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Theatre and Film Teaching Assistantships: 2014/2015 Academic Session.

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New course open to all UBC students: INTRODUCTION TO FILM ACTING (FIPR 269A). No Audition Required. UBC 1st year students and invited to apply!


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Leos Roar for UBC Theatre & Film! Congratulations to our many students faculty and alumni from UBC Theatre & Film whose artistry was recognised by Leo Awards this year and kudos to those who’s work received a Leo.

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The Department of Theatre and Film is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Hallie Marshall to the position of Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies.

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Northern Gateway Pipeline Video Contest Launched!

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Leo Nominations – Theatre & Film at UBC: Huge congratulations to our talented students, alumni and faculty who have had work recognized at this year’s Leo Award Nominations!

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Alumna Rebekka Sorensen Recognised by Daytime Emmy Awards.

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Congratulations to our staff member Lynn Burton on being recognised by Celebrating Women at UBC!

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Associate Professor Kirsty Johnston’s book "Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre" shortlisted for Canada Prize in the Humanities.

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Assistant Professor Siyuan Liu receives review for his book Performing Hybridity in Colonial-Modern China

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Theatre at UBC was recognised for it’s “boffo programming” this year in the magazine’s annual Best of Vancouver issue! 

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Theatre at UBC

Alumni List

We love to keep in touch with our Theatre at UBC Alumni. To add your name to the Theatre at UBC Alumni List or to update your biography on this page, please contact Deb Pickman at [at[ of page

Rae Ackerman

BA Theatre/English, 1965
email: rae_ackerman [at]

Yvonne Adalian

Summerschool of Arts Acting, 1962
Comments: what a neat idea!
email: yadda [at]

David Adams

Theatre/English, 1978
email: blesskop [at]

Eurassia Adamson

BA Theatre Honours, 2007
Comments: Recently opened up a 1200 square foot production studio right in downtown Toronto.  My production company "SWEEP MEDiA", formerly known as "NUTHOUSE PRODUCTIONS", has opened its doors to Queen Street Studios for filming, photoshoots, gallery showings, and events.  Sweep Media itself is working in projects across the performing arts genre in film, TV, print, and the ever expanding internet--the idea is to create a media factory...

I recently studied this summer at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York for Acting.  In the Spring of 2008 I will be returning to Manhattan to film a traveling show for a major TV network--yet to remain unnamed!
email: eurassia [at]

Kelly Aisenstat

BFA Acting, 1992
email: kaisenst [at]

Francesca Albertazzi

BFA Tech/Design, 2003
email: fresca [at]
Currently working full time at AldrichPears Associates - an exhibition design firm based in Vancouver.

Kerry Allchin

BFA Acting, 2004
email: kmallchin [at]

Dave Allen

Design/Tech, 1996
email: centrestage [at]

Lois Anderson

BFA Acting, 1990
email: loloand [at]

Michelle Anfield

BA Theatre, 1981
Postgraduate Diploma, Arts Administration,City University London, now Head of Drama, South Holderness College
email: turnerm [at]

Larry Antrim

BEd Concentration in Theatre, 1978-80
former Secondary School Drama Teacher - Richmond Now Elementary Counsellor
email: lantrim [at]

Kambiz Ardani

Theatre, 1998
I am living in richmond now. Since graduation I have continued studying film acting, public speaking, and entrepreneurship.
email: k_aradni [at]

Kensaku Asano

photoTheatre Minor, 2002
In Memoriam - June 16, 2005: Kensaku has passed away after a battle with cancer. Theatre at UBC joins the Vancouver theatre community in mourning the loss of a very talented former student, friend and theatre artist.

There is a memorial service for Kensaku on Saturday, June 25th at 1pm, with a reception to follow, at the Richmond Funeral Home (8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, B.C).

Kensaku Asano studied Theatre and English Literature at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 2002. He also trained at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City and the Canadian National Voice Intensive.

Kensaku's stage credits included roles in Shinken Shobu, The Muse, Lysistrata and The Star-Spangled Girl (as Norman Cornell, Vanguard 2003). Additional acting credits included commericals for Nortel Networks and Kyocera, as well as a video installation, I See You Hear, which was exhibited in art galleries in late 2004. Kensaku played the Herdsman in Iphigenia Among the Taurians.

Announcing the creation of the KENSAKU ASANO MEMORIAL AWARD

Friends and family of Kensaku Asano and the Department of Theatre and Film are aiming to create an endowment in Kensaku’s memory. showsite Award Details

Kim Aspden

BFA Design, 2001
email: kimaspen [at]

Spencer Atkinson

BFA Acting, 2008
email: spenceratkinson [at]

Tara Avery

BFA Acting, 2003
email: taraavery [at]


Liz Baca

Updated: May 21, 2012
BFA Design/Tech, 1999
email: lizbaca [at]

G. C. Blair Baillie

Commerce and Law, 1944
email: bajulus [at]

Lyndsey Baillie

BFA Design/Tech, 2001
email: lyndseybaillie [at]

Simone Bailly

BFA Acting, 1998
email: n/a

Barb Barker

BEd, Theatre Concentration, 1982
Teaching theatre at Richmond Secondary
email: bbarker [at]

Kathleen Ball

BA Theatre Design, 1975
email: kathy2AB [at]

Larissa Ballstadt

BFA Acting, 1996
Currently working in film/television
email: n/a

R. George Baldwin

BA English (Honours), 1948
Retired since 1984 in False Creek; U. of Alberta for 34 years. Chair of English, Dean of Arts, V-P (Academic)
email: baldwin5956 [at]

Geraldine Balzer

Theatre Arts, 1980
email: geraldineb [at]

Robin Bancroft-Wilson

BFA Production/Design, 2003
email: robinbw [at]

Julie Barber

B.Mus, 1995
email: JuuleeB [at]

Beverly Bardal

BFA Acting, 1991
email: bbardal [at]

Kelly Barker

BFA Acting, 1996
email: kelly_barker [at]

Ross Bartleman

Date updated: 05 February 2011
BA, French Language & Literature/Member of UBC Musical Theatre Society [West Side Story - 1985, Guys & Dolls - 1983, South Pacific - 1982]
In Vancouver and around the world, building an independent interdisciplinary performing arts production company and living arts centre
email: xperimentalsandbox [at]

Roger Barton

BFA Acting, 1973
email: rbarton [at]

Nirmal K. Bawa (Gill)

BA Theatre & English, 1967
email: nirmal.bawa [at]

Luke Beattie

B.A. Theatre, 2000
email: luke_beattie [at]

Ryan Beil

BFA Acting, 2005
email: ryanbeil [at]

Lisa Beley

BFA Acting, 1990
email: labeley [at]

Diana Belshaw

BA Theatre & English, 1971
email: diana.belshaw [at]

Meaghan Benmore

BA Tech Theatre, 1997
email: mbenmore [at]

Christine Berg

BFA Acting, 2001
email: strawberrydearie [at]

Amy Berger

B.A. Drama (second year only)
email: amyamyamy [at]

Gregory Berry

(Updated Aug. 5, 2013)
MFA Directing, 2000
 have a small theatre company in Seattle, WA, Outsiders Inn. I recently directed a Spaghetti Western version of Dekker and Middleton's The Bloody Banquet. We performed it in a residential backyard, where we could accomodate about 30 people for each performance.It is marvelous to do early modern playwrights other than Shake-spear. I am currently preparing to direct Mac Wellman's Three Americanisms for the 2013 Seattle Fringe Festival.
email: berry.gregory [at]

Susan Bertoia

BFA Acting, 1990
Susan Bertoia is a theatre artist, teacher and Artistic Director of BellaLuna. Her recent creator and/or performer credits include: I Came to Tell (La Luna Productions), Over the River and Through the Woods (Western Canada Theatre/Richmond Gateway), Cirque Poule, Lagoon of Lost Tales (Boca Del Lupo), The Last Adam (Primavera Productions) and a variety of mask and comic productions with BellaLuna.

She has received the Gordon Armstrong Theatre Artist Award as well as a 2003/04 nomination for Best Supporting Female at the Vancouver Jessie Richardson Awards. She has taught at UBC and has been an Artist-in-Residence at various institutions in BC and the Yukon.

Her training/studies/intensives include: BFA in Theatre (UBC), commedia dell'arte (in Italy and at Dell' Arte School), mask, physical theatre (One Yellow Rabbit) and voice (Richard Armstrong).

Upcoming - Susan will be travelling to Kamloops for Western Canada Theatre's production of Dear Santa by Norm Foster in December and returning to play at the Arts Club Stanley Theatreps production of Enchanted April by Matthew Barber in February.
email: sbertoia [at]

Sarah Best

B.A. Theatre, 2001
After completing my theatre degree, I went on and completed my Education Degree at UBC in Secondary Drama. I am now a teacher-on-call in the North Vancouver School District. I am loving every minute of it and hope to come back to UBC to do a master's degree in the near future.
email: sbest [at]

Janet Bickford

B.A. Theatre History/Creative Writing, 1968
What fun!
email: jbickfrd [at]

Stephanie Biela

BFA Acting, 2003
Stephanie is currently living in Los Angeles and working at Twentieth Century Fox as an Account Manager in New Media.  She is also acting and finishing up the sitcom writing program at UCLA and hopes to one day write for a television series.  Her love for comedy has given her the opportunity to perform on such stages as The Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store, and don't be surprised if you see her pop up on your TV in various commercials every now and again! 
email: stephbiela [at]

Tina Biello

BFA Acting, 1996
email: tinalbielllo [at]

Michelle Bjornson

MA Stage Design, 1971
Instructor in Film programme at Langara College. Independent filmmaker, producer, writer, editor, director.
email: mvdbjornson [at]

Drew Blaikie

BA Theatre, English Lit, 2003
Curently teaching and writing in China.
email: k2cloudz [at]

Andrea Blakey

BFA Acting, 2006
email: n/a

Patrick Blaney

BFA Acting, 1985
Most of the 1990's was spent teaching drama at the elementary and secondary levels. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching but about ten years ago became more interested in exploring my spirituality. I graduated from the Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained recently in the Anglican Church. I am currently the new Curate at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver. I still live in Vancouver in Kitsilano with my partner Christopher.
email: pblaney1 [at]

Addy Braber (Wintermans)

M.A., 1969
I work at St. Francis Xavier University as Theatre Director and part time teacher; for the past 15 years I have run Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre , a professional repertory theatre.
email: adoucett [at]

Nicole Braber

BFA Acting, 2001
email: nicolebraber [at]

Kathryn Bracht

BFA Acting, 1986
Updated: August 31, 2011
Kathryn has been on faculty at The University of Regina where she teaches acting and directing at the graduate and undergraduate level. Since leaving Vancouver she has been actively involved with the Saskatchewan Playwright's Centre as an actor, director and dramaturg. She's appeared in several Saskatchewan film and television projects, including Corner Gas, Insecurities, Redemption SK, The Tommy Douglas Story, and The Velvet Devil, to name a few. She is currently involved in the creation of hyphen-theatre, a new Regina based theatre company.
email: kathryn.bracht [at]

Laurie Brazzill

email: lbrazzill [at]

Joanne (Howitz) Brede

B.A. Theatre/ Psychology, 1990
I also studied costume design in the MFA program 1990 - 1991. Currently I live in Colorado and work as an accountant for a steel company where I am also responsible for inventory control. In 2006, I completed a paleontology certification program with lab and field specializations and spent a week on a dig in Montana.
email: jbrede [at]

Alan Brodie

BFA Design/Tech, 1989
Alan Brodie holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia where he now teaches stage lighting.

Regarded as one of Canada’s top lighting designers, Brodie has been nominated for numerous design awards, including Jessie, Sterling and Dora Awards and received Jessie Awards for Mary’s Wedding, Art and The Overcoat. His body of work includes designs for new plays, modern and classic repertoire, music theatre and opera.

He has worked across Canada for companies that include Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Shaw Festival, CanStage (Toronto), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg), Globe Theatre (Regina), Theatre Calgary, the Citadel (Edmonton), Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver Opera and Belfry Theatre (Victoria). Brodie was the associate lighting designer for the Canadian International Tour of The Phantom of the Opera and was an assistant lighting designer on the Toronto production of Sunset Blvd.

His work is presently being seen on the international stage in the acclaimed production of The Overcoat.

He serves on the board of directors for the Associated Designers of Canada.

telephone: (604) 215-2526
email: n/a

Aaron Brown

B.A. Theatre, 2002
email: worldrdaio.geo [at]

Laurann Brown

BA Theatre, 2006
MA Voice Studies - Central School of Speech & Drama (London, UK) 2008
email: laurann.brown [at]

Niki Brown

BFA Acting, 2005
email: niki_b83 [at]

Ruth Brown

BFA Acting, 2005
email: n/a

Sasa Brown

BFA Acting, 2004
email: sasabrown [at]

Andrea Burgoyne

BA Theatre, 2006
email: andrea.burgoyne [at]

Cynthia Burtinshaw

Stage Management and Design, 1997
email: water [at]

Kate Butler

BA, 2006
email: kate.a.butler [at]

Kathryn Burvill (Daniels)

BA Theatre, 1974
Became professional in 1974. Worked with Green Thumb Players, Carousel, Regina Globe Theatre, etc. Got married and moved to Squamish to start family. Am now Founder/Director of semi-professional theatre company - Between Shifts Theatre.
email: kburvill [at]

Erika (Betty-Ann) Busch

Music, 1966
email: n/a


top of pageDamon Calderwood

BSc Animal Biology, unclassified Theatre, BEd Science and Theatre, 1991
email: dcalderwood_is [at]; dacalderwood [at]

  • 1991, BSc. Animal Biology with theatre minor.
  • 1993-1994 took theatre unclassified.
  • Graduated 1995, BEd. Theatre and Science.
Taught Science and Theatre for two years at Montgomery Junior Secondary in Coquitlam (1995-1997)

Taught Theatre for five years at Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam (1997-2002)

Now teaches as a substitute while pursuing theatre and film work.

