George Brown Dance Faculty
In May 2003 George Brown Dance welcomed three new instructors to the Commercial Dance Studies faculty, Louisa Burgess Corbett, teaching vocal along with Suzanne Bennett and Ralph Small teaching Acting. In the fall of 2004 Louisa, Suzanne and Ralph also joined the faculty of Dance Performance Foundations and Dance Performance Studies. In September 2004 Dee Dee McArthur joined the George Brown Dance Faculty as a modern dance instructor for one semester before moving on to pursue other opportunities. In January 2005 George Brown Dance welcomed Ray Hogg to the faculty as the modern dance instructor for Dance Performance Foundations.
Louisa Burgess Corbett
Lou is a sought after vocal instructor and Musical Director. Her work as a singer/dancer/actor includes many Musical Theatre roles along with the lead role in the Bravo short film In Her Mother's Eyes and the title role in Joan for the Disney Live - New Works project. Lou's career includes back up singing and voice work for animation. She is also on the faculty of Sheridan College's Musical Theatre Department.
Suzanne has been a professional actor/musical performer for the last 20 years, having toured shows across the country and performed on many stages including the Stratford Festival, the NAC, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Theatre Francais de Toronto, and the Labrador Arts Festival (as guest director). She is also on the Acting faculty at Sheridan College and Erindale (UTM).
Ralph has an extensive list of credits as an actor, director, dramaturge and writer. As an actor, Ralph has played a wide variety of roles in theatres all across the country including The Grand, Theatre Aquarius, Charlottetown Festival, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, and The Lighthouse Festival. He has also workshopped, acted in, and/or directed musicals with companies such as Buddies in Bad Times, Platform 9, Tarragon Theatre and Theatre Orangeville. As a teacher and guest artist, Ralph has taught at The Randolph School, York University, Brock University and Equity Showcase. He is currently on staff at Erindale and Sheridan Colleges. He has directed and conducted workshops for professional, amateur and community theatres all across Ontario.
Ray Trained at Ryerson University Theatre School's dance program. In 1999, he joined The Danny Grossman Dance Company. He also performs with CORPUS, joining the Company on a part-time basis and then full-time in 2003. Ray is a frequent guest artist with DanceTheatre David Earle and recently joined the faculty at DTDE's school, where he teaches Graham technique. Ray has also taught extensively for the Toronto District School Board. In 2001, Ray moved to Stuttgart, Germany to perform as Plato/MacAvity in Cats, a role that he reprised in Canada in 2004. Other musical theatre credits include Hello Dolly!, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and A Family Torn.