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 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.
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 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”
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!
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 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 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 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!
Tiffany’s love for the performing arts led her to train at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. She has performed in many musicals throughout the Toronto area, and had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall with newchoir. She is delighted to be sharing her passion for performing to youth throughout the Lower Mainland
Janet Comer is a practicing Mixed Media Artist who grew up in Maple Ridge. She graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of the Fraser Valley in 2009. She has been teaching classes in Mixed Media, Drawing, Painting and Art Journaling to children and adults at The ACT Arts Centre since 2013. Janet enjoys fostering creativity in her classes by encouraging her students to use their materials in unusual and innovative ways.