Randy has been the Artistic Managing Director of Kelowna Actors Studio for the past 15 years and the driving force in KAS’s educational programmes with many of his students attending Sheridan College in Toronto, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and LA, The Randolph Academy and many other arts focused post secondary institutions.
Randy has over 160 directorial credits in Toronto, Ottawa and Kelowna. He was the Director of Programming and Marketing for the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto for 13 years.
He has directed, produced, and starred in various productions as a professional actor in Toronto for over 10 years and held positions on various local cultural boards before focusing 100% of his attention to KAS. Randy was the recipient of the ﬁrst ever Okanagan Angel Award for his contribution to the local arts scene and received the Civic Award for Honour in the Arts - City of Kelowna in 2009. His home theatre group in Toronto, Ontario has an award named in his honour and he was awarded the 2013 Best Teacher in Kelowna Award with the Best of Kelowna Awards as well as the 2017 Best of Kelowna Awards for Kelowna Citizen that Deserves Recognition Male (Bronze). Kelowna Actors Studio has won many awards including Best Arts Organization, Best Theatre Company and Best of the Okanagan under his tutelage.
Randy has an incredible rapport working with both children and adults and is known for getting people to perform to their highest level. He is the central force behind the implementation of our creative and challenging drama and music programs for all ages including such classes as Spring Awakening, West Side Story, Les Miserables - Student Version, Sweeney Todd - Student Version as well as other children’s, teens’ and adult programs.
His specialties include acting, musical theatre, improv, voice, scene study, choreography and directing. In Kelowna, he has directed such productions as Billy Elliot - The Musical, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Story, Chicago, Freckleface Strawberry and many more!
Ros is well known and loved in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley as a distinguished pianist, vocal coach and music director who has participated in the 'musical' fabric of the valley for over 20 years.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Frantz, the piano soloist, concert artist, vocal coach and accompanist has earned accolades in music since she was twelve. She began her career playing the Mozart concerto no. 21 (Elvira Madigan) with the Portland Junior Symphony. In following appearances, at the ages of 16 and 17, she played the Schumann concerto and the Rachmaninoff third with the Portland Symphony.
In 1979 her reputation as an interpreter of German Lieder was affirmed when she was awarded the coveted prize for distinguished achievement as an accompanist by the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, near Vienna, Austria. That talent continued to flourish, and she added to her accomplishments playing for Master classes with Lotte Lehman in Santa Barbara, California where she received an artist's certificate for further piano studies with Gyorgy Sandor.
Ms. Frantz received a Master of Music from The University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She holds certificates from Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif, Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, the coveted KADAC Honour in the Arts Award from the City of Kelowna in 2005 and most recently, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Okanagan Arts in 2011.
Roslyn’s masterful musicianship, knowledge and innate ability to connect with her students has imparted upon them the art of music, the appreciation of music, the respect of music as well as the love of music. She has gained much admiration and love from performers with whom she has worked and performed as well as her students as she has a special gift of empathy for one and all.
The Kelowna Actors Studio is honoured to be gifted with her immense talent and expertise as their resident music director. Her dedication, leadership and excellence in the performing arts continues to benefit her students and the community at large. We are so fortunate to have someone of her calibre in the Okanagan.
Margaret has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta. She has worked as an actor and director in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto, co-founding a theatre company in Toronto.
She has also worked in Arts Administration for the Tarragon Theatre, the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.
Here at the Actors Studio she is the Executive Director for the Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation.
On stage for KAS she has directed August: Osage County, Crimes of the Heart, My Son Pinnochio, Annie, Shirley Valentine, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, co-directed South Pacific and performed as Mickie in The Odd Couple: Female Version. She has also outfitted several KAS shows with their props.
