Bringing Arts to the Heart of Our Community.

CRE8 – Youth Arts Day

Youth WeekMonday, May 1, starting at 2:30PM
Ages 13 to 18 | Tickets $5.00

CRE8 is an annual event held at The ACT Arts Centre where youth participants age 13-18 join our professional panel of artists who share their experiences in the industry and lead participants in workshops of their choosing.  These are unique opportunities that they would not normally have exposure to.

CRE8 Youth Day at The ACT is part of the International Youth Week movement, a week of fun filled interaction and a celebration intended to build a strong connection between youth and their communities.

At The ACT Arts Centre we work hard towards arts accessibility in our community.
Through our programming we aim to inspire future generations while making arts accessible to all.

By offering the possibility of participating in CRE8 we hope to educate and inspire youth to think about new artistic avenues that they might like to pursue in their futures.  Each year anywhere from 60-100 youth have a great time getting to meet new people and exploring new areas in the arts.  They leave with skills they never thought they would have and the feedback we receive is nothing but positive from the youth and their parents.

DayTimeEvent Details
Monday, May 1st2:30PM – 3:00PMPanel Discussion
Monday, May 1st3:00PM – 5:00PMWorkshops
Monday, May 1st5:00PM – 6:00PMDemo & Talkback with Workshop Participants
Monday, May 1st6:00PM – 6:45PMDinner
Monday, May 1st7:00PM – 10:00PMGreg Moore Youth Centre Talent Show


Register / View additional details regarding our Arts Workshops with Industry Experts.

(Includes a free ticket to the Youth Talent Night at 7pm!)

Video Game Design

Video Gaming Workshop with Janel Jolly

Video games are growing rapidly as an entertainment and sport, but how are they made and how can you make one? Level up and gain experience in this 2 hour workshop to learn the fundamentals of Game Design through interactive examples and how it applies to multiple disciplines such as writing, art, programming, and audio. Together we’ll train your senses to breakdown gameplay sequences to become a better player, and walkthrough a game’s development process from scratch to finish so you can jump start your career. Teaching this workshop and answering your questions is Janel Jolly, a professional lead AAA game tester for multiple released titles by Square Enix, Disney Interactive, Sony, Microsoft, and Capcom. Up for the challenge? Sign up and press start

About Janel Jolly
Janel is nicknamed ‘Jolly’ by her friends and coworkers for her happy nature and positive attitude. In the last seven years she has released six AAA games, earned a diploma in 3D Gaming Animation and Game Design, and won the Women in Games Scholarship from Vancouver Film School in 2013. Her specialization is working as a lead game tester and analysist, coupled with experience in project management and production.

She was born in British Columbia with Tourette syndrome and a severe speech impairment constricting her to the use of sign language as a child. Gaming on Nintendo console and CD-ROM was a means of fun and healing during school struggles and intensive speech therapy, and then became a career ambition in her adolescence after learning English. To this day, Jolly advocates the use of games to combine technology and medicine, especially in mental development and neurological issues such as Parkinson disease.

Jolly currently works as a lead game tester at Capcom Vancouver, and just released Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Cake Decorating

Cake Decorating Workshop with Leanne Bentley

Students will learn to cover a small cake in rolled fondant, and decorate with different techniques including basic flowers.  Students will have hands on practice in addition to instructor’s demonstration.  Participants will go home with their 4” cake to show off & enjoy.

About Leanne Bentley
Leanne Bentley is currently an Instructor for the Baking & Pastry Arts program at Vancouver Community College.  Her journey started when she followed her love of food and baking and enrolled in the baking and pastry arts program at VCC in 2002.  After completing her certificate, she went on to earn her red seal apprenticing at The Sutton Place Hotel.  During her apprenticeship Leanne competed in a trades competition for Skills BC, and after winning went on to represent BC & compete Nationally in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she won a silver medal.  Throughout her career she refined her skills working for establishments such as Mission Hill Winery, Delta Hotels & Fairmont hotels both locally and abroad before returning to VCC as an Instructor in the fall of 2015.  Leanne is excited to share her knowledge and passion for all things sweet with the students of VCC.

Theatre Acting

Theatre Workshop Breath, Body, Connection and Character with Paul Moniz de Sá

Discover your voice and explore physical techniques such as Laban to further character development.  Whether you are working on Stage or on Camera, connection to breath is essential to an actor.  Connecting breath to body goes a long way to create interesting physicality which can ultimately allow an actor to transform themselves into characters that feel real for the audience.

