Nepean Creative Arts Centre


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A truly unique space to pursue your talents and artistic aspirations. The Nepean Creative Arts Centre offers visual and performing arts classes taught by accomplished artists - painters, actors, filmmakers, writers, photographers, musicians - in custom studio spaces for participants of all levels of ability. Our goal is to provide an experience that enriches quality of life through art and culture. From preschool to adult, students experience a diversity of arts instruction.

The NCAC's arts-specific studios include music, dance and visual arts studios, a black box theatre and set construction workshop.

Arts-specific facilities include:

  • high quality instruction 
  • specialized studios equipped for visual and performing arts
  • dance studios with sprung floors, barres and floor-to-ceiling mirrors 
  • soundproofed music studios
  • black box theatre
  • natural lighting
  • exhibition and performance opportunities

Our sister facility - The Nepean Visual Arts Centre offers programming in visual arts including pottery. The pottery studio includes a handbuilding studio, wheel room with 12 wheels including an accessible wheel and pottery technicians on site. Glazing and firing is also provided on site.

March Break Camps

March Break Arts Camps 2018

Turn your March Break into a creative adventure at arts centres!
Explore art like never before at March Break Arts Camps - Registration now open!
For more Arts Camps, visit NVAC-March Break.


Try something new this Spring with one of our workshops. These short-term commitments may just turn into a lifetime passion. Workshops offer creative and visual hands-on programming for all levels and ages alike.

Winter course registration now available.


Get together and explore the roots of creativity – side by side. Register your family for some shared creative fun!

Creative Movement

For our youngest students, this provides a fun, casual approach to practicing basic and fine motor skills, and a cooperative introduction to the elements of dance and space.

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 7 to June 2 Saturdays, 11:15 am to noon 18 months to 3 years $34.50 1145217
April 11 to May 23 Wednesdays, 10 am to 10:45 am 18 months to 3 years $30.25 1139821

Zumbini® - Parent and Tot

Nurture your child's love of movement and your inner child as well. Strengthen emotional development, cognitive and social skills, and your bond. Home kit must be purchased separately.

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 7 to June 2 Saturdays, 10:15 am to 11 am 18 months to 3 years $43.75 1156884

Handbuilding - Parent and Me

Get messy with your little ones! Create a unique pottery piece together using simple handbuilding forms and techniques. Discover coils, slabs and pinching techniques. One adult per child. No exceptions. Separate registration. Instructor: Tim Thibeault

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 8 to May 6 Sundays, 10 am to noon 6 to 10 years $101 1144933
April 8 to May 6 Sundays, 10 am to noon 19 years and older $114 1142646
April 8 to May 6 Sundays, 1 pm to 3 pm 6 to 10 years $101 1144966
April 8 to May 6 Sundays, 1 pm to 3 pm 19 years and older $114 1142645

Wheel - Parent and Me

Learn wheel throwing techniques to create projects together in a freely creative environment. Discover how to throw on a potter’s wheel, trim, decorate and glaze. One adult per child. No exceptions. Separate registration. Instructor: Meagan Pethick

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 8 to June 17 Sundays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 11 to 14 years $201.75 1144976
April 8 to June 17 Sundays, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm 19 years and up $227.75 1143946

ABBA's Greatest Hits & Pop Performance

Experience performance through Abba and pop. Professional musician and teacher Peter Grant Mackechnie teaches singing ability, musicality and vocal projection, and performance skills through popular music. A series of workshops culminates in a combined performance.

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 29 to June 10 Sundays, 10 am to 11:30 am 15 to 18 years $102.25 1153714
April 29 to June 10 Sundays, 10 am to 11:30 am 19 years and older $102.50 1153705


Zombie 101 Workshop

Ever wanted to be one of the walking dead? Learn the ropes from zombie film director Brett Kelly and his zombie coach. Walk, growl and have your face made up to scare the life out of slow walking humans!

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 8 Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm 10 to 14 years $56.50 1145626
April 8 Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm 15 to 16 years $64 1145637


Abstract Painting - Introduction

Be introduced to the world of abstract art. Explore the principles and elements of design starting by creating a variety of small sheets of collage paper using tissue, paint and stamps. Finish by creating a 10” x 10” piece you can frame at home. Supplies included. Instructor: Sue Ukkola.

