Trina Daase

Office Assistant
As long as she can remember Trina has always loved working with children so she jumped at the opportunity to become the Office Assistant at The Stage when we asked her. She has not yet graduated from high school but hopes to pursue acting once she does. She’s also a certified babysitter and loves working in the arts, and tries to share her passion for this with everyone else.


Martin LoweMartin Lowe

Studio Manager

Martin Lowe is a man of many talents.  Picture if you will, Mad Men by day and Super Dad by night. As an account manager for the “world-famous” Carter Hales Design Lab, Martin spends his day corralling designers and keeping numerous clients on cloud 9 as they experience the excitement and motivating power of brand design. When he’s not keeping Carter Hales in order, Martin helps his wife chase after their son. Many a day are spent at the playground, playing board games, and reading stories.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep Martin busy, he dons yet another costume at The Stage. Martin is an invaluable member of the team. From maintaining the website, creating brochures and all things visual, managing events, welcoming renters, and generally keeping the Director on track (a full time job in it’s own right), Martin does it all.


Sarah Lubbe

Instructor
Sarah Lubbe is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University receiving her BFA in theatre performance and yoga teacher.  She is passionate about teaching the arts to all and encourages an inclusive and positive atmosphere.  She enjoys clowning, singing and is actively involved in a composers collective and the arts community.  Sarah loves to help all children find their creative voice though play and improvisation.


Christina McLellan

Instructor

Christina is a certified Early Childhood Educator, and is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University with a major in Psychology. Christina has worked in daycare programs in Langley and Surrey for the past six years, and is passionate about working with children and families to support each child’s individual development. Christina loves teaching young children, especially when it involves music! Christina grew up in a very musical family and has spent many years involved in choirs, voice lessons, piano lessons, and is currently learning to play the guitar in her spare time (of which there is not much!) Theatre was an important part of Christina’s childhood and she looks forward to seeing more children learn to love music and to love The Stage.


Erin Michell

Instructor

Erin Michell is a professional performing artist from Victoria, British Columbia, specializing in acting, dancing, singing, and storytelling. She is a graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts and continued her training more recently in Ireland under the direction of Sue Morrison during her ‘Clown Through Mask’ workshop, exploring the style of Pochinko Clown. Erin began her dance training at the age of four years old in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, and Interpretive dance. She furthered her focus in the CCPA dance mentorship program, creating an artistic contemporary piece, and showcasing it to fellow students, staff, and the public. Some of her credits while attending the college are: featured dancer/ performer in “Crazy For You” (George and Ira Gershwin), the choreographer of an original collaborative piece titled “Digital Sunshine”, and the role of Dance Captain as well as featured dancer/performer in the musical “Footloose” (Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford). Commercial dance credits include featured dancer for recording artist “Sachika” in her music video “Not Gunna Play”, choreographer for recording artist “Sophia” in her music video “Sunglasses”, and more recently, choreographer for recording artist “Dorothy Melody” in her music video “Walk on Water”, produced by Ron Thaler. Erin’s most recent work includes touring across Canada as a principal actor for the past three seasons with The Story Theatre Company, founded and directed by Jim Leard, showcasing her skills and abilities in character work, puppetry/ mask, song and dance, and as a traditional storyteller.


Janelle Reid

Instructor

My artistic interest has led me to explore many styles of artistic practices from theatre production to various dance forms to martial arts and acting. I truly love them all. However singing has always been with me from a very early age. I completed a double major bachelors degree in music composition and theatre performance. From then on I have done dance projects, student films, music accompaniment for dance classes, singing in piano recitals, concerts, choirs, weddings, music recordings, music directing, composing, voice training, musical theatre and singing in music bands. I am grateful for my every experience I had but there is always more opportunities to share music with others and I will continue to share my love for music whenever I can.


Stefanie SwinnardStefanie Swinnard

Certified Early Childhood Music & Movement Educator/Director

Stefanie hails from the arts embracing city of Chilliwack. She started performing at the tender age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since.

She first fell in love with musical theatre at age 10 and is veteran of the Chilliwack Musical Theatre Company, having performed such roles as Anna (The King and I), Anita (West Side Story) and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady); to name a few; and she studied with the Chilliwack Academy of Music for over a decade.  Stefanie has had the chance to hone her skills as a musical theatre performer working with directors such as David Walsh, Caroline Harder, Paula Quick, Andy Toth, Scott Knight & Erica Northcott. She is a classically trained singer of nearly 16 years and has received many regional and provincial awards including Best Musical Theatre Voice and Senior Classical Voice Runner-Up at the BC Provincial Festival of the Arts. Stefanie is an honours graduate of both the University of the Fraser Valley Theatre Program and the Douglas College Musicianship Program.  She was seen most recently in the role of Alice Beane in Theatre Under the Stars’ production of Titanic: A New Musical in Stanley Park.

Stefanie has enjoyed numerous offstage roles including stage management & hair and makeup design for the University of the Fraser Valley, costume and wardrobe management for Suor Angelica and Seven Deadly Sins for the University of Minnesota and even as a “Munchkin Wrangler” for TMA New York’s touring production of The Wizard of Oz.

Wanting to stay active in her hometown arts community Stefanie has been the Junior Program Director for the Chilliwack School of Performing Arts for nine seasons having directed The Jungle BookThumbelina,  Alice in WonderlandWizard of OzThe Aristocats, Cinderella, and coming June 2013, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanely.

Continuing to share her love of music and the arts with children she became an Early Childhood Music and Movement Educator and has spent 10 years providing the highest quality music and drama programming to preschools, elementary schools, community centres and dance schools throughout Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond & New Westminster.  She has an extensive background in early childhood education and development and is a frequent attendee of national and international conferences, workshops and seminars.

Stefanie truly believes that everyone benefits from music, movement, and drama education not only from a social standpoint, but more importantly from a developmental side.  The Performing Arts are a perfect vehicle for encouraging whole child, or whole person, development and it is with this in mind that all curriculum provided at The Stage is carefully planned and evaluated so that not only do our students become great performers, they become great people.