Chapter Director: Craig Wrotniak - North Surrey Secondary Craig is a teacher for the Surrey School District and a member of IATSE Local 118. Craig has won numerous awards for his work directing and designing youth theatre productions. He has been the President for the Surrey Drama Teachers' Association and the ABCDE Surrey Zone Representative for the past 10 years. He has been a member of the Educational Theatre Association since 2009. Craig holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Education from The University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Production from Central Washington University. He is the troupe director of troupe #8854 at North Surrey Secondary.
Board & Regional Directors: Dana Ebtekar, Frederick Wong, Joan Maclean, Glen Pope, Mark Rossiter, Nikki Hockey, Caroljoy Green, Benjamin Bram Pilger, April Allen, Alicia Tobin, Ineke Lievens, Noel Bullock, Alayne Cheny, Shannon Parker-Bruno, Braeden Saucy and Nette Martin.
Chapter Director: Leeanne McLim - Calgary Academy Leeanne’s dance and theatre obsession began many moons ago, where she kicked her heels up and sung her heart out on many stages across Canada and the US. But it was her passion to teach that drove her to complete the Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program and her BFA/BED at the University of Lethbridge. Leeanne has had many opportunities to work with artists in the capacities of teaching, directing, and choreographing over the past 25 years and makes sure to take every chance to share her sense of humour and love of the performing arts everywhere she goes. Leeanne has been awarded various outstanding choreography awards for her work throughout Alberta and BC. As a drama teacher for grades K-12 (yup…that’s right) Leeanne is looking forward to bringing more theatre love and opportunities to young Calgary thespians! Board & Regional Directors: TBA
Chapter Director: Darlene Briere - SDA Board & Regional Directors: Saskatchewan Drama Association Sub-Committee - Members TBA
Chapter Director: Kyle W. Collins - River Heights Public School Kyle is the theatre department head at Ecole River Heights School, an International Baccalaureate school in Winnipeg. He is the current President of the Manitoba Drama Educators Association, and is the Dramatic Arts/Theatre representative for his school division’s Arts Council. In his classroom, Kyleutilizes Collective Creation and Theatre of the Oppressed to encourage his students to create original theatrical performances that address personal, community, and global issues.
Board & Regional Directors: Manitoba Drama Educators' Association Sub-Committee - Adam Charbonneau and Amanda Alexander
Chapter Director: Jocelyn Bell - West Ferris Secondary School Board & Regional Directors: Allison Green, Shawn Rocheleau, Natalie Simard, Laureen Flanagan, Tracy Garratt and Leda Miles.
Chapter Director: Christine Emberley - Woodlawn High School
Prince Edward Island Thespians
Chapter Director: Sandy Zinck - West Royalty Elementary
Newfoundland & Labrador Thespians
Chapter Director: Melanie Fleming - Queen Elizabeth Regional High School Melanie Fleming is the Theatre Program director at Queen Elizabeth Regional High in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. An actor since the age of twelve, Melanie has dedicated her life to Theatre and Theatre Education through acting, producing and directing in the local arts community and working with (as she refers to her students) "Theatre professionals in Training". It was through the mentorship of her first junior high drama coach that she was certian Theatre was her life's path. She convocated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts-Theatre from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in 2008, and completed her Bachelor of Education the following year. Since that time she has worked with various theatre companies throughout the province and has taught in six different schools in four different provincial regions. The students she's had the pleasure of working with have performed at various Provincial and Atlantic festivals, and many are now professional artists and teachers in their own right. Passing on the love of Theatre to the next generation is vitally important and the ultimate goal of her career. Board & Regional Directors: Jordan Flynn, Tim Matson, Jennifer Nakashima, John Rao, Danielle Smith and Scott Simms
Chapter Director: Mary Sloan - Retired Drama Educator Board & Regional Directors: David Kanary, Carolyn Westberg & Brandon Wicke
North West Territories Thespians
Chapter Director: Michael Duclos - Mackenzie Mountain School
Chapter Director: Samantha Abbott (Inuksuk High School) Originally from Newfoundland, Samantha received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre/Acting) Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004. Her love for theatre and education saw her go on to complete both a Bachelor and Masters of Education shortly thereafter. Since then, Samantha has been teaching Drama in various schools in Newfoundland, just outside London, England and eventually in Nunavut. Currently she teaches Grade 9-12 Drama to Students at Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Driven by a love of performance art, her classes are active and focus on the belief that theatre is a necessary part of educating the whole person. Her classes strive to offer a wide breadth and depth of theatrical techniques and processes that centre around movement and mindfulness to unlock student confidence. She loves the richness of culture provided by her students and is grateful to learn as much from their robust experiences as they do from classes.