Who We Are
The Founder and Artistic Producer of Yellow Door Theatre Project, ANDORLIE HILLSTROM is a seasoned musical theatre professional, and a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake. She is eager to continue sharing her skills and passion with youth in the Niagara Region.
Andorlie has taught drama, musical theatre, voice and piano for several years, and has been a musical theatre adjudicator in regional and Provincial music festivals across Canada.
Her current and past successes include the ownership and operation of Class Act Performing Arts Studios in Regina - now celebrating over twenty five years of high calibre dance, drama and musical theatre instruction; being the Founder and past Artistic Director of Do It With Class Young People’s Theatre and having directed over forty musicals during her tenure; professional performances at the Globe Theatre in Regina; Persephone Theatre and Twenty-fifth Theatres in Saskatoon; and Manitoba Theatre Centre; Rainbow Stage and Actor’s Showcase in Winnipeg; being a founding director and Co-Artistic Director of The Golden Apple Theatre in Regina, having performed in its inaugural presentation of Jacques Brel; directed God of Carnage and Mary’s Wedding.
Andorlie has produced and/or directed the following shows for Yellow Door Theatre Project: Peter Pan (2015), The Little Prince (2016), Wind in the Willows (2017), Robin Hood (2018), Drama 101 (2018), Bremen Rock City (2019), several Summer Camp Musicals and Going Under (2019).
Andorlie studied in both the Bachelor of Music Performance and Drama Programs at the University of Saskatchewan, and continued scholarship studies in the Voice/Opera Program at the Banff Centre of Fine Arts.
Musical Theatre & Dance Instructor
CELESTE BRILLON is a graduate of Sheridan College’s ‘Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre performance’ program. She is the co-founder of ‘The And, Stage Company’ a theatre company created for women by women. Her company produced the first ever all female production of Reasons To Be Pretty where she played the role of ‘Kent’.
From a young age, Celeste began taking dance, voice and acting lessons. Celeste has been in Theatre Sheridan’s production of On The Town (featured dancer), CMTP Pump Up The Volume (Cali), Nine (ensemble) and Cabaret (ensemble). She played the role of (Mrs./Harriet) in Eclipse Theatre production of Sunday in The Park with George. She performed the lead role of ‘Reno Sweeney’ in Anything Goes at Laura Secord Secondary School. Celeste has performed at The Shaw Festival for three seasons in Sunday in the Park with George (Louise), The Women (Little Mary) and My Fair Lady (ensemble), and has performed the role of Klara in The Nutcracker with Ballet Jorgen (Toronto) for three years. Celeste has also attained her ‘Advanced One’ in Cecchetti Ballet. As well, she has sung as the guest soloist with the Niagara Symphony in their Pop Series. Celeste is proud to have been working with the Yellow Door Theatre Project for the past two summers teaching, choreographing and working with the kids.
Musical Theatre Instructor
ELISSA RASTEGAR is an American born, Ontario grown performer who grew up loving ballet and singing. Her passion for musicals was truly ignited when she played her first starring role as Annie in elementary school. Since then, she’s been pursuing her dreams on the stage and screen. Some of her favourite roles have been Laurey in Oklahoma, Natalie in All Shook Up, and Lorraine in 42nd Street.
Elissa is a graduate of St Clair College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program, and the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television’s professional diploma program. She is always looking to strengthen her craft, recently taking part in Lindsay Mendez and Ryan Scott Oliver’s Actor Therapy Intensive in New York City. She also loves working with children. Performing with Fantasy Fables across the GTA gives her the ability to bring some magic into their lives, as well as her own. Through the company she has had the pleasure of performing for Make a Wish Foundation, Sick Kids Hospital and the Toronto Blue Jays.
This coffee loving and dog devoted artist is excited to see where her career takes her next.
Kerry Ann Doherty
Monologue & Scene Study Instructor
A professional theatre creator for over 25 years, KERRY ANN DOHERTY has performed and directed across Canada and in the UK. Specializing in Physical Theatre, Shakespeare, Musicals and Collaboration, Kerry Ann has directed or assisted with Carousel Players (The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh), Studio 180 (OSLO), Queens Theatre Hornchurch (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Goldsmiths University (the new musical One More Time) and University of Essex (Tenderloin, Like a Memory Lost, Asking For It). She is the Founding Artist Director of Little Lion Theatre in London, UK and the Founder and current Artistic Director of theatreSix where she recently directed the Dora nominated Grounded. She holds a BFA with a major in Drama and minor in Dance from the University of Calgary and a MFA in Directing from East 15 (University of Essex).
Board of Directors
Chair - Elisabeth Cornett
Vice Chair - Dale Merrill
Treasurer - Paul McBride
Secretary - Patty Jamieson
Director - Lisa Cosens Brillon