Artistic Director


headshot-deb-solberg Deborah Solberg - Award-winning actress, producer and director, with two degrees in Theatre, Deborah is Artistic Director for Theatrix Youtheatre Society and President of SunCity Productions Inc., which offers drama programs, theatre productions and community events. She is the author of children's books, stage scripts, and screenplays, and enjoys helping children have fun being the 'stars' they are!

Faculty & Teachers

jurgen "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 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.


nicole 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!" .



Lauren Hillman - 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.



Ashley Binette - Ashley found her love for performing at a very young age, With over 15 years in the performing arts industry she has earned titles in the dance world such as" National Gold Champion" 2 years in a row In Las Vegas & in Orlando and "National Silver Champion" in Portland Oregon. Ashley has a strong background in Tap,Hip-hop,Jazz,Musical Theatre & Ballet and has trained with many masters including Jeni Le Gon, Jason Samuels Smith,Napoleon & Tabitha and many others, She has been a backup dancer for Tazneem Tarmohamed,Done Commercials for "Alley cats" And done shows including "For the luv of it", West Side Story and Vancouver 2010 Olympics ,Ashley is always eager to share her knowledge and continue to learn in every aspect in the performing industry!


Karen Illman - is a trained singer who has a broad background of personal performance experience in vocal music: choral, ensemble, musical theatre, solo work in schools, churches, community groups/choirs, and a bit of television. She has worked in all genres of music: Classical, contemporary, vocal jazz, opera, gospel, musical theatre, Canadian choral music. Furthermore, Karen has done various acting roles and direction in both school & community theatre in Toronto, Hamilton, Atlanta, and Coquitlam.

Karen attended Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts in Toronto, studied and graduated with a degree in voice and music education from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music, went on to work as a voice teacher in a private music school, and eventually became co-director of the school. She has taught private lessons over the past 15 years to all ages.

Karen loves working with children! She has 3 of her own and has spent many past summers working with children in fine arts camps in Toronto. Additionally, Karen specializes in working with children’s voices in her voice studio.


Erinn Gleeson - is an actress, writer, choreographer, teacher and award-winning director. She has been featured in commercials and has many stage credits including “Mollie” in The Mousetrap, “Sylvie” in Moonlight and Valentino, “Blanche” in The Streetcar Named Desire, “the Baker” in Joseph’s Technicolor Dream coat and other stage and dance productions. She has a degree in Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto and has been a free-lance writer for many life, culture and home-design magazines. Erinn is thrilled to be a Theatrix faculty member and is passionate about helping kids find their confidence and belief in themselves through theatre.




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Theatrix Youtheatre Society
1918 Como Lake Ave. 
P.O. BOX 64553
Coquitlam, B.C. V3J 7V7
(604) 475-3366

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