Our Instructors

Daniel Libman Director Actor Instructor Professional Experienced ACTRA Equity

DANIEL LIBMAN: Coordinator, Principal Instructor

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 and Broadway Director Michael Langham at the Stratford Festival Young Company.

Daniel is one of a select number of Canadian theatre professionals who also work regularly in New York, and he has acted at virtually all the theatres in Alberta, as well as many across Canada. 

And he continues to work in film and TV. Most recently he co-wrote and co-directed the Indie film, Burned, (with 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 plays Blake McMillan in the new 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 sits 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 national 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 in 2014 at the Clurman Theater on Theater Row in 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.

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. Nine years ago he established Calgary Actors’ Studio, with over 3000 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!

Links (more about Daniel Libman):


Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Watch Dan in the Season Opener of the new TV Series, "Tribal"

Tory Doctor, Musical Theatre Instructor, Actor, Director, Professional

TORY DOCTOR: Musical Theatre Director/Instructor - Winter '19, SummerACT '19 & '20

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.   


IAM COULTER: One Week Play Director (Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4) - SummerACT 2019

 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.

Ian Robertson Musical Director, Accompanist, Pianist, Vocal Coach

IAN ROBERTSON: Musical Director/Vocal Coach SummerACT 2018 & 2020

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.


HANNAH JOELLE: Choreographer (Weeks 2 & 3) - SummerACT 2019

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.


TROY GOLDTHORP: Choreographer (Weeks 4 & 5) - SummerACT 2019

 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).


EVAN MOUNCE: Accompanist/Music Instructor (1st half) - SummerACT 2019

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.


AIMEE PARASCHUK: Accompanist/Music Instructor (2nd half) - SummerACT 2019


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: Musical Theatre Instructor - Fall 2020

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 Korney, Choreographer, Dancer, Instructor, DJD, Decidedly, Jazz Danceworks

NATASHA KORNEY: Choreographer - SummerACT 2018

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.  

Devon Dubnyk, Director, Actor, Instructor

DEVON DUBNYK: Director/Instructor, One Week Acting - SummerACT 2018

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. 

Carolyn Ruether, Director, Actor, Instructor

Carolyn Ruether: Director/Instructor, One Week Acting - SummerACT 2018

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.