We are so grateful to the talented and caring individuals who leave their own art creating aside for one to two months, and share their skills and passions with the children. It is through this exciting interchange of mindful, caring adults with the weekly participants that makes Camp Magic a unique space for the child.

Katherine McLeod (Canada) Creative Director, Storyteller, Drummer
Camp Magic all started 17 years ago in an emptied out school classroom filled with paints, costumes, re-cycled junk, drums, puppets and 15 excited and enthusiastic children! Today, Camp Magic is thriving in Singapore, with 6 groups of children 3-12 years, and over 20 staff each week. A true traveler at heart, Katherine has spent the past 23 years on the road. She thrives on meeting different people and experiencing their cultures through language, food, and stories. Camp Magic is a celebration of this amazing world community we share. By giving children the opportunity to connect through stories, Katherine believes that the imagination can be further ripened and revealed to the listener. The story is just the beginning for all the discovery that our Camp Magic programs bring!Please see her website www.katherinemcleod.com for more information on her performances, workshops, and background.
Bruce Home (Canada) Director Of Camp Operations, Performance 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, and is one of our featured storytellers and performance directors. 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 16 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 23 years. His passions are storytelling, education (he has worked as both teacher and primary principal at international schools for 14 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!
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 four of our programs!
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 enjoyed Shouniez's talented circus instruction and performance guidance in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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 9 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".

Olivia Shaw (Canada) Fiddler, Singer, Musician, Facilitator Olivia Shaw comes from a long line of female singers! She remembers fondly singing together with her mother and grandmother from an early age, whilst her uncle played the harmonica. And believe it or not, her grandmother still remembers her mother singing to her! Song is well and truly a vibrant family tradition. Aside from singing, Olivia loves to play music. Her instrument of choice these days is the fiddle (violin), but she can also play the ukulele and piano. Her first taste of becoming a musician was when she travelled around France with a chamber orchestra. It was here, performing in beautiful spaces surrounded by wonderful audiences, that Olivia first began to think of making music her life. She now approaches music as an intimate form of communication, and a sort of meditation. "There is such purity in the moment" she remarks, "and pleasure as one connects completely within that moment." When asked what she would recommend for children who are learning an instrument, and needing to practice daily - Olivia answers: "Make sure you practice songs you really want to play, rather than just practicing scales. Bring pleasure to your practice. And don't forget to be in a space that you like." Olivia has enjoyed working with us for two Camp Magic seasons, and looks forward to exploring more of the action!
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