Randy is the Artistic Managing Director of Kelowna Actors Studio and the driving force in KAS’s educational programmes with many of his students going to Sheridan College in Toronto, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A. and the Juilliard School in New York City.
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 local 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.
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 the Broadway Jr. Series with such shows as Guys and Dolls Jr, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Student Version and many more.
His specialties include acting, musical theatre, improv, voice, mask work, scene study, choreography and directing. In Kelowna he has directed such productions as Jesus Christ Superstar, Shrek the Musical, Oliver, A Streetcar Named Desire, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Miracle Worker, and Sweeney Todd just to name a few.
Norene is a singer, teacher, and choral conductor with a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Arizona. She is originally from Winnipeg and has taught voice/choral music and music theory at various institutions including Penticton Academy of Music, Algoma University College and Conservatory, the Universities of Manitoba and Arizona, Mennonite Brethren and Steinbach Bible Colleges. She has also worked as a festival adjudicator, a workshop clinician, and as a performer and vocal/stage director with various theatre companies in Manitoba, Ontario, and BC. Currently, she has a private voice studio in Kelowna.
While Norene’s main outlet for creative expression has always been in music, over the years she has developed skills in other areas that ultimately brought her to KAS, where she has had the opportunity to create, play, and teach since 2008. She has been involved in over 25 productions both on stage and off. This involvement includes three seasons as head of the set décor department, the creation of specialty props and costumes for main stage and student productions, as well as music directing for Sweet Charity and the student production of Les Misérables. As a performer at KAS, Norene has done many productions. Favourite roles include Bloody Mary in South Pacific and Molina’s Mother in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
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.
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 24 productions for KAS totalling about 400 performances over the past 13 years. He is known for his tenor voice, tap dance and comic characters. Notable performances include 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.
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 in Development - helping to build the Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation.
On stage for KAS she has directed My Son Pinnochio, Annie, Shirley Valentine, co-directed South Pacific and performed as Mickie in The Odd Couple: Female Version. She has also outfitted several KAS shows with their props.
Tracey has had a varied professional career in the entertainment industry spanning 25 years.
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. Recently, she had a supporting role in the locally shot, Sepia films’ production of ‘A Wife’s Nightmare’ and in ‘August: Osage County’ at Kelowna Actor’s Studio. As an instructor she has taught in Vancouver, Toronto, Mississauga, as well as audition coached on set as a dialogue coach.
She has also been involved in many playwriting workshops, with both professional and emerging writers, and has assisted directors training student directors, as an actor. 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.
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 Center of Performing Arts 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 choreographing shows for KAS since 2009 with such shows as All Shook Up, Catch Me If You Can, The Music Man, Shrek-The Musical and many more.
Angela is a relative newcomer to Kelowna and she is an adjudicator, choreographer, artistic director & film/tv actor who received her professional training on scholarship at the ‘Edge Performing Arts Centre’ in Hollywood, California. She is passionate about the performing arts and can’t remember a time where she has not been involved in a production for the stage or screen in some capacity over the past 20 years.
After having been crowned the ‘Miss USA Dance’ champion and qualifying for two separate US National Dance Championships before graduating high school, Angela was fortunate to begin her professional career in the entertainment industry right out of high school. She has worked on over 150 professional film & television productions to date including many large-scale musical productions such as Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls, Whistle Down The Wind, Grease & more!
As a full member of the Union of BC Performers and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television & Radio Artists, Angela’s film & TV credits have given her the pleasure of working with some of Hollywood & Broadway’s biggest stars! She looks forward to working with local, aspiring performing artists in the community through Kelowna Actor’s Studio this season!
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.
Spencer is a new music director at Okanagan Mission Secondary and he is looking forward to working with our superb Kelowna musical theatre talent in future productions.
Tyler is excited to be joining the Kelowna Actors Studio teaching team for the 2016/17 season. Tyler is hoping to use his past experience from both main stage and children's productions to guide his students through the process of creating an invigorating show. Tyler has performed in several productions at Kelowna Actors Studio, including Miracle on 34th Street; 9 to 5 the Musical; La Cage Aux Folles; Les Miserables; and Company; he has also worked as a crew member on mainstage productions such as Annie; Evita; My Fair Lady; Shrek; Music Man; and Mary Poppins; as well as kids class productions of Les Miserables; Rent; Willy Wonka; Little Mermaid; Anne of Green Gables; James and the Giant Peach; and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
A teacher, Tyler is currently teaching secondary English at Mount Boucherie Secondary School in West Kelowna, and is also the treasurer for the BC Teachers of English Language Arts provincial specialist association. Tyler presents regularly at provincial conferences and has been nominated for several awards including a teacher candidate excellence award by the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and has most recently been awarded the Affiliate Leadership Development Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which he will be receiving at the NCTE annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia.