Foote Theatre School Faculty


matt-alden-2016 Matt Alden
joleen-ballendine-headshot Joleen Ballendine Joleen Ballendine has dedicated her life to the arts. She is an actor, improvisor, writer and instructor. In 2007 she was invited to join the cast of Rapid Fire Theatre and from there she has never looked back. She acts as a senior performer and has traveled all over Canada, The United States and Europe teaching and performing. Some of her more noted troupes include DotDotDot, Rå Power, Z Said and Off Book the Improvised Musical. Joleen is extremely proud to be the Associate Director of Education, she run’s Rapid Fire Theatre’s Out-Reach Program that currently takes place in Boyle Street Education Centre, iHuman and Amiskwaciy Academy. Joleen leads the charge in the co-production of The Kidprovisor’s run threw the Foote Theatre School and Rapid Fire Theatre. Joleen has recently expanded her skills to television. She is a writer and performer in the hit sketch comedy show Caution May Contain Nuts. 
april-banigan-headshot-green April Banigan April is an actor who has been performing in theatre and film/television for 20 years. She has appeared on just about every stage in Edmonton. She was the host of Media Sense on Access Television and also voices characters for cartoons (Deltora Quest) and video games (Mass Effect Trilogy, Dragon Age).  Here at the Citadel she has appeared in The Constant Wife, Death of a Salesman, and for several years, A Christmas Carol. April runs Concrete Theatre’s school residency program in elementary schools throughout Alberta, which celebrates diversity through the arts.  Teaching inspires her and she has been lucky to have taught students of nearly every age here at the Foote Theatre School.
mhairi-berg-headshot-crop Mhairi Berg After graduating from Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program, Mhairi went on to receive a Master of Arts in Musical Theatre Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her passion for the arts really grew when she   began taking classes at the Foote Theatre School as a child where she was one of the founding members of the Young Musical Company. Mhairi is a part of Grindstone Theatre’s improvised musical the 11 O’Clock Number. Besides theatre, Mhairi also enjoys songwriting and recently released her first EP. Mhairi believes that every child should have the opportunity to develop their self-awareness through artistic expression. Her desire is to bring a safe and creative environment to her classes where students have the chance to explore all facets of the performing arts. Mhairi believes the creative process should be a positive experience; therefore she stresses the importance of   valuing everyone’s individual visions and opinions. Mhairi is greatly looking forward to another year alongside the talented faculty and students at the Foote Theatre School and hopes to create the same experience for her students   as she once had herself.
 Adam Blocka Adam Blocka Adam Is pleased to be a part of the team at Foote theatre School. Originally from Saskatchewan, he has found himself working as a performer across Canada and the United States he happily calls Edmonton home, for now. Adam not only works as a teacher, but a choreographer and as Stage Manager. This past year he started a successful small business and is looking forward to seeing what new opportunities may arise.
