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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 recurring guest-starring on CBC’s ‘Heartland’ and make 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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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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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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Natalie Dunn

Born in the USA, Natalie Kay Dunn studied Acting & Musical Theatre in University and received a Bachelors’s in Fine Arts. She came to Canada to study at the Vancouver Film School, ‘Acting for Film/TV Intensive Program’, during which time she fell in love with Vancouver & decided to make it her permanent home. Alongside acting, Natalie attended the Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage completing the 300-hour Advanced Yoga Training Program.
“Bodywork & Acting go hand & hand as it is our vessel in storytelling”-Natalie
 In 2013 she joined Kirsten DeWolfe Casting Inc. team where she works as a casting assistant & session runner. Her work in casting has provided her with years of valuable experience in the casting process & what happens on the other side of the camera.
Natalie loves sharing all the knowledge she has learned in front & behind the camera.

 

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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 not only our fantastic admin assistant she is also a successful 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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Stacie Harrison

A graduate of the BFA program at the University of Calgary, is a director, actor, producer who is a highly respected acting instructor with over 20 years of experience. As a Primary Instructor at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio (Calgary) and is the co-founder of Any Road Productions, Stacie was the founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Valley in Cochrane, Alberta, and

Stacie’s Film & Television credits include ‘Damnation’ (USA Network), ‘Wynonna Earp’ (Syfy), ‘Heartland’ (CBC/NETFLIX) and this year’s breakout show ‘Jann’ (CTV). Some of her favorite credits include ‘Chasing Justice’, the 2019 Telus Original ‘Realization’, as well as ‘Faultline’, ‘Who Is Riley Oakes’, ‘The Great Fear’, ‘Dryland’ and ‘My Misspent Youth’ (w/ award-winning filmmaker, Cam Christiansen/Anlanda).

With an extensive directing & assistant directing resume, Stacie has done countless productions with well-known theatre companies like Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, New West Theatre, Theatre Calgary, FUSE TC, Shakespeare Company, Dark Forest Theatre, and Seraph Theatre.

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers recently awarded Stacie the first inaugural ‘Stinger Award’ for Best Actress for ‘Faultline’.