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
May 26 Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm 19 years and up $126.75 1142097

Canvas and Cocktails

Explore your artistic side with this night out! Learn the very basics of acrylic painting, completing a 16 x 20 canvas while exploring and savouring wines from around the world. Supplies and two glasses of wine included. Professional art instructor and wine sommelier guide you and answer questions. Instructor: Jadzia Romaniec

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
June 1 Friday, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm 19 years and up $73.25 1142096

Clay Wheel

Ever wonder what it's like to throw on the potter's wheel? Come alone or grab a friend and spend a fun afternoon learning how to centre clay and make a couple of pots! Supplies provided. Instructor: Meagan Pethick

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 20 Friday, 1 pm to 4 pm 19 years and up $40 1142624
May 11 Friday, 1 pm to 4 pm 19 years and up $40 1142626
June 15 Friday, 1 pm to 4 pm 19 years and up $40 1142627


Combine the intensity of ink with the translucence of a wash and traditional coloured pencil for an inktense work of art. Create beautiful paintings with vibrant colour as participants learn to work with the pencils in dry format or with a wet brush. Instructor: Jan Salmon

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
May 5 Saturday, 9:30 am to 1 pm 19 years and up $87.75 1156643

New! - Live Band Swing Dance

Learn the craze that's sweeping the city. A coach will teach you basic Swing steps, or help you push your skills to the next level.  A live band will provide the music for the last three hours.

Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 19 Thursday, 6 pm to 9:30 pm 19 years and up $126.50 1156894

Photo Transfer: Altered Images

Image transfer techniques are an easy, modern and creative way to add dimension to any work! Create a unique family photo display on wood artists' panels to take home. The benefit of this class is that applications are endless. Supplies included. Instructor: Sue Ukkola

Nepean Visual Arts Centre

Date Time Age Cost Barcode
April 21 Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm 19 years and up $98.50 1142085


The Wind in the Willows

Mr. Rat and Mole in the Woods – The Wind in the Willows

The adventures of shy Mole, urbane Ratty, and irrepressible Toad.
April 27, 2018  at 1:30 pm
Nepean Creative Arts Centre

Arts instructors

Arts Centre courses are taught by talented artists. These teachers are specialists in their particular discipline or medium, with fine arts degrees, and/or exhibitions, and/or performance experience to their credit. They are professional actors or theatre technicians, painters, potters, singers and teachers.

Our instructors guide students to see the world in a different way, learn about art; and help participants to express their feelings and ideas in a unique and powerful medium – the arts. They provide opportunities to explore, experiment, and have fun!

Visual Arts

Colette Beardall 
Functional Handbuilding, Sculpture, Raku Workshops

Patricia Brunelle (Algonquin College; Child Education, IWCC)
Multi Media Mixing-It

Patricia began her career working as a Graphic Artist and Sales Representative. She has since gained experience working with children with Special Needs, as well as, becoming an established Art Instructor. Patricia has shown her works in art shows in Ottawa, Toronto, and in the United States. Her painting of "September Mourn" was chosen for the first year anniversary of 911 and was displayed as the featured piece at the Williamsburg Historical Art Centre in New York City. Patricia continues to live her long time dream of painting and teaching art.

Ingrid Dabringer (B.A.H. Queen's University Film, Massachusetts College of Art for Sculpture)
Lego Animation

Ingrid is a diverse mixed-media and multi-media artist. Her most recent installation was at Nuit Blanche Ottawa + Gatineau 2014. She also has a concurrent body of work called, Body of Work, in which she photoshops X-rays and brings a certain lyricism to human fragility. She is currently working on her Masters in Art Education online via Boston University and also teaches at Durham College. Her art has been shown in Chicago, Grand Rapids, Toronto and Ottawa.

