The Story Team

Luciana Fortes Admissions Story Institute

Luciana Fortes

Student Experience Coordinator

(604) 802-8751

Luciana Fortes is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Dance from Bryn Mawr College, in the USA, studied abroad in Paris, and completed her MFA at Simon Fraser University. On a typical Tuesday, you can usually find her doing character voices or funny dances with the students while asking for their documents and reports. You know, just that Student Experience Coordinator life. 

Favourite Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove


Liz Korbutt

Liz Korbutt

Admissions Advisor

(778) 222-8677

Liz was born and raised in the