Music Theatre on the Thames

Update January 2017: Music Theatre on the Thames is taking a one-year hiatus over Summer 2017 to regroup and restructure. Thank you for your support and interest and check back in September 2017 for updates.

To provide enriching professional music theatre training in an environment of artistic excellence.

Music Theatre on the Thames was born out of a realization – why are there so many summer training programs for classical singers, but so few for music theatre? With the ever growing demand for music theatre artists, creatives, and teachers, why the lack of training for young artists? Artistic directors and founders Jackalyn Short and Amelia Pipher Cayne have created a program to fill that niche.

The music theatre intensive programs will focus on intergrated learning in singing, acting and movement. Participants will be immersed in daily group classes, show-specific rehearsals, private coachings and exclusive workshops. Daily activities will be stimulating, relevant, and include a variety of classic and contemporary focuses.

MToT offered expanded apprenticeship positions in 2016. Our founders saw another gap in music theatre training: emerging music theatre production professionals. Apprentices will learn and train through symbiosis with their mentor.

Full Show Program

  • A four-week intensive for the participant who’s ready for the challenge of a full music theatre role!
  • Show rehearsals, private coachings, daily group movement/acting classes and access to MToT exclusive workshops.
  • Show to be double cast, with four performances total.


Apprenticeships available for stage director, music direction, choreography, stage management

  • apprentices will be assigned a mentor and have full access to all aspects of their production, access to all MToT exclusive workshops.
  • an assistant title to add to their résumé.

For more information please see the Music Theatre on the Thames website.

Amelia Pipher Cayne
Amelia Pipher Cayne is a music director and educator from Toronto, Ontario. She received her professional training at the prestigious 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington and at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts. During her apprenticeships she worked on full-scale productions (Oklahoma!, Titanic: The Musical) with Seattle and New York veterans, music directed for the 5th Avenue Theatre’s educational touring company, and interned on new musical works. Her training has given her a first-hand insight into the process and business of professional music theatre.
Mrs Pipher Cayne also has a  driving passion for arts education. She has music directed and taught extensively at Bravo Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, as well as at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. She has coached youth of all ages - from 18 months to 18 years. Amelia continues to expand her pedagogical skills, having completed Orff Schulwerk Level 1 in August 2014. She is a passionate advocate for arts, fitness and health education for youth, and will launch that passion in business form in 2015.
Amelia's professional music theatre training, artistic skills and passion for education will be invaluable assets to Music Theatre on the Thames. She is excited and thrilled for MToT's inaugural season.
Amelia is recently married to animator/drummer Bram Cayne. She is the daughter of opera singer, teacher & MToT co-artistic director Jackalyn Short, jazz musician/music historian Douglas Pipher, and step-daughter of acclaimed stage director Michael Cavanagh.

Jackalyn Short
Canadian lyric coloratura soprano Jackalyn Short has sung leading roles with every major opera company and orchestra in Canada. She has performed across the United States as well as internationally in Korea, Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, England and Israel. She has been a regular performer on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Two New Hours and has been the recipient of many grants, scholarships and awards. Ms Short has made several recodings and has long been active with works of new music, including performances at the Winnipeg New Music Festival and with Toronto's Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company.
Highly in demand as a voice teacher, Ms Short has had a studio of undergrads and post-grads at UWO since 2001. Her duties have inlucded teaching vocal technique and coaching repertoire, developing language skills and instructing the IPA system. Many of her students have found great success at vocal competitions such as Kiwanis and the Met competition. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers or Singing, and is an active member of the Don Wright Faculty of Music at UWO. She has most notably received the top teaching honour at Western every year since 2001.
Ms Short has been a voice faculty member of several young artist programs and is thrilled to bring her expertise to Music Theatre on the Thames. Together her real-life performance experience, teaching skills and dynamic leadership are invaluable assets to the program.
Jackalyn is married to acclaimed stage director Michael Cavanagh. Her daughter, Amelia Pipher Cayne, is a music theatre professional and co-artistic director of MToT.