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Musical Theater Styles
Born and raised in England, Tiffany has been dancing since the age of 2. With a passion to further herself, she was accepted to the Arts Educational School, Tring Park. Immediately upon completing her 2 year intense course, she was hired by Carnival Cruise Lines and began traveling and dancing on their ships in March 2006. Over the past 10 years Tiffany has had the opportunity to travel the world as both a dance and adage couple on many ships. Her incredible technique and understanding of style always made her stand out from the crowd. She met her husband Jeremy on board and now 8 years later, they are making the move to BC to give land life a try. *Tiffany has full Canadian Residency and is legal to work.
Dance Department Chair
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Amalia Schelhorn spent most of her decade-long performing career touring North America and Europe with the National Ballet of Canada in Toronto. She was the first member to be promoted directly from the corps to the rank of the first soloist. Her repertoire encompassed solo roles in many of the great classic and contemporary ballets. She was especially noted for the roles she created for then resident choreographer Constantin Patsalas. After a period freelancing in operas, modern dance, and jazz, Amalia and her husband moved to Vancouver Island to raise their four children. Many of her students have gone on to major professional schools and companies in Canada and the U.S. She was the assistant artistic director of Dancestreams Youth Company and the rehearsal mistress of Ballet Victoria during its first two seasons. She adjudicates dance festivals, guest teaches, choreographs for dance and theatre and continues to perform. She has produced her own show Momnipotence and Other Expressions of Motherhood. In addition to her position at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Amalia teaches at Raino Dance and The Victoria Academy of Ballet. She has been recognized as an honorary member of the University of Victoria’s chapter of the International Golden Key Society. Amalia likes to continually broaden her knowledge and to remember what it feels like to be the student through her forays into yoga and various dance forms. She loves the artistic cross-pollination that occurs at the college and looks forward to meeting the incoming students for the 2016 – 2017 season.
Vocal Ensemble, Choral Mentor, and Company C Academic Advisor
Heather Burns brings a career as an established freelance musician and music director to the CCPA Voice Department. After studying and working in LA, Washington, Nashville and across Canada, she has made Victoria her home. She enjoys opportunities to teach & perform both locally and abroad. Heather has released 2 CD’s, “Child’s Play” (2005) and “Road Back Home” (2008), both instrumental mixes of music reflecting the jazz, Celtic, Roots, and classical influences that have cultivated her style over 15 years of study and training. She performs regularly with her quartet and swing/show band “Dock Side Drive”.
Burns has also done extensive work as a musician, arranger, writer & music director in the theatre with companies such as the Western Canada and Chemainus Theatre, Victoria Operatic Society, and Kaleidoscope Theatre. Recent productions include Will Rogers Follies, My Fair Lady, Beauty & the Beast, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Light in the Piazza & a touring production of Forever Plaid. Her performing career has taken her through Europe, USA & Canada, but she also loves to be at home with family & friends enjoying the simple pleasures of life; a view of the water with a cup of coffee, a good conversation and the relationships that make life rich and inspire great music.
Transition to Screen
BA (Theatre), MPA
Jessica Van der Veen studied acting at the Banff School of Fine Arts and completed her BA in Theatre at UBC. For 27 years she acted and directed in Film, TV and Theatre. Film and TV credits include Wiseguy, McGyver, The Commish, Cold Squad, Scary Movie, and The Goodbye Girl. Theatre credits include 17 Stories, Hot Flashes, Ever Loving, The Three Sisters, and Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man.
Van der Veen’s selected co-writing and directing credits include: “The Waltonsteins” (with Frances Sheridan); The Shadowbox; Scary Stories; and now The Triangle Factory Fire Project.
Van der Veen and her writing partner won Best Screenplay at Beverly Hills Film Festival for their feature script, “Emma’s Song”. Their inspirational internet series for early teens, “’Verse” won its young host a Youth Now award.
Van der Veen worked as a consultant to ACTRA/Union of BC Performers creating a lobbying plan to change legislation and tax frameworks to promote the BC Film Industry. She sat on the Arts Advisory Council to the Capital Regional District. She is a member of the Dancing Backwards project, helping to develop theatre-based curriculum on democratic processes and the history of Canadian women in politics for the K-12 system.
Jessica built a successful career as an acting teacher in Vancouver, teaching at Gastown Actors’ Studio. She currently teaches Acting Technique and Acting for the Camera at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria BC, one of Canada’s Premier training schools for multi-talented performers.
Van der Veen is co-owner of CASTVictoria (Coastal Acting Services Team) providing coaching and taping services to professional actors across North America – in person and via Skype. She is available for private prep for auditions and also coaches on film sets. She provides career counselling to young performers. Clients include Kelly Rowan, (The O.C.) Sarah Chalke (Roseanne, Scrubs); Alison Somerville (Mama Mia, Rocky Horror) and many others working across Canada and the United States in film, television and the theatre.
