Jay is a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated performer, educator and adjudicator. His 30 year teaching career spans Canada’s most prestigious post-secondary arts institutions and dozens of dance studios. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) dance program and a former Mr. Dance of Canada. He has been a faculty member at the Randolph College, George Brown College and Saint Lawrence College. Jay has been a guest teacher at: Sheridan College, Canada’s National Ballet School, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Pearson School for the Arts, the Eastern Arkansas Ballet, Duboforce Mexico, Metro Movement and the Charlottetown Festival Young Company. He is currently the Tap Director at Dimensions in Dance in Kitchener and is a choreographer for the Canadian Tap Team of World Performers. He is a proud member of the Association of Acting Coaches & Educators.
His professional directing & choreographic credits include: Singin In the Rain (Rubarb),The Fan (Odyssey Theatre), The Time of My Life (Soulpepper), The Haunted Hillbilly (Sidemart Theatrical), Little Shop of Horrors(Magnus Theatre) & Dads II (Magnus Theatre). Jay co-created and produced Nevaeh & The Northstar for the Canadian National Exhibition.
As a performer, he continues to work in theatres across the continent. He has performed for The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Mirvish Productions, Capitol Theatre, Charlottetown Festival, Stage West, Drayton Entertainment, Clearchannel Entertainment and dozens more. Some of his favourite roles include: Cosmo inSingin in the Rain, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Bobby in Crazy for You, Skimbleshanks in Cats, Nana inPeter Pan, Pepper in Mamma Mia, Jimmy in White Christmas, Ethan in The Full Monty, Jinx in Forever Plaid, Cecil in Anne of Green Gables, Batboy in Batboy the Musical, Action in West Side Story, Barnaby in Hello Dolly.
An accomplished voice-over actor, Jay is the voice of Platy the Platypus on Arthur (PBS Kids), Data Bot, Build Bot & Garbage Bot on Space Ranger Roger (Family Jr), Mr. Security on Inspector Gadget (Teletoon/Netflix), Felix on Trucktown (Treehouse), Blinky on Willa’s Wild Life (YTV / Discovery), Satoru Kakuta on Slam Dunk and Tad in the animated feature Totally Spies-The Movie. His voice has been used by Royal Bank, Microsoft, Pfizer, Subaru, CBC, Aleve, Cepacol, Air Transat, and Motorola. He’s appeared on Discovery Channel’s Mayday, Showcase’s Lost Girl, CBC’s Getting Along Famously, Showtime’s Queer As Folk and the Gemini nominated film From Time to Time. He also provided the motion capture for the lead character Hadyn in the PS3 gameDark Sector. Recently Jay recorded the role of Gavin (22 distinct voices) for the animated feature Gracie & Pedro.
Jay is one of North America’s most prolific talent adjudicators and has judged and hosted over 200 talent competitions, pageants and festivals across the globe. He is a member and contributor for 3 adjudication certification programs including: Professional Adjudicator Alliance, Certified Dance Adjudicator & Acro Dance Adjudicator. He has written articles for The Agent’s Book and had a column in Dance Canada Quarterly. Jay is a recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award and a Maud Whitmore Scholarship.
Jay is the owner of Tap Shoes Canada and is the exclusive Canadian & Global online distributor of Miller & Ben Tap Shoes. He is the Host/Co-Owner of Dance Attack Competition and Director of Programming & Co-Owner of The Toronto Dance Teacher Expo.