In the Summer of 2019, we decided to track down some of our Alumni and check out what they’ve been up to.  We are so proud of our students that leave us and we’re especially thrilled to see them excel in the performing arts.  We hope to add to our Hall of Fame regularly.  Let us know of any updates at lindbjergacademy@gmail.com .  We’d love to share them!


Kim Bunka

I started as a Student at the Lindbjerg Academy in 1998 as a Munchkin in the Wizard of Oz and have been hooked on theatre ever since!

After completing the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton I came home and started teaching at the Lindbjerg Academy in 2008. In the fall of 2013 I left to pursue my dream of working for Disney Cruise Line. I started out as a Youth Entertainment Host and then moved on to be a Cruise Staff Host performing for and interacting with thousands of guests every week.

For the past year I have been the Assistant Stage Manager over seeing all the entertainment offerings ship-wide. I have worked on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder ships sailing all over the Bahamas, Caribbean, California, Vancouver and Alaska!

I am so grateful for all my time with Lindbjerg and consider it to be a huge part of my life. I can’t wait to hear from more Alumni!


Shannon Hanbury

Disney isn’t only giving me the opportunity to perform as characters I’ve always loved… It’s also giving me the skills of puppetry, characterized improv and Spanish web… all things I never imagined I could do- but every day, they give me the opportunity to prove to myself that I can. I’m feeling pretty empowered by the faith, trust and pixie dust.

Shannon is currently a mainstage performer on the Disney Cruise Line – & the ship is called the Disney Dream! After graduating from Lindbjerg, she graduated from AMDA in Los Angeles and hasn’t really stopped performing since. Follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/shannon.hanbury/


Christian Lagasse

Since leaving Lindbjerg, I have been working extensively in the film & entertainment industry as an actor, dancer, voice actor, singer, musician, motion capture performer, composer, and choreographer. I booked my first feature film less then a year after graduating from Lindbjerg, working as an actor with director Kenny Ortega on Disney’s Descendants.

My most recent credits would be…
“Alien: Ore”, as the Xenomporph (Suit Performer)
CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow”, as the assistant choreographer for a huge Bollywood musical number.
“The Past Never Dies” (TV Movie), as an actor, set to be released later this year.
“Blackjack” (Anime Series), as a voice actor, playing over 30 characters, which is currently playing on Amazon Prime in the US.
And “The Art Of Racing In The Rain” (feature film) which will be released in theaters on August 8th.

Very thankful for all my years spent at Lindbjerg, and I am so happy to see the new generation of talent that has become part of the Lindbjerg family! Thanks, Christian Lagasse

Choreographer | Movement Director
W: www.christianlagasse.com
P: 1-604-837-3015

Actor | Dancer | Creature Actor
W: www.lucastalent.com
P: 1-604-685-0345

Voice Actor | MoCap Performer
W: www.playmgmt.com
P: 1-604-677-7529


Cassidy Stahr

Cassidy graduated from Lindbjerg in 2015. She lives in Victoria, BC where she is a Voice Student at the University of Victoria School of Music. This Spring she will graduate with her BMus in Performance.

If you’re on the island this October, you can spot her in the ensemble of Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Puccini’s Il Trittico. Other upcoming projects include a solo concerto with
the UVic Orchestra, and her graduation recital, which will be presented on March 2nd, 2020 and livestreamed at https://livestream.com/somlive

She credits Lindbjerg with giving her an encouraging environment in which to develop confidence on-stage and off.


Fiona McIntyre

I started taking classes at Lindbjerg Academy when I was six years old (Miss Elaine – Elaine Lindbjerg’s Music Studio was my very first teacher!) and continued through secondary school when I joined the Lindbjerg teaching staff. I moved to New Jersey and received my BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University, then signed with an agency in New York City from my college’s senior showcase. Since then, I’ve performed in a national tour, Off-Broadway in New York and at regional theaters across the United States. Some recent work includes The Lion in Winter (Alais), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Judy Haynes), Grease (Frenchy), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey) and Dames at Sea (Ruby). I currently live in Manhattan and am a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

My teachers at Lindbjerg Academy supported and inspired me in my decision to pursue a career in the arts, and I’m so excited to see the community of alumni and students continue to grow.

www.fiona-mcintyre.com


Tessa Trach

I studied at Lindbjerg starting at the age of 6. Elaine was my first voice teacher and helped me prepare for my first performance, which was the PNE talent search, where I sang “Tomorrow” from Annie. With Lindbjerg I performed in Annie, Anne of Green Gables and the Wizard of Oz.

I attended Capilano University for the Music Program, then I went to Studio 58 for the Acting Program and then I received my Bachelor of Performing Arts.

After I finished school, I sung in churches around Italy, performed 100 shows of Grease with Chemainus Theatre Festival, played 5 different roles in A Christmas Carol, performed with a live orchestra in From Broadway with Love and time stepped in SIngin in the Rain to over 1000 people a night.

Currently, I am rehearsing for Amelie with West Moon Theatre, where I play the title role. This past year I have reconnected with so many past Lindbjerg students and it is great to know that we are still pushing for the career in the arts.

I also performed with Chad in Rock of Ages and it marked 20 years of knowing we each. He cast me as Marta in The Sound of Music with Footlight Theatre and then I played a stripper in a bar his character visited.

Performing for a living is hard, exhausting and sometimes disheartening, but it is nice to still have the support from this school and to meet new and old students along the way.


Reece Rowat

I first caught the musical theatre bug when I joined Lindbjerg Academy at 6 years old in their production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever! Ever since, the performing arts have been an integral part of my identity. After high school, I moved to Ontario to study at Sheridan Institute and from there I received my Bachelors of Musical Theatre. I also spent two summers training and performing as part of the Charlottetown Festival’s Young Company. In my final year of college, I signed with daCosta Talent Management from my senior showcase.

I am now a Canadian Actor’s Equity member based in Toronto and have credits from companies across Canada and internationally. Some of my favourites are Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beauty and the Beast (Drayton Entertainment), Elf: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius) Kyle O’Boyle in Legally Blonde (Stage West Calgary), Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol (Elgin Theatre, also televised nationally on YTV and Family Channel), West Side Story (Rainbow Stage), A Middle-Eastern tour of Pinnochio, and several productions for Carnival Cruise Lines!

I am so grateful for Lindbjerg Academy for introducing me to the world of Musical Theatre and inspiring me to pursue this crazy career as a Canadian performer.


Amanda Russell

I began at Lindbjerg in 1998, where I started as a choir member in “Annie” (back when they used to do one musical a year, and had a choir to support the actors on stage!). I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to join as an actor the following year, and was a part of The Best Worst Christmas Pageant Ever.

The Lindbjerg Academy had such an impact on my life, that I continued to take musical theatre classes with them throughout my teenage years, and eventually started teaching tap, jazz, and musical theatre for them. It has been a joy for me to see how Lindbjerg has expanded themselves from one class to multiple classes over the years.

I have continued to perform with various community theatre companies around Victoria and the Lower Mainland, such as Align Entertainment, Victoria Operatic Society, and Theatre Under the Starts.

Career-wise, I pursued teaching, and I am so excited for the 2019/2020 school year, as I get the opportunity to teach drama, dance and music to elementary school students in Downtown Vancouver. My educational philosophy encourages the incorporation of performing arts while teaching, as I have witnessed first-hand the positive influence of arts exposure to children (thanks to The Lindbjerg Academy). 🙂


Brett Trach

Brett started at Lindbjerg Academy at a very young age. A huge highlight was performing in the kids’ choir in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which was a huge factor as to why he chose to perform for a living. One very important skill he got from Elaine and Lalainia and the teachers at Lindbjerg was belief in himself and the confidence to chase his dreams.

Brett has performed with Footlight Theatre, RCMT, and TUTS locally as well as with dance companies MOVE:the Company and Ballet Kelowna. He also lived in Paris for three years performing at the Moulin Rouge and Disneyland Paris.

Currently he is on his eighth cruise ship contract as a singer/dancer/swing and he loves the combination of performing, travel and saving money.

He wants to tell all young performers to work hard and never give up because truly anything is possible.