Darold Roles is thrilled to be the Artistic and Education Director of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. His most recent hits at CCPA include the hilarious production of Young Frankenstein and the SRO revue of Smokey Joe’s Café. The Times Colonist wrote that Smokey Joe’s was “…a show-stopping a blast from the past that delivers on all fronts ” and that it was “directed and choreographed by Darold Roles with flair to spare. ”
Darold originally hails from Alberta where he earned a Bachelor of Education in Drama from the University of Alberta and an MFA in Theatre – Directing from the University of Calgary. His successes in the professional theatre and post-secondary education field include work as a director, choreographer, performer, producer, writer, teacher and respected administrative leader. Mr. Roles has served as Dean of Arts and as Chair of the Performing Arts at Red Deer College. During his time in the Red Deer community, he was awarded a Mayor’s Award in the Performing Arts field and an Exemplary Leadership Award from the International Chair Academy. Prior to that he was the Artistic Director of Keyano Theatre and instructed in the Drama department at Keyano College.
He was a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of KOMPANY!, a professional song and dance company that toured across North America, Europe, Japan and Australia for 28 years. His work with KOMPANY! and as a freelance artist in Edmonton earned him numerous Sterling Award nominations for Outstanding Musical, Best Choreography and Best Cooperative Production. He has adjudicated major Provincial dance and theatre festivals and presented Master Classes throughout Western Canada.
As a director and choreographer he has received rave reviews for hundreds of smash hit shows including; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Footloose, The Crucible and Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia? He was the Performing Arts Director for the Alberta Summer Games and has co-authored the hip new musical The Jazzcracker with Ron Schuster and jazz music master Tommy Banks. His past community work as a volunteer includes Chair and Committee work for the United Way, the Salvation Army, Culture Link, The David Foster Foundation and with a vast array of non-profit theatre groups.
Acting, Playwriting & Directing Mentorship
A graduate of the Playhouse Acting School, Christopher has played on stages in Europe and Canada. As a founding member and past Artistic Associate of Bard On The Beach, he has played dozens of Shakespearean roles. Favourites include Holofernes in Love’s Labours Lost (Bard On The Beach), Prospero in The Tempest (Bard On The Beach), Dr. Chasuble in The Importance Of Being Earnest (WCT/Persephone), and Selsdon in Noises Off (WCT/Chemainus). Christopher has directed several productions, including Waiting For Godot (Kaspar Theatre, Prague) and the Jessie-nominated Richard II (Bard On The Beach). Most recently, he directed the Canadian premiere of Arden Of Faversham (Artist’s Collective Theatre). Weddell has written several plays, including a hit adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels for Victoria’s Kaleidoscope Theatre. His new play, The Gist Of It All, will be work-shopped at ACT in 2017. In 2016, Christopher will be seen as Dr. Bradman in the WCT/Thousand Islands Playhouse production of Blithe Spirit. Christopher is a past recipient of Edmund Kean Sword Award from the Bard On The Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Weddell has taught Acting & Playwriting at The Canadian College Of Performing Arts since 2000.
Canadian College of Performing Arts Co-Founder
Mr. Lemay is recognized as one of Canada’s most talented and versatile Producer/Director/Choreographers. His creative works span the full gamut of theatrical and television productions including operas, ballets, symphony concerts, musicals, multi-cultural productions, royal galas, large scale sporting events, variety shows and special events.
Mr. Lemay was Artistic Director of the Charlottetown Festival from 1991 – 1997 and was the founding director of the Modern Jazz Dance department for the professional and general schools of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, a position he held for thirteen years from 1976 – 1989. He also gained renown as a choreographer for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and other international dance companies. He has directed and choreographed musicals and operas in major theatres across Canada, including The Charlottetown Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Grand Theatre London, O’Keefe Centre, Bastion Theatre, The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, The Belfry Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, Winnipeg Opera, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and LÓpera de Montréal.
He had the great honour of being selected as Artistic Director for six Royal Visits held throughout the country. He was Artistic Director of the Opening Ceremonies for the 1988 Calgary Olympics and Producer/Director of the 1989 and 1991 Jeux Canada Games, the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games, and the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games. He was selected as a member of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies team for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Creative Advisor to the Executive Producer. He was Producer/Artistic Director of Bridge Fest for the opening ceremonies of Confederation Bridge in Prince Edward Island. He co-produced and directed the nationally acclaimed program “Spirit of a Nation” from 1992 – 2007. His services have been retained as a consultant, teacher, adjudicator, and advisor by government agencies, arts organizations, theatre and dance companies, First Nations organizations, and colleges. These have included the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Native Arts Foundation, the BC Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Saskatchewan Arts Council, Yukon Arts Advisory Council, Cultural Human Resources Council, Pan Am Games, and the office of the Auditor General of Canada.
