Meet the Bard Education Team

Our Teaching Artist team includes some of the most accomplished professional theatre artists in Vancouver. They are actors, directors, choreographers, innovators, and are all passionate about inspiring our community through Shakespeare.

Teaching Artists

Anousha Alamian

Anousha Alamian

Anousha Alamian is an Actor and a Teaching Artist in Vancouver. He has acted on many of the major Canadian/US television shows and has performed with various theatre companies across Canada. Alongside his Acting, he has been teaching young kids of various ages at Bard on The Beach, which he is very passionate about. Born in Iran, he moved with his family to Montreal at the age of 11. Following his passion for acting and the arts, he enrolled in a professional theatre program at Dawson College and received the “Excellence in Acting” Award in his last year. Subsequently, Anousha pursued BFA at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he had a chance to work with acclaimed directors and was the recipient of the “Excellence in Speech Award”. Anousha then advanced to professional theatre companies including CanStage, The Arts Club and Vancouver's Shakespeare festival Bard On The Beach playing a variety of Shakespearean characters. Most recently he played the leading part of Rasheed in A Thousand Splendid Suns at The Grand Theatre.

Lindsey Angell

Lindsey Angell

A Vancouver based performer, teacher and collaborative artist Lindsey most recently conducted her first Virtual World Building Workshop with Bard on the Beach! Her recent Bard on the Beach Credits include (Rosalind) As You Like It, Macbeth, Love's Labours Lost, Comedy of Errors. In addition to performing at Bard she has taught the Young Shakespeareans and in the Bard in the Classroom Program. Lindsey has performed on stages across Western Canada, in the development of original new works, exploration of the classics and debuting World and Canadian Premieres of some of the most cutting edge theatre. Lindsey is a graduate of Studio 58, a Jessie Award Winner and a recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation Grant for Theatre Artists.

Scott Bellis

Scott Bellis

Scott Bellis is a Vancouver-based actor, director and acting instructor. He studied Theatre Arts at Studio 58 (Langara College) and for 30 years has worked in a variety of theatrical disciplines including mask, sketch comedy, new play development, and theatre for young audiences, but as an actor the mainstay of his career has been classical works. He is a founding member and Artistic Associate at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, where he has played roles such as Hamlet, Petruchio, Brutus, Parolles, Bottom, Henry the Fifth, Lear’s Fool and King John in over 40 productions there since 1990. In 2016 he played Friar Laurence in their acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet. His directing credits include Twelfth Night (Carousel Theatre), Richard III, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Studio 58), The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone Theatre), The Piano Teacher (Arts Club Theatre), Red Birds (Solo Collective) and Antony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bard on the Beach). In 2017 he directed Bard’s sell-out production of. He has taught acting Studio 58, and is the co-founder of the Arts Club Theatre’s annual Actors’ Intensive, a five-week conservatory-style training program for established theatre artists. This program is in its tenth year. Scott also recently taught Shakespeare at the Banff/Citadel Academy. He has acted with most theatre companies in Vancouver, including the Arts Club Theatre (It’s A Wonderful Life, The Philanderer, School For Scandal, Cyrano, The Optimists, Poster Boys, Enchanted April, Avenue Q, Good People, Pride and Prejudice, and Saint Joan), Axis Theatre (The Number 14), Ruby Slippers Productions (The Leisure Society, Winners, The Cat Who Ate Her Husband, Hotel Bethlehem, Apres Moi), Virtual Stage (The Birth of Freedom), Carousel Theatre (James and the Giant Peach, Arthur: Boy King), and Patrick Street Productions (Bat Boy: The Musical). Recently he appeared in productions for Canadian Stage Company in Toronto (Tear the Curtain), Persephone Theatre(God of Carnage, Equivocation), RMTC in Winnipeg (Nine Dragons), and Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops (Educating Rita, Elf: the Musical). Scott has been nominated 20 times for Jessie Richardson awards for his acting work and once for directing, and received awards in 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2016. His career has encompassed over 170 productions and more than 3500 performances. In film, Scott has appeared on television in The Beachcombers, 21 Jump Street, MacGyver, The X-Files, Dead Man’s Gun, Outer Limits, Dark Angel, First Wave, Smallville, Dead Zone and Psych, as well as the feature films Intersection, Time Cop, Little Women, Antitrust, and the Canadian indie film Grand Unified Theory. Scott also currently serves as Council President of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

