Past Presenters

Theatre Intensive: Mike Stack

A Shakespearean Collage

Using text from various sources, the participants of the Theatre Intensive will create a brief, unique piece of theatre – a Shakespearean collage. The script itself will be decided on in collaboration with the participants, and will involve elements of text, movement, music and any other talents which our young thespians have to offer. Participants will be required to be in touch with the Workshop Leader prior to the festival, to share their ideas and to help determine the text to be used in the script. Some memorization will be expected by the time you arrive at the festival. Participation is limited to 20 students who must be recommended by their Drama Teacher. Recommendations can be submitted to Mike Stack: mikegstack@gmail.com

Mike is thrilled to be involved with the GoodWill Fest once again! He is an actor, teacher and director who makes his home in East Vancouver. Mike’s most recent performances include The Wizard of Oz and The Cat in the Hat for Carousel Theatre, Sylvia at the Gateway Theatre, and Henry VI and Richard III at Bard on the Beach. Mike also works extensively with young people, leading Shakespeare workshops in schools, as Guest Director at Templeton Secondary in Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland Homelearning community. Mike is a graduate of Studio 58.

Film Intensive: Doug Brown

The Dramatic Short Film
Over the course of the three days the participants will learn the basics of television story-telling. Using the events taking place at the Festival, they will plan, shoot, write and edit feature style stories that will portray the scope of the wide variety of courses and of the diverse personalities taking part.

Doug Brown has been a broadcaster, journalist and film-maker for 3 decades. He is an experienced camera operator, editor and writer of news and award winning documentaries. His short films have played on national cable networks and at a variety of film festivals. Currently the host and producer of go! Okanagan on Shaw TV, Doug covers stories and events from one end of the Valley to the other. Doug also has extensive theatre experience – playing the lead in Macbeth, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Claudius in Hamlet and Mitch in Streetcar named Desire among many others.

Vocal Intensive: Brian Tate

SongGroove: Rhythms of the World
Students will be learning a variety of rhythms and grooves with songs from around the world including songs from Africa, The Caribbean, Australia, BC First Nations, and gospel. There will be opportunities for soloists and extra percussion. No previous experience required – bring your voice, body, and spirit!

Brian Tate directs Vancouver’s 100-voice City Soul Choir and performs with his world music a cappella vocal trio ‘TriVo’. An award-winning composer and popular choral clinician, Brian’s compositions and arrangements reflect his love of world, roots, and gospel music. Brian also teaches singing and choir at Studio 58, Langara College’s professional theatre school.

Writing Intensive: Jeff Topham

Your Award-Winning Life Story
Ryan Gosling’s housekeeper once said, “the only difference between a boring life and an exciting one is how you tell your story.” Well, maybe it wasn’t his housekeeper, but hey, there’s Lesson #1: Don’t let the facts get in the way of the story. In this awesome workshop that mixes writing, photography and documentary film, we’ll examine what makes a good story – and then figure out how to tell’em real good. (*Bring a pen, a notebook, and a camera of some sort.)

Jeff Topham is a handsome and gifted writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver. He’s recently written for nationally broadcasted TV series Border Security, Eat Street and The Liquidator. His travel writing and photography appears regularly in Westworld magazine, and his documentary Liberia 77 has won numerous awards worldwide. He’s swapped stories with George Clooney and David Suzuki and has experienced stomach troubles in makeshift toilets from the Amazon to Timbuktu. (Yes, it’s a real place.) In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, guitars, cheeseburgers and even the odd yoga class. His only regret is that he’s never been to Saskatoon. www.jefftopham.com

Art Intensive: Rose Cowles

Who ART Thou? ? The Art of Playful Portraiture
A creative and whimsical approach to the art of portrait painting and creating. Be prepared to laugh, explore and get a bit messy using a variety of art mediums and techniques on various sized backdrops. Each day will bring it’s own unique challenges and exercises. At the end of three days each student will have a small collection of portraits for display and take home. A “just for fun” BONUS session will be offered to build sock monkey characters either at the start or end of the weekend. Kits will be provided along with a variety of materials to help individualize each monkey to it’s maker. Digital photos of all artwork completed can be provided and sent to a home email address.

