2019 EVENT CO-CHAIRS
Elissa is not only excited to be returning for the 9th year to this incredible fundraiser but is even more excited to be this year’s co-chair along with Carrie Mazoff. Without a doubt, this event holds a very special place in her heart as it fulfills her passion for theatre and performing. More so, it affords so many with the opportunity to push themselves out of their comfort zone and get up on stage and perform. In real life, Elissa is proud to be the mom of three beautiful children and a regional sales manager for Eastern Canada in the cosmetics industry. She is grateful for all the support she has received over the years from her very generous sponsors.
What a thrill to be part of the LEGENDary Segal fundraiser as we celebrate 10 years!
Nine years ago, Carrie re-discovered her passion for the stage and never looked back. After 8 wonderful years at the Segal pretending to be a superstar, she has returned to keep up the charade for yet another adventure. This year, she is thrilled to be co-chairing the event with her talented partner-in-crime, Elissa Lifson. In real life, Carrie proudly plays the role of Mom, Wife and Senior Project Manager at Miriam Foundation. She is also involved in a number of other community organizations, including Mazon Canada, the HBOC, and the Akiva School. Carrie would like to thank her loyal fans for their unending support!
Based in Montreal, Jonathan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans from theatre to opera to musicals. Recent credits include: A Bintel Brief (DWYT, choreographer); Xanadu, Captain Aurora (Segal Centre Academy, dir.); Million Dollar Quartet (Sudbury Theatre Centre & Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sam Philips/music dir.); Bluenose (Black Theatre Workshop, chor.); Last Night at the Gayety (Centaur Theatre, chor.); The Producers (Segal Centre, Roger DeBris/chor.); Le portrait de Manon, L’heure espagnole (Opera McGill, dir.). Jonathan also provides choreography for the award-winning Lyric Theatre Singers and for the past four years, has been the choreographer for the Segal Centre’s You Be the Star fundraiser.
A performing-arts educator, Jonathan has been on the faculty of Opera McGill at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University since 2010, acting as Acting Director of Opera Studies during the 2014-15 and 2017-18 seasons. Jonathan also teaches musical theatre classes at St. George’s High School, the Segal Centre Academy, and has a very busy private voice studio.
Originally from Toronto, Floydd Ricketts regularly works as a musical director in theatre and in concert, having conducted performances throughout Canada, the US and Europe. He is the artistic director and conductor of Sable 8, a chamber vocal ensemble in Toronto that specializes in classical and folk music from the African diaspora, and is the former assistant conductor of Toronto's Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and King Edward Choir. Floydd is the co-founder of the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been described by his peers as a highly-skilled conductor and orchestrator. He is the conductor of the McGill University Chorus, the assistant conductor of McGill’s Schulich Singers, and he is currently completing his doctor of music degree in choral conducting. He regularly leads workshops on African-American Spiritual performance practice, and in 2016 had the privilege of working with soprano Kathleen Battle in concert as rehearsal conductor on her Underground Railroad tour. He recently finished an engagement as the music director and arranger for Centaur's production of Choir Boy.
Adrian is excited to be working on another Segal Centre production! A recent graduate of Concordia University in Communication Studies, he also stage-managed the Segal Centre Academy productions of Captain Aurora, Xanadu, and the Broadway Stars’ Musical Review last season. Adrian is currently working on this season’s productions of Disaster! and Alice in Wonderland. Adrian has been the resident stage manager for the Lyric Theatre Singers for the past three years for their Christmas shows and Broadway reviews.
Recently graduated with a Masters of Music from McGill University, Lindsay Connolly is ready for the ‘scary’ post-graduate world. While at McGill, Lindsay covered Ruggiero in Alcina, performed Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Old Lady (Candide), and chorus (Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor) while also keeping a busy schedule assistant directing, researching feminist musicology, and planning recitals connected to her research. Lindsay spent the summer traveling across Canada, first performing Ramiro with Opera Nova Scotia's La Finta Giardiniera, then crossing to the Opera in the 21st Century program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and then to PEI for a recital based off her research into performing female identity in art song. After her time on PEI, she performed as an emerging artist in the Stratford Music Festival Vocal Academy before returning to Montreal as Opera McGill's Alumni Artist in Residence. When she isn’t in a practice room, or in a library researching, Lindsay enjoys perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe!
Andrew Scriver is a Montreal-based theatre designer and video artist, and an Associate Technical Director of the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. A 2015 graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada’s production program and a member of the video arts collective potatoCakes_digital, Andrew has designed video projections, as well as lighting, set, and sound, for over thirty theatre productions, operas, installations, and live music concerts in Quebec, Ontario, and Newfoundland. Most recently Andrew has been working with the local Montreal bands John Jacob Magistery, for their performance at Osheaga Music Festival 2018, and The Leanover on their upcoming album. His other credits include the projection designs for two previous You Be The Star Segal Musical Fundraisers (Segalflix 2018, and 70s Rock On 2016), the video design for Fight On Part 1 (Infinitheatre, 2018); the sound design, original composition and projections design for Mutement (We Say So Ltd., 2016 Montreal Fringe); the projection design for the world premiere of the new music opera l'Homme et le Ciel (FAWN Chamber Creative Toronto, 2015); and, the lighting, sound, and video designs for the premiere of the documentary theatre piece On Life and Living (Montreal, 2015).