Dawn has worked professionally as a director, choreographer and performer for the last 15yrs in Vancouver BC. Select credits include: Closer Than Ever, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof& The Sound of Music – Gateway Theatre, The Wiz – FCP (CTC Award); Anything Goes – Metro Theatre (CTC Award & Ovation Nominee) and 42nd Street – Metro Theatre (Ovation Award). She trained at the Canadian School of Ballet, is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and has worked with Enpoint ENT in Japan. Dawn was a company member & first soloist with Ballet West in Oban, Scotland before moving back to Canada. She brings 20yrs experience teaching dance & musical theatre along with 8yrs in Arts Administration. Most recently as the Artistic Associate for Gateway Theatre for 3yrs. Dawn is a five-time nominee for the Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award in arts.
Kate comes to us with 12 years of musical theatre experience and voice training and is a recent graduate of Okanagan Mission Secondary School. She has appeared in over 40 shows at Kelowna Actors Studio, most recently Jane in Mary Poppins, Anne in Anne of Green Gables and Strawberry in Strawberry Freckleface as well Fiona in Shrek at Okanagan Mission Secondary School. Kate is looking forward to utilizing the skills she has gained from her mentor, Randy Leslie. Not only is Kate a talented performer and instructor, she is also a skilled Stage Manager and has managed various productions including A Christmas Story, Billy Elliot at the Kelowna Community Theatre and Cabaret at the Actors Studio. She has been an assistant teacher for 5 years and looks forward to taking on the position of lead instructor. She recently travelled to Kenya where she volunteered her time and energy in the creation of 2 classrooms for underprivileged youth. This trip included dancing traditional African dances and traditional Kiswahili songs. Future endeavours include continued studies in arts education. Kelowna Actors Studio is ecstatic to have her as a member of our team.
Niki Kennedy is a versatile performer and graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts ('09).
She has trained extensively in music, acting, and dance in New Zealand, Toronto, and New York and has been fortunate to have had an extensive and varied career on stage. She is also a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording artist.
She holds Advanced Level Certification from Trinity College London, Cambridge International, the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and has completed programs with Berklee College of Music and Coalition Music.
As an educator, Niki is passionate, dedicated, and committed to promoting the social, physical, and creative well being of all students. She strives to create safe environments for young artists to explore communication and expression in the performing arts.
Kathleen has been sharing her love of music and theatre with children for twenty years, in New Zealand, South Korea, and, for the past four years, Canada.
She is a graduate of the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and holds a specialist elementary music education degree. Since 1998 she has taught piano, guitar, voice, and drama both in school settings & private studios.
Kathleen has performed in over twenty mainstage musical theatre productions, including two with KAS, and is delighted to join the team as an instructor. She gets enormous joy from seeing past and current students performing on stage, showing what a significant impact being involved in music and theatre from a young age can have on someone's life.
Sarah has been dancing for over 25 years. She began dancing at the age of 3 at the Cameron School of Dance on the South Shore of Montreal, which is where she did her ballet exams through the BATD, and earned her teachers certificate.
She moved to the Okanagan in 2005 and began teaching at the Del Buono School of Dance. She recently purchased the Del Buono School of Dance and is now the proud owner of the Dance Inertia School of Dance.
In her many years of dancing, she has been trained in many styles of dance, such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and tap. She loves teaching and to see all of her students thrive. She’s looking forward to working with the KASA students, especially after seeing many of them perform over the years on the Kelowna Actors Studio stage.
Jennifer has been dancing most of her life starting as a student at the Canadian School of Ballet in Kelowna at the age of 6.
She spent many summers at various dance training programs including The Banff Centre and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Apprentice Program, before continuing her training at Arts Umbrella in their post-secondary Grad Program and Company on Granville Island.
In her two years there she was fortunate to work alongside many great choreographers including: Roberto Campanella (ProArteDanza), Shawn Hounsell (Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal), Joe Laughlin (Joe Ink), and Wen Wei Wang (Wen Wei Dance) to name a few. She was also fortunate enough to travel to Japan to collaborate and perform with a company of Japanese dancers for two weeks and performing at Expo ’05 in Aichi.