Rose Cowles is a Governor General Award nominated artist. She earned a three year diploma in Illustration from Sheridan College in 1990 and has won many awards for both book illustration and graphic design. Her picture books are printed and sold both nationally and internationally. She illustrates, paints large canvasses (on and off stage) and fights with her computer on a full time basis in Victoria, BC. Her training was in book illustration but has found that she can take her skills and apply it to not only book formatted art but to the stage, furniture, fabrics and a canvas of any size. In her all-purpose painting studio Rose has the space and freedom she needs to create larger pieces of art she has always wanted to. Getting messy on a big scale is one of her favorite things to do. In her spare time Rose tends to make a lot of sock monkeys for various reasons and age groups – just because it is fun. Who doesn’t like a sock monkey?

Drama strand: Paul Budra

How To Write A Shakespeare Play
The first audiences of William Shakespeare’s plays had certain expectations when they paid their penny to enter the theatre. If the play they were watching was a tragedy, they expected to see a great man fall from glory. If it was a comedy, they expected to see two young people trying to get married. Shakespeare toyed with those expectations, and we miss a great deal of what is interesting in his plays if we do not understand the genre conventions that he and his audience assumed. In this class we’re going to discuss the four major dramatic genres that Shakespeare used and the story lines and characters that were associated with those genres. Then, with the help of some dice and charts, we will come up with our own “Shakespeare” play.

Paul Budra is a professor of English at Simon Fraser University with a specialization in Shakespeare. He has published four academic books and numerous articles. He has been awarded SFU Excellence in Teaching Award. He delivers the lecture series at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival and has worked with the directors and casts of such Bard productions as Othello and King John.

Drama strand: Allison Rennie

Private Moment, Public Place
What makes you a writer? You actually write. And write. And write. Share your writing. Write some more. In this workshop you will engage in writing exercises that play with language, meter, and the content of life. Come ready to breathe, move your body, and write what matters, what’s true, and what’s real.

Allison Rennie is a poet who uses short form poems to examine the lived reality of the sacred. She incorporates material from a wide variety of sources including local and global news, lived experience, encounters with nature in her own rural back yard. Allison’s varied educational background in cooking school, theatre, physical education, feminist theologies, and women’s studies, strongly influences her art. An artisan, she loves sewing, growing food, and wild yeast bread baking. She has an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies, and an applied Theatre Undergrad through U of T. She lives in Naramata, BC with her partner and a bunch of chickens. http://www.allisonrennie.ca

Drama strand: Karen Elgersma

How to be successful in television:
An interactive performance workshop on how to report/host/talk/voice for television
Learn how to talk, present, interact and host in front of a TV camera. In this hands-on interactive workshop, we will have students put together a mock TV Talk show. Students will take turns being the host and being the guest and learn how to talk to the camera, how to be natural, how to channel their energy, how to conduct an interview and the basics of TV. The students will have fun pretending to be news anchors, TV reporters, entertainment personalities, and talk show hosts. Come prepare to have lots of fun and learn the secrets to being a natural in front of a TV camera!

Karen Elgersma is the Host and Producer of Shaw Media’s go! Island. Karen is passionate about South Vancouver Island and the incredible lifestyle this piece of paradise offers and she brings that passion to her viewers with every story she tells. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts honours degree in writing and journalism from UBC, Karen ran a successful youth magazine in Richmond as well as producing and co-hosting live radio. Before taking on the role as Producer and Host of go! Island, Karen spent the past 18 years as an award-winning Television reporter and Lifestyles Specialist for Shaw TV’s The Daily. Today she loves the challenge of being both the host and producer of go! Island, a popular local magazine show. Producing a new 30 minute show every day, Karen leads her team of reporters and VJ’s to create an engaging West Coast Magazine Television show that highlights the people and places of Vancouver Island. As the producer, Karen is in charge of putting together the story line-up, setting up daily interviews, hosting the show on location (live to tape), and scripting, editing and voicing the show in post-production. Karen is also a freelance voice-over actor, writer, director and film, TV and theatre actor. Karen can be seen hosting many events and fundraisers in the community and also volunteers for many non-profit groups. She is a former board member of Chemainus Theatre, and The Canadian College of Performing Arts. Currently, she is a board member of SAMC (School of Arts, Music and Culture) at Trinity Western University in Langley where her daughter is in second year studying Theatre and Voice. Karen lives in Victoria with her husband Del and their two children Charlotte (when Charlotte is home) and 10 year old son Oliver and dog Reggie. Inspiring people to live their best lives is what Karen believes she is born to do!

Drama Strand: Jason Clift

Jay Clift is a professional actor working out of Vancouver. Born and raised in Summerland, Jay had the privilege of participating in the Good Will Festival during high school to which he apportions a degree of credit for his success as an actor. After his time in Summerland he trained to become an actor at Studio 58’s professional theatre training program. He has since gone on to work with some of the biggest theatre companies in B.C. including the Belfry, Theatre SKAM, Electric Company and Solo Collective. Most recently, Jay performed the role of Peter to great critical acclaim in Hardline Productions’ portrayal of Bug by Tracy Letts. This is Jay’s second year teaching at Good Will, a time which he cherishes for all its fond memories and new experiences.

Drama strand: Julie McIsaac

Work shop: SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION
Get out of your head, and into your body! Allow the text to drop in and resonate within you, then emerge with greater power, sense and beauty. We are planning, thinking beings – but housed within a breathing, moving, ever-responding body. In this dynamic workshop, we’ll explore rehearsal techniques that drop you into Shakespeare’s text, breath and body first. With this emphasis on embodied experience, we’ll move, play, and invite our bodies to discover the vibrant humanity thrumming beneath Shakespeare’s verse. You will feel newly alive and present within the scene, and discover great new ways of truly embodying your text and character.

A graduate of Carleton University and the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Julie is an award-winning performer and theatre director currently based in Vancouver. She has appeared on stages throughout Western Canada, including productions at the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, the Belfry Theatre, the Citadel Theatre, the Caravan Farm Theatre, Carousel Theatre, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. This season, she has appeared as Sister James in Doubt (TheatreOne), Lea in Des fraises en janvier (Theatre la Seizi?me), and Isabella in Measure for Measure (Pacific Theatre). A founding member of the Honest Fishmongers, Julie is particularly passionate about performing Shakespeare, and her stage credits also include Ophelia in Hamlet (Jessie award nomination), Edgar in King Lear, Celia in As You Like It, Miranda in The Tempest and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus. She has twice been an apprentice director at Bard on the Beach, working on Richard II and the 2012 summer hit The Merry Wives of Windsor, and other directing credits include Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Dancing Monkey Presents), Lend Me a Tenor (CCPA/Company C), Countryside Christmas (CTF),Ordinary Days and The Exquisite Hour (Relephant Theatre). An experienced artist-educator, Julie loves sharing her skills and enthusiasm with young performers, and she has worked previously with Learning Through the Arts, the Young Actors Project, Bard’s Young Shakespeareans, and the Carousel Teen Shakespeare Program. Upcoming: a workshop production of her original play, The Out Vigil (Twenty Something Theatre, May/June 2014). Super excited to be back in Summerland for Shakesfest 2014!

Drama strand: Ashlie Atkinson

Musical Theatre Song and Dance
This course is based on the styles created and performed in the contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Emphasis is given on refining the styles of song,acting,and dance combined and performing with precision and accuracy.

  • Objectives:
  • Have a better understanding of Broadway styles
  • Learn techniques to properly execute all three song,act,dance disciplines at once
  • Be able to perform the variation taught
  • Have Fun while doing all of the above!

Born and raised in Penticton B.C. Ashlie started her singing, dancing and acting career at the age of 8. After high school she attended ?The Canadian College of Performing Arts? and graduated with honors in all 3 song, dance, and acting disciplines. Ashlie then went to Vancouver where she played roles in ?The Sound of Music? as Leisel w/Gateway Theatre Co., ?Anne of Green Gables? as Diana, w/Theatre Under the Stars, and wrote a short play for the Vancouver Fringe Festival. From Vancouver Ashlie went to work for Norwegian Cruise lines as a main stage singer and after that she was one of the final contestants on CBC?s reality t.v.search ?Maria?? the search for the next Maria in ?The Sound of Music?. Her recent Penticton credits include the lead roles in both ?Chess? and ?Evita? with Soundstage Productions. She is currently coaching musical theatre students ages 5 and up at Even Dance Studio and loves living back in sunny Penticton!

Drama strand: David Kopp

Writing and Performing Stand Up Comedy
This workshop is designed as a low pressure introduction to stand up comedy. Participants will be encouraged to draw from their own opinions and perspectives to create and perform an original routine.

David Kopp is a teacher and stand up comedian living in Kelowna where he organizes and performs at Last Laugh and Comedy Bloodsport. He has been a part of the Good Will Shakespeare Festival since the beginning and is looking forward to this year!

Drama strand: VJ Delos-Reyes

Winning ways with improv
You will learn new and imaginative techniques to develop and practice your improv skills. This workshop is fun filled and active!!

VJ is originally from Toronto, Ont. but has been mostly calling Vancouver his real home. He’s also an accomplished high school improv coach, having his team compete on the National Stage in Ottawa Ont. for the Canadian Improv Games as well having the opportunity to perform shows for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He’s an actor/writer for the Vancouver comedy group SKETCH. A current main stage performer with the Vancouver Theatresports League and has had the pleasure of working with other improv companies around the lower mainland, ‘C’ is for Comedy Events, Urban Improv, Table 23 and Seattle’s Unexpected Productions. TV/Film Credits include, HBO’s The ‘L’ Word, Intelligence, Hiccups, BCLC Commercial, AMC’s The Killing and Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief.

Drama strand: Bobby Bovenzi

“Much Ado About Drumming”
The scene is set for a park celebration of drum, dance and song! The rhythms and movements taught in the session are used to achieve both courteous decorum, on the one hand, and impulsive energies on the other, similar to the energies of the play. Participants select sections to learn from drumming, dancing and singing for a Saturday afternoon park JAM! Come prepared to challenge yourself, leap outside the box, and have fun contributing your part in the celebration!

Bobby has been a student of ethnic percussion and dance since 1994. He began studying the drum with Khalid Abdul N’Faly Saleem in upstate New York. Khalid introduced me to the power of rhythm and it’s ability to unite communities. His philosophies and thoughtful teaching changed my life, and allowed me to explore an artful way to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation for the arts and their impact on creating a society in harmony. As part of his MS Ed. at Brockport, Bobby studied and teamed with Clyde Alafiju Morgan bringing music and dance into the classroom. Going to the schools with Clyde and seeing how the kids opened up to his passion and creative style gave me the confidence to begin a program for the school I was doing my internship work. The attendance rates and overall enthusiasm of the students notably increased. It was then I realized my Life work. Since his early university education, Bobby has shared his passion for drumming with thousands of people, from seniors to toddlers, corporate team building to gymnasiums packed with students and teachers. I believe everyone has the desire to be creative, whether it be dance, music or other forms of art, and through these mediums each life becomes a positive model for the next, free to express what’s inside without fear or judgement.

Theatre Intensive: Lana O’Brien

Henry V, Shakespeare, and War
This year’s acting intensive will focus on Henry V and, in particular, Shakespeare’s themes in this play about whether warfare is a justifiable action, or not. Teacher nominated acting students will explore the text using a variety of entry points with the goal of creating an authentic and polished ‘work in progress’ performance for the Gala Showcase.

Okanagan born and raised, Lana moved back to Vernon in 1999 after graduating from the the University of Victoria and working in the Kootenays for four years. Lana has been teaching theatre arts and choral music for 23 years and is both the artistic and technical director of the 27th Street Theatre Company, and conductor of the 80 voice Seaton Show Choir. Lana is involved in community theatre, and teaches acting and drama workshops for the BC Drama Teacher’s Association (for whom she is currently the Vice President) when time permits. Primarily a producer and director, Lana is also a performer and continues to act whenever possible. Credits include SVEVA (Chorus, Powerhouse Theatre), ANNIE (Miss Hannigan, Powerhouse Theatre), RENTED CHRISTMAS (Anne, Armstrong Community Theatre), OLIVER! (Nancy, Invermere Community Theatre). Lana is also a member of Vancouver’s City Soul Choir, which is a long commute twice a month from Vernon, but worth every moment!

Photography Intensive:Morten Byskov

Photo and Post-Production Hands-On
For the Goodwill Shakespeare Festival my goal is to share experiences with students and give insight to composition choices, purpose and storytelling. We will discuss camera system choices and editing options. The students will learn how to capture stage performances and actors portraits. We will venture out in Vernon and try our hand at street photography. This will be a hands-on intensive where the goal is to put theory into action right away during the festival. Bring your camera of choice and laptop or tablet for editing with your preferred editing software ready to roll.
I picked up my first SLR in ’83 and never looked back. mfoto.ca saw the light of day in 2002 and was focused on ski resort and tourism imagery. My photography business was based in Vernon, BC and included Commercial, Portrait, Wedding, Theatre/Stage, Sports and Lifestyle Photography. In November 2015 my wife and I set out on a journey to pursue travel photography. We have now visited 25 countries and have a goal of reaching 50 countries within the span of 50 months. You can follow our journey at www.5050travelog.com