 shannon-boyle Shannon Boyle Shannon has been teaching acting and voice for over twenty years in universities, colleges and conservatories such as the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta,  Lakeland CollegeThe Globe Conservatory Program, the Citadel Theatre Young Companies, the Grant MacEwan University Theatre Arts program, the University of Alberta undergraduate degree program as well as in her thriving private studio. Organizations frequently request workshops to foster community spirit, group dynamic, creativity and team-building through drama and song. With an extensive education in Acting Pedagogy, she incorporates a variety of methodologies when training actors including Stanislavski, Chekhov, Hagen, Grotowski, Laban, and Clown. Her voice training covers healthy stage production, heightened text, character voice as well as singing in every style including true Musical Theatre belting, legit, folk, and classical. Shannon holds her Master’s Degree in Theatre Voice Pedagogy, a BFA in Acting from U of A, and a BMus in performance as well as her Certificate of Figure Proficiency in Estill Voice Training (TM)  which involves groundbreaking extensive scientific research into how our voices work.  Shannon’s recent performances include Ana in Sarah Ruhl’s play The Clean House as well as regular performances with The Greenwood Singers. She has helped many young performers transition into professional training programs around the country, and she looks forward to continuing to share the journeys of emerging artists as they achieve their dreams! For more information please contact Shannon at shannon@edmontonvocalarts.com
 ashleybutler_winter2014 Ashley Butler Ashley holds two diplomas from Grant MacEwan University – one in Early Childhood Development and one in Theatre Arts. She holds a Mental Health First Aid certification for adults who interact with youth, has completed the Tattered Teddies Workshop: Suicide Prevention and Intervention for children under twelve and is certified by the Little Warriors in Sexual Abuse Prevention and in the Mandt System in conflict resolution and healthy relationships. She currently works at Elves Special Needs Society in the kindergarten classroom for children diagnosed with challenging behaviours. She has also worked privately in the homes of families with children who’ve been diagnosed with ASD, ADHD and FASD. She has taught for the Foote Theatre   School since 2009 and volunteers for children’s programs at the Canadian Mental Health Association as well as for ABC Head Start: Early Literacy Programs.
 Tracy Carroll Tracy Carroll  Tracy has worked as a director, dramaturg, youth theatre programmer and producer for many years in both Ontario and Alberta and spent 6 years as Artistic Associate- North for Alberta Playwrights’ Network. Recently, Tracy was Dramaturg and Director for Conni Massing’s new play, The Invention of Romance for Workshop West Theatre, and Director of That’s Danger! for the Alberta Workers’ Health Centre. She also adjudicated the 2014 ADFA Provincial One-Act Festival, and directed the annual Sprouts Festival at Concrete Theatre last Spring.
 ellenchorley-2014-colour Ellen Chorley Ellen Chorley is an Edmonton-based producer, playwright, performer and theatre instructor. She began instructing with Foote Theatre School as a teacher’s assistant in 1999 and as a teacher since 2006. Ellen is the Founder/ Artistic Director of Promise Productions, an independent theatre   for young audiences company that produces the Snow Globe Festival of Children’s Theatre.  For Promise, Ellen has written and produced over eighteen plays for young audiences and young adults including Never Never, Birdie on the Wrong Bus, The Fairy Catcher’s Companion,Princess   Confidential and the two-time Sterling Award winning Murielle. Ellen is also the Co-Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Send in the Girls Burlesque with whom she wrote, produced and acted in Tudor Queens: A Burlesque  (which won the first ever Staff Pick of the Edmonton Fringe) A Bronte Burlesque and The Hollywoodland Burlesques.”  Ellen is the Artistic Associate for Northern Light Theatre, works as a Drama Group Leader at the Autism Society of Edmonton, is the High School Curator for Nextfest and sits on the steering committee for the Theatre Edmonton Project.  Ellen was recently named one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 and is the recipient of the Nextfest Emerging Artist Award.
 quinn-contini Quinn Contini Due to a fortunate series of laughter and inspiration, in 2008, Quinn found himself improvising at Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, which is where he cut his teeth. In 2014 he joined the ranks of Rapid Fire Theatre, and is currently one of two workshop instructors for the University Improv Group. He has been seen improvising in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Wurzburg (Germany), as well as many   rural Albertan towns. At the moment, Quinn is working on a degree in entrepreneurship and family business with the hopes of one day opening up his own improvisational theatre in the mountains.
 sophie-gareau-brennan Sophie Gareau-Brennan, a native Edmontonian, recently graduated from the University of Alberta with an honors degree in theatre and is fully invested in the Edmonton arts community. Previously, Sophie has worked with l’UniThéâtre, the Francophone theatre in Edmonton, as an actor, educator, creator, director, etc. and the Foote Theatre School at the Citadel Theatre as a teaching assistant and summer programs assistant with students of all ages to create new and fun performance opportunities and an appreciation for the arts by helping to build lifelong interpersonal skills. Currently, she is working with la Girandole, a Francophone dance company, as well as being a French-English bilingual educator at the Art Gallery of Alberta where she enjoys exploring new mediums and ideas through art and language with the students! Sophie works with The Orange Girls, a devised theatre company, which brings together her passion for an experimental and intelligent questioning of art and a unique artistic vocabulary and performance style.
