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Newly christened in its current space, The Red Tree Performance Academy offers training and coaching for all ages and types of people in voice, instrumental music, acting, performance (audition preparation; public speaking; recording; demo reels) and much else, including special courses in the rich traditions of the art form of burlesque...

He has been operating an embryonic version of the academy from the HTI studio space but now it is expanded, fully formed with its own brick and mortar presence, and open to a larger field of students and participants.

Written by Jeff Mahoney for the Hamilton Spectator

More space comes with more opportunity to grow and Red Tree Performance Academy is continuing to expand its repertoire, including more dance styles, more instruments, and more group classes to be available in the coming months.

On Saturday afternoon, a new performing arts institution put down some definitive roots.

Red Tree Performance Academy sprouted out of community theatre organization Hamilton Theatre Inc. in 2021. It was a natural place for the Academy to lay its seeds, with its founder, Dustin Jodway also serving as Hamilton Theatre Inc.’s Board Chair. Focusing on voice and performance coaching, the Academy tapped into an in-demand market and quickly grew to encompass lessons, classes and workshops. 

“Our goal is to foster freedom and growth in every student and to create a safe space for learning.” said Jodway about the school’s opening in a press release. “This is not about being competitive… It’s about being collaborative.” 

“We prepared for this by practicing a few times a week and enlisted the help of Dustin Jodway from Red Tree [Performance] Academy, who is a performance coach, to really give the set some polish. Initially, we had a lot of students who were interested, so we divided the team into two teams, one competitive and one noncompetitive for those beginners who are just trying to learn what to do,”...

"We wanted to make sure that we were doing it at a good time when we felt that people needed it the most, and after a year of COVID we figured that it was time.

"It really came together with the help of the amazing theatre community that is Hamilton," Jodway said.

Written by Desmond Brown for CBC Hamilton

To have my theatre back up and running. To be able to put shows on again would be fantastic. We at Hamilton Theatre Inc. have had to close our doors to putting on musicals and rentals at that. Right now we're really [trying very hard] to stay afloat so we don't become one of those companies that has to go under because of the pandemic. I've been with the company for 21 years and this is the first time that I know that we've ever had to shut our doors. I would just really hate to see the company that is the longest running musical theatre in Hamilton go under because of this pandemic. I would just love nothing more than to be able to just open our doors again and have our patrons come in, our volunteers, our actors — just a little bit of normalcy would be fantastic.

When the 2018 Karaoke World Champions (KWC) gets underway in Finland in December, Canada will be represented — by two singers from the same small karaoke bar in Hamilton.


Hamilton residents Christine Costa and Dustin Jodway have sung their way into the KWC – the largest and most prestigious international amateur singing contest in the world. They won the duet category at the nationals held in Calgary in early September,

Written by Desmond Brown for CBC Hamilton

These days, Jodway is sitting in the director's chair for the first time, tackling the musical revue Suds.

"I love the '60s music in this show," Jodway says. "In some ways I feel I was born in the wrong era. The story is cheesy, I know. It's about Cindy. She works in a laundromat and it's her birthday. She's depressed. Her guardian angels, Marge and Dee Dee, show up to lift her spirits. Along the way there are great songs like Where the Boys Are, My Guy, The Locomotion and Please, Mr. Postman."

Written by Gary Smith for the Hamilton Spectator

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