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Gateway Academy Faculty


The Academy Faculty is composed of working professional artists each skilled in teaching their respective disciplines. Each instructor is passionate about sharing their knowledge and 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, Ruth is Education Manager of Gateway Theatre, and graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse School of Acting.


Becky Gold
Becky is a soon-to-be graduate of UBC’s Master’s of Theatre Studies program. Her passion for arts education is founded in her experience as a creative arts facilitator for DramaWay (a company in Toronto that provides creative arts education and performance opportunities to adults with special needs). Becky has also worked as a freelance stage manager and sound designer.


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.

Eileen Barrett

Eileen Barrett
Eileen is an actor and writer who loves working with young actors. A graduate of Studio 58, she has performed with large and small theatres across Canada and internationally, enjoys working in film, television and radio, audiobook narration and audio description (for theatre-goers with vision loss), and is the recipient of a Jessie Richardson theatre award. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies at SFU. 

Jamie Chrest
Jamie Chrest is a professional improviser, actor and producer and has been for the past 9 years. She is a performer on the Mainstage at Vancouver TheatreSports on Granville Island, as well as a member of The Fictionals Comedy Co. She has taught the skills of improv to adults, teens, children, as well as corporate teams in their workplaces. When not performing or guiding the comedic minds of the future, she can be found in lakes and on mountaintops! Jamie is thrilled to be part of the faculty at Gateway Theatre. 


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 multi-disciplinary artist. She works as an actor, musician, musical director and theatre educator across Canada. Select theatre performance and direction credits include:  Peter and the Starcatcher (The Globe Theatre) Dear Johnny Deere (Persephone Theatre) The Out Vigil (Twenty Something Theatre) Chelsea Hotel (Firehall Arts Centre) Miss Caledonia (Western Canada Theatre) Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (Sum Theatre) The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre North West) You're a Good Man Charlie Brown(Project X)The Forbidden Phoenix (Gateway Theatre) My Fair Lady (Western Canada Theatre). Christina plays with the local band The Rogue Crows and is a graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts.


Abbey Dutton
A graduate of CCPA and The Source Dance Company, Abbey has performed independently and commercially as a dancer, actor and singer on both stage and screen. With 10 years teaching experience in numerous dance styles, she loves to share her artistic passion in a safe, supportive environment with lots of laughter.  

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.

Jack Paterson
Jack is a theatre maker whose work and study has taken across Canada and around the world.  Projects include devising, cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and classical theatre.  Favourite credits include Romeo and Juliet (Cardiff). Wasting Time (Denpasar), Odyssey (London), The Women of Troy (Toronto), Don Perlimplin (Shaw Festival), and the Vancouver premiere of Titus Andronicus (Mad Duck). Jack trained at Circle in Square (NYC), GITIS (Moscow), I.S.I. (Bali) and East 15 (UK). 

Rebecca Paulding
Rebecca holds a Bachelor and Masters in voice and opera performance from UBC, and an ARCT in piano performance from RCM Toronto.  She has taught both classical voice and musical theatre, including two years as a teacher at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.  Rebecca is also an active performer, having sung with Manitoba Opera, UBC Opera, Opera Nuova, AEDO and the VSO.  She enjoys passing on her love and passion for music to students of all ages through teaching, adjudicating and musical directing. 

Lisa Peers
Lisa’s professional career began as an actor and led her to play on many stages across Canada. She has a deep respect for the process of rehearsal and performance. She holds a BFA Acting from UBC and an MFA Acting from York University, and presently teaches Embodied Voice studies at Vancouver Film School, Vanarts, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and Richmond Gateway.

Clare Wyatt
Clare is a pianist and music director based in Vancouver. She completed her music studies through Conservatory Canada, and holds a degree in French and Philosophy from UBC. She is on faculty at Vancouver Film School and has recently done contract work for the Arts Club, Gateway, Carousel, TUTS and RCMT, among others.


Raugi Yu
Raugi started acting 20 years ago performing on stages across Canada, going on to book many recurring and starring roles in TV/Film.  Raugi is a director, instructor and private acting coach of 15 years. With a unique view of acting and people, Raugi is always interested in authenticity and action of performance.


Ruth McIntosh
Education Manager