matt-graham2017 Matt Graham Matt Graham is a graduate of MacEwan Universities new music degree program, and is so excited to be working with the Foote Theatre School. A singer and instrumentalist- Matt’s passion is musical theatre direction. Recent favourite projects include musical direction for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, In The Heights at Strathcona High school, Coraline at Avalon Junior and Rent with the Scona Alumni Theatre Co. at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.
 crystal-hanson-new Crystal Hanson Crystal has been teaching Musical Theatre classes at the Foote Theatre School for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree and runs her own vocal studio in St. Albert. She has toured throughout Western Canada in   various musical productions including one production based out of Prague, Czech Republic.  She toured with the Alberta Opera for 4 seasons and played a large role in creating and directing the Alberta Opera’s Artist in Residency Program. A freelance vocal coach, she is proud to have worked on 4   productions with Eastglen High School. Also a busy entertainer, Crystal is a member of the local Edmonton show band Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and the Crystal Hanson Trio.
 Dave Horak 2016 Dave Horak Dave is an actor, director and theatre instructor and who has worked   throughout Canada and the United States at such theatre companies as The  Freewill Players (King Lear), Workshop West Theatre (Kill Me Now), Theatre Yes (National Elevator Project), Vertigo Theatre (Ends of the Earth), The Citadel Theatre (Death of a Salesman), and The Mayfield (Don’t Dress for Dinner). Dave has taught movement for actors at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program since 2003 and has also directed many productions there such as Kander and Ebb’s Curtains, Martin Crimp’s Attempts on her Life and Charles Mee’s Bacchae 2.1. Other directing credits include Burning Bluebeard (awarded 5 Sterling Awards and being remounted for Christmas 2016) Fatboy (awarded 3 Sterling Awards and recently re-mounted at Theatre   Network), The Bomb-itty of Errors, Sartre’s Shorts (Surreal SoReal), Measures: The Musical, The Inspector General and Cloud Nine (Citadel Theatre   Young Company), and Eurydice (U of A Studio Theatre). Most recently he has   performed in theatre no. 6’s Proud, Passion Play for Wild Side Productions and Blarney Production’s MOTE. Dave has worked with Anne Bogart and SITI Company over the past twelve years, is a member of The Actor’s Centre Society of Acting Teachers and The Association of Theatre Movement Educators and holds BFA (Acting) and MFA (Directing) degrees from the University of Alberta. Dave was also a participant in the 2015/16 Citadel/ Banff Centre Professional Training Program.
 Sally Hunt headshot.2016 Sally Hunt Sally Hunt is a theatre performer, director, accompanist, conductor and teacher. Recent productions as a music director and conductor include: Chess, Peter Pan, Wonderful Town, A Tale of Two Cities, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Nine, The Wizard of Oz,  The Threepenny Opera, and Seussical Jr. Sally is a classically-trained musician, and performs regularly as a pianist in concert, fundraising and cabaret settings. She also has an extensive background in choral music as an accompanist and   conductor, including 10 years as resident accompanist for Cosmopolitan Music   Society, and 12 years with Edmonton Public Schools Music Enrichment Program. Sally has been teaching at the Foote Theatre School since 2010.
