Faculty

Siobhan Williams

Siobhan was first seen on the CBC’s internationally acclaimed series, ‘Heartland’, followed by a recurring role on The Cartoon Network’s live-action series, ‘Level Up’. She has performed leading roles on numerous films and series, notably John Cassar’s ‘Forsaken’ with Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, and Demi Moore, and AMC’s acclaimed series ‘Hell on Wheels. Siobhan has recently played lead and regular roles on ‘Scared lies’, ‘The Deadly Class’, ‘ Billy the Kid’, and the exciting new video game ‘The Quarry’.

 

Instructor Toby Marks

Toby Marks

Toby has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University in New York.  She then trained at Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London and went onto Los Angeles, where she lived and worked as a film/TV actor and coach for almost a decade. Recently, she finished shooting a principal character on the FX show “A Teacher” airing this fall.  You can also see Toby as a series regular on the series “Hipsterverse.”

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Maggie Blue O’Hara 

Maggies is an accomplished actor, writer, director, instructor and has an incredible approach to the craft. Her years performing high profile roles on shows like Ninjago, X-Men: Evolution, and Dragonball Z to name but a few, have given her a wealth of experience. She has an impressive teaching resume as well, teaching kids and adults at top schools all over the world. She is an amazing addition to our team and we are incredibly grateful to have her join us.

 

Michael Robinson

Michael is a World Theatresports champion (Calgary 1988) and has won international championships in Canada, New Zealand, and North America. He has regularly performed with Whose Line is it Anyway?’s Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles and he has worked and trained all over the world. One of his more notable students was Cate Blanchett when he taught at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney Australia. Michael is also an accomplished actor, director, writer, and producer with impressive credits throughout his career.

 

Mabel Clements

Mabel Clements studied a 3 year BA (Acting) at the world renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She has since worked with some of London and New York’s top theatres including The Young Vic, The Old Vic, London’s West End and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mabel’s voiceover career began with the Harry Potter films as a child, and has included Skyfall, Bohemian Rhapsody and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. Mabel has taught acting and voice for over a decade and is excited to be joining Story Institute.

Instructor Tasya Teles

Tasya Teles

Recently completing several years as Echo on the CW series, The 100, Tasya has fast become a performer with lots of eyes on her career, Known for her extensive training and ability to make the difficult seem effortless, this creative powerhouse is now expanding her creative energies to writing and producing as well. Her training in Los Angeles and Vancouver has been diverse and consistent. 

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Instructors Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman

An award winning writer/actor/producer, Michael has performed professionally on television, film, stage, video games, radio, and cartoons. He is the founder of Rebel West Pictures. Michael’s played the dwarf, Happy, on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Michael has also performed roles on X-Men: Evolution, Hello Kitty, DBZ, Inuyasha, Hamtaro, Supernatural, Smallville, Stargate, and many other popular shows.

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Instructors Devyn Dalton

Devyn Dalton

Devyn is an accomplished actor,  stunt performer, and voice-over artist. She’s worked closely with Steven Spielberg on The BFG, with Andy Sirkis on The Planet of the Apes, and performed roles on the animated series My Little Pony and Beyblade Burst. Some of Devyn’s more noteable credits include Godzilla, Once Upon a Time, Skyskraper, Supernatural, Arrow, Leminy Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Predator, and X-Files, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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James Douglas

James Douglas is an actor, writer and producer, known for The Doctor’s Case (2018), Wicked Ways TV (2021) and Wilds to Riches (2013). James originally received acting training at the University of Victoria and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. James was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Victoria, and in 2004 completed one year of graduate coursework at the university’s Theatre department.

Valerie Duthill

Valerie is most passionate about helping people connect to their true nature and feel empowered. As a qualified voice coach, she has worked with actors, corporations, yoga instructors, and entrepreneurs, guiding them to finding their authentic voice and drive. She has achieved a Bachelor of Performing Arts and a Post Graduate Certificate in Voice Studies at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. As an actor, Valerie has performed in an array of stage plays, independent films, and was seen recently on the hit television series The Good Doctor.

 

Natasha McKay

Natasha is an actor, writer, and producer with a diploma in theatre acting in addition to a diploma in film acting. She has trained with some of the most renowned coaches in Calgary and Vancouver, and continues to train extensively herself. She has a strong team player mindset and strives to give others tools and experiences needed to create an atmosphere of fun, professionalism, connection, and positivity.

 

Stephen Bulat

Stephen is an award winning voice over demo designer and has extensive experience in film, television, and theatre. His ability to offer practical and easy to understand guidance and direction empowers performers to create effective and authentic characters.

Aura McKay

 An enthusiastic, get right to the heart of the matter coach, helping actors figure out how to make more money, work smarter, and create the lifestyle and impact they want.

Aura loves working with passionate, creative actors who are feeling stuck, overwhelmed, pr plateaued trying to build their thriving and rewarding business.
Instructor Sidney Quesnelle

Sidney Quesnelle

Sidney has been actively involved with the Canadian Improv Games as a coach and judge and is an amazing addition to Story Institute. Improv has given her the opportunity to compete and perform on the global stage in Tennessee, Beijing, and Shanghai.  Sidney attended the University of Victoria where she studied fine arts.

Instructor: Improv 

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Andi McPhee

Andi is kind and generous performer and coach who originated his career in his home country of Australia. His early credits saw him deliver memorable characters on shows like Neighbours, Animal Kingdom, Wilfred, Criminal Minds, Sons of Anarchy, Saving Mr. Banks, ad many more. 

 
Instructors Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow
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Kirby Morrow trained in theatre at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout his career, he also trained in Vancouver, Paris, Dublin, Toronto and Los Angeles. Reaching a successful stature in both on camera and animation voice-overs, he was a highly sought-after guest at animation, science fiction and Comicon conventions around the world.

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