Young Companies Faculty


dlh at the pianoDON HORSBURGH Music

Amber BorotsikAMBER BOROSTIK Dance Instructor

Amber has studied theatre and contemporary dance throughout Canada, the United States and Spain. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta in 2001 and now works as both a contemporary dance and theatre artist. Amber has performed across Canada and United States with Theatre Network, Ghost River Theatre, The Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Northern Light Theatre, Mile Zero Dance, Tania Alvarado, The Maggie Tree, Citadel Theatre, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Synergy Improv, The Maggie Tree, Nakai Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Artistic Fraud Theatre of Newfoundland, Firefly Theatre and Lunchbox Theatre/The High Performance Rodeo among others. She has received two Sterling Awards for her production of Scythe and received the Sterling for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Theatre Network’s production of Little One. In 2004 Amber founded The Expanse Movement Arts Festival with Azimuth Theatre Artistic Producer Murray Utas. She served as Festival Director for six years and now serves as Outreach Coordinator.   As an educator has taught at the University of Alberta, Grant MacEwan University, the University of New Mexico, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Citadel Theatre, Artstrek and the Nina Haggerty Centre.

ShannonBoyle150SHANNON BOYLE Acting Class

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


Dave HorakDAVE HORAK Movement

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 2015 Sterling Awards and being remounted for Christmas 2016) Fatboy (awarded 3 Sterling Awards and recently re-mounted at Theatre Network), The Bomb-itty of ErrorsSartre’s Shorts (Surreal SoReal), Measures! The MusicalThe 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.


Heather Inglis-close crop-bandwHEATHER INGLIS Playwriting
Heather Inglis is an award winning director,  producer, dramaturg and educator whose career has taken her across the country. Heather has been honoured to work at The Shaw Festival, The Citadel Theatre, Workshop West, Northern Light Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, Theatre Junction,  Alberta Playwrights Network, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre as well as Universities in Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon. Heather has directed and assistant directed over 40 productions, many of which have been new Canadian works. Heather studied at the University of Alberta, King Alfred’s College (Winchester, England) and Simon Fraser University.  She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, and has been privileged to study and work with theatre luminaries such as Peter Brook, Yoshi Oida, Tadeusz Bradecki, Polly Teal, Flora Lauten, Phillida Lloyd, Christopher Newton, Neil Monroe. Heather received the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Awards in 2001 and 2010 as well as the Telus Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts (Edmonton) in 2007. Six of Heather’s productions have been nominated for a total of 12 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including 5 Nominations for Outstanding Independent Production, 1 for Outstanding Fringe Production and nominations for both Outstanding Director and Outstanding Fringe Director.

KMatticeWanat(BW)KIM MATTICE WANAT Singing

Kim Mattice Wanat is a performer, teacher, author and director.She has been a private voice instructor for over 25 years, with a specific focus on training young singers between the ages of 14 to 24 years of age. She specializes in training actors, and has worked at the University of Alberta for the past 25 years teaching singing in the Bachelor of Fine Arts professional acting program. Ms. Mattice Wanat is the founder of Opera NUOVA, a nationally acclaimed opera program dedicated to the advanced training of emerging Canadian artists, bridging the gap between the conservatory setting and the professional world of opera. As the Artistic Director of Opera NUOVA, she mounts a six week VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL in Edmonton. She has produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s productions including Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, Offenbach’s La Perichole, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Canadian Premiere of  Mark Adamo’s Little Women, and all of NUOVA’s school touring production, most notably, Dean Burry’s Isis and the Seven Scorpions and The Brother’s Grimm. Her commitment to sharing her expertise with young singers, actors, teachers and choral directors has earned her extensive recognition including Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award, The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. Most recently, she was 1 of 100 Albertans chosen by the Alberta Centennial Celebrations committee who recognized her significant achievement and contribution as a voice teacher and artistic director.Recently she wrote and published a vocal pedagogy book entitled, Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice and facilitates seminars and workshops across Canada, sharing her unique teaching methodology with teachers and choral directors

doug mertzDOUG MERTZ Director of Foote Theatre School and Young Companies

Doug Mertz is an actor, director, coach and teacher who brings a wealth of experience as both a performer and educator. He has taught at post-secondary programs in the US and Canada (University of Alberta, Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh and Point Park University) as well as in private training programs including the Foote Theatre School and Point Park Conservatory (Pittsburgh, PA). He has appeared as an actor in the US and Canada as well – most recently at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre in The Long Weekend. Citadel Theatre acting credits include Clybourne Park (Sterling nomination), A Few Good Men, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, August: Osage County and A Christmas Carol. Doug has served as dialect coach on A Christmas Carol since moving to Edmonton in 2009 as well as on numerous other productions at the Citadel and other theatres. In 2010, prior to being named Director of the Foote Theatre School and Citadel Young Companies, he directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the Young Musical Company. This year he is teaching audition techniques to both the Young Acting and Young Musical programs. He holds a BFA in Acting from Point Park University and an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh.


Kate Ryan-greyscale-smallKATE RYAN Acting

Kate has been acting professionally, directing and teaching for over 20 years across Canada and the United States. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and has also studied voice and acting in Toronto, New York City and Denver (Betty Buckley).  She has received Sterling Awards for Leading and Supporting Actress and Director in theatre as well as an Ampia for Leading Actress in film. Kate most recently performed with The Citadel (Disney’s Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, True Love Lies, Metamorphosis), Citadel’s Beyond the Stage Series (It Takes Two: An Evening of Sondheim) The Mayfield Theatre (Boeing Boeing, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Sound of Music), Theatre Network (Communion) and Teatro La Quindicinca (The Ambassador’s Wives, The Equisite Hour). Kate is also an instructor at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program where she teaches Song Interpretation and has directed the musicals Bernarda Alba, Sondheim on Sondheim as well as their music revues. Kate is also the director and producer of Plain Jane Theatre Company where she has directed the musicals Bells Are Ringing, Fiorello!, Little Fish, Mack and Mabel, It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Superman!, Drat! The Cat! and A New Brain. Her company has received several Sterling awards for Direction, Actor, Choreographer, Music Director and Production. Later this season, she will be directing Nice Work if You Can Get It (MacEwan University) and The Last Resort (Mayfield Theatre) and performing in The Light in the Piazza (Theatre Calgary).



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