Young Companies Participants 2019/20

Amro Ahmed Young Acting Company

Amro Ahmed is an 18 year old Sudanese-Canadian performer who is ecstatic to be a part of the 2019/20 Young Companies Program. For the past three years, Amro has been trained by Edmonton based actor and improviser, Noel Taylor, at W.P. Wagner High School. Some of the shows Amro performed in include: Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter (Gus), Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon/Theseus), and Lawrence and Holloman by Morris Panych (Holloman). Amro has performed outside of school, being a part of Thou Art Here’s Nextfest reading of Civil Blood, by Josh Languedoc and directed by Neil Keufler. He is very excited to join such a talented roster of young artists.

Jem Florendo Young Acting Company

Jemuel is a recent graduate of W.P. Wagner, and he cannot be more excited to be a part of the Young Acting Company. Throughout his three years in Wagner, he developed a deep interest in the performance art of theatre. Jemuel’s favourite production credits include Reflex Action by Douglas Craven, 1984 by George Orwell, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare. Jemuel also won an award in this year’s 2019 Cappies Critics for comic actor in a play for his performance as Nick Bottom . Even having the opportunity to direct a professional one act play of RED by John Logan. Jemuel is excited to see what he is gonna learn next and how far he can go in his journey within the Young Acting Company.

Abby Gwilt Young Acting Company

Abby Gwilt is a graduate from Victoria School of the Arts. Primarily an actor through the years, she recently involved herself with theatre production to immerse herself further. This year alone, she played Irma in Victoria’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, directed her own one act within Victoria’s Playworks festival, became a lighting technician for Victoria’s productions of Crazy for You and In The Heights , and Stage Managed Well “Behaved” Women at the Fringe Festival. She hopes to pursue Acting and Theatre Production side by side in the future.

Emma Hennig Young Acting Company

Emma is a University of Alberta student, Majoring in Drama and Minoring in Arts and Cultural Management. Starting at five years-old with singing lessons, she has gone on to perform in extracurricular programs, high school productions, opportunities provided by the University, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and most recently the Stage Struck! Festival. Select credits include Jan in Grease (Paul Kane High School); Ben in Matt&Ben (Edmonton Fringe Festival); Tom in Ellie and Tom (New Works Festival); and V in Rekindle (Stage Struck! Festival). She is grateful and excited to be apart of the Young Companies 2019/20 season!

Alexandra Lepage Young Acting Company

Alexandra is ecstatic to be part of the 2019/20 Young Company Acting. Theatre has always been an important part of Alexandra’s identity since she was in junior high and her passion for this art continues to grow. She performed in various plays such as ‘Conte-moi une histoire (Coeuraline), Jusqu’à la mort (Marie-Antoinette), and Oh mon Dieu! (2019) which she helped create through collective creation. Of course, she didn’t limit herself to theatre during her school years. Alexandra did stand up comedy and participated in different theatre-related events. She can’t wait to deepen her knowledge in theatre alongside other actors.

Alexander Mahon Young Acting Company

Alexander Mahon is a recently graduated student of Victoria School of The Arts. He has been involved in Victoria’s acting, directing, and improvisation programs. Alexander played characters in mainstage shows such as West Side Story (Doc); Listen To The Wind (Father, Eldred, and Dr. Surrey); and Madwoman of Chaillot (President). Other training and experience includes three years of improvisational training, devised production experience, along with basic stage combat, and numerable one act plays. He aspires to pursue theatre in a post-secondary institution and become a professional actor.

Paul-Ford Manguelle Young Acting Company

Born in Cameroon, Paul-Ford Manguelle has been living in Canada for 9 years. He just graduated from high school and is currently on his way to university. His passion for the art of acting was sparked during his high school years. A singer, dancer, and actor, Paul-Ford intends to improve these skills as he joins the Citadel young companies this year. Paul-Ford has partaken in musical productions such as Anything Goes and West Side Story; theatre productions such as Life of Galileo and Cyrano of Bergerac, which was a bilingual production of which he played the lead role. He has also acted in short films and has done voice acting. Paul-Ford joined his first Fringe production this summer called ThunderCATS with Grindstone theatre in Edmonton. He hopes to continue acting in film and theatre.