Ian Butcher

Ian Butcher

Ian has been performing on the Bard stage and teaching Young Shakespearean Workshops and Bard in the Classroom courses for the past 10 years. He is also teaching at Carousel Theatre for Young People, developing his own class plans and acting courses. A graduate of Studio 58, Ian has worked extensively throughout Europe and Canada. Select Bard roles: Don Pedro, Oberon, Macduff, Angelo. Other selected theatre: Gross Misconduct (Speakeasy Theatre), Dracula (Chemainus), The Sound of Music (Gateway), Robin Hood (Carousel), Coriolanus (Coriolanus Co-Op). Film/TV: Riverdale, The 100, Super Girl, Motive, Arctic Air, Robocop, Almost Human, Supernatural, Stargate Universe, Stargate SG-1.

Arthi Chandra

Arthi Chandra

Arthi Chandra is a Vancouver based director, actor, and teacher, who has performed in both Vancouver and New York. She studied contemporary theatre performance and directing at Simon Fraser University. Her practice is rooted in text-based devising, and adapting canonical work. Arthi is interested in work that confronts identity politics, engages with queerness, and explores the concept of radical empathy. Arthi is currently working as the associate producing intern for Theatre Replacement. Writing wise, she is alternating between an adaptation of King Lear, and a YA novel about magic sort of things and detectives. She is thrilled to join the Bard Education team. Arthi acknowledges her work, life, and play all occur on the unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

Tara is an award winning creator, performer, educator and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. As an educator Tara is fueled by the desire to help performers embody text, character, and creative inspiration and bring integration, joy and freedom to our voices and dynamic bodies. Tara is known for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy and theatre. She has choreographed for 7 seasons of Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club, Studio 58, The Firehall Arts Centre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, and Decidedly Jazz Dance Works among other. When she isn’t teaching and creating innovative movement for theatre she is performing her critically and audience acclaimed full length solos and ensemble works around the world (highlights: DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, High Performance Rodeo/Calgary etc.). Tara lives on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlil̓wətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)/East Vancouver with her partner composer Marc Stewart and their son Jasper.

Bonnie Duff

Bonnie Duff

Bonnie is a multi-disciplinary Finnish-Canadian artist, and has been a teaching artist with Bard since 2018. She is receiving her BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia in 2021, where she also completed a minor in anthropology. She previously attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and was formerly a Bard on the Beach Riotous Youth. Select acting credits include: Guildhall School of Music and Drama: "The Faith Machine" (Sophie), "The Tempest" (Ariel); Awkward Stage Productions: "Goodnight Desdemona, Good morning Juliet" (Juliet), "TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus" (Quintus); UBC: "The Changeling" (Beatrice-Joanna), "Isle dell’Arte" (Pulcinella). Bonnie was the recipient of the Joy Coghill Award in Theatre at UBC. As a teacher, she is passionate about deconstructing the legacy of the exclusivity of Shakespeare, and facilitating devised, collaborative pieces inspired by the Bard.

Alex Eaton

Alex Eaton

Alexandra is an artist, educator, and aspiring arts administrator. Her first introduction to Bard Education was as a Young Shakespearean and she was a member of the Riotous Youth post-secondary internship programme for three years which sparked her passion for teaching. She graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS with a combined honours degree in English and History and during her time at university, she was an active member of the King’s Theatrical Society. Some of her favourite roles include Mary Shelley in Bloody Poetry, Athena in The Furies, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. Alexandra has spent four seasons as a Teaching Artist with the Young Shakespeareans program, working with participants ages 8-18. Her favourite part of teaching Shakespeare is seeing young people form their own connections to the text though play and exploration.

Austin Eckert

Austin Eckert

Austin Eckert has been teaching with Bard on the Beach for three years now, whether it be working with teens to create abridged performances of Shakespeare’s most famous works in the Young Shakespeareans summer camp program, or introducing children to performing Shakespeare through the Bard in your neighborhood or Bard in the classroom outreach programs. Austin has been a member of the mainstage company at Bard on the Beach since 2016. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Austin’s work has been seen on stages throughout Western Canada, as well as on television.