Writing Intensive: Keyanna Burgher

Originally from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Keyanna Burgher moved to Vernon in the summer of 2015 following her graduation of the BFA Creative Writing program at UBC Vancouver. Primarily a writer, Keyanna focuses on short story and long form fiction, playwriting, and song writing. Her award winning one-act plays have been performed across Canada, and many of her short films have received national recognition. Keyanna also has several Best Actor awards and many regional and provincial vocal awards. You can find her most recent album “Blind” on iTunes; all songs are written and performed by Keyanna. Employed by the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, she enjoys writing, performing, and teaching.

Drama strand: Nitasha Rajoo

Othello and The Green Eyed Monster
Jealousy! Love! Deception! Reputation! Join us as we explore the deeper levels and themes of Shakespeare’s tragedy – Othello. Practical activities using methods from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Frantic Assembly (UK), will allow students the opportunity to engage, understand and appreciate the character relationships of this well-known play. ‘I am not what I am'( Iago Act 1, Scene 1) . We will discover who the REAL puppet master is, how the handkerchief played a symbolic role, and how true friendships were unraveled. Energy, effort and enthusiasm needed for this very active workshop. Prior knowledge of play useful but definitely not required!
Nitasha Rajoo is an actor, director, and teacher. She holds a Master of Arts in the Advanced Teachings of Shakespeare from the University of Warwick and The Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. She has been teaching for over 17 years in both Canada and the UK. Nitasha’s links in the UK have allowed her to work with the Barbican (Barbican Box ), Tamasha Theatre Company, The Old Vic Theatre, and the National Theatre on their Black British Plays Project. She has been praised for her artistic direction of 1984, Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, and numerous Shakespeare productions with casts of up to 50 students. Nitasha’s love for Shakespeare takes her to to Limpopo, South Africa ( every summer for the last 3 years), with Warwick in Africa, where she trains English teachers using drama techniques, to make Shakespeare more accessible in the classroom. Nitasha teaches all over the Lower Mainland and is the lead instructor for the Creative Teens Program at The Arts Club in Vancouver. She is thrilled to be part of the Good Will Shakespeare Festival.

Drama strand: Catherine Haggquist

The recipient of the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s Special Jury Award, Catherine Lough Haggquist is also very proud to have been named as the Union of BC Performers’ 2013 International Women’s Day Honoree. In addition to her acting and the operating of Biz Books, Haggquist enjoys teaching actors career planning, business structure and audition technique at SchoolCreative Institute of the Arts.
Born in Vancouver, Catherine got her first big acting break as a stand-in for Holly Robinson on the television series, 21 Jump Street. Following appearances on television mainstays like The Commish, Highlander, The X-Files, and Dark Angel, Haggquist added to her acting credits with lead roles on two Canadian series – The Unprofessionals and Rockpoint PD. More recent appearances that number in her now 100 plus credits include Van Helsing, Zoo, Beyond, Supernatural, Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Universe, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Bates Motel, Continuum, Garage Sale Mysteries, and Godzilla. While she has shared the screen with an impressive array of industry talent, Catherine’s work off-screen has been especially influential in the Canadian industry. Dedicated to contributing to an industry and community she cares deeply about, Haggquist gave of her time by serving in multiple capacities – including Vice President – on the Executive Board of the Union of BC Performers. She also founded Biz Books in 1996 to provide a dedicated industry source for film, television, and theatre products and resources.

