THERESA DI MEGLIO
Theresa Di Meglio is the artistic director and choreographer of FAME School Of Performing Arts, a musical theater school she founded in 2000. For the past 22 years she has taught all ages and levels of dance and musical theater. As a dance and performance educator she believes in the artistic potential of every student. In the studio Theresa emphasizes creative expression as well as challenging her students to perfect their technique during classes and rehearsals. She has managed the creative vision of the company, bringing full length musicals to the stage where her triple threat students have the opportunity to dance, sing and act in a full length musical.
Theresa received a BFA honours degree in Dance from York University. Her early dance training was through the Russian society of ballet. Under the artistic direction of Gilly Chaplin, she trained in the professional program at The Woodbridge School of Dance, where she completed her ballet exams. In addition to ballet, Theresa has trained extensively in Musical Theatre, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. Theresa is also a qualified dance adjudicator with the Professional Adjudicators Alliance.
In 2017 Theresa moved to the United Arab Emirates and in 2018 FAME launched specialized musical theater and show choir intensives on site for private schools in Dubai. During this time Theresa was also the lead choreographer for the Desert Dance competitive team at Kent College.
Theresa’s work on set includes dance choreography for a Barbie commercial, a Much Music Video Dance Party commercial, choreography for YTV station ID’s and The Blue Smarties promotions for the Much Music Video Awards. Theresa was the choreographer for Royal Wood’s music video “Good To Be Young” where her students had the opportunity to be featured.
SARAH DE DONATO
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Sarah is responsible for business operations as well as FAME's technical operations including, lighting design, sound design and audio mixing, projection art and set design for all FAME Productions. Sarah is also our in-house designer, she is the creative force behind our website, social media and all promotional materials. For the last decade Sarah has been fortunate enough to work with big and small brands alike –from HBO and IBM to Tony Award Winning Actress Kelli O’Hara. Besides business as usual, she’s fond of her Converse collection, belting out a (several) good show-tune, falling under the spell of yet another BritBox crime series, and searching Toronto for the most authentic Napolitan pizza.
Over the past 10+ years, Claire has been immersed in the world of musical theatre. Throughout high school, she was a member of SPLASH – Canada’s three-time award-winning show choir champions – and WoCo, an acclaimed women’s choir under the direction of David Ambrose. She has participated in several charitable events alongside Nick Jonas, Carly Rae Jepsen and Hilary Duff, and has competed in vocal competitions throughout Ontario and the United States.
Since the age of seven, Claire has performed in various lead roles with FAME and other Toronto-based performance companies with shows including Mamma Mia, Footloose, Wicked, Hairspray, and West Side Story. She also appeared as Chava in Fiddler On The Roof with CATS Mainstage, Norma Jean in SMASH with Splash, and Cassie Ferguson in A Chorus Line with Etobicoke School of the Arts.
In addition to vocal training, Claire has experience as a dancer in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Hip-Hop and Pointe. She credits her early training with FAME School of the Performing Arts and mentor, Theresa DiMeglio, for her lifelong passion for the arts. Claire has always loved sharing her knowledge with others and looks forward to continuing to do so with FAME.