Daniel Libman has spent his entire life in professional theatre, film and TV. He trained 2 years at Montreal’s Dawson College, then in the 4 year BFA Acting Conservatory at University of Alberta, plus a final year training under Julliard Head of Drama and Broadway Director Michael Langham at the Stratford Festival Young Company.
Daniel is one of a select number of Canadian theatre professionals who have also worked often in New York, and he has acted at virtually all the theatres in Alberta, as well as many across Canada. For example, just this September he was back in New York City directing a public reading of one of his plays for Voyage Theater Company.
And he continues to work in film and TV. He co-wrote and co-directed the Indie film, Burned, (with former student Vera Neverkevich) which has won awards at Film Festivals in Italy, Thailand, Norway, Houston and Romania. (Click on the button below to watch the film). He is also co-writing a new feature film with Vera called Polynia, which was recently accepted into the prestigious Stowe Story Labs. Daniel and Vera were just there this fall.
Daniel plays the recurring role of Orton "Roy" Ballard (opposite Andrew Garfield) in the new Disney/FX series Under the Banner of Heaven and has a major supporting role in the feature film Rent a Groom, which shot in 2021. He also played Blake McMillan in the first season of the TV series, Tribal, and stars in another Indie film, From Hell, With Love.
He’s had major supporting roles in American feature films, acted with Academy Award winners, guest-starred on TV series and Movies-of-the-Week, and spent 10 years on the National Council of ACTRA (the national union of Professional Film and TV Performers) besides serving 6 years on the National Council of CAEA (“Equity”; the stage performers union).
Daniel's plays have been seen across North America (50+ productions and counting); in Calgary at ATP, Quest, Ground Zero & Lunchbox; in Edmonton at the Citadel, Workshop West, Chinook & The Fringe, and in the U.S. in Chicago, L.A., St. Louis, Pittsburgh and several times in New York. His play, Intermission, premiered at the Clurman Theater in Theater Row on Times Square. He’s also created musicals for ATP, the Charlottetown Festival, Lunchbox, the Globe Theatre, the Edmonton Fringe and Workshop West, and performed in musicals at Theatre Calgary, Workshop West and Lunchbox. Daniel has also directed many times in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Winnipeg, and was Playwright-in-Residence at Workshop West (Edmonton) and ATP (Calgary).
Daniel first taught at the Saidye Bronfmann Centre (now called the Segal Centre) in Montreal, and then ran the Writer’s Group at ATP, from ‘89 to ‘94. In the mid-90s he ran - and taught at - the Theatre Calgary School, and then founded and ran the EPCOR CENTRE Theatre School (now: Arts Commons); in 2005 he left EPCOR to found Quest Theatre School. In 2010 he established Calgary Actors’ Studio, with almost 5000 students so far.
Daniel Libman’s teaching experience also includes the drama departments at University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College and Mount Royal University as full-time instructor, visiting professional and/or workshop provider and through Calgary Opera's Let's Create an Opera program. He has also taught hundreds of specialized drama workshops in the CBE & the CSSD, and continues to teach in Calgary schools as artist-in-residence. And he's very proud of having such excellent Musical Theatre Instructors and Acting Instructors at CAS as well! See below.
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Susan Leontaridis graduated with a Bachelor of Music from McGill University in 2001. Her singing career has taken her across Canada, the US and international stages. She has performed in opera, light opera, musical theatre, and in solo and collaborative recitals. Locally, Susan enjoyed three rewarding seasons with Cowtown Opera Company and performed for 3 summers with the cast of the Gros Morne Summer Music festival, in her native Newfoundland. For Storybook Theatre, she has worked as a technique coach in their summer intensive program and had the honour of educating and mentoring for the Ellie Tims Project in 2018.
For Calgary Actors Studio Susan has spent a few summers as relief accompanist and is delighted to throw her hat in the ring as musical director this year! Susan is a private vocal instructor here in Calgary. She is the creator/director and coach for the Indie Performance Program at Chinook School of Music. She lives in Calgary with her husband Leon and their 4 daughters.
Trevor Rueger has been an actor, director, writer and dramaturge for over 30 years. In 2011 he received the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Billy Bibbit in Theatre Calgary/Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As an actor, he’s been seen at Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox Theatre, Sage Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Stage West, and the Garry Theatre.
His directing credits include When Girls Collide, Columbo: Prescription Murder and Columbo Takes the Rap for Vertigo Theatre, Ai Yah! Sweet and Sour Secrets, Life After Hockey and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) for Lunchbox Theatre, Heroes for Sage Theatre, SHE and Matadora for Trepan Theatre, Medea and 33 Swoons for Rocky Mountain College and Courage for Lost Boy Productions.