 binaiferkapadia_winter2014 Binaifer Kapadia Binaifer is a Canadian musician, composer, performer and instructor who holds numerous credits in theatre, radio drama, and film. Ms. Kapadia is a graduate of the University of Alberta Bachelor of Music program, majoring in piano   performance. She has lived and worked in Edmonton for the past 32 years. She has music directed, conducted, performed in, and been commissioned to write music for a number of theatres in Edmonton and area, including the   Citadel Theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Free Will Shakespeare Festival, ELOPE Theatre, and Keyano Theatre.  She is the recipient of three Sterling Awards, and a co-recipient for a Solicitor General of Canada Crime Prevention Special Recognition Award. She has worked alongside other artists to co-produce and compose music for numerous productions of new works, including a number of short films, as well as radio dramas for CBC radio. For the past several years, Binaifer has enjoyed working with students and young emerging artists.  She has been an instructor at Arts Trek, and a guest artist at various Edmonton Public Schools, including Eastglen High School, Harry Ainlay High School, Avalon Junior High School, Victoria School for the performing arts, and Queen Elizabeth High School.
 neil-kuefler Neil Kuefler is a local Edmonton artist and   graduate of the BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. In 2011 he founded Edmonton’s only site-specific Shakespeare company, Thou Art Here. Using the Bard as their muse they have created 15 productions and highlighted over 20 unique spaces all over Edmonton. Thou Art Here has enabled Neil to explore many new avenues of creation including production, design, choreography, writing and direction. Favourite Thou Art Here roles include; Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Prince Hal in The Falstaff Project, and Falstaff in Kill Shakespeare. Neil is also active in   the independent theatre community as Corporate Liaison for Grindstone Theatre, for which he also performs regularly as a member of their improvised musical, The 11 O’Clock Number. Select theatre credits include: Jamie in Bonecage (Theatre Yes); RJ in the Sterling nominated Suburban Motel Series (Punctuate! Theatre); Peter in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (Rosebud Theatre); and Smith in The Threepenny Opera (Studio Theatre). He is the recipient of the Universiade ’83 award for excellence in Fine Arts.
 josh-langeudoc-new Josh Languedoc is a playwright, improviser, director, and actor from St. Albert. Beginning with the St. Albert Children’s Theatre and the Foote Theatre School, Josh has found a deep passion for theatre and its wonderful use in society. A substitute teacher by day, Josh has acted with many companies including Walterdale Theatre, ELOPE Musical Theatre, Kompany Family Theatre, Theatre Prospero, and his own company, Go 4 Broke Productions. Josh directs the new youth troupe KidLibs that had its most recent run at the 2016 Edmonton Kid’s Fringe. Later this year, you can see Josh’s play, Starlight Tours, produced by Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre at the Rubaboo Festival; and Josh’s one-man show, In-Cor-Rig-ible: The Legend of Thundervoice, at Native Earth Theatre’s 2016 Weesageechak Festival in Toronto.
 Annette Loiselle 2014 BW Annette Loiselle Annette has been a professional actor in Edmonton for over 25 years and a teacher at the Foote Theatre School for 20 years. She’s also taught in various programs and workshops around the city and province plus post-secondary at the University of Alberta and the Kings University College. She loves teaching at the Citadel because the students are so happy to be there and it is all about the learning without the grading. She enjoys delving into the text and finding emotional reality in the work with her students. She began teaching 4-6 year olds at the Citadel and has taught 7-9, 10-12, teens and currently adults. She taught and directed the “Teen Acting Company” for 3 seasons where they presented their final work at the Citadel’s Teens at the Turn Festival 2006-2009. She is a founder of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival and was an Artistic Associate for 25 years as well as Director of their Youth Programming. She is also a founder and is currently the Festival Director for SkirtsAfire, HerArts Festival.
 joey-lucius Joey Lucius Born and raised in Edmonton, Joey Lucius is currently working on his Combined BA Drama BEd Secondary degree at the University of Alberta, specializing in Drama and minoring in Social Studies. Joey is a senior performer with Rapid Fire Theatre now in his 10th season with the company. Joey also spent 3 seasons working as a principle cast member on YTV’s Gemini nominated series ‘That’s So Weird’(2009-2012). The series earned Joey a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Television Ensemble Performance. Other television credits include ‘Working the Engels’(2014) and ‘Orphan Black’(2014). He has instructed students through the Foote Theatre School, Rapid Fire Public Workshops and Wildfire Teen Improv Festival Workshops, as a guest artist for Edmonton Public Schools, as a camp councilor at Eureka Outdoor Camp for teens with invisible disabilities, and Rapid Fire Theatre’s Youth Outreach Program. Joey is super excited to be working with the next generation of improvisors!
