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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.

Patti Allan

Patti Allan
Patti is a graduate of the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts Theatre program and is a 4 time Jessie award recipient. Patti has performed in Theatre, Film, T.V., radio and cartoon voice overs. In addition to teaching at the Academy, Patti also teaches first year theatre students at SFU. Her instruction is always focussed on voice and speech as a means of building  confidence, surety and command in using engaging your audience - no matter how big or small - by 'taking up your space' in all situations.

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.

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 multidisciplinary artist. She works as an actor, musician, musical director and theatre educator in Vancouver and across Canada with companies like:  Arts Umbrella, The Firehall Arts Centre, Firepot Performance (previously Twenty Something Theatre), Gateway Theatre, The Globe Theatre (Regina), Persephone Theatre, Project X, Theatre North West, Sum Theatre and Western Canada Theatre. Christina is an Artistic Associate with Firepot Performance and is currently pursuing further education in classical violin performance and expressive art therapy. She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Erik Gow

Eric Gow
Erik is thrilled to be back with Gateway Theatre. He teaches with Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre, UBC, and several studios in town. He also works as a composer, playwright and musician. 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, Ensemble Theatre Company, Gateway Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars and with many other companies around the country

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.

Erin Michell
Erin Michell is an actor, dancer, and choreographer from Victoria, BC. After training at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, she toured across Western Canada with the Story Theatre Company as an actor and storyteller, and furthered her education in Pochinko Clown (under the direction of Sue Morrison), before settling in Vancouver. She has been teaching dance and theatre for ten years, is passionate about working through the creative process of theatre for all ages, and allowing oneself to ‘clown’ around.


Ruth McIntosh
Education Manager