Guest Speakers

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. 

Sarah Tolle

Sarah serves as editor, writer, and producer with an indie Vancouver-based digital publishing company where she facilitates the work of an evolving creative business team.

Her career as a creative has been multidisciplinary, alternating the hats of language instructor, salsa instructor and performer, comedian, writer, screenwriter, producer, and actor. 

Sarah brings a wealth of experience and insight to our students with regard to online marketing, self-branding, and digital strategy as they build their post-graduate business. 

Tasya Teles

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Born in Toronto, Tasya moved to Vancouver as a child, and attended Concordia University in Montréal, Quebec. She originally studied commerce, but soon fell in love with theatre. She spent a few years in New York, and Montréal pursuing modeling, but eventually returned back to Vancouver, B.C. to pursue her love for theatre and film.

Teles played a recurring role on DirecTV’s Rogue, and is a series regular on The CW’s The 100 in the role of Echo. She has appeared on Showcase’s Continuum, Lifetime’s Witches of East End, USA Network’s Rush, BBC America’s Intruders and The CW’s Supernatural and iZombie. She has worked on several indie features, including starring roles in LeilaRegretMagdalenaEat Me and Skin Trade. She also voices Sitara in the video game Watch Dogs 2.

Monika Dalman

Monika is a Vancouver-based casting agent, freelance editor, and writer.

With extensive professional experience working with non-profits and activism, her written work has been published on numerous websites and blogs.

Courtney Paige

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Courtney is an award-winning actor, writer and director. She fell in love with performing at a young age and became a member of the Kelowna Community Theatre Company when she was eleven. Her first role was on on the American-series, Psych. Since then, she has played supporting and principal roles in A Mother’s Nightmare, E! Entertainment’s series, The Arrangement, and more.

Courtney was listed as one of 2018’s most influential young entrepreneurs in The New York Journal and one of 2020’s top ten filmmakers to watch during Diversity in Cannes.

Emilio Salituro

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Emilio is a talent agent and manager at Lucas Talent based in Vancouver Canada with a background in acting for stage and camera.

He represents actors for film, TV, commercials, and stage.