As of 2005 has worked for Bard on the Beach, The Chemainus Theatre Festival, Pacific Theatre, Garter Girl Theatre (Dawson City and Whitehorse), Snowblind Prouctions (Dawson City), Alberta Opera, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Coconut Theatre, Krysalis Theatre, Masterpiece Murder Mystery Theatre, String Productions, The Vancouver Fringe Festival, and several other smaller companies and co-ops. Formed Ace Productions with Gordon Roberts in 2004 to do Tomfoolery.

Has performed in community shows with a variety of companies including The Gateway Theatre, North Shore Light Opera Society, Greater Vancouver Operatic Society, Royal City Musical Theatre, Footlight Theatre, Deep Cove Stage, North Vancouver Community Players, Presentation House Players, Downstage Right Productions, First Impressions Theatre, Applause Musical Theatre, Elder College, James Productions, Theatre in the Raw, Vancouver Theatre Sports, Whiterock Players, The Half-Stratford Players, The United Players of Vancouver, Stage 43, and Savage God.

Has performed in 13 shows in Theatre BC festivals from 1995-2004, winning several acting awards.

Winner of the EV Young scholarship in 2000 for Outstanding Performance in South Pacific with TUTS

Nominated for best actor in a musical for Tomfoolery in 2004 (Ovation Awards).

Shows Damon did while at UBC:

  • 1988 The Braggart Soldier--Cario
  • 1990 The Exception and the Rule--Desert Policeman, Judge
  • 1990 Herr Puntila and his Servant, Matti--Labourer
  • 1991 The Ghost Sonata--Baron Von Skanskorg
  • 1993 Bousille and the Just--Phil
  • 1994 The Dining Room--Standish, Billy
  • 1994 Moo--Doctor, Charlie
  • 1994 Night of the Iguana--Reverend Shannon
  • 1995 The Muse's Hemisphere--Ego
  • 1995 Am I Blue--John Polk Richards
  • 1995 The King's Threshold--Monk

Damon is also an accomplished bird photographer; his work can be seen on the following website:

He also does headshots and other related photography. For examples and rates please e mail him at dcalderwood_is [at]

Robert Carey

BA, 1974
Director of Development at Bard on the Beach.
email: rcarey [at]

Morgan Carrier

BFA Design, 2000

Stephen Carvers

BA everything theatre, 1998
email: steve [at]

Camyar Chaichian (Chai)

BFA Acting, 1992
Artistic Associate of Neworld Theatre
email: camyarandmara [at]

Camyar Chai is a freelance theatre-maker and the artistic producer of NeWorld Theatre. He is a recipient of Jessie Richardson Awards and nominations for his acting, writing and directing.

This past year, he produced, co-wrote and performed in The Adventures of Ali and Ali and the Axes of Evil which sold-out across the country. The play is soon to be published by Talonbooks and was a hit at the Magnetic North Festival in Edmonton. His musical Asylum of the Universe was published last autumn in the Canadian Theatre Review.

In April, Chai’s first opera, Rosa, (for which he wrote the libretto) was produced by Toronto’s Tapestry New Opera Works. Other recent work includes acting in Omniscience for Western Theatre Conspiracy and in the Arts Club’s Zadie’s Shoes, in the TV Miniseries Human Cargo and in Da Vinci’s Inquest. He earned his BFA in Acting and MFA in Directing at UBC.

Dana-Lori Chalmers

BFA Acting, 2003
email: danalori [@}

Ivy Charyna

Updated: Oct. 9, 2011
BA Drama and Music, 1997
Teaching music and drama for Surrey School District.
email: icharyna [at]

Celia Chu

BFA Technical/Design, 1998
School district music teacher.
School district music teacher. Private teacher of voice and drama in White Rock.
email: sassycelia [at]

Hilary Clark

Undergrad:Home Ec Masters:Education, 1952 and 1990
email: hilary_clark [at]

Laura Clarke

BFA Acting, 2000
email: laurasclarke [at]

Phillip Clarkson

Costume Design, 1975
Vancouver based costume designer
email: phillclarkson [at]

Jessica Clements

BFA Acting, 2002
Keep in touch everyone!
email: jess4clements [at]

Adam Jonathan Con

Music Education, 1986
Currently Assistant Professor of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Georgia Southern University
email: adamcon [at]

Paralee Cook

BFA Studio Arts, 1994
email: pearc [at]

Torrance Coombs

BFA Acting, 2005
Currently living in Vancouver, acting in Film/TV and Theatre.
email: tcoombs [at]

Gareth Convery

BA English Major, Theatre Minor, 2002
email: convery [at]

Ira Cooper

BFA Acting, 2007
email: icoopz [at]

John Cooper

MFA Directing, 1981
email: jdcooper [at]

John Cooper has directed over 100 productions at theatres across Canada, with recent local productions including Othello and Zadie’s Shoes for the Arts Club Theatre and Sleuth and To Die For for The Richmond Gateway Theatre. Favorite recent productions elsewhere include The Crucible and The Rainmaker for Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, where this season he will direct Death of a Salesman.

He is a three-time Jessie Richardson Award winner for outstanding direction, most recently for The Arts Club Theatre production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons. He was nominated for Jessie Richardson Awards for his direction of Je me Souviens and High Life, both in 2000. His production of Life Skills won the Jessie Award for best production (1996) and his production of Big Mama won the Betty Mitchell Award for best production of a musical (2000). He is a free-lance director based in Vancouver where he lives with his wife actress/playwright Lorena Gale, and sons Jordan and Clayton.

Cooper is also a sessional instructor in Theatre direction at UBC, where he has recently directed A Streetcar Named Desire and Ibsen's Lady from the Sea.

He earned his MFA in Directing at UBC in 1981.

Luc Corbeil

(Updated March 23 2011)
BFA Acting, 1983
Luc became used to writing about himself in the third person by preparing bios for playbills. After appearing and dying on various TV episodes I concentrated on technical theatre and festival work mostly with the Children's, Folk Music and Fringe Theatre Festivals. I am currently the manager of the Old Auditorium, full circle back to UBC.
email: luccorbeil [at]

Kathleen Corbett

BFA Acting, 2000
I love this website and it's a great way to stay connected especially when one is far away. Hope everything is going well for you in Vancouver and Take Care!
email: katcorbett27 [at] hotmail

Mara Coward

BFA Acting, 1994
Artistic Associate of Neworld Theatre
email: camyarandmara [at]

Robin Cox

BA-Acting & Psychology, MA-Counseling Psychology
I remember my time in the UBC theatre department fondly and still stay in touch with some of my compatriots. I am not in theatre any more but I can still make a mean looking bruise from my makeup bag.
email: retan [at]

Gavin Crawford

BFA Acting, 1993 Gavin is currently wo rking for the CBC on This Hour has 22 Minutes
gavincrawford [at]

Maria J. Cruz

B.A. Theatre, Minor Art History, 1997
email: n/a

Shawna Cruz

BA Theatre
I did my LLB at UBC and I'm now practicing law.
email: n/a

Marek Czuma

MFA (Directing), 2003
Currently teaching acting and drama at the University of Lethbridge.
email: czumamarek [at]

Since graduating from UBC with an MFA in the spring of 2003, Marek Czuma has been working as both an actor and director.

Czuma directed Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw and Rex Deverell's Quartet for Three Actors on Galiano Island in 2003, and the classic British farce See How They Run for Chemainus Theatre in 2004. In March of 2005, he’ll direct Arsenic and Old Lace at Chemainus.

As an actor he appeared as Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit by Grafitti Theatre on Saltspring Island. In 2005, he’ll play Lord Chiltern in An Ideal Husband at Chemainus.

Czuma also teaches theatre to children at the school on Galiano Island, where he lives.


top of pageMarita Dachsel

BFA Creative Writing/current MFA Creative Writing
email: missmarita [at]

Hanne Lene Dalgleish

BFA Theatre Design, 1999
email: dalgers [at]

Pamela Dangelmaier

BFA Acting, 1985
After graduation, I worked for a few years in the acting field (stage & film) but eventually left it and moved for six years to Germany (Munich) where I worked at various jobs including a stint as a MAZ operator at one of Germany's largest video production companies.
email: pam [at]

Courtney Daniel

BFA Technical Theatre and Design, 1998
Currently working in costume design on feature films in Vancouver.
email: courtneycostumes [at]

Tanya Dargel

BFA Acting, 2002
Hey guys! Whats shakin? Wish everyone well at the reunion--couldn't get a flight up from California in time--and congratulate Tom S. on his Gemini award !!!Way to go Tom!!
email: tanyadargel [at]

Julian Darius

Updated: Oct. 15, 2012
BFA Design & Production, 2008
email: julian [at]

Kerry Davidson

BFA Acting, 1991
email: scarylynn [at]

Nick Davis

BFA Tech/Design, 1991
Lives outside London, England. Currently working on Harry Potter V with work appearing in many other feature films over the last 14 years. Works in both make-up and modelmaking. (Better Make that Harry Potter VI now! )
email: nickfx1 [at]

Emma Luna Davis

BFA Design/Tech, 2001
email: mail [at]

Hilary Davis

BFA Design/Tech, 1998
email: hilarysd [at]

Ernest Cobena Dei

MA in Theatre, 1993
email: edei [at]

Laura Di Cicco

BFA Acting, 1988
email: boccaccio95 [at]

Tanja Dixon-Warren

BFA Acting, 1987
email: tanja [at]

Edgar Dobie

BA, 1973
am am currently the Executive Producer for RIVERDREAM, a production company based in Dublin. I am based in NY where we have a production office. We continue to produce Riverdance throughout the world and have several other projects in development and in pre-production.
email: edgar [at]

Samantha Donabie

BFA Acting, 1999
email: samdonabie [at]

Addy Doucette (Wintermans)

MA Directing, 1969
I work at St. Francis Xavier University as Theatre Director and part time teacher; for the past 15 years I have run Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre , a professional repertory theatre.
email: adoucett [at]

Bruce Dow 

BFA Acting, 1985 and MFA Directing, 1988
As an actor, Bruce has appeared: on Broadway (JANE EYRE, THE MUSIC MAN, ANYTHING GOES); over 10 seasons as a leading actor with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (appearing this season as "Trinculo" in THE TEMPEST, with Christopher Plummer, and as "Speed" in Two Gentlemen of Verona); and innumerable appearances across Canada and the United States. He has directed professionally in London (ON), Toronto and Vancouver, and has had original musicals produced in Calgary, Toronto, and Pittsburgh. This fall he will star in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, sharing the role of "Pseudolus" with celebrated Actor and Comedian Sean Cullen; a co-production with Mirvish Productions and The Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The production will be directed by Des McAnuff with choreography by Wayne Cilento.
email: bruce [at]

Stephen Drover

MFA Directing, 2002
Artistic Director - Pound of Flesh Theatre in Vancouver

Kathleen Duborg

BFA Acting, 1990
email: kduborg [at]

Barbara Duncan

BA Acting; BEd Education1972?
1970's graduated from National Theatre School. Last 8 years, teacher for the Vancouver School Board. Can't wait to see you all!
email: n/a

Sarah (Simpson) Durno

BFA Acting, 1996
email: sarah.durno [at]

Sarah Durno who has been appointed by the British Columbia Arts Council to the position of Senior Arts Policy and Program Advisor and Program Coordinator for Theatre.

Sarah Durno received her BFA in Theatre from UBC and an MBA in Arts and Media Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto. She has worked for the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Firehall Arts Centre and Carousel Theatre Company, followed by a year-long engagement as Director of Corporate Communications for Victorian Epicure/ Epicure Selections, a national food manufacturing and distribution company based in Victoria. Having worked in both the not-for-profit and private sectors, Sarah has embraced the new challenge of serving in the public sector and is thrilled that she is once again able to work with the arts community.

Sarah is looking forward to the privilege of serving as a liaison between BC's professional theatre community and the BC Arts Council to support the amazing contributions of organizations and individuals whose art enriches the lives of all British Columbians.

Harold Dyck

English, 1953
email: haroldjdyck [at]


top of pageNicole Eby-Batiz

BFA Acting, 1993
email: nicole_eby [at]

Martin Elfert

BFA Technical Theatre & Design, 1995
email: elfert_on_tour [at]

Barbara-Anne Eddy

Mussoc, 1976
I'm looking forward to attending the Freddy Wood anniversary celebrations
email: barbara_anne_eddy [at]

Ryan Egan

BFA Acting, 2003
email: ryan_egan [at]

Mat Ellis

BA Theatre, 2003
email: mattellis1981 [at]

Susan Elworthy

BFA Acting, 1987
I've been working and studying, back and forth between the coast and the prairies.
email: susanelworthy [at]

Lynn Emde

BFA Tech, 1993
email: mlemde [at]

Eric Epstein

BA Theatre, 1978
email: ee [at]

Josh Epstein

Commerce, 2001
email: joshepstein1 [at]

Mark Eum

BFA Design/ Tech, Film Minor, 2004
email: mehm43 [at]


top of pageGuy Fauchon

BFA Acting, 1991
email: gfauchon [at]

Ian Fenwick

MFA Directing, 1981
Though I officially received my MFA in 1981, I was a student in the department from 1974 to 1976. While at UBC, I was a founding member of Touchstone Theatre and later its Artistic Director. In 1980 I began the Theatre Department at the University College of the Fraser Valley where I continue to teach and direct.
email: fenwicki [at]

Michael Fera

BFA Acting, 1987
email: info [at]

Michael Fera is a self-employed director who has been working in Vancouver for over 17 years. In 1992, he and his wife, Tanja Dixon-Warren, co-founded Hoarse Raven Theatre as a means to create work for themselves and fellow artists. Since their inception as a small grassroots organization operating without staff, without a computer and with only the residence telephone number, Hoarse Raven Theatre as grow into a profitable business with annual revenue of over 1 million dollars.

Aside from his duties as co-artistic director, Fera co-directs the ongoing production Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and continues to accept freelance work in all facets of theatre. He is looking forward to directing the world premiere of Dancing in the Light at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the autumn of 2004.

Other favorite directing credits include the 2003/04 annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, Boston Marriage (Canadian premiere), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Corpus Christi (Canadian premiere), Balthazar and the Mojo Star, Tartuffe, three heads talking, The Herbal Bed, The Belle of Amherst, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (Seattle, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver), Romeo and Juliet, The Maids, Macbeth, Life After Hockey, Teechers, Molly Sweeney (Canadian premiere) and Medea (Canadian premiere).

Fera is presently an artistic executive for Ailanthus Achievement Centre where he works closely with inner-city youth using theatre as a tool to build character and self-esteem.

Fera and Hoarse Raven Theatre work closely with the Vancouver School Board with their involvement in the career preparation program. He is a recipient of the 40 Under 40 Business in Vancouver Award recognizing him as one of the outstanding business people of the year and Hoarse Raven Theatre has received a number of Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations (significant artistic achievement, outstanding production and outstanding performance). Hoarse Raven Theatre was the 1997 recipient of the Vancouver Board of Trade “Joint Venture” Award.

Sarah Ferguson

BFA Acting, 1987; PhD, 2007
email: sarah.ferguson [at]

Angela Ferreira

BA Theatre/French, 2003
email: angela_g_ferreira [at]

Julian Fitzell

BFA Design/Tech, 2002
email: julian [at]

David Fischer

MFA Stage Design, 1978
Since 1981 freelance production designer in film and television
email: dlfischer [at]

Eileen Fogarty-Ellis (Fogarty)

Theatre, 1970
Teaching in Vancouver - raising kids-enjoying the success of my fellow theatre classmates
email: efogarty-ellis [at]

Ivone Fonseca

BFA Acting, 2001
email: ivone_fonseca [at]

Nick Fontaine

BFA Acting, 2008
After graduating from UBC Acting, Nick was put to work right away alongside two of his classmates in Pi Theatre's Emerging Artists program, with large roles in their summer show The 8th Land. Since then, Nick has appeared regularly in theatres across Vancouver as an actor, singer, and musician. He was honoured for his work in 2009 with two Ovation Musical Theatre Awards for Best Male Supporting Actor and Best Male Newcomer. When not working in theatre, Nick can be heard playing percussion for shows and musical acts throughout the Lower Mainland. Look for his work with local singer-songwriter Nadia von Hahn!
email: nicholasfontaine [at]

Dennis Foon

MFA Playwriting, 1975
email: n/a

Dennis Foon (MFA, UBC 1975 in Playwriting) is co-founder of Vancouver’s Green Thumb Theatre and was its Artistic Director until 1988. He has written over 20 award-winning plays for adults and young people that are frequently produced in Canada and around the world, including New Canadian Kid and Skin. His novel Skud, (Groundwood Books, 2003) received the Sheila A. Egoff Book Award, and The Dirt Eaters (Annick, 2003) was a Red Maple Honor Book.

In 1997, he received a Gemini Award, a Writers Guild of Canada Top Ten Award and a B.C. Leo Award for his screenplay of the hard-hitting CBC TV movie Little Criminals, which also garnered a Critics’ Prize at the Monte Carlo Film Festival and a Grand Prize at the Geneva Film Festival. He wrote the television movie White Lies, starring Sarah Polley and Lynn Redgrave, which received a 1998 International Emmy nomination for best production, and earned best screenplay at the Columbus International Film Festival.

Foon scripted Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (Shaftesbury Films) for CTV (2002 Gemini winner for best movie, WGC Top Ten Award) and Society’s Child (Sienna/Buffalo Gal) for CBC (Blizzard Award, best movie; 2002 Gemini runner-up, best movie), both broadcast in 2002. He also co-wrote Mina Shum’s feature Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity, which played at the 2002 Toronto, Vancouver and Sundance Film Festivals, garnered seven Leo nominations and is slated for U.S. release in September. He story edited of Shum’s acclaimed first feature Double Happiness. His adaptation of Michael Ignatieff’s novel Scar Tissue (for CBC) was a 2003 Gemini nominee for best screenplay.

Don Foran

Date Submitted: Sept. 21, 2011
BA Theatre, 1982
Many fond memories performing in Freddy Wood & Dorothy Somerset productions back in the day. Former ex-pat living back in Vancouver after 5 years in Asia acting in Korean tv/film comedy series and dramas in Seoul. My post-grad stage experience has been limited to "Peer Gynt" & "The Crackwalker". I have been a photo-double for David Duchovney, Kevin Costner & David Arquette. Both Sean Penn & Johnny Depp have wanted to beat me up. I still do the occasional extra work (since Rocky IV).
email: donforan [at]

Ian Forsyth

BA Theatre, 1981
email: ianforsyth [at]

Teddy Forsyth

Administrator for Sunshine Theatre in Kelowna
email: teddyforsyth [at]

Beth French

MFA Directing, 1987
I have had two of my own plays produced in Toronto at Factory Theatre: LIFE SENTENCES and RAUL JULIA'S ROMERO. I was Playwright-in-Residence at Factory Theatre for the 1999/00 season and a member of their Playwrights Lab (1998/99) developing my play, THE LABOUR THEORY OF VALUE, which was read at Harbourfront in 2000 by ScriptLab.

Al Frisk

BFA Tech/Design, 1996
After working film for the last decade Al has managed to find a balance with theatre by working with the Mad Duck Theatre Collective ( and has also formed and runs Scene Ideas Inc. with fellow UBC Grad Ken Hollands and Isaac Kinakin.


top of pageBobby Garcia

MFA Directing, 2001
email: bobbygarcia [at]

Meghan Gardiner

BFA Acting, 2001
Meghan has been touring her one woman show Dissolve across the continent since 2003. She has also been seen on such Canadian stages as The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Axis Theatre, The Electric Company and Western Canada Theatre. She is the current playwright in residence at Green Thumb Theatre, having written "Blind Spot" and "Role Call" for their seasons. Please visit for more information
email: mg [at]

Dennis Garnhum

Masters in Directing, 1993
Directing - six seasons at Shaw, 3 at Stratford. Worked across the country. Currently based in New York City.
email: den.garnhum [at]

Fran Gebhard

MFA Directing2002
I loved UBC. I had the time of my life!!
email: frannieg21 [at]

Natalie Gemmellbfa

Production and Design, 2003
I'm in Prince Rupert B.C., playing an active role in the arts in small town B.C. including directing amateur theatre
email: nataliegemmell [at]

Pascale Gendreau

BA, Theatre Major, 2007
email: pascale.gendreau [at]

Karen Gilodo

BA Theatre, 1999
email: karengilodo [at]

Shari Graydon

Submited: Jan. 25, 2012
BA Theatre, 1980
Leading Informed Opinions, non-profit project to train expert women to contribute ideas & analysis to public discourse. Recently published I Feel Great About My Hands and Other Unexpected Joys of Aging. Regularly draw on my theatre background when speaking, training and doing media interviews. Leading Informed Opinions, non-profit project to train expert women to contribute ideas & analysis to public discourse.
email: shari [at]

Alison Green

MFA Design, 1992
email: agdesign [at]

Bruce Greenwood

(BA ‘75)
email: n/a

Peter Grier

BFA Acting, 1996
Here's to Peter Loeffler
email: pgrier [at]

Don Griffiths

BA Film/Tech, 1975
email: donansol [at]

Michael Groberman

Updated: Aug. 13, 2012
MA Theatre, 1999
A writer who lives in Vancouver.
email: m.groberman [at]

Robert Groberman

Updated: Sept. 16, 2012
BEd Theatre Concentration, 1990
 I taught high school theatre for three years.  Am now teaching grade 3 in Surrey BC.
email: rgrober [at]

Sarah Groundwater

BFA Acting, 2003
email: prairiegirlproductions [at]

Fabrice Grover

BFA Acting, 2001

Daniele Guevara

BFA, Set and Lighting Design, 2003
Daniele is a set and lighting designer.  Her previous credits include: Set Designer for Director's Cut (Crow's Theatre), Set Design Assistant for Frobisher (The Banff Centre/The Calgary Opera), Projection designer for Hana's Suitcase (LKTYP), Assistant Production Designer for Blue Man Group at the Venetian, Las Vegas (Blue Man Group Productions), Assistant Lighting Designer for Blue Man Group Toronto (Blue Man Group Productions), Set Designer for Suzie Goo Private Secretary (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre).  Her set and lighting design for The Trigger (Touchstone Theatre) won her a Jessie nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design, Large Theatre 2005.
email: danieleguevara [at]

Corin Gutteridge

Technical Theatre, 1991
email: cgutteri [at]


top of pageAlexia Hagen

BFA Acting, 2001
email: alexiahagen [at]

Lorraine Hamilton (Tremblay)

BFA Design/Tech, 1994
email: forlh [at]

Marcus Handman

BA Theatre/Film, 1972
Living in Victoria, working in Vancouver. Business Agent for the International Photographers Guild (669): cinematographers in the film and television industry.
email: marcus [at]

Margot Harding

Bachelor of Music Opera Major, 1996
I am living in winnipeg and performing nationally in opera, concert, etc. I've sung in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, as well as various venues in Germany and Austria.
email: bloodyraptor [at]

Ian Harmon

BFA Acting, 2005
email: jbond15 [at]

Lily Mussallem Harper

Education & Theatre
Vancouver, B.C.
telephone: 604-742-3177

Alishia Harris

photoBFA Design/Tech, 2003
In Memoriam
It is with great sadness, that we announce the sudden death of Alishia Harris, BFA alumna (2003) who passed away on Monday, January 14. A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at All Saints Anglican Church, 4755 Arthur Drive, Ladner, B.C. at 1:00 p.m.

A memorial fund for Alishia Harris has been established. Those wishing to contribute to Alishia's fund should make their cheques out to "UBC" with "Alishia Nora Harris Memorial Fund" in the memorandum line. Please address your contributions to: Attn: Maryn Ellis, UBC Development Office, Suite 500, 5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z3. For further information on the Alishia Nora Harris Memorial Fund please contact June Chow, Development Officer, UBC Faculty of Arts. Thank you for your generosity.

Katherine Harris

B. Music (Voice Performance), 1993
email: laughingdiva [at]

Simon Hayama

BFA Acting, 1995
email: simonhayama [at]

Dermot Hennelly (a.k.a Noel Burton, actor)

Acting, 1968

A professional practitioner in all media and a motivated teacher, I have a body of performance work as leading and character actor (England & Canada) in theatre, film, TV, radio, commercials and media. I have been artistic director for two companies, and a teacher at HE level at three universities. In England I was a company member of the Liverpool Everyman and the Leicester Theatre Company, where I worked with Michael Bogdanov, Mia Farrow, Alan Rickman, Heather Sears, Tim Rice and Henry Livings, among many others. In Vancouver, I performed regularly at the Arts Club, the Playhouse and City Stage theatres and was a regular on CBC Radio (including The Cherry Orchard, as Lophakin opposite Dame Peggy Ashcroft's Madame Ranevskaya). H.E. Experience: At Memorial University I taught performance for the camera. At Regina University I taught performance, directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle and acted with senior students in Gammer Gurten's Needle, The Trojan Women and Ken Mitchell’s The Shipbuilder. Victoria University hired me to introduce classical theatre into the B.A. Program at Matsqui Federal Penitentiary after directing Loot at the prison (documented in the film Inside/Out). I performed with students at UBC in Brecht on Brecht and The Firebugs. In Toronto I was a play therapist at the Children's Hours Clinic for the treatment of emotionally disturbed children. I taught acting for the camera at Charles Stuart International Agency, Vancouver, and Focus International Agency, Montreal. Artistic Direction: In Vancouver, after playing a lead in Jack Darcus's Deserters, I directed Twelfth Night at the Firehall Theatre. A critical and box office success, the production led the way to the foundation of the Vancouver Shakespeare Festival, which developed into Bard On The Beach as it is called today. Following the success of  Twefth Night I founded the Open Theatre Company, a community-based classical theatre company. I incorporated an open door policy whereby anyone in the community without prior experience wanting to participate in a play could do so. I produced nine plays: by Chekhov (2), Shakespeare (3), Brecht, Vanbrugh, Frisch and Coward. Uncle Vanya - our most successful production staged in a warehouse on a 4000 sq. ft. set during Expo '86 - inspired the movie Vanya on 42nd Street. In 1987 was artistic director for White Rock Summer Theatre. Acting for Screen & Television: Since 1993, in Montreal, as NOEL BURTON, I have acted in film, TV, theatre, radio, video games and commercials in English, French and Spanish, working with the likes of Mathieu Kassievtiz, Todd Haynes, Bob Rafelson, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mischa Barton, Beau Bridges, Vanessa Bauche, Christian Duguay, Denise Filiatrault, Katie Holmes, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Pierce Brosnan, Christopher Plummer, Dominic Michel, Wesley Snipes, Nastasia Kinski, Michel Brault, Brian McKenna, Richard Attenborough, Denys Arcand, Stephan Gaghan, and Robert Downey Jr., among many others. Ref.  & under Noel Burton
Training: 2008-2009 MA (Creative Writing) with Distinction, University of Wales, Bangor
1997-2006: Screen Acting, Warren Robertson Workshop, Montreal, Canada
1973: L.R.A.M. (Teacher – Speech & Drama)
1972-1973: Acting, The Drama Studio, London, UK
1965-1968: Acting, University of British Columbia, Canada
email: warringroses [at]

Sarah Henriques

BFA Acting, 2001
email: sarahchenriques [at]

Martha Herrera-Lasso

MA Theatre Studies, 2012
email: Herreralassomartha [at]

Amos Hertzman

email: amoshz [at]

Jane Heyman

BA (Honours) Theatre, 1966
Too many memories. Too little time. Look forward to seeing fellow students and former students at the reunion. Blessing for Dorothy, Jessie and Sydney.
email: Jane_Heyman [at]

Ibata Hexamer

BFA Design/Tech, 2002
After graduating from UBC in 2002, Ibata went on a political detour and worked as a personal assistant to lawyer and Vancouver City Councillor Tim Louis, as well as Councillors Ellen Woodsworth, Tim Stevenson, and Dr. Fred Bass. In 2005, Ibata was hired by the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) as a political organizer, and helped lead the organization into the 05 and 08 Civic Elections. Ibata also worked on the 05/06 Federal election campaign as the Database Manager for the NDP's Vancouver Centre candidate. Ibata is the owner of, a local event production and DJ company, and is President of Myriade Properties, a real estate investment firm based out of the US.
email: ibatahexamer [at]

Kate Hilderman

BFA Actin, 2008
Kate recently completed filming on the feature film Quantum Suicide, and will be spending the spring promoting its release.
email: silent_sunrise [at]

Martin Hoh

BA Psychology Major/Theatre Minor, 2005
I'm still in the lower mainland area, about to graduate with a BA, recently turning the big 21. I have dreams of either writing for professional wrestling; or writing/performing music in the mainstream realm of entertainment. I also wouldn't mind starring on Saturday Night Live, or in any Farrelly Brothers movie.
email: martin_hoh [at]

Carol (Nesbitt) Holland

BFA Acting, 1986, MA Theatre History, 1992
Performed in Vancouver briefly, then went on to get an MA in theatre history from UBC and a BEd from Queen's University. Taught Engish and Theatre and directed students for many years in Ontario and the US, I am now at home (in New Jersey) with my two children (born 2002 and 2005). Great to see this website - fun to find old names!
email: carol.holland [at]

Ken Hollands

BFA Tech, 1996
Production meetings at Lou's Bar and Grill- Highly recommended. Check out It's slightly outdated, but it contains projects that heaps of alumni have collaborated on.
email: Kholl [at]

Emily Holmes

BFA Acting , 1999
email: emmyholmes [at]

Ken Hollands

BFA Tech, 1996
After touring with Canadian bands and a stint as Production Manager for Bard on the Beach, am now building scenery with fellow '96 Alumnus, Al Frisk.  Check out  Cheers to Loeffler and the Freddy Wood!
email: ken [at]

Sjahari Hollands

BSc Mathematics, 1968
Playwright and Actor: I have written several full length and one act plays.  A one person monologue was produced at the Vancouver Fringe.
email: lshollands [at]

Craig Holzschuh

MFA Directing , 1999
email: craigholzschuh [at]

Elana Honcharuk

BFA Design & Technical, 1988
Currently I am Head of Props at Prairie Theatre Exchange, while my husband is Head of Sound at Manitoba Theatre Centre (both in Winnipeg)
email: n/aBriaHooper Theatre/English, 2003
email: javajunkie_ca [at]

Bria Hooper

BA Theatre/English, 2003
email: bjhooper [at]

Cynthia Hopkins

BFA Acting, 1987
email: Cynthia_Hopkins [at]

Jon Horn

BFA Production and Design, 2009
Jon moved away to Saskatchewan and is now the technical director of a small dinner theatre company.
email: jonhorn14 [at]

Joanne Howitz

B.A. Double Major: Theatre & Psychology, 1990

I also studied costume design in the MFA program 1990 - 1991.
I have worked as an accountant since 1994. I have lived in Connecticut (1991-2001), in The Pas, Manitoba (2002-2004), and in Denver, Colorado (2004-2009). I currently live in Abbotsford, BC, with Mike O'Donnell (BFA Acting 1992).
johowitz [at]

Lily Hui

BA Theatre, 1982
email: dragonstarpictures [at]

Stephen Hunt

MFA Creative Writing, 1989
I worked as an AD to Arnie Zazlove on Billy the Kid in 1988 (!) I spent 7 years in New York as a playwright, where my work was produced by the Public Theatre, Naked Angels, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, where I'm a member. I'm currently a theatre critic and feature writer at The Calgary Herald, and Adjunct Professor (of Playwriting) in UBC's Creative Writing Program.
email: stephenbhunt [at]


top of pageAnthony F. Ingram

BA English and Theatre, 1992
I'm in the acting company of the Stratford Festival of Canada right now, and will be coming back to Vancouver mid-November.
email: 4ps [at] & antony [at]

Jenny Inster

BA Theatre, 2002
email: jenny_inkster [at]

Mike Inwood

Updated: October 28, 2011
BFA Design/Technical, 2001
Mike is an independent lighting designer in New York City. In 2010 he received an Emmy Award for his work with NBC Television's coverage of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Other design projects for theatre, dance and television have taken Mike to cities across the Canada, the United States and Europe.
email: mail [at]

Michael Irwin

MA (Directing), 1967
Retired Theatre Technician, Kelowna
email: michaelirwin [at]


top of pageLaura Janeshewski

laura janeshewski BFA Technical Theatre, 1986
In Memoriam - November 7, 2006: Laura passed away peacefully at the age of 42 on Tuesday Nov.7th, 2006 at Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto with friends and her Mom by her side. She will be missed by the many people she touched during her life. There was a celebration of life for Laura on Dec 10 at the New Revue Stage on Granville Island - and there was another gathering at the Richmond Inn (Westminster Salon) on Dec 17th.

A performer with the Vancouver TheatreSports League during the 80's and early 90's, Laura was a very funny lady. She was co-host on The Complaint Dept. Rogers Cable 4 in Vancouver circa 1992 and hosted the weekend news for CKZZ-FM (Vancouver) in the early 1990s. From 1994 to 2006 Laura had a busy career as a producer/reporter/writer for MacLean’s, MoneySense and Canadian Business magazines as well as for CTV and CBC-TV Toronto.

Erin Jeffery

BFA Acting, 1994
email: erin [at]

Ma Jiucheng

Design, 1999
email: jiucheng [at]

Tracy Johnson

BFA Creative Writing, 1992
email: aisenstat [at]

Aaron Johnston

Updated on: October 30, 2013
BFA Acting 1999
I'm still in Vancouver. I'm no longer acting. I've become a makeup artist. I am currently finishing my makeup artistry diploma at The Blanch MacDonald Centre for Applied Design.
email: aaronjohnston [at}

Bryan Johnston

BFA Acting , 2000
Congrats and Cheers to the Freddie don't look a day over 38!! I wish I could be there to join in the festivities, but alas, I am needed elsewhere. After four glorious years wandering the halls of the FWT, I was aptly prepared for a professional career as an.....overseas EFL teacher. Have fun, and enjoy the next 50 years. With fond memories, I raise my glass of beer. Happy Birthday, Freddie.
email: oddyanyuan [at]

Luisa Jojic

BFA Acting, 2001
Performing professionally on stage, in film, television, and multi-media/ performance art contexts since graduation, Luisa's work has been seen in Canada, the US and abroad. Luisa has worked with such companies as The Vancouver Playhouse, The Arts Club, The Vancouver Opera, The Gateway Theatre, Theatre Northwest, Blackbird Theatre, Radix, The Only Animal, Theatre Terrific, Reel Wheels, Pound of Flesh, and Bard on the Beach. Please visit for more info and upcoming projects.
email: luisajojic [at]

Art Jones

Pure Science -Chemistry, 1946
Much fun!
email: artjones [at]

Gillian Jones

BA Theatre (Honours) 2006
Currently completing a Masters in Arts & Cultural Management at Pratt Institute in New York.
email: gillianjones_2 [at]

Pam Jones

BA - Theatre, 1982
I currently own SOUNDSWRITE Communications, a sound studio in North Vancouver.  We write and produce audio and have done radio ads for TransLink, RE/MAX and many other clients.  We also write television scripts for Knowledge Network.  After receiving my BA at UBC I went on to BCIT to get a broadcast degree. My theatre training comes in handy every day as I'm a busy professional voice actor. I remember working in the Dorothy Somerset when it was tucked in behind the Frederic Wood. Feels like five minutes ago - doing productions for M.A. grads John Cooper and Richard Lucas and racing to English classes taught by Jerry Wasserman. I still do a lot of acting in North Vancouver for Deep Cove Stage, and Theatre West Van at Kay Meek Centre. I've been lucky enough to win a couple of Theatre BC acting awards and acting is still my passion. I have been to a few shows at Frederic Wood in the past couple of years and every time I go, I am always so impressed with the quality of the productions and the detail put into performances.I look forward to seeing the new studios.
email: pam [at]

Virginia Jones

BA Theatre
a great big ALOHA to all!
email: bufoqueen [at]

Ella Joseph

MFA Design, 2000
"There is nowhere to go but keep on going and nothing to do but keep on doing." (Inertia, performance installation by Ella Joseph, dedicated in memory of Peter Loeffler). The compulsion to visually express my thoughts through the creative process has not ceased, and responses to my work from audiences in Iasi, Bucharest, Vancouver, Utrecht, London, Zurich, Amsterdam, Honolulu, Toronto, and many other European cities has been deeply rewarding. The most recent audience encounter was as an artist and guest lecturer for "Art21: Identity", at Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University in New York State. For the past year I live in Buffalo, NY, where, in addition to my continuing art efforts, I support the production and web-casting of videos in the corporate IT world with a competitor of AOL and Yahoo.
email: ellajoseph [at]


top of pageKen Kaneko

BFA Theatre Tech and Design, 1993
cameraman for Shaw TV News
email: kkaneko [at]

Gerardine Keane

Date Submitted: January 22, 2012
BFA Technical Theatre & Design, 2001
email: greakeane [at]

Karen Kelm

BA English, 1988
email: kmkelm [at]

Nicholas Kendall

BA Theatre, 197
email: 0nicholaskendall [at]

Heather Kent

BFA, Design/Tech. 1989
I teach theatre production at Humber College in Toronto. Since graduating from UBC I have never stopped learning; sometimes by mucking around in various prop shops throughout the country... and sometimes in classrooms.  I love teaching and I love learning.  I have spent a lot of time at the Ontario College of Art and Design learning everything from book binding to silversmithing, and last year I completed an Masters in Art Education from UVic.  My degree from UBC has been the best springboard into a happy career in the arts.
email: heather.kent [at]

Kevin Kerr

BA Theatre, 1991
email: kkerr [at]

Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh

BFA Tech, 2002
email: fkhaki21 [at]

Ellie Kim

BFA Design, 2009
email: yelloluki7 [at]

Kelly Kirby

BA Theatre, 2001
email: kirbykelly [at]

Leanne Koehn

BA Theatre, 1997
email: leannekoehn [at]

Lori Kokotailo

BFA Acting, 2001
email: lorikoko [at]

Erica Kopyto

BA Theatre, 2001
Happy 50th Freddy Wood!
email: ericakopyto [at]

Matthew Kowalchu

BA Theatre, 2007
Still based in Vancouver; I am currently directing The Soap Show, a weekly, live improvised Soap Opera (Season One: "Jour du Jour"), at the Firehall Arts Centre, as well as co-writing the screenplay for Lawrence & Holloman, based on the play by Morris Panych, and being developed with Ameland Films.
email: mtkowalchuk [at]

Crystal Kramer

Theatre BA & Minor English, 1998
Casting Director. Crystal Kramer C.D.C. (Previously Crystal Olsen). 10 years casting in the film & TV industry. Have my own business "Crystal Casting". Cast Feist 1,2,3,4 - was up for Best Music Video Inside Steve's Mind - 1st position home page youtube. Selected Mayday Episodes- TV Series Assistant Casting Cinderella Man / Ron Howard.
email: crystalcasting [at]

Jody Kramer

BA Theatre, 1996
I am an animator now, and a country singer too!  All the acting and directing skills I got at UBC really really help.
email: jody_kramer [at]


BA Theatre, 2004
In Vancouver writing plays and dancing.
email: cassia33 [at]

Margaret Kyle

BA Theatre, 1980
email: mgk13 [at]


top of pageKaty Lai

BFA Tech 2000
email: katy_shanshan [at]

Stacey Landers

BA Honours Theatre, 2002
MA, Drama - University of Toronto, 2004
email: staceylanders [at]

Craig Lapthorne

BFA Acting, 2000
email: lapthorne2004 [at]

Eva Lau

BFA Acting , 2001
email: evileva71 [at]

Emily R. Laue

BFA Acting, 2004
email: erlaue [at]

Brenda Leadlay

MFA Directing, 1989
email: brenda [at]

Rebecca Lee

BFA Acting, 1996
email: rebeccalee [at]

Julie Lees

Creative Writing, Theatre, 2002
email: goghoti [at]

Catriona Leger

Updated: Sept. 1, 2013
BFA Acting, 1997. MFA Directing, 2013
My love to all UBC alumni - with a special spot for the BaaBaaBaa BFA Sheep - Class of '97! xoxoxo
email: libragal [at]

Christy Leigh

BA Theatre, 2004
email: ckleigh [at]

Mark Leiren-Young

Theatre History/Film
email: mark [at]

Kevin Leopold

BA Developmental Psychology, 1990
I remember blocking till 4am, sleeping in the office and hitting classes at 8am. Then we had a matinee with 20 seniors in -20 weather. It brought us all together.
email: cutetourist [at]

Nicole Leroux

BA Theatre, 1998
I'll be on stage in Vancouver for one night only, March 15, 2007, performing a workshop of my politically charged one woman show: The Red Shift.  Check out my website for more details.

Joven Lin

I'm residing in sunny California, but sure miss the Vancouver rain...
What 4 great years I had at the Theatre dept. I miss everyone..., especially Dr. Peter Loeffler..
email: morknhismaster [at]

Kuei-ming Lin

Updated Feb. 20, 2013
MFA Creative Writing and Theatre, 2012
I live and breathe my own plays, wherever it takes me,I sing and dance for the stars and the trees.  Catch me if you see a butterfly fading in the breeze.
email: cassia33 [at]

Heidi Lingren (McDonald)

BFA Design & Technical Theatre, 1995
Now based in Toronto, Heidi has designed lighting for over 60 productions.
email: heidimcdee [at]

Heidi Lingren is a freelance lighting designer specializing in theatre and opera. Since graduating with a BFA in Design and Technical Theatre from UBC in 1995, she has designed lighting for over 60 shows, including productions with Light Opera Oklahoma, The Banff Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Belfry Theatre, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, Theatre Northwest, and Touchstone Theatre. As well Lingren has designed over 15 industrial displays for Science World British Columbia.

Lingren was the resident assistant lighting designer for Vancouver Opera for two seasons, and was an assistant lighting designer at the Stratford Festival in 2000. She worked in this same role for Livent’s international touring production of The Phantom of the Opera. As well, she has assisted on numerous productions for companies including the Vancouver Playhouse, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Belfry Theatre and Modern Baroque Opera. She is currently assisting with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.

Lingren was the recipient of the 2002 Vancouver Opera Guild Career Development Grant, which allowed her to spend several weeks observing at San Francisco Opera. In 2000 she was the recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie award for her work at the Stratford Festival.

Ms. Lingren lives in Toronto, ON, with her husband and fellow designer Gavin McDonald, and is a member of Associated Designers of Canada.

J.P. Linton

B.A. Honours Theatre, 1969
J.P. Linton has appeared on Broadway as Von Strack in Amadeus with David Suchet, McBurney in the Royal National Theatre's Not About Nightingales with Corin Redgrave, and Dudgeon in The Devil's Disciple with Lee Richardson. Favorite roles Off-Broadway and in regional theatres: Captain Shotover in Heartbreak House (Huntington Theater, Boston), Julian in Communicating Doors (Cape Playhouse, MA) with Rue McClanahan, Walter in The Broken Jug (Lincoln Center), Constable of France in Henry V (Stratford,CT) with Christopher Plummer, Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Canada) with Delroy Lindo, Petkoff in Arms and the Man (New Jersey) with Laila Robbins, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night (Canada), Sherlock Holmes in Flights of Devils (Long Island), Malvolio in Twelfth Night (New York) and Bernard in Jules Feiffer's Hold Me (Canada). He has also played over 30 lead and recurring roles in feature films, made-for-television movies and television series, from Law and Order to Cagney and Lacey. His most recent feature film was Girlfight with Michelle Rodriguez. He has also recorded over 250 audiobook novels for the Library of Congress. Mr. Linton lives in Manhattan with his wife, Karin, and their 7-year old son, Bryant.
email: jplassoc [at]

Adrienne Lister

BA Theatre, 2007
email: adri_lister [at]

Rhys Lloyd

BFA Acting, 1994
email: razl [at]

Owen Lock

BFA Design, 1986
email: owenlock [at]

Andre Loiselle

Date submitted: Feb. 10, 2011)
MA/PhD, Theatre, 1995 (and Film Production, 1988)
After completing my Diploma in Film production, I stayed at UBC to do my M.A. and my PhD in the Theatre department. I completed my PhD in 1995 and the same year, I got a job in the Film Department at the University of Regina. In 1997, I joined the film program at Carleton University, where I am currently Professor of Film Studies and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

My main areas of research are Canadian and Québécois cinema, screen adaptations of drama, and the horror film. I have written half a dozen books including "Denys Arcand’s ‘Déclin de l’empire américain’ and ‘Les Invasions barbares’" (2008), "Cinema as History: Michel Brault and Modern Quebec" (2007) and "Stage-Bound: Feature Film Adaptations of Canadian and Québécois Drama" (2003). I have also edited a few anthologies, such as "Canada Exposed" (2009, co-edited with Pierre Anctil and Christopher Rolfe) and "Self-Portraits: the Cinemas of Canada since Telefilm" (2006, co-edited with Tom McSorley). I generally teach “Introduction to Film Theory and Analysis,” as well as various courses on Canadian Cinema, adaptation theory and the horror film. I am currently putting together an anthology on “Theatricality and Cinema” (co-edited with Jeremy Maron). I also appeared as an “expert on zombie movies” in the documentary "Zombiemania" (2008, Donna Davies) along with Tom Savini and George A. Romero.
email: andre_loiselle [at]

Gordon Long

MA Theatre History, 1974
email: glong [at]

Jeremy Long 

MFA (Playwriting), 1973
After UBC I was a founding member of Vancouver Theatre Workshop (aka Tamahnous Theatre) with a number of other grads, worked in various professional productions as production manager, tech director, director and playwright. Taught theatre at Malaspina College
email: Jeremy.Long [at]

Allan Lysell

BA Acting, 1970
email: lysella [at]


top of page Gerry Mackay

MFA Directing, 2004
email: ozmac [at]

D. A. MacKenzie

MFA (Theatre/Creative Writing) 2007
Currently doing a PhD at UBC
email: origins [at]

Christina Macleod

email: chrismac [at]

Jane MacFarlane

BFA Acting, 1991
email: voiceactivated [at]

Kevin McAllister

BFA Design/Tech, 1993
email: kevin [at]

Ian McAndrew

BMus, Opera, 1981
email: mcandrew [at]

Gordon McCall

MFA Directing, 1980
Currently Artistic Director, Centaur Theatre Company, Montreal since 1997.
webpage: See for full biography
email: trout57 [at]

S. Siobhan McCarthy

BA Hon Theatre, 1998
Managing Artistic Director/ Producer of the absolut theatre company, Artist in Residence for the City of Vancouver, Teaching Faculty of NCFA, Youth Playwright Mentor at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
email: s_siobhan [at]

Siobhan McCarthy is the founder and managing artistic director/ producer of the absolut theatre company and lucid dreams productions. Originally from Toronto, she trained, competed and toured as a National Precision Figure Skater for over half her life. She then lived in Europe before “heading west" and earning an honours degree in theatre from U.B.C. in 1998. Past directing credits include: Spiraling Within, Happy Meal, See Bob Run, A Soldier's Tale, Drunken Bliss!?! Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Comedy of Errors and the awarding winning Bold Girls. Equity Co-Op's include W.O.W-wow!!!, and Who Are You Calling Crazy!?! Some film and television credits include Animal Miracles, F-Stop, Still Life, A Bug and a Bag of Weed, Last Wedding, Drunken Bliss, and Patricia Grey. Favourite stage credits include: Kayla in Spiraling Within, A Dark Witch in Macbeth, the title role in Claire, Star in Five Dollar Drinks and Andrea in Who Are You Calling Crazy!?!

Siobhan is the production manager of the Vancouver International Film Festival Trade Forum and she teaches voice, movement and mask at the New Image College of Fine Arts. She one of the Youth Playwright Mentors at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and she works with Youth Cancer Survivors at Vancouver Children’s Hopital — mentoring them in creating their play for the 2005 Children’s Festival. Siobhan has been an invited guest speaker/performer at the World Madness and Arts Festival in Toronto as well as numerous schools and hospitals. This year Siobhan is an Artist in Residence with the City of Vancouver at Gallery Gachet for her innovative community art building project entiltled, “The Masks We Wear.” Her play, Spiraling Within will be heading down under for a six month tour to be produced by Syzygy Theatre Co.
Siobhan is represented by Deborah Harry Talent
(604) 263 1859
email: s_siobhan [at]

Trina McClure (Pacy)

BFA Acting , 2000
I saw my first UBC production in 1990 when I witnessed a very interesting and memorable production of Hamlet. Eight years later it was me on the stage. I have memories from the boards of the Freddy Wood Theatre that, no matter my career path, will by far be some of the happiest of my life. They will last me forever. Whatever stage I walk, the teachers and staff, my experiences, and the classes of the Freddy Wood walk with me. Congratulations on your 50th!
email: gandt [at]

Mark McConchie

BA Sociology and LL.B, 1984
It always felt like 'more', so after 12 years as a lawyer, I quit law to become a professional actor.
email: mmcconch [at]

Katie McCulloch

BFA Acting , 2001
email: commitmentdeficient [at] or mccullkg [at]

Vicki McCullough

BA Theatre, 1975
email: vmccullough [at]

Cam McGill

BFA Technical, 1983
email: cameron.mcgill [at]

Meghan McGuinness

BA Theatre, 2002
email: meghan_mcg20 [at]

Derek McIver

BA Theatre, 2002
email: derekmciver [at]

Jennifer McLean

BFA Acting, 1994
email: jeneralmow [at]

Chris McLeod

MFA Stage Directing, 1996
Living in Ottawa. For the last year I have been Artistic Director of Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences, a company that was founded ten years ago. My first child was born four years ago in Nov., my second child will be born in Feb.
email: cmcleod [at]

Cheryl McNamara

BFA Acting, 1995
I'm in Toronto, currently President of Shakespeare in the Rough. Most recently I wrote, produced and was in The Dizzy & Dale Chronicles for the Toronto Fringe. I also co-wrote The Dick's a Dame, again at the Toronto Fringe, and Tim Sims Playhouse.
email: cherylmcnamara [at]

Michelle McRae

MFA Design, 1995
email: mcrae [at]

Niti Maini

BA Theatre , 2001
email: cici_u [at]

Linda Fenton Malloy

MFA Theatre, 2003
Linda is a freelance website designer for the Canadian and international arts community.
Visit her online portfolio at:

Julie Martens

BFA Design, 2000
hire me
email: takemeto_harlem [at]

Meah Martin

B.A. Theatre, MFA Creative Writing, 1999
Currently living in Vancouver, B.C.  Working on two projects at the moment, THE GOOD GOOSE, and IF I KNEW, stage plays.

Taught Creative Writing at UBC - introductory level for two years, and Playwriting for two years Producer Brave New Play Rites Festival.