Eric Miracle Young Acting Company

Eric is thrilled to be joining this season's Young Acting Company! He has just graduated from Strathcona Highschool and his credits include Scona Theatre Co’s Big Fish the Musical (Don Price); Footloose (Chuck Cranston); and Bring It On. He was most recently seen in Triassic Parq (Uniform Theatre) in the 2019 Edmonton Fringe Festival. Eric is also currently a player with Rapid Fire Theatre, where he performs weekly shows at Citadel’s Zeidler Hall. When not immersed in the arts, you can catch him breakdancing his heart away. Eric is looking forward to growing as an artist along his Young Company peers!

Julia Mitin Young Acting Company

Julia is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of the 2019/20 Young Acting Company. She is a recent graduate of Victoria School of the Arts, where she was so grateful to have had the opportunity to explore acting, directing, and improv. Theatre has played a significant role in her life since she began taking classes at the Foote Theatre School as a child. Most recent credits include Post Like Share Beware (Jake Tkaczyk); The Levee, and Listen to the Wind (Victoria School of the Arts); and Columbinus (Citadel Acting Intensive). Julia can't wait to advance her skills, alongside an amazing group of artists and mentors!

Maya Saelens Young Acting Company

Maya is a current student at Victoria School of the Arts. Her passion for performance began in 2013 when she was involved in a variety of shows with Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Since then she has been involved in her school’s jazz choir, as well as their advanced acting, dance, and directing programs. She has been involved in several of Victoria School of the Arts’ main stage productions and student-directed shows including, Shrek: The Musical, Dorothy and Alice, Death (AOSIOC), and most notably: Camila in In the Heights. Maya is thrilled to be apart of this year’s Young Musical Company and is looking forward to the work ahead.

Cole Schafers Young Acting Company

Cole Schafers recently graduated from St. Peter The Apostle Catholic High School. Having some prior experience acting through workshops and classes in Jr. High, Cole was excited to be a part of his high school productions. He acted as Grimsby in The Little Mermaid , Knuckles in Bugsy Malone , as well as Donkey in Shrek The Musical. Cole received the SPA Musical Theatre Award upon his graduation. He also starred in multiple high school one act plays and directed one in his senior year. Cole's true passion lies in film, where he cannot wait to work with his peers at Young Company!

Eva-Marie Smith Young Acting Company

Eva-Marie is a recent graduate from W.P. Wagner High School, and is thrilled to be a part of the Young Acting Company this year. During her three years at Wagner she was heavily involved in the school’s theatre program, including its improv team. Her work in the program included such shows as A Beautiful View, In On It, The Boundary, Red, and the 2019 mainstage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Eva is excited to learn and grow in the upcoming year along with her fellow actors.

Lauren Toporowski Young Acting Company

Lauren is a first year student at the University of Alberta and is thrilled to be a part of the Young Acting Company. Lauren has recently graduated from Victoria School of The Arts. During her time there, she completed both the advanced acting and directing programs, as well as took part in a multitude of productions Including Shrek The Musical (as Pinocchio) and Summer at the Lake (as Mrs Fenway). During her senior year Lauren assumed the role of Director for a one act play called Rabbi Hersh and the Talking Lobster, and took a film making course through Fava’s Video Kitchen. Now, Lauren is excited to get back to what she loves to do, and further develop her skills as an actor in Young Company alongside her peers.

Alex Voutchkov Young Acting Company

Alex is totally fired up to be a part of the Young Acting Company this season. While he is studying Business at the University of Alberta, Alex still can’t imagine a life where he is not performing. He is looking forward to honing his acting chops and bringing his pizzazz to the Citadel stage and his new theatre family. Previous credits include The Actor’s Nightmare (Christopher Durang); What Are You Doing In There? (Shel Silverstein); Sex Lives of Superheroes (Stephen Gregg); The Act of Living (Robert Scott); and Radium Girls (D.W. Gregory).

