Chad Matchette, Owner and Artistic Director of the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts
Chad is living a dream. He is living a lifelong dream of not only working in the arts, but also teaching and helping encourage young people to express themselves and find their voice through musical theatre and dance. He feels so lucky to have such a wonderful team to work with along with a truly amazing student body. Chad has been involved in the Vancouver theatre scene as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher for over 30 years. Favourite past directing credits include: Anne of Green Gables (CTC Nomination – Best Director), A Chorus Line, Jesus Christ Superstar, Nunsense, The Music Man, and Bye, Bye, Birdie(TUTS). Favourite past acting credits include: Ruben in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,Daddy Warbucks in Annie (Ovation Nomination – Best Actor), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (CTC Award Winner– Best Actor, Ovation Nomination – Best Actor), Ray in Lonestar (CTC Nomination – Best Supporting Actor), and Lenny in Of Mice and Men(CTC Award Winner – Best Actor). Chad has produced four critically acclaimed shows for Royal City Musical Theatre in New Westminster, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Will Rogers Follies, Hello Dolly, and Oklahoma.  His latest ventures include founding member of Align Entertainment.  Chad returns to the stage August, 2016, in Bring on Tomorrow Co’s production of FAME the Musical.


Chris Adams
Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Victoria in Theatre and studied Musical Theatre in New York with Circle in the Square Theater School. He is a two time Ovation Award Winner.  Chris got his start teaching and directing at UBC for their Summer Musical Theatre classes, teaching 6-16 year olds everything from Musical Theatre to Acting to Improv.  For the Lindbjerg Academy Chris has directed Mulan, High School Musical, Legally Blonde, Suessical, The Lion King, Honk, & Aladdin.  He was also the director of the award winning Bring On Tomorrow Co production of 13: The Musical at the Waterfront Theatre. As an actor, Chris has performed on some of Canada’s best stages, including playing Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Globe Theatre, touring with Axis Theatre in the National Tour of The Number 14, and performing at the Kay Meek in Little Women the Musical last Christmas.


Melissa Assalone
Melissa has been a part of Lindbjerg since she was a student of the academy over ten years ago, and is honoured to now have the opportunity to be a part of the fabulous teaching team!  Melissa is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, where she pursued her BFA in Theatre after completing a Theatre Diploma at Capilano College.   Melissa has been seen both on and off stage, both performing and choreographing for various local theatre companies and high schools.  She is thrilled to continue to be a part of the Lindbjerg family!


Jianna Ballard
Jianna attended The Lindbjerg Academy as a student since the age of 7, and is thrilled to now be a member of the teaching team.   She has performed in many different theatre companies all over the Lower Mainland, and plans to continue to pursue her passion.



Tiffany Hunter
Tiffany grew up as a competitive gymnast but quickly learned the arts were for her when she joined her high school’s musical theatre program.  From there she went on to post secondary to gain more training and graduated with a diploma in musical theatre from Capilano University.  She has been seen performing in many productions around Vancouver and has choreographed community and high school productions.  She is ecstatic to be working at Lindbjerg, sharing her passion with others. 


Emily Kerr
Emily’s love of dance began when she was only 2 years old.  She has trained in RAD ballet for 14 years, along with Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop.  She successfully completed her RAD exams up to the Intermediate level. Over the years, Emily has competed in many different local competitions and received multiple scholarships and awards.  Emily has performed at the PNE and Disneyland with a dance company known as the Panorama Youth Company.  She has alsohad the opportunity to take classes from So You Think You Can Dance choreographers, Napoleon and Tabitha, Benji Schwimmer, and Blake McGrath.  In high school, Emily was recognized with the “Dance of the Year” award in Grades 8, 11 and 12 and  received an award from the Surrey Dance Teachers Association for her excellence in choreography.  Emily’s teaching experience covers a range of ages and abilities including a Grade 8 high school class with students of minimal training.  Emily enjoys sharing this love of dance with her students and encourages them to develop their technique while stimulating their own creativity.


Joanna Kovats
A Musical Theatre performer for over 25 years, singing, dancing, and acting have been Joanna’s life passions. She started dancing at a very young age completing all the examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in the UK. Successfully completing a teaching diploma in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance before setting off on a professional career on the stage that enabled her to travel the world.
Performing in dance reviews and musicals in England, Germany, Spain, Japan, and Canada, Joanna’s knowledge of the performing arts is extensive.
Now a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in the Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz divisions, Joanna is thrilled to be a part of the Lindbjerg family, sharing her passion of dance and theatre with her students!


Nicol Spinola
Nicol is also a professional performer, and spent five years with Disney Cruise Lines. She has been on stage with many theatre companies, including Theatre Under the Stars, Carousel Theatre, Royal City Musical Theatre, and Gateway Theatre in Vancouver. Her TUTS credits include Annie Get Your GunAnnie, Hairspray and Mary Poppins. Nicol has also worked on set with Walt Disney Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, NBC and CBS. 
Nicol’s onstage highlights include: Cat in the Hat (Carousel Theatre for Young People) HairsprayAnnie Get Your Gun & Annie (TUTS), A Chorus LineWest Side Story42nd StreetPeter Pan (RCMT) JosephCabaretJesus Christ Superstar (URP), Night of the Living Dead (DRSP),  the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010, Disney Dreams, Mickey’s PirateseamsMickey’s Pirates,and The Golden Mickeys (Disney Cruise Line).
Her choreographic highlights include: Mary Poppins (Theatre Under the Stars) Beauty and the BeastCrazy for You (VCC) Beauty and the Beast (STA), The Lion KingSeussicalMulanHigh School Musical (LA), Willy WonkaAladdin (DBA). Assistant choreographer: Company (United Players). 


Mark Turpin
Mark_Turpin_headshot-200x300Mark has been teaching for the Lindbjerg Academy since 2008 and has enjoyed directing many productions for the Rising Stars Class. Mark has been involved in theatre since he was a teenager, his love of theatre being fostered by participating in high school plays and musicals. Mark went on to pursue theatrical arts in post secondary education achieving a diploma in acting and a certificate in directing from Capilano College and is now working on his Bachelors Degree in Theatre at Simon Fraser university. In addition, Mark has had the thrill of directing and performing for many of Vancouver’s most reputable theatre companies. Mark currently teaches Acting and the RSA class at Lindbjerg and has directed their shows including: Into the Woods, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie and Hairspray.


Stephanie Liatopoulos
StephanieLiatopoulos-201x300Stephanie is a Dean’s List graduate of the 2011 Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University. She is also a swing performer at The Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre in Port Coquitlam where she sings with a live band and performs sketch comedy.  Winner of the 2014 CTC Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Peacock in “CLUE the musical” (Ghostlight), her credits also include such roles as Marge in “SUDS: A 60’s rockin’ soap opera” (Deep Cove), Fraulein Kost in “Cabaret” (Pipedream), Erato in “Xanadu” (Arts Club) and Saraghina in “NINE”(Pipedream) where she won the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress.  However, Stephanie’s known character to which the Lindbjerg family will be familiar with was for her role as Ernestina in “Hello Dolly!” (RCMT).  Stephanie is looking forward to a whimsical and inspiring first year with the academy.