Green Light Arts STAFF
Matt White ARTISTIC PRODUCER
Carin Lowerison MANAGING DIRECTOR
Nathaniel Voll EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Cody Burns EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Matt is an arts professional with over fourteen years of experience working as a director, actor, dramaturg, educator and theatre producer. For five years Matt produced theatre with Necessary Angel Theatre Company, one of Canada's foremost contemporary theatre companies. Originally from Kitchener, Matt has proudly returned to his roots and shifted his focus to building a great arts organization in Waterloo Region.
Directing credits for Green Light Arts include: Will You Be My Friend; The Amish Project; Andy Warhol presents: Valerie; You Be Me; Camp Knot-a-Cult; Adam Bailey is on Fire. Other recent directing credits include: Eurydice (University of Waterloo); Adam Bailey is on Fire (Winnipeg/ Edmonton/ Victoria/ Toronto Fringe Festivals); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (KW Youth Theatre); Andy Warhol presents: Valerie (Toronto Fringe); Bone Cage (Hart House Theatre), and Eirlys and Eckhart (Cart/Horse Theatre).
As an educator, Matt spent three years as a guest instructor in the Sheridan College/University of Toronto at Mississauga theatre program teaching courses in Chekhov, coaching tutorials and preparing actors for Theatre Ontario showcases. In 2015, he joined the University of Waterloo Drama and Speech Communication faculty as a sessional instructor. Matt is passionate about youth arts education. In Toronto, through Necessary Angel, has devised and ran a successful at-risk program in the priority neighbourhood of Weston Mt. Denis. Through Green Light Arts, he piloted a summer drama camp in 2014, has taught drop-in drama classes and workshops for youth through partnerships with Kitchener Public Library, Waterloo Public Library, Kinbridge Community Association, Kingsdale Community Centre and Traynor-Vanier Community. In 2016, he launched a week-long theatre training intensive called The Sandbox with young adults. In 2017, he lead an initiative called The Neighbourhood Project exploring community exchange through building an original piece of theatre with youth in a priority Kitchener neighbourhood.
Matt spent three seasons performing with Theatre & Company in Kitchener (credits include Mourning Dove, Metamorphosis, A Christmas Carol and The Boys Own Jedi Handbook I&II) as well as directing plays, teaching classes and facilitating the Summer and March break camps and Youth @ Theatre & Company after-school programs.
Matt's dedication and passion for theatre arts, whether the programming is educational or production based, is infectious to everyone he meets. Through Green Light Arts he aims to make art that reflects the concerns of contemporary society and strengthens Waterloo Region's identity as a cultural beacon.
Matt holds a Masters in Theatre from the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama.
Carin is an arts professional with over fourteen years of experience in the industry. She has been an executive arts administrator and theatre producer for 8 years, 5 of which were as the Producer and General Manager of fu-GEN Theatre Company in Toronto. Her producing credits prior to Green Light Arts include: Durango, Ching Chong Chinaman, sex tape project, Brown Balls, GENesis: Asian-Canadian Theatre Conference, and five seasons of Potluck Playwriting Festivals.
Carin started off as a professional actor/singer/dancer. Select acting credits: The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge (Theatre & Company), Raging Dreams: into the visceral (Theatre Gargantua), Life on Mars: Inspired by the Sound and Vision of David Bowie (Atlantic Ground Control), SUDS, the Musical (Brockville Arts Centre), Nana and The Catalyst (Toronto Fringe). Select choreography credits: Will You Be My Friend (Green Light Arts), Eurydice (University of Waterloo), Ching Chong Chinaman (fu-GEN Theatre), It’s Just a Phase (Gregarious Productions, Toronto Fringe), Life on Mars (Atlantic Ground Control).
Her introduction to producing is courtesy of her concurrent experience as a personal assistant in the commercial entertainment industry (2003-2010). She owes a lot to her for-profit mentors but prefers working in the not-for-profit and charitable sector. She is committed to Green Light Arts vision of promoting positive social change and creating meaningful community impact through the performing arts.
Carin is also an accomplished alignment-based Hatha Yoga teacher in Waterloo Region. She teaches regularly at Queen Street Yoga and Amma Yoga. Carin holds an Honours B.A. in Theatre & Drama Studies, a joint program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College as well as an Associate Diploma in Voice Recital from Trinity College London.
Cody got his start in theatre 10 years ago in an elementary school production of The Wizard of Oz, and the theatre bug has stuck with him ever since. Over the last decade, he has performed and worked with many local organizations including MT Space, KW Glee and The Singer’s Theatre.
Cody is the former Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre, where he produced and directed over 30 theatrical plays for youth aged 8 to 21. Theatrical works include original devised pieces, physical theatre, classical Shakespeare and contemporary theatre forms. He is also a current member of the Board of Directors with K-W Musical Productions, and a Technical Assistant with the K-W Symphony.
Dabbling in theatre positions on and off-stage, Cody has trained as a stage manager, director, actor, technician, and everything in between. As an actor, Cody recently appeared as Sonny in K-W Musical Productions’ Grease. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in the city with a Waterloo Region Arts Award (2015), and has worked as an Apprentice Stage Manager for companies including Drayton Entertainment and Soulpepper. Cody has recently completed his BA in Theatre and Performance at the University of Waterloo.
Nathaniel is a professional artist, born and raised in the Waterloo Region. He started his artistic career as an actor over a decade ago, and has since worked as a director, writer, visual artist, arts administrator and arts educator both locally and in the GTA.
Nathaniel holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma in Acting from Sheridan College, graduating top of his class. Selected acting credits from Theatre Erindale include: The Seagull, Orestes, Romeo and Juliet (adpt.), Troilus and Cressida (adpt.) and The Massey Murder (collective). Additional acting credits include: The Sapling (Dark Crop Festival); and The Lark and Romeo and Juliet (Lost & Found Theatre).
As an Education Coordinator for Green Light Arts, Nathaniel has coordinated and implemented Play-in-a-Day programs with Green Light Arts, working with children and youth on PD days to create a play in a day that they can perform for their parents at pick-up time. In addition, Nathaniel acted as an assistant director/coordinator for The Neighbourhood Project, exploring community exchange through building an original theatre piece with youth about their community in a priority Kitchener neighbourhood.
Nathaniel is also the former Artistic Director of Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre. In this role, he supervised, coordinated and artistically guided the production of eleven productions featuring over 300 artists local artists. Directing credits from KW Youth Theatre and beyond include: The Little Prince (KW Youth Theatre); and Sonnets for an Old Century (Erindale Fringe Festival).
When he’s not working in the arts, Nathaniel coordinates, manages and instructs community recreation programs and supports people with disabilities across the Waterloo Region.
Board of Directors
Brad E. Hutton
Cover photo by Joel Mieske featuring Amy Keating in The Amish Project, directed by Matt White