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Gateway Academy Faculty

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 (she, her, hers)
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, and recipient of the 2018 Mary Phillips Prize for Behind the Scenes Achievement.

Renee Fajardo (she, her, hers)
Programs Coordinator
Renee is a Filipino opera singer and producer, and the current Programs Coordinator at Gateway Theatre. She has performed across in the Philippines, UK, Europe and is an active collaborator in the music and theatre communities in Canada. Renee believes that the arts are a place where everyone should feel like they belong!

Peter Abando (he, him, his)
Instructor
Peter composes, directs, teaches, improvises, and performs all over Metro Vancouver. When he’s not teaching K-7 music in West Van, you’ll find him collaborating on new musicals, music directing for local productions, performance and audition coaching, and never too far from a piano. Past productions include Dear Evan Hansen (Laughing Matters Theatre), 9 to 5: The Musical (Capilano University), and the Ovation nominated 2019 Vancouver Fringe hit, Amélie (West Moon Theatre). Peter holds degrees in education and music composition, and secretly wishes everyone sang their feelings more often, words optional!

Megs Calleja (she, her, hers)
Instructor
Megs is a theatre artist, screen actor, novelist, and playwright, who grew up in musical theatre. She trained in foundational theatre at Dalhousie University, Shakespeare with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and has been an educator for 15 years. Some favourite roles: Miss Stacy (Anne of Green Gables), Yente (Fiddler on the Roof), and originating the role of Josie (Twentysomething)—for which she was shortlisted for a Playwrights Guild of Canada award. Megs is an acting coach for stage, film, and television, and blends classical training with creativity while teaching. She believes acting unlocks confidence, empathy, and self-reflection.

Nicola Davies (she, her, hers)
Accompanist
Nicola is a pianist, music director, and arts administrator, and this is her first year working with Gateway. Her theatre work encompasses over forty productions as music director and pianist, including Carmen (Opera Kelowna), Sweeney Todd (Secondary Characters), and The Addams Family (Winnipeg All-Dentist Musical). She holds a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the University of Manitoba, and also studied vocal performance, conducting, and biology. Music and theatre teach us much about ourselves and about being a caring human, and Nicola loves to create opportunities and be part of this discovery process with students.

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Isabella Halladay (she, her, hers)
Instructor
Isabella is a Vancouver based performer, working and playing on the unceeded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. After receiving her Bachelors of Music from the University of British Columbia, she has performed in musicals, opera, and theatre in BC, New York, and Europe, while working as a choreographer and vocal coach. An interdisciplinary artist, Isabella is always excited to connect the worlds of theatre, music, dance and physical storytelling. She is thrilled to be supporting youth who are passionate about musical theatre, and is always excited to support young artists in finding their own voice.

Eri Kikuchi (she, her, hers)
Accompanist
Eri is the piano accompanist for the musical theatre program on Saturdays. Eri studied piano at the Arts Connection School in Steveston with Dr. Vance Hoy. Throughout these early years, she enjoyed opportunities to perform solo pieces on the piano at the Gateway Theatre. She works as an accompanist for a choir, collaborates with singers, teaches piano lessons, and most recently, worked as a sound designer, composer, and performer of a Filipino-Canadian devised theatre production, buto / buto : bones are seeds.

Emily Jane King (she, her, hers)
Instructor
Emily is a voice and speech coach, performer, musician, and multi-disciplinary theatre artist. A graduate of the Studio 58 Acting Program, she has performed in shows such as Infinity by Hannah Moscovitch, Mx by Lili Robinson, and A Christmas Carol with Gateway Theatre. She teaches voice at Vancouver Film School and Viva Voce Speech Arts Studio. Emily believes in learning and educating through play, and is passionate about finding joy and connection through theatre.

 

Victor Mariano (he, him, his)
Instructor
Victor is a Vancouver-based theatre artist and drama instructor teaching at Gateway Academy for the first time. Since 2008, Vic has been an instructor at Carousel Theatre for Young People and has also taught at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Simon Fraser University, where he received his BFA in Theatre Performance. Recent and favourite stage credits include The House at Pooh Corner and The Velveteen Rabbit (CTYP), Reverberations (Reverberations Collective), Suddenly Slaughter (The Biting School), Die Hard: The Musical (District 13), Quasimodo (Boca del Lupo), and Banana Boys (Firehall Arts Centre). For Vic, theatre is all about play, playing, and putting on plays.

Amelia Trottier (she, her, hers)
Instructor
Amelia is a Vancouver based performer and this is her first year with Gateway! She has been Singing, Acting and Dancing on stage ever since she could walk. She even started her own company Royal Court Princess Parties, at just 16. Amelia has had opportunities to work with companies such as The National Stage Company of Canada, Gallery 7, Deep Cove Stage Society, Ava Music, and more! A selection of favourite shows and roles Amelia has performed in include: Ella (Elsa) in Frosted: A Frozen Pantomime, Janet Van De Graff in Drowsy Chaperone, and Olive Ostrovsky in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She believes everyone deserves a safe space to be creative and is excited to provide just that, here at Gateway!

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