Our Instructors

Train With Professionals Actors

All of our acting instructors 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.

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David Lewis
Improv / Audition

At the beginning of his career David cut his teeth on commercials, independents and numerous short films. One of them being 1999’s “Shoes Off” which won the Best Short Film International Critics Week at the Cannes Film Festival. David continues to enjoy and contribute to the
independent film scene and in fact finds it some of his most rewarding work to date.
Over the years David has worked opposite Keanu Reeves and Jennifer
Connelly on “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, William H. Macy in the award winning film “Door to Door” and most recently with Aubrey Plaza on the reboot of “Childs Play”.
Previous television work includes “Dead Like Me”, “The L Word” “X-Files”
“Supernatural” “Fringe” and every third Movie of the Week over the past 10 years.
David has had recurring roles on “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce” “Rogue” “Motive” “Intruders” and “Dirk Gently Holistic Detective”.
Also a writer David worked on writing and helping with the creation of the web series “Parked” as well as writing a variety of short films. One of them being “Stalled” which went on to play in 23 film festivals worldwide.
He has a Leo award which he keeps next to his bed.

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Beverley Elliott
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

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. Furthermore, her notable on-screen credits are a who's who of Vancouver productions. These include 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. As a result, students of all levels will find something new to learn in any one of Beverley's fun, exciting and informative classes.

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Meghan Heffern
Improv / Auditioning

Named Canada’s Sweetheart by Entertainment
Tonight Canada, Meghan has worked with
comedy greats such as Eugene Levy, Colin
Mochrie, Paul Reiser, Martin Short and Ricky
Gervais. She played a pivotal role in Atom
Egoyan’s film Chloe starring Liam Neeson and
Julianne Moore and appeared alongside Daniel
Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in the romantic comedy
The F Word (What If). This winter Meghan will be
reprising her award-winning role as Jane in the
second season of the International Emmy
nominated and Canadian Screen award-winning
CBC web series How To Buy A Baby. Select
acting credits include the Netflix film Special
Correspondents, fan favourite “Beth” in Wynonna
Earp; Blue Mountain State, Lost Girl,CW’s Reign
and Guest Starring as Maya Dunning on the
Kiefer Sutherland lead series Designated
Survivor. Recently Meghan reunited with UnReal
showrunner Stacey Rukeyser to play Caroline in
the viral Netflix show Sex/Life. Meghan will be
next seen in the Super Channel movie, The Way
to The Heart for which she was nominated for
“Best Lead Actress” at the 2022 Leo Awards.

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Ed Witzke
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

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. Above all, 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.

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Erin Boyes
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

A dynamic theatre, film and television actor, Erin Boyes has worked in all mediums throughout the US and Canada for over fourteen years. After attending Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Delaware, where she majored in Drama and Vocals, Erin studied and began work as an actor in Philadelphia and New York. Her work in Philadelphia brought her to Vancouver to pursue acting full time. Erin then began years of travel pursuing studio acting and writing throughout Toronto, Los Angeles, Jamaica, Montreal and New York at Lonsdale Smith Studios and scene work in Los Angeles with Larry Moss, comedy sitcom with Lesly Kahn, Chubbuck Technique with Ivana Chubbuck and continued to work in other aspects of the industry as a producers assistant, producer and casting assistant in Los Angeles.

Currently based in Vancouver, Erin works as an acting teacher and coach combining her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with her extensive experience as an actor and industry professional. Last year she became a mom to a beautiful baby girl, which is her best role EVER!

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Shelby Wyminga
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Shelby Wyminga was born purple due to near asphyxiation and couldn't cry for the first several moments of her life. Thankfully, she soon managed to catch her breath and hasn't shut up since. She eventually embraced the inevitable and completed her BFA in Acting through the School of the Arts, Media, and Culture at TWU where she studied Visual Art alongside her theatrical pursuits. Primarily an actor, Shelby has enjoyed the freedom to dabble in many areas of theatre creation, developing skills as a scenic painter, costume designer, and playwright.
Recent acting credits include Jo March in Little Women-audio play (Far From The Tree), Marta Reddy in Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree), Henry and The Dauphin in Henry V (Stone's Throw), various roles in A Prayer For Owen Meany (Ensemble Theatre), Tour Guide in The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe (Pacific Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shadows and Dreams), Gloria in It's A Glorious, Wonderful Life (Morrow's Lark), and various roles in Still The Kettle Sings (Plan Z Theatre).

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Nils Hognestad
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

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 and has been acting in film since he was 10 years old. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto. In addition to his BFA, he obtained his Classical Acting Diploma from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Nils can be seen on such shows as Backpackers, Once Upon a Time, Aftermath, Some Assembly Required, Supernatural, & Ghost Wars. He can also be seen in films such as The Movie Out Here, Crash Pad, & the 2018 Overboard remake starring Anna Farris.

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Johannah Newmarch
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

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. Furthermore, 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.

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Andy Thompson
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Andy Thompson (www.andythompson.ca) was born in Chilliwack, BC. After graduating from Sardis Senior Secondary School in 1987, he attended Fraser Valley College (now the University of the Fraser Valley). In 1993, he obtained his diploma in acting from Studio 58 in Vancouver.

For over two decades, Thompson has worked in film and television, with dozens of credits to his name. Notable work includes performances in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG, Guillermo del Toro’s Antlers, The Chronicles of Riddick, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale, Van Helsing, The X-Files, several Hallmark movies, as well as a recurring role in Greg Daniels’ hit comedy Upload.

Thompson is also a theatre producer, director, and playwright with over a decade of experience teaching acting. He has been nominated for 18 Vancouver Jessie and Ovation theatre awards, winning three. He is the creator of several acclaimed plays, including The Zombie Syndrome theatre series.

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Jeff Evans Todd
Voice-Over

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. Jeff trained in and graduated from the Acting for Film, Television and Voice-Over Intensive at Vancouver Acting School. As a result, he has garnered acting and voice-over credits in productions such as Rogue and Tenkai Nights. Furthermore, he was the voice of Razar, Bladvic, Crawley and Lennox, among others in Lego's animated TV Series, Legends of Chima. Above all, 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.

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Natalie Dunn
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Natalie Kay Dunn is originally from the States where she first began her acting journey. She studied Acting & Musical Theatre at university and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She continued her education in Vancouver at VFS in the Acting for Film/TV Intensive Program. While studying at VFS she fell in love with Vancouver & decided to make it her permanent home. While working to obtain her PR status she continued her education at Vancouver School of Bodywork & Massage, completing the 300 hour Advanced Yoga Training Program. "Bodywork & acting go hand & hand as it is our vessel in storytelling"- Natalie
In 2013 she starting assisting in commercial casting with Kirsten DeWolfe Casting Inc. and gained valuable experience of what happens on the other side of the camera. She continues to work closely with Kirsten DeWolfe & Lynn Ward (Casting Associate), soaking up all of the wisdom they have acquired with their years of casting experience.
Natalie loves sharing all the knowledge she has learned in front & behind the camera.

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Amanda Khan
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Amanda Khan is a Film/TV and stage actress. Born in Toronto, she now resides in Vancouver. She's travelled the world extensively, lived in South America, Asia, Africa and is fluent in French. Her training extends to musical theatre and classical piano (grade 10).

Acting studies include improv at UCB, integrated acting techniques of Strasberg, Meisner and Method acting at the Miriam Laurence Studio, Toronto, and she currently studies with world renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck, Los Angeles.

Most recent Film/TV credits include Superman and Lois (CW), Horizon Line, starring Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon, A Horse Called Wish (Netflix), Camp Getaway (Netflix), NSR the Jade (shot in the Indian Ocean).

In theatre she played in White Rabbit Red Rabbit, by Nassim Soleimanpour and in several musical theatre productions.

In addition to being an actress, she is a mother of 2 children.

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Michele Goyns
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Michele Goyns is a Vancouver Acting School Alumni, graduating from one of their earliest classes. She has been on projects such as Fringe, Charmed and The Unauthorized Beverly Hills 90210 Story. She is the co-founder of Bubble Pipe Productions where she co-created the web series Totally Normal and continues to create her own original stories. She is always training to sharpen her craft, and she believes that there is no substitution for hard work and preparation when it comes to honing your skills.

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Jillian Walchuk
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

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 Vancouver Acting School, 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 Vancouver Acting School 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.

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Adam Beauchesne
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Adam Beauchesne was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and a diploma in Speech Arts. After being cast in Tucker and Dale vs. Evil - a horror-comedy which screened at Sundance in 2010, Adam relocated to Vancouver to pursue performance in theatre and film. Here, he developed working relationships with local companies Fighting Chance and United Players, assistant directed productions and eventually joined the executive for Ensemble Theatre Company, and became Associate Producer for queer theatre company “the frank” in 2014. For the past six years, he’s developed an extensive list of credits, including recurring guest-star roles on Netflix’s original series, Project Mc2, CBC’s This Blows, and most recently NBC’s Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Last year, he joined the cast of Audience Network/HBO Canada’s You Me Her for their fourth and fifth seasons. Adam continues to pursue acting for the camera, as well as expanding his resume of voiceover credits, recording commercials and audiobooks from his home studio in Vancouver.

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Maria Herrera
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Maria Herrera was trained at Vancouver film school, and is best known for Transplant(2022), Fatherhood (2021) & Pet Sematary (2019). She is also an accomplished voice over artist, now available on Audible “Abbee Normal Paranormal Investigations.”

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Laura Adkin
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Laura is a Writer, Producer, Actor and Director. She 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. Furthermore, 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. Additionally, her film Goodnight Kiss was nominated for 8 Leo Awards.

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Katrina Salisbury
Voice-Over

Katrina Salisbury is a local voice actress, born and raised in Langley, B.C. After graduating high school, Katrina decided to pursue a career in acting. Since then, she has recurred on a number of animes, cartoons, and video games, including Tobot, Kiznaiver, Tooth and Tail, and My Little Pony.

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Scott Patey
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Scott Patey is a professional actor, improvisor & host with over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry. He has amassed 60+ Film & Television credits on his acting resume appearing in TV Series such as: Netflix’s Lucifer, Amazon Prime’s Upload and Apple+’s Musical Hit Schmigadoon. As well as Feature Films like Monster Trucks and Paramount Pictures Sonic The Hedgehog & Sonic The Hedgehog 2. He’s been a professional Improvisor for over a decade and this art form has provided Scott with great opportunities like being a Guest Entertainer with Princess Cruise Lines. He has been seen on multiple stages in Canada and the United States and as a Host/MC/Improvisor he’s done events for companies such as: Plenty Of Fish, Telus, EA Games, CIBC, Flight Centre, Hermes, The Vancouver Canucks and Yelp!.

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Stephanie Webster
Improv / Audition

Stephanie Webster grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan where she was always characterized as the “class clown.” Making her friends, family, and teachers laugh brought her great joy and getting kicked out of class was totally worth it.

After high school she pursued Tree-planting as a means to pay for her education, and she successfully graduated with an English Literature & Arts & Culture degree from the University of Regina.

Her itch to perform kept growing and
she came to terms with her desire to be an Actor/Comedian. After the big move to Vancouver, she hasn’t looked back. Since then, she’s been training, performing, and producing. She wrote, produced, and acted in two sketches that premiered at the Just for Laugh’s Northwest Festival. She’s gone on to produce numerous theatrical and independent projects including the 2021 UBCP Awards.

She’s trained at the Groundlings in Los Angeles and performs in countless Improv shows in Vancouver. You can find her at the Improv Centre where she’s been performing weekly since 2017.

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Kurt Long
IMPROV / AUDITIONING

Kurt Long has made entertainment his business since attending Emerson College (1991-1995) where he majored in Mass Communications: Theater & Television Production. At Emerson, he starred in a number of EIV productions and received an EVVY award for "Undergrads," a show he conceived, wrote, and produced. After college, Kurt worked at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” as a production/writer’s assistant. Learning from the writing staff, he wrote monologue and sketch submissions, occasionally selling jokes to Mr. Leno and starred in over 30 Tonight Show sketches While in Los Angeles, Kurt trained at the Groundling’s Theater, UCB Theatre and Improv Olympic. Working steadily for the past two decades, Kurt has glided easily from lead parts in film and television to recurring character roles, as well as hosting programs for GSN, Food Network and Fox. He has appeared in over 100 commercials that include lead roles in numerous national campaigns. Kurt appeared as “Johnny Nimbus” on Disney Channel’s “Liv & Maddie”, becoming a fan-favourite over four seasons. Soon after it’s conclusion, he and his wife and two children relocated to Vancouver, B.C., where he’s nabbed recurring roles on “Nancy Drew” (CW) and the HULU series “WOKE”. In his off-time, Kurt wrote/produced/hosted podcasts “Dudes of Future/Past” (with Joey Bragg) and “I Don’t Speak Canadian” - which documents his life as a new Canadian. He also spends time training/coaching young actors in the Vancouver area.