Your Instructors

Paul Donnett

Paul Donnett is an award-winning screenwriter, producer, composer, and co-host of the Film Night podcast and Film Night with Two Pauls web series. Author of the Shaka: King of the Zulu graphic novel series and writer-producer on Reinventing Leonard, Paul has a rich and varied background as an international teacher, coach, and public speaker.

After working with international innovation company Katerva as a writer-producer, and as a reader for Vancouver-based production companies, Paul became a writing instructor and VP of Academics at Vancouver Acting School.

While serving as a panel judge for the BC Student Film Festival, ZOOM Film Festival, Northern FanCon, and the Leo Awards, he was invited onboard as Story Institute’s Director of Education and senior screenwriting instructor, where he also collaborates closely with high school film, drama, creative writing and production programs in the delivery of year-round story and script workshops.

Kirby Morrow

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Kirby Morrow trained in theatre at Mount Royal University, in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout his career, Kirby has also trained in Vancouver, Paris, Dublin, Toronto and Los Angeles. Reaching a successful stature in both on camera and animation voice overs, Kirby is a highly sought after guest at animation, science fiction and Comicon conventions around the world. His roles have included Goku in Dragon Ball Z, Tony Stark in Ultimate Hulk vs Wolverine, and multiple live and voice roles in Ninjago, Lego Jurassic Park, Lego Star Wars, Transformers, The Flash, Supergirl, Legion, Arrow, Stargate, The Good Doctor, and more.

Mathias Retemal acting instructor
Mathias Retemal

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Mathias studied Media Technology for Film and Television Production Sets at Collège O’Sullivan de Montréal and worked as a freelance behind the camera. He was never happy about his job, but his passion for film was burning within. One day, just like out of fiction, a stranger happened to pass by and suggested him to try acting. Right then and there, he decided to get out from behind the camera to flourish in front of it. Mathias has built an incredible resume in a relatively short amount of time with memorable roles on The Romeo Section, Arrow, The Flash, The Main the High Castle, Rogue, Legends of Tomorrow, FIFA ’19 and more.

Fred Ewaniuck

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Fred is known for his role in the television series Corner Gas as Hank Yarbo and as the title character in the CTV sitcom Dan for Mayor. He was also a regular in a CTV anthology series, Robson Arms. Recently, he starred in Nickelodeon’s TV movie, Swindle.

He is also well known for his several award wins for the 2003 lead role in the comedy, The Delicate Art of Parking, and reprised his role as Richard Henry “Hank” Yarbo in Corner Gas: The Movie, winning him a Gemini Award, and much praise. He also had roles in popular films including The Santa Clause 2Just FriendsYoung Triffie, and a romantic comedy with several other Corner Gas stars in Love and Other Dilemmas, and the disaster film Absolute Zero.

Bill MacDonald

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Besides his work in film and television (Riverdale, Supergirl, The Terror, Supernatural), Bill has also appeared in over 80 theatrical productions as of 2018. He has played the title roles in MacBeth and Coriolanus, King Henry in The Lion in Winter, as well as Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew, Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart, John in Oleanna, Aston in The Caretaker, Starbuck in The Rainmaker, and Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune, to name a few. He has also directed over a dozen plays, including his own compositions Coco-Puffs and Caviar and Phantoms.

Micaele Johnson

Micaele started out her artistic career in Musical Theatre, her passion for storytelling grew. She continued her  creative studies at the prestigious Circle in The Square Theatre School in New York City. Micaele works professionally on stage and screen, and her diversity in classical training and experience with modern film and television techniques have given her an incredible foundation for her craft and we’re thrilled she is sharing it with others.

“Honouring stories of our humanity is essential to me. That’s what Circle has taught me and I carry that lesson with me in the work. Consistently learning to work with the challenges, relish in joy, and embrace individual unique experiences by expressing them through the art of Acting. I look forward to working with you all in the New Year!”

Toby Marks

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Originally from Calgary, Toby graduated with a BFA in Acting, Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University in New York, one of the top 25 film schools in the world. After New York, Toby training at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe theatre where she performed as Viola in Twelfth Night on the Globe stage. Toby comes to Story Institute from Los Angeles, where she lived and worked for years as a film and television actor, acting teacher, and coach. Having taught everything from storytelling and text analysis to scene study and audition technique to students ranging in age from 7 – 16, as well as to adults, Toby knows the dynamics of scene work and the specifics of acting. 

Kim Hudson

Kim Hudson is a narrative theorist and a pioneer in storytelling from the feminine perspective. While a film student in Vancouver, Kim was told that all story from all time was based on one story, the “hero’s journey”, one universal story. Soon thereafter, she began a lifelong journey to adapt and innovate the Hero’s journey into a revolutionary paradigm to enhance the storytelling and screenwriting journey from the feminine perspective, which she outlines in her ground-breaking book, The Virgin’s Promise.

Kim has an unusual background. She is trained in geological exploration and is a specialist in treaty negotiation with indigenous people. She is currently a Fellow with Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue and Director of the Two Ways of Knowing project. 

Michael Coleman acting instructor
Michael Coleman

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Michael Coleman has a 25+ year resume in film, television, and voicing animation and video games.  Coleman is most recognized for his 7 year role on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and has also worked on Smallville, Stargate, Dragonball Z, Hello Kitty, Inuyasha, Hamtaro, and several other projects.

Michael’s students have gone on to perform lead or supporting roles on shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, Letterkenny, Riverdale, My Little Pony, Lego Star Wars, Supernatural, Sabrina, The 100, and countless other shows. Michael Coleman has trained with coaches from LA, New York, and Vancouver and has combined various methods that he uses in his own every day career. 

Requell Jodeah

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Requell Jodeah is a Canadian actress, who was born and raised primarily in the Middle East. Born to Anglo-East Indian parents, her ancestry is an eclectic mix of Indian, Portuguese, English, and (possibly) Dutch.

She began pursuing an acting career later in life, after a knee injury halted an aspiring career in policing. Her professional acting debut was playing a young, irresponsible mum in a regional commercial, followed by a principal role in a popular television docudrama, as a supermodel’s pushy, over-bearing manager. Since then she has appeared in various TV shows, Indie short films, and commercials airing in Canada, the USA and the UK.

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