The Faculty

2017/18 Faculty

Amber Borostik Dance

Amber received a BFA in Acting from the U of A, and has performed with Theatre Network, Ghost River Theatre, Freewill Shakespeare Festival, Northern Light Theatre, Mile Zero Dance, Tania Alvarado, The Maggie Tree, Citadel Theatre, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Synergy Improv, Nakai Theatre, Workshop West Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Artistic Fraud Theatre of Newfoundland, Firefly Theatre and Lunchbox Theatre/The High Performance Rodeo. Amber co-founded The Expanse Movement Arts Festival and served as Festival Director. She now serves as Outreach Coordinator. She’s taught at multiple institutions, and has three Sterling Awards.

Shannon Boyle Acting

Shannon has been teaching acting and voice for more than 20 years in universities, colleges, conservatories, and her private studio. 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). Shannon’s recent performances include Ana in The Clean House, and regular performances with The Greenwood Singers.  

Dave Horak Movement

 Dave has worked at The Freewill Players, Workshop West Theatre, Theatre Yes, Vertigo Theatre, Citadel Theatre, and The Mayfield. Dave teaches at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program, and has directed many productions there. Recently, he performed in theatre no. 6’s Proud, Passion Play for Wild Side Productions and Blarney Production’s MOTE. Dave’s worked with SITI Company, is a member of The Actor’s Centre Society of Acting Teachers, and The Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and holds BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Alberta. Dave participated in the 2015/16 Citadel/ Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. 

Don Horsburgh Singing

Don Horsburgh has music directed multiple Citadel shows, including Crazy for YouWest Side StoryEvangeline, Avenue Q, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Penelopiad, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, The Rocky Horror Show, Little Women, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, and The Wizard of Oz, and composed for Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Penelopiad, August: Osage County, Pride and Prejudice, Blithe Spirit, and The Constant Wife. He spent 18 seasons as a composer at the Stratford Festival, and music directed Three Penny Opera. He has five Dora Awards, four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and a Betty Mitchell award.

Heather Inglis Playwriting

Heather Inglis is an award-winning director, producer, dramaturge, and educator who’s worked at Shaw Festival, Citadel Theatre, Workshop West, Northern Light Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, Theatre Junction, Alberta Playwrights Network, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, as well as several universities. Heather has directed and assistant directed over 40 productions. She’s a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. 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 in 2007. Heather’s productions have been nominated for 12 Sterling  Awards.

Neil Kuefler Shakespeare

Neil has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. In 2011, he founded Edmonton’s only site-specific Shakespeare company, Thou Art Here. 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 a Corporate Liaison for Grindstone Theatre, for which he also performs regularly as a member of their improvised musical. Theatre credits include: Bonecage, Suburban Motel Series, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Threepenny Opera. He received the Universiade ’83 award for excellence in Fine Arts.

Kim Mattice Wanat Singing

Kim Mattice Wanat has worked at the University of Alberta for the past 25 years, teaching singing in the Bachelor of Fine Arts professional acting program. Kim founded Opera NUOVA and, as the Artistic Director, she mounts a six-week vocal arts festival. She’s produced and directed several of Opera NUOVA’s productions. She earned the Global Television’s Woman of Vision Award, The City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence in the Arts Award, and The YWCA’s Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture Award. She published a vocal pedagogy book, Unleashing the Expressive Resonant Voice, and facilitates seminars and workshops across Canada.

Doug Mertz Auditioning

Doug Mertz is an actor, director, teacher, and coach who brings a wealth of experience as both a performer and educator. He has taught at post-secondary programs and private training programs in both the U.S. and Canada. He has also appeared as an actor in both countries, most recently in Peter and the Star Catcher at the Citadel. He serves as dialect coach for many Citadel shows, most recently Shakespeare in Love and A Christmas Carol. He holds a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Performance Pedagogy, and currently serves as Director of Education and Outreach at the Citadel.

Kate Ryan Acting

Kate has acted, directed and taught for over 20 years across North America. She’s a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program and has studied voice and acting. She’s received Sterling Awards for Leading and Supporting Actress, and Director, and an AMPIA for Leading Actress. Kate has performed in Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, True Love Lies, Metamorphosis, It Takes Two: An Evening of Sondheim, Boeing Boeing, Oklahoma, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Communion, The Ambassador’s Wives, and The Exquisite Hour. Kate’s an instructor at MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program, and the director/producer of Plain Jane Theatre Company.