 BarbMah_Winter2014 Barb Mah Barbara Mah is a director/ actor/ choreographer/ playwright and has been active in the Edmonton arts scene for over 25 years. She has taught musical theatre at the Foote school for over 10 years. Barbara came to the theatre through the world of dance where she toured across Canada with the dance troupe   Kompany. Directing highlights include: Ragtime, Titanic and Drowsy Chaperone (Two One-Way Tickets), A Little Night Music, A Chorus Line (Festival Players) and Anything Goes, Sweet Charity (Walterdale Theatre). Performance highlights include: The Laramie Project (Pets), Broadway Babies (Kompany!), A Chorus Line (Festival Players), Rocky   Horror Show (Walterdale), The Wiz, The World Goes Round (ELOPE) and Grapes of Wrath (Studio Theatre). She has trained extensively and has studied in both New York and Los Angeles. In addition to stage acting,   Barbara also appears occasionally on screen. When Barbara isn’t teaching or directing, she is an Arts Development Consultant (theatre) for the Arts Branch and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
 Conni Massing Conni Massing – Playwriting Conni Massing is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film and   television. Recent projects include her play The Invention of Romance,   produced by Workshop West Theatre last spring, and the premiere of her short   film Voila! in September, 2014. She has taught playwriting for many   institutions and organizations, including the National Theatre School,   University of Alberta, Red Deer College, Alberta Playwrights Network, Theatre   Alberta and the Citadel Theatre.
 rebecca-merkley Rebecca Merkley Rebecca Merkley is an Edmonton based Actor, Singer, Playwright and Instructor. Hailed from the small mountain- town of Creston BC, Rebecca has always been a performer of sorts; whether she was dancing on the family station wagon to passersby or writing songs on her guitar, being creative has always been her shtick. Soon after graduating High School she got a great summer-gig touring rural towns in Alberta, BC, NWT and Montana, where she led kids in song and drama games. She soon after got hired to work with Junior High kids in Grande Prairie. It was there she started a family theatre program and wrote songs for the singing portion of the production. She moved to Edmonton in 2011 to study Theatre Arts at MacEwan University and has been performing with several local companies ever since (Theatre Network, Theatre Yes, Punctuate! Theatre, Promise Productions). She feels incredibly fortunate to be in such an eclectic and passionate community. Aside from performing, she has started to write and produce and is currently penning a musical. She has taught Voice and Guitar for several years and was the main Drama Instructor at a private Fine-Arts Studio in Spruce Grove. Her goal is to create a safe and joyful environment where kids feel they can express their creativity. I am so excited to be a part of Foote Theatre School’s program! Kids are the best!
 anna-paquin2 Anna Paquin Anna Paquin has been teaching and taking classes at the Citadel Theatre for 9 years to a variety of ages and in a variety of styles. This Edmonton-based teacher/artist graduated from the University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts Drama program, and the Bachelor of Education program. She is the current program director of a performing arts academy grades 3-9. Recent directing credits: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Recent acting credits: the Walterdale One-Act Festival, and the Rutherford House Players. Anna believes in the power of theatre and its ability to create community, self-awareness, and empowerment for people of all ages. She can’t wait to play the music and light the lights with you! 
