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OMARI NEWTON

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR  |  Instructor, Audition Coach

Omari Newton is an award-winning professional actor, writer, director, and producer. As a writer, his original Hip Hop theatre piece Sal Capone has received critical acclaim and multiple productions, including a recent presentation at Canada’s National Arts Centre. He has been commissioned by Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) in Montreal to write a companion piece to Sal Capone entitled Black & Blue Matters. The new piece is set to premiere at BTW in 2019.

Newton’s work in Speakeasy Theatre's production of Young Jean Lee's The Shipment earned him a 2017-2018 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor, as well as a nomination for Best Direction.

Notable film & TV credits include: Lucas Ingram on Showcase’s "Continuum", Larry Summers on "Blue Mountain State" and lending his voice to the "Black Panther" in multiple animated projects (Marvel). Most recently, Omari has a recurring role as Nate on "Corner Gas" (the animated series) and a recurring role as Corvus of Netflix’s hit new animated series "The Dragon Prince".

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Voice-Over Classes, Audition on Camera, Scene Study, Crafting The Actor

 

AGAM DARSHI

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Audition Coach

Agam Darshi is a Canadian actress and filmmaker. Born in England and raised all over Canada, Agam Darshi is an award winning actor, writer and filmmaker currently splitting her time between Vancouver BC and Los Angeles, California. Agam Darshi is the co‐founder of Western Canada’s very first INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL (VISAFF). Most recently, Agam wrote and performed the one‐woman show “Burning Point” at the Railtown Actors Studio as a workshop presentation, to sold out audiences and rave reviews. To date, Agam has written and produced five short films.

 

As a successful actress, Agam has been working professionally across Canada and the United States for the past 14 years. In 2012 she won a Leo Award for best supporting actress for her role as Jasleen Recket in Bruce Sweeney’s crime drama “Crimes of Mike Reckett”, which premiered at TIFF. Agam has starred in numerous TV series such as “Played” (CTV), “Sanctuary” (SYFY) and “Dan For Mayor” (CTV). She was also a cast member in Emmy winner Jason Katims’ pilot “County” (NBC) and worked alongside Carrie Anne Moss in the pilot “Normal” (LIFETIME). Most recently Agam Darshi is recurring in “You Me Her” (DIRECT TV), and “The Romeo Section” (CBC). She also appears in the critically acclaimed feature film “Brain on Fire”, which premiered at TIFF this past year.

 

ANDREA STEFANCIKOVA

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Instructor, Audition Coach

Andrea was born in Bratislava, at the time in a communist Czechoslovakia, now the capital of Slovakia, and immigrated to Vancouver in 1998 with her parents, brother and dog. Growing up in a family of artists, she has been immersed in the creative world since a very young age. She danced, played piano, took painting classes, sang in the choir, but her deepest passion was acting and writing. Emerging as an actor through Meisner she also studied drama in Montreal (John Strasberg included), and Lyric in Vancouver, BC.

 

Andrea has appeared in films/TV including the E! Network's scripted drama, “The Arrangement”, created by Jonathan Abrahams (Mad Men), CBS's “Zoo” (Billy Burke, Nonso Anozie), the crime thriller “Dark Harvest” directed by James Hutson. She’s the star of an upcoming arthouse/action feature, “Velvet” (working title), directed by Kirk Caouette, and she has a memorable performance in the humanitarian feature called “Unmasked”, directed by Mostafa Keshavari. Most recently, you can catch her in the all-female-crew Canadian lesbian drama “Below Her Mouth” and in the upcoming action-adventure spy thriller trilogy, “AST” (Jesper Christensen, Robert Maillet).

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Kids Foundations, Teens Fundamentals Two ActingCrafting The Actor

 

CHRISTIE BURKE

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Instructor, Audition Coach

Christie Burke is an actress who is fast making a name for herself. With a lead role in the new ‘Vicious Brothers’ motion picture “Still/Born”, following a recurring role on “Van Helsing” and the Canadian drama “Strange Empire” it was her principal role in the blockbuster Twilight Saga “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” that instantly garnered her international attention and recognition. Joining superstars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Burke played their on-screen teenage vampire/human daughter named Renesemee.  Other projects in which she has appeared include Spielberg's “Falling Skies”, J.J. Abrams's “Almost Human” as a guest star, the Leo Award nominated feature “Black Fly”, and numerous indie films.