Roger Davidson
Techniques of the Post-Impressionists, Ideas & Techniques of the Modern Masters, Coloured Pencil Basics, Big Scale Abstract Art

Roger Davidson is an artist, illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and heritage specialist. Originally from Scotland, he was educated at the George St. School of Art, the University of Glasgow and, after moving to Canada in 2004, Queens University. He now lives and works in the Ottawa area, and his illustrations and articles on art have appeared in a range of publications. He teaches a variety of drawing, painting and historical art courses, including Techniques of the Post-Impressionists, Ideas & Techniques of the Modern Masters, Coloured Pencil Basics, and Big Scale Abstract Painting for children and youth. He's currently at work on a book on Post-Impressionism.

Ted Duncan (BA, University of Waterloo)
Oil and Acrylic Level 1/2

Ted Duncan has been a full time visual artist for 20 years. In addition to Ted’s extensive arts education, he took studio painting, drawing and printmaking at Concordia University. He is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and is a Fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society. Ted has had exhibits in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa along with many others.

Maya Hum (BA, Carleton University; OSA; Algonquin College)
Sketching & Painting

Maya Hum’s art and design work has been featured in publications, campaigns, and exhibitions across Canada and Europe. Originally from the Maritimes, Maya moved to Ottawa to study music and art and quickly began exhibiting her work throughout the city. Maya has been teaching art at the City of Ottawa since 2011.  She is passionate about teaching visual and creative art courses in comfortable and encouraging environments.

Heather Gallup 
Watercolour – Levels 1 / 2

As a watercolour artist and instructor, Heather applies her creativity and highly developed skills to guide both new and evolving artists in creative self-expression. Through many years of teaching for the City of Ottawa, and giving themed workshops, she inspires and motivates artists from the hobbyist to the highly dedicated. With explicit demonstrations of watercolour techniques, Heather provides her students with the foundation knowledge necessary to explore and create art. Technical expertise and creative freedom are the pillars upon which Heather has built her career. Her paintings are exhibited and in private collections, world-wide. 

Susan Gold 
Experience Clay, Wheel Level 1

Susan was first attracted to clay as a youngster, when she accidentally discovered the pottery studio at summer camp. She attributes her skill development and cultivation of her love of clay, to her mentor Keith Campbell, at George Brown College; and to self-education through various classes, courses, and workshops. She loves sharing her affection for clay and its possibilities to all her students.

Shaylah Hickson (BFA, York University; BEd, Nipissing University)
Summer Camps

As Shaylah pursues her passion to teach art, she is always creating new and exciting art and design pieces. Because the teaching profession is a hard career to enter in Ottawa, she spends all the time she has doing what she loves! Making art and sharing it with others. 

“I love sharing my passion and experimentation in art with my students. It’s a very rewarding job seeing the smiles and friendships that are created through art!”

Liz Hoffmann
Wheel & Handbuilding Combo, Wheel Level 1 & 2

Liz graduated from the Fine Crafts program at Algonquin College in 1976. Since then she has been working as a studio potter and pottery instructor. Liz is primarily a functional potter with form being the most important aspect in her work. As an instructor, her focus is teaching good technique and craftsmanship.

“There is something both meditative and magical about throwing clay on the wheel. I love being able to share this experience with my students.”

Anna Stella Mangone (Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College)
Big Scale Abstract Art

Anna Stella is a visual artist whose love of the “Belle Arte” comes about naturally as her cultural background is Italian. Anna’s true passion is creating art with kids of all ages. Her workshops include, mask making, printing/etching, book illustration, abstract, colour theory, landscapes, functional design, etc. She has exhibited her work in Art Dialogue Toronto, Sarasota Florida.  Her clients include, Canadian Living Magazine, City TV, and Partners Film Co. Her illustrations have been published in the Chicago Tribune.

Katherine McNenly (BFA, York University)
Traditional Oil Techniques - Level 1/2

Katherine is a BFA graduate of York University. She studied for several years in the studio of John Angel, a renowned portrait painter and teacher. She has also attended the Cecil-Graves Atelier in Florence, Italy and taken workshops at the Grand Central Academy in New York. She has been a finalist in portrait competitions such as the Kingston Prize, The Canadian Portrait Society’s Art of the Portrait, and most recently The American Portrait Society’s International Competition. She has been teaching for the NVAC for several years, exposing students to an approach to painting rooted in history.

