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Instructor Profiles

Jennifer Aoki

Jennifer has loved dance since the age of three. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Simon Fraser University, and is co-founder of Vancouver-based dance collective Triadic Dance Works. She has continued her training and performing in Canada, US, and Europe. Jennifer teaches dance at Bonsor Community Complex, Urban Dance Co, University Highlands Elementary, and Killarney Community Centre. “I enjoy sharing my joy and passion in dance with my students and am inspired by their creativity and imagination.” 

Melissa Thorpe Bernardis

After completing her Arts degree at Simon Fraser University, Melissa’s design and illustration work quickly gained international attention. Her works hang in private collections and are valued additions to several public collections also. Melissa uses multiple-disciplines in her own practice: illustration, textiles and digital media are all pulled together in her pieces, which are characterized by their amplified contrast. She vacillates naturally between traditional and street/urban styles, resonating with a wide audience. Through her work, Melissa navigates her interests in popular culture and society history. Melissa has a natural, joy-filled and accessible approach to art instruction; her students can look forward to evolving as artists as well as individuals.

Patricia Brooke

Patricia Brooke is a BC certified drama and history teacher as well as an actor, director and producer. She is a co-founder of Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company, who have produced nine shows in the last five years. Recent stage credits include Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and On the Verge. Every summer you can catch her performing at the band shell in Queen’s Park. Patricia teaches a variety of drama programs at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Eileen Dailly and various Burnaby schools for Community Arts Outreach.

Heather Carpenter

Heather is a graduate of the National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and the London Contemporary Dance School in England, from which she holds a choreography certificate. She holds her Intermediate and Associate Diploma Cecchetti teaching degrees. Heather teaches for the Shadbolt Outreach Program and for the Dance Program at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

Stefano Giulianetti

Fluent in English, Italian and French, Vancouver-born actor Stefano has performed extensively in theatre, television and voice-overs. Recent credits include Almost America, The Collector, Sketch Troop and cartoon Master Keaton. He has acted in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Mr. Funkenstein’s Monster and various cutting edge plays. March 2012 he will be performing at The Shadbolt Centre for The Arts in Fresco with Bella Luna Productions.

Rosemary Hanna

Rosemary Hanna, M.A., is an accomplished B.C. artist and creative arts program educator. Her juried works are collected internationally and are featured in Canadian galleries. Her graduate scholarship, Master of Arts, Simon Fraser University, is complemented by extensive studies in fine arts, design and architecture (Emily Carr University, U. Manitoba). She loves inspiring students of all ages in vibrant mixed media art forms. Rosemary's favorite portfolio - architectural and wilderness arts in lush coastal colours.

Sharon Heath

Sharon’s teaching began directly after graduation from The National Theatre School of Canada in 1987 and has continued ever since. She teaches from a trained theatre and improvisational background with the specialty of working with 7 – 12 year olds building and rehearsing short scripts for presentation. She has also taught stand-up comedy, clown, improvisation, Shakespeare text, scene and monologue study, acting for camera, auditioning and directing.

Jay Johnson

Jay learned how to make moving contraptions by taking things apart as a kid. He went on to graduate from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1993. His kinetic sculpture and video work have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe. His teaching experience includes sessional classes for children at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and within the Vancouver public school system.

Marcia Jones

Marcia has a passion for creative and therapeutic movement. Her specialty is working with infants and young children. She has over 12 years experience learning and practicing somatic therapies and dance/movement. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) in the Bartenieff Fundamentals™ and Laban Movement Analysis. She has trained in Brain-Compatible Dance Education and Dance Movement Therapy. She also holds a professional certificate in Integrative Body Psychotherapy. She supports and participates in the local community of dancers of Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms ™ and in other expressive and healing somatic practices.

Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa holds a BFA from the School for Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University and has enjoyed teaching for over 5 years. Her continuing studies include visual culture studies, philosophy, sociology, pedagogy and publishing. Vanessa has experience with a variety of cartooning and art techniques, including Manga and Eastern storytelling. Vanessa teaches our after-school Drawing & Cartooning Programs at a variety of Burnaby Elementary Schools. These classes are a few of the many Shadbolt Centre for The Arts Outreach Programs which take place throughout The City of Burnaby. 

