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Our Staff

Sandy Stanutz 

B.A. Mus (St. Francis Xavier University), Ph.D. Music education/research (McGill University)

Artistic Director / Vocal & Instrumental Coach

Sandy is the Artistic Director and Owner of the Manotick Arts Camp. She is passionate about the power of  performance arts in educational settings to positively influence cognitive and emotional development in children and youth. She spearheaded the creation of the Manotick Arts Camp in 2000, and she has enjoyed emmensely, the creative genious her teams aspire to each summer. Sandy is the accompanist for the RTO Entre Nous Chorus and she maintains a studio of piano and flute students. She was the Miriam Post-Doctoral Researcher of the School of Applied Child Psychology and Human Development in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University (2014-2017). She researched the quality of musical memory in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She, along with her colleagues, Dr. Jacob Burack and Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin were awarded a Grammy Foundation Grant to investigate absolute pitch ability, a rare memory for pitch and melody, in children with ASD. She developed a music curriculum (Music for Wee Ones) for use with children aged 3-6 with ASD at the Abe Gold Learning Centre, Miriam Foundation, Montréal. She offers Music for Wee Ones classes throughout the year in Manotick for typically and atypically developing children. 

Adam Breadner

B.A., B. Ed.

Director - Drama

Adam had been a proud member of the Manotick Arts Camp since 2005. He is currently a Special Education teacher and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Program Coordinator at Brookfield High School. Adam began his teaching career in 2002 as a Drama teacher in the Western Quebec School Board and moved to the Ottawa Carleton District School Board in 2006 where he has taught Drama, English, Social Sciences, and Special Education.

Adam caught the acting bug at Bishop's University while completing his undergrad degree in the mid-to-late 90's. Since then, his devotion to performance slowly turned from center stage into the director's chair, but on rare occasions he still may seek out the limelight. As a teacher, Adam has been involved with multiple theatrical productions, always relishing in the enthusiasm and enjoyment of his students.

Passionate about storytelling, creativity, collaboration, and inclusion, Adam looks forward to every summer at MAC where he knows everyone's voice will be heard, a great show will be put on, and memories will be made.

Brad Long

Brad Long

Director - Drama

Brad Long is an Ottawa based actor and writer. Recent theatre credits include playing Mark Antony in Ottawa Shakespeare Co.’s Julius Caesar, MSND and Othello (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival) Dreams of Whales with New Theatre of Ottawa, The Fan with Odyssey Theatre, Hamlet 2011 (OSC), The Pillowman (Rideau Award nominee for Emerging Artist, 2009), A Company of Fools’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “I”, Little Martyrs with Evolution Theatreand a dizzying array of characters in Twelfth Night with The Ottawa Theatre School. He is a core company member of Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences and has been an instructor with the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama, The Ottawa Theatre School and Encounters With Canada

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Sonja Milsom

Director - Performance Troupe

Ms. Milsom's passion for performing started as a young child. She continued that passion with a BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and when she discovered she also had a love for teaching, she added a Masters in Special Education from Old Dominion University. She spent many years performing throughout the US eastern seaboard in opera, musical theatre, and even as the lead singer for a byes band, and then settled in Ottawa after meeting her true (Canadian) love in NYC. Once in Canada, she indulged her love for performing at every opportunity including "Godspell" in Perth, "Carmen" with Opera Lyre at the NAC, and as a Pink Lady in the classic "Grease" with Orpheus. More recently she could be seen as Mother Superior in Suzart's "Sister Act" and as the beloved Mrs. Potts in ASNY's "Beauty & the Beast". She shares her love of theatre, music, and dance with her 3 children, but finds some of her greatest blessings when she is able to use her gift and share her passion for drama & musical theatre to support, encourage and teach others. She is very excited to have the opportunity to lead the Performance Troupe for the Manotick Arts Camp this summer.

Will Jenkins

Will Jenkins

Drama Teacher

Will is a graduate from the University of Windsor’s BFA in Acting program. Born and raised in Ottawa, he gained recognition and awards from Cappies and Shakespeare on the Platform for his acting in several shows, including The Little Mermaid as Scuttle (St. Francis Xavier, 2016). As Will pursued the dramatic arts, he continued to be involved with multiple live performances with University Players and several film productions across Ontario. His performances included Journeys End (University Players, 2017), The Cassilis Engagement (University Players, 2020), and SNAPPED (Soleski, 2020) to name a few. Will continued to earn nominations and recognition for his performances, including at the University of Windsor Film Festival. 