 jessicapoole Jessica Poole
 andrewritchie_winter2014 Andrew Ritchie Andrew has worked with Foote Theatre School since 2011. He is the festival director of the Found Festival, Edmonton’s only found space arts festival, and co-artistic director of Thou Art Here Theatre, a site-sympathetic Shakespeare company. As a freelance artist he has directed with the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, Snow Globe Festival for Children’s Theatre, Nextfest, the Fringe Festival and assistant directed with the Citadel and Northern Light Theatre. He is an improviser with Rapid Fire Theatre and was a participant in the 2014 Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program as an Intern Director. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta. Outside of theatre, Andrew loves to climb mountains and play board games.
 adrianne-salmon Adrienne Salmon is an Edmonton based singer, actor, musician and instructor. She holds an MA in Musical Theatre from The Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow and can be seen performing in theatre and concert events in the city. She has ample experience in teaching children music and drama in both classroom and private settings. When a family member was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, Adrianne was motivated to become educated on the topic. She believes that all children should be given the opportunity to learn in an environment that will best facilitate their education, and is very excited for this program to be brought to the Foote Theatre School.
 liana-shannon Liana Shannon Liana Shannon is a local actor and acting coach in both theatre and film. She is seen regularly on stage, in film and television spots, and heard in voice over work. Liana’s acting training came from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, the Academy of Theatre Arts (Toronto), the University of Guelph, (where she received her BA and her MA in Drama), and countless workshops. Once she completed her theatre training, she trained in film acting in Vancouver and L.A. Some of her favorite Edmonton acting credits include: Metamorphoses (The Citadel Theatre), Afterplay and Ashes to Ashes at the Edmonton Fringe (both garnering her Sterling nominations for best actress at The Fringe), Double Double with Workshop West and Fear Itself on NBC and Blackstone on APTN. Liana’s other passion is teaching acting. She’s been teaching acting at The Foote Theatre School for nine years and has also taught at Arts Trek in Red Deer, at The UofA drama dept., with the Concrete Theatre Artist in Residency Program and others.  Liana’s classes have a positive atmosphere that allows the students to learn the dramatic process, explore their creativity, connect with others and challenge themselves to go beyond their expectations.
 linette-smith Linette Smith  is the artistic director of the award winning Scona Theatre Co. and Scona Alumni Theatre Co. As well as teaching at Scona, Smith is a freelance director and choreographer in Edmonton. With a Masters in Theatre Education, Smith lives for physical theatre and improvisation and has trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC, Laban in the UK and Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton. Select credits include: direction and choreography for Dogfight, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot, RENT (Edmonton Fringe) directing the Canadian premier of Calvin Berger (three form theatre), choreography for Miss Saigon, Le Cage aux Folles, Into the Woods ( TOWTTB)  Direction for Nevermore, In the Heights, Les Miserables, Bring It On, West Side Story (Scona Theatre Co.) Rocky Horror, Jane Eyre, Avenue Q, Chicago (TOWTTB). Smith looks forward to working on the musical the Burnt Part Boys for the Scona Alumni this summer.
 jenniferspencer_winter2014 Jennifer Spencer Jennifer Spencer is an Edmonton based Actor, Voice/Text Coach, Director, Playwright and Theatre Educator. She is member of the faculty of the Theatre Arts Program at MacEwan University where she teaches Voice and Speech, Scene Study and Acting Skills as well as directing their Mainstage Productions. Jennifer has taught every class at FTS, but right now she is teaching her favorite class Advanced Acting on Saturdays. For more information about Jennifer visit her website at http://academic.macewan.ca/spencerj3/
 eileen-sproule Eileen Sproule Eileen has been an instructor at the Foote Theatre School for the last 10 years, passing on the art of how to make something that isn’t already a play into theatre.  She developed a week-long camp, Comedy & Laughter, which sees students returning over and over again. At last count, she had created 55 original shows with students. A graduate of the University of Leeds (M.A.) and Concordia University, Montreal, Eileen has been directing theatre in Western Canada since 1989, when she became the Associate Artistic Director at Regina’s Globe Theatre.  Edmonton-based since 1990, she has also been active in Calgary, notably with the Green Fools. Fringe-goers will remember her work with generic theatre and Cowgirl Opera, amongst others. Eileen also makes jewelry and cards.
