Theatrix Faculty & Teachers
|Deborah Solberg - Award-winning actress, producer and director, Deborah Solberg has a BA/B.Ed in Theatre, and is currently working on a master's degree at SFU. Deborah has been the Artistic Director of Theatrix Youtheatre Society since 1991. Owner of SunCity Productions Deborah offers programming at Fraser Valley Homeschooling Association, THE ACT in Maple Ridge, schools in School District #43, and organizes community events in Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody. She is the author of over 35 original musical productions, and mentors the next directing generation of Theatrix. She enjoys helping children have fun being the 'stars' they are!|
|"Mr. I" Yurgen Ilaender - studied music at the Vancouver Community College Music School, UBC, University of Calgary and University of Washington in Seattle. He has been teaching music to children aged three to nine since 1980. He currently teaches his excellent program, the MUSICAL RAINBOW, at Place des Arts, the Chilliwack Academy of Music and at several Montessori schools. Along with teaching, Mr. I is a children's performer and recording artist. He currently (2004) has 15 CDs of entertaining and educational music recorded for children and families. Check out his colourful website at www.childmusicmri.com. Mr. I is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist. He can perform many different styles of music. He also plays flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorders and other assorted wooden flutes and tin whistles. Along with his songwriting partner, Gary Huntbatch, they have written songs for about a dozen Theatrix productions over the years.|
|Graham Roebuck - Graham started writing music when he was five years old. At the same age, he began singing and acting with Four Seasons Musical Theatre. He remains an avid performer on piano, trombone, mandolin, wood flute, and a vocalist in solo and choral settings. A two-time 1st place winner in Canada Music Week’s Music Writing Competition and recipient of the Helen Dahlstrom award, Graham is grateful to his piano and music theory teacher Pamela Smirl. He recently received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria.|
|Nicole Roberge - loves her "work" as a choreographer, performer, advocate and Drama teacher and is currently on sabbatical working on her Master's Degree from NYC. Ms. Roberge grew up in Coquitlam, got her B.F.A. from UVic, is an avid traveler, has taught hundreds of young people around District #43, recently toured Western Canada with dance company Grupo America, and would be the first to admit that she "can't sit still". Coco also co-founded ArtQuake: Adventures in Circus, Dance and Drama to create and offer bilingual shows and workshops all around BC. She is proud of the Theatrix performers for their hard work...and 5, 6, 7, 8!" .|
|Stacee Copeland-Kerr- has over 35 years experience dancing and acting onstage, with 18 years experience working in film and television - both in front of and behind the camera. She has successfully produced many theatrical productions in Vancouver and founded a long-running actor training group for Lower Mainland performers. Stacee holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University and has trained with world-renowned acting, voice and movement coaches from Montreal to Los Angeles. She has been teaching Improvisation, Scene Study and Musical Theatre to elementary and middle school students for the last five years.|
Lauren Dutchak - Starting in local youth theatre programs at the age of ten, I have been involved in the theatre community for more than half my life. In high school I participated in over fifty plays in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario through many of our local community theatres. I then went on to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Windsor, receiving multiple credits from the Stratford Festival when I studied there. While completing my degree I took over running the theatre programs that I once frequented, teaching classes in movement, voice, improve, clown, scene study and in particular, introducing Shakespeare to young actors. Now I’m focused on bringing my talents out west to pursue my dream of acting while continuing to educate younger minds on the craft as well.