About the Instructors
Susan Bertoia is a professional theatre artist, performer, director, devisor, writer, and passionate drama teacher. Susan’s invigorating artistic style with specialization in physical theatre and mask performance make her a well-sought teaching artist and performer throughout Canada. Her work explores poetic and pedestrian moments while her artistic leadership has been described as “engaging, encouraging and disarming.” She is adjunct professor at UBC, teaching acting and performance as well as conducting numerous creative initiatives with schools through ArtStarts, a government funded agency. Recently, Susan was awarded for Excellence in Drama Education through ABCDE, which recognized her years of dedication and innovative work with youth. www.susanbertoia.ca.
Michael Charrois is a professional actor with over 35 years experience teaching theatre arts to students aged 3 to adult. Michael performs on the stage, screen, and street. Street shows include over 10 years of juggling and clowning around with his Gonzo Variety Spectacular at the Edmonton Street Performers Festival and two summers on Vancouver’s Granville Island with John Kenneth Galbraith’s Economics 101. Since moving to Vancouver at the turn of the century, Michael regularly appeared at the Burr Theatre and the Royal Canadian Theatre, including the pre- and post-Covid Lower Mainland tour of Norm Foster’s Screwball Comedy. Michael’s most notable screen credit is Wiggens, the cowboy who says, “They went that’a way!” in Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Academy Award–winning film Unforgiven. Michael has taught for Vancouver School Board adult continuing education and currently teaches for Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre and Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre. www.charrois.com
Ming Hudson is based on the unceded and unsurrendered traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She is a performer, deviser, facilitator, director, and teacher who specializes in physical theatre and the creation of new work. She has worked with the Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Replacement, Atomic Vaudeville, Firehall Arts Centre, and Boca del Lupo, and is currently a faculty member at CCPA. Ming is a graduate of LISPA, holds an MA (Rose Bruford), and a BFA (UVic).
Peter Jorgensen is a freelance theatre artist with over twenty years specializing in musical theatre. Director, actor, and educator, he is the founder and program director of the Arts Club’s Musical Theatre Intensive. He’s been recognized with awards and nominations as an actor, director, producer, writer, and choreographer. He also loves chocolate.
Born and raised in the Okanagan, Krystal Kiran is a professional performer, choreographer, director, educator, and 2022 Artist in Residence for the City of Richmond. Krystal began her professional performing career dancing at the PNE when she was 16 and made her Broadway debut three years later as an original Broadway cast member in Andrew Lloyd Webber and AR Rahman’s Bombay Dreams. Select theatre credits include Mirvish’s Lord of the Rings, AR Rahman’s Jai Ho World Tour, West Side Story, Monsoon Wedding, Bend It like Beckham, two seasons at Shaw Festival, Arts Club, and more. As a choreographer, Krystal’s choreography credits include The Pearl Fishers at Vancouver Opera. She has worked on films such as Suicide Squad and numerous televisions shows and commercials. More info at www.KrystalKiran.com or @houseofkiran
Mike Kovac is a Certified Fight Director and Instructor with Fight Directors Canada, and works in film/television/theatre in and around Vancouver. A graduate of Capilano University’s Acting for the Stage and Screen Program (where he is also now an Instructor of Stage Combat), he has worked on Noises Off, The Shoplifters, Kim’s Convenience, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Misery, and Mustard (Arts Club), as well as Coriolanus, The Crucible, and She Kills Monsters (UBC), among others. Mike has also appeared in various film and television projects, including Arrow, Supernatural, The 100, Tin Star, Valley of the Boom, Deadly Class, and Batwoman. He regularly works as a stunt performer and stunt actor. If you see him on the screen somewhere, he’s probably about to die.
Camille Legg is an actor, writer, and improviser based on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. A couple of Camille’s favourite theatrical projects to have been a part of were The Wolves (Stones Throw Productions) and Romeo and Juliet (Studio 58). Camille has also appeared in a number of TV shows, including Riverdale, The Magicians, Charmed, and The Detour. They are a graduate of the acting program at Studio 58.
Following a burning passion, Julio has performed in several stages across Europe as well as North and South America. He acted in award-winning series, features, and short films, such as KDABRA, Noobs la Serie, Caliban (The Banished), The Rat and, most recently, Yellowjackets. Loving theatre from a young age, Julio has a special love for physicality and telling stories. He trained in different theatre schools in Colombia and Denmark and graduated from both the Acting for Film and TV program at Vancouver Film School and the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Capilano University. Julio came to Canada to continue growing and exploring different approaches to the art of acting and to continue teaching and nurturing new actors.
Sydney Marino is a Vancouver-based playwright, director, and educator. Her plays have been produced in the Or Festival, Brave New Play Rites Festival, and by Killarney Theatre. She has taught a variety of playwriting, comedy writing, and theatre workshops to elementary and high school students through her work with Arts Umbrella and the Arts Club. Sydney has developed work in the LEAP Playwriting Intensive, PTC Block A Cohort, and Story Theatre’s Writer’s Room. Currently, Sydney has TYA work in development with Story Theatre and with Killarney Theatre, where she is also the Artist in Residence. She instructs the Arts Club's Playwriting 101 and 102 classes, and is a part of their 2023–2024 Emerging Playwrights' Unit. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from UBC.
Aidan Parker is a Vancouver-based actor, improvisor, writer, and educator with a BFA in screenwriting from the UBC’s Creative Writing Program. Aidan has been an active, award-winning member of the Vancouver improv community since 2012, and regularly performs in comedy and improv festivals across North America. He is also the lead instructor for the Arts Club Drama Club programs, where he directs and builds devised theatre with students from equity-seeking communities in the greater Vancouver area.
Raugi Yu has acted on stages across Canada and the US. You may recognize him from past shows at the Arts Club, such as The Men in White, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jitters, and The Shoplifters. Raugi is a Jessie Award nominee. On screen Raugi has appeared as a series regular in shows like Mr. Young and jPod as well as iZombie, Supernatural, Arrow, and, most recently, as a recurring character on the upcoming CW show Kung Fu. Raugi directed his first feature film last year, and has been nominated for a Leo Award in direction for his episode of Some Assembly Required. Raugi has been teaching youth and emerging artists for the past 20 years and has a real passion for fostering the wave of new actors.