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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 60 Film and Television credits for major studios and networks such as NETFLIX, FOX SEARCHLIGHT, UNIVERSAL, NICKELODEON, SONY, MIRAMAX, HALLMARK, LIFETIME, The CW, ABC, and more.

Durupt is currently a very familiar face on both Lifetime and Hallmark channels and be sure to check her out in Netflix’s ‘Love, Guaranteed’ with Rachael Leigh Cook & Damon Wayans, Jr.

“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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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR & COACH 

Jennifer Rose Garcia

Jennifer Rose Garcia is an actress and singer known for her commitment, energy, and unapologetic enthusiasm for the arts. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education and went on to teach drama to kids of all ages in the lower mainland. She recently left the public school system to teach young actors onset and is currently teaching on DISNEY’s PETER  & WENDY. As an actor, you can catch her in the release of two new series: RESIDENT ALIEN on SYFY and  FAMILY LAW on GLOBAL.

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Toby Levins

With leading roles and guest stars in shows such as ‘Maid’, ‘The 100’, ‘Arrow’, ‘Loudermilk’, ‘Beyond’, ‘Get Shorty’ & ‘The Twilight Zone’, Toby moved all the way from Australia to take on the CDN & US film industry and has spent the last 7 years working nonstop. In addition to playing in front of the camera, he has been fortunate to work hand in hand with casting, being in the room for thousands of auditions. His approach to both scene study and audition technique is pragmatic and industry-focused – how to stand out in a sea of actors – to forge a career as a respected working professional.

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Jenessa Galbraith

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Lane Edwards

Lane spent the first part of his adult life working as a Youth
Worker with inner-city youth both in Calgary and Vancouver. After
a move to New York City, however, he was bitten by the acting
bug and found his way back to Vancouver where he began
training with Bruce Clayton, Andrew McllRoy & Ty Olsson.
Getting a relatively late start in his acting career made for an
uphill battle. Lane’s focus and determination helped land him
roles in recognizable projects such as Arrow, The Killing, Falling
Skies, Supernatural, and Motive early on to name a few. He can
also be seen opposite Sam Worthington in an adaptation of the
William P. Young’s novel The Shack is very proud to have
been directed by Robert Redford in The Company We Keep. He
can currently be seen as Sheriff Duncan in Virgin River and as
Paul Sowerberry in the hit show Riverdale. His favorite and
most challenging role to date was the role of Eric in the
independent feature Everything and Everyone which screened at
various film festivals around North America.

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COACH

Ashley Alexander

Originally from Alberta, Ashley received a diploma in Theatre, as well as a Degree in Film Acting from Red Deer College. Shortly after, she made the move to the beautiful city of Vancouver and never looked back.  ‘Supernatural’,  ‘Mystery 101’, ‘Sign, Sealed Delivered’, and ‘Identity Theft of a Cheerleader’ are just a few of the projects you can find her in.

Ashley is also a producer who wrote and starred in ‘Becoming Sophie’, her very first short film which went on to do very well on the festival circuit.

Being a massive fan of baking & cooking, Ashley has her own YouTube channel where she makes delicious gluten-free, vegan recipes!! She also shares much-needed tips and tricks on eating (and living) a more eco-friendly low-waste life.

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MARKETING COORDINATOR

Catherine Vandas

Catherine Vandas is a Vancouver actor and writer with a passion for comedy, a genuine love of people, and an organizer extraordinaire. Her love of performing started young, from her humble beginnings of doing multiple shows a night for 1 person (her mom) to performing in choirs in front of thousands of people in her teenage years.  It was only in her 40’s, as her kids began to leave the nest, that Catherine decided life was too short not to pursue her lifelong dream of being an actress.  She brings decades of experience in Marketing Communication and Administration Management to her current role where she is delighted to be working with and for creatives of all backgrounds.