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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
Education Manager
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 dance theatre, Ruth is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse School of Acting.

Abbey Dutton

Abbey Dutton
Instructor
Originally from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Abbey moved out west to pursue performing arts and has gone on to work independently and commercially on stage and screen as a dancer, actor, and singer. She has appeared in commercials for BC Dairy, Acuvue, Pfizer, Del Taco and more, as well as episodes of iZombie, The Detour, Disney’s remake of Freaky Friday and the Hallmark Channel’s The Wedding Dance. She continues to work and create with other incredible artists, companies, and friends on their independent projects for stage and screen, but spends most of her time as a movement instructor. She has been teaching all ages and abilities for over a decade in the disciplines of dance, acting, and fitness, and continues to grow as a coach through her own education and certifications as a dancer, actor, barre instructor, life coach and soon to be a yoga teacher. Her strengths as an instructor lie in her ability to break down technique while creating a safe, humorous and inspiring environment for students to show up and explore who they are as artists, creators, and humans.

Erik Gow
Instructor
Erik is thrilled to be back with his third year at the Gateway Theatre. He is an educator with Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre, UBC, Shadbolt Centre and several studios in town. He also works as an actor, playwright, and composer. Erik is a Jessie Award-nominated actor and graduate of Studio 58. He’s performed with the Arts Club Theatre, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Axis Theatre, Raincity Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars and many other companies around the country, as well as in Film and Television.

Manami Hara

Manami Hara
Instructor
Manami Hara has worked across Canada and been building her career as an actor, playwright, instructor, translator, dramaturge, and producer for the past 3 decades. She’s always inspired and grateful to collaborate with an amazing group of talented artists on every project.  She loves cooking, hiking and She’s a graduate of Studio 58. 

Manami was born and raised in Tokyo Japan and is a graduate of studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College.  She is an actor, translator, playwright, and producer and has appeared in various theatre productions across Canada for more than 20 years. 

Elliot James
Instructor
Originally from Quadra Island, BC, Elliott has been an actor and writer for the past 15 years. Elliott received his Masters of Creative Writing in Playwriting from the University of Victoria as well as a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. While attending the U of A he trained with his mentors Michael Kennard, of the clown duo ‘Mump and Smoot’, and Kevin Kerr of the Electric Company Theatre. Elliott was an Artistic Associate and founding member of Punctuate! Theatre in Edmonton, AB where he guided the company through five seasons of original programming. He is currently working as a writer, actor, and teacher in Vancouver, BC.

Erin Michell

Erin Michell
Instructor
Erin is a performing artist specializing in choreography, storytelling, acting, and musical theatre. She is also a new playwright with her first play being produced and performed in Spring 2020. Erin has been teaching dance and theatre for over ten years and is passionate about sharing the creative process of performing for all ages. Directorial/Choreography credits for stage include The Jungle Book, Seussical The Musical, and Honk Jr (StageNewWest). Film credits include #ThisisAna - Ep 109 (web series), Lift A Finger (music video), and We Could Be In Love (music video). Erin is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Shannon Pidlubny

Shannon Pidlubny
Instructor
Shannon Pidlubny is a storyteller, director, and writer. She got her start as a performer telling stories and performing poetry on stage. Shannon brings to her workshops an immense enthusiasm for self-expression, and 10+ years teaching oral storytelling, creative writing, public speaking, and speech arts. She’s helped hundreds of students, release their stories and voices out to the world, and develop confidence speaking. This year she led Voice, Speech Arts, or Oral Storytelling classes at Vive Voce Speech Arts Studio, Place des Arts and at Gateway Theatre.

Tessa Trach

Barbara Tomasic
Instructor
Barbara has worked in theatres across Canada performing, acting and directing musicals, plays and new works. She has worked with Soulpepper, Gateway Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Chemainus Theatre and the Firehall Arts Centre. Barbara has been on faculty at Capilano University, UBC, Studio 58 as well as Gateway Academy (since 2005) teaching voice, musical theatre, and acting. A graduate of UBC with a MFA in Directing and JIPA with a diploma in voice and theatre performance, her most recent credits include directing Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Music Man (Gateway Theatre); Mamma Mia, Grease (Chemainus Theatre); and Hannah Moscovitch’s Little One (UBC).

Tessa Trach

Tessa Trach
Instructor
Tessa has been studying, training and performing for more than 20 years and has worked professionally as an actor, singer, choreographer, and sound designer. Recent credits include: Marty in Grease at Chemainus Theatre Festival and performing with Circle Bright in From Broadway with Love. Tessa has a Diploma in Music from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Performing Arts and is a graduate of Studio 58.

Natasha Zacher
Instructor
Natasha is an actor, facilitator, and producer with over a decade of experience working creatively with young people. She has worked as a performer and theatre-maker internationally, including in the UK and Denmark. She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting Programs at UBC. Natasha was a previous member of the Education team at Gateway Theatre, and after a brief jump across the pond, is delighted to be returning as an instructor.

Ruth McIntosh
Education Manager
604-247-4975
academy@gatewaytheatre.com

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