instructors

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DIANA KAARINA’s Broadway credits include “Eponine” in Les Miserables and RENT.  National Tours include “Eponine” in Les Miserables (Nat. Theatre Award & Kevin Kline Award nom.), “Miss Dorothy” in Thoroughly Modern Millie (created) and “Meg Giry” in Phantom of the Opera, which she also played in Toronto’s resident company.  Regional credits include “Millie” in Thoroughly Modern Millie” & “Anne” in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival.  She’s been part of numerous workshops and demo recordings for new musicals.  She has had the honour & privilege of working with such theatre notables as Harold Prince, Trevor Nunn, John Caird, Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil, David Caddick, Rob Ashford, Michael Mayer, Michael Greif, Jason Moore, Jeanine Tesori, Alan Menken, Cameron Mackintosh, Jason Howland & Disney.  She has taught theatre, dance, acting and music privately and in schools all over the world during her 17 year career.  Her local Vancouver credits include shows at the Gateway Theatre & TUTS.  She is now the Director of Broadway Edge Performing Arts Studio, Inc. She is also mom to an energetic 3 year old, whom she is so happy to have brought home to raise in Vancouver.

Contact Diana at diana@broadwayedgestudio.com.

RICHARD COOMBES holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of British Columbia. Most recently, Richard returned from an Asian tour of the musical Cinderella starring Lea Salonga. Richard was Music Director for both the Canadian and International Tours of The Phantom of the Opera. He was also the Musical Director for My Fair Lady (US Tour). In recent years, Richard was an instructor at the Vancouver Film School. Local show credits include The Sound of Music, The King and I and The Secret Garden (Gateway Theatre), Into the Woods and The Children of Eden (Capilano College).

MEAGAN EKELUND is originally from the wide open spaces of Calgary, and she decided to move to the beautiful west coast to pursue a career in Theatre. Meagan has been dancing since the age of 5 and is extensively trained n RAD Ballet as well as jazz, tap, and musical theatre. She is also a graduate from the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University. Meagan has performed in many different shows around the Vancouver area including the current production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.  Other credits include  Guys and Dolls (Gateway Theater), A Year With Frog and Toad (Gemini Theater), "Graziella" in West Side Story (RCMT), "Lily St. Regis" in Annie (Footlight Productions), Euphoria (Paperbag Productions), Oklahoma (TUTS), 42nd Street (RCMT), Les Belles Soeurs (Exit 22 Productions), Children Of Eden (Exit 22 Productions), Nine (Arbutus Theatre Productions), Charlotte's Web, The Musical (Exit 22 Productions), Into The Woods (Exit 22 Productions), Crazy For You (TUTS) and A Chorus Line (StageWest Dinner Theatre). She looks forward to sharing her passion with new students and is excited to start a new year.
MEGHAN ANDERSSEN is thrilled to be a part of the inaugural season of Broadway Edge Performing Arts Studio. Meghan has been performing for over 20 years; and is trained in jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and (of course) TAP. She is lucky to have had the opportunity to study and perform in Toronto, Charlotettown, and New York City. Meghan has most recently appeared as "Miss Dorothy" in Thoroughly Modern Millie and "Annie Oakley" in Annie Get Your Gun (Theatre Under The Stars). Other past credits include: "Susie" in Crazy for You, Assistant Choreographer for Big, "Crystal" in Little Shop of Horrors (TUTS); "Cowgirl" in Somewhere in the World… and Not Wanted on the Voyage (Charlottetown Festival); "Sally Simpson" in Tommy (URP); "Agnes" in Gypsy and "Minnie Fay" in Hello Dolly! (RCMT); "Tiger Lily" in Peter Pan (Gateway); and a member of the Urban Tap Squad. Meghan is a UBC graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in Dramaturgy.

KATIE MURPHY is a graduate of UBC's BFA in Acting, and –of course!- has been acting, singing and dancing her whole life. A west coast gal, Katie spent the last two years in Toronto teaching and performing in the megamusical We Will Rock You (Mirvish), and is glad to be back in beautiful Vancouver. Katie has a wide range of dramatic, dance and musical theatre credits that include "Peggy Sawyer" in 42nd Street (RCMT), performance improvisation with Toronto’s Parahumans, and multiple characters in two world premiers (Kaleidoscope Theatre).  She won the E.V. Young Award for her lead performance in Footloose with Theatre Under the Stars, and wrote and performed her own physical one-woman show for the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Katie has worked with many studios across the Lower Mainland and GTA over the last seven years and has taught every level of students, from "baby ballet" to the graduating class of the University of British Columbia's Fine Arts Program.  Her competitive choreography has won awards across Canada, and she has choreographed several full scale productions for Kaleidoscope Theatre and Theatre Ancaster.Katie loves to pass on her passion for the arts and is so excited to be joining the family here at Broadway Edge!

