Instructors

Administrative Staff

Andrew Ritchie

Theatre School Director & Shumiatcher Sandbox Series Coordinator

Andrew Ritchie is a director and theatre-maker from Edmonton, Alberta who has performed and directed across Canada. He is thrilled to be now based in Regina and back home in the prairies! He is a co-founder and was festival director of the Common Ground Arts Society's Found Festival, Edmonton's only multi-disciplinary found space arts event. He has worked in independent theatre for over a decade and is currently artistic director of You Are Here Theatre, dedicated to political Canadian work and Thou Art Here Theatre, Alberta's site-specific Shakespeare company. He has an MFA in Directing/Creation from York University, a BA in Drama from University of Alberta and is a directing graduate of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. He is an alumni of Rapid Fire Theatre and performed improv across North America. As a teacher, he has taught children, youth, and adults at universities, theatres, and schools in multiple cities. 

306.924.2813 // andrewr@globetheatrelive.com

Aimee Garchinski 

Theatre School & Community Engagement Coordinator

Aimee is an actor, improviser, dancer, and choreographer with a passion for working with youth and vulnerable communities. Her artistic training spans 20+ years and has taken her across North America. She is a trained Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) instructor and was awarded her RAD Vocational Advanced 2 ballet training with Distinction. This allowed her to successfully pursue her Solo Seal. She holds two degrees from the University of Regina: A performance degree with a double major in Dance and Drama and an Arts Education degree majoring in Dance and minoring in Drama. She worked extensively with the YMCA of Regina for almost 10 years, overseeing their Inclusive Summer Camp and a variety of youth and before and after-school programs. In 2013 Aimee authored the YMCA Youth Leadership Manual which is used across Canada today.

306.924.2834 // aimeeg@globetheatrelive.com 

Alixx Davidson

Theatre School Registrar

Alixx is a local actor, theatre deviser, and visual artist. She started as a student of the theatre school in 2008 and continued on to be a part of Fusion 2015: The Stay, and a member of the inaugural Globe Theatre Youth Company. Her most recent acting credit was in Dry as a part of the Regina Fringe. She has been a teaching assistant for both the theatre school and the Saskatchewan FilmPool. Alixx is passionate about the value of creation and importance of play in people of all ages and hopes to imbue her love for the arts into the hearts of others. Currently, she is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Regina.

306.924.2834 // theatreschool@globetheatrelive.com

 

Teaching Staff

Katie Abramovic is a local actor, deviser, and theatre instructor. She was a theatre school student for ten years, and has been working in classrooms for over five. Katie was a cast member in the 2015 Fusion Project, and a member of the first ever Globe Youth Company. She has trained with MCT in Missoula, Montana; Class Act dance studios; and One Trunk + Ghost River Theatre. Katie’s interests lie in developmental work and collaborative creation. She is working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre at the University of Regina.

Katie teaches Discoverers, Make-Believers & Creators 

Kris Alvarez is a theatre artist and a Regina monologue. She enjoys a good laugh, a great story and finding magic in creative freedom. Kris has the privilege of facilitating creation with all ages at Globe Theatre School. She is the director of the Youth Company. Their recent collaboration, lost + found, was part of 2018 Launch Festival. Kris is extremely excited about her current contributions to Curtain Razors; besides having been a part of the Bad Blood team, she is actively involved with the Board of Directors. With the support of the company and the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Kris is in the midst of building a (somewhat) autobiographical show, What Kind of Brown Are You? – A project inspired by ‘growing up brown’ in 1980s Regina. Kris loved being part of Red Hot Riot with Jayden Pfeifer, which finished its final season at the end of last year. And with her ‘home away from home’, Fadadance, Kris is happy to be offering a new theatre & movement course for the very young, Wee Folk.

Kris teaches Teen Creation, Globe on the Road & Devised Young Company

Kristy Apodaca lives a life of service to her family and community. She is a yoga instructor, performer, and artist educator. Kristy offers a learning experience as unique as she is. Kristy has been directing and facilitating children, youth, and adults in drama, dance, and percussion since 1999, and began teaching yoga in 2010. Kristy is co-director of Tribal Vibes Wild Fire Productions; An energetic world music and dance ensemble that performs locally and away from home at festivals around the country. Kristy has been with Globe Theatre School since its early days 12 years ago. She approaches her teaching with joy and enthusiasm. Kristy has 3 children and a wonderful partner.

Kristy Apodaca teaches Outreach

Sarah Bergbusch is an actor, puppeteer, improviser, and theatre deviser from Regina, Saskatchewan. She has worked in both theatre and film. She is excited to be back at the theatre school as an instructor after a year-long absence in the Czech Republic, where she performed with the Prague Shakespeare Company. She has worked at the Globe Theatre in many capacities; as an actor, instructor, and registrar. She is currently working on a BA in women’s studies with a minor in theatre at the University of Regina. When she is not at the Globe Theatre, you can find her performing as an improviser with Hitchhikers’ Improv Company.  

Sarah teaches Evolution I, Architects & Teen Improv I

Belle Brown-McEwen began dancing with FadaDance in 2007, where she fell in love with movement and creation. As a member of the FadaDance Youth Company, Belle has taken part in Dance and the Child International in Taiwan and Denmark where she performed, took workshops and collaborated with youth from around the world. Her work as a young choreographer has been featured in Instinctive (2013), Moon Age Daydream (2014), and Get on the Bus! (2016). In Spring of 2016, Belle had the opportunity to work with Johanna Bundon and Bee Pallomina in the Blanket Folding Project which was showcased in the Stream of Dance Festival: New Works Regina. As a teacher, Belle has shared her love of movement with wee-ones across Regina. Her goal as an emerging artist is to inspire and provoke young and old through collaboration, movement, improvisation, and theatre.

Belle teaches Explorers, Make Believers & Movin' Make Believers

Kelley Jo Burke is an award-winning playwright, creative nonfiction writer and documentarian, a professor of theatre and creative-writing, and was for many years host of CBC Radio’s SoundXchange. She was the 2017 winner (with composer Jeffery Straker) of Playwright Guild of Canada’s national Best New Musical Award for Us, which premiered at the Globe Theatre Feb 28 of this year, directed by Valerie Pearson.  Her other recent plays include “The Lucky Ones (Dancing Sky Theatre),” The Selkie Wife (Scirocco) and Ducks on the Moon (Hagios). She was the 2009 winner of the Sask. Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Leadership in the Arts, the 2008 Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Playwriting, and has received the City of Regina Writing Award three times. 

Kelley Jo teaches Scripted & Intro to Playwrighting

Heather Cameron holds a Bachelors Degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University (Montreal). She moved to Regina as a co-founder of the FadaDance Troupe, working in collaboration to create original and whimsical performances. As a solo artist, Heather presented her one-woman theatrical dance show, Boney Bones, at the German International Festival of Dance and Theatre. Her most recent cross-disciplinary collaboration, Honey on Wallpaper, was performed in 2011 at Regina's Globe Theatre in collaboration with Shaunna Dunn (Visual Artist) and Jeff Morton (Sound Artist). Heather has performed work by Johanna Bundon, Bill Coleman, Robin Poitras, Michele Sereda and Turner Prize. It is with great pride and delight that Heather has been teaching at the Globe Theatre School since its launch in 2006.

Heather teaches Movement Sessions

Cameron Chomyn is an actor, improviser, stand-up comedian and teacher based out of Regina, Saskatchewan. Cameron is currently finishing his Bachelor of Education at the University of Regina. When not teaching you can find him creating theatre and improvising in many shows around this beautiful city. Co-founder and co-owner of Hitchhikers Improv Company, you can also find him performing with Combat Improv and Red Hot Riot. Cameron has traveled around the country performing and teaching improvisation.

Cameron teaches Improv for ASD Teen & Adult

Chloe Flota is an actor, dancer, and singer born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. Chloe is currently working towards her BA in theatre at the University of Regina. She has been performing since she was 2 years old and has a passion for creation and collaboration. Chloe has been a student at the Globe Theatre School for 10 years and has been apart of the instructing staff for 3 years. She was apart of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Globe Theatre Youth Companies, a collaborative project with fellow Globe Theatre students. Some of Chloe’s performance credits include Bullets Over Broadway, The Rocky Horror Show (Sterling Productions), School of Rock, Catch Me If You Can and Les Miserables (Campbell Collegiate).

