AiDa  Testimonials

"I have been in broadcasting in Hamilton for almost 30 years and I have met many talented people in this community, Kaime Sherman is on of those unique talents that is bursting to share it with the world and more importantly young talents in this city. I am in awe of this woman's drive and determination to the arts for youth of Hamilton."

Sunni Genesco Co-Host 102.9 K-Lite FM

Hamilton, Ontario

"Kaime keep sharing your positive infectious spirit with the world."

Dr. David Laing Dawson; author, director, filmmaker, owner Gallery on the Bay

Hamilton, Ontario

"Kaime's enthusiasm is infectious! My 6 year old son and 10 year old daughter had an absolute blast at AiDa's March Break Camp. They're excited to be joining Drama Workshop Tuesdays and to return for more camp fun this summer."

Rachael Amy Shay

Hamilton, Ontario

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"We had Kaime in our class for two full periods. With her energy and contagious enthusiasm, she quickly established a rapport with the students that allowed her to have fun with them while maintaining control of the class. She took them through a variety of activities that everyone loved (even the shy students) that not only worked on some skills needed for drama, but that also increased self-confidence and resulted in team building. A great experience for everyone and we're hoping to have her back soon!"

Paul Gilchrist, HWDSB Grade 6 teacher

Hamilton, Ontario

"Thank you Kaime for these incredible opportunities with your beautiful program you created for us. We are so lucky to have you."

Rabbi Daniel Green: Hamilton Hebrew Academy

Hamilton, Ontario

"We had 3 kids there all week, and hands down they said this was the best camp they have ever been to (between them, they have been to at least 10 others)! The whole vibe was about fairness and respect and fun. Kaime truly believes in what she does and it shows. We would recommend it to anyone who has a child who likes to use their imagination!"

Rita Steinberg

Hamilton, Ontario

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Aida provides a caring and creative outlet for the child.  It is also located in a fabulous setting with both a beautiful park and access to Cootes Paradise virtually at it's doorstep.  The camp allows children to express  themselves unimpeded.  Drama games and improv are the norm.  Artistic expression is always encouraged.  No idea or feeling is too small or too silly.  Children are encouraged to be themselves and develop there inner creative spirit. 

My son, 10 years old,  thoroughly enjoyed his time at Aida.  Aida has nurtured his inner soul.  A question asked at school.  Did you like the film or the book better for the Bridge to Teribithia?  I was surprised that he chose the book.  He told me that Aida let him create the monsters and the heroes in HIS mind.  I was so impressed with his answer and even more impressed with his reasoning.

The mentors at Aida were from a diverse background that really represented the mosaic that represents Canadian society.  They were caring, consoling when needed, expressive, and an invaluable part of the camp experience.  One of the campers was vegan and brought in some nutritional and extremely delicious snacks. They were always ready to greet and welcome each child in the morning with enthusiasm.  They made you feel special. 

My son loved Aida, the new friends he made, and the experiences he had were ever present. He was truly excited about going to camp each and every day.  His fellow campers made fast friends.  He observed that some of the campers were very shy, but the Aida environment had them talking to fellow campers within the hour.  No one was ever afraid of asking Kaime anything as she would never make you feel bad about yourself or get mad at you. (HIS words) He never tired of the camp experience.  When it was over he was sad, sad that he would not see Kaime's warm smile, ever enthusiastic voice, and her enduring energy and spirit every day.  He can hardly wait until next summer, because it is a great camp and he would not miss it for the world.

S. Downs: retired HWDSB teacher

Dundas, Ontario

AiDa is one of the best summer camps I have gotten to be a part of. Everyone is so loving, happy and excited to come to AiDa everyday. As a volunteer and Summer Co-Op Student for HWDSB I have never been more comfortable, welcomed, and excited to come to AiDa everyday.The mentors are very friendly and talk to everyone with so much respect. Kaime is always so positive and always has a smile on her face. I personally have never seen anyone as positive and loving as her!

The drama games and crafts Kaime sets up are so much fun to do. Everyone gets so excited and happy to be a part of camp. If you are looking for a fun and safe camp AiDa would be a great option and your kids are guaranteed to have a great time at camp!

Mays Al-Soofi HWDSB CO-OP Student

Hamilton, Ontario

My 10 year old son and I had the pleasure of meeting Kaime and her amazing team of teen mentors this summer when he attended AiDa Summer Camp. We were not disappointed! My son can be a little quiet and can get lost in a sea of more outgoing kids. From the first minute we arrived and Kaime met us at the door, I knew we chose a great place for him to grow and come out of his shell. Kaime has a passion for her works that is uncommon. She is fulfilling her dream of helping kids to grow through dramatic arts and it shows and that spark is infectious! We will definitely be returning to AiDa!

Dan Fu

Ancaster, Ontario

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My 3 kids had a wonderful time at AIDA camp this summer! Kaime and her team were enthusiastic, warm, supportive, and flexible with their programming to accommodate the different interests of the kids ages 5 to 11. I have already recommended this camp to friends.

Vernonica Sylvester Riemer

Hamilton, Ontario

Kaime makes such a beautiful connection with kids and many of us have been with her for years!

There are so many valuable lessons for kids by studying drama (communication, working with others, creativity, and more!) and Kaime does an amazing job at encouraging and guiding each child to SHINE!

Bomberry Middy

Hamilton, Ontario

AIDA is an awesome and inspirational drama school! The hard work, love and dedication that Kaime Sherman puts into her work is truly amazing. Being a volunteer and Mentor Leader I got to see the joy, fun, respect and happiness that AIDA is all about. Kids that come to AIDA are always sad to leave but so excited when they return! I recommend Kaime Sherman and Academy of Imagination & Dramatic Arts to all parents looking for a fun safe place for their children to learn amazing drama skills and explore their creativity! 

Holli Houser

Hamilton, Ontario

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Kaime exhibits the same joyful personality, commitment and focus to her projects today as she did when I first worked with and trained with her at AADA many years ago. This congruence leads to a hearty recommendation from me and I’m sure anyone else who has worked with her as well.

Chris Kinkade; Film Actor, fellow classmate American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Los Angeles, California

  Kaime has been a representative of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for the past twenty five years, since her graduation in 1980. It is of great comfort to know that a person such as Kaime is out there working on our behalf. She is extremely reliable and has a standard of excellence. Her dedication to her craft, and continued to desire to share this is admirable.

Karen Higginbotham; Former Director of Admissions American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York

New York, New York

She taught us acting, but what I remember most about this amazing woman was her vivaciousness, and above all her giving heart, her down to earth modesty, and the wisdom she possesses. Words cannot express what an inspiration she has been for many.

Wendy Watson: former student adult classes

Hamilton, Ontario

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Throughout my forty-five years of acting and directing I have always relied on the basic principals that I was taught at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the over thirty five years I served as a Guest Director at the Academy, I did my best to instill these basic principles in the young actors I worked with. These tools are a must in this very competitive craft. Kaime, continues that tradition of excellence in the arts with Academy of Imagination & Dramatic Arts and sharing that knowledge gained at The Academy with future generations and not only to pursue the craft but to gain life skills to become successful in life.

Boyd Bodwell-Guest Director The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actor

Los Angeles, California

When I was a young man, I had the opportunity to attend an incredible acting institution called The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Anyone who attended that program would absolutely have a powerful extensive knowledge of the whole scope of the acting process and it's steps of preparation. Not only do I know, Kaime, as Founder, Artistic Director and Consultant of AiDa | Academy of Imagination & Dramatic Arts, I attended school with her and know her to be of the highest caliber of professionalism. Anybody under her tutelage would be a very lucky student, indeed.

Nick Cassavetes-American Film Director, The Notebook, Alpha Dogs, My Sister's Keeper, John Q, Blow, She's So Lovely, The Other Woman, Daytime Emmy Winner

Los Angeles, California

My name is Diane Delano. I attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts with my friend Kaime Woody Sherman in Pasadena, California from 1978-80. Our training there prepared us to be apart of the Theatre, Film and Television world. We studied with the BEST OF THE BEST! We were given the greatest instruction & direction in acting, musical theatre, dance, theatre history, voice, speech, fencing, make-up and the auditioning process. I've been making a living as a working actress since then, and Kaime has made wonderful use of her Academy schooling as well. Not only is she a gifted and talented woman of theatre...she's got HEART. I'm extremely proud of her and so happy we've been friends all these years. She's very special!

Diane Delano-American character actress known for numerous roles in film and television

Los Angeles, California

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AIDA   AWARDS

Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice Awards

2018-2019 Voted TOP TEN BEST: Art School, Summer Camp, Theatre Instructor and Children's Entertainment by The Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice Awards
2017 Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice Awards  Voted Top Ten Best
Art School
2016 Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice Awards Voted TOP TEN BEST
  • Theatre Instructor
  • Children's Entertainment
  • Art School
  • 2016 CHCH BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS-Silver Award: ART SCHOOL
  • 2017/18 CHCH Business Excellence Nominee
  • Art School, Children's Entertainment and Summer Camp
Founder | Artistic Director: Kaime Sherman
  • 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 City of Hamilton Arts Awards | Arts Innovation Nominee
  • 2016 Top Ten Best Theatre Instructor: Hamilton Spectator Reader's Choice
  • 2016 Absolutely Fabulous Women of Forty | Appreciation of contribution to Arts & Culture in Community Recipient
  • 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction | Arts & Culture Recipient
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