 

Named after Christie Brinkley, Burke was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Born to a Canadian mother who is a former national level gymnast and a Kiwi father, who constructs movie sets, Burke had a very modest upbringing with her younger sister Zoe and brother Mark. Art-driven from a young age, she first realized she wanted to act after watching the movie ‘Titanic’, where she was so moved by the dramatic story that she wanted to touch others in the same way. It wasn't until high school, where she joined the improv team, that she began actively working towards her dream. On the fast track to stardom, Christie is destined to become one to watch in Hollywood.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Kids Foundations, Teens Fundamentals Two Acting, Crafting The Actor

 

DAVID KAYE

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Teacher, Audition Coach

David is an actor/producer who has been working in film and TV since the age of four. At the age of eleven, he began working as a voice actor as well in cartoons and video games. In 2008, he started a small film production company with Jameson Parker while enrolled at the University of British Columbia. David graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Acting. David has had a hand in putting together over 50 productions including music videos, short films, web commercials, branded content, and web series'. David is currently producing and performing in an animated series and a feature film, as well as writing a hip hop musical for the stage.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Voice-Over Classes, Kids Foundations, Teens Fundamentals Two Acting, Crafting The Actor

 

JAY HINDLE

Teacher, Audition Coach

Jay is a professional actor and producer who works on both national and international stages. He’s the co-founder of Archetype Pictures and has been acting for twenty years, producing for six. Graduating with distinction from the University of Victoria, Canada with a B.F.A in Acting, Jay performed in over 10 lead roles. He’s guest starred on the CBD comedy “The Ex-List”; a lead in the 20th Century Fox feature film “I Am”; “Green Valley” and “Seeing Other People”. He performed three National Tours in the UK of "Macbeth", "Much Ado About Nothing" and "Twelfth Night" and produced and directed theatre in Torquay, England. He's acted in over 30 theatrical productions in Canada, the US and England.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Kids Intro To ActingActor's Chop Shop, Crafting The Actor

 

JESSE JAMES

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A Los Angeles industry veteran who’s recently relocated to Vancouver, Jesse James has been working with Hollywood’s biggest talent for nearly 25 years. From getting his start as Helen Hunt’s son in the Oscar-winning “As Good As It Gets”, to starring roles in films such as “Blow”, “The Butterfly Effect”, “Pearl Harbor” and “The Amityville Horror”, to recently making guest star appearances on “Mad Men” and “The Good Doctor”, he’s known as a tireless worker and consummate professional. Having worked with iconic directors (Robert Altman, James L Brooks, etc) and studied under renowned coaches (Ivana Chubbuck, Amy Lyndon, Andrew Magarian, Leigh Kilton-Smith), Jesse is pleased and excited to share his experience with the Vancouver acting/filmmaking community!

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Audition on Camera, Crafting The Actor

 

KIERAN SEQUOIA

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Kieran Sequoia is a proud dual Canadian/United States citizen of First Nations, Mexican, and European heritage.  Kieran works creatively as a performer; Breaking Bad (AMC), The Night Shift (NBC), Hailey Dean Mysteries (Hallmark), Jerusalem (Dora Award, Globe and Mail Named Top Productions of the Decade) production team; Daybreak (Netflix), Godless (Netflix), Magnificent 7 (MGM), Shot Caller (Bold Films) and independent producer; In God We Trust (Cannes Short Film Selection). Kieran sits on board of the Neworld Theatre  in Vancouver, B.C., under the artistic direction of Marcus Youssef and Chelsea Haberlin. She earned her BFA in acting from the College of Santa Fe in 2009 and studied intensively in NYC with Ted Bardy and Clare Davidson.

