meet the team
Founder & Executive Director
Akilah Newton has a deep appreciation for performing arts. Early in life, she discovered a fascination with dramatic arts while performing in an elementary school production of Annie. She continued to nurture her interest with training in music, drama, dance, and stage production. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Music & Entertainment Management, she felt a need to give back to the community that had helped foster her own dreams and aspirations in performing arts. Recognizing that not all kids have the means to participate in arts programs, she set out to make training accessible to young people from all socio-economic backgrounds. She founded Overture with the Arts in 2009 to share her passion and experience with the youth in her community. Reaching out to her network of talented artists and friends, Akilah assembled a team of dedicated instructors to deliver fun, power-packed educational sessions. Since then, new programs have been added to OWTA’s arts education, responding to the creative needs of Montreal’s youth.
Actor, Writer, Comedian, MC
Radio Personality, Educator
Jordann Ades has been volunteering since the age of 9 for various residences for the elderly, and started working with The West Island Mission and Overture with the Arts when was 10 years old. Her passions include dance, music, acting and helping others. She is looking forward to fulfilling her love of the arts and making a difference in other people’s lives as a member of the Overture with the Arts family.