We can't thank our crews enough for their dedication. Each years, these talented and caring individuals leave their own art creating aside for one to two months so they can share their skills and passion with the children.

It is through this exciting interchange of mindful, watchful adults with the weekly participants that makes Camp Magic a unique space for the children.

See our Testimonial Section to hear what the parents have to say, too!

Katherine McLeod (Canada) Founder, Creative Director, Storyteller, Drummer
When Katherine was younger she had a dream of becoming an actress. As a teenager she started working with young children at a summer camp in Canada, and then went on to study education at university. Upon graduation she had not only completed her degree, but also been involved with a number of university theatre productions. She began to combine her passion for theatre and education, and started writing and directing plays for children in Toronto over 25 years ago. After a little while, she met her husband, and they left their careers, packed up their lives, and began a round the world cycling and hiking adventure. It was at this time that Katherine's other passion travel and immersing herself in other cultures was fully activated. By the year 2000 a couple of countries later - Katherine discovered two missing pieces in her performance repertoire: storytelling and hand drumming. Her focus changed from traditional theatre to interactive storytelling and rhythm and this is when Camp Magic was born! Fast forward 19 years Camp Magic continues to lead the way as Singapore's premier arts holiday program. Katherine couldn't have done any of this without the incredible support of her family, numerous artists who have come to work with the team over the years and of course the children. She is thankful to all. For ongoing projects, please visit: www.katherinemcleod.com and www.radiantwavewellbeing.com.
Bruce Home (Canada) Operations Director, Artistic Director, Storyteller
Bruce has been helping out with Camp Magic from the very earliest days. He began by organizing the buses, then became our lead director of the arts program. He now overseas the Camp Operations, is has evolved over the years into Artistic Director - ensuring that the creative vision of each program is brought into frution. Bruce never stops learning and growing in and on the job! Originally from Quebec, Canada - his earliest dream was to be a fireman. He also enjoyed painting and playing hockey as a young boy. Bruce returned to that early love of the canvas 18 years ago. After studying with Australia's Tony Griffiths, the colours began to dance off the brush, swirling and creating beautiful abstract pieces. When it came time to choose a career, he got serious and joined the Toronto Stock Exchange after graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After wearing a suit and tie for two years, Bruce began to exchange his belongings, instead of commodities on the world exchange. He traded his suit for a bike, packed up his apartment and bought a one-way ticket to Amsterdam. Although he visits his Canadian homeland at every opportunity, Bruce has lived overseas for over 25 years. His passions are storytelling, education (he has worked as both teacher and primary principal at international schools for 20 years!), running, gardening and spending time with his family. He spins tales for children and teachers at schools in Asia and Australia, for his children at home, and each week at Camp Magic. Bruce is a funny, fun, and very helpful person. We love that he helps us to run each program throughout the year. Thank you, Bruce!
Alberto Martinez (Spain) Actor, Facilitator, Stilts and Flag Trainer
When Alberto was a little boy, he couldn't hear enough bedtime stories from his father. The joy of listening to tales, hearing his father's voice, and entering into the story spaces that were created. His father is a self-taught musician, and as Alberto got older, he began to tell the stories himself, whilst his father played the flute!When it came to deciding what he wanted to do as an adult, there were so many things he enjoyed... it was so hard to decide. Why not become an actor, where you could be all the things you wanted to be, never having to choose one, but allowing yourself the freedom to be all? Alberto left his homeland, Spain, and studied at the Conservatory of Dramatic Art in Liege, Belgium for 3 years. Since finishing his degree he has worked in both classical and contemporary theatre. More recently, Alberto has started mixing dance, theatre, and music together. He is passionate about exploring different cultures and their forms of performance, always merging what he has learned into his new work projects. We have enjoyed the skills and talent Alberto brought has brought to 12 of our Camp Magic programs. His caring and creativeness with the 3-4 year olds, soap box stories, and careful direction of flag formations at each performance, he always gives the children and crew 100%. We look forward to welcoming Alberto back after his absence over the past few years! He is taking time out of a very busy performance schedule to join us once again. Thank you Alberto.
Shouniez van der Schyff (South Africa) Flow Artist and Performer, Circus Program Co-ordinator, Facilitator
Shouniez admits that dance was her first affection when she was a child. She studied ballet from the age of 5, and then moved into modern dance in later childhood. From the age of 9-16yrs Shouniez was a Hip Hop dancer. When studying graphic design at college, she continued with hip hop, representing South Africa in the Hip Hop World Championships. Afterwards, she merged her dance with fire poi spinning on the beaches of South Africa. From there, she began performing with poi, and then remembered the hoop from her childhood. When she re-connected with the hoop it was then that she fully merged her passion as a dancer and hooper, and became a flow artist. After working as a graphic designer for 8 years, Shouniez moved, with her husband Shaheen, into professional performances where they now make a living. When asked what flow means, Shouniez replied: "Flow is when you are in the hoop, and you go into a world where you are not thinking about the movements - the movements are happening to you." The children have enjoyed Shouniez's talented circus instruction and performance guidance in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. 2019 brings her right back into Hip Hop, and we can't wait to jump in with her!!
Shaheen van der Schyff (South Africa) Flow Artist and Performer, Circus Program Co-ordinator, Facilitator
When Shaheen was a young boy, he remembers that all the kids around him would hoop just for fun. He never imagined that several years later he would become a flow artist, where the hoop was the main tool used to help pay the bills! He and his wife Shouniez have been on an amazing journey of discovery these past 7 years - as they continue to create a inspiring livelihood of performing around the word with hoops, poi, amongst other circus toys. It all began for Shaheen one weekend at a festival. After being rained out for several hours, Shaheen was keen to get going and move his body. He saw his wife's hoop just sitting there in the corner, and thought - "Ok! Let's go". So he literally jumped into the hoop, and hasn't looked back. Of course he has several of his own hoops now, but one magical thing led to another once he made that first big jump. By inviting the hoop to become an extension of himself, Shaheen creates a flow of movements and manipulations that create a sense of calm and connection for both himself, and his audiences. When he first began working, Shaheen was a Personal Trainer, enjoying a career in the Fitness Industry. He has always loved to move. After discovering the hoop, Shaheen now fuses his passion for movement with his commitment to flow through the hoop, poi, and staff. He can't wait to share his skills again with the children at Camp Magic. So far, we have seen Shaheen at eight of our programs!