Austin White Young Acting Company

Austin White has always had a love for theatre and storytelling. Since a young age seeing and participating in shows has changed his life. Throughout junior high and high school he was actively involved in theatre programs, picking up skills in acting, directing, and improv. Some of his favourite production credits include After Juliet (Citadel Theatre); The 3 AM Subtext (Edmonton Fringe); and East of Berlin (W.P Wagner). He’s extremely grateful to be returning back to Young Companies. Austin looks forward to this incredible opportunity and can’t wait to grow alongside his peers!

Sarah Zaiter Young Acting Company

Sarah is a grade 12 student at Victoria School of the Arts, and she’s enthusiastic to be joining this year’s Young Companies. Some of her credits include Grunge Is Dead, Asteroid Belt, In The Heights, and Shrek: The Musical. Sarah will be making her directorial debut at her school’s 2020 PlayWorks festival. She also continues to pursue many performance endeavors, being apart of her school’s advanced acting, directing, and jazz choir classes. Her love of acting stems from both film and theatre, and she hopes to further her understanding of this art form in both disciplines.


Daniel Chapman Young Musical Company

Daniel is ecstatic to be a part of the Citadel’s 2019/20 Young Musical Company! Having just graduated from Millwoods Christian School, Daniel is eager to grow with each new experience. He has already been blessed to perform many challenging roles including Jack Kelly in Newsies, Bobby Child in Crazy for You, Agent 44 in Get Smart, and Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life. Daniel is immensely grateful for this fantastic opportunity to learn and to develop his skills!

Kaden Fraser Young Musical Company

Kaden is jubilant to be a member of the Citadel’s Young Musical Company. A recent graduate of Millwoods Christian School, Kaden’s passion for theatre was catalyzed through pursuing both Drama and Musical Theatre at MCS. Additionally, Kaden has received recognition through nominations for Supporting Actor (2018) and Lead Actor (2019) from the Cappies program. Select credits include Clarence Oddbody in It’s a Wonderful Life, Mingo in Crazy For You, Maxwell Smart in Get Smart, and most recently, Davey in Newsies. He is very grateful for the opportunity and looks forward to bettering his craft alongside other talented performers.

Elizabeth Janzen Young Musical Company

Elizabeth is overjoyed to be participating in the Young Musical Company for the upcoming season! Having attended Strathcona High School and Victoria School of the Arts for her senior year, Elizabeth is pursuing her dream of having a successful career in musical theatre, and is planning on going to a performing arts college come next fall. In her graduating year at Vic, she enjoyed being involved in their advanced acting and directing programs, as well as concert choir and the advanced jazz ensemble. Elizabeth began her theatre journey by singing with Cantilon and competing in local and provincial festivals such as Kiwanis and the St. Albert Rotary Music Festival since 2005. Since then, she has had a blast being in the Citadelʼs musical theatre intensive and has been a voice student of Ron Longʼs as of 2016. Her musical theatre credits include Carousel (Carrie), West Side Story (Maria), Anne of Green Gables (Anne), In the Heights, and Bring It On!. She was also recently featured in ‘In the Spotlightʼ, a three hour long cabaret at the Westbury Theatre, featuring selections from Chicago, Les Misérables, and more. Elizabeth cannot wait to work with so many incredibly talented people, is extremely grateful to be able to focus on and work hard on what she loves and is so thankful that the Citadel will let her do so.

Michael Long Young Musical Company

Michael is a graduate of Strathcona High School and spent multiple years afterward studying with Toy Guns Dance Theatre. His recent credits include Best Foot Sideways with the Novus Actors, The Drowsy Chaperone with the Citadel Theatre Young Company, Bring It On, RENT, and The Addams Family with Scona Theatre Company, as well as Narcissist or Pretty Boys Who Play Alone at Recess and Romeo and Juliet: The Greatest Love Story Ever to be Misunderstood in a High School English Class... with Toy Guns Dance Theatre.

Raquel Medina Young Musical Company

Raquel is very excited to be part of Young Musical Company’s 2019/20 season! A recent graduate of Victoria School of the Arts, Raquel found home in the school’s musical theatre program for four years. Throughout her time, she was involved in a variety of mainstage musicals and student-directed works. Her most notable roles include, Rosalia in West Side Story and most recently, Daniela in In The Heights. Through Victoria School’s directing program, Raquel was also able to direct Botticelli, a one-act play. Raquel hopes to find a way to balance her life as a full-time student at the University of Alberta, with her passion for musical theatre in Young Company.

