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Gateway Academy Faculty

The Academy Instructors are professional artists. We bring you working artist educators who are passionate about sharing their expertise with a new generation of performers.

Ruth McIntosh

Ruth McIntosh

A professional actor for 20+ years, Ruth has worked in theatres across Canada, and has taught across the Lower Mainland, including at Gateway Academy and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. A Dramaturg and Writer for dancetheatre, A graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse School of Acting. Ruth is Education Manager of Gateway Theatre.

Alexa Fraser

Alexa Fraser

A recent graduate of SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts in Theatre Performance, Clown and Directing, Alexa has returned to her roots in Gateway Theatre. She has been seen performing in Toronto's SummerWorks Festival, PuSh Festival Youth Assembly and in various projects as co-founder of theatre company, THEATRECORPS. Alexa is Education Coordinator of Gateway Theatre.

Patti Allan

Patti Allan

Patti is a graduate of the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts Theatre program and is a 4 time Jessie award recipient. Patti has performed in Theatre, Film, T.V., radio and cartoon voice overs. In addition to teaching at the Academy, Patti also teaches first year theatre students at SFU. Her instruction is always focussed on voice and speech as a means of building  confidence, surety and command in using engaging your audience - no matter how big or small - by 'taking up your space' in all situations.

Erika Babins

Erika grew up at Gateway Academy before receiving her diploma in musical theatre from Capilano University. Favourite choreography credits include: the world premiere of TITUS (ASP); The IT Girl (DNP) Urinetown, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Pippin (Arts Umbrella). She is also a producer, writer, and actor for “KalamaTea”, a production company for web content. Next up is choreography for Cry Baby: The Musical with Awkward Stage Productions for Fringe 2017.

Russell Cripps

Russell loves singing, and helping others learn about their voice. He teaches choir at Prince of Wales Secondary, and in Vancouver Opera's Project Opera. He has performed recently with Chor Leoni Men's Choir, Cor Flammae, Metro Theatre, Shaughnessy Heights Sanctuary Choir, DragonDiva Operatic Theatre, and Applause Musicals.

Christina Cuglietta

Christina is a Vancouver based multidisciplinary artist. She works as an actor, musician, musical director and theatre educator in Vancouver and across Canada with companies like:  Arts Umbrella, The Firehall Arts Centre, Firepot Performance (previously Twenty Something Theatre), Gateway Theatre, The Globe Theatre (Regina), Persephone Theatre, Project X, Theatre North West, Sum Theatre and Western Canada Theatre. Christina is an Artistic Associate with Firepot Performance and is currently pursuing further education in classical violin performance and expressive art therapy. She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Manami Hara

Manami Hara, a graduate of 58, is an actor, instructor, translator, playwright and producer. She immigrated from Japan to pursue a theatre career in North America. Manami has worked with and appeared in various theatre companies across Canada for over 20 years.  She is a Jessie Richardson nominated actor and a critics choice award winner. Manami is passionate about teaching youth the art of theatre making, acting, storytelling and play-building.

Erin Michell

Erin Michell is an actor, dancer, and choreographer from Victoria, BC. After training at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she toured across Western Canada with the Story Theatre Company as an actor and storyteller, and furthered her education in Pochinko Clown (under the direction of Sue Morrison), before settling in Vancouver. She has been teaching dance and theatre for ten years, is passionate about working through the creative process of theatre for all ages, and allowing oneself to ‘clown’ around.

Melissa Siy

Melissa is a life-long Vancouverite and lover of music. Her years of singing experience have included touring to Europe with the British Columbia Girls' Choir, volunteering with children and seniors, and directing and competing with UBC A Cappella. In addition to singing, Melissa also plays piano, flute, guitar, and ukulele.

Ruth McIntosh
Education Manager