Chloe teaches Explorers

Sierra Haynes was proudly born and raised in Regina’s arts community. She is a proud Globe Theatre School alumni.  She has volunteered extensively with the Canadian Improv Games (CIG), regionally and nationally as a coach, trainer, and festival staff member. In 2015, she was honoured to receive the CIG Sask Region's Coach of the Year award. Sierra has worked as a C.R.E.A.T.E. artist in grades 3-6 classrooms for two years with Regina Public Schools.  She currently studies at Vancouver’s renowned Studio 58, a professional theatre training program with a concentration in acting. When not working in a theatre space, Sierra loves writing and being on a film set either acting or script supervising.  She values collaboration when creating a piece of art. She is also VERY passionate about playing her fiddle with her band, The TMC: Trad Music Collective!

Sierra teaches Architects

Sarah Janz is a creator, being with the globe theatre since 2007 taking a variety of classes that have been offered. Being a member of the 2015 Fusion Project as well as completing the 2017-2018 Start Up program. She is now excited to be teaching and inspiring a class of her own. Sarah is pursuing Music Education at the University of Regina majoring in voice, hoping to continue spreading her love for the arts to others around her.

Sarah Janz teaches Creators

Kenn McLeod is a director, performer, and educator. He received his BFA in Acting at the University of Regina and his MFA in Directing from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As an educator, he has taught clown for the University of Regina, University of New Mexico, Dancing Sky Theatre, Saskatchewan Drama Association, Theatre Saskatchewan, as well as at the National Hispanic Cultural Centre in New Mexico. Kenn has trained with Number 11 Theatre (Toronto), The North American Cultural Laboratory (New York), Vancouver Circus School (Vancouver), Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre (California), Old Trout Puppet Workshop (Alberta), Nomad Theatre (Portland), and The Manitoulin Center for Creation and Performance (Ontario). He is the artistic director of Hectik Theatre (Regina) and Souris Valley Theatre (Estevan), a founding member of Combat Improv, and a founding member of the Prairie Puppet Underground. He is proud to be a Saskatchewan artist.

Kenn teaches Teen Improv II Adult Improv I & II

Jon Neher is an artist educator living in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan. As a child he was drawn to music and the piano which has lead to opportunities that have taken him touring internationally and heard across the world through his work with bands such as Nick Faye and the Deputies and Orphan Mothers. While completing his B.Ed. and B.A. at the University of Regina, Jon became involved with the local theatre and improv community performing for Combat Improv, Red Hot Riot, and Hitchhikers Improv, simultaneously helping him discover a love for teaching through drama. His commitment to empowering others through creativity can be seen in his work as a facilitator with the Globe Theatre School Outreach Program, his position at the Regina Public Library as a Digital Media Specialist, or his continued practice in the education system as a substitute teacher. 

Jon teaches Audio Sessions 

Greg Ochitwa is a Balgonie born, Saskatchewan based artist. Globe Theatre writer/director credits include Root, Hog, or Die - a western musical; G-Ram; three seasons of FUSION; and last season's hit, Bittergirl- the musical (Director). Acting credits include A Soldier's War, Metamorphoses, Snow Queen, title role in Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Twelfth Night, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, As You Like It, the title role in Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). He wrote/starred in COPE, a hip-hop musical (receiving a SATA award for Composition and Performance (Globe Theatre; LiveFive, Persephone Youth Tour)). He works province-wide as a freelance arts teacher, and is a lead instructor/mentor at Paper Crane Community Arts Centre, where the focus is on using the arts as a catalyst to well-being in our daily lives Upcoming: The Merry Wives of Windsor at The Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival (Director).