Drama strand: Alan Marriot

Alongside his voice over career Alan is very active as a visual and stage actor, particularly when it comes to improv comedy where he has appeared in and created many shows including , Theatresports, Hamlet Improvised, the Impro Musical, Impro lab – Alliances, Impropera, Suspect – the improvised murder mystery, South of the River – with Jeremy Hardy, Christmas Queen, Science!, Men in Suits – improv Mamet, Improv Twilight Zone, Showstopper – the 2010 Hong Kong tour, and a six year run of Friday Night Live. Alan currently teaches at School Creative in Vancouver where he has been department head for the Comedy Conservatory program for the past three years.
Alan has also written a book on improvisation and creative thinking, ‘Genius Now’ and is currently writing a new four handed musical with Sandra-Mae Luykx that will premiere next spring. After training at Studio 58 and Theatresports in Vancouver, Alan relocated to London, England to complete his training at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). After completing LAMDA in 1986, Alan stayed in London and successfully pursued a career in voice overs and has been heard on countless animation series (Bob the Builder, My Little Pony, Dinosaur Train, Lego Ninjago, Lego Star Wars, and Lego Knights, Voltron, The Secret Show, and many more), commercials (MBNA, Smuckers, Denver Water, Honda, BC government, London Drugs, current voice of White Spot restaurants), movie trailers (Warner Bros – Scooby Doo, Nickelodeon), movies (X – sequel to Akira, Planet 51 – Glar, Back to Gaya, Globi, Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods – Cacofanix, to name a few). Alan spent a year and half at the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End with The Reduced Shakespeare Company and recently performed in Mrs. Claus Kitchen, which he co-wrote with Bill Allman and Kevin O’Brien, and starred as ‘Crumpet’ in David Sedaris’ ‘Santaland Diaries’ – with Sandra-Mae Luykx. TV credits include, The New Bundolo show, Wake up in the wild Room, Alexie Sayle, Jo Brand, The Happening, Now What – for Lennie Henry, The Bootleg Broadway Show, and more.

Drama Strand: Mik Byskov

Mik Byskov, a grad of W.L Seaton Secondary and The University of Victoria, is an actor working out of Vancouver. Mik attended many Shakespeare Festivals in his high school days and is thrilled to be bringing the festival to his hometown in Vernon. Some recent film/TV credits include The 100, X-Files, Supernatural, The Void and the upcoming When We Rise.

Drama strand: Simone and Jens Goerner

Simone was classically trained in Ballet for 12 years and also has an extensive background in Street Dance. She has been teaching for over 15 years and has had great success at competitions across BC with her competitive Hip Hop team including the title of top choreographer. Jens has been teaching Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Tango dance for over 20 years and has owned and operated dance studios in Germany and most currently City Dance in Vernon and Salmon Arm. His extensive knowledge of all dance styles and his fun teaching style is unparalleled in the Okanagan/Shuswap! Heather has been a figure skating coach and choreographer for over 25 years and a dance instructor for nearly 10. As co-owner of City Dance she teaches all styles of dance and loves every minute of it!

Drama strand: Chloe Richardson

Chloe’s workshop is a unique blend of movement and play. Guiding each student/teacher through a class of movement inspired by ourselves and those around us to gain an energizing and present connection to our bodies. Each class is a variation from the beginning to the end. Chloe’s process is a dynamic, contrasting, and collaborative achievement created in a safe and conscious environment designed to establish learning.
Chloe Richardson is an interdisciplinary artist based out of Vancouver. She studied musical theatre at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts and classical singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has twenty years of dance and movement training. Since calling Vancouver home, Chloe has continuously studied with several amazing acting teachers to inspire her craft. As a teacher, her approach is to get out of your head and into your body by honoring ones own truth and encouraging story-telling from a place of connection and vulnerability. Most recently Chloe toured with a professional contemporary dance company, performing and teaching in schools all across Western Canada, and after graduating from Studio 58, she has begun her journey in working in film and tv, teaching musical theatre, acting, and dance classes all over the lower mainland as well as collaborating with other diverse actors in creating their own work. Some favorite credits include her one woman show titled ‘Someone Else’, her role in the short film ‘Semblance’, Thersites in Troilus and Cressida (Studio 58), and Mr Lies in Angels In America (Studio 58).

Drama strand: Gabriel Newman

Devised Theatre and Collaborative Creation
This workshop will focus on how to collectively create your own original pieces of theatre. Combining writing, improvisation, movement, and the unique skills each participant brings to the process, this workshop will take you through the process of creating your own performance pieces. Be prepared to participate and create!
Gabriel Newman loves theatre, performing, and storytelling. He has a BFA in Theatre from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Performance from UBCO. He works as a sessional performance instructor at UBCO and Thompson Rivers University. His most recent stage credits include Pinocchio, An Unnecessary Farce, The Inspector General, and A House at the End of the Road. He has also been touring and performing his crazy food based story exchange performance project called Social Potluck. During the summer months and before Halloween he can be seen wandering the streets of Vernon with his Ghost Tours of Vernon.