Jennifer has taught various types of dance at Aberdeen Hall Prep School, Arts Umbrella Children’s classes and The Canadian School of Ballet. She has been the resident choreographer and performer for Kelowna Actors Studio since 2009 with such shows as All Shook Up, Catch Me If You Can, The Music Man, Shrek-The Musical and many more.
Spencer is a leader in music education in British Columbia.
As an accomplished pianist and conductor, he has been leading internationally award-winning ensembles and soloists for over 22 years. His bands and choirs have successfully represented Canada on 17 national and international tours including earning a Gold medal at the Millennium of Music Festival in Florence, Italy, a Silver medal at the Pacific Basin Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, and 13 consecutive Gold awards at our local Whistler Music Festival.
Spencer has a passion for musical theatre. Outside the school environment he has written and arranged original musical scores for 3 full-length Broadway style shows. He has also directed dozens of professional and amateur musical theatre productions in Vancouver and Kelowna. Favourite recent credits include: The Mikado, Legally Blonde – The Musical, The Wizard of Oz, and Grease. For Kelowna Actors Studio: The Lion King Jr., and Madagascar Jr.
Spencer is a music director at Okanagan Mission Secondary and he is looking forward to working with our superb Kelowna musical theatre talent in future productions.
Cameron has been performing since the age of seven. He is an award winning stage and television actor, director and producer. In 2011, he was the lead actor for ‘La Fontaine’ a television pilot that won ‘Best Pilot - Drama Series’ at the Banff World Media Festival. His past credits include ‘The Beachcombers’, ‘21 Jump Street’, ‘Neon Rider’ and many more. He can been seen on television in commercials and TV series, his latest being ‘Heartland’ season 11 and also worked in production for the series ‘Arrow’. He can be seen currently in the film ‘Global Meltdown’ (available on HBO), and has a film in Global Distribution called ‘Devil 2.0’, which he also produced. In addition to his stage and screen credits, Cameron has also been teaching ‘Presence Workshops’, ‘Acting for Film and Television’ plus ‘Auditioning for Film and Television’ courses for nearly 20 years.
Tracey has had a varied professional career in the entertainment industry spanning 25 years in TV, Film and Stage.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from the School of Dramatic Art at the University of Windsor, she has consistently worked in theatre, film, TV, in over 100 commercials, corporate live shows, improvisation and workshops. She has had supporting roles in several films locally including Sepia films’ production of ‘A Wife’s Nightmare’ and on stage in ‘August: Osage County’ and ‘The Glass Menagerie’ at Kelowna Actor’s Studio. As an instructor she has taught in Vancouver, Toronto and Mississauga as an audition coach as well as a dialogue coach. She has also been involved in many playwriting workshops, with both professional and emerging writers, and has assisted directors, as an actor, in the training of student directors. Throughout her career she has also continued to study her craft, believing that there is always more work to be done and more levels to discover and master.
Recipient of the Young Entrepreneur award with Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for his work with KAS, Nate is also the recipient of the 2012 Okanagan Arts Award for Theatre and the 2011 City of Kelowna Civic Award for the Honour in the Arts.
Besides his full time career with McLaughlin & Associates at RE/MAX KELOWNA and maintaining his role as Executive Producer at KAS and the Tourism Kelowna Board Representative for Arts and Culture, Nate has directed and choreographed numerous productions, taught the ever popular Glee performance troupe and performed in over 28 productions for KAS totalling over 500 performances over the past 15 years. He is known for his tenor voice, tap dance and comic characters. Notable performances include Bert in Mary Poppins, Franknfurter in The Rocky Horror Show, Donkey in Shrek the Musical, Bobby in Company, Don Lockwood in Singin in the Rain, Jesus in Godspell, and the title role in Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Prior to KAS he was involved in the local groups MASK and Encore, performing 4 summers at Grey Monk Estate Winery and numerous conventions, meeting and concerts.