Leading Broadway music director and conductor, Andy Einhorn, directs concerts this year with the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He’s currently the Music Supervisor and Musical Director for the Broadway productions of Carousel and Hello Dolly! Einhorn’s previous Broadway credits include Holiday Inn, Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Evita, Brief Encounter, The Light in the Piazza, and Sondheim on Sondheim. He recently served as music director and conductor for the Châtelet Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s Passion in Paris and Einhorn made his New York Philharmonic debut with world-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti.
Since 2011, Einhorn has served as music director and pianist for six‑time Tony Award-winner, Audra McDonald, performing with her at such prestigious orchestras and venues including The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and Teatro Real, Madrid. They recently recorded performances for an upcoming telecast with the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Einhorn has also music directed for Barbara Cook at Feinstein’s and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music.Read full NAC bio ›
Annie is evolving laterally as a pluridisciplinary artist. She works for the stage and the screen, on it and behind it. Along with her work as host (Dusk Dances, New Moon Cabaret, Canada Day, Prix Rideau Awards) theatre (Medea, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, SKIN, À tu et à moi) and television (FranCoeur, Motel Monstre), and actor, Annie works as a Makeup (Complections College of Makeup Art and Design) and Wig Artist (Houston Ballet) and sometimes, she builds costumes and kind of strange things for events and fancy parties that can be seen as far as Vimy, France and Singapore. Her work has garnered her several Prix Rideau Awards nominations in several categories. She is over the moon (on her broomstick) to be here once again in the company of such fine little toadlings.Read full NAC bio ›
Located at 200 Crichton Street in Ottawa, The School of Dance has an international reputation as a centre for excellence in arts education. Founded in 1978 by Merrilee Hodgins and Joyce Shietze, The School offers professional training in ballet and contemporary dance, professional development activities for teachers, as well as leisure and recreational programmes for adults and children. Graduates of The School of Dance are performing with companies worldwide.
Each year, The School touches the lives of over 70,000 Ontarians with special outreach programmes including the DragonFly® for Learners with Down Syndrome, Dance is BEST® in the hospitals of Eastern Ontario, Dancing in the Street throughout Ottawa in the summer months, Boys Only! classes and DanceONTour®, school visits designed to inspire interest in the arts.
The School of Dance is registered as a private career college under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005. The School of Dance is a Canadian, not-for-profit, charitable institution celebrating its 40th anniversary season in Ottawa.Read full NAC bio ›
Merrilee Hodgins, the co-founder and Artistic Director of The School of Dance, studied in Canada, England, Denmark, Germany and the United States. In 1971, she was awarded the prestigious Solo Seal of the Royal Academy of Dancing. In 1973 she became principal dancer with the Alberta Ballet Company, later working in Denmark, Germany and the U.S.A. as a freelance artist.
Merrilee Hodgins, a recipient of the YM-YWCA’s 1997 Women of Distinction Award, was the 1997 Chair of the City of Ottawa’s Cultural Leadership Committee, was a member of the board of directors for Dance Ontario, and has been awarded Canada Council grants to research and develop projects to introduce children to dance.
Recent artistic projects include choreographic commissions from the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, a collaboration with Canadian poet Susan McMaster, a commission to produce a concert version of Stravinsky’s Firebird for the Brott Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario and commissions to create choreography for Carnival of the Animals for the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the McGill Chamber Orchestra.
Merrilee Hodgins is a Director of the Celia Franca Foundation and she regularly collaborates with a wide-range of organizations such as the Ontario Arts Council, Carleton University, the National Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Canada and the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
In 2013, Merrilee Hodgins was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her contributions to arts education in Canada. In 2017, She was presented with the Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal in recognition of her valuable service to the nation.Read full NAC bio ›
Laurie is delighted to return to the Family Adventures series with the NAC Orchestra, and will also be working on the Britten War Requiem on November 9. Past shows with the NAC Orchestra have included The Hockey Sweater, The Magic Horn, A Paintbrush for Piccolo, La Diva Malbouffa, Humour and Music and Vivaldi and the Four Seasons. When not enjoying the music of the NAC Orchestra, Laurie stage manages for the NAC English Theatre, (most recently, carried away on the crest of a wave and Up to Low), as well as for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival and other theatres across Canada.Read full NAC bio ›
Janet Irwin has over thirty years experience in the theatre, working as director, playwright/librettist, producer, dramaturge, consultant and teacher. She has great affection for the classics, political theatre, large casts, plays for family audiences, spectacle, outdoor theatre, stories about Ottawa, new work, opera and other theatre forms wherein music is integral.
She has directed for the Great Canadian Theatre Company, NAC’s English Theatre and Orchestra, Upper Canada Playhouse, Easy Street Productions, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Deluxe Hot Sauce and Third Wall Theatre.