Hello CCPA supporters!
I wanted to acknowledge with gratitude the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen people and the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations, on whose beautiful traditional territories we learn, create and perform.
It is a privilege to lead such an accomplished and unique training institution in Canada’s theatre community.
Having an institution like CCPA in Victoria, national in its scope and ambition, is a rare gateway for emerging Canadian artists, and a chance for this community to intersect with the country – to develop lifelong nationwide relationships and to expand horizons for all Canadians.
I aim to carry on the tradition of creating thoughtful engaged creative citizens who will be advocates not only for their own careers, but also for their communities, and who view the trajectory of their art as a commitment to the essential need for theatre in our society. I have always measured success in arts education by preparing a student to function both as a motivated self-employed business, and as an inspired artist whose story telling can better illuminate the human condition. This is a commitment the College has always maintained.
Personally, I have been very fortunate to have had wonderful training and great mentors and I’m excited to be able to pass these kind of experiences on to the next generation of young theatre artists. I have also had the pleasure of working with numerous talented alumni in my career, and the arts community here in Victoria has been quick to profess the caliber and professionalism of the students the college continues to graduate.
Managing Artistic Director
Hello, and welcome to the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
I would like to acknowledge the Lekwungen people and the Esquimalt & Songhees First Nations, on whose traditional territories we learn, create and perform.
Seventeen years after graduating from CCPA, it is an honour to return to CCPA as the Interim Director of Education to lead alongside Managing Artistic Director Caleb Marshall during this unprecedented moment in time.
The pandemic has prompted me to let go of a lot of my old ideas about performing and “show business,” and I find myself increasingly leaning into the community roots of theatre. During my time as a student, I gained the skills, knowledge and craft necessary for a successful career in the arts, but the truly transformative aspects of my experience were finding a sense of belonging through dialogue, sharing ideas and beliefs, broadening my perspectives, working with others toward common goals—creating community. Now, in my current role, I find myself reaching out for these same things with my collaborations with the students, faculty and staff at CCPA. I am grateful to be a part of this community and for the exceptional artistry and generosity that it continues to provide.
Interim Director of Education
West Side Story, 2019 | director Matthew Howe | photo credit Peter Pokorny