Kim Jesch, producer
Kim is the Artistic Director and Founder of Milton Youth Theatre Productions (MYTP) – Milton’s first youth theatre company. She has recently celebrated over four decades of teaching in the arts industry. During her career, Kim has been a performer, choreographer, adjudicator, teacher and studio owner. Growing up in a ‘dance family’ (Audrey Meredith Dance Centre), a graduate of Kent State University- Teachers Training Program and has two teaching certifications through Dance Masters of America and Canadian Dance Teacher’s Association. She has worked with many Community theatre companies before she decided to blend her passion of dance with her love of theatre performance to create MYTP, 2003.
Brooke Rawson, choreographer
Brooke is honoured to be apart of the MCT creative team. Coming from an “Arts” family Brooke grew up in the Dance Studio, competing for a decade (with The Dance PAC) in all disciplines of Dance, Brooke’s speciality was Musical Theatre winning many awards and Judges’ Choice. Although Brooke didn’t pursue the Arts in post-secondary, she remained very much involved with her “theatre family” and in touch with her creative side throughout her schooling. While completing her Advance Diploma is Business Administration Marketing, Brooke Directed (Choreographed and assisted in costume design) both Willy Wonka Jr. (2014) and Doctor Doolittle (2015) Spring productions at Milton Youth Theatre Productions (M.Y.T.P). After graduating with Honours from Sheridan College, Brooke is happy to be back and to bring more to the creative team! It is a joy for her to be working alongside Kim, Jasmin and Katie- her chosen family. Other than the added creative value Brooke brings to the stage we are sure you’ve seen her creative skills on our social media accounts and many Newsletters and Advertisements. Brooke is a triple threat performer, who we can’t seem to keep off the stage but we are happy to have her on and off the stage as part of our creative team! She has some big ideas to help MCT continue to grow, educate and inspire within the Milton Community.
Jasmin Goode, stage manager
Jasmin is a freelance director and stage manager. She has worked on a variety of productions that range from dance and musicals to fashion shows and special events. She has studied performance production at Ryerson University and has recently returned from a Fringe Theatre Festival tour across Canada as the stage manager with the Flotsam Theatre Company. In the summer of 2014, she took the opportunity to visit Milan, Italy to develop a theatre program at a children’s music camp. As well in the Fall of 2014, she worked with the Terry Fox Foundation as a school ambassador travelling to schools across Ontario to give presentations on behalf of the foundation. Jasmin is always looking for new opportunities to educate students and to help mold well-rounded performers. MCT is lucky to have this creative and inspirational individual on the team!
Katie Preisner, musical director
Katie is a local private music instructor and a graduate of Queens University. She has worked as a Director, Camp Director and Musical Director in various companies from her hometown of Milton, Ontario and in the Kingston area. Recent shows she has directed for include, Children of the Isle, Sasquatch, Ariel 51 (KYAC), and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley (M.Y.T.P). Returning in May of 2011 from a year abroad studying in England at Herstmonceux Castle, she has travelled all over Europe learning about different musical cultures and traditions and hopes to bring her new found knowledge to her classes. She has also performed in various M.Y.T.P productions in the past including The Wiz, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical and The Music Man. Katie currently teaches at various Montessori schools in the area, including The Montessori School of Milton and Stirling Montessori Academy as well teaches vocals at local music schools such as House of Chords and Milton Youth Theatre Productions working with kids from 18 months-18 years of age as well teaching privates (vocal and theory) to many over 18 years of age. Katie is very much involved with arts and music in the Milton community and looks forward to meeting more talented enthusiasts.
Joining our 2019 Team…
Katy Eldridge, director, is excited to be joining the creative team at MCT for their 2019 show! Having directed over 25 musicals and plays with children and adults, Katy is happy to be directing Elf the Musical. Some notable plays include: Seven Stories (MYTP), Shrek (MYTP), Wizard of Oz (BTS), Dracula (MSS), Scaredy Kat (MY Stage Left), Grease the Musical (MYTP). Katy has experience onstage most recently as Penny in Hairspray (MY Stage Left), and on camera as a performer (various short films), and even as a Stage Manager (Seussical the Musical, CYT)! Katy studied theatre at York University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours. She also holds a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University and a Master of Education from The University of Toronto.
Hannah Lash, assistant director, was born and raised in Milton and is currently attending Trent University for Archaeology. She grew up taking part in the Milton Youth Theatre Productions (musical theatre, improv and summer camp) programs programs, as a student, volunteer, camp counsellor, camp director and assistant director. She has also been involved with the Anne Shirley Theatre Company at Trent University as part of their cast. She loves traveling and the outdoors, and spending time with her dogs. Previously she volunteered with Milton Community Theatre as a backstage volunteer in their first production of Elf Jr., and this year she is very proud and excited to be part of the MCT team as assistant director!