The Rose Cafe staged reading at Playwrights Theatre Centre, Vancouver

Brown Wasp, a one woman play won National Playwright  Award for a one act. Produced by Solo Collective

Over the Moon, produced by UBC published in The Canadian Theatre Review

Other publications - Going it Alone, Plays by Women for Solo Performers by Kit Brennan, and Brave New Play Rites an Anthology by Bryan Wade.

email: meahmartin [at]

Shannon Matson (Woelk)


Zain Meghji

BA Theatre , 2000
email: zainmeghji [at]

Natalie Meisner

MFA Creative Writing (Theatre) 2000
Playwright, Poet, and Fiction Writer. Recent Productions: "Daylight Savings" with CBC Radio and "Beaver Sonatas" with Lunchbox Theatre. Book of Plays: Growing Up Salty and Other Plays
email: ndmeisner [at]

Michele Melland

BFA Acting, 1990
If you recognize me, email me!! I'm in New York now but come home often - CIAO!!
email: vancouveractress [at]

Kelly-Ruth Mercier

MFA Directing ,2001
email: krmercier [at]

Michael Mew

BA Technical Theatre & Design, 1996
Michael is a funny guy - at least that is what he has been led to believe. Though misunderstood at times, one questions if he has invented his own little world with a language to go with it. His unique humor and view of the world can be due to his upbringing as a first generation Chinese Canadian. Growing up on the front lines of cultures clashing, trying to find a harmony between Western and Chinese cultures gave him strong views on social issues and multiculturalism. Life became even more colorful as Michael moved into his Pink Period: The Gay Years (1991 - Present). This fruitful period to date has seen Michael graduate from the University of British Columbia Department of Film & Theatre, exhibit as a photographer/artist, curate art shows, work as a costumer in film and TV and most notably writing and directing five short films. His latest Peking Turkey won five audience awards to date and has screened at over thirty festivals. He is currently pitching Bobby Angel and Miss. Mafia, two full-length feature romantic comedy scripts he wrote and is hoping to shoot his satire feature Going West in the near furture.
email: info [at]

Karen Mirfield

BFA Design, 2005
email: littlemirf [at]

Lynn May Mirfield

BFA Tech , 2001
email: linnmay [at]

Camille Mitchell

BFA Acting
what fun it is! Thank you for organizing!
email: nootaksas [at]

Aaron Moon

BFA Acting, 1999
email: n/a

Lyle Moon

BFA Acting
I am married and have three daughters. Five year old twins and a three year old. I am the Casting Director for Universal Orlando.
email: francie [at]

Robin Mooney

BFA Acting, 2004
email: robinmooney [at]

Chris Moss

BEd (drama/English), 1977
Summer Stock memories with Camille Mitchell, Jane Heyman, Barb Duncan, Edgar Dobie and others - we did "Dark of the Moon", "1837 the farmers revolt" and "Was he Anyone".
email: cmoss [at]

Robin Mossley

Acting, 1979
Hi. I'm living in Vancouver and thanks to UBC and my lovely, talented and steadily employed wife, I'm working in the acting profession (sporadically sometimes, but then there's still no business like the show business, it's just sometimes there's no business you know.) I have great, fond, memories of my time at UBC and would be happy to hear from any of the people I had the pleasure of working with while I was there. Hopefully I will get to see some of you at the reunion.
email: mossley [at]

Jennifer Mossa

Little of this, a little of that, 1997
Did a combined creative writing and drama course-load. Nice website!
email: mosschic72 [at]

Celeste Alexis Munger

BFA Tech, 1997
email: stevenceleste [at]

Lisa Roy Munro

BFA Tech
email: roymunro [at]

Amanda Murdoch

BA Theatre, 2003
email: amanda.murdoch [at]

Katie Murphy

BFA Acting, 2002
In Vancouver, just trying to do what the young acting grad does.
email: prettyladykt [at]

Peter Murphy

BFA Acting
email: pdmurphy [at]


top of pageNatasha Nadir

MFA Directing, 2006
mnnadir [at]

Gia Nahmens

BA Theatre, 2007
I have been working in Vancouver as a stage manager and production manager for the past 2 years.
email: gianahmens [at]

David Newham

Updated Jan. 20, 2013
BFA Acting, 2006
Founding member and current co artistic producer of Seven Tyrants Theatre
email: david [at]

Kate Newman

BFA Acting 1999
I teach and direct children at the Shadbolt Centre, have done some assistant directing at the Roundhouse, am a published lyricist in Slovakia. Right now, I'm doing my MA in Educational Psychology looking at acting from a sociocultural perspective.
email: n/a

Pauline Newstone

B.Ed, Theatre Major, 197?
email: n/a

Robin Nichol

MFA Directing, 1989
email: rnichol [at]

Laura Nordin

BFA Acting, 1999
email: lauranordin [at]

Tianna Nori

BFA Acting, 2009
email: n/a


top of pageAshley O'Connell

BFA Acting, 2006
ashoconnell [at]

Moya O'Connell

BFA Acting, 1999
Currently living & acting in Montreal. Previously Toronto and London, England. Spend my summers at Bard on The Beach Shakespeare Festival. 5th season.
email: moystar [at]

Michael O'Donnell

BFA Acting , 1992
I'm teaching English and Drama in Abbotsford BC at Robert Bateman Secondary.
email: Mike_ODonnell [at]

Nick Orchard

BA Theatre, 1991
TV/Film Producer, my own company (Soapbox Productions), 650 Keith Road W., North Vancouver, B.C. V7M 1M6. President, Soapbox Productions for past 17 years, producing television and feature films.
email: norchard [at]

Kevin Orr

Updated: Dec. 3, 2012
MFA Directing, 1990
Professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa
email: korr [at]

Richard Ouzounian

MA Directing & Playwriting, 1972
RICHARD OUZOUNIAN, theatre critic of the Toronto Star, has worked professionally in the performing arts for the past 32 years.
email: rouzounian [at]

RICHARD OUZOUNIAN, theatre critic of the Toronto Star, has worked professionally in the performing arts for the past 32 years.

In that time, he has written, directed, or acted in over 225 productions, served as artistic director of five major Canadian theatres, been an associate director of the Stratford Festival of Canada for 4 seasons, and was Harold Prince’s assistant on the original Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera.

His recent works for the stage include Larry’s Party, Emily and Dracula: a Chamber Musical – all of which broke box office records across North America.

From 1990 through 2004, he was also the host of CBC Radio 2’s popular musical theatre program SAY IT WITH MUSIC and from 1995-2000 he served as Creative Head of Arts Programming at TVOntario.

He has published five books by McArthur and Company, the most recent being a collection of his celebrity interviews called Are You Trying To Seduce Me, Miss Turner? Another volume (Divas, Dudes and Broadway Babies) will be published in June of 2005.

He lives in Toronto with his wife, Pamela , and their two children, Katherine and Michael.

Joyce Ozier

MA, Stage Design, 1979
After being one of the Founders of the Royal Canadian Aerial Theatre in the 70's (Anyone remember that?), I eventually moved into the world of retail display and was head of award-winning WOW! WINDOWS Display & Design Ltd. here in Vancouver. I'm now retired.
email: joyceozier [at]


top of pageGuy Palmer

English; Biology, 1934
As a semi-official photographer, I shot some seventy plays, from The Crucible in 1954 to Hamlet in 1991...
email: guy.palmer [at]

Adam Parboosingh

MFA Design
Currently teaching scenography at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL
email: adamparboosingh [at]

Sylvia Pare

BA Theatre, 1992
email: sppare [at]

Brian Parkinson

BA Theatre, 1972
Professor, Theatre & Dramatic Arts, Acting Associate Dean of Fine Arts, at the Unviersity of Lethbridge, and Artistic Managing Director, New West Theatre, Lethbridge
email: parkinson [at]

Heather Pawsey (Mitchell)

B. Mus Voice Performance, 1986
email: n/a

Lauren Payne

BA Theatre, 2002
email: frnchkis [at]

Suzie Payne

BA Acting, 1999
(Edited Oct. 5, 2010) I actually hung out at the Theatre Department for four years, 1967-1971, but I didn't complete my BA then - hey it was the 60's...finally did in 1999, and then went to SFU and studied Biology. All the while dipping in and out of the wonderful world of Theatre, acting, directing, teaching, and writing. Recently have written a full-length play, and just completed my first novel. Watch for it. Also, note new email address.
email: suziepayne [at]

Jane Penistan

Jane Penistan: 90 Years Young! A round of applause for a much loved Theatre at UBC alumna Jane Penistan who celebrated her 90th Birthday at the Jericho Arts Centre on Sunday February 10th, 2008, surrounded by family, friends and theatre colleagues. Now 90 years young Jane could easily run rings around many people half her age. Both a theatre and opera enthusiast Jane is currently an arts reporter for the Hampton Review and for the online arts journal Review Vancouver.
email: n/a

She was born and brought up in London and moved to Canada in 1949, settling in Stratford Ontario. Jane along with her husband revitalized the town's economy by working to establish The Stratford Festival, a theatre festival dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare. British actor and director Tyrone Guthrie agreed to become the festival's first Artistic Director. On July 13, 1953, actor Alec Guinness spoke the first lines of the first play produced by the festival: "Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer by this son of York."

The drama festival is now one of the largest theatrical companies in the world employing approximately one thousand actors, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, administrators and other staff. Jane enjoyed working for the festival for ten years during which time she enjoyed meeting many of the English speaking theatre's premiere artists. When her five children were grown up, Jane "retired" to Vancouver, where she earned both a BA and MA in English from UBC.

Michelle Penney

BFA Design/Tech, 1995
email: michelle.penney [at]

Eric Peterson

BA '72
email: n/a

Thrasso Petras

BA Classical Studies, 1993
email: thrasso [at]

Dawn Petten

BFA Acting, 1997
email: dpetten [at]

Deb Pickman

BA Theatre, 1991
email: deb [at]

[September 21, 2010] Deb Pickman is co-founder (along with alumna Renée Iaci), an active ensemble member and past co-artistic director of the Vancouver based theatre company shameless hussy productions. The company has a mandate of “telling provocative stories about women, to inspire the hand that rocks the cradle to rock the world”. As an actor Deb has co-created several plays & toured widely throughout North America and Europe with her own company and others (including most notably Green Thumb Theatre). Most recently she appeared in the hussies Jessie Richardson Award winning production of Frozen by Moira Buffini. Deb is also specialist in social media and all aspects of publicity and marketing for the arts. She currently holds the position of Marketing & Communications Manager for Theatre at UBC where she earned her BA. Deb is a recipient of the Vancouver Sun People's Choice Award for Outstanding Actress, two Jessie Richardson Award nominations and UBC's Sharon Yacowar Frohlinger Memorial Scholarship. More at

Jocelyn Pitsch

BA Theatre, 2005
Currently completing a PhD, following completion of a Masters, both through the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for Study of Drama.
email: n/a

Christine Plunkett

BFA Design & Stage Management , 1986
email: cplunkett64 [at]

Melissa Poll

BFA Acting (2000) and MA Theatre History/Criticism (2006)
email: pollmel [at]

Niven Pong

BFA Design/Tech, 2002
email: nivenpong [at]

Melissa Powell

Date Submitted: December 20, 2010
BFA Production and Design, 2003
email: melissapowell [at]

Cricket Price

BFA, MFA Theatre, 1993
email: cricketp [at]


top of pageReva Quam

BFA Design/Tech, 1999
I'm currently living and designing costumes in Toronto.
email: reva [at]

Walter Quan

BComm, 1985
All with MUSSOC - actually, it was not the easiest of relationships (MUSSOC...Theatre...Music) but we all made it work...
email: waltquan [at]

Cordula Quint

M.A., 1989
Since graduating from UBC with my M.A., I have continued my studies in theatre and drama at the University of Toronto. After being involved in the professional and semi-professional theatre in Toronto for several years as director and dramaturge and completing my PhD, I have moved on to become Assistant Professor of Drama at Mount Allison University. Studying theatre at UBC was a great experience and gave me a very solid foundation!
email: cordulaquint [at]


top of pageJohn Rapsey

MA Directing, 1969
I moved to Australia in 1986 and switched from theatre to film and television. I have been creator and/or writer on a number of series including 'Haydaze', 'Ship to Shore', 'Sweat', 'Fast Tracks' and 'Foreign Exchange'. In 1998 I became the head of Scriptwriting at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia - a fabulous city on the Indian Ocean. Lately I've added a new job as Director of the WA Screen Academy. My wife Irene, who studied Design at UBC under Richard Kent Wilcox is now the head of Wardrobe at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
email: rapsody [at]

Helen (Max) Read

BA Drama and Theatre Arts, 1979
email: maxread [at]

Joanna Redfern

MA Theatre, 2004
Joanna has joined the faculty at University College of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, where she'll be teaching first-year acting and Intro to Theatre.
email: n/a

Heather Redmond

BFA Acting, 2000
email: htredmond [at]

Joel Redmond

BFA Acting, 2005
email: joelredmond [at]

Sarah Redmond

BFA Acting, 1996
email: smayred [at]

Maryanne Renzetti

BFA Acting, 2009
Maryanne Renzetti is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting program. She also spent the summer of 2009 participating in Canada’s National Voice Intensive and the British American Drama Academy, in Oxford, England. She’s notable for her performance in the critically acclaimed “Oh, The Humanity and Other Good Intentions” by Will Eno in the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival and “The Gas Heart” in the 2009 Fringe Festival. Recent acting credits include True Story, (®evolution theatre) The Idiots Karamazov, Medea, Unity (1918) (Theatre@UBC), Taming of the Shrew (Emerald Pig Theatrical Society). She most recently appeared in Will Eno’s “The Flu Season”. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Staircase Xi Theatre, which is currently working on their second show, Stewart Lemoine’s Evelyn Strange.
email: maryrenzetti [at]

Joshua Reynolds

BFA Acting, 2001
email: joshua_r [at]

Ariel Rhodes

BA Theatre, 1996
Presently I am teaching visual arts at Britannia High School in Vancouver. Since graduating from UBC, a million other things.
email: ariel [at]

Daryl Ritchot

BFA Production and Design, 2004
email: darylr [at]

Kate Robbins (Buchols)

Studies in Theatre and English 1978-80 1978-80
Working actor in film/tv/voice-over, President of the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA
email: katerobbins2001 [at]

Russell Roberts

BFA Acting
email: rroberts11 [at]

Don Robinson

BA Theatre/Art, 1987
Went to FTS Canada after leaving UBC to work with Catherine Caines. Taught there for a year or so. Spent over a decade acting around town and a bit in film and TV, but now work as a stage technician with mainly local festivals and companies.
email: dondobongo [at]

Chris Robson

BFA Acting 1996
I recently finished performing the role of Duncan Wooley in "Leading Ladies" at the Richmond Gateway Theatre, directed by UBC alum Johnna Wright. I am currently in pre-production for "The Last Five Years", which will be staged at the Jericho Arts Centre in late January.
email: chrisprobson [at]

Wayne Howard Robson

event imageTheatre at UBC student, 1970's

With great sadness we note of the passing of one of our exceptionally talented alumni, Wayne Howard Robson.

