Kathryn Shaw Artistic Director

604-323-5493 | kshaw@langara.ca

Kathryn Shaw is the Artistic Director of Studio 58, a position she has held since 1985. She received her B.A. in Dramatic Art from Whitman College and an M.F.A. in Acting from New York's Columbia University School of Arts. She did further physical theatre training with Monika Pagneux and Philippe Gaulier in France. For over 30 years, Ms. Shaw has directed for theatre companies across Canada and has taught acting for professional and community groups in British Columbia, Winnipeg and Halifax. She has also been a guest instructor at the National Theatre School in Montreal.
 
Ms. Shaw's most recent directorial work includes RIchard III for Bard on the Beach, The Goat by Edward Albee for Presentation House Theatre, Measure for Measure for Bard on the Beach, Trelawny of the Wells for Studio 58, The Great Depression by Joan MacLeod for Green Thumb Theatre/Studio 58, and The Weir for the Belfry Theatre in Victoria and Western Canada Theatre Company in Kamloops.

In 2010, Kathryn was listed by the Vancouver Sun as one of BC’s 100 Most Influential Women. The same year she received the Career Achievement Award from the Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance and the ACCC Bronze Medal for Excellence in Teaching. In 2005, Kathryn was elected into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the 1996 SAM PAYNE AWARD given by UBCP/ACTRA in recognition of “humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent.” She has served as the Festival Adjudicator for Theatre BC’s Mainstage 1991 and 2004 as well as adjudicating regional festivals. Ms. Shaw has been nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards for her directing work and has received two Jessie Richardson Awards for Direction and Best Production.

David Hudgins Associate Director

604-323-5508 | dhudgins@langara.ca

David Hudgins is a founder of the internationally acclaimed Electric Company Theatre in Vancouver.  After more than two decades with this innovative company he has won numerous Jessie Awards. 

David received his BA Honours in English Literature at McGill University and a PDP Diploma in Education from Simon Fraser University.  He now teaches acting at Studio 58 and has directed nine shows there, including two Ovation-Award winning productions: Guys & Dolls (2007) and Spring Awakening (2012). The homegrown musical The Park (2010) which he directed and helped to dramaturge, garnered it five nominations.  

David tries to find time to be a dad and adventure, too.  His 5-year orchestral / physical-theatre hybrid experiment odyssey called Flee, with composer Peggy Lee, found its legs at the Fox Cabaret with Electric Company and Studio 58 in 2016.

David Bloom Solo Show

604-323-5308 | dbloom@langara.ca

In addition to his professional credits, David Bloom has extensive experience working at colleges, universities and workshops. He has taught stage fighting, acting, improvisation, Shakespeare, script analysis and play creation as far afield as Whitehorse (Guild Hall) and Thunder Bay (Magnus Theatre School), and in B.C. for The Playhouse Theatre School, Douglas College, the University of British Columbia, Capilano College and for the Association of British Columbia Drama Educators. His directing, acting and fight choreography credits have taken him to almost every company in British Columbia, across the country including the Theatre Festival of the Americas, Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Citadel, and to London, England. David is founder and co-artistic director (with Linda Quibell) of the theatre company Felix Culpa. Directing work for the company includes the North American premiere of Howard Barker's Und, Palace of the End, The Monument, Judith, Bawdy, Savage Council, The Compleat Works of Love, Macbeth at Camp Six, ‘Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Figures Underneath and his play Two in The Morning which was produced in Vancouver and London. He co-created Trouser Parts for the company with Rita Bozi and David Rhymer. Most recently he co-created News of the World for Felix Culpa with Marcus Youssef and Alex Ferguson. David Bloom is a graduate of Studio 58.

Aaron Bushkowshy Playwriting

604-323-5273 | abushkowsky@langara.ca

Aaron has been produced and published in several genres: film, poetry, theatre, prose, and non-fiction. His book of poetry ed and mabel go to the moon was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Award. His latest book of poems, Mars is for Poems (Oolichan Books), garnered critical acclaim. His short film, The Alley, which aired on CBC, won the National Screen Institute drama prize, and was nominated for six Leos (BC Film Awards). Aaron has several optioned screenplays in development. His plays have been produced throughout Canada. His newest, My Chernobyl, received its world premiere in March 2008 at Richmond Gateway Theatre before moving to the Belfry in Victoria. The play received nine Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and led all Vancouver productions. It was published in 2009 by Playwrights Canada Press and is being translated into French for publication in France. Aaron has also been nominated for Jessie Theatre Awards for Outstanding Original Play seven times over the past ten years, more than any other playwright in Canada, winning two. His plays have received 33 Jessie nominations in total. Aaron has served as playwright-in-residence at Touchstone Theatre, The Playhouse, Rumble Theatre and as a resident film-writer at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto, and recently as part of Tarragon Theatre's Playwrights Unit. As a dramaturge and story editor, Aaron has worked on over 50 plays and a number of film-scripts. Other books include a collection of short stories, The Vanishing Man (Cormorant Books), and drama Strangers Among Us (Playwrights Canada Press, 1999), as well as The Waterhead (Playwrights Canada Press), that features three plays of his produced by Solo Collective, a theatre company he helps run. Aaron’s new novel is Curtains for Roy (Cormorant Books, 2010), a serious comedy about the Vancouver theatre scene, and a new play The Project, produced by Solo Collective Theatre, November 2009. It’s a black comedy about Hollywood North directed by Studio 58 grad Rachel Peake.

Courtenay Dobbie Acting

604-323-5738 | cdobbie@langara.ca

Courtenay has been teaching at Studio 58 since 2017. Before that, she was the Artistic Director of Caravan Farm Theatre from 2010-2017. For Caravan she commissioned, created, developed, and directed 15 original, world-premiere Canadian and classic productions. Courtenay has performed, directed, choreographed or created for many theatre companies in Canada such as Green Thumb Theatre, Theatre Melee (of which she is co-founder), Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver Playhouse, Belfry Theatre, Axis Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Carousel Theatre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Electric Company Theatre, Globe Theatre, Vertigo Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Studio 58, and UBC. She is a graduate of the acting programs of Mount Royal College and Studio 58. She has her M.F.A in Directing from the University of British Columbia. 

 

Brad Gibson Voice

604-323-5273 | bgibson@langara.ca

Brad was previously the Director of Voice and Speech at HELP University College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he developed a Voice, Speech and Movement curriculum for the College. Brad's academic training includes a B.A.(Theatre) and B.A. (Psychology) from Simon Fraser University, and an M.F.A. (Performance) and Graduate Diploma in Voice Teaching from York University. Currently Brad teaches Movement and Voice at Studio 58, has taught Voice at UBC, and is senior faculty member of the Canadian National Voice Intensive. He also works as a professional actor and Voice and Dialect Coach for theatre, film and TV, and is a member of VASTA (The Voice and Speech Trainers Association) for whom he is the Web-Bibliographer.

Wendy Gorling Acting, Physical Theatre

604-323-5738 | wgorling@langara.ca

Wendy is involved in theatre both in front and behind the stage. As a director, she has created four non-verbal pieces with Morris Panych, (their Overcoat has toured the world) and choreographed movement for plays such as Equus, Greeks, and Herringbone. She was the movement coach for Vancouver Opera’s Suzannah and for two Spirit of the West videos. As an actress, Wendy has been a member of two alternative theatre companies: Axis Theatre, which she co-founded, and Tamahnous Theatre. Some of her favorite acting roles have been in Flea in her Ear, The Visit, Seven Stories, Blithe Spirit, Blue Window, Imaginary Invalid, and School for Scandal. She has received six Vancouver Jessie theatre awards, and is a graduate of the prestigious Ecole Le Coq in Paris, France. She was featured in the book Theatre Without Borders as a master teacher. She was part of the 2009 Stratford Theatre, creating the movement choreography for Trojan Women and Moby Dick. In 2009, Wendy was inducted into the British Columbia Entertainer's Hall of Fame.

Mara Gottler Costume Design

604-323-5855 | mgottler@langara.ca

Since last designing Summerfolk and Guys & Dolls at Studio 58, Mara has also created costumes for A Doll's House (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Revenge (Felix Culpa) and A Christmas Carol (The Vancouver Playhouse). As resident costume designer for Bard on the Beach, Mara designed all four mainstage and studio stage productions last season: The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and Timon of Athens. A recipient of numerous Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, Mara has also been twice nominated for the prestigous Siminovitch Award and has had her work showcased at the World Stage Design Exhibition.

Yvan Morissette Set Design

604-323-5855 | ymorissette@langara.ca

Yvan has been a regular faculty member of Studio 58 since 2017. He brings over 20 years of experience designing sets for the performing arts industry, and is still an active professional in the field. During that time, he’s designed well over 100 productions, and his design work has been seen on stages both locally and across the country, including the Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver Playhouse, The Belfry Theatre, Theatre Calgary, National Arts Centre, and Carousel Theatre, among others. Yvan has also held many educational positions, including Production Design consultant and Sets Coordinator for the Film Arts program at Langara College, Set Design mentor for the Bachelor of Performing Arts at Capilano University, and being a faculty member in the Design Formation program at Langara College. His hands on and collaborative approach to design is an integral part of his success and his teaching, and is fully integrated within the classroom and design process. Yvan is a graduate of Studio 58.
Alison Kelly Street Theatre/Acting

Alison is one of the original creators and stars of the internationally acclaimed comedies Mom’s The Word, Mom’s The Word: Unhinged, and Mom’s The Word: Remixed. She has also written and starred in The Stay Fresh Special and Wince for the stage. Alison recently co-wrote and starred in the TV pilot of Ask An Expert and is part of the creative team that founded the website rantingparent.com. Her writing also appears in the Canadian best seller Between Interruptions

Alison has worked in the arts for the past 25 years as an actor, street performer, writer, and teacher. In the later role, she has taught students from 5 to 75. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

Shelley Stewart Hunt Tap, Movement

604-323-5308 | shelleyhunt@langara.ca

Kathleen McDonagh Movement

604-323-5738 | kmcdonagh@langara.ca

From 1990 to the present Kathleen has been a performer, teacher and choreographer within the Vancouver dance community. As an independent dance artist she worked with Anatomica, Battery Opera, Cori Caulfield, Dancecorps, DanStaBat, EDAM, Holy Body Tattoo, Jumpstart, Karen Jamieson, Lola Dance, Crystal Pite, Olivia Thorvaldson and Trial & Eros. From 1995 onwards Kathleen has been teaching dance to the professional community. In addition she was a faculty member of Main Dance, Ballet B.C. Mentor Program, guested at UBC and a sessional at S.F.U. In 1999 Kathleen opened a studio to teach the Gyrotonic® Method, a practice she was introduced to in 1995 and through study abroad became the first certified teacher in western Canada. Kathleen has presented her work locally and last year in St. John’s Nfld.’s New Dance Festival. Kathleen is the 2003 recipient of the Isadora Award that recognizes an outstanding contribution to the art form of dance. She is also a founding member of the Canadian Alliance of Arts – B.C. Chapter.

Diane Speirs Choir/Singing

604-323-5738 | dspeirs@langara.ca

Diane teaches singing to third term students. She has had a diverse career as a singer, choral conductor, music director, and teacher. She has taught singing as an elementary and secondary school teacher, as a choir director to a number of ensembles including the RCMP Recruit Choir, and the Ontario Bible College Choir and Vocal Ensemble, and as a private coach to students of all ages and skill levels. She was the Director of Education with Vancouver Opera for a number of years, overseeing the creation of a highly successful program in which children write and create their own original operas. She has sung a number of opera and musical theatre roles and performs regularly as a member of the Vancouver Opera Chorus. She holds a B. Ed. from University of Regina and an M. Mus. in vocal performance from University of Toronto.

Alan Brodie Lighting design

abrodie@langara.ca

Kevin MacDonald Technical Director (on leave)

604-323-5654 | tdstudio58@langara.ca

Daniel Dolan Production Manager

604-323-5228 | pmstudio58@langara.ca

Daniel graduated from our Production Program in December 1990. Two decades later he had the good fortune to find his way back here – but getting paid this time! Daniel spent many years working with theatre for young audiences, both stage managing tours and in sales & marketing. A world apart from live theatre, Daniel also freelances in television sports production, highlights being gigs at the Olympics in Sochi and Rio.

Linda Pitt Communications & Administrative Manager

604-323-5652 | lpitt@langara.ca

Originally from Perth, Australia, Linda completed the theatre performance program at Simon Fraser University. She also holds a Masters in International Arts Management through Southern Methodist University, HEC Montreal and SDA Bocconi. Linda has worked as a producer, administrator, and marketer with companies such as The Frank Theatre Company, Pi Theatre, Resounding Scream Theatre, and The Arts Club Theatre Company. She is passionate about digital marketing in the arts, theatre education, and supporting artists through sustainable administrative practices. 

Michael Gall Technical Director (temporary replacement)

mgall@langara.ca