For 20 years he was an ensemble member and writer for Shadow Productions. He has written five produced Theatre for Young Audience plays. Trevor was also an original ensemble member of Dirty Laundry and for 10 years was the chair, writer, and producer of the Betty Mitchell Awards.
Alexa Elser is a Calgary-based actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and clown. After training as a competitive dancer for over 10 years, studying styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop and completing her Royal Academy of Dance Grade 8 Ballet Certification and Al Gilbert Syllabus Tap 9 Certification, she went on to complete a BFA in Dramatic Arts (Performance) at the University of Lethbridge.
Alexa has had the chance to perform in many productions: recent credits including The Louder We Get, As You Like It, Victors, Villains, and Vixens (Theatre Calgary); Girls Like That, Heatwave, Jukebox, All Spruced Up (New West Theatre); Bare: A Pop Opera (The Honest Collective); Carrie: The Musical, Roberto Zucco, Tribes (University of Lethbridge). She has consistently worked as an artist-in-residency with Evergreen Theatre for the past 5 years and has continually taught dance for the past 10 years. Alexa is ecstatic to be returning to the instructional team at Calgary Actor's Studio as their Choreographer for SummerACT 2022 !
Originally from Calgary, Troy has been performing on stages across Canada, and internationally, for over ten years. A graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts (Triple Threat Award recipient), Troy has extensive performing and teaching experience in all three disciplines of Musical Theatre; character through dance, acting, and music.
Beyond performing, his teaching experience ranges from setting competition numbers, to international youth programs, to choreographing full length musicals. Troy’s classes focus on the importance of storytelling through movement, and organic behaviour, with a strong technical base - from beginner to professional!
Some credits of interest include: Mamma Mia, Anne of Green Gables (The Charlottetown Festival), Evita (Vancouver Opera), We Will Rock You (International Cast/RCCL), Peter Pan In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty (Ross Petty Panto), West Side Story (Rainbow Stage), Footloose (Drayton Entertainment), Cannibal! The Musical (Panasonic Theatre), Moby Dick; North American Premiere, The Inventor; World Premiere (Calgary Opera), And The World Goes ‘Round (Stage West Calgary).
Tory's career spans 25 years in over 60 productions throughout 40 countries. Select credits include; Crossing Swords, The Secret Garden, Cats, Legends, Beauty and the Beast, Blood Brothers, Me and My Girl, Man of La Mancha, Grease, Evita, Anne of Green Gables, Jeremy de Bergerac, Austentacious, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Damn Yankees, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol, Cyrano de Bergerac and Married Alive (with Three’s Company’s Joyce DeWitt). Tory has also worked with the world’s largest producers of musicals, Disney and Cameron Macintosh.
Tory has been teaching acting, musical theatre, private lessons and specialized workshops for the past decade. He has been a guest speaker for numerous colleges and Universities across North America, focusing on bridging the gap between community theatre and the professional world. He is also an accomplished writer having written three musicals with his writing partner, Dave Zabriskie.
Dave and Tory are currently working on their latest musical “Off the Beaten Path”, a surprisingly touching, irreverent comedy that pays homage to all of the fantasy franchises that preceded it. From Harry Potter to Jamie Lannister, Drizzt Do’Urden to Geralt of Rivia... no one is safe.
Ian Robertson is a pianist and voice coach originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He completed a B.A in Music and a Masters of Music in Performance at the University of Western Ontario. He has performed across Canada, the United States, Holland, Belgium, and in Dubai. In Calgary, Ian has music directed and performed for Stage West (Legally Blonde, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), Front Row Centre Players, Cowtown Opera Company, Cappuccino Musical Theatre, Morpheus Theatre, Storybook Theatre, and Simply Theatre, and in 2015 was the recipient of the “Best Musical Director” award by Calgary-ACTS for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore with Morpheus Theatre. He continues to teach and perform as both a classical pianist and a music director for opera and musical theatre.
Selected Theatre Credits: Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem, The Mousetrap (’15), In the Heat of the Night (Vertigo Theatre); The Santaland Diaries, It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Play, The Surrogate (Lunchbox Theatre); Scent Bar (Ghost River Theatre); München Jetzt!, In and Out of Love, Radioheaded 2: A Listening Party to Watch (One Yellow Rabbit); Twelfth Night (The Shakespeare Company); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary); Christmas Stories, Beneath the Ice, Bird Brain, and many others (Quest Theatre).
