Naomi Zara

Founder & Artistic Director

NaomisiteNaomi trained at the Guildford School of Acting in England, as well as at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Colorado. She is also an honours graduate of the Musical Theatre program at the Etobicoke School of the Arts. While still in high-school Naomi was cast in her first professional production and became a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Favourite theatre credits include the title roles in both Cinderella and Anne of Green Gables, the Toronto revival of HAIR at Canadian Stage, the Neil Simon comedy I Ought to Be in Pictures, as well as Fiddler on the Roof, Charlotte’s Web and the Canadian Musical Jasper Station. As a member of ACTRA Naomi most recently filmed an episode of Close Encounters for The Discovery Channel, and her singing was featured in a Bessie Award winning commercial campaign. In addition to performing, Naomi takes great pleasure in running The Stage Door Academy. Her passion for teaching began as a teenager when she was assistant to the director of the children’s ensemble at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has been teaching ever since. In addition to private singing lessons, Naomi has taught Acting and Musical Theatre at a number of schools and studios throughout the city of Toronto. She also acted as Curriculum and Education Coordinator for the Arts Academy run by the City of Vaughan, which while under her guidance, became the fastest growing Arts Academy in York Region.  Naomi continually strives to build confidence in her students while nurturing their individual talents, inspiring their creativity, and sharing with them her love of the arts!