Katherine discovered her love for theatre as a child while performing in Pantomimes with the Pineland Presbyterian Players, where she had the joy of sharing the stage with her father. Katherine spent her teen years developing her playwriting, directing and acting skills with the Lord Elgin Theatre Society. Katherine graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre and Seneca College with a diploma in Broadcast Journalism. After a 10 year hiatus from theatre, during which Katherine travelled and lived in such places as England and Italy she returns to Spotlight with a renewed passion for theatre.

our latest show

Coming November 27th at 7 PM to the Newmarket Theatre! In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight.

Tickets: $18
Students/Seniors: $16

Encore show on December 7, 2014 at 2 PM at Denison High School in Newmarket.

Register for March Break Camp 2015

March 16th - 20th, 2015

Early bird price: $180 before December 15th

~ Acting, improvisation and theatre games

~ Musical theatre, song and dance

~ Crafts, swimming, outdoor activities, guest performers and artists

See our Camps page to register!

award winning


~ Best Debut School
~ Best Actor Debut Division
~ Best Actor Diva Division


~ Best Debut School
~ Best Directors
~ Miss Access Broadway 20+


~ Junior Mr Access Broadway
~ Miss Access Broadway 20+

Nancy Said

I’m so impressed with your patience and kindness as well as your family. I think the programs you run are extra special because of your gentle and caring manner, along with your amazing ability to connect with kids of all ages. The camp counsellors you have working with you all seem so well mannered and positive; it warms my heart to see that teenagers today can be good and kind people too. So much of my work deals with the negative side of people, it’s a breath of fresh air to see the generosity and kindness at your camp!

Robbyn seems to blossom when she’s at Spotlight camp!...


About Spotlight

For 27 years, Arts Spotlight Theatre Company in Newmarket has been providing hands on performance experience in the arts. At Spotlight, we educate children, teens and adults in musical theatre, drama, scriptwriting workshops and in television and film acting. Our focus is to teach young enthusiasts to increase their knowledge of the arts and literature while improving memorization, leadership, public speaking, presentation skills and self-confidence.

Board of Directors

Win Combaluzier, Denise Egan, Jacquie Moro

Merlene Samuel-Cephas: Founder & Studio Director
905-853-0829 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kathy Solluch: Vocal Coach & Musical Director
905-251-2514 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gloria Griffin (For Private Piano Instruction)