Bringing Arts to the Heart of Our Community.

Instructors

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Colin AndreShelly Davies-Conley  | Sheldon Friesen | Philippa GlossopNatasha Gulmans-SengottaRachel Harwood | Kevin LakeLisa LakeRobyn Picard | Deborah Solberg

Colin Andre

Colin Andre
Visual Arts

Colin’s interest in Photography has spanned more than 25 years. He has won numerous photography awards for his creative imagery and is a member of several photography organizations. Some of his pictures have been published in electronic and print media. With a strong technical, creative and instruction background, Colin enjoys sharing his love, knowledge and passion of the Photographic Arts.

Shelly Davies Conley

Shelly Davies-Conley
Visual Arts

Shelly has a background in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching “Parent & Tot and Pre-School “programs at The ACT for the past seven years. She obtained her Early Childhood Education diploma from Douglas College and continued her studies at Seneca College in Ontario. Shelly, fondly known as “Miss Shelly, offers a creative, enriched, learning environment for her students to explore stories, art and music.

 

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Sheldon Friesen
Performing Arts

Sheldon started teaching music more than 30 years ago and is now teaching students of all ages. He is formally trained with the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. He plays accordion, bass, guitar, banjo and ukulele. Sheldon’s students range from 2 years old to 82 years. His engaging style, energy and humour make him a hit among the kids. Besides, teaching, Sheldon is a local performer and session player and for hire musician bringing him before audiences throughout BC and beyond.

 

Philippa Glossop


Philippa Glossop
Visual Arts

Philippa is a practicing artist and has been teaching children, youth and adults for over 20 years. Currently, she dedicates her time offering fun and educational art classes at the ACT and volunteers her time with special needs groups teaching art to children with autism. Philippa received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University in 1986, a Masters of Education from Thompson Rivers University in 2014 and a Diploma in Special Education in 2015. She lives with her husband and two boys in Maple Ridge.

Natasha Gulmans-Sengotta


Natasha Gulmans-Sengotta
Performing Arts

Natasha has a Diploma in Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and will be completing her Bachelor in 2016. Before starting up the Vita Artes Performance Academy, she traveled all around Canada completing various theatre and film contracts. Highlighted roles include: “Anytime Annie” from 42nd Street and “Alexa Vere De Vere” from As Bees in Honey Drown. “Life in the Arts, means Skills for Life”

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Rachel Harwood
Performing Arts

Rachel loves her job as a dance teacher – even when she was young she knew she wanted to be a teacher of some sort. She began her dance journey a little late at 9, but fell in love with it and trained at The Art of Dance and competed at Peggy Peat’s. She is a certified jazz instructor now as it is her favourite discipline and she also trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, tap and acro. One of her favourite performances was being in the Winter 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. Now dance is her hobby, her job and her life!

 

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Kevin Lake
Visual Arts

Kevin has a Diploma in Visual Art for Emily Carr where he concentrated his studies in drawing and painting. After graduating he applied his artistic skills to computer animation and graphics. Kevin has been sharing his passion for animation and graphics, teaching arts programs in 3-D animation at The ACT Arts Centre.  Kevin has developed youth classes that allow animation and modelling to be done with opensource software.

Lisa Lake


Lisa Lake
Visual Arts

Lisa Lake specializes in traditional drawing techniques but has also exhibited contemporary art. For 15 years she has instructed art programs for children and adults; her focus being to develop students’ skills and visual perception. Her work can be seen in the public art piece “Leaf Spirits of Maple Ridge” and in the murals of local schools. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, while her Bachelor of Education and teaching certification is earned from Simon Fraser University.

Robyn Picard


Robyn Picard
Performing Arts

Robyn was born and raised by a dancing family. Her parents and her older siblings are Ballroom, Latin and Swing Dance Instructors. She started taking Jazz, Tap, Acro, Ballet, and Modern Stage at the age of four years old and then went on to learn the various styles of partner dancing that would groom her to follow in her family’s footsteps. Robyn has taught thousands of people of all ages since 1990.

 

Deborah Solberg


Deborah Solberg
Performing Arts

Deborah is an award-winning actress, producer and director, and has a BA/B. Ed in Theatre. She is currently working on a master’s degree at SFU. Deborah has been the Artistic Director of Theatrix Youtheatre Society since 1991. She is the owner of SunCity Productions and the author of over 50 original musical productions. Deborah enjoys mentoring the next directing generation of Theatrix and helping children have fun being the “stars” they are!