Mr. Lemay has served on many boards across Canada. He is the past Chair of the Advisory Committee for Marketing and Planning for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. He served as the Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands Director of the Celebrate Canada Committee for the Department of Canadian Heritage. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee medal for his work in arts and culture and was recognized as a 2004 Community Arts Leader of the Year. Mr. Lemay was the staging director for the unveiling of the New Seven Wonders of the World in Lisbon, Portugal, with such stars as Ben Kingsley, Hilary Swank, José Carreras, Chaka Khan and Jennifer Lopez.
Mr. Lemay is a certified fight director with Flight Directors Canada.
Treena’s work has been called “relentlessly entertaining” (Globe and Mail), “engaging, full on performance” (Monday Magazine), and “expressively chameleonic” (Times Colonist). She has created and performed her original dance theatre works at festivals in Canada and abroad. Choreography for theatre includes: Henry VI, Richard III, Falstaff (Bard on the Beach), Animal Crackers, Macbeth, Cruel Tears, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks and As You Like It, (Blue Bridge Repertory), and Ride The Cyclone, (Atomic Vaudeville, Dora Award for Best Touring Production).
Other appearances: Acton Revue (Atomic Vaudeville), The Tragical Comedy of Punch and Judy (Caravan Farm Theatre), Traitor (Dance Victoria and The Dance Centre), ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance, Nemesis in Vanessa (Pacific Opera Victoria), Fay in the award-winning film Near Silence, Courtyard For a Bird (Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival), Olga in My Three Sisters (Theatre SKAM) and Agnes in Agnes B (Belfry Spark Festival, Suddenly Dance Theatre). She is a three-time recipient of Dance Victoria’s Lola Project residency to create work.
From childhood, she trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance. She attended the Professional Dance Training Program at The Victoria Arts Collaborative in its most vital era under a highly renowned international guest faculty. She studied voice with Catherine Lewis, and holds a BFA in Theatre (acting specialization with distinction) from The University of Victoria, and an MFA in Lecoq Physical Theatre from LISPA in London, UK. She has also studied a diverse range of other physical disciplines including Authentic Movement and Syntonics with master teacher Judith Koltai, and Clown, Laban, and Yoga to name a few.
Treena has been nominated for both a Sterling Award, and Toronto Broadway Award for Outstanding Choreography, and is the recipient of two Monday Magazine Awards for dance, and a Chrystal Award. She is the founding Artistic Director of Bounce Performance Works.
Voice Department Chair
Voice Master Class
Kim has performed and taught across the country in Victoria, Toronto and Halifax. Kim is a multi-faceted vocalist with a repertoire that spans classical through contemporary, with a solid jazz background. Her vocal journey began as a young child singing Tin Pan Alley favourites around the piano with her Mum. As a young adult, she discovered how fun karaoke is and how much she loved grabbing a microphone! When Kim began studying at The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), she became hooked on technique and discovered her love for opera.
This year she is excited to take on the role of Voice Chair. Before coming to CCPA 5 years ago, she taught at her private studio, Vivid Voice for 13 years. Kim is a graduate of The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and is certified in Somatic VoiceworkTM, The Lovetri Method from the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA. Kim feels very fortunate to have studied a number of years under renowned voice pedagogue, Selena James. She is Past President of the Victoria Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is currently on the U-JAM board (Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors).
Kim has been the lead singer for a number of bands throughout the years and is currently the lead singer for The Commodores Big Band. Kim’s ensemble will be performing at Hermann’s and Crofton Pub a few times this coming fall/Winter. Other favourite career moments include Grafton Street Dinner Theatre in Halifax and Tryptych Opera and Concert in Toronto. Kim’s classical performances include Zia Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Miss Todd in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Brahms Alto Rhapsody, Robert Fleming’sThe Confession Stone, and alto soloist for Handel’s Messiah. She is moving forward with a production of Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” in 2017.
Kim’s passion as a teacher is to help her students find confidence, enthusiasm and joy in singing, born of the healthiest technique dedicated to cross genre training from belt to classical.
André Clouthier began his musical life here in Victoria as a trumpet player with the Canadian Armed Forces Band Branch. After the Navy, he attended Queen’s University to study voice and trumpet and continued his vocal work in Calgary with Kenneth Nielsen. He spent summers at the Banff Centre School and joined the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble in 1990. While there he had roles in 2 world premiere operas by Harry Somers: Mario and the Magician and as Sam Jarvis in Serinette. He also had the good fortune to appear as The Messenger in Aida performed at SkyDome before an audience of 45,000.
Since then he has performed with orchestras and opera companies all over North America including Vancouver Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal, Yokohama Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera Columbus, Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre of Canada, Opera du Quebec, Orchestre Metropolitaine, Calgary Opera, Manitoba Opera, Orchestre Symphonique du Quebec and Symphony Nova Scotia.
