WHO IS UNSUNG HEROES
Unsung Heroes Productions is very proud of the creative teams we have assembled. We strive for a balance of seasoned industry professionals, industry newcomers and amateurs from our community. Combined they make for a highly dedicated, collaborative and nurturing team, providing opportunities to foster talent in the creative production process.
FOUNDER & ARTISTIC PRODUCER
Most of what there is to know about me can be found by getting involved with our shows. Be in the cast, crew, sponsor or just come and sit in the audience. You will see firsthand the power of these shows, the community it fosters, the entertainment, laughter, music and love it nurtures. It is the embodiment of what my mom passed on to my siblings and I.
Outside of working on these productions, I am a Customer Experience consultant, proud father of my little angels Joshua and Brayden, and very lucky husband to my beautiful wife and partner in everything, Jaime Saibil. Love you guys.
Andrea is excited to return to Unsung Heroes Productions as stage manager. Andrea can be found all around the GTA stage managing, set building, painting, and once in a while on stage. Andrea would like to thank all of her friends and family, especially her husband David, for their love and support.
A suburbanilly-renowned high-school physics teacher and out-of-work ballroom dancing instructor, Matt began training in classical piano performance when he was 6 years old. Inspired by a piano-teacher who could sight-read the Theme to Superman, Matt worked tirelessly at home and up through the ranks at the National Music Camp of Canada to become the faculty music theater accompanist. From there, he has music directed, accompanied or conducted countless shows around Toronto with many companies including Bravo Academy, Children's Arts Theater School Mainstage Productions, No Strings Theater, First Act Productions, The Unsung Heroes Project 2015, and the recently exceptionally-reviewed-by-the-principal school production of Grease! Matt regularly accompanies professional classical, jazz and theater performers, and he also performs classical recitals for seniors who would rather hear Gershwin.
Deb has been the Unsung Heroes Choreographer since the very beginning and most recently as Co-Director of Unsung 6.
In addition to choreographing the productions for the past 3 years, Deb also choreographs for several other production companies.
Her recent work as choreographer includes a children's production of Peter Pan, high school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, American Idiot and several other shows.
Andrew is a Toronto based performer and musician who has been involved in theatre since he was 10. He has a love for music, having studied both classical trumpet and jazz piano at York University.
Andrew has musically directed a number of shows in and around Toronto, as well as being an active performer. Past credits include Roger in Rent (Lower Ossington Theatre), Joseph in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat (Al Green Theatre); he also performed in 80’s Solid Gold an 80’s music review/rock concert (Stage West Calgary).
Andrew has performed internationally, including China, Qatar and United Arab Emirates, with Creativiva Inc.
When he is not performing, Andrew teaches voice, trumpet, and piano privately.
Andrew is thrilled to be joining the crew of Unsung Heroes Productions, and to be able to share his love for musical theatre with others.
Julian is a former Ryerson theatre production grad and has been a Technical Director with UHP since 2018.
Julian is actively working as a Lighting & Video Designer & Production Manager for different private events and clubs in Toronto. He’s glad to return to the theatre once again, and apply his flair of magic and love for design into this great cause.
Growing up in the east coast, and continuing to grow in the big city, Julian is proud to bring JMP Productions vast expertise and experience to this project and is extremely thankful to Neal for this great opportunity.
Previous select credits include: Summer Hill Players’ production of “La Niege”. Playwork’s York Mills reunion production of “Grease”. Hazygrape production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. Moncton high school’s production of “Into the woods”.
He would like to thank his family and loved ones for their support in his career path and goals. It will always be an uphill battle. Nevertheless, it’s a battle worth fighting for ! EPS, thank you. Enjoy the show!
MUSICAL DIRECTOR & MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS
Sean is a Toronto-based musical director, enjoying a wide ranging career as an MD, educator, performing artist and academic throughout Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom. As a musical director, Sean is active throughout Canada in Toronto & Montreal, as well as in the UK both in London and beyond. Past work has included time with the UK Tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, as well as on creation of the adaptation of a recent West End musical.