Doug Moir
Wheel Level 1, Wheel Level 1 & 2, Pottery Special Projects

Blair T. Paul (Ontario Teacher's Certificate - Technological Studies Program, Queen's University / Honours graduate - Fine Art Program, Ontario College of Art & Design / member of The Ontario Society of Artists / ACTRA Canada member)
Introduction to Acrylic Landscape Painting, Collage Based Acrylic Painting, Youtube 

Blair has been a practising artist since 1974 and has work in public, private, and corporate collections in Canada and abroad. The National Gallery of Canada has given his work a strong review and his book, ‘On the Edge of Discovery: contemporary paintings in a personal context’ was carried in the NGC bookstore. As well, Blair designed, introduced, and co-ordinated the "Introduction to Fine Art Program" at Algonquin College.

Meagan Pethick (BFA, Lambton College)
Wheel Basic & Intermediate (Youth), Pottery Wheel - Parent & Teen, Summer Camps

Meagan Pethick is a known ceramic artist in the Ottawa region. Meagan has extensive knowledge and skills in painting, ceramics and drawing. After completing her diploma she was awarded a grant, which was used to take additional ceramic courses. With her extensive knowledge, expertise and passion, she has developed her own personal ceramics style. Her teaching style reflects her love for multiple forms of art. This can be seen through the various textures, colours and clays that are used to create unforgettable pieces.

Jadzia Romaniec (BA, University of Western Ontario; University of Toronto)
Canvas and Cocktails, Coloured Reflections

Jadzia has been teaching art and exhibiting in the Ottawa region for 22 years. As well as with the City of Ottawa, she has taught in private elementary and secondary schools, and with private studios.  She also facilitates art therapy programs with numerous agencies including the Salvation Army, Bereaved Families of Ottawa and Gaucher Foundation of Canada.  She approaches each class as a group of individuals who have their own specific goals, perspectives and technical strengths and abilities.

Kristen Saar (BFA, University of Ottawa; Grade 8 Piano, The Royal Conservatory of Music)
Guided Studio

Originally from a farm in Pembroke, Kristen moved to Ottawa to complete her undergrad.  She has a diverse background in the arts and has been teaching for nearly a decade.  Her love for piano started at a very young age.  Her photography and video work have been part of local exhibitions and screenings. Kristen now works as both a costume and props designer for local theatre groups and recently launched her own line of handcrafted and up cycled fashion design called KiKi©.

Brian Singleton

Ranajit Sinha
Animation, Comic or Action Painting

Kerry Stothers (Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Calgary)
Drawing: Introduction, Painting: Oil/Acrylics, Level I and Level II 

Primarily a portrait painter, Kerry has exhibited her work throughout Alberta, Regina, Saskatchewan, Chelsea and many more. In addition to teaching painting and drawing at NVAC, Kerry also operates “Portraits by Kerry”; a small business accepting commissioned portraits, paintings and drawings.

She also paints wall murals for commercial and residential clients, and she does contract artwork for museum display companies and television and movie production companies. Kerry’s extensive work in museums can be seen throughout North America, including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington and the New Founder’s Hall in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Tim Thibeault
Parent & Child Pottery, Handbuilding - Youth, Summer Camps

Tim Thibeault began pottery at Carleton University in the late 1960s. He began teaching in the ‘70s and started with the Ottawa School Board in the 1980s. Tim was a founding member of Crossroads Canadian Fine Crafts, Ottawa's first retail pottery outlet (1973-1990). Tim currently teaches at Hintonburg Community Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Nepean Creative Arts Centre.

Susan Ukkola
Abstract Mixed Media Twist
Sue is a renowned and sought-after artist from the Ottawa area, and a member of the Ottawa Mixed Media Artists group. She graduated from Ottawa School of Art in 1994, and over the years has exhibited in many juried shows throughout the National Capital Region, winning numerous awards.

Suzanne Warren Powell
Wabi-Sabi Mixed Media Painting, Pastel Class, Expressive Non-Objective Drawing for Mixed Media, Japonisme, Large Scaled Mixed Media Painting, Colour Theory and Mixing

The arts have always been Suzanne's passion. She believes in the creativity and talent of every individual. Suzanne's first love was music - playing the piano, guitar, vocals and other instruments. Learning to paint came later in life, after may years of post-graduate study in Education at McGill and Concordia Universities. After winning several art awards and with degrees in Education, Suzanne began teaching watercolour at various venues in Ottawa. She also began running mentoring tutorials at her country studio "So Zen".