RAUGI YU is originally from Montreal and trained at The Dome Theatre School of acting.  Raugi then moved to Vancouver where he completed the BFA/Acting program at UBC. He has acted professionally for over a decade now in television, film and stage.  During this time he has developed a style of coaching and teaching that focuses on specificity, honesty and action.  Although Raugi recognizes that these are fundamental concepts in acting, he also knows all too well how difficult they can be to apply without some kind of road map. 

Raugi is a storyteller and he loves his place in this world.

Select Theatre Credits: The King and I, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Einstein’s Gift, As You Like It, Richard III.

TV/Film: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, Marmaduke, When A Man Falls In The Forest, jPOD, Eureka.

ABBY CREEK is a graduate of the Acting for Stage and Screen program at Capilano University and has had the opportunity to direct, choreograph, perform in, and produce theatre in B.C. and overseas. She has been performing for over 15 years, and has had the opportunity to delve into a huge number of projects since moving to Vancouver in 2002. Recent credits include: All Shook Up- Director (C.A.P.A.), Prodigals- Actor (Twentysomething Theatre), Salt Water Moon- Actor (Arts Club Theatre), High School Musical- Director (CDI), Peter Pan-Director (SMU), Suburbia- Actor (Twentysomething Theatre).  Abby is thrilled to be working with the lovely staff and talented students at Broadway Edge!

 

visiting instructors

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ANDREW PANG has been a professional actor in New York City for over 15 years. His theatre credits include: The King and I on Broadway, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Ah, Wilderness! and Othello for the National Asian American Theatre Company, Who Killed Vincent Chin? for the Pan Asian Repertory, Drizzle for Ma-Yi and Hazel and the Bugman for the New York International Fringe Festival, among others. Regionally he’s worked with The Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, The La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Studio Theatre in Washington DC and the Missouri Repertory Theatre. Andrew also played a principal role in the First National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Television and Film Credits include: The Unusuals, New Amsterdam, Kidnapped, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Cosby, Prince Street, Central Park West. The Corruptor, The Substance of Fire, Anger Management, and The Station Agent,.

As a teacher, Andrew has been an adjunct professor in acting at Baruch College for the last two years.

In addition to his work as an actor, Andrew also works in post production as an online editor and colorist.  His credits in post production include several documentaries as well as television programs for PBS, National Geographic, Discovery, ESPN, History Channel, Home and Garden, and the Food Network. He is a certified Apple Instructor in Final Cut Pro.

Andrew holds an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama as well as a BA in Theatre and Economics from the College of William and Mary.

candice CANDICE WOLOSHYN is a triple threat with 12 years of performance and teaching experience under her belt.  She holds a BFA in acting from the prestigious drama program at the UofA and has had the honour of studying under the likes of Micki Maunsell, Sharon Pollock, Antony Holland, Janine Pearson, Sandi Nicholls, Gerald Isaac, Peggy Redmond and Jeff Hyslop. Select theatre credits include: On The Razzle, Two Noble Kinsmen, Moving Pictures, Electra, The Beaux Stratagem, The Seagull, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hello Dolly!, Peter Pan, and The Finger.   Candice’s choreography has won numerous awards across Canada.  She is also an accomplished playwright, having won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for her work on Change Room

future guest teachers include:

As well as:

David Adams, Christine Allocca-Hicks, Donna Marie Baratta, Andre Barette, David Bell, Michael Borowski, Gregg Brandt, Karma Camp, Karen Carpenter, Harriet Chung, Matt Clemens, Ari Cohn, Jerry Jay Cranford, Gregory Cross, John Cudia, Jeremy Davis, Katherine Deane, Ana Del Castillo-Amiel, Mike Eldred, Karen Elliott, Bill Evans, David Felty, Stephen Findlay, Wade Foster, Rob Gallagher, Steve Gannon, Lynne Giacalone Church, Melinda Gilb, Erik Hayden, Lisa Howard, Robert Hunt, Fred Inkley, Todd Alan Johnson, Danielle Kelly, Gregg Kirsopp, Kenway Kua, Bryan Landrine, Mark Ledbetter, Scott Logsdon, Alex Lubliner, Melissa Lyons, Troy Magino, Jacqueline Maloney, Philip McAdoo, Jeff McCarthy, Moeisha Mcgill, Gina Milo, Lisa Morris, Michael Murphy, Heather Parcells, Lori Parker, Gloria Parker, Jayne Paterson, Christopher Mark Peterson, Diane Phelan, Jacqueline Piro Donovan, Aaron Ramey, Kenna Ramsey, Sarah Ramsey-Duke, Robert Read, Jim Reeves, Hollis Resnik, Rob Richardson, Darcie Roberts, David Andrews Rogers, Dominique Roy, Ivan Rutherford, Tamara Ryan Telford, Paul Schaefer, Laura Schutter, Dan Sentielo, Ron Sharpe, Matthew Shepard Smith, Cary Shields, David Smeltzer, Allan Snyder, Joey Sorge, Susan Spencer, Cailin Stadnyk, Kim Stengal, Matthew Stern, Caren Lyn Manuel Tackett, Anne Tolpegin, Sandra Turley, Quinn Vanantwerp, Scott Watanabe and Tony Yazbeck.