Billy Boot Camp Instructors

Instructors

 

 

Rachel Barber | Jazz

Rachel is a Tap and Jazz teacher/choreographer at Class Act Studios in Regina. She has been involved in dance for most of her life and has trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She has also taken classes in Salsa, Jive, Lindy Hop, Hustle, and Bollywood. She has travelled to many places in Canada and the United States to attend conventions, workshops, and competitions including Fresh, Evolve, CDTA Dance Jam, Triple Threat, and Harbour Dance Centre. Rachel has successfully completed her Advanced CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association) Ballet and Jazz examinations as well as Elementary CDTA Tap examination. Rachel is currently working towards becoming a certified ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) teacher through the ADAPT Teacher’s Training Program that is based in Toronto. Rachel has such a passion for teaching dance and is so incredibly honoured and excited to be a part of Billy Boot Camp!

 

Andrew Ritchie | Acting, Voice and Text

Andrew Ritchie is a director and theatre-maker originally from Edmonton and now based in Regina. He is a co-founder and past festival director of the Common Ground Arts Society's Found Festival. 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, a 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 all ages at universities, theatres and schools across Canada. 

 

Barb Cameron | Ballet

Born in London, England, Barb graduated from the Royal Ballet School, emigrating to Canada when she was 20. She trained for teaching at the Ottawa Dance Centre, and through summer courses at the National Ballet School and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Moving to Regina in 1980, she taught at Regina Modern Dance Works School, later at the Conservatory of Music and Dance, as well as running her own studio for a couple of years. In 1996 she joined The Youth Ballet of Saskatchewan where she served briefly as Executive Director and continues to teach ballet. She was repetiteur for the Alberta Ballet Company’s production of the Nutcracker Ballet for several years, as well as for the Moscow Ballet’s production of Swan Lake, and choreographer for Regina Summer Stage production of My Fair Lady. Currently also working Front of House at the Globe Theatre, Barb is thrilled to now share her teaching skills with the Globe.

 

Rachel Cameron | Vocal, Musical Director for Billy Elliot the Musical

Rachel Cameron is a musical director from Winnipeg, Manitoba with a background in musical theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Theatre and Film from the University of Winnipeg and has extensive training in piano, theatre, voice and collaborative musicianship.   Recent music direction credits include Guys & Dolls (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Falsettos (Dry Cold Productions/Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), Matilda the Musical (Rehearsal Piansit/Keys 1), Bittergirl (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and School of Rock (Winnipeg Studio Theatre). Rachel had the privilege to assist on Billy Elliot the Musical at RMTC in 2015 and was the Children’s Music Supervisor on Shrek at Rainbow Stage in 2016. She has also worked with schools across Winnipeg, accompanying choirs and rehearsing/accompanying school musicals. Rachel does not have a regular studio but is often hired as a vocal coach and audition pianist. She is delighted to be working her first out of town contract at the Globe Theatre! 

Cameron Chomyn | Improv  

Cameron Chomyn is an Improviser, educator and writer from Regina, Saskatchewan. Cameron is the the Regional Producer of the Canadian Improv Games (Saskatchewan Region) and a co-founder of Hitchhikers Improv Company (Saskatchewan's largest Improv Company). Aside from traveling the country performing and teaching improvisation he has found success with writing/acting, his new project is My (Good) Buddy Depression coming to the Regina Fringe Festival this summer.  

 

Chloe Flota | Billy Boot Camp Co-Coordintaor 

Chloe is a local and emerging theatre artist and performer, and she is beyond excited to be joining the Billy Boot Camp team. Chloe has been performing since before she can even remember as a dancer, musician and actor. In addition to her own performance career, Chloe is a theatre instructor with the Globe Theatre. She enjoys collaborating and creating with other artists of any age. Chloe was recently apart of the Globe Theatre’s production of Concord Floral, featuring the 2018/2019 Globe Theatre Young Company.

Stephanie Graham | Billy Boot Camp Program Director, Director/Choreographer of Billy Elliot the Musical, Artistic Associate, Globe Theatre

Stephanie is so thrilled to welcome such an incredible group of young performers to Billy Boot Camp this summer! 

Globe Theatre: Director/Choreographer: Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia, Shrek-The Musical, The Little Mermaid, All Shook Up; Director: Key Change; Assistant Director: The Ladies Foursome, Man of La Mancha ;Choreographer: Mary Poppins, The Drowsy Chaperone.

Other Theatre: Director/Choreographer: Anne of Green Gables, The Last Five Years, Johnny Belinda, Back in ’59, Godspell; Choreographer: Cinderella, Fun Home, Chariots of Fire, Grey Gardens, The Wild Party, Crazy For You, It’s A Wonderful Life, Spamalot, The Addams Family, Kiss Me Kate, Dogfight, Colours in the Storm, She Loves Me, Next to Normal, The Last Resort. Stephanie is a Dora Award recipient (Toronto) and a two time Merritt award nominee (Halifax) for outstanding choreography.