Kerri Weller (AOCA, Ontario College of Art; BSc AMM in Medical Illustration, University of Toronto)
Botanical Drawing Basics, Botanical Watercolour Basics, Leaves - Colour, Pattern, and Composition, The Winter Garden, Botanical Composition, Botanical Art Garden Journal

Kerri is a contemporary botanical artist and art teacher. She pioneered the botanical art classes at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre.  "It is a joy to teach a subject I love and so rewarding to see the students excel.” Her student's works have been juried into exhibitions by FigureworksBotanical Artists of Canada and American Society of Botanical Artists. Kerri's work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Kerri recently won Plein Air magazine’s Best Floral Award.

Performing Arts

Hamid Ayoub (BA, Sudan University) 
African Drumming

Born in Sudan and presently living in Ottawa, Hamid Ayoub is a Bachelor of Arts graduate, with a specialization in Textile Design.  For him, art is ever present because we are surrounded by shapes and colours which are the pulse of any artistic creation. Hamid Ayoub depicts the emotions of the human spirit through colour and movement.  Hamid’s work has been exhibited in many venues in Sudan, Niger, France, Holland, England, the United States and Canada.

Karen Balcome (BA, York University) Arts Centre Black Box Theatre - Special Needs

Karen has developed and led the Black Box Theatre program for the past five years. As a writer, creator and performer she has worked with such companies as Gruppo Rubato, New Theatre of Ottawa, Skeleton Key Theatre, and Salamander Theatre.  As well, she is the co-Artistic Director of THUNK!theatre.  She is also an active teacher at Ottawa Children's Theatre.

Leslie Cserepy (Theatre Arts Degree, Algonquin College)
Live Wire Drama, Shakin' Up Shakespeare, Performance Creation Outside the Black Box

Originally from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Leslie is an actor and sound designer who has performed all around Ottawa. He is always helpful at NCAC and is grateful to be part of the team.
Some of Leslie’s Favourite Role’s are: The Crackwalker (Joe), The Meus Prod.; Mechanicsville Monologues II (The Priest), Chamber Theatre; Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), Ron Maslin Playhouse; You Are Here (Jerry) and much more!

Sue Fowler Dacey (with Suzart Productions)
Theatrical Make-Up Design,Audition Basics, So You Think You Can Act

A theatrical make-up artist since 1976, Sue has worked and studied with many groups in both Ottawa and Toronto.  She conducts an interesting hands-on workshop filled with information and skills.  Currently she is the Artistic Director of Suzart Productions, a local community musical theatre company.

Meagan Gray (BA, Carleton University)
Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary/ Hip Hop Combo, Dance Mix, Stretch Class

Meagan started her dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop at the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance in Ottawa. She continued to expand her dance background by exploring other dance styles such as contemporary, modern, ballroom, belly dance, and burlesque. Meagan has been teaching dance classes for the City of Ottawa since 2006. Meagan is also a certified Fitness Instructor Specialist through Can-Fit-Pro, and is a licensed Zumba instructor. Meagan is an enthusiastic instructor who loves to share her passion for dance with her students!

Sue Fay Healy, Jennifer Healy, and Madison Lyon
Irish Dance by The Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance (SFH)

SFH offers lessons for students interested in recreational and competitive dance, for all ages (4 years of age through to adult). Sue Fay Healy and Jennifer Healy are fully Qualified Irish dance teachers (TCRG). Sue with over 30 years experience as a teacher/adjudicator and a lifetime of Irish dance as a young girl is an inspirational woman. Her daughter Jennifer has competed at world class levels worldwide and has also been a professional dancer for over five years with Riverdance and many other shows touring worldwide.

Sue Fay Healy was born in Dublin Ireland and grew up surrounded by Irish music, dance, and Irish tradition. Starting with lessons at the age of six, Sue placed in all the competitions and danced throughout Europe at festivals, concerts, and shows.  Sue is a well know teacher and adjudicator of Irish Dance as well as a Grade Examiner. Sue continues with her love of dance, through teaching, producing teachers and champions including Irish Dance at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre. Sue also runs two Irish Dance festivals in Ottawa "Capital Feis and Feile Nollaig.

Christopher Linden (BA, Carleton University; Algonquin College; Ryerson University)
Hand drumming Parent and Child, Music Ability

Chris is a classically trained percussionist and a member of the American Federation of Musicians.  He is also an award-winning inventor that creates devices to enable those with fine motor skill issues to make music. He possesses one of the largest private collections of electronic percussion equipment. He has taught the Parent/Child class for the last five years and has assembled enough drums and hand percussion equipment for thirty people.

Marla Mitchell
Guitar Level 1-3, Youth and Adult

Marla began playing the guitar at the age of 9, under the tutelage of her mother. She then studied with several teachers before finally being paired with the instructor who would become her mentor for the better part of the next decade, Garry Elliott. In addition to her university musical education, she has also attended the Domaine Forget Music and Dance Academy, and has participated in and/or attended master classes put on by classical guitar luminaries David Russell, Manuel Barrueco and Eli Kastner. She loves teaching music to everyone.  

Shelly Nichol
Ballroom Level 4, Ballroom and Salsa Level 1

Shelly began dancing at the age of five with the encouragement from her grandmother. First starting with Ballet, Modern and Jazz, she began training for ballroom dancing and found her special forte! She then continued her training with American and International style, as well as teaching and performing. She teaches the importance of music, rhythm, coordination, leading and following, style, and much more.

 “I get to meet so many wonderful people in my classes and watching them grow each week inspires me!”

Kristine Quarrington
Creative Movement Parent & Tots

Kristine loves to work with all ages and stages! Watching children learn and grow is fascinating to her. In addition to her Early Childhood Education, her 20 years of teaching experience has been dedicated to children’s dance.  . Kristine has been teaching at NCAC since 2005. 

“I look forward to many more years of doing what I love.”

Anne Stubbs (E-RYT/RYT500, Yoga Alliance; FIS, Reiki Practitioner; Canadian Reiki Association)

With over 16 years of experience, Anne has been promoting fitness and wellness at NCAC since 2005. Her unique approach blends elements of physical fitness, creative movement, introspection, and spiritual awareness that result in a holistic program for the mind/body/spirit.  Anne delivers a contemporary class that is rooted in tradition and comes from a committed personal practice. She invites you to awaken your spirit, explore your inner potential, and experience harmony both on and off the mat.

Katherine Wong (BA Psychology)

Katherine teaches full-time in a Kanata preschool. She is currently developing a new preschool curriculum on Creativity focusing on problem solving, creative decision making, sport and competition using crafts as the tool of choice. Katherine is an award-winning lyricist. She acts as Executive Producer collaborating online through virtual studios to create songs and albums with indie artists from Russia to Australia. 

Roger D. Wilson
Live Wire Drama

Roger D. Wilson is an experimental film artist who lives in Ottawa. Roger’s artistic practice begins and ends with film. His need to continuously investigate the filmmaking process has led him to discover innovative experimental film processes. He has over 20 years experience working directly in the film industry. Roger is passionate about teaching film and drama to students of all ages and he strives to inspire his students to explore the world of filmmaking themselves and create their own unique pieces of moving art. 

Barbara Carriere

Barbara has trained everywhere with top Nia trainers and Nia co-creator Debbie Rosas to earn her Brown Belt certification.  She loves to share her love of Nia by teaching weekly classes and workshops. Barbara welcomes opportunities to present Nia in order to inspire others to be fit in mind, body and spirit.  Barbara guides students to mindfully focus on sensations in their body while listening and dancing to music. Nia, a cardio dance group fitness class delivers its own kind of magic that fosters personal creativity and expression.

Sophie Kmeco (BA, University of Ottawa)
Drama and Dance, Arts and Swim, Art Centre Adventure

Sophie joined the staff of the Nepean Creative Arts Centre in the summer of 2014, and has loved every minute of it. She fell in love with drama at a young age and has been acting ever since - some of her favourite roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Sophie loves sharing her passion for arts and drama with all her students! 

