Chad Matchette, Owner and Artistic Director of the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts
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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

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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!

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.
Leah Newson

Leah has been dancing in North Vancouver since she was 8 years old where she found her love of Jazz, completing her exams in Jazz and Modern. After discovering her passion for Musical Theatre in high school, where she won the Triple Threat award in Grade 11 and 12, she decided to continue studying in post secondary. She attended Capilano University in the Musical Theatre program, where she broadened her skills not only in jazz, tap and ballet, but also singing, acting, and choreographing. Since graduating, she has performed in musicals around the lower mainland.  She is thrilled to join the Lindbjerg staff as a Jazz and Musical Theatre teacher!

Select stage credits include: Cabaret (Exit 22), Heathers: The Musical (Fighting Chance), Joseph (Align), Mary Poppins (TUTS), Legally Blonde (Align), Annie (Align).

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

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. www.liatopoulos.com www.dramanatrixproductions.com www.thegiggledam.com

 PRODUCTION

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.