Our MITE-Y Mentors!
Janice Cruddas is MITE's Artistic Director and founder. A graduate of Dalhousie University, her theatre experience includes acting and theatre classes at Dalhousie University, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar (Dal), "Kristine" in A Chorus Line (MSVU), roles in touring shows in support of Canada World Youth and CUSO (New Canadian Kid), the role of "Morningstar" in Champlain's Feast at the Henry House (one of Halifax's first dinner theatres), work with StorySong Express, and children's programming with Halifax Public Libraries. She has written three original family shows for the Atlantic Fringe Festival: A Renaissance Celebration (2003)  A Wee Drop of Aesop (2004), and J-Tel Presents...Canadian Folk Songs Super-Hits Sound Explosion (Fringe Hit 2009) as well as scripting several dance recitals for the Leica Hardy School of Dance. Her play, The Kerplunk in the Kingdom was commissioned by the Children's Wish Foundation for their 2010 Princess Tea Party. Janice's play, project ARC (Action, Responsibility, Choice), has toured elementary and junior high schools for 7 seasons and is the winner of a Nova Scotia Human Rights Award. She's taught summer theatre sessions at dance schools in the HRM and has delivered workshops in theatre games and improv for NSHEA and Halifax Public Libraries. Janice is honoured to work with the inspirational youth she shares time, effort, creativity, and dreams with every week, every year.

Sherry Lee Hunter is an actor, Master Teacher of Physical Theatre and was the founder, performer and director of the award winning touring company, Jest in Time Theatre. Select Jest credits include tours across Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Alaska. Jest performed for Queen Elizabeth, did three National CBC TV Specials, starred in The International Beckett Festival as well as performing plays by Sam Shepard, and other notable playwrights. Sherry Lee's select performances as a principal actor include Leslie Nielson's TV series, 'Liography', and on stage at Neptune Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Ship's Company, the Atlantic Theatre Festival and the Atlantic Fringe Festival with her one woman play 'Alone' among others.

She has taught Physical Theatre/Mime to children, teens and adults for 35 years including Neptune Theatre's PPTP, PERFORM in the Schools, the National Theatre School, Acadia and Dalhousie Universities and privately. Her highly engaging style of teaching is inspired by her late mentor, Tony Montanaro, who believed in developing and encouraging each individual student's personal style of theatre and expression. Her teaching is a process whereby students learn to create imagistic Physical Theatre and explore their own self-expression. It’s engaging, fun and creatively stimulating, moving each student toward honesty, vulnerability and utterly captivating performances. (photo by Paul Darrow - Toronto Star)

Amelia Cruddas facilitates MITE's Saturday classes for youth and is co-choreographer for MITE shows, including project ARC. She took to the stage as a frog in MITE's A Wee Drop of Aesop at the Atlantic Fringe Festival at the age of 5 (eek!) and has been going strong ever since. Amelia has performed professionally as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and as a street urchin in A Christmas Carol with Neptune Theatre. She's been an elf in Dear Santa with Eastern Front Theatre and Cindy Lou Who in Saints Alive's production of Seussical the Musical. She's played Puss in TAG's Puss In Boots, Melinda in Dartmouth Players' production of Inherit The Wind and Edwina the Bear in Theatre Arts Guild's Camelot, the Panto. Amelia has taught summer theatre classes at The Conservatory with her sister, Emma, and friend Laurel (another MITE grad) for several summers. Amelia is still thrilled to be sharing the messages of project ARC with her peers across the HRM!

Nikki Garnhum,  Tamara Sharkey, Sylvie Babineau, Paula Arruda, Cassie Kent
Gina Alexander and Christian Ensslin

are our consistently smiling, caring and capable MITE weekly parent volunteers and/or terrific backstage support for our shows. Thanks, folks!

 MITE would not exist were it not for people who volunteer their time!

Several members (or former members) of MITE also perform or teach
with well-known local companies such as

Neptune TheatreTheatre Arts Guild,

Saints Alive! Theatre Society and Dartmouth Players.  

MITE-Y thanks to our volunteers from past years:

Emma Cruddas, Audrey Barrett, Peter Jennegren, Josh Cruddas, Dawne Smith-Sliming,
Kathleen Robson, Mike Robson, Sandi Bond, Christina Hoyt,
Tobbi Dyer, Tanya Freeman, Carol Rapier, Anne O'Hearn, Gisa Hynes, 
Joanne MacLennan, Jim Cruddas,
Liz Mackay, Shelayne Hanson, Patty MacLeod, Emily Coll, and Issac Romkey.

As we watch many of our members grow and move on to other projects , we treasure happy memories of
each person who has ever been part of MITE -
once MITE-Y, always MITE-Y! 

And we love the excitement of bringing new challenges to the great youth who continue
to join us and grow from our MITE-Y adventures!