Mimi Kemball

Mimi’s commitment to arts instruction and her patience and joy while working with children make her an asset to Direct Community Programs. Trained at the Alberta College of Art, she spent her early years designing and instructing art classes at the Edmonton Art Gallery. Since moving here in 1997 she has taught Visual Arts Programs to many lucky children in Burnaby schools and Community Centres.

Jessica Lin

Inspired by Laban / Bartenieff Studies, Jessica believes in the connection between brain and body, how it is really about dancing with “your heart”, and that there is a strong mathematical aspect to the whole equation. She is a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor with a wide range of influences. She grew up in Taiwan and received a BA in dance from the Taiwan National University of Physical Education in 2000. She has performed professionally throughout Europe and Asia and taught in Taiwan and Canada since 1999. Jessica continues to pass on the passion of dance to the next generation.

Mona Lochan

Mona Lochan is a practicing interdisciplinary artist, photographer and certified teacher. She graduated with a BFA from Emily Carr University and a B.ED from SFU. Mona instructs and facilitates skilled and unique visual arts programs throughout Greater Vancouver. She has a great passion for the arts and believes in the profound affect it has. Mona creates art with individuals from many diverse communities helping them empower themselves through art. Mona's exhibitions include photography installation, mixed media, drawing, painting, sculpture, text and environmental art.

Natasha Lutz

Originally from Brampton Ontario, Natasha has been teaching people of all ages and stages since 2003. She is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre's
Professional Training Program, where she learned from a number of renowned artists from Canada and abroad. Over the years Natasha has also enjoyed a wonderful performance career working with many amazingly talented people, and dancing on various stages throughout Canada. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students with whom she is always learning and gaining inspiration. She is proud to be a part of the Shadbolt family.

Philippa Myler

Philippa Myler is an emerging contemporary dance artist living in Vancouver.  She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in dance and a BA in English and currently teaches creative dance to young children at Arts Umbrella on Granville Island and for Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Outreach Programs. In addition to teaching, Philippa is pursing a professional career as a dancer and choreographer. She has performed her own choreography in such productions as the Firehall’s 12 Minutes Max, and the Cultch’s Ignite! Youth Festival, and at Second Storey Theatre’s Summer Heat Arts Festival in Port Coquitlam.

Shauna Paull

Shauna Paull is a poet, educator and community advocate. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia in 1999. Since then, she has led creative writing workshops at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In community, Shauna works together with migrating women for equality, mobility and labour rights. She recently led Poetry for the People workshops at the Rhizome Cafe.  Her book of poems, roughened in undercurrent was published in April 2008 by Leaf Press.

Rebecca Shorten

Rebecca has been involved with the Burnaby Arts scene all her life, beginning with summer KidzArt day camps, several painting and drawing classes, and Advanced Placement in Fine Arts at Burnaby North Secondary. Her family has always encouraged her artistic endeavours and, with this foundation, discovered pottery as a creative outlet while she pursued her MA in History and Bachelor of Education. Rebecca has since become a member of the Burnaby Potters’ Guild and actively enjoys continuing to learn about this dynamic medium. In her spare time, Rebecca dabbles in oil pastels and is learning to make silver jewellery.

Anna Talbot

Anna Talbot is a graduate of Emily Carr University where she majored in printmaking. Her involvement in the arts as led her to work at the Shadbolt Arts Centre, the City of Burnaby Community Arts Development Program and in various community classes held throughout Burnaby. Anna has an active art practice which includes wearable art, textiles, printmaking, drawing and painting. Her classes focus on encouraging children and teens to explore the process of making art through a creative variety of mediums and techniques.

Shelley Tucker

Shelley believes that art is as fundamental as the air we breathe.  That philosophy is evident in her commitment to teaching art to, and sharing her passion with, students of all ages and all abilities.  Graduating in 2008 with a BFA from Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts, Shelley has had the privilege of working with students as an instructor at the Burnaby Art Gallery and in community programs through the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.  Her own art practice is photo-based, but she continues to expand her repertoire as she encourages experimentation for both her and her students.