When not on the stage, Devon is a residency theatre artist with Trickster Theatre - and other theatre companies; he’s also recently written and voice directed an upcoming videogame, Flight of the Technolites, for Zügalü games.
Christopher Duthie is a Calgary-based playwright, actor and theatre creator. His plays and collaborative creations include A Dinner Party (Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama 2020 Shortlist, Calgary Critics Award Best Original Play); SensoryBox and SensoryBox TYA with Eric Rose (Ghost River Theatre, Young People’s Theatre); Of Fighting Age with Col Cseke and David van Belle (High Performance Rodeo/Verb Theatre/Glenbow Museum); and n00b (Y-Stage Vertigo Theatre). He is the co-founder of Bad Knaps Theatre Collective who premiered A Dinner Party in 2019.
Christopher has been acting professionally in theatre for more than a decade in productions with One Yellow Rabbit, Ghost River Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Quest Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects and others. He is represented by Details Talent for film/tv/voiceover, recently in FX’s Under the Banner of Heaven, Road West Pictures’s Ties That Bind and SunCross Productions’s The Children of Ar. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and a BFA in Drama from the University of Calgary.
Hannah Joelle is a teacher/choreographer from Calgary, Canada. She has been involved with dance for 22 years. Her diversified training and skills include: contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, jazz, house, locking, popping, lifts, harness, ballet, pointe, tap, and acro. Hannah has trained with many established professionals in the industry including Sho-Tyme, Link, Shabba-Doo, Super Dave, Ant Boogie, Jon Rua, Nijawwon Matthews and Sheila Barker, to name a few. She has worked with choreographers such as Chris Scott, Sean Cheesman, Ed Moore and Shaun Evaristo, as well as many others.
Most recently Hannah was selected to present her work in Toronto at “Escapade”, a show produced by Ryan Foley. She also choreographed Emily Vay’s debut music video “Dollhouse”, and was assistant choreographer for the music videos “Party Follow Me” and “Lights Camera Action”, filmed at Universal Studios. Hannah choreographed along side Edgar-Gilbert Reyes for WE Day Alberta 2016, under the mentorship of Paula Abdul. Hannah was also selected for the 2017 Young Choreographer’s Festival in NYC, where she presented her work at Symphony Space.
She has choreographed shows for The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede, and has set work on many of the hip hop crews in Calgary. Hannah has taught in Canada, the US, Bermuda, and the UK. Hannah loves to provide opportunities for dancers and help them grow as artists, pushing them outside of their comfort zones. She is excited to see where her hard work will take her in the future, and how it will allow her to help others achieve their goals.
Originally from Edmonton, where he studied Musical Theatre at Grant MacEwan University, Eric now calls Calgary home. He has been working professionally all over Alberta’s stages for the last 11 years. He has been nominated for one Sterling award, two Calgary Critter awards, and two Betty Mitchell Awards.
Eric taught musical theatre for two years at Arts Commons summer camps as well as teaching Shakespeare, classical text, and song writing workshops through their Arts Learning programs. He has hosted and instructed audition workshops for Storybook Theatre and Ambrose College.
Select theatre credits Include: The Secret Garden, Mary and Max, Twelfth Night, One Man, Two Guvnors, A Christmas Carol (all at Theatre Calgary); In Flanders Fields, Lest We Forget, That Men May Fly, Dads in Bondage (at Lunchbox); Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)connected Age(tc UP CLOSE w/Forte Musical Theatre), Jeremy de Bergerac (Forte); Evil Dead: The Musical (Hit and Myth Productions); Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol (at the Citadel); The Soul Collector, Vigilante (Catalyst); & Romeo & Juliet (The Shakespeare Company).
Watch Eric in this scene from Theatre Calgary's The Secret Garden
AJ is a teacher in the Mental Health and Wellness program at Central Memorial High School. Originally starting her teaching training as a music specialist, she felt drawn to helping youth overcome mental illness and changed career tracks. AJ has found other ways to stay active and involved in both the music and theatre communities. AJ is passionate about theatre and has been actively involved in community theatre projects for over 15 years. Most consistently participating behind the scenes as a pianist, AJ also has a background in singing, directing and improvisation coaching.
An active member of Sweet Adelines, an international competitive women's barbershop organization, AJ has training in a cappella singing and show choir performance. AJ was performing with Edmonton-based Alberta Heartland Chorus when they placed 4th place overall in 2013. AJ also has experience directing small high school choirs, providing 1-on-1 vocal coaching as well as ensemble direction.
AJ pioneered both the high school improvisation team at the high school she used to teach at in rural Alberta and helmed that team for almost 10 years. While in rural Alberta, she also served as the musical coach, co-director and pianist for the community youth theatre group.
AJ’s most recent show credits, as a pianist, are Front Row Centre Player's productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Avenue Q.
Iam Coulter is an actor, director, teaching artist, and arts administrator serving as Workshop Director for Morpheus Theatre and Executive Creative Director of Iam Shakespeare, a company devoted to actor training and playing Shakespeare in ways that empower and uplift.
As an actor Iam has performed with Citadel Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Theatre Calgary, The Shakespeare Company, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, and Alberta Theatre Projects. She served as artistic producer of The Shakespeare Company in Calgary for 8 years during which time she directed many Shakespeare productions including Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Henry VI part iii, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, in addition to Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet (Ann Marie MacDonald) and The Queens (Normand Chaurette) Iam was also the director of the Calgary premiere’s of both The Graduate (Echo37 Theatre) and Shakespeare in Love (Morpheus Theatre).
As a teaching artist Iam has worked with Rosebud School of the Arts, Morpheus Theatre, Artstrek, Rocky Mountain College, Company of Rogues and of course Calgary Actors' Studio, in addition to private coaching and Shakespeare Performance Intensives. She holds her BFA from the University of Calgary and has trained extensively (including completion of the conservatory program) with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA where her areas of specialization include Text and Clown. Iam Coulter is also a member of the TEDx YYC Speaker's Coaches team. Iam is delighted to be returning to the Calgary Actors' Studio team this summer.
Pianist Evan Mounce is Resident Music Director of Cowtown Opera, a répétiteur with Calgary Opera, and accompanist for both the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and the Cantaré Children’s Choir.
As a vocal coach Evan worked closely with k.d. lang, preparing her for her 25th anniversary tour of Ingénue across Canada.
Evan has trained at Opera on the Avalon, St. Andrew’s by the Sea Opera Workshop, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Opera NUOVA and the Mountainview International Festival of Song and Chamber Music. Evan holds a MMus from
the University of Toronto and currently studies with Kathleen van Mourik.
His favourite artistic collaboration is with his wife, soprano Laura Brandt, and may soon include music-making with their son Elliot.
Aimée has spent her entire career working with children and young adults - first as a music specialist and then as an Administrator in both Elementary and Elementary/Junior High school settings in Calgary. She has always valued the importance of the arts in child-centred learning and has encouraged her staff and students to teach and learn creatively through the arts. As a Principal, she provided leadership to create Fine Arts programs at two schools in the Calgary Catholic School District. In 2012, she received an award as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
Aimée has her ARCT in piano performance. She is an experienced and enthusiastic accompanist, working in many settings. She has collaborated on countless projects, from directing school musicals to creating two original operas with Calgary Opera’s ‘Let’s Create an Opera’ program. She enjoys collaborating with other talented and creative musicians to create original works.
Aimée is excited to join the SummerACT team and looks forward to meeting, coaching and supporting young artists who are passionate about discovering and developing their musical talents.
Jamie Robinson found a passion for musical theatre at a young age and has performed across Canada on stage, in commercials and music videos. She currently works at Theatre Calgary as the Learning and Engagement Associate and has been involved in direction, production and performing with numerous theatres in Calgary, as well as working as a freelance choreographer. Jamie has been working with C.A.S., both as a choreographer for SummerACT and teaching the fall and winter musical theatre programs for the past five years. Jamie recently performed in Storybook Theatre’s The Wizard of Oz and The Outsiders. She loves working with Calgary Actors' Studio, and of course with the students who share their passion and make Monday nights so much fun.
Natasha began pursuing dance at the age of 13, specifically in the styles of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and African Dance. As part of her training, she spent two years as a pre-professional student at the School of Decidedly Jazz. In 2010 she commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Dance Program at the University of Calgary performing in Mainstage and other productions. Natasha has a well rounded background teaching multiple dance styles, and she has taught for various dance schools and programs in Calgary. In 2012, Natasha joined the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks company and performed in many of the companies productions; she also submitted her own choreographic work for the bi-annual DJD dancer choreographed show. This is Natasha's first season with the Calgary Actors Studio, and she looks forward to working with young performers whilst sharing her love of dance and choreography.
Carolyn is a Calgary-based performer and a recent graduate of the University of Lethbridge. Since graduating Carolyn has been lucky enough to perform on stages in Calgary, Lethbridge and even Dublin, Ireland! After teaching for Trickster Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre, Calgary Young Peoples Theatre and 7 summers spent at Camp Cadicasu, she is excited to join Calgary Actors' Studio, combining her love for theatre and her experience with youth in the arts.