 

MAGDA APANOWICZ

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Magda Apanowicz began her life in Poland until she was in the ninth grade and fell in love with acting at the age of 10 when her brother introduced her to the Quentin Tarantino film "Pulp Fiction". Magda began her professional career in the television series "Jeremiah and John Doe". She went on to star as ‘Andy Jensen’ in the series "Kyle XY" and also starred in the Hallmark original movie "Every Second Counts". After the success of "Kyle XY", she appeared in the critically acclaimed series "Caprica" as ‘Lacy Rand’. She followed "Caprica" with starring roles on CW's "Hellcats" and a comedy web series: "Husbands". While joining the cast of Sci-Fi series "Continuum" for three seasons, Magda also starred in a number of movies for television including "Holiday Wishes", "Devil’s Diary", and "Fatal Memories". She has also recurred, and guest starred on many television series including "The L Word", "Robot Chicken", "The Mentalist" and "Motive". Magda starred in the box office hit "The Green Inferno" for horror master director Eli Roth and can be seen starring in the films "The Butterfly Effect", "Dead Souls", and "A Reason". Magda recently starred in the Tony Dean Smith film "Volition", and is guest starring on the mega hit CW series "Supernatural".

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Foundations I, Foundations II, Crafting The Actor

 

MICHAEL ANTONAKOS

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Michael spent his early years performing with The Rocky Mountain Shakespeare Company, and later at The Banff Centre of Fine Arts. Michael studied theatre and musical theatre under the guidance of the Canadian icon Sylvia Hosie. He has over six years formal voice training with world-renowned Russian Master, Nikoli Kolesnicov,  and is a graduate of the Citadel/Robbin’s Academy for Actors. In theatres across Canada, Michael has performed in such shows as the world premier of "Ga Ting", the first Canadian productions of "In the Heights" and "Fiorello". Michael has received two nominations for Best Actor and an Ovation Award for Best Musical. His television credits range from shows such as "Supernatural", "Arrow", "Continuum", "Falling Skies". His film roles Include: "WarCraft", "Odysseus: and the Isle of the Mist", "Pants on Fire", "Postal", "Dungeon Siege 2", "The Sandlot" 2&3, "Blood Brothers", and more. You can catch Michael as 'Alexios' in Assassin's Creed Oyssey! 

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Actor's Chop Shop, Teens Audition Technique, Teen American Dialect, Voice-Over Classes, Crafting The Actor

 

MORGANA WYLLIE

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Morgana Wyllie, is originally from Edmonton Alberta, where she attended and graduated from Victoria School of the Arts. Since moving to Vancouver, Morgana has appeared in a variety of television, film and theatre, most recently "Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics" (AMC). Some of her theatre credits include Carol in "Oleanna" (Farm & Forage Theatre); Three seasons with Shift theatre appearing in "Very Still and Hard to See", "Things that Go Bump in the Night", and "Seascape with Sharks and Dancer", and Sophe in "The Star Spangled Girl" (Groupvan Theatre). 

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Kids Intro To Acting, Kids Scene Study, Teens Audition Technique, Teens Fundamentals To Acting, Comedy Intensive, Crafting The Actor

 

NHI DO

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Nhi grew up in Victoria, BC, the second of three daughters to Vietnamese immigrants. A triple-threat performer, Nhi crossed over from the stage to film and television and has since worked on numerous projects such as: WB's Watchmen; the Canadian Screen Award-nominated webseries, NarcoLeap; and as the lead in Shaftesbury's Upstairs Amy. On stage, Nhi performed as a lead in the Jessie Richardson-nominated Canadian premiere of Heathers: The Musical. Recent projects include: Unspeakable (CBC), Limetown (Facebook Watch), Hospital Show (YouTube), Sisters of Sorrow (Storyhive) and FREYA (Harold Greenburg Fund winner).


Nhi is a graduate of the Summer Training Congress at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and a league coach in the Vancouver Improv League, modeled after Quebec's National Improvisation League (LNI) style of fast-paced improvised theatre. 