Jeff Gladstone

Jeff Gladstone

Jeff is a multi-faceted actor, director and teacher with extensive training in improvisation, theatre & film. Born and raised in Treaty 7 land (Calgary) he holds a BFA in Drama from U of C, and was a member of the Loose Moose Theatre Company where he first met and trained with Keith Johnstone. Now living on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver), Jeff is the artistic director of the International Theatresports Institute, and a company member and teaching artist with Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. He recently launched a new international online impro project called The Naked Improvisors that was part of the National Arts Centre Canada Performs series. Jeff is also the director of education and engagement for a new improvisational theatre company, Tightrope Impro Theatre where we develops workshops that blend impro with theatre practise. His work with Vancouver Opera, The Kettle Society, Vancouver Parks Board and the Carnegie Centre with artists living with mental illness and homelessness has had a huge impact on his teaching practise, leading with empathy and care, and creating a space that is as inclusive and safe as possible. Performance highlights include the feature film Kingsway (TIFF 2018, Leo nomination for Best Supporting Actor), four seasons at Bard on the Beach including the hit productions As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Othello, Pericles & Alls Well That Ends Well. He has also performed in New York in Kill Your Lovers (Fresh Fruit Fest NY, Rhubarb Fest Toronto) & Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Huffington Post top shows of 2011).

Erik Gow

Erik Gow

For the past 10 years Erik Gow has worked extensively around Canada as an actor, educator, composer, music director, and playwright. He is an instructor with Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre, Gateway Theatre, UBC, Shadbolt Centre, the city of Burnaby, and numerous studios. His training has spanned conservatory style acting training at Studio 58, to decades of musical training through private voice studios, Jazz studies at VIU, and workshops with award winning composers such as Daniel Mate, Pasek and Paul, and Marvin Hamlisch. His background with music and theatre lends him to having a deep love and appreciation for the musical qualities of Shakespeare’s language, and offers various approaches into the work. Erik is equally at home leading young artists through exploration style learning with an emphasis on fun, and imagination to adults and professionals delving into the deepest parts of their craft. He always brings a sense of excitement, respect for the work, and joy of theatre.

Isabella Halladay

Isabella Halladay

Isabella Halladay is a Vancouver based actress, musician, and Shakespeare enthusiast — she’s been reading the work of, performing in, and yelling about our favourite Bard since she’s been but a small child. She has been teaching with Bard Education since 2015, and is always thrilled to be creating and exploring Shakespeare's works. Isabella also teaches with Vancouver Opera's educational programming, Choral Stage, and throughout the community, working with students ages 4 to 18 across BC. Isabella graduated with her Bachelors of Music from the University of British Columbia studying Opera Performance. Since then, she has performed across Canada in musicals, dance, opera and theatre. She also performs improv with Instant Theatre’s “Shakespeare After Dark” (Shakespeare-inspired improv) and “Off Key” (fully improvised musicals). Isabella has sung with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and with choral groups such as Cor Flammae and the University Singers across Canada and Europe.

Alana Hawley Purvis

Alana Hawley Purvis

Alana is an actor, vocal coach and arts educator who has worked throughout North and Central America. She is a graduate of the Academy for Classical Acting (MFA), the University of Alberta BFA Acting Program, York University Teacher’s Certificate Program for Artists, and The Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. She has performed with various theatre companies across the country including: Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Western Canada Theatre, and Theatre North West. Alana has served as a teaching artist and instructor at the University of Alberta, The Stratford Festival, Michigan State University, Douglas College, Theatre Alberta’s Artstrek, The Banff/Citadel Acting Program, various high schools throughout North America, and Edmonton’s The Speech Studio. She has collaborated with international organization CUSO in the development and operation of El Salvador’s youth at risk theatre program, ES ARTES.