Stephanie Kain (MA, Creative Writing)
Creative Nonfiction for Adults, Writing Short Fiction and

Stephanie Kain is a professional writer and editor. She has been teaching various courses for children and adults at NCAC since 2010 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (UK). Writing as Stevie Mikayne, she is the author of Jellicle Girl, Weight of Earth and UnCatholic Conduct. Recently, she has branched out into the realm of natural diversity in children’s literature, and her series Emlyn and the Gremlin (written as Steff F. Kneff) - got her an invite to appear on The Social!

Kristen Saar (BFA, University of Ottawa; Grade 8 Piano, The Royal Conservatory of Music)
My Costume, My Fashion, My Style

Originally from a farm in Pembroke, Kristen moved to Ottawa to complete her undergrad.  She has a diverse background in the arts and has been teaching for nearly a decade.  Her love for piano started at a very young age.  Her photography and video work have been part of local exhibitions and screenings. Kristen now works as both a costume and props designer for local theatre groups and recently launched her own line of handcrafted and up cycled fashion design called KiKi©

Nicholas Lefebvre (BA, University of Ottawa; Trained RAD and ADAPT)
Drama & Dance, Dance Intensive, Pottery & Dance, Beginner - Advanced: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop

Nicholas Lefebvre began training at the Greta Leeming Studio of Dance at the age of 8. He is proficient in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and, tap dance styles and, he has won multiple regional, national and international titles; sharing the stage with dancers from Canada, The U.S.A, South Africa, and South America. In 2009 he received the prestigious Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) Award and, in 2014 he received the MASC Founder’s Award. He is an experienced choreographer with a proven ability to teach both adults and children.

Jeffrey Chapman
Drama & Dance, Arts Centre Adventure, Arts and Swim

Jeffrey has been an Arts Instructor with the City of Ottawa since 1999. During his time with the City, he has instructed and co-instructed an array of dramatic arts courses for participants of all ages. He is known for being a ‘Jack of all trades’. Some of his duties were, Emcee of The City of Ottawa's "911 Children's Achievement Awards", Emcee of the "Summer Concert Series" and "Arts Outside"  at Andrew Haydon Park, and helping to deliver arts program guides when necessary. He looks forward to many more rewarding years working with talented staff and creative kids!

Michaela Milligan
Fairytale Ball, Arts and Swim, Live Wire Drama

Michaela has been involved with the arts from a very young age. She has experience in dance and visual arts but focuses most of her time on drama and theatre. Michaela has also been involved with prestigious shows like Odyssey Showcase: CANADA ROARS! As well, she has won awards for acting and directing in her four years of entering the Sears Festival. Michaela enjoys teaching theatre to all her students and inspiring them to be creative.

Beginner Belly Dance,Choreography-Egyptian Style Belly Dance

Jalilah (Lorraine Zamora Chamas) has been a professional dancer since 1985 performing internationally at all types of venues from traditional wedding celebrations to glamorous nightclubs in world-renowned five-star hotels, theatre productions, and world music festivals.  Her extensive experience in working with a variety of musicians and performing with live music enabled Jalilah to produce a series of six CDs of belly dance music. Jalilah is also a certified Pilates’ instructor. She applies her Pilates’ knowledge of correct and safe body mechanics, posture, breath, and therapeutic movement to traditional belly dance.

Location and Hours

35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners

Facility is closed between December 23, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

September to June:
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Please call the centre for evening and weekend hours.

July and August:
Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Please call the centre for evening hours.


The accessibility features of this facility are detailed below. While the City of Ottawa is constantly working to improve access, please note that not all parts of every facility are necessarily 'accessible for all' as facilities were built to meet accessibility standards of their time.


  • 4 designated accessible parking space
  • 10 metres from parking space to the door


  • 10 accessible entrances
  • Ramp
  • Wide door (with power door opener) for wheelchair passage
  • Direct access to the main floor, lobby, elevator


  • Reception desks
  • Floor area for manoeuvring a wheelchair
  • Swipe access
  • Low pile carpet
  • Lowered drinking fountains


  • Tactile signage
  • High contrast signage


  • Washroom with power door opener
  • Lowered sink counters

Learn more about special needs and accessible services.