On stage he has portrayed Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Rodrigue in Massenet’s Le Cid, Ismaele in Verdi’s Nabucco, Gabriele in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, Naraboth in Strauss’ Salome, Count Malcolm in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Fred in Kiss Me Kate. For Vancouver Opera, he created the role of Even in David McIntyre’s “The Architect”.
André has appeared in concert in Handel’s Messiah, Samson and Judas Maccabeus, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Dvorak’s Requiem, Berlioz’ L’Enfance du Christ, Britten’s War Requiem with Sir David Willcocks, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Verdi’s Requiem and many Contemporary premieres including Derek Holman’s Jezebel.
Through it all he has continued playing the guitar, singing favourite folk tunes and fronting many bands including Stealing Dan, a popular cover band in SW Ontario.
André has a passion for teaching voice and helping other singers realise their vocal potential. He has been on the faculty of the esteemed Music Theatre programs at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Vancouver’s Harbour Dance Academy and now with the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Oak Bay.
Chair of Acting
Jim Leard works as a writer, actor, producer and director and is the Creator and Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed Story Theatre Company. Teaching credits include University of Victoria, The National Theatre School and The Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Jim began his professional work at Theatre Calgary in 1970 performing and stage managing. He returned to Victoria as a performer and Assistant Director with Company One Theatre and helped develop tours to BC schools. He has appeared in many local productions from Langham Court to Pacific Opera and has several movie and television credits (Highlander, The X-Files, Davinci’s Inquest and Intelligence).
While earning his Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in 1978, Jim participated in workshops at Second City, Chicago and observed the work of Michael Piven’s Story Theatre Centre. Returning to teach at the University of Victoria, Jim developed the first local Story Theatre Company for performances in the regional libraries. Interest in this work grew until the company was performing across Canada and into the United States. Notable stops include The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre and The Wolftrap Children’s Festival.
Jim has served on several boards of directors for Intrepid Theatre, The Other Guys, Gotta Getta Gimmick and the Blue Bridge Theatre. Most notably Jim was a board member and President of Artstarts in the Schools. Jim works as a freelance director as well as developing productions for his own video company where he creates short films, pilot projects, and music videos.
Barbara Poggemiller has been working in Canadian theatre for over 30 years as a teacher, director, actor and writer. She has worked in major centres across Canada, including teaching and directing in Montréal at the National Theatre School, Dawson College and Concordia University. She worked for Geordie Theatre in Montreal, where she created, adapted and directed many plays for the Theatre for Young Audiences. She directed for Carousel Players in St. Catherine’s, Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg where she was Associate Director and teacher. She has created work for Debujahmahgig Theatre on Manitoulin Island.
Barbara has acted with the Globe Theatre (Regina), Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects, Association of Producing Artists in Montreal, Centaur Theatre, Montreal, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg, The Belfry, the Bastion and Kaleidoscope Theatre, Victoria.
Barbara is now living in Victoria, teaching and directing at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Additionally, she works as a teacher, director and writer for Kaleidoscope Theatre, the Mosaic Centre for Learning, and teaches drama to senior actors at Somerset. She directed for the Victoria Shakespeare Society for six seasons. She has created work with Artemis (an alternative girl’s school in Victoria) and the Inter-Cultural Association of Victoria.
Barbara has received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Directing; a Monday People’s Choice Award for Directing; a Montreal English critics Award for Adaptation and Direction; Nominations from Chalmers and Dora Mavor Moore for Direction, and three Canada Council awards for the creation of new works.
BC born and bred, there has never been a time when Jeremy wasn’t dancing. Studying all forms of dance, his training led him all over the world. On top of competing across Canada, the US and Europe, Jeremy was part of the original touring company, Tap Co. with the Vancouver Tap Society. After returning from the World Championships in Germany, he started his professional career with Occidental Resorts. Over the last 10 years, he spanned the globe aboard the ships of Carnival Cruise Lines. He was given the promotion to Dance Captain, allowing him to oversee all the shows on board. As an adage couple with his wife Tiffany, he has done many performances on board and now here in Victoria as well. In addition to performances for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, his choreography can be seen in Mexico and more recently as part of a performance in Cuba for the Canadian Ambassador. He is excited to be part of the team at C.C P.A
Year III Faculty
The Actor’s Voice
Iris’s career has spanned more than 40 years both as a performer and as a dialect coach. Iris trained in the U.K. and is a former member of The Royal Shakespeare Company. She has worked at The Stratford Festival Theatre in Ontario both as an actor and vocal coach. She was Head of Acting at the Ryerson Theatre School and holds a doctorate from The University of Toronto. Since coming to the West Coast, Iris coaches at RailTown Actor’s Studio in Vancouver and is a performer and dialect coach at The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre in Victoria. As a member of The Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre Company, she performed in Uncle Vanya, My Fair Lady, GasLight and most recently in MacBeth where she played eleven different characters.This past summer she performed in a groundbreaking multi-media verse play called “The Hidden City”. She is the author of an actor’s voice workbook, THINK, BREATHE, SPEAK. She also teaches at the American College, Dublin. She is honoured to have been invited to return to CCPA – as a member of the acting faculty and work with some of the most talented students in Canada.
Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the University of Alberta. She is returning to Canada after a year in London where she has been completing her MA in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her voice teaching placements have included posts with the MA Classical and Contemporary Actors at Central School of Speech and Drama, and with the MA and BA Actors at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Adrienne has provided vocal show support for Besame Mucho at The Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Possessed at RADA MA Theatre Lab,Purgatorio with Central’s MA Contemporary Actors, and the 2012 UK Summer Tour of Sports Play with Just a Must Productions. Here at home Adrienne was the movement and voice coach for Sage Theatre’s award-winning production ofHedwig and The Angry Inch. Prior to embarking on her London adventure Adrienne was based in Calgary, Alberta where she taught voice and speech at Rocky Mountain College’s Theatre Arts Diploma program, and performed in many productions around Calgary. A few acting credits include The 39 Steps and Wait Until Dark (Vertigo Theatre), The Penelopiad, Shakespeare’s Dog and Amadeus (Alberta Theatre Projects), Enchanted April (Theatre Calgary) and The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Scorched (Sage Theatre).
Britt studied at LaMama’s Director’s Intensive in Italy and has trained in various physical theatre forms. She completed her MFA in Directing at the University of Victoria with a production of Sophocles’ Electra. She is the artistic producer of company Atomic Vaudeville and plays in the band “Slut Revolver”. Nationally and internationally, Britt has directed Janet Munsil’s Circus Fire and The Ugly Duchess, Jacob Richmond’s The Qualities of Zero, Ride the Cyclone and LEGOLAND, The Fantasticks and True West for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show for RKO, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for GVSS, numerous new Fringe Festival plays and Firebugs at the William Head prison. Her work as a director has received national awards as well as nine Jessie nominations for My Chernobyl at the Gateway and the Belfry. Britt also works as a dramaturge and book editor and has taught acting, play building, clown, movement and improvisation for various organizations including the University of Victoria and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Formerly a soloist with the Berlin Ballet and principal of Oakland Ballet Company, Mr. Roland has danced leading roles in all the major classics as well as prominent works of the Balanchine, Béjart, Van Manen, Nureyev, and Panov repertoires. His choreographic experience spans a gamut of musicals, operas, dance theatre and original ballets such as Ballet Victoria’s inaugural Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Peter and the Wolf, and Fallen Angels. During his dancing career, he was often the preferred partner of Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Eva Evdokimova. Victoria’s Ballet Étoile Canada is a new home for David as a character dancer and choreographer. Several recent contributions to the local dance scene include: dancing lead character M. Dufour in Canadian Pacific Ballet’s Konservatoriet, the Khan in La Source, the Cobbler in The Red Shoes, (Ballet Étoile), the Emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes (Ballet ZarYevka); choreography for the Pacific Opera production of Don Giovanni, Oklahoma! Dance Medley for the Victoria Symphony, and scenes for a Beatle’s Ballet at the Victoria Butchart Gardens. He received his training at the San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Ballet Academy, and CalArts. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland.
Musical Theatre Mentor
Matthew Howe graduated with Honors from the University of Victoria in 1985. Through 1997, he taught extensively in high school theatre and music programs, directed and choreographed for a variety of theatre companies, served on church worship teams and performed professionally in the Victoria region.
In 1994, Mr. Howe was Choral Director of the 1200 member ensemble for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremonies. Following additional training at Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York, Mr. Howe became Resident Director/Choreographer and Master Teacher at the Tony Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2005/6 he was named Twin Cities Director of the Year. He returned to Victoria to join the staff of The Canadian College of Performing Arts in August 2007. In addition to continuing to teach at CCPA, he is in his seventh year as Performing Arts Director at Pacific Christian Secondary School. Locally, Matthew has worked with The Linden Singers, The Victoria Conservatory of Music, The Belfry Theatre, The Victoria Operatic Society (The Will Rogers Follies, The Wizard of Oz, and Les Miserables), Gotta Getta Gimmick, and The Oak Bay Beach Hotel (It’s Christmas!). In addition to his local projects, Matthew continues to work as a freelance director and educator locally and internationally.
Voice Master Class
Sara has been teaching students of all ages from beginners to professional singers and actors for the past 36 years. She began her teaching career at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and has taught voice at St. Margaret’s Girls School, and Vocal Jazz at Glenlyon Norfolk School.
