About WPA




A. Merriam
Bachelor of Music Education (UWO)
Masters of Theatre Education (N.Y.U.)
Associate Producer – Global Television (1982)

Professional directorial credits:
Hamilton Place Toronto Free Theatre, Ontario Place, The National Arts Centre, and Roy Thomson Hall, and Theatre Passe Muraille. Director of 42nd Street Band which performs shows throughout Ontario. Casting Director and Acting Coach for segments of childrens’ show “Shining Time Station” for PBS, and Series “Wexford” on TVO.





Bob Johnston

Bachelor of Music (Honour) (UWO)
Bachelor of Education (UWO)
Master of Fine Arts (NYU)

Bob has been teaching instrumental and vocal music at Wexford since 1986.
Bob is one of the composers and co-lyricists of Anne and Gilbert, (with Nancy White and Jeff Hochhauser), which played in PEI every summer from 2005 until 2011, six of those years at the Harbourfront Theatre in Summerside. A&G is now being performed throughout Canada and the United States.

Johnston and Hochhauserʼs York Theatre production of My Vaudeville Man!, was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards and two Lucille Lortel Awards, including “Outstanding Musical”, for the 2008 Off Broadway season. Theda Bara and the Frontier Rabbi, which he also wrote with Jeff has had productions Off Broadway, in Chicago and in Cohoes, N.Y. For many years he has been Nancy Whiteʼs musical director and has produced several of her CDs.





H. Frid
Dance Specialist – Faculty of Education (U.T.) Dance and The Child I & II (YU.)
Teacher – Dance / Music Theatre

Honey Frid began her journey at Wexford School for the Arts as a guest choreographer in 1995. In 1997 a position as resident dance teacher became available and Honey became a part of the Wexford Performing Arts Team. Honey’s dance experience is extensive and includes training in Jazz Modern, Ballet, Ballroom dancing N.I.A. and she is certified in the Pilates method. She received her teacher training through the B.A.T.D and York University’s dance program. She obtained her Dance specialist through the faculty of Education at U of T. Honey has choreographed and taught master classes throughout North America, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Israel. Her choreographic credits include: Minerva folk opera. The Really Little Theatre Company, CFTO Sick Kids Telethon, TSN Sports Celebrity Auction, Mel Lastman’s Inaugural Ball at the Metro Conventions Centre, and several benefits at The Ford Centre for the Performing Arts. She continues to choreograph and train in many areas of movement and instill in her students her passion and joy for dance.



Andy Dick – Co-curriculum Leader
Teacher – Drama Focus / Technical Theatre

Andy joined the Wexford Performing Arts team in 2002 where he teaches with both the Drama Focus Program and the Technical Theatre program. Andy started working in the theatre in 1988 when he became a member of the Nova Scotia Young Company which toured Russia in 1989. Andy graduated from the University of King’s College with an Advanced Double Major in Theatre and History. In 1991, he was a founding member of the Halifax based Theatre company, the Irondale Ensemble Project. During his six years with Irondale, he performed in over fourteen of the company’s main stage productions and also toured with the company to New York and the South Pacific.

Andy’s Performance credits include: Bouffe, The Company Store, The Leaning Tower, An Enemy of the People, The Visions of Simone Michard, The Mack Sennet Tribute, Everyman, Loosely Veiled Allegory, The Global Economy Sideshow, St. Joan of the Stockyards, Naming It, Dominion.





Tom Leighton
Teacher – Music Theatre / Stage Band

Tom teaches at Wexford in second semesters when he rejoins the Music Theatre Team. Tom co-teaches the vocal repertoire and leads the stage band that is part of the Company. Tom and Bob Johnston are responsible for most of the arrangements the Company performs. He took his B.Mus degree at Mount Alison University in New Brunswick. Tom is a full time performing musician and is well known for his ability to play several instruments AT THE SAME TIME! and for his infectiously energetic performances. He has performed in the UK, Sweden, Taiwan, the USA and across Canada as is half of the duo “Mark Haines & Tom Leighton”. They have 3 CD’s with Borealis records including their latest titled “Hand To Hand”, which won 2 PEI Music Awards and was nominated for an East Coast Music Award. As a recording artist, Tom has played on over 80 CDs including several ECMA and Juno Award winners such as Ron Hynes and the Irish Descendants. As an arranger he has written for many ensembles including the Royal Marine Band on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Kingston Symphony, Rita MacNeil, the Elmer Isler Singers, the musical Anne & Gilbert, the Savoys Swing Band, and many choirs. Musical Director/arranger for “Minerva Folk Opera” ’95 – 04 Musical Director/arranger for “Exile” ’95 – ’98 Tom is currently involved as a composer with the musical “Minerva”.

Tom’s performing instruments are: piano, various synths, Irish bouzouki, accordion with accrd. bass, bodhran. www.haines-leighton.com tom@haines-leighton.com



Shannon Lew
Teacher – Drama Focus / Music Theatre / Vocal Music / Dance

In 2002, Shannon found her home in becoming a member of the Wexford Performing Arts team where she teaches drama, vocal music and dance. Her passion and love of musical theatre nurtured her ability to teach in all three disciplines. Shannon’s performance training began at Humber College where she received a diploma in Vocal Jazz Performance. She continued her theatre studies at the University of Windsor Ontario where she earned an honours BFA degree in Musical Theatre. Shannon is frequently contracted for vocal session work on various promotional and contemporary artist recording projects. She continues to work both professionally and semi-professionally within the theatre arts community in Ontario.

Shannon’s performance credits include: Kate in Sylvia, Amalia in She Loves Me, The Narrator in Joseph…, Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Carrie in Carousel, Donna/Oolie in City of Angels and The Baker’s Wife and Florinda in Into The Woods.



Daniel Rocchi
Teacher- Vocal Music / Music Theatre

Daniel originally came to Wexford as a Teacher Candidate and Guest Artist in 2005, assisting on various shows and projects at the school. He was fortunate to join the Wexford Performing Arts team as a full time instructor in 2007. Daniel received his B.F.A in Acting at the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor. Since graduating, he has worked in many aspects of theatre: Musical Theatre, Drama, Classical Theatre, Clown, Opera, Stage Management and Writing.