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Crafting The Actor

 

ROBYN ROSS

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Robyn Ross’ acting career started over four decades ago with a soup commercial and she’s been working ever since. Nominated for three Leo Awards and a Best Actress in a Cable Series/Youth In Film Award for her lead role on Nickelodeon’s “Fifteen”, with Ryan Reynolds, other selected credits include, the Farrelly brothers’s TV show “Loudermilk”, a recurring role in the acclaimed Netflix series “Riverdale”, the Oscar nominated, “Juno” (director Jason Reitman), “Lucky Seven”, with Patrick Dempsey, “I Want to Marry Ryan Banks” with Bradley Cooper and Jason Priestly, a recurring role on Showtime’s trailblazing, “The L Word” , Cedar Cove with Andie MacDowell and her starring role as Ellie Holman in the acclaimed indie feature, "Suck It Up Buttercup". Robyn has also worked in the voice over world with many roles in the “Megaman” cartoon series including one of the leads, Stacey Forsythe, in Capcom’s very popular “Dead Rising” video game franchise and most recently in the Ricky Gervais animated feature film “The Willoughby’s”. She has studied acting in New York with the venerable Michael Howard and Michael Shurtleff. With an unwavering love for acting, Robyn continues to be inspired by teaching others her craft and finds constant inspiration through the eyes of the actors she has the honor of coaching.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Intro to Voice-Over, Crafting The Actor, All Your Sides, The Business of ShowArt

 

STELLINA RUSICH

Teacher, Audition Coach

Stellina has had a rewarding and varied career in the arts. Over her 30 year career she has worked in all facets of the acting industry; First as a performer, then as a Director, Composer, Teacher and Acting Coach. She has taught a full-time acting program as well as maintaining an ongoing private coaching business. She has appeared in over 60 commercials and numerous Stage, TV and Film roles.

 

Most notable TV & Film credits include: Terminal City, Carpool with David Paymer, Unforgettable opposite Ray Liotta, and Tony Shalhoub's wife on Monk. Stage performances include: Amadeus, Merchant of Venice, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Women in Bed, Night of the Iguana, Little Shop of Horrors, Dark of the Moon, Pal Joey, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Sunshine Boys, Anne of Green Gables, Kiss Me Kate, and many others. These performances have taken her from the Cincinnati Playhouse, to the Citadel Theatre, Stratford Festival, Stage West, Charlottetown Festival, and the North Pole. Directing Credits include: The Wild Party, Almost Maine, Mental the Musical, Stiff Cuffs, Italian American Reconciliation, Four Dogs and a Bone, Twenty Something, Pizza Man, Farewell Ambrosia,

Misconduct and many School Creative and VAS showcases. She has also been an onset Dialogue coach for Disney, YTV and Thunderbird: (2013-2017) ‘Fast Layne’, ‘Mech X4’, ‘Some Assembly Required’ and ‘Mr. Young’.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: The Director's Take, Crafting The Actor

 

STEVEN ROBERTS

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Steven Roberts made his stage debut in 2012 in an original production of "Let me Up", an original touring play. Since then he has been pursuing a career in theatre and film. Steven was nominated for an on screen performance in SIC for Best Supporting Actor by the Maverick Movie Awards in New York City. Since he has worked in film and television, he has a flare for playing tragic, darker roles bringing humor and humanity to light. Some of his most recent credits include "Tully" directed by four-time Academy award nominee Jason Rietman and starred alongside Oscar winner Charlize Theron. Steven has also starred in various television series including recurring roles on "The Romeo Section" and has made other guest appearances on shows such as "Once Upon a Time" and "The Wilding".  He has studied with renowned acting coaches such as Larry Moss and Patsy Rodenburg and is currently making an impact on the independent film community with leading roles in "The Velvet Cut", directed By Shaun Stander and "In God I Trust", directed by Paul Amand due to hit the festival circuit in 2017.

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS: Scene Study, Foundations II, Teens Scene Study, Emotionality & Connection, Script to Screen, Crafting the Actor

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