While her children were small, she kept one foot in the world of theatre by working alongside her husband, assisting in set and props construction and design for the Sardis Secondary theatre department. Eventually that involvement led her to CSOPA where she has spent the last ten years happily serving the students and families of this amazing company in whatever way was needed. Most recent stage credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Secondary Characters), Into the Woods (Secondary Characters) and Set Design, Oklahoma (Secondary Characters).
While musical theatre is her passion, after graduation she rounded out her experience working in management and owning her own franchise, and working in early childhood education as a nanny and in daycare settings.
A believer in lifelong learning, Lisa has taken various workshops and training courses focusing on theatre and child education. These days you can find her studiously preparing to complete her degrees in Psychology/Fine Arts (Theatre) on her way to an MFA.
Lisa is proud to call Chilliwack home, and she is thrilled to be working together with her friend and colleague AnneLise to continue the tradition of excellence and family that has made CSOPA such a great place for so many to adventure and learn.
She is honoured to work with the amazing students, staff, board and parents at CSOPA, and has truly found her life’s work.
Along with performing in musical productions throughout the province including the Kootenays and Vancouver Island, Erika teaches theatre and dance throughout the Lower Mainland and has her hand in writing, directing and producing shows as well. Favourite performance credits include: Cinderella Grace/Dance Captain (Exit 22) Oklahoma! (RCMT), Victor/Victoria (Metro), The Sound of Music (Gateway), Smile! Debralee and Dracula: the Musical? Nelly Norton (Awkward Stage Productions) The Gold Fever Follies (Rossland, BC) and Alison in the 2012 Fringe Tour of My Aim is True. Choreography/Direction credits include: Bunked! (ASP), Pippin, Lucky Stiff and Little Women(Arts Umbrella Troupe) and associating on Once on This Island and CATS (URP).
Erika is also a producer, writer, and actor for KalamaTea Productions, a webseries production company based out of Vancouver.
Emily studied theatre and performing arts at Rosebud School of the Arts in Alberta and earned a diploma in performing arts there. She also studied voice and children’s theatre at Trinity Western University. She has been an active member of community theatre in Chilliwack since the age of 12, when she performed in the Chilliwack Academy of Music’s summer theatre workshop. She studied voice with Carolyn Harder at the Academy and competed in several music festivals in the Fraser Valley during her time there, going on to compete at the provincial level twice.
Previous directing credits include “Oklahoma” for Secondary Characters, and “Anne of Green Gables the Musical”, “Sabrina Fair”, “Home for the Hollydaze”, “No More Medea”, “Awakenings” and “In Dreams” for The Chilliwack Players Guild. She was part of the writing team that brought “Awakenings” to the Fraser Valley Zone festival competition in 2012, winning a special writing award for their original collaborative show.