Christian Palacios Young Musical Company

Christian is ecstatic about being involved in this years Young Musical Company and is thrilled to be apart of the season. He recently graduated from Victoria School of the Arts, where he participated in concert choir, the advanced acting programs and directing programs. He began his exploration in show tunes through his Francophone Choir, Chorale Clé, where he had the pleasure of being taught in voice and music by his mentor Marie-Josée Ouimette from 2013-2018. His theatre credits include Shrek The Musical and In The Heights (VSA). Christian is looking forward to working with the amazing artists involved in the program, and is delighted that he has been given the opportunity to work on himself as an artist through the program!

Maya Parkins Young Musical Company

Maya Parkins is delighted to be joining young companies! She is a recent graduate of Strathcona High School where she was a part of the drama and music community. She is currently at the UofA for a bachelors in Drama. Her most recent credits include The Killing Jar (SATCO) at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival; performing in the Cappies chorus; The Snow Queen (Azimuth); and Big Fish, East of Berlin, Footloose, and Bring It On with Strathcona Theatre Co.

Dean Rasic Young Musical Company

Dean is beyond ecstatic to be taking this next step in pursuing his drive for musical theatre. Before graduating from Ross Sheppard High School, Dean has been thoroughly involved in his schools drama, advanced acting, and musical theatre programs which has given him the opportunity to be part of shows such as In The Heights, Identities, and Good Woman of Schezwan. He is well ready and excited for this opportunity to be a part of this season's Young Musical Company.

Logan Stefura Young Musical Company

Logan is incredibly excited to join the Young Musical Company for the second year in a row. He graduated from Victoria School of the Arts in 2018 and is thrilled to continue his education in theatre. Past credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Citadel Young Co.); Shrek: The Musical (VSA); The Little Mermaid (SPA Drama); Madagascar: A Musical Adventure, A Seussified Christmas Carol, and The Nutcracker Sings (SACT). Logan has also created dog puppets for Vic’s production of Listen to the Wind and was the ASM for SATCO/Uniform Theatre’s production of Xanadu. He is immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue his learning and partake in this incredible program for the second year in a row.

Michael Watt Young Musical Company

Michael is a recent graduate of Strathcona High School and is super stoked to be part of the 2019/20 Young Musical Company! Select theatre credits include Hive Ensemble in The Killing Jar (SATCo.); Edward Bloom in Big Fish (Scona Theatre Co.); Ensemble in The Snow Queen (Azimuth Theatre); and Willard in Footloose (Scona Theatre Co.). Michael recently made his directing debut in Strathcona High School’s One Act Festival, co-directing Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, which earned him a provincial directing award. Michael  is beyond excited to pursue this opportunity to continue his growth and learning in theatre!

Jill Gerke Young Theatre Production Company

Jill is absolutely thrilled to participate in the Citadel’s Young Theatre Production Company. She recently graduated from Strathcona High School, where she was able to discover her love for theatre through various production roles such as lighting design for Phillip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread, Footloose as props manager, and stage management for Gruesome Playground Injuries. She also won a Cappie for her work as Lighting Designer for Big Fish. Her most recent work was on All Through the Night at NextFest, and Along for the Bride at Fringe. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue theatre!

Abby Gwilt Young Theatre Production Company

Abby Gwilt is a graduate from Victoria School of the Arts. Primarily an actor through the years, she recently involved herself with theatre production to immerse herself further. This year alone, she played Irma in Vic’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, directed her own one act within Vic’s Playworks festival, became a lighting technician for Vic’s productions of Crazy for You and In The Heights, and Stage Managed Well “Behaved” Women at the Fringe Festival. She hopes to pursue Acting and Theatre Production side by side in the future.

