Courtenay Dobbie Artistic Director

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Courtenay has been teaching at Studio 58 since 2017 and has been Artistic Director since 2021. 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 holds an M.F.A in Directing from the University of British Columbia.
David Hudgins Associate Director

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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 teaches acting at Studio 58 and has directed nine shows here, 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.  

 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 finds time to be a dad and adventure, too.

David Bloom Solo Show

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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.

Alan Brodie Vectorworks, Lighting design

Alan Brodie’s varied and longstanding relationship with Studio 58 began in 1994 when he designed the lighting for Becoming Memories. In all he has designed lighting for 12 productions over the years (including Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Julius Caesar, The Company, Grease, King Lear, Anon(ymous), The Doll’s House Project, 6 Miniature Tragedies, Hair and The Cradle Will Rock), scenery for Lysistrata and directed 2BR02B (Risky Nights, Fall 2017). Prior to joining the Studio 58 faculty in January 2020 as Vectorworks and Lighting Design instructor, Alan has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the University of British Columbia and the National Theatre School. He has been recognized with awards for lighting design across Canada (Jessie, Dora, Sterling and Betty Mitchell Awards), as well as a Bay Area Critics Circle Award, San Francisco. Alan has been instrumental in a number of significant Canadian theatre productions, most notably The Overcoat in all of its iterations, including the Vancouver Playhouse world premiere, tours across Canada, international festivals, the CBC film for their “Opening Night” series, and most recently on the premiere of the opera The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring. Alan has designed for almost all of Canada’s English language regional theatres in addition to many of Vancouver’s independent theatre companies. He spent over 15 seasons designing at the Shaw Festival and has worked at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, as well as international ballet companies that include Scottish Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Zürich Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. A BFA theatre production grad of UBC (1989) and an MFA directing grad of UVic (2016), Alan is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Aaron Bushkowshy Playwriting

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A prolific writer, Aaron Bushkowsky is a Vancouver-based playwright, film-writer, poet, novelist, and educator. His plays have been produced across Canada, the US, and Europe, and have received 9 Jessie Richardson Theatre nominations, more than any other Canadian playwright, winning two for Outstanding Original Play. He has been a resident playwright at The Vancouver Playhouse, Rumble Theatre, and Touchstone Theatre. Aaron has written over 20 plays and received many more professional productions across Canada, the US, and Europe. Aaron also spent a year at the Tarragon Theatre playwrights unit in Toronto and is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Film Centre in film-writing. Aaron’s short film The Alley was nominated for five Leo awards and won the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize. 

Aaron teaches writing at Studio 58, Kwantlen University, Langara College, and Vancouver Film School. He has several published works, including two books of poetry Mars is for Poems (Oolichan Books) and ed and mabel go to the moon (Oolichan Books) which was nominated for a BC Book Award for Poetry.  His published drama includes Strangers Among Us, The Waterhead and other plays, and My Chernobyl all published by Playwrights Canada Press.  His first book of fiction was a collection of short stories The Vanishing Man published by Cormorant in 2005. Curtains for Roy, his first novel, was published in August 2014. It's a dark comedy about the Vancouver theatre world which garnered rave reviews from critics and made two Top Ten Book (2014) lists for Vancouver novels and was subsequently nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award – Canada’s oldest literary award and only award for humour writing.

Aaron is currently finishing an adaptation commission of The Murdoch Mysteries for the stage and a new novel Waterproof soon to be published by Cormorant Books of Toronto.

Aaron has been an influential dramaturge, mentor, and teacher to hundreds of new West Coast writers and students. Aaron is represented in theatre by Marquis Entertainment, Toronto. For more information:

Brad Gibson Voice

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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

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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

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As well as having been a regular faculty member at Studio 58 since 2006, Mara is the resident costume designer and Associate Artist at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival where she has designed over 75 productions.  Her designs have also graced the stages of Canada’s independent theatres, and various opera and dance companies.  Besides winning multiple national awards for “excellence in costume design”, her costumes have been featured internationally at numerous World Stage Design exhibitions. Her work also appears in several of Robert Lepage’s productions for Ex Machina, including La Tempete co-produced with the Huron-Wendat nation (Quebec City, Canada); Coriolanus at the Stratford Festival of Canada (Stratford, Canada), and Coriolan at Theatre de Nouveau Monde (Montreal, Canada).

Yvan Morissette Set Design

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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 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

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Kathleen McDonagh Movement

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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

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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.

Daniel Dolan Production Manager

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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.

Kevin MacDonald Technical Director

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Linda Pitt Communications & Administrative Manager

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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.