 mark-vetsch Mark Vetsch is an actor, director, and improviser born and raised in Edmonton. He holds a BA in Drama Honors from the UofA and a Physical Theatre and Ensemble certification from Dell Arte, California. Mark primarily works on developing new works in Edmonton and has a passion   for physical comedy and improv. He is the Director for Grindstone Theatre’s The 11 O’Clock Number and is an artistic associate for Thou Art Here Theatre.  Mark has worked and performed with many other companies including: The Citadel, Capitol Theatre, Studio Theatre, DieNasty!, and Dell Arte International (California). Having taught workshops with Trickster Theatre, Grindstone Theatre, The Robbins Academy, Edmonton Children’s Dance Theatre, Yerba Buena Arts Center (San Francisco), GeriActors, and several high schools in Edmonton, Mark is currently working towards his education degree and hopes to inspire students to pursue their passions just like he has.
 Stephanie Wolfe 2015 Stephanie Wolfe Stephanie is an Edmonton based actress and graduate from the BFA professional Acting Program at the U of A. A founding member of the legendary Canadian Comedy Award Winning, Live Improvised Soap Opera, Die-Nasty, now in its 25 season, she has performed with Die-Nasty in Toronto on the Second City stage and in L.A. Recent projects include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe for Teatro la Quindicina, Burning Bluebeard for Edmonton Actors Theatre, The Last Resort for the Mayfeild   Dinner Theatre, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the Citadel and the Manitoba Theatre Centre.  Other local companies she has worked with include the Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre, Workshop West, Teatro la Quindicina, the Free Will Players, Phoenix Theatre, and countless co-ops and Fringe shows. Other Canadian companies she has worked for include the National Arts   Centre in Ottawa, Regina’s Globe Theatre, Saskatoon’s Shakespeare on the   Saskatchewan, and ATP and Theatre Calgary, in Calgary.   She is a voice   over artist for computer games such as Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3, Andromeda, Jade   Empire, Dragon Age, as Baldur’s Gate, Safana in Baldur’s Gate: Dragonspear.   Stephanie has received Sterling awards for her work in the Citadel’s How I learned to Drive, Jex   Orfax’s  Giant Ants, and an AMPIA  Award for her work in Shadows of War.
 janine-waddel Janine Waddell Janine is an internationally certified Advanced Actor Combatant and a graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts program.   Select choreography credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Citadel Theatre), Pains of Youth (Studio Theatre), Swordplay: the Musical (ACME Theatre Company) and Days of Wine and Roses (Trunk Theatre).
 alieda-sekulich Alieda Sekulich Alieda hails from Sherwood Park, Alberta. After completing her grade 10 Royal Conservatory in piano, she attended Grant MacEwan’s Jazz and Contemporary program next door; Edmonton. Although Alieda’s primary instrument is piano, she is a multi‐instrumentalist with her guitar, vocal, and back‐up tambourine skills. She has been instructing and performing for over 14 years throughout Alberta and BC and with her recent Music Therapy degree from Capilano University, she is excited to continue pursuing her passion for music.
laura-smiley2 Laura Smiley Laura was a founder and long-term Producing Artistic Director of the Unseam’d Shakespeare Company in Pittsburgh, PA for 23years. Unseam’d’s mission was to produce innovative productions of classical and classically inspired plays to create visceral and accessible performances for their audiences. She has produced and/or directed over 75 plays including As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream in recent years, as well as a body of contemporary work including Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Scab, World Premiere of December Things, Doubt, Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet. As an actor, roles include Katherine in Shrew, Paulina in A Winter’s Tale, Launce in Comedy of Errors, and Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Laura is an Associate Professor of Theatre & a member of AEA. SAG/AFTRA, ATHE & is NPP leadership for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to share.
clayton-2017  Clayton Plamondon

 

 

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