Faculty

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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Siobhan Williams

Siobhan first broke into the film and television world while living in Calgary, earning a role on the CBC’s internationally acclaimed series, ‘Heartland’. Propelled by a character arc that lasted two seasons, Siobhan moved to Vancouver, ‘”Hollywood North”, where she booked another series recurring role, the quirky, not-so-know-it-all, Ginger, 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.

A busy working actor herself, 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 Fred Ewanuick

Fred Ewanuick

Fred is best known for his role as Hank on the hit comedy series Corner Gas. Fred also played the lead role in the series Dan for Mayor as well as memorable performances on shows like Family Law, Robson Arms, and Da Vinci’s Inquest. In the world of voice-overs Fred has leant his voice to the popular shows Dinotrux as Click-Clack and as Stinkbug on the animated series Beat Bugs.

 

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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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.

 
Instructor Tasya Teles

Tasya Teles

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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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Pamela Jones Instructor at Story Institute

Pamela Jones

With degrees in theatre (UBC) and broadcasting (BCIT), Pam has worked at several major market radio stations. She has voiced thousands of local and international spots and wrote and voiced the Knowledge Network’s pledge campaigns. Pam has voiced for SlugterraMolly of Denali and appeared in indie films, and commercials. She is an award-winning screenwriter and a voice casting director for ESL clients and for Walla groups at Pinewood Sound.

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Maggie Blue

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.

 

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.
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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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.

 

Instructor Sidney Quesnelle

Sidney Quesnelle

(on set filming)

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.

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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.

 
Instructors Kirby Morrow

Kirby Morrow
Emeritus

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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• All instructors have completed the Safe Sets International COVID-19 Certificate