AnneLise has been supporting CSOPA with administrative and bookkeeping duties, as well as costume organizing and anything else that needs doing, since 2006. She has learned many things about theatre education but especially appreciates the family atmosphere and the inclusivity that CSOPA provides. AnneLise is married to Dan and they have two grown sons.
Lisa Braun has a rich and varied history in the theatrical arts; performing, set/props design and construction, and directing. She has completed various educational programs, on her way to an MFA in Psychology/Fine Arts (Theatre). She became involved in CSOPA in 2007 when her oldest son joined the Junior Program. She is honoured to work with the amazing students, staff, board and parents at CSOPA, and has truly found her life’s work.
Lisa has been involved in music since she was a child. She has a BA in Vocal Performance & is BCRMTA vocal teacher. Her experience ranges in many musical styles & for the last 20 years she has taught vocal workshops, vocal coaching & piano. Lisa has been teaching with CSOPA for the last 10 years & this is her 8th MainStage production as musical director. She counts it as a privilege to work with such talented students & loves being creative with her directing team.
Emily has been a performer since the tender age of 4 years old. She grew up as a dancer and began teaching hip hop, ballet, tap and musical theatre to kids of all ages. She fell in love with musical theatre when she was cast in HAIR in high school. She then decided to pursue a career in acting. Emily graduated as an actor from Douglas College, from there she studied Shakespeare and film at Seacoast Theatre Centre in West Van and she rounded out her training at Studio 58 where she graduated in December 2012. Emily has worked professionally as touring Stage Manager for the Arts Umbrella with the Junior and Senior theatre troupes. Emily is thrilled to be teaching and directing at CSOPA with such a fantastic group of people! Here’s to a great season!
With thirteen years of vocal training and a Diploma of Music from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Anna has traveled the world performing music. From the age of six Anna has been performing on stage in musicals. Through out high school, Anna was leading vocal jazz groups, as well as acting lead roles in musicals. After high school, Anna went on to become a soloist with choirs such as Capilano Chambers Singers, and the Kwantlen Polytechnic University choir. As of recent, Anna has been teaching voice locally, and inspiring students to follow where their instruments lead them.
Emily Hamel has been heavily involved in theatre since the age of 12. She went on to get a diploma from Rosebud School of the Arts, and to study vocal technique at Trinity Western University. Emily has won various acting and design awards through Theatre BC’s Fraser Valley Zone Festival and Provincial Festivals, she co-founded Offtopic Theatre Society in 2017. She is co-owner of the Ever After Character Company, who provide quality character entertainment for birthday parties and events. She’s directed for The Chilliwack Players Guild, Secondary Characters, and the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts. For the last two years, Emily has designed the costumes for CSOPA’s Mainstage productions, and she’s delighted to return to the teaching department here again.
Natasha has been involved in performance work for 26 years and is excited for her second year as a CSOPA instructor. She believes that one of the most important skills we can learn in life is how to present ourselves. Our body is one of our most incredible tools of communication and acting teaches us those skills that benefit us on stage and off.
Meghan has been a part of CSOPA for more than a decade. CSOPA has been a fundamental part of her life. Five years ago she got asked to teach and has never looked back. Teaching has become the best part of her week. You may have seen Meghan in previous Mainstage productions of Mary Poppins and the Little Mermaid.
Kirsten is in the 4th year of her BA degree majoring in Theatre, and plans to enter the elementary teaching program afterwards. She has been teaching children’s theatre for almost 5 years and plans to do so for many years to come. Before she began teaching, she was a student in the MainStage program at CSOPA for 10 years and loved every second; which is what lead her to teaching and influencing young children, as well as helping to create their love for theatre/the arts.
Hayley is 16 and has been part of the CSOPA community for 7 years. She has enjoyed working as a stage manager, and creating performances at CSOPA. She is over joyed and can’t wait for the next year to start. She thanks CSOPA for the massive contribution to her life and for always supporting and inspiring her. As an aspiring set designer she can’t wait to take on the world after her time here.
Graysen Braun has spent most of his life immersed in the wonders of the theatre world, which has shaped his ambition to further his career in the theatre community. He has enjoyed instructing for 2018 spring camps, as well as co-directing for the 2018 summer camps. He is ecstatic and overjoyed to be a stage manager for the Intermediate Musical Theatre production of Little Mermaid Jr.
Katja is 17 and has been part of CSOPA for the past 10 years. This is her first year as a stage manager and she is thoroughly enjoying it. She has learned a lot during her time as a student at CSOPA, and has loved continuing to learn this year as an instructor. CSOPA has boosted her confidence and has always been the highlight of her week.
Samantha is 15 years old and has been part of the CSOPA family for 10 years now. She is overjoyed that she has had the blessing to be a part of such an amazing program. In 2018 she got asked to work with CSOPA as an instructor and now teaching days are her favourite days. She can’t wait for what the future of teaching has in store for her.