He continued his training with Second City Toronto and is making his own work as a playwright and comic writer. He is intently pursuing a long and bright future as an actor here in Canada and beyond. He hopes to pass on the tools and passion he’s received for the performing arts here at the Manotick Arts Camp as a drama teacher. In doing so Will wants to inspire the youth to pursue their dreams as he did.


Connor de Laplante

Music Councilor

Connor is graduating from the Canterbury High School Winds program and he will be attending the University of Ottawa’s Piano program this fall. As an instrumental teacher, Connor specializes in saxophone and piano, but he has gained proficiency on may other instruments. He has experience performing in a variety of ensembles such as concert and jazz bands, choirs, and pit bands for musicals. Connor has a deep love for music and is passionate about arts education. As an aspiring music teacher, he is very excited to be part of the team this summer at the Manotick Arts Camp.


Sarah Julian

Visual Art Teacher

Pursuit of the visual arts has been her lifelong passion. Sarah graduated from the Visual Arts program at Canterbury High School, and continued her education to complete a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Ottawa University and an Illustration Degree from Sheridan College. She has experience teaching adults and kids art through art therapy and community outreach programs. 

Sarah attended the Manotick Arts Camp back in it’s inaugural seasonin 2000 and is excited to be coming back as a mentor. 

Heather Lynn Smith

Vocal Teacher

Harmony will forever be the power that holds Heather Lynn Smith captive to music. After studies at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY and eleven years teaching Music for Young Children©, she has just completed the MMus program at the University of Ottawa studying voice with Christiane Riel. As a member of the Ottawa Bach Choir, she has been thrilled to perform in spectacular venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Notre-Dame de Paris, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bach’s Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and the Beijing National Centre for the Performing.  Arts



Director - Drama

Reba hails from Kanata. She has been singing in public since she was four years old. Her first love was Disney Princess songs, which she still adores. Her palate expanded to musical theatre and classical/opera music as well. Reba has directed Elementary School musicals, and a one act operatic production at the University of Ottawa. She can often be seen performing in Ottawa theatrical productions or behind the scenes as a Stage Crew Volunteer at Centerpointe Theatre. Reba is passionate about using music to tell positive stories that unite us as humans.

Sean O’Blenis

Sean O’Blenis

Instrumental Teacher

Sean got his first drum set at age three and music has been a huge part of his life ever since. As an instrumentalist, Sean plays the trumpet, drums, guitar and piano, and he has dabbled in a number of other instruments as well. He attended the Manotick Arts Camp throughout his childhood and for the last two years, has returned to work and volunteer at MAC. This year Sean will be working as a Counseling Instrumentalist for the two week camps. Sean is currently completing grade 11 at Canterbury High School in the winds program where he plays the trumpet. He plays in the senior concert band, honours orchestra and senior jazz band. He also plays in ensembles to accompany the dance students at Canterbury. Sean played in a couple of rock bands growing up and currently drums for a band which includes three MAC alumni. In his spare time, Sean loves to ski and skateboard. He is looking forward to another fun summer at Manotick Arts Camp!


Siobhán McMahon

Dance Counselor

Siobhán graduated from Les Petits Ballets’ Pre-Professional Division and the Society of Russian Ballet with distinction in 2018. In 2015 she gained acceptance to and trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School professional division for their summer intensive. She is also the 2018 Cappies winner for “Best Female Dancer in a Production” for her role as Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Siobhán is currently a student at Queen’s University studying Media and Performance Practices (theatre and film), and is pursuing a career in the performing arts. She enjoys working in all artistic areas and looks forward to fostering a love for the arts in all her students at the MAC.


Kathleen Klassen

Drama Teacher

Kathleen Klassen was a local high school drama teacher and improvisation coach for over 20 years.   During this time, she directed plays, produced film and theater festivals and coached award-winning improvisation teams.  Her improv teams were honoured with National Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Canadian Improv Games, as well as numerous regional championships.  Kathleen believes strongly in the importance of creativity in human development, healing and growth.  Her experience working with a wide range of students has reinforced her belief that confidence, courage and creativity are accessible to everyone with the proper tools and training.  A recent grade 10 drama and improv student summed up Kathleen’s teaching well when she stated that her classes and coaching provided a supportive and accepting environment in which students learned to take risks, fail big and ultimately achieve success. She looks forward to working with you!