While a student in the UBC Department of Theatre in the 1970’s Robson was one of the stars of our stage. He appeared in many productions here including Scapino! (as Scapino) along with Bruce Greenwood, Bernard Cuffling, Camille Mitchell, Gordon McCall and Jerry Wasserman. A brilliant comic actor he also is also well remembered for playing Face, the conniving servant, in Professor John Brockington's production of The Alchemist at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre – again alongside Jerry Wasserman who is our current head of the Department of Theatre and Film. 

Wayne played a huge role in my early career. I counted him as a good friend, too. He lived in my house for a while and I lost a lot of money to him at cribbage, but I didn't mind because he always made me  laugh so much. He died way too young: a tragic loss to the Canadian acting community.” - Jerry Wasserman

Robson appeared in over 100 theatre productions, 30 feature films and 120 television productions, including 12 seasons as Mike Hamar on “The Red Green Show”. His honors include Gemini Awards for his roles in And Then You Die and The Diviners, a Dora Award for his work in Walking the Tightrope at Theatre Direct and a Blizzard Award in Manitoba forThe Diviners. He received Genie nominations for his roles in The Grey Fox and Bye Bye Blues, and was named Actor of the Year by the Vancouver Sun. 

The actor recently became a 2011 company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and was scheduled to make his debut this season as Grampa in The Grapes of Wrath. The Festival has announced that it will dedicate that production to his memory. More here:

Robson is survived by children Ivy and Louis, and their mother Lynn. 

Memoriam for  
Wayne Howard Robson
2 PM–5 PM Saturday, April 16, 2011
Frederic Wood Theatre


Michael Robinson

BFA Acting, 1983
Acting and Directing in Film, Theatre, and Television.  Still improvising with the Vancouver Theatresports League.  Head improvisation instructor at the Vancouver Film School one year acting programme.  Director of VFS sitcom project.
email: michaeljhrobinson [at]

Chris Robson

BFA Acting MFA Directing, 2013
My thesis production was a double feature: George F. Walker's "Problem Child" and "The End of Civilization" from the "Suburban Motel" series, at the Telus Studio in february, 2012. Since then, I accepted the Artistic Directorship of City Stage New West, acted in the Pick of the Fringe hit, "Romance" by David Mamet, directed "Welcome to My Wake" by Ingrid Nilson, directed "Our Country's Good" for UBC Players' Club, and am currently playing Polymestor in United Players' production of "Hecuba". Right after that closes, I will be performing in the Canadian Premiere of "Holmes & Watson Save the Empire" at Deep Cove Shaw Theatre, Feb. 27-Mar.16, and directing "Freud's Last Session" for City Stage New West in November!
email: chris.robson9 [at]

Sarah Rodgers

BFA , 1987
I just closed a show called "Power Lines" with ex alumni David Mackay and MFA writer Murray Logan - whoops - sorry we didn't let you know! I am constantly doing shows in the community and know lots of ex grads from a "few" years ago so I will try to keep you in the loop! This is a wonderful idea!
email: SarahJaneRodgers [at]

Joyce Rosario

BFA Design/Tech, 2003
Updated: Nov 1, 2012
Finally graduated in the Spring of 2003 after starting way back in the Fall of now working with dancers as an administrator for battery opera, and still keeping in the theatre loop as a freelance costume designer. Check out the former at and the latter in Sea Theatre's current production of Cat and Mouse (Sheep) [at] Presentation House in April 2004.
email: joyce.rosario [at]

Izzy Rubin

BFA Design/Production, 2005
email: nebula009 [at]

Gary Rupert

B.A. Theatre & English, 1968

Teacher and administrator in B.C. schools for many years, Exec. Director of B.C. Festival of the Arts, Exec member, Canadian Stage Band Festival, West Coast Jazz Festival, BC Arts Administrators' Assoc.; now Program Coordinator, UBC Faculty of Education
email: gary.rupert [at]


top of pageChris Sackett

MFA Lighting and Sound Design, 1998

Currently Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. SOU is the designated center for excellence for the performing arts in the Oregon University System. Recently established the Ashland Center for Theatre Studies offering masters program in Theatre Education Emphasis in Production and Design. This program is aimed at high school and jr, college teachers of theatre who wish to enhance their scope in theatre design and its production elements. We have a positive relationship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with adjunct faculty and guest artists from OSF enhancing our program. There are internship opportunities for students of significant potential. This season includes Charles Mee's Big Love, Oiver Hailey's Who's Happy Now, David Edgar's Entertaining Strangers, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Henrick Ibsen's Ghosts.
email: Sackett [at]

Laara Sadiq

BFA Acting, 1992
email: laaras [at]

Emilio Salituro

BFA Acting, 1994

After working in the Acting industry (theatre, film & TV) for 10 years, I am now representing actors as a Talent Agent/Manager for Muse Artist Management here in Vancouver.
email: esalituro [at]

Helenna Santos

BFA Acting, 2004
Just graduated and signed to Characters talent agency.
email: helennasantos [at]

Lorenzo Savoini

MFA Design, 1999
Currently freelance designing. Hope I can make it out there for the reunion.
email: lorenzodesign [at]

Eve Savory

B.A. Asian Studies, 1969
email: Eve_Savory [at]

David Savoy

MFA Directing, 2008
Appointed the new Artistic Director of the Sudbury Theatre Centre.

Thomas Schaad

MFA Design, 1992
Just opened a winery with my brother. First vintage for sale in 2003.
email: tkschaad [at]

Ian Schimpf

Submitted: Feb. 6, 2012
BFA Design/Production, 2008
Ian is still in Vancouver, working and designing for various companies.
email: ian.schimpf [at]

Goldie Semple

event imageIt is with great sadness we note the passing of one of our most accomplished alumna, Goldie Semple. She will be greatly missed and our deepest sympathies go out to her many friends & family. Read a wonderful tribute to Goldie by Richard Ouzounian in the Toronto Star. “Goldie Semple, one of Canada's finest classical actors, who divided her career between the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, died Wednesday, following a long battle with cancer. She was 56.” >>Click here to read Toronto Star article


event imageGoldie Semple starred in a Theatre at UBC production of Tartuffe by Moliére, directed by Klaus Straussmann. In the photo L-R: are BA Acting Candidates: Donna Christie (Mariane) and Goldie Semple (Dorine, Mariane’s lady maid).

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event imageGoldie Semple also starred with her husband Lorne Kennedy in the Theatre at UBC production of Tartuffe by Moliére, directed by Klaus Straussmann. In the photo are (standing) Alumnus Lorne Kennedy and Lee Taylor (centre).

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Sabine Sengmueller

BA - everything! 1998
Living and working here in Japan - I wish I could come back for the reunion, but I can't! I hope that everyone is doing well!!!
email: randomgirl01 [at]

Zaib Shaikh

MFA Directing , 2001
email: zaibshaikh [at]

Michael Shanks

BFA Acting, 1994
email: n/a

Meghann Shantz

BA Theatre, 2002
email: meghann_shantz [at]

Parjad Sharifi

Submitted: November 28, 2010
MFA Scenic Design, 2010
email: parjadsharifi [at]

Yulia Shtern

MFA Scenic Design, 2010
shterns [at]

Odessa Shuquaya

BFA Acting, 1999
email: odessajoy [at]

Sadie Silcock

BFA Acting, 2004
email: sadiesilcock [at]

Beverley Siver

BFA Design/Tech Theatre, 1983
email: n/a

Annie Smith (Sauer)

BA, 1993
email: n/a

Jason Smith

BFA Acting, 1989
email: jason [at]

Ryan Warren Smith

B.A. Minor in Theatre, 2005
email: ryanwarrensmith [at]

Sheila Smyth

BA Theatre/English, 1968
50 year synchronicities are most interesting!
email: delight [at]

Donna Soares

BA Theatre & French, 2002
email: donnasoares [at]

Carolyn Soper

BFA Acting, 1985
email: carolyn.soper [at]

Rebekka Sorensen

BFA Design, 2001
email: n/a

Don E. Soule

Theatre, 1984
I have been retiring and doing a bit of teaching and writing in the UK.
email: donsoule46 [at]

Anna Spencer (Anna Keene)

BA Theatre, 1977
Following UBC, studied acting in England and have lived and worked in UK ever since. Wide range of roles in theatre, film and for BBC radio, all as Anna Keene.
email: annakeene [at]

Jason Gray-Stanford

BFA Acting, 1992
email: n/a

Rachel E Stanners

MFA Theatre, 2007
London, UK.z
email: ms.stanners [at]

Kevin Stark

Date submitted: November 14, 2010
BFA Acting, 2009
Kevin is currently living in Vancouver as a working actor. He just completed The Flu Season at the Dorothy Somerset Theatre and will be touring Becky's New Car with the Art's Club in January.
email: kevostarks [at]

Adam Stokes

BFA, 2004
Adam is currently living in Vancouver. He has been working as Assistant Technical Director at The Roundhouse. Adam has also been persuing stage management and production management in a various productions including: The Bond (Pound of Flesh), Final Viewing (Radix), and Hamlet (The Shakespeare Project, Savage God). Adam will be taling a hiatius from theatre to teach English in Japan in 2005-2006.
email: aj22 [at]

Jane Stokes

BA Theatre, 1979
Stage-managed until late 1980s. Then worked in healthcare. Now home with the family
email: stoneyjakes [at]

Camille Sullivan

BFA Acting 1996
email: n/a

Rachael Sundin

BA Theatre , 2001
email: rachaelsundin [at]

Jonathan Sutton

BFA Acting, 1997
I'm in Vancouver finalizing a feature length film called "God's Baboons", which I wrote, directed, and produced on digital video.
email: jonathansutton [at]


top of pageCatherine Taylor-Williams

BFA Acting, 1994
I am currently an artist/manager at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. I act and teach here as well as work in the Communications Department.
email: catherine [at]

Colin Thomas

BA Theatre, 1976
Colin Thomas works as both a theatre critic and playwright. He has been writing about theatre for The Georgia Straight for the past 15 years and has worked as a critic on many programs for CBC radio.
email: colinthomas [at]

Colin Thomas works as both a theatre critic and playwright. He has been writing about theatre for The Georgia Straight for the past 15 years and has worked as a critic on many programs for CBC radio.

The Chalmers Children's Playwriting Awards have honoured each of his last three plays for young audiences: One Thousand Cranes; Two Weeks, Twice a Year; and Flesh and Blood. All of these scripts are published and productions have received Jessie Awards in Vancouver and Dora Awards in Toronto. Companies across Canada and throughout the United States have mounted Colin Thomas's works for young people. Prestigious American productions include those at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and The Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC. Thomas's work has also been seen in many other countries, including Germany, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Hong Kong, Austria and Australia, and his writing has been translated into French, Japanese, and German.

Critics and audiences are equally enthusiastic about Sex is My Religion, the first play that Thomas has written specifically for adult theatregoers. This play is published by Scirocco Press and Ballet B.C. has based a ballet on the work. The theatrical version of Sex Is My Religion has been mounted in Vancouver, Toronto, Houston, and New York.

Thomas story-edited the Juno Award-winning documentary, A Place Called Chiapas. He was once a regular contributor to Sesame Street. And he is currently shopping around his screenplay, Fairy Christmas.

