2019/20 Faculty & Faculty Emeritus

Founding full-time faculty member, emeritus: Judith Koltai was born in Hungary. In 1956, she fled to Sweden. There, while a refugee working and raising a young child, she also trained and worked as an actor and completed the major part of a master’s degree in French Literature. She immigrated to Canada in 1964, and is a citizen of Canada, Sweden, and the European Union. As her understanding and practice of AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT deepened, Judith began forging her own way and methodology.

David Smukler, one of the most senior voice teachers in the Canadian Theatre lead the Voice Teacher Diploma course at York University's Graduate Theatre Program for over twenty-five years. He has combined his extensive coaching and teaching experiences in stage, screen and lyrical theatre in four countries with extensive research in physical, spiritual and emotional practices that illuminate the performer's challenges.

Gayle Murphy is an Associate Professor of Voice in the Theatre Program at the University of British Columbia. She has also taught at the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, Langara College’s Studio 58, and SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. She voice coaches actors for stage, television and film; and has led voice workshops in Bangkok, Toronto, Winnipeg, Montreal and in Vancouver

Gerry Trentham is Founder and Artistic Director of Pounds Per Square Inch Performance (lbs/sq”) the charitable arts organization that produces Canada’s National Voice Intensive (CNVI). Gerry created lbs/sq” to foster research into contemporary arts creation and performance and be a home to house over 30 of his award winning performance productions. Through lbs/sq” and the Voice Intensive, Gerry encourages artists to hone their artistic craft and achieve excellence in performance through methodologies that reflect, ignite, and respect a trans-disciplinary, cultural/environmental consciousness.

Diane Roberts is the founder of the Arrivals Legacy Project and has been the lead workshop facilitator for the past 13 years. The roots of storytelling and multi-disciplinary art forms (mixing of ritual song, dance, storytelling, live art and theatre) drive her arts practice. Her working methodology draws out and establishes a common vocabulary amongst diverse Indigenous and Intercultural artists, our ways of working and our sense of ourselves as artists in a global society. Her process strives to elicit naturalized character rhythms & gestures and connects them to character motivation, intentions and actions.

Cindy Block studied Acting at the Herbert Berghof (HB) Studio in New York, and York University in Toronto. She is a veteran actor of the Canadian stage, having played over 40 professional roles and was co-founder of P.I.E. Theatre in Vancouver, B.C. As a performer, she has participated in the development of many new Canadian works; and at the heart of her artistic journey is a deep belief in the potential for theatre and storytelling to support vibrant and difficult dialogue, helping us to recognize both our differences and our universal experiences.

Dawn McCaugherty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Calgary, and specializes in Directing, Acting and Voice and Text for the Theatre. She has served as director, actor or voice/dialect coach for more than sixty productions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Britain. Shakespeare in performance is one of her primary research areas and she is the founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Rough (Toronto, 1994).

Formerly the director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s MFA program, the Academy for Classical Acting, Gary Logan is currently the Associate Professor of Speech and Dialects for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. He is also the author of The Eloquent Shakespeare (University of Chicago Press). Gary has been the Voice, Text, and Dialect coach for nearly 150 professional productions nationally and internationally, including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Stratford Festival of Canada.

Lisa Ann Beley is an actor, coach, teacher and director. She is head of Voice and Text at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC and has been on faculty with Canada’s National Voice Intensive since 1999. She is passionate about the process of the actor, valuing the integration of the physical, vocal and mental rigour demanded in the actor craft and training. With extensive training in many disciplines including voice, movement and text analysis, Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge to her practice.

Brad Gibson is a voice, speech and movement teacher in Vancouver, BC. He currently teaches Movement and Voice at Studio 58 - Langara College and Voice at the Vancouver Institute of Media Arts. He is part of the core faculty for Canada’s National Voice Intensive. Brad has taught and coached Voice and Speech throughout S.E. Asia and works as a professional Voice and Dialect coach for theatre, film and TV in Vancouver. As a member of VASTA (The Voice and Speech Trainers Association) Brad is currently the Bibliographer for VASTA's research website.

Founding Core: Dale Genge is the head of voice for Studio 58, Western Canada’s professional conservatory theatre-training program in Vancouver, Canada, where she has taught for 35 years. She is a founding faculty member of The Canada’s National Voice Intensive and for the last five years she has been on faculty of Banff Centre Writing Studio. She has also taught for the Marion Woodman Foundation in Switzerland. Her teaching is deeply influenced by the voice and text work of David Smukler, Kristin Linklater, Richard Armstrong and Patsy Rodenburg.

Founding Core: Ian Raffel heads the Voice Department in the Acting for Film and Television program at the Vancouver Film School, where he teaches both Voice and Speech classes. In addition, Ian serves on the Faculty of Studio 58, Langara College’s nationally recognized acting program. Since coming to Vancouver in 1980, Ian has taught in the Theatre Program in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Guest Artist: Denise Fujiwara won the 2013 Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. Her work as a dance artist has developed over 30 years of intensive practice, performance and study. Her mentor in Butoh is Tokyo master, Natsu Nakajima. Fujiwara practices a Butoh that cultivates curiosity, the imagination, awareness, presence and deeply embodied movement.

Guest Artist: Val Campbell is an educator, performing artist and director working in the field of actor training with a specialization in movement. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts -Drama at the University of Calgary. She is a long-time member of the Guild of Embodied Practice, founded by Judith Koltai, and is formally authorized to teach Authentic Movement. She has been studying and practicing Authentic Movement since 1996.

Guest Artist: Valerie is a Vancouver-based theatre artist who performs, writes, directs, and produces. She is currently artist-in-residence with the National Arts Centre (English Theatre). As Founder and Artistic Producer of Visceral Visions, she is a leading advocate for cultural diversity and representation in Canadian theatre. She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, and UBCP/ACTRA, and a recipient of the Enbridge playRites Award for Emerging Canadian Playwright for her interdisciplinary play, Confessions of the Other Woman. www.VisceralVisions.com

Guest Artist: With over 35 years of experience in the field, Tom Stroud is a choreographer and director known for his integrated approach to theater and dance.  A graduate of the Simon Fraser University School for the Performing Arts, he has performed and toured with companies across the country and his works have been commissioned and presented by companies, festivals, and presenters coast to coast.

Associate/Guest Artist: Matthew has taught Acting, Voice, and Movement at York University, as well as Tap, Musical Theater, and Yoga workshops at prestigious institutions: The Juilliard School, Circle in the Square Theater School, and The Stratford Festival. NYC choreography credits include: SOUL KITCHEN (Choreographer, Joe’s Pub), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Associate, Paper Mill Playhouse), and FIENDS (Associate, Busch Gardens).

Associate: Liz is a Philadelphia based actor, musician, sound designer and teaching artist. She attended Canada's National Voice Intensive in Vancouver in 2014, and returned as an Associate in 2018. Liz has appeared onstage at the Arden Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, South Coast Rep and on tour with the Kennedy Center.

Associate: Tanya Elchuk teaches Voice and Speech at Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Film School. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre and a Voice Teaching Diploma from York University, where she studied with David Smukler, and received a S.S.H.R.C. Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research on neuroscience and acting. As an artist, Tanya has written and performed original work throughout Canada and the United States.