Elizabeth Housch Young Theatre Production Company

Elizabeth is ecstatic to be a part of the Young Theatre Production Company this year. She has previously worked on seven mainstage shows with Archbishop Jordan Fine Arts including 12 Angry Jurors, The Ashgirl, The Addams Family, The Death and Life of Larry Benson, Radium Girls, Chicago, and The Uninvited. Although she mostly worked as a member of the set and backstage crew, she has had many roles such as graphics designer, props assistant, set designer, and stage manager. Outside of the theatre, Elizabeth is in her first year of an education degree at The U of A.

Braden Leahy Young Theatre Production Company

Braden is beyond excited to be apart of this years Young Theatre Production Company, and is grateful for the opportunity. After taking a year off, he’s ready to jump back into theatre! During high school, he acted but also picked up skills in directing and technical theatre, mainly as a sound technician. Some of his favourite production credits include Here Lies Henry, and Constellations. He is excited to be given the opportunity to improve his skills behind the scenes, and looks forward to working with so many great people!

Jack Mosher Young Theatre Production Company

Jack Mosher is excited and honored to be a part of the Citadel’s Young Theatre Production Company. Jack is the 2019 Constance Mcfarland Memorial Art Award-winning artist. He has a background in both photography and painting, but has recently found a strong passion for theatre design and production. Jack is headed into his grade 12 year at Strathcona High School where he is part of the technical theatre program. He is hoping to focus on set and lighting design this year. Jack is looking forward to learning and growing as an artist with the Citadel.

Logan West Young Theatre Production Company

Logan is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year’s Young Theatre Production Company! Logan is an aspiring director and is a proud Class of 2019 Graduate of Victoria School of the Arts. Select acting credits include Evangeline, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); and Bible (Playworks Festival 2019). Logan’s theatre production credits include being stage manager on The Madwoman of Chaillot (Victoria School of the Arts); and director of Bluebirds by Vern Thiessen (Playworks Festival 2019).


Katherine DeCoste Young Playwriting Company

Katherine DeCoste is a poet and playwright in amiskwaciwaskihikan, colonially known as Edmonton, on Treaty 6 territory. Her poems have been published in Grain, Glass Buffalo, Barren Magazine, and other outlets. Her first play was produced in 2018 during the New Works Festival. She currently studies English at the University of Alberta as an Honours student. 

Gavin Dyer Young Playwriting Company

Gavin is thrilled to be back in Young Companies, and this time in the Young Playwriting Company. Gavin has spent the past two years training in Toronto and is happy to be back home in Edmonton. Gavin is also relatively new to the Playwriting scene and has spent most of his time on the stage. Selected Acting Credits include The Birds (George Brown Theatre School); The Trojan Women (George Brown Theatre School); Munsch Goes To School (George Brown Theatre School); Concord Floral (Citadel Young Company); Romeo and Juliet (Citadel Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre).

Jenna Jadischke Young Playwriting Company

After an outstanding year of writing and laughter, Jenna is thrilled to return to the Young Playwriting Company for a second season. In 2015, her love of acting collided with her passion for writing, resulting in her first original one act. Sandbox Cities was presented at the Zone II West Drama Festival and won the award for Outstanding Achievement in an Original Script in the drama category. Her latest work, Disorderly Conduct, was seen at last years Young Playwriting Company Staged Readings. She can’t wait to grow as a writer again this season while learning from other writers.

Madison May Young Playwriting Company

Madi is incredibly excited to be a member of the Young Playwright Company! Her original one act, Pas de Deux was featured in the 2019 season of Nextfest. She won Best Physical Comedy at the 2019 Zone 8 One Act Festival for her performance as Florence in Poof . Madi has performed her original sketch Hunter the 11 Year Old Comedian at Odd Wednesday in 2018. She is thrilled to have the chance to learn from industry professionals and is very thankful for this opportunity.

Malcolm Vick Young Playwriting Company

Malcolm is an actor and writer, excited to be returning to the Citadel Theatre's Young Companies Program. After performing in various school productions, he joined the Acting Company for their 2015/16 year and their performance of Polaroid Stories, in which he played the character of D. Through the benefits of the training he received, Malcolm went on to perform and work on several plays within the University of Alberta's Department for Drama (including Hernani, The Skriker, and new work Pomer and Penelope). Malcolm has done additional work in Improv theatre and writing pieces, and will now be joining several other talented peers to pursue playwrighting.