The Monarch Performing Arts Studio
Years ago, I had an idea to open a performing arts studio in my, relatively new to me, hometown. Out of fear of failure, lack of confidence in myself, and many other excuses, I never took the leap. Finally in the fall of 2020 it was the right time.
Over the last few years, The Monarch has been the home to so much creativity and passion. We have put on livestream concerts, created choose your own adventure performances, blackbox in-person theatre, and produced TWO full length musicals that were performed at The Algonquin Theatre.
The Monarch is a safe place, a support place, a place of love for ALL artists to be a part of. As we have persevered through these last few years, our team has grown into an outstanding group of people and I cannot wait to see what else we an do together.
Meet the Team
President & Owner
Mallary is a performer, director, choregrapher, teacher, and producer. Starting on stage as soon as she was able to open her eyes, Mallary has been passionate and committed to creative endeavors. As a graduate from The Randolph College for the Performing Arts, Mallary found her true calling in musical theatre, and has worked with countless community theatre groups for over 20 years as a choreographer and director.
With a true passion for story telling Mallary enjoyed a career as a film producer and has worked with some of Canada’s top filmmakers such as Bruce McDonald, Reg Harkema, and Segio Navaretta.
After moving to Hunstville, Mallary continued her community theatre work with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts/Rotary Productions, and served as President of the board for the Huntsville Theatre Company.
Mallary is committed to the notion that education in the arts is an incredibly mportant part of any community. Having a creative outlet is one of the most important things we can provide to our youth.
Selected Film Credits: Trigger, The Resurrection of Tony Gitone, Leslie, My Name is Evil, The Colossal Failure of the Modern Relationship
Selected Theatre Credits: Guys and Dolls, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Oliver!, Anne of Green Gables, RENT, The Last Five Years
Autumn is a director, curator, educator and innovator. She is the current Artistic and Executive Director of Littlewoodsmith/TimberBeast Productions, a theatre company and training centre that brings quality theatre performance and education to the residents of Muskoka. Recently she worked for Canadian Stage as the Curator and Producer of Community Engagement and Education. Autumn holds an MFA from York University in Theatre Direction with an Emphasis on Teaching and is a conservatory trained actor (Oxford School of Drama/UK). Ms. Smith is a faculty member at U of T, AMPD (York University) and Centennial College. She also serves as the Drama Dept External Examiner for the Sharjah Academy of Performing Arts in the UAE. As a director and educator Ms. Smith led the Dora Award winning company MacKenzieRo for over a 9 year period in addition to working with companies such as: The Shaw Festival, The Tarragon Theatre, George Brown Theatre School, Stagedoor Manor in Association with the American Theatre Wing, StageWest Mississauga, Theatre Passe Muraille, Canadian Stage, Theatre 20/Mirvish, Equity Showcase Theatre, The Druid Theatre/Galway, Canadian Children’s Opera Company, U of T/Sheridan, The National Ballet/Stratford Project, and the Oxford Playhouse/UK. Most recently, Autumn curated and directed Territorial Tales for Canadian Stage; Oh, What A Lovely War! For Hart House Theatre; Songs for a New World, A Magical Musical Mansion and A Festival of Fabled Feasts for the CCOC; directed and digitally designed The Laramie Project and Angels in America and wrote and directed A Gravenhurst Christmas Carol/Lumberyard Lament for Littlewoodsmith/TimberBeast.
Upcoming: Autumn will be working as a resident artist with the TLDSB on The 7 Project; crafting new work that will debut in the upcoming months for littlewoodsmith/Timberbeast Productions and continuing to serve as a co-host on Lesbi-Honest (Hunters Bay Radio).
Dyanna has taught private piano and vocal lessons for 22 years and has worked in the public, separate and private school systems across Ontario as a teacher. She likes to call herself a “Confidence Coach”, as so much of a great performance lies in the ability to exude confidence. She enjoys the collaboration that comes from a positive student-teacher relationship and is excited to work with youth who are passionate about the arts.
Dyanna is also a playwright, having had her first play debut at The Monarch PAS in 2021. Her second original play will premiere at The Monarch PAS in June of 2022.
Jim is originally from Boston MA and started performing at a very young age, performing with Donny Osmond in the national tour of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat”. He then went on to earn a BFA in acting from Adelphi University in New York City and continued to perform in and around the New York and Boston areas. Jim moved to Muskoka in 2019 and was cast as the male lead in the HFA/Rotary production of Sister Act and looks forward to playing the Beast in their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 2023.
Jim’s has worked with The Monarch on three productions over the last eight months and is excited to join their new venture into summer camps and pass on his knowledge of professional theatre to the community in Muskoka.
Address: 34A King William St, Huntsville, Ont, P1H1G6
“I’m through acepting limits, ’cause someone says they’re so. Some things I cannot change, but ’til I try, I’ll never know.”