Upcoming: Director/Choreographer: Chicago (Globe Theatre); Choreographer: Peter Pan (Neptune Theatre) 

Aren Okemaysim | Billy Boot Camp Co-Coordinator  

Aren Okemaysim is an actor, singer, and musician based in Regina, SK. When Aren is not on the stage, I take on various roles with the Globe Theatre as a customer service agent, occasional outreach workshop facilitator, or as a radio frequency technician. My personal goal for the Billy Boot Camp is to encourage creative growth, community, and to build confidence among the participants and my fellow staff. I hope everyone involved has a blast!

Virginia Preikschat | Tap

Virginia Preikschat grew up dancing in Regina, SK where she continues to teach dance today. As a young performer she began her love of musical theatre and dance as a part of the junior performing groups, the Mini Express and the Expressions for eight years followed by two casts with the SaskExpress Summer tour in which she was able to perform across the province and country. Virginia also trained in a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre and many more during her dance career.

As a teacher, Virginia holds her Intermediate CDTA Tap exam and her Senior CDTA Jazz exam, as well as Respect in Sport and Concussion Awareness. She has taught a wide array of styles and ages through her career, with a concentration in tap and musical theatre. Virginia is so excited to be a part of the Billy Boot Camp Training Program this summer!  

Colin Scheit | Acro/Tumbling

Colin has been a competitive cheerleader and tumbler since 2009. He began competing on multiple teams and has been recruited across Western Canada for World competitions. He has been coaching tumbling lessons for 9 years with people aged 6 - 25+. 

- 6x Worlds Athlete (3x finalist)

- 2x National Champion

- Atlantic Schooners, Riders Cheerleading, Rebels Cheerleading Athletics, Absolute Cheer (Vancouver), Perfect Storm Athletics (Edmonton), UofR Cheerleading, 306 Elite, BOSS Athletics.

Ben Schneider | Creation Class Facilitator

Ben Schneider is an emerging theatre artist whose interests lie in physical theatre, contemporary dance, multi-disciplinary arts, collective creation and directing. An instructor at the Globe Theatre School, Ben enjoys being inspired by young artists’ imaginative ideas and fostering an appreciation for theatre amongst this younger generation. Ben has had the opportunity to learn from and train with both local and national artists such as Judy Wensel, David Latham, Johanna Bundon, Allyson McMackon and Eric Rose. Apart from working as an artist, Ben is a student at the University of Regina, working toward a Bachelor’s of Arts in English. Select credits include: Paper (Globe Theatre Sandbox Series), A Christmas Carol (Globe Theatre), Concord Floral (Globe Theatre Sandbox Series).

Kaitlyn Semple | Individual Voice Training

Kaitlyn is an actor, singer, dancer, teacher and choreographer from Regina SK. Since completing her BFA in Acting from the University of Regina, she has trained in Toronto with CBC's Triple Sensation, in Edmonton at the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program, and in Regina with the Globe Theatre Conservatory. She loves sharing her passion for authentic story-telling in musical theatre having recently taught at Globe Theatre School, Rubarb School, and Class Act Studio. Acting highlights include: The Little Mermaid; Us; Bittergirl; Mary Poppins; Man of La Mancha; Shout Sister; The Wizard of Oz and Metamorphoses (Globe Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, It's A Wonderful Life and Little Women (Persephone Theatre); Root, Hog, or Die (Sandbox Series); Cope (Persephone Youth Series, Sandbox Series, Live Five); The Invisible (Catalyst Theatre); The Last Five Years (Golden Apple Theatre); Alice In Wonderland and The Hockey Sweater (Sum Theatre).

Ruth Smillie | Acting and Artistic Director Emerita, Globe Theatre

Ruth is in her twenty-first season as Artistic Director of Globe Theatre. Directing credits: Around the World in 80 Days, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, Sexy Laundry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Mom’s the Word, Cinderella, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Man for All Seasons, The Secret Garden, Last Call, Honk!, Elizabeth Rex, Grace, The Wizard of Oz (with Michael Kennard), Amadeus, Old Wicked Songs, A Perfect Ganesh, Cosi.

Other Theatre: Ruth was director and dramaturg for the Globe Theatre/National Arts Centre production of The Velvet Devil. In the fall of 2003 she directed Eos: The Dream of Nicholas Flood Davin for the University of Regina.

Other: Prior to moving to Regina, Ruth was the Artistic Director of Catalyst Theatre in Edmonton for ten years. She was a Visiting Fellow at King Alfred’s College in Winchester in 1994. Ruth has been honoured with the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the YWCA Women of Distinction Arts Award, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

 

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