For 20 years Sara was director of The Muse Performing Arts Studio in Victoria, teaching private voice, acting and musical theatre. Many of her private students and choral groups have won awards and have been selected to Provincial and National festivals. She also served as musical director for Cinderella, Bears, and Music Man with the Oak Bay Theatre Society.
Over the past 45 years, Sara has expressed her passion for music theatre in her involvement in numerous productions both on and off stage. She has enjoyed playing leading roles in community theatre productions in both standard and new works. She continues to perform as a guest and solo recitalist and is presently working on a new recital. For the past two years, Sara has been performing with Darold Roles, Ron Schuster and Susan Smitten in The Brat Pack.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Music (with distinction), University of Victoria, AVCM diplomas in Voice performance and vocal pedagogy and is a Certified Life Coach. She is a great believer in lifelong learning and has no plans to stop! Sara is delighted to be back for her seventh year at CCPA. After a year as Acting Education Director, she is looking forward to returning to her duties as Chair of the Voice Department and private voice teacher.
Soprano, Private Voice
Voice Master Class
Glenda Balkan-Champagne is equally at home on stage in musical theatre, opera and concert stages. In the coveted role of Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera, she toured across Canada, landing in Toronto, where she performed the role for several years. On Broadway, Glenda performed the role of Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide. As a frequent guest with Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Glenda appeared as Elvira in I Puritani, Mireille in Mireille, Countess Olga in Fedora (with Ben Heppner) and the Fairy Godmother in Massenet’s Cendrillon. She was the original Ann Smith in Harry Somer’s Serinette and workshopped Theatre Passe Muraille’s rock version of Rigoletto in the role of Gilda. Glenda has performed as soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Montreal, Quebec, Atlantic, Hamilton, Edmonton and Victoria Symphonies. She has frequently been heard nationally in recital on CBC and Radio Canada. Glenda’s interest in the movement has led her to become a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and she is on the executive board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. Her skills as a yoga teacher, combined with her passion for voice teaching, led to a series of classes at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. She has given Master Classes for the Drama and Musical Theatre departments at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and at the Junior Summer Vocal Academy at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Glenda is pleased to be back at CCPA for her ninth year.
Jane graduated with a B. Mus. from the University of Victoria in 1978 and received a Teaching Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 1981. From 1981 to 1997, she was a coach and accompanist at the Bruckner Privatuniversitaet in Linz, Austria. Since returning to Victoria in 1997, Jane has been active as a freelance accompanist. Jane is the pianist for Capriccio Vocal Ensemble, the Linden Singers and the Victoria Children’s Choir. She plays for several voice studios and for the choral programs at the Junior and Middle campuses of St. Michael’s University School. Jane performs regularly with Wendy Stofer in the piano duo “KlaVIERhands”. Passionate about teaching music theory, Jane’s students have received high marks on RCM exams.
Music Director/Musical Theatre Research
Mr. Hill has directed the music for nearly one hundred and fifty musicals, reviews and industrials. Not only has he written four musicals, he has arranged over a dozen of them and has founded/co-founded nine theatre companies. Mr. Hill received the Award of Merit from the Government of Canada and has written for National Theatre Magazine. Educated at the University of Michigan and Princeton, he has worked, taught and directed with the likes of Berthold Carrière, Robin Phillips, Bill Hutt, Martha Henry, Bernard Hopkins, Howard Dick, Anna Russell, Eugene Ormandy and Robert Shaw.
Mr. Hill has also worked with:
- Stratford Festival
- The Shaw Festival
- Huron Country Playhouse
- The Grand Theatre
- University of Western Ontario
- The U.N.
- The Royal and MacPherson Theatres
- Langham Court Theatre
- The Royal York Hotel
- Sheridan College
- Fanshaw Community College
Mr. Hill has been an organist for over fifty-five years and is currently the organist and choir director at St. Matthias Anglican Church in Victoria where a new three manual organ has just been installed.
Mezzo Soprano Rebecca Hass is an active singer, actor,vocal teacher, freelance writer, radio documentary creator, broadcaster and life and performance coach. As a performer she has had a widely varied career, appearing across Canada with almost every opera company and numerous symphonies as a principal performer in operas and concerts by composers from Mozart to Wagner. A swing in the Toronto Cast of Phantom of the Opera, Rebecca has been a featured music theatre performer with the Belfry Theatre and Theatre Skam. Self-produced works have included a one-woman show called Wanna Sing a Showtune and most recently her piece His Kiss was featured at the Spark Festival, Belfry Theatre and The Ring in 10 for Theatre Skam’s Bike Ride which was voted audience favourite in 2014. As a Certified Creative Living Coach, Rebecca has worked extensively with up and coming performing artists in opera and music theatre at Opera Nuova, St. Andrews Opera Workshop, Calgary Opera and Pacific Opera. She offers tools in goal setting and ways to effectively meet the challenges of making a living and a life, as an artist. She is also in demand as a vocal teacher and dramatic coach and is a guest often at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, University of Victoria Voice Department and Opera Nuova. Rebecca is a regular writer and guest host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera on CBC Radio 2 and can be heard on Radio One as well with documentaries and personal essays that have been featured on The Sunday Edition, North by North West, and Tapestry. An avid storyteller, Rebecca lives in Victoria BC where she juggles her many creative pursuits and continues to make time to work with singing performers on the craft of strong storytelling through voice.