About Paul Moniz de Sá
Paul Moniz de Sá has been working as a professional actor for over 20 years both on camera and on stage. His work has been seen on stages across North America including the Vancouver Playhouse, the National Arts Centre and at the Charlottetown Festival in PEI. He is best known for playing the evil giant, Meatdripper, in Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG.”  Other TV and Film credits include “Timeless,” “Shut Eye,” “Power Rangers,” “The Arrangement,” as well as recurring roles on “Stargate SG1,” and “Eureka.” Paul has also worked as a sound designer for various theatre companies in Vancouver including Bard on the Beach, the Arts Club Theatre and Touchstone Theatre. He received Jessie awards for his performances in “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” with Pacific Theatre and “The Overcoat” at the Vancouver Playhouse as well as Jessie nominations for his performance in “Driving Miss Daisy” at Pacific Theatre and his sound designs for “One In A Million” with Green Thumb Theatre and “The Prodigal Son” with Touchstone and Pacific Theatre. Paul began his theatrical training at Arts Umbrella when he was 16 and went on to study at the prestigious Studio 58 at Langara College. Paul has also made a career as an instructor teaching sound design and acting both on and off camera with organizations such as Bard on the Beach, Douglas College, the Shadbolt Centre and Learning Through the Arts. In 2008, Paul became the Artistic Director of Theatre and Music at Arts Umbrella where he continues to direct in the Pre-Professional Theatre Program.

VFX Makeup (Injuries/ Wounds)

Injuries/wounds just like in your favorite TV shows/Movies with Tracy Lai (Substitute)

In this workshop you will learn basic injury FX to create realistic cuts, scrapes and bruises exactly like artists use in your favorite TV shows and Films. Sarah will teach you tricks of the trade, discuss products that can be used and where to purchase everything you need. You will leave the workshop with a basic understanding of some fun and easy methods to create wounds on your friends and family – perfect for pre planning this year’s Halloween! Come ready to play and beat yourself/friends up – without actually any harm of course! You will be applying on your own arms or a friend. (Note: If you have a latex allergy or are highly sensitive to makeup products/have a lot of allergies, this class is unfortunately not the best for you.)

About Tracy Lai (Substitute)
Tracy has gained 12+ years of experience in film, television, commercials & music videos. Though she specializes as a Makeup Effects Laboratory Technician and is accomplished in prosthetics, creature effects, airbrushing, sculpting and mould-making, she still enjoys working on both ends of the makeup spectrum, from bridal & fashion photography to alien work for some of Vancouver’s top makeup effects shops.

Tracy accepted the 2014 Leo Award for “Best Make-Up” in a Motion Picture for a feature grindhouse horror and her passion for the industry has kept her working hard, and working with the likes of Joel Harlow (personal makeup artist for Johnny Depp), Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito & Chad Kroeger. She had the privilege of taking on the position of Key Makeup for the late Wes Craven’s last horror film “The Girl In The Photographs”, taking the lead in the dental prosthetics department for “Star Trek Beyond” and travelling to the Middle East to join their Dubai film unit, as well as designing and creating prosthetics for the feature thriller “Come and Find Me” starring Aaron Paul.

Tracy’s additional makeup effects credits include: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”, “Falling Skies”, “Almost Human”, “Hemlock Grove”, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, “TRON: Legacy”, “30 Days of Night 2: Dark Days”, “Smallville”, “Stargate Atlantis” and “Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects” (EA Games). Her work has also appeared in varied issues of “Fangoria – America’s Horror Magazine”. Tracy brings her immense experience and enthusiasm to the classrooms of John Casablancas Institute as the Head Instructor of the TV, Film & Special Effects Makeup Department.

Art of Juggling

The Art of Juggling with Vancouver Circus School

Experience multitasking like never before. Juggling not only improves your hand-eye coordination but also memory, spatial awareness and the ability to find large expanses of time in small spaces. Enjoy learning various forms of prop manipulation from a 3 ball cascade, to spinning a plate or even trying your hand at Diabolo! Juggling is for people of all ages and abilities. Exercise your most important muscle. Your brain!

About Nigel Wakita
Nigel’s fascination with the weird and wonderful quirks of the world has led him to the Vancouver Circus School, where he works as the Director of Recreational Education, and instructs unicycling, juggling, and Nigelisms. In cooperation with the Vancouver Circus School, he has not only found an outlet to perform as a resident artist for Inner Ring Circus (the school’s professional division), but also finds opportunities for others to explore circus arts by encouraging physical literacy, and allowing students to flex their creative muscle in a desk-less, non-competitive environment. Every day, Nigel actively makes an effort to use his degree in Theatre and Education from Simon Fraser University, to continue the circus tradition of providing an enjoyable, challenging and thoughtful experience.