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actress Founder

Lisa Durupt

“As long as I can remember, I have always been coaching or teaching. I love it!”

Lisa Durupt is an established Film & Television Actor actively working in the Film Industry and has been a Tri-Cities resident since 2010. Lisa has a degree in Theatre & Drama from the University of Winnipeg and a diploma in Musical Theatre from the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Past Work

In 2006, Canadian comedy legend, Mark McKinney (‘Superstore’ & ‘Kids In the Hall’) cast her in the hit dark comedy series ‘Less Than Kind’, earning Lisa a Gemini nomination, as well as multiple Leo nominations, for her role as ‘Shandra’, the lovable villain. Since then she has gone on to work alongside some of Hollywood’s best: James Caan (The Godfather), Chrissy Metz (This Is Us), Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada) Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex) Danny Trejo (Machete Man), Topher Grace (That 70’s Show), Molly Ringwald (Riverdale & Pretty in Pink) and many, many more. She has over 50 Film and Television credits for major studios and networks such as FOX SEARCHLIGHT, UNIVERSAL, NICKELODEON, SONY, MIRMAX, HALLMARK, LIFETIME, The CW, ABC and more.

Durupt is currently guest-starring on the twelfth season of CBC’s ‘Heartland’ and recently joined the cast of Hallmark’s newest Murder Mystery Series; ‘The Chronicle Mysteries’ (starring Alison Sweeney). She co-stars in two feature films set to be released in 2019; the faith based drama ‘Breakthrough’ (FOX 2000); & the second instalment of the comedy franchise ‘Benchwarmers’ (UNIVERSAL).

“As long as I can remember, I have always been coaching or teaching. I love it! Musical Theatre, Hockey, Ice Skating, Fitness classes, you name it. I adore my Tri-Cities community and I am so excited to provide a supportive space that will help others find their creative voice!”

Instructors

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Ellie Harvie

is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, and a veteran of the Vancouver theatre Community, Vancouver TheatreSports League, and the Vancouver Stand Up Comedy scene.
Ellie got her “big break” playing Morticia on FOX’s ‘The New Addams Family’ and is most recently seen playing the duo role of Candace/Mrs. Bubkes on the YTV/Netflix series ‘Some Assembly Required’. Ellie has performed in most everything shot here and has over 120 IMDB credits, 6 Leos nominations (1 statue) and 2 Gemini nominations.

Ellie serves as Treasurer on the board of UBCP/ACTRA and represents BC actors on the Actra National Council.

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Sonja Bennet

Sonja starred in her first major film role in the Canadian feature film ‘Punch’, earning her a Best Actress Award by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, and a special Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film & Video. Sonja went on to work as a series lead on such shows as ‘Cold Squad’ & ‘Godiva’s’, as well as numerous feature films including ‘Control Alt Delete’, ‘Elegy’, ‘Where the Truth Lies’ and ‘Fido’.  She has since worked on films like ‘Fathers and Sons’, ‘Catch and Release’, ‘Cole’ & ‘Young People F&*%ing’. Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith, Dennis Hopper, and Ben Kingsley are just a few of the Hollywood A-listers she has worked with over the years.

In 2010, Sonja took up screenwriting, with her 2nd screenplay ‘Preggoland’ being chosen for the Telefilm/CFC Comedy Exchange. With a theatrical release in May 2015, starring James Caan, Danny Trejo and Sonja herself, Preggoland was a special presentation at TIFF and was awarded ‘most popular film’ at VIFF. That same year, Sonja added to her long list of Leo Awards with Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Film nominations.

Sonja has continued acting, most notably on ‘Mistresses’, ‘Android Employed’ and the film ‘Kayak To Klemtu’. She continues to write and, in the last two years, Sonja has written on ‘Kim’s Convenience’ (CBC), ‘Ghost Wars’ (Netflix) and ‘Letter Kenny’ (Crave/Hulu).

Sonja is currently developing a one-hour family drama called ‘Sucklings’ with Amaze Film + Television Productions.