Jillian Thomas

BA Theatre, 1998
email: jthomas [at]

Sharon Thompson

BFA Theatrical Design/Stage Management, 1993
email: sj.thompson [at]

Melissa Tsang

Update: September 2, 2013
BFA Production and Design, Music, 2006
Education Associate / VOIS Manager, Vancouver Opera
email: mtsang [at]

Joe Tschanz

Major - Theater, Minor - Film, 2002
I have been directing independent shorts, documentaries & music videos for the last 3 years.
email: joetschanz [at]

Kris Tung

BA Theatre
email: kristung [at]


top of pageVicki Van Bergeyk

BFA Technical, 2002
email: coralina_silverwolf [at]

Gerald Vanderwoude

MFA , 1992
email: sbeckett [at]

Astrid Varnes

BFA Acting, 2005
email: astridv77 [at]

Louise Vergnano

Costume Dept. Freddy Wood Theatre, 1970
Living in Charlottetown, PEI where I own an independent bookstore and watch for past theatre friends to pass through our Summer Theatre Festival.
email: briancollins [at]

Jana Veverka

MA Directing, 1971
Following seven years of writing and producing for CBC Radio and Television (including The Beachcombers) I have been working primarily as Showrunner / Producer and Writer on various TV Series and MOW's including: Black Stallion, Lonesome Dove, Caitlin's Way, After Midnight, Eyes of a Cowboy and The Awakening.

I am currently producing a Documentary Series called The Week The Women Went. email: jveverka [at]

Tamerrah Volkovskis

BFA Design/Tech, 1999
it's all ron fedoruk's fault. he showed us how to float a flat in thtr 150 and it all started there. bloody hell. thank you.
email: tamerrah [at]

Nik von Schulmann

BFA Design/Tech, 1991
email: nik [at]

Micheal Vonn (Klingspon)

BA Theatre, 1985
When I graduated, my name was "Lisa Klingspon"
email: mvonn [at]


top of pageLisa Waines

BFA Acting, 1992
email: ljwaines [at]

Rebecca Walters

BFA Acting, 1992
email: rw_nerka [at]

Sandra Walton

BEd, 1978
email: swalton [at]

Mike Waterman

BFA Acting, 2004
email: m_waterman [at]

Jessica Watson

BFA Acting, 2004
email: cooljes [at]

Kim Watt

BFA Acting, 1983
email: kimwattusa [at]

Mark Weatherley

BA Theatre, 1992
email: mwspoon [at]

Jon Weinberg

BA Theatre, 2000
Oh joyous lovely LA LA
email: weinbergjon [at]

Joshua Weiss

BA Theatre, 2000
email: joshuaweiss22 [at]

Peter Eliot Weiss

BA/MFA, 1993
email: p.weiss [at]

Douglas Welch

MFA Design, 1991
email: doug [at]

Laura White

BFA Acting , 1986
email: mycariad [at]

Sheila White

MFA Design, 2002
email: sheilala [at]

Karen Wikberg

5th Year Arts in Theatre, 1976
Worked in theatre for 25 years in various capacities before going to law school.  I have been a Crown Counsel since 1999.  I have been a playwright since 1988.
email: n/a

Bryn Williams

BFA Acting, 1997 and B.ed, 2000
email: bryn_williams [at]

Kristine Willing (Lockhart)

BEd Theatre Major, 1982
email: miwpromotions [at]

Barbara Wilson

BFA Technical Design, 1993
have been working in film and television, as both an Art Director and Assistant Art Director.
email: goforbarb [at]

Peter Wilson

BFA Acting 1998
I'm in Europe till April 2003 tracking down the elusive bulgarian spider squirrel.
email: petwilson [at]

Stefan Winfield

BA French, 1987
email: srwinfield [at]

Colleen Winton

BA Acting, 1977
Artistic Director of Western Gold Theatre. Director of Queen Lear at Presentation House. Recent credits Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady (WCTC) Miss Hannigan in Annie (TUTS) Auntie Em/Glinda in Wizard of Oz (Citadel) Anne in The Black Rider (November Theatre). Upcoming - St.Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.
email: colwin [at]

Mary Wiseman

BFA Design/Tech, 1998
Working in tv/film since 2000. IATSE/ACFC member in Costumes Dept. And still love to ride my bicycle!
email: mjwiseman [at]

Kate Witoszkin

Updated: Nov. 26, 2011
BA Technical Theatre, 2004
Living in Abbotsford. Working as Event Coordinator for the Abbotsford International Airshow.
email: n/a

Richard Wolfe

MFA Directing, 1994
(Feb. 13, 2008) – The Board of Pi Theatre announces the appointment of Richard Wolfe (Theatre at UBC MFA, Directing Alumnus) as successor to Del Surjik.  Mr. Wolfe is the company’s third Artistic Director in its 24 year history.
Read full article below.
email: rwolfe [at]


(February 13, 2008) – The Board of Pi Theatre announces the appointment of Richard Wolfe (Theatre at UBC MFA, Directing Alumnus) as successor to Del Surjik.  Mr. Wolfe is the company’s third Artistic Director in its 24 year history.  Wolfe’s tenure as Artistic Director of Pi will commence this week. “I am very pleased to welcome Richard to Pi. The board is excited by his artistic vision and looks forward to working with him to position the company for our next phase of growth.  Del Surjik will be involved in the transition period as AD emeritus until his relocation to Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon this summer” said Shawn Bouchard, President of the Pi Theatre Board of Directors.  “Pi has a rich history in Canadian theatre and I’m very excited to have been chosen to lead the organization’s artistic activities at this point in its evolution. Vancouver is fast becoming recognized across the country as a theatre centre of extraordinary quality,” stated Wolfe. “The work produced by those who have chosen to call Vancouver home is as vibrant, passionate, and formidable as any in Canada. I’m excited by Pi’s mandate to engage with dramatists from the French Canadian and international repertoires and I look forward to bringing together local, national and international theatre makers through the ongoing activity of this outstanding company.”   Del Surjik, outgoing Artistic Director commented, “I heartily congratulate Richard on his appointment. I have great respect for him as a colleague and for his passion for theatre and he has been a standout component of this community for many years.  Artistic renewal is an exciting time in any theatre company’s life and I have great confidence in Richard’s ability to take Pi Theatre forward into a new and vigorous future.”  Richard Wolfe is an accomplished award-winning theatre artist who has twelve years of experience as an Artistic Director and who has directed over 50 productions in cities around the country. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan’s drama program, Wolfe started his professional career working with 25th Street Theatre in Saskatoon. After working as an actor, director, dramaturge and producer from Edmonton to Newfoundland, Wolfe came to Vancouver to earn his MFA in directing from UBC.  He is a founding member of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, See Seven Performing Arts Society and Theatre Conspiracy. He is also a member of the Lincoln Centre Theatre’s Director’s Lab in New York, the Literary Managers and Dramaturges of the Americas; has participated in the Director’s Project at the Shaw Festival, is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Award nominations for Outstanding Director and has received the Ray Michal award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director. Wolfe is also an educator and has taught at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, the University College of the Fraser Valley and at UBC.    

Gillian Wolpert

BFA Design/Production, 2006
After a brief but exciting stint in Banff I'll be starting my first season with the Stratford Festival as an Assistant Lighting Designer in 2007. 
email: design [at]

Johnna Wright

BA Theatre , 1987
An actor, director, producer and dramaturg, Johnna spent 9 years as co-Artistic and Managing Director of Solo Collective Theatre. She was also a founding member of Bard on the Beach. Johnna is the recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Direction (The Triumph of Love, Blackbird Theatre) and of the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She now maintains a freelance career out of Saskatoon, where she is a Literary Manager for Persephone Theatre. Johnna returned to UBC in 2007 as a guest director for The Rez Sisters.
email: johnnawright [at]

Katey Wright

BFA Acting, 1987
A Vancouver-based actress and singer, Wright has performed on stages across Canada. Favorite roles to date include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (Patrick Street Productions), Viola in Twelfth Night (Bard on the Beach), Claire in Proof (Manitoba Theatre Centre/Citadel Theatre), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Arts Club Theatre), Constance in She Stoops to Conquer (Grand Theatre/Vancouver Playhouse), and most of all, Amalia in Morris Panych's production of She Loves Me! (Stanley Theatre), where she met her Dear Friend and husband, actor/singer Peter Jorgensen.
email: katey [at]

Naomi Wright

BFA Acting, 2002
email: naomiwright [at]

Craig Wrotniak

BHK & BEd - Drama/Theatre and Physical Education, 2007
I am a high school drama teacher in the Surrey School District. Currently I am running the drama and theatrical arts program at Sullivan Heights Secondary.
email: wrotniak_c [at]

Karl Wylie

(Updated Aug. 31 2012)
BA, Theatre & English, 1964
MFA Theatre Production [Design & Directing] Univ. of Hawaii; Research Fellow in Drama, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan and University of Waterloo; "Lighting Guy", Centre In The Square, Kitchener, ON; lighting designer and theatre consultant; currently Stratford Shakespeatre Festival; living in Waterloo, ON.
email: kwyliek [@]


top of pageTien Yen

BFA Production and Design, 2004
email: tien.yen [at]

Sophie Yendole

BFA Acting, 1996
email: syendole [at]

Norman Yeung

BFA Acting , 2000
email: unclemaowantsyou [at]

Norman Yeung’s credits since graduating with B.F.A. in acting include Fugitives (Western Theatre Conspiracy), Exit the Dragon (Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre), Filthy Rich (Chutney Productions/Firehall), and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Gateway Theatre). He moved to Toronto in 2002 to study film at Ryerson University. In 2004, he performed in fu-GEN Theatre Company’s Potluck Festival of new scripts at Factory Theatre. He is currently writing a play with fu-GEN, which will have a staged reading at Factory Theatre in 2005 as part of the new Potluck event at the Cross Currents Festival.

David L. Young

B.A. Theatre & History, 1990
Dr. David L. Young is currently teaching Grade Six at Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary School in the Langley School District. He is also a published playwright, theatre director, and was the founder and Artistic Director of the Impulse Theatre Company, as well as Point Blank Players Theatre Company. He is the Canadian 'State' Representative for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), as well the editor of one of their primary journals - Stage of the Art (SOTA), and the Organizing Chair of the 2007 AATE conference to be held in Vancouver. Dr. Young has published widely on issues of drama education theory, as well as attending and presenting at numerous conferences throughout North America. He has a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Arts Education (focusing on drama), Dr. Young also has an M.A.; B.Ed; and B.A. from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Young has taught at UBC, SFU, TRU (formerly UCC Kamloops), University of Phoenix (Vancouver Campus), Aldergrove Community Secondary, D.W. Poppy Secondary, County Line Elementary, and Carousel Theatre.
emaill: dly [at]

Drew Young

BA Theatre, 1982
email: brysonyoung [at]

Victor Young

BA Psychology, 1970
email: va.young [at]

Raugi Yu

BFA Acting
email: eyetheplanet_ draconis [at]


top of pageAlex Zahara

BFA Acting, 1996
email: alexzahara [at]

Alex Zahara has been busy in the Vancouver film and television scene since graduating with a BFA in Acting from UBC.

A familiar face to sci-fi fans, he has appeared in numerous genre series, including seven guest spots on Stargate SG-1 and the SCI FI Channel's movie, Babylon 5: Legend of The Rangers: To Live and Die in Starlight, portraying Dulann. He has also made guest appearances as Johanssen in James Cameron’s Dark Angel (Red, Rising), Andromeda (Music of a Distant Drum), The Immortal (Forest for the Trees), Welcome to Paradox (Blue Champagne), First Wave (The Purge), and the special 100th episode of The Outer Limits (Tribunal), as SS Lieutenant Karl Rademacher. Zahara has also provided the voice of the lead character, bounty hunter Nick Logan, in 40 episodes of the animated series The Roswell Conspiracies, which aired on the Cartoon Network.

Zahara also has an extensive list of films to his credit. After making his debut in The Thirteenth Warrior with Antonio Banderas and Omar Sharif, he went on to earn a Leo Nomination for his performance in the critically-acclaimed short, Evirati. Zahara recently appeared opposite Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden in Walking Shadow for A&E.

Zahara’s theatre resume is also impressive, including winning a Jesse Richardson Award in 1998 for his performance in the play Mojo (Western Theatre Conspiracy). He was also nominated for best actor in 1999 for playing all five male characters in the apocalyptic sci-fi/fantasy play Marisol (WTC) as well as being nominated in 2000 for his portrayal of a writer looking for his soul in The Promised Land (Solo Collective).

Currently, he can been seen in the movie Open Range with Kevin Costner and in the recurring role of Ezekiel on the Showtime series, Jeremiah. Upcoming shows you can see him in include a recurring role in the Stephen King mini-series, Kingdom Hospital as a policeman, and an episode of Cold Squad as a bad comic book shop owner.

Claire Zaslove (Brown)

MFA Directing 1984
Still retain an apartment in Vancouver, but home base is now Seattle. Spent much of the '90s playing leading roles at the Bathhouse Theatre. Have been writing plays and, together with Arne Zaslove, raising Max Gabriel (8) and Jessica Rose (2).
email: claire.zaslove [at]

Andrew Zender

BA Theatre, 1998
Working in Vancouver, sadly not acting (yet!) saw the exhibit in Robson square.
email: n/a

JoAnn Zinzolin

BA Theatre, 1990
Submitted: October 24, 2010
I am living in Powell River, B.C. Currently enrolled at Vancouver Island University. Learning to live-living to learn.
email: jzinzolin [at]



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