Jillian Culey (Australia) Arts and Craft Co-ordinator, Staff Trainer, Basket/Natural Fibre Weaver
Jillian Culey began her work as a basket weaver over 20 years ago.
She wanted to make one of her best friends something special for her 21st birthday, so underwent the enormous task of weaving her a picnic basket! What a lovely gift. This was only the beginning for Jillian.
She later found herself teaching in Kiribati an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean. It was there that Jillian was first mentored as a basket weaver by a native from Kiribati - the host mother where she was housed. It was in this wondrous space that Jillian was taught to collect local plants and vines, treat and soak them, then commence weaving. Basket weaving is, as Jillian comments, 75% preparation and 25% weaving. It is this process of collecting natural materials that intrigues her as an artist. When she walks out into the bush and gardens of her Blue Mountains, Australia home Jillian sees the potential for basketry and weaving everywhere. "What would this plant like to be?" she wonders, "a basket, a hat, a mat... a plate?" Jillian believes that the plant seems to know what it wants to be before we do! We can't wait to welcome Jillian back into our Camp Magic community this June/July. She has some wonderful projects planned with the children in our fibre weaving craft program. Thank you for your time and commitment to Camp Magic Jillian! We look forward to welcoming you back this June/July.
Stephen Cheong (Malaysia) Musician, Ukulele Master, Facilitator
Stephen Cheong began his career 20 years ago in London, England as an architect! After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and whetting his appetite for learning, Stephen then trained to become an ESL teacher. For a number of years he taught English in colleges, both in Malaysia and Singapore... but then discovered THE UKE! The Ukulele awakened an amazing musical passion in Stephen 15 years ago. He not only plays the Uke in a band, but teaches the instrument to both children and adults full time. What Stephen loves most about teaching the Ukulele is that it's a fantastic entry level instrument, that is both fun and accessible to children. He enjoys witnessing, over and over again, the quick connections his students make learning simple chords that later inspires them to continue their musical education. We have enjoyed working with Stephen for 12 Camp Magics now. He has taught Ukulele to our 7-12 year olds, helped us create songs with guitar for our end of week performances, plus delighted in watching the children learn new circus skills. He claims that "Camp Magic gives children a place to learn so many new skills... I just love being there to see and be a part of their excitement".

Cletis Carr (United States) Song Writer, Staff Trainer
Cletis grew up in the mid-western U.S. to a "music family" where he was surrounded by instruments, sound, and songs. He began writing his own songs at an early age, and by 15 was playing in his first band. Through discussion with Cletis he shares his continual fascination with how songs transform the personal into the universal. By musically shaping an authentic experience in our lives that is close to our hearts, and sharing it with others, we inevitably connect to a universal truth. There is comfort in this connection, very much like the way a story connects us to each other. Great songs, after all, are often great stories. Cletis cut his first album with a band at 20 years old, and has recorded 6 solo albums throughout his career as a musician. He continues to work with musicians in both Australia and the United States. In more recent years, Cletis has begun to work with youth, mentoring young musicians. We are delighted to have Cletis join our creative team again this year, as he helps to prepare new songs for our weekly performances. Cletis will also be working with us during the training week, as he prepares crew to take their singing and song-writing to a whole new level!
Preeya Lakhani (Australia) Women's Drumming Facilitator and Hoop Meditation Instructor
Preeya started off her career in banking. After several years working 9 5, she decided to branch out and start her own business a boutique gym for women in Sydney, Australia! It was a huge success, and before moving to Singapore, Preeya reluctantly sold the business. Her next job was the biggest of all becoming a mother of 3 children. She has dedicated the last 10 years of her life to being at home with her children. In 2017, Preeya discovered something that would change her life significantly drumming. Meeting each week at her women's rhythm circle, Preeya began to slowly emerge from the tiring (yet rewarding) day-to-day work of parenting. She realized that doing something to bring her own mind and body into rhythm had significant effects not only on herself, but the whole family unit. 2019 marks a significant new beginning for Preeya, as she begins her own journey as drum-circle facilitator and hoop meditation instructor. In her own words, she writes: Drumming for me is relaxing, meditative, restorative and at the same time energizing and uplifting. Coming together in a drum circle is so magical, because there is a synergy and harmony created that helps to remind us of the innate rhythm we often forget about. Join Preeya on Tuesday mornings, as she shares these skills of re-connecting with your own personal rhythm through the drum and hoop!
Billie Phoenix (Canada/Australia) Dancer and Flow Artist
For the first time ever, Billie Phoenix joined our crew on Mondays this past December for opening performances. She will be returning to perform with us on Mondays this June/July. Billie has been studying dance since she was 3 years old, and has taken a shine to Irish Dance over the last few years. Her circus skills have been honed over many Camp Magic programs with the guidance of Shaheen and Shouniez van der Schyff. This June she will be directed by them once again to perform with hoops, poi, and create a fusion of Irish Dance and Circus Flow. Welcome back Billie!
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