Sean is active as an educator in the Toronto area and in addition to teaching and directing, maintains a busy schedule of vocal coaching, arranging and orchestrating. He is humbled to be a part of the team and to contribute to the admirable work of Unsung Heroes, with the utmost respect for the work of the company and its mandate.
ACOUSTIC MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS
When Neal created Unsung Heroes he provided me and so many others the opportunity to do something we love, while raising money for causes close to our hearts. Sharing the stage with so many wonderful people over the years has afforded me a wealth of friendships I never would have been able to foster on my own. All the while being able to entertain and enjoy the warmth of an audience’s appreciation.
With Unsung’s newly expanded platform, there is even more goodwill to be done and good times to be had. I am thankful for the opportunity to help Neal make his vision a reality.
During the occasional moments when I am not preparing for a production of one sort or another, I spend my time working with Independent Retailers on how to improve the quality of their lives by taking control of their businesses – another rewarding experience.
DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, SOCIAL MEDIA
Lindsay is a talented & passionate instructor, choreographer, coach & director with more than 20 years experience working with dancers, and fitness enthusiasts of all ages. Lindsay attended The Randolph Performance Academy in Toronto where she trained in dance, drama and vocal.
Some of Lindsay’s performance credits include: Fame-The Musical, Legends Tribute Show, MuchMusic, City TV, The Comedy Network, Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She launched LR Dance in 2006, bringing a multitude of opportunities to the Toronto entertainment community.
Lindsay has worked with many artists, and athletes on a variety of events, workshops, performances, classes, television and film. @lindsayrittermovement
PROPS & COSTUMES
Bio coming soon.
DIRECTOR, VOCAL SUPERVISOR
Amanda Silcoff is a highly skilled vocal coach, music director, and performer in Toronto. She accomplished an Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance degree, from the prestigious Sheridan College. Amanda is thrilled to have worked with Broadway composers, as well as up and coming Canadian writers developing new Musicals.
She recently traveled to Shanghai, China to collaborate with students and teach the fundamentals of Musical Theatre there.
She also works as the Resident Vocal Performance Coach for the Mini Pop Kids 16, and leads studio sessions and masterclasses with them! She has performed on stages all over the country, and has also trained at CAP21 in New York City with Broadway Professionals.
Amanda also produces regular Cabaret Evenings all over the city, celebrating her love for performing with top industry professionals.
Performance highlights for Amanda include: Grease on tour, Kate in If/Then, Lighters In The Air at the Toronto Fringe Festival, singing with Stephen Schwartz, as well as Canadian legends Michael Burgess and David Warrack.
MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS AND DIRECTION
Terence made his debut with Unsung Heroes in 2018. An alumnus of the Queen's University Music program, Terence is a professional vocal coach, music director, performer, and playwright. He was the co-founder and resident musical director of Chicken Coop Theatre, where he has had the pleasure of musical directing American Idiot, Hairspray, RENT, The Producers, and The Fiddler on the Roof.
Other Musical Directing credits include The Canadian Premiere of Fugitive Songs and Cabaret (First Act Productions), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Lower Ossington Theatre), and The Wizard of Oz (Scarborough Music Theatre).
Performing credits include The Little Mermaid (King Triton, MTP London), Hair (Berger, Jaybird Productions), Legally Blonde (Emmett Forrest, Chicken Coop Theatre), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas, Etobicoke Musical Productions).
As a playwright, Terence wrote the 90s pop musical, Lovelash, which has garnered numerous local theatre award nominations.
Lisa is an Unsung alumni having both performed in and managed costuming for several previous productions.
Lisa brings 25 years of experience from the fashion biz and is excited to bring those skills to a worthy cause again this year....look forward to fabulous costumes!!
Abbey studied theatre at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in NYC, as well as singing with two great teachers, Carol Forte in Toronto and Kristene Kalina in NYC.
Abbey has been involved with Unsung Heroes since 2018 and made his directorial debut in 2019.