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Theatre Instructors

Nicole DesLauriers

Nicole Deslauriers has taught and directed people of all ages but focuses on working with children. She is the Pre-Performance Coordinator at CircusWest and has recently worked on productions with Stone’s Throw Productions and Shadows and Dreams Theatre Company. As a theatre artist she has worn many hats but prefers teaching, directing, and choreography. Her training includes clowning, puppetry, mask, circus arts, and dance. She believes that theatre is an amazing tool for teaching creativity, flexibility, and acceptance and focuses on collaborative creation and collective storytelling. Classes: Drama, Playmaking

Catherine Falkner

Catherine is an interdisciplinary performer who mashes together comedy, grotesque, vaudeville and stand-up. Her material is made from her own experiences and curiosity surrounding loners and misfits in emotional states of insecurity. Her performances investigate relationship boundaries with an active audience, and the use of alienation as a way to engage a consciousness of responsibility and a critical approach to the work. Collaborative, site-specific and DIY is the best formula for her to work in. She discovers costumes, characters, space and set which feed back into her performances in amplifying loops, and seeks inspiration from magazines, news articles, clothing, household items, light sources, sound, vinyl records, photography as well as film and video. Courses: Drama, Playmaking

Deanna Overland

From the first paid performance in her living room at the age of four, Deanna realized a creative life of theatre was meant to be in her cards. Throughout the years she has been an actor, singer and dancer on the stage and screen at home and abroad. When not performing she loves to teach children of all ages how to “embrace the weird” and express themselves with abandon. For almost a decade she has loved her time teaching drama, music theatre and speech arts at the Shadbolt Centre. Prior to her time at the Shadbolt she has taught theatre, voice and dance to students in private dance schools and summer camps in Ontario and BC. Deanna is a graduate of the esteemed Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program and is currently completing her honours baccalaureate. She has also studied with many teachers in film and stage across Canada and so brings a wealth of practical knowledge as well as years of study. Deanna is a member of CDTA, CAEA, UBCP and ACTRA. Classes: Musical Theatre, Speech Arts

Leah Fong

Leah is originally from Vancouver, BC where her love of acting began while studying at the Arts Umbrella Pre Professional Theatre Program. After graduating from Concordia University, in Montreal, with a BFA in Theatre Performance and Education, she became a member of Geordie Productions touring company, which won her her first Dora award in 2018. She has been teaching acting and theatre to young people ranging in age from 2- 22 for the last eight years alongside pursuing her career in theatre, voice, and stunts. Leah’s instructing style pulls from many inspirations including Fitz Maurice and Linklater Voice methods, Decroux and Lecoq mime, Meisner, Depaul clown, as well as her own previous professional experiences. Classes: Speech Arts, Podcasting

Orsy Szabo

Orsy Szabo holds a BA in Theatre from UBC and an MA in Acting from the New Actors Workshop in NYC. She has been teaching acting to children of all ages since 2010. Orsy is the co-founder of Yellow Heart Pictures, where she makes films about real people in vulnerable situations with a focus on strong female characters. Her work has played at International Film Festivals, CBC, Telus Optik, enRoute Air Canada and can be found online. Classes: Acting for Camera, Speech Arts, Screenwriting

Erik Gow

Erik Gow is an award winning local actor, musician, composer, music director, and writer. This will be Erik’s second year teaching with the Shadbolt Centre. He also instructs at UBC, The Gateway Theatre Academy, The Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, and coaches professional actors and performers privately from his home studio. He has performed as an actor with many of the above companies, and more on the west coast, as well as in film, television, and voiceover. He completed his theatre training at Studio 58, and works, plays, and lives in the traditional unceded Coast Salish Territories. Classes: Speech Arts, Musical Theatre

 

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