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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.

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Alexandra Ewert
Instructor
Alexa (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist currently living and creating in the city we know as Vancouver, situated on unceded Coast Salish territory. She grew up in Nova Scotia on the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Since her early teens, she has found solace and spirit in expressive movement and performance. She is a performer, creator, painter, mover, shaker and part-time mermaid. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University and has recently completed the Bachelor of Performing Arts program, also with Capilano University. Alexa believes that the power of creativity and expression has potential to move mountains.

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Caitlin Fysh
Instructor
Caitlin (she/her) is an educator, performer, producer and theatremaker in many forms. She has experience teaching speech, performance, dance, and set and costume design and believes in the power of arts education to create confidence, emotional intelligence, and awareness of the world around us. Caitlin was first involved with Gateway Theatre as the Artistic Associate last season, and looks forward to continuing to connect with the Gateway community through youth education. She would like to acknowledge that she currently resides on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Manami Hara

Manami Hara
Instructor
Manami Hara immigrated from Tokyo, Japan to pursue her dream of becoming a theatre artist in North America. She has been successfully building her career as an actor, playwright, instructor, interpreter/translator, dramaturge and director for the past three decades. Most recently she was seen in Marjorie Chan’s China Doll at Gateway Theatre and vAct’s production of Tetsuro Shigematsu’s new play Kuroko at the Cultch. Manami has worked with companies across Canada including Arts Club Theatre Company, Boca del Lupo, Carousel Theatre, The Cultch, Factory Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Frank Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Globe Theatre, Grand Theatre, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre, La Luna Productions, National Arts Centre and many more.  She is a Jessie Richardson Award winner and nominee for her acting and collaborative creations. She feels extremely privileged to be part of the awesome Instructors and Education team at the Gateway Academy where she can continue to be passionate about teaching youth the magic of theatre making, acting, storytelling, and ensemble spirit.

Erin Michell

Erin Michell
Instructor
Erin Michell (she/her/hers) is a performing artist specializing in choreography, storytelling, acting, and musical theatre. She is also a new playwright with her first play currently in production with The Story Theatre Company. 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 (Director/ Choreography - StageNewWest). Select film credits include #ThisisAna - Ep 109 (Choreographer - webseries), Lift A Finger (Choreographer - music video), and Fallingwater (Choreographer - Dance Film). Erin is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Julia Ullrich
Instructor
Julia is very excited to be joining the Gateway Academy Faculty this year. You may have seen her in Gateway Theatre’s hit Christmas musical Crazy For You in 2014 as a colourful Follies dancer, perhaps as Elle Woods in Align Entertainment’s Legally Blonde, or last year at Theatre Under the Stars as Katherine Plumber in Disney’s Newsies! She has also worked on three seasons at the Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island. Additional to her performing life, Julia is a B.C. and Ontario certified teacher and loves working with enthusiastic theatre nerds, like herself.

Veronique West
Instructor
Veronique (she/they) is a settler of Polish descent, living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her practice spans performance creation, dramaturgy, and education, as well as mental health peer support and advocacy. They have worked as a youth educator and mentor for the Arts Club Theatre Company, the Cultch, Green Room Theatre, and Gateway Theatre. Veronique is the recipient of a Playwrights Theatre Centre Associates residency and a National Theatre School Art Apart award, as well as a winner of Tarragon Theatre's 20/20 Playwriting Competition. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.

Raugi Yu
Instructor
Raugi Yu is no stranger to Gateway Academy, having been an instructor with us at various times since the early 2000’s. You may also recognize him from such Gateway shows as, Thoroughly Modern MillieI Lost My Husband and The King Of The Yees. Most recently, Carried Away On The Crest Of A Wave for The Arts Club, and now in a new position for the Arts Club, Livestream Director. Raugi is thrilled to be back teaching this year and is looking forward to exploring new forms of theatre creation and artistry with all the amazing students and faculty.

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.

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