The Faculty

2018/19 Faculty

Amber Borotsik Dance & Movement

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.  

Matt Graham Singing/Musical Director

Matt Graham is a graduate of MacEwan University’s new music degree program. A singer and instrumentalist, Matt’s passion is musical theatre direction. Recent favourite projects include musical direction for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and In The Heights at Strathcona High school, Coraline at Avalon Junior, and Rent with the Scona Alumni Theatre Co. at the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

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 and a BEd (Secondary) 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. 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.  

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.

Leigh Rivenbark Acting

Leigh is a director and writer who has worked on stages throughout North America for over 25 years. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (Acting) and the University of Alberta (MFA in Directing). He has worked on shows involving many celebrated artists including Tony Award-winning director Harold Prince, Academy Award-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carol Shields, and Canada's most produced playwright Norm Foster. He has performed in many theatres including Neptune Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Centaur Theatre, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Arts Centre and Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. He is also the former Artistic Producer of Theatre New Brunswick. His recent film, Breathing Through a Straw, won the Jury Award for a Short Film at the Canadian Film Fest, Best Alberta Short at the Calgary International Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying festival), and the Award of Distinction from the Canada Shorts Film Festival. 

Kate Ryan Director of the Musical

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.

Mieko Ouchi Director of the Play

Mieko works as a writer, director and actor. Her plays The Red PriestThe Blue LightThe Dada PlayNisei Blue, I Am For You, Consent and The Silver Arrow have been produced across Canada, the US and internationally and been recognized with The Carol Bolt Prize and as a finalist for a Governor General’s Award. As a director, her work includes: Harun and Concord Floral (2018 Edmonton Fringe Festival), Bello, I Am For You, Apples and Oranges, Routes (YPT, Persephone), Are We There Yet? (YPT, Persephone) and The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (National Arts Centre, Grand Theatre, Kids on the Waterfront) all for Concrete Theatre, The Tashme Project (MAI Montreal), Ghost Sonata (RDC), The Cloister (Summerworks) and many Fringe & indie favorites: Strawberries in January, The Mystery School, Dear Penthouse, 50 Plays About Love, Swollen Tongues, Dig Me Deep and Elimination Dance. Mieko has been nominated for nine Sterling Awards as a director, winning two for her work on Slowly, An Exchange Is Taking Place and Consent.