Ming Hudson

Ming Hudson

Ming Hudson is a physical theatre practitioner, freelance performer, devised theatre creator, and teacher. She is a graduate of LISPA, holds a MA in Ensemble Theatre from Rose Bruford College, and has a BFA in Acting from the University of Victoria. Ming is also the founder of new Vancouver collective At Last Productions. Select performing credits include:Timon of Athens ​and ​Lysistrata ​(Bard on the Beach),​ ​East Van Panto: ​Snow White and the Seven Dwarves ​(Theatre Replacement), ​Blisskrieg ​(Atomic Vaudeville), ​Post Secret: The Show (Firehall Arts Centre), ​Big Bad ​and ​Fall Away Home ​(Boca del Lupo), and ​The Penelopiad​ (ArtsClub Theatre). Up next, she will be performing on the Main Stage for the 2019 season at Bard on the Beach. Select teaching credits include:​ ​the Gateway Academy, Stage Coach, Langara College (Continuing Studies), Cleveland Elementary School, Parkgate Community Centre, and the South Surrey Youth Theatre Company. Currently, she is the acting coach at Circus West and a teaching artist for Bard Education.

Olivia Hutt

Olivia Hutt

Olivia Hutt is a member of the Bard acting company. She is incredibly grateful to have performed on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musquem, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Thank you for supporting theatre! Previously at Bard: Portia in The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Training: Studio 58

Luisa Jojic

Luisa Jojic

Performer, Teaching Artist, and Coach, Luisa has been part of the Education Team at Bard on the Beach since 2006. She is a founding instructor in both The Riotous Youth Program and Bard in Your Neighbourhood, and was the coordinator of the Young Shakespeareans program from 2013-2015. A multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee, Luisa has worked as an actor with many celebrated theatre companies, including The Arts Club, Touchstone Theatre, Pi Theatre, The Gateway Theatre, Patrick Street Productions, and eight seasons with Bard. She is a YWCA Women of Distinction Award Nominee for her work leading True Voice Theatre Project, a community theatre program in the DTES which explores community and inclusion. She is a recipient of a Pacific Community Resources Award for Outstanding Practice in Teaching, and of the Edmund Keene Sword Award. Luisa holds a BFA in Acting from The University of British Columbia. She is deeply grateful to the Coast Salish Peoples on whose unceded territory she lives, works, learns and plays.

Kayvon Khoshkam

Kayvon Khoshkam

Kayvon is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He has been teaching dramatic arts for the last ten years in Vancouver, including programs at the Gateway Theatre, Carousel Theatre and Bard on the Beach. He is a professional actor, director and producer. Kayvon is the Artistic Director of SpeakEasy Theatre, and the creator of The Pull Festival: Vancouver’s Ten Minute Play Festival.

Alexandra Lainfiesta

Alexandra Lainfiesta

Born and raised in Guatemala, Alexandra came to Canada in 2010 to pursue professional training in musical and classical theatre. She is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts and Studio 58 training programs. As an actor and playwright, Alexandra has worked across Canada with numerous theatre companies such as Puente Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, Arts Club, Rice&Beans, The Frank Theatre, Stratford Festival, Electric Company Theatre and Neworld Theatre. Most recently she was seen in Anywhere But Here with Electric Company Theatre, and as Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII at The Stratford Festival. She is the recipient of a Jessie Richardson Award for best actor in a lead role. As an educator, Alexandra has worked extensively with youth in theatre. She has been part of the artist education team at Carousel Theatre, Bard on The Beach and The Stratford Festival. She is delighted to re-join the Bard on The Beach family and looks forward to sharing, expanding and learning together. 

Anton Lipovetsky

Anton Lipovetsky

Anton Lipovetsky is an actor, composer, and teacher based in Vancouver, BC. He has performed on stages all over Canada, including the National Arts Centre, Luminato Festival, Arts Club, Carousel Theatre for Young People, Belfry Theatre, and four seasons at Bard on the Beach (returning this summer for his fifth.) Also an experienced musician, Anton is the composer of several musicals, including Elbow Room Cafe, Best Laid Plans, cool beans and four upcoming commissions. He has received two Jessie Awards and the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist. Through Bard’s education programs, Anton has been sharing his passion for theatre to all ages for six years. He has also been an instructor at Carousel’s drama classes and Theatre Replacement’s Panto Land Academy. Anton is a graduate of Studio 58’s acting program and the Stratford Festival Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.

