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.

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).

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.

Emily Matchette

Emily is a graduate of the Bachelor of Performing Arts program at Douglas College and the Musical Theatre Diploma program at Capilano University. She began as a teacher’s assistant at the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts seven years ago, for musical theatre and dance classes. After graduating high school, Emily started choreographing song and dance solos and groups for different dance competitions. She is absolutely thrilled to be joining the team as a Tap, Hip Hop and Ballet instructor!

Select performing credits include: Ensemble in Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre Company), Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), Ensemble in Rent (URP), Lou Ann in Hairspray(TUTS). Emily was the choreographer for Cinderella (Children’s Theatre Of Richmond Association) and Draining the Swamp (Curious Creations), assistant choreographer for The Drowsy Chaperone (TUTS) and The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment), and choreographed Ten Blocks on the Camino Real(Arbutus Studios) and Legally Blonde Jr (Lindbjerg Academy). Emily directed both Fowl Play and The Eleventh Hour with her Bachelor of Performing Arts cohort: Matchstick Productions.

Hayley Perkins

Hayley has been passionate about teaching and working with youth since she was very young herself!  She was a student at Lindbjerg for 8 years and was a teaching assistant for a range of classes, and in her high school was recognized with the Top Performing Student award in her grade four years in a row.  She is  a graduate of UBC’s Bachelor of Education program specializing in secondary-level Theatre and Physics and now teaches in Coquitlamm and Burnaby.  She is very pleased to work with the Rising Stars Advanced class as a stage manager and lighting designer, where she can support and connect with students while making unfathomable numbers of charts. 

For Lindbjerg she has designed lighting for In the Heights and Titanic, and co-directed The Lion King Jr. in Summer 2019.  Hayley has also worked extensively as a lighting designer, director, music director, and co-teacher for Heritage Woods Secondary’s production classes since 2015, including directing the play Metamorphoses for SD43’s annual drama festival.

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!

Stephanie Liatopoulos

A graduate of the 2011 Capilano University Musical Theatre Program, Stephanie has been a busy bee making her mark in the lower mainland. Currently, Stephanie is a Music Director and vocal coach at Lindbjerg Academy. A swing entertainer at The Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, Stephanie performs as a comedian and live singer/musician with an 8 piece band. She is also a performer for “Lost Souls of Gastown” with Forbidden Vancouver. On top of all this, she is founder and artistic director for DramaNatrix Productions, where the society received the 2015 CTC Award for “Best Production”. Stephanie herself has won the 2014 CTC award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Peacock in CLUE the musical and Deep Cove’s 2014 Best Actress Award for her role as Marge in SUDS: A 60’s Soap Opera. Her most memorable role yet won her the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Female as Saraghina in NINE.

Katie-Rose Connors

A graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University, Katie-Rose is thrilled to be teaching voice for Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts.  She has played the piano for 13 years and has been performing for 10 years, joyously taking part in several shows throughout B.C. as a performer, accompanist, and music director.  Katie-Rose is eager to make a name for herself in the theatre world while helping others develop and harness their musical abilities.


Jan Ballard

My name is Jan,  and in my “spare” time I am lucky enough to get to spend my time with my amazing Lindbjerg family.   I have been stage managing the many different Shows for more years than I would like to convey, and am still happy to say I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.  I have 5 children (some are teachers now), that have all taken part in Lindbjerg shows for over 20 years and am now ecstatic to be able to watch my g-babies continue on the stage.  As well as stage managing my husband Ian and myself also provide the wigs, makeup and prosthetics if needed for the Lindbjerg productions as well as for many of the other theatre companies around Vancouver including TUTS, Royal City, Align and back in the day Footlight. We both work in the film industry doing hair and the last two years I have been working as a makeup artist on the series Supergirl. Enjoy the show. GOD BLESS.   JAYBEE

Dan Wiebe

Dan has been involved in musical theatre for the past 15 years. It all started with Lindbjerg Academy where his children joined, and fell in love with singing, dancing and acting. Over the years, and through the help of talented individuals, he has learn the trade of set building and design, and Assistant Stage Management. Past shows include, Align’s ‘Little Mermaid’, ‘Joseph’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ as ASM, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ as set construction, numerous Lindbjerg Academy productions as Set Design and ASM, Naked Goddess Productions “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Bring on Tomorrows ‘Fame’ and ’13’, and Snapshot Collective’s ‘Sweeney Todd’. Bring on the show!

Joanie Bowes

Joanie Bowes has been a musical theater fan since she watched her older siblings perform in their high school productions.  Her first and last performance was as an ensemble member in Grease during her first year of high school.  She now prefers to support her daughter and her theater mates here at Lindbjerg.  Joanie has recently begun as the Volunteer Coordinator and encourages others to come be a part of the show!  She promises not to making singing or dancing part of the volunteer responsibilities.