Film Massena Academy announces a new program director | Education


MASSENA – A one-year film academy organized by the Film Massena group is set to launch its pilot program in fall 2022, and its director has many acting and singer credentials.

Noelle Hannibal, who was a famous guest at Upstate Comic Con in 2017, 2018 and 2019, appeared as part of Jhe’s sorority in “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”. She also appeared as a Taresian woman on the television show “Star Trek: Voyager” and the feature film “Star Trek: First Contact”. Ms. Hannibal has the distinction of embodying the first Vulcan woman on Earth.

She is originally from Los Angeles and made her professional theater debut playing Chrissy in “Hair.” Ms Hannibal then moved to Ireland and starred in “Lock Up Your Daughters” (Hilaret).

Her theater credits in Los Angeles include “Chicago” (Velma); “Gypsy” (Mazeppa); and “Miss Saigon” (Gigi). Montreal theater credits include “South Park” (Sheila); “Rent” (Mimi); “Chess” (Florence); “The Who’s Tommy” (Mrs. Walker); “Hair” (Sheila); “The last five years” (Cathy); “True Love Lies” (Carolyn); and “Hedwig and the Angry Thumb” (Yitzhak).

Ms. Hannibal resides in Montreal where she runs her theater company, In the Wings Promotions. She also performs regularly in concerts, cabarets and musical theater productions.

“Noelle has attended events that I have been hosting for years and she always commented on how nice the area is when she was here,” said Film Massena coordinator Elijah Winfrey. “When we started talking about who would oversee the academy, I knew we needed someone who saw Massena’s potential and had a wealth of knowledge in the field. An instructor for over 20 years, her name was at the top of the list.

The one-year goal of the film academy is to develop filmmakers from the north of the country. In addition to supervising the school, Ms. Hannibal will teach some courses and recruit other professionals to teach.

“I am delighted to join Film Massena as director of the Academy. Having worked with Elijah Winfrey several times in the past, I have been truly honored to have been invited to join the team, ”she said in a statement. “I truly believe Massena has untapped potential and I look forward to helping bring professional development in the arts to the city.”

Mr Winfrey said the pilot program which will serve 20 students is expected to start in fall 2022. He said students will be selected on a first come, first served basis when registration opens. Tuition fees will be $ 150 for the year.

The academy will be open to high school students with parental consent, as well as to adults. Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Massena public library, and students will have to attend 80% of the classes to obtain their certificates.

Registration and specific course dates will be announced later, Winfrey said.

Film Massena has already established a partnership with the Massena Public Library, and hosting classes will extend this partnership.

“The library is delighted to extend our existing partnership with Film Massena by hosting their classes in our building starting next fall,” said Library Director Elaine Dunne. “We believe that the Film Massena Academy will fill a void in our community for those who wish to pursue a career in the arts. “

Mr Winfrey said he hoped the Film Massena Academy would help people avoid circumstances, like the ones he found himself in.

“Before I got my current job, I went through a three-year period in which I had no work at all and depended on state aid. When you do this, you must attend a course once a month called Job Readiness Training. “There’s no training involved, but people attend because if they don’t, their help will be cut off. At least, it was like that when I needed help.

Mr Winfrey said he recalled thinking, “I would much prefer to learn a skill that could help me in the future.” He considers that the Film Massena Academy offers this opportunity to others.

“I made a promise to myself that if I ever had the chance to be a part of creating opportunities, I would. I hope this academy will help those in a similar situation acquire a new skill that could help them get back on their feet, ”he said. “I am very grateful to Noelle, the library and the Film Massena team for making this possible and keeping it affordable.”

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