Alison Matthews

Alison Matthews

Bard’s Head of Coaching, Alison Matthews is also an instructor at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive and the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program. She has taught at Capilano University, Vancouver Island University and Leadership Vancouver Island.  For the past eighteen years she has provided individual instruction and group workshops to actors, teachers, and business professionals, and is a regular adjudicator for competitive speech festivals across Western Canada. With over two decades of professional acting experience,  Alison has numerous film and television credits,  including roles on such acclaimed series as The X-Files, Da Vinci’s Inquest, and Battlestar Galactica, as well as featured roles in films such as Disney's Snowdogs, and Final Destination 2. She has stage credits with the Belfry Theatre and The Firehall Arts Centre’s BC Buds: Spring Arts Festival, and has been in demand as a professional voice over artist for twenty-five years.

Moya O'Connell

Moya O'Connell

Moya O’Connell is originally from Vancouver where she received her BFA in theatre from UBC. For the past 20 years Moya has worked as an actor all over the country but primarily at Bard on the Beach (7 seasons) and The Shaw Festival (10 seasons). Some of her favorite parts include; Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Hedda Gabler, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tracey Lord in The Philadelphia Story, Ophelia in Hamlet, Imogen in Cymbeline, Vivie Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Mary Swanson in Middletown and The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. As an educator Moya has been working throughout her career with youth and adults: coaching, directing, leading workshops and teaching. She especially enjoys working on Shakespeare

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes

Matthew Rhodes (he/him) is an emerging theatre artist with a deep passion for Shakespeare. He is a UBC BFA Acting graduate with a Masters of Management from the Sauder School of Business, as well as three summers in the Riotous Youth Internship with Bard on the Beach. Along side being a teaching artist with Bard Education, during COVID-19 he has been the Associate Producer for The Show Must Go Online, where a global cast is gathered to present a new Shakespeare play every week in the order they are believed to have been written. Recent directing credits include with Brave New Play Rites, and he will be playing Brandon in Consensual in Fall 2021.

Mike Stack

Mike Stack

Mike is a professional theatre artist and educator with over 30 years of experience. He leads theatre workshops and serves as an adjudicator of Speech Arts at various venues throughout British Columbia. Currently the Lead Instructor for Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program, his wide range of work with young people also includes fifteen years as coordinator of the Young Shakespeareans program with Bard on the Beach, resident director for Theatre Temp at Templeton Secondary, guest director with Smithers Secondary, as well as numerous ongoing workshops throughout Lower Mainland schools and Home learning communities. As a performer, he has worked with many of the city’s theatre companies and has been fortunate enough to tour extensively throughout North America and overseas. Mike is a multiple Jessie Award nominee and recipient, and a graduate of the Studio 58 Professional Theatre training program.

Todd Thompson Thompson

Todd Thompson Thompson

Since 2001 Todd has performed inten seasons with Bard on the Beach; during this time, Todd has been a Young Shakespearean teaching artist and has had the opportunity of providing guidance to over 200 young performers about the craft of acting through the exploration of Shakespeare’s plays. Todd has led workshops in Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, A Mid-Summer’s Night Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Hamlet and As You Like It.Todd has worked in theatres across Canada; favourite roles include, Edin The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Caliban in The Tempest, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Bernard in Don’t Dress for Dinner and Orlando in As You Like It.As a teaching artist, Todd endeavours to create a fun, safe and respectful environment where participants can thrive, learn and grow.

Allegra Wright

Allegra Wright

Allegra Wright is a Vancouver-based actor and singer with theatre training from Douglas College in New Westminster and Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City. Since graduating post-secondary Allegra has been consistently working in theatre and for the past year has been developing and strengthening her teaching skills. Allegra has taken a variety of professional development workshops in and around Vancouver, including with David Smukler, Scott Swan, David MacMurray Smith, the Gateway Conservatory, and Bard on the Beach. In addition to participating in Bard Studio, Allegra was also a Riotous Youth member where she facilitated events, created and performed in a Shakespeare inspired piece, as well as taught in multiple Young Shakespeareans workshops. This year Allegra has been contracted by her local high school to teach a musical theatre masterclass, as well as assistant direct for their upcoming musical.