Ms. Tooby-MacDonald successfully operated her own school of dance for 35 years, aiding students to achieve recognition with performance and choreography awards at local, provincial, national and international levels. A progressive, energetic and dedicated teacher, Janice has trained with major LA and New York faculties throughout Canada and the U.S. This has allowed her to further her knowledge of the art of tap dance under the tutelage of such international dance luminaries as Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Al Gilbert, Dianne Walker, Arthur Duncan, Heather Cornell and Henry LeTang. With an extensive background in dance, Janice has over 40 years of teaching experience and knowledge in tap, ballet, jazz and musical theatre. She is proud to be a member of the teaching faculty of the Canadian College Of Performing Arts since its inception in 1998.
Contemporary/Modern Dance/Musical Theatre Mentor
Jessica Hickman is a multi-disciplinary artist, who works as an independent choreographer, director, teacher, puppeteer, and producer. While living in Victoria, Jessica has been lucky to have worked with companies such as The Belfry Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Theatre SKAM, Gotta Getta Gimmick, VOS, Theatre Inconnu, and the Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre.
In addition to her work on Vancouver Island, Jessica often travels to the Yukon where she is the Co-Artistic Director of a Yukon-based company called Open Pit Theatre. With the help of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Yukon Territorial Government, Open Pit Theatre will be premiering a new play based on over 200 interviews with Yukon residents in the fall of 2016. Over the past two years, she was invited to work with Ramshackle Theatre (based in Whitehorse) at the Banff Centre for the Arts to develop a brand new cardboard puppet show called Tombstone: A Sci-Fi Western. Jessica will be visiting Whitehorse and Vancouver in May 2016 to premier Tombstone at the rEvolver Festival and the Yukon Arts Centre. This past summer, Jessica worked in Drumheller, AB as the Crowd Director for The Canadian Badlands Passion Play.
Locally this season, you can see Jessica’s choreography in both A Christmas Carol and Puttin’ on the Ritz at The Belfry Theatre. Jessica was chosen to participate in the “New Incubator Project” where she will be developing a new play at The Belfry over the next two years. This is Jessica’s fifth consecutive year teaching at CCPA, and she is happy to be returning once again.
Angela Mousseau is a 2002 graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she majored in modern dance focusing on Horton, Limon and Taylor techniques. At University of the Arts, she studied with directors, choreographers and dancers from The Paul Taylor Company, The Limon Company, PHILADANCO, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Koresh Dance Company, Momix and many others. Angela has performed in Philadelphia and New York Fringe Festivals, at the National Dance Day in Philadelphia, and with The Next Stage Project (directed by Jana Hicks and AKRNYM Dance Company in New York City). She also appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Gardens, NYC in 2003. Angela’s choreography has been commissioned by studios and companies across the United States and Canada. Many of her students have gone on to study at The National Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Program, Alvin Ailey and The University of the Arts. Angela is currently on faculty at Dansko Studios, Boston Dance Collective, Westcoast Performing Arts Academy, the Victoria Academy of Ballet, and is the resident choreographer of Convergence Contemporary Ballet. She is excited to be teaching all the talented students at The Canadian College of Performing Arts for the upcoming season.
Musical Theatre Styles
Alison grew up in Victoria, where she began to dance at the age of two and was in her first musical at age six. She trained in RAD ballet and ISTD tap and modern where she completed levels up to Advanced 2. Alison competed in numerous competitions on the island and in Vancouver, winning thousands of dollars in scholarships and countless awards. She was heavily involved with the theatre community in Victoria where she worked on many productions with companies such as The Victoria Operatic Society, Langham Court, and Kaleidoscope Theatre. A graduate (with honours) of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she was awarded the scholarship for Strongest Audition in Canada as well as the Triple Threat Award. After completing her year at CCPA she did her first equity contract with the Vancouver Opera at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre doing West Side Story. Shortly after, Alison signed with Melissa Panton at da Costa Talent, one of the top theatre agencies in the country. She moved to Vancouver to train at Harbour Dance Centre in their intensive training program and continued to work as a professional theatre performer on the side. One of the dance films Alison assistant choreographed and was a featured dancer in was in various film festivals and won NYC Dance Magazine Video of the Month. In the past few years Alison’s career has taken off and she has been consistently working. Some recent credits include Spamalot (Arts Club) West Side Story (Rainbow Stage) and Singing In The Rain (Capitol Theatre Arts). She has also been accepted into the Banff/Citadel professional training program for 2016 and will be performing in West Side Story at the Citadel Theatre in the Spring. Alison loves sharing her passion with others and hopes to inspire others to really follow their dreams and gain confidence in themselves to believe that they can achieve anything they put their minds towards.
