Faculty: DeAnn deGruijter
DeAnn deGruijter is a professional actress, theatre teacher, Arts & Education Consultant and Expressive Arts Facilitator. She holds an MFA in Theatre and Teaching and is a graduate of the Expressive Arts program at Haliburton School of Art + Design. DeAnn has performed at both Stratford and Shaw festivals as well as on stages large and small across Canada and abroad. She starred in the hit musical Mamma Mia! and in many productions at Toronto's Young People's Theatre. DeAnn worked in political satire at CBC radio comedy for many years and currently voices Mayor Goodway on the popular animated children's series, Paw Patrol. She has taught acting for young adults with the Canadian Opera Company, York University, Young People's Theatre, and various school boards throughout southern Ontario. She also runs The Pilot Project, a drama and expressive arts workshop program for seniors in the Greater Toronto Area, while advocating for Prescribing Arts in Healthcare. Her classes are all infused with mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and her signature sense of humour.