Greg teaches Teen Creation, Evolution II, Architects, Teen Acting I & Teen Directing

Ben Schneider is an emerging theatre artist based in Regina and in his own practice, enjoys exploring physical theatre, dance, and collective creation. Ben became a student of the Globe Theatre School shortly after its 2006 inception and continued to attend classes for nearly ten years. Being invited to join the theatre school’s inaugural Youth Company was a great privilege, giving Ben the opportunity to perform as a part of the Schumiatcher Sandbox Series in Paper (2016) directed by long-time mentor, Judy Wensel. Additional training includes Globe Theatre’s pilot program, START UP. For almost ten months, Ben worked with local artists Johanna Bundon and Jayden Pfeifer as well as professionals from across the country such as David Latham and Allyson McMackon. His most recent acting credit was his debut on the Globe’s main stage in A Christmas Carol (2017). Ben is currently an Arts student at the University of Regina. 

Ben teaches Explorers

Annie/AJ Trussler (they/them) has been part of the Globe Theatre for more years than they can count. They are actively involved in professional writing, improvisation, and creative development, particularly with an interest in script writing and character exploration. Annie loves all things sci-fi, spooky, or just a little bit "out there," and loves nothing more than summer camp with the Globe Theatre. While not acting as the Regional Director of the Canadian Improv Games Saskatchewan, they are writing for the Carillon, conducting LGBTQ2+ talks around the city, or simply trying to make the world a little more colorful. Let's make some magic together!

Annie teaches Architects 

Judy Wensel is a Saskatchewan based actor, director, improviser, theatre creator and educator. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Regina and has worked extensively with Globe Theatre for the last 10 years on the Mainstage, in the Sandbox Series and in the Theatre School. In the spring of 2014, she launched her company, SodHouse Theatre of SK (www.sodhousetheatre.com) then toured her critically acclaimed solo show Shangri-La around Western Canada. Judy is also an avid member of Regina's improv community - she works as a trainer and a judge with the Canadian Improv Games, is the founder and former producer of Combat Improv and has performed across Canada and in the US. In 2015, she was the Associate Artist with Curtain Razors, Regina's beloved experimental theatre company. In 2011, Judy received the Stage West/Equity National Emerging Artist award. She was also in a Alt-Country Swing band, Wolf Willow (www.wolfwillowband.com).

Judy teaches Scripted Young Company

Misty Wensel is a co-founder, dancer and choreographer with Regina based FadaDance Troupe. Dancing with this trio informs her creative spirit while affording her the opportunity to create inquisitive & intuitive works of contemporary dance. Misty, a University of Regina graduate with a B. Ed (Dance), has been sharing her craft with students and peers for two decades. In 2004, Misty established FadaDance, a contemporary dance school, the first of its kind in Regina, SK. Since then, she has had the opportunity to train and inspire dancers of all ages, while creating a platform for her troupe and her students that is truly unique. Misty’s work with FadaDance Troupe has taken her to stages across Canada, Jamaica, Brazil, Taiwan, & Denmark. As a solo artist, Misty has become recognized for her ability to fuse Kathak into an original breed of contemporary work. In 2018 Misty toured this body of Pathak-Influenced work throughout India in a new collaboration- Finite with Joanna de Souza of Chhandam Toronto. Misty recently presented Trails, her new solo work in New Dance Horizon's Stream of Dance Festival.

Misty teaches with Globe on the Road

Will Whitten is excited to be a new member of the Globe Theatre School. He is currently completing his degree in Arts Education at the University of Regina. Will has worked as a visual art instructor with Paper Crane Community Art Centre and as a freelance photographer. Will is excited to return to the world of theatre- where he has previously spent time as an improviser and founding member of Regina’s first live sketch comedy group. As a teacher and an artist, he believes in the importance of creativity, expression, and creation as a way for people to find their voice, explore and understand their world. Will loves to draw paint and play music –if it is creative in any way shape or form he wants to be a part of it.

Will teaches Creators

 

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Financial Assistance:

Creative Kids Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Arts Board
Ruth Smillie Scholarship

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We encourage our youngest students to indulge in imaginative play and pretend. New artistic muscles grow and develop as they transition into our collective creation core programs, which are designed to build collaborative abilities and spark creative expression.

As their focus shifts to technical theatre and performance, our teen programming provides students with the necessary foundation to confidently write, act, and improvise in a positive group environment.

Teenagers and adults are offered the opportunity to perform in professional settings and challenge themselves in new and exciting ways.

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