AnneLise Woyke – Managing Director

AnneLise has been involved at CSOPA for fourteen years, as a volunteer, on the board of directors, and as the Managing Director. She has many years’ experience doing office work and enjoys getting things done. She is married to Dan, who is often called upon to be the CSOPA handyman and together they have two adult sons.

Being at CSOPA can be exhausting, in the best sort of way. She keeps the company records, keeps the bookkeeping up to date, works at the website as best she can, cleans the bathrooms and floors, and has become an expert at ordering online for show props and costume supplies.  

AnneLise is thankful that she can get to know the young people and their adults that come here each week.

Lisa Braun – Artistic Director

Lisa has been Artistic Director at CSOPA since 2015.

Emily Henney – Choreographer

Miss Emily is a professional performer and has taught dance for nearly 20 years. She grew up dancing in Port Coquitlam and became an instructor at the age of 15.

She trained in Acting at Studio 58 and has performed in many musicals including Mamma Mia! and Footloose (Chemainus Theatre), Legally Blonde (TUTS) and she would have been featured in Chemainus Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast but, of course, the theatre was shut down due to the pandemic. Miss Emily also performs in the Film and Television industry in Vancouver where she has been a featured actor on The Twilight Zone (CBS All Access), The Magicians (SyFy) and stay tuned for her Performance Capture debut in an upcoming Warner Brothers video game!

CSOPA Choreography credits include: Mary Poppins (2016), The Little Mermaid (2017), Once Upon a Mattress (2019), Matilda (2020).

Miss Emily loves working with young people and sharing with them, her passion for dance and theatre. She is honoured to be part of the Directing team at CSOPA and is looking forward to what this next year has in store.

Lisa Zimmer – Vocal Instructor

Lisa has been involved with CSOPA for over 10 years.  With her BA in Music & performing in various genres, she has taught for 21 years both individuals & groups.  Her goal is to pass on the love & joy of music. CSOPA is an inspiring place to learn, create & be yourself.  She loves watching her students grow & reach their full potential by encouraging them to discover their voice & the beauty of music. “When Words Fail, Music Speaks.”

Anna Ratzlaff – Vocal Instructor

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. She was also singing with the Vancouver Good Noise Gospel choir, when the choir shared the stage with Barbra Streisand in 2012. As of recent, Anna has been teaching voice locally, and inspiring students to follow where their instruments lead them.

Natasha Purnell – Devised Theatre Instructor

Natasha has been involved in performance work for 27 years and loves the challenge each year presents 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. 

Graysen Braun – Stage Manager

Graysen has spent most of his life immersed in the wonders of the theatre world, which has shaped his ambition to dip into theatre as a profession. He has been stage managing for about 3 years, as well as helping with camps. He is so joyed to share his love for theatre with others. 
Theatre teaches us differently. It is live, organic, and most importantly, it interests us to talk about life. 

Samantha Larsen – Stage Manager

Samantha is 16 years old and attends GW Graham secondary school. She has been a part of the csopa family for 10 years now and has been a stage manager for 3. She absolutely adores stage managing and sharing her love for theatre with the younger kids. She cannot wait for what the future has in store.