Opera director Alison Greene studied music and theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Music. In her career as an opera director in Canada, Alison has been associated with Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton Opera, Opera Ontario, Opera Lyra Ottawa, and the National Arts Centre Summer Opera, Ottawa.
International credits include Mobile Opera, Alabama, and the opera of the Grand Théatre de Geneve, Switzerland. She is in much demand as a teacher and has taught for and staged productions for the opera studios of McGill University, Montreal, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, the University of Victoria, and the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio and Collegium Vocal Program. Alison has also directed and written for the Pacific Opera Victoria – Opera in the Schools Program, with productions including a Coast Salish version of Hansel and Gretel. Recently she directed Noye’s Fludde for the Pacific Opera Victoria Benjamin Britten Centenary Festival. Alison was the first recipient of the Brian McMaster Opera Bursary awarded by the Vancouver Opera Guild and has been awarded artist grants by the Canada Council. She received her M.A. in Theatre History from the University of Victoria, British Columbia and is a recently published academic writer with a contributing chapter in the text Opera Indigene: “Re/Presenting First Nations and Indigenous Cultures”.
Representative for the Royal Conservatory of Music
A long-time resident of Victoria, Tatiana is a ballet pianist who began her career in Moscow – the mecca of Russian Ballet – in 1974. She began working as a ballet pianist at the Moscow State Concert department with renowned Asaf Messerer (uncle of M. Plisetskaya) and his wife Iryna Tichomirnova in 1975. She later joined the State Institute of Performing Arts, followed by work at the Bolshoi Company. Tatiana was awarded a state contract to travel to Syria to help establish the first Arabic Performing Arts Academy in the Middle East. After her return to Russia, in 1990 she immigrated to Canada and continued with her passion for working with professional dancers.
For the last 25 years Tatiana has accompanied numerous classes, rehearsals, master classes, ballet exams, dance productions, collaborating with most of the professional companies across Canada and the U.S. Her exceptional musicality and gentle touch has inspired talented dancers at the National Ballet of Canada, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Chicago Ballet, and the prime ballet company in the U.S.: the Joffrey Ballet.
She joined Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning, the co-founders of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 1999. Since that time she has been an ongoing supporter and contributor of the College dance department.
Luba Ellis comes from the Russian Far East. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Piano and Concertmasters, and a Master’s Degree in Linguistics and Education. While in Russia she was a Deputy Director and held a senior position in a State Music School in Khabarovsk, which is a sister city to Victoria. She arrived in Canada in September 1999 and has since worked as a Ballet accompanist and piano teacher. She has worked with Canadian celebrities like Karen Kain, Evelyn Heart, Jean Grand-Maître and many others. She is always invited to accompany classes for touring Ballet companies from Canada and around the world: Ballet West, Contemporary Ballet from the UK. She also accompanies master classes and exams for the Cecchetti society and RAD. She truly believes in the power of education enabling our students to liberate and realise their potential, enhancing the value of performing arts and culture.
Ron’s passion for the Arts has taken him on a journey of over thirty award-winning years as an arts administrator/consultant and professional artist in Canada. He has worked in several communities throughout Western Canada where he was heavily involved as a performer, director and writer in dance, musical theatre and film. His teaching experiences at post-secondary institutions involve work in major Theatre Studies and Motion Picture Arts Programs (including Red Deer College, University of Alberta and Keyano College). In addition, Ron has experience utilizing arts and culture for community development.
- Ron has worked in the non-profit sector for numerous years and has a long list of successes. Highlights of some of his accomplishments include;
- Implementing the “Red Deer Community Cultural Master Plan” in conjunction with the city of Red Deer and a team of community members.
- Project Management for ten simultaneous projects that resulted from winning the first “Cultural Capitals of Canada Award – 2003” which was awarded to a mid-sized city.
- Purchased a building of historical significance and developed it into a new artspace (The Scott Block) for a non-profit society.
- Developed a successful bid and served as Culture Director for 2006 Alberta Summer Games in Red Deer which were applauded for their organization and creativity.
- Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the professional Musical Theatre troupe, KOMPANY! that toured nationally and internationally for 28 years.
- Facilitated numerous film training programs and International film festivals for the National Screen Institute of Canada.
- Ron embraces the opportunity to work with the incredible team (Board, Staff, Faculty and volunteers) of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society to ensure the future sustainability of the organization and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.