronto.