Train with Working Professionals

All of our coaches here at Vancouver Young Actors School are working professionals in their fields. They bring with them years of experience and credits that have aired on networks such as NBC, Disney, SciFi, UPN and more. Here at Vancouver Young Actors School you can be assured that our coaches will be able to pass on real-world experience that is invaluable to any actor in training.

Beverley Elliott

Beverley Elliott is a multi-talented actor and singer located here in Vancouver. She has performed extensively both on-screen and off, having been a member of the British Columbia Theatre, The Arts Club Theatre Company and The Touchstone Theatre. Her notable on-screen credits are a who's who of Vancouver productions including 21 Jump Street, Unforgiven, The X-Files, Highlander, The Outer Limits, The Chris Isaac Show, Psych and many more. Currently starring as Granny on ABC's Once Upon a Time, Beverley brings with her over twenty-five years of experience. Students of all levels will find something new to learn in any one of Beverley's fun, exciting and informative classes.

Jeff Evans Todd

Jeff Todd is an actor, writer and voice-over artist located here in Vancouver. He is involved in numerous projects, both on-screen and off. He is a member of multiple theatre groups, for which he has been featured in several on-stage productions. Having trained in and graduated from the Acting for Film, Television and voice-over Intensive at SchoolCreative, Jeff has garnered acting and voice-over credits in productions such as Rogue, Tenkai Nights and Lego's animated TV Series, Legends of Chima, for which he is the voice of Razar, Bladvic, Crawley and Lennox, among others. Jeff brings to all of his classes, a positive energy and tenacious enthusiasm that will have everyone looking at voice-over acting in a whole new way.

Scott Patey
Improv and Audition

Scott Patey is a professional actor, improvisor, host, stand-up comic, writer, and sketch comedy artist who has been performing since the age of eleven. After spending four years with Theater Alberta, Scott moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in film & television in 2005. Since then he's amassed numerous credits, appearing on television show's such as Caprica, Fringe and Supernatural as well as the feature films The Odds, Lloyd The Conqueror, and The Big Year. Scott has shared the screen with some of his biggest idols including Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Leslie Nielsen, and Patton Oswalt. Heavily involved in the stand-up and improv community, he is a key member of the Vancouver TheatreSports League.

Elysia Rotaru

Elysia is life-time learner. Having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, she is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Combining her love of the healing arts with her passion for acting, her experiences in multiple disciplines has given her a unique versatility as both an actor and coach. Here at Vancouver Young Actors School, Elysia warmly introduces our youngest students to the fun and exciting world of performance with fun and exciting classes that teach students to become comfortable and confident when performing.

Ed Witzke

Eduard Witzke is an actor, comedian and improviser living in Vancouver. Having performed stand-up comedy in both Vancouver and Los Angeles, Ed brings with him extensive on stage and on camera credits. Ed studied improvisation at both Instant Theatre in Vancouver and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Some of Ed's acting credits include featured rolls on Sci Fi's The Troop, and Disney Channel's What's Up Warthogs. Ed's classes are fun and high in energy, with an emphasis on natural and organic learning. Students in Ed's classes will find something new to learn in every class.

Johannah Newmarch

Johannah Newmarch has worked extensively in film, television, and theatre for 20 years. Her TV credits include; Supernatural, Smallville, Stargate, Rogue, Haunting Hour, Motive, Gracepoint, The Whispers and many award winning independent films. In 2012, Johannah was honoured with a Leo for best Supporting Actress in a feature for her work in Sunflower Hour, and again in 2014 with the Best Actress award at the Vancouver Short Film Festival for her performance in The Weather Girl. Johannah has taught acting to a broad range of students from teens to seniors, and novice to accomplished professionals.

Jillian Walchuk
Improv/Audition & Fundamentals

Jillian Walchuk is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and lyrical dance and is a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. Along with specializing in coaching movement classes at Schoolcreative, Jillian has trained at The Actors Foundry, Lyric School of Acting, and Second Avenue Studios, giving her the well roundedness to make a big impact as a coach in a variety of disciplines. An alumnus of Schoolcreative herself, Jillian uses her experience as a student as well as a teacher to connect with her students and give them the best direction possible.

Carmel Amit

Carmel Amit is a native of Israel and immigrated to Canada in her early teens. Her acting career began in New York, after completing her formal training at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her first film role was as a key member of the Earthlight Players, a historical group of evante grade performers who were featured in director Ang Lee’s film Taking Woodstock. Recently she portrayed the fast talking, high powered Ari Greenberg in ABC’s Mistresses. Carmel’s professional experience spans film & TV, theatre, sketch comedy, cabaret and mime. She's been teaching acting since 2011.

Lee Shorten

Lee Shorten grew up in Tamworth, Australia, where he was raised by his adoptive parents Merv and Judy Shorten.
Lee graduated from Law School (University of Newcastle) in 2009 and worked as lawyer for several years before he decided to pursue a career as an actor.
Lee is known for his work as Sergeant Yoshida in The Man in the High Castle, and as one of Crowley's Demons in Supernatural.

David Attar

David Attar vividly remembers the Saturday morning as a kid when he realized that one voice was behind many of the animated characters he loved and imitated. He knew then that he would use his voice to bring characters to life and tell their stories. Years later, that memory has become a reality. David has used his talents to work in narration, video games, radio and TV commercials -
he has also crafted the voices of many cartoon characters including The Legends of Chima, Dinotrux and as Thor in Marvel’s Spiderman Shorts. At the end of the day, it’s all about telling stories and pursuing his dreams.

Laura Adkin

Laura is a Writer, Producer, Actor and Director. Laura began her professional career in the Film and TV industry almost 15 years ago as an actor and has appeared in numerous TV Shows including Eureka, Almost Human and Arrow as well as films including the indie smash hit It’s A Disaster where she worked alongside Julia Stiles and David Cross. Laura was nominated for a Leo Award in 2013 for her role in the web series Hitman 101. Upon moving into writing and directing, Laura’s films have been featured in prestigious festivals and events including Crazy 8’s and The Austin Film Festival. Her film Goodnight Kiss was nominated for 8 Leo Awards.

Zahf Paroo

Zahf Paroo has been working as professional actor, host, voice-over actor and sketch comedy artist since 1995.
Through his long and diverse career Zahf has worked with some truly amazing actors while honing his craft. He’s had the opportunity to work in Sci-fi (Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Gallactica, Fringe, Andromeda, Continuum, Defying Gravity) as well as working in comedy (Scary Movie, The Big Year, Psych, A Guy Thing, Say it isn’t So, Scooby Doo 2, Package Deal). He has also enjoyed a dramatic career (Edgemont -The Next Generation, Firewall, Motive) and most most recently, broken into the fantasy realm in Seventh Son as the beastly, blue-skinned, four-armed “King of Swords” ‘Virahadra’.

Nils Hognestad

Nils Hognestad is a Canadian producer, writer, and actor in film, television & voice. He is best known for playing King Arthur in CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Aaron in Lake Placid 3, and Alex in Min Søsters Børn og Guldgraverne (within Danish circles)
Nils was born in Bergen, Norway; received his BFA from Ryerson University in Toronto, his Classical Acting Diploma from LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and has been acting in film since he was 10 years old.
Nils can be seen on such shows as Backpackers, Once Upon a Time, Aftermath, Some Assembly Required, Supernatural, & Ghost Wars; and such films as The Movie Out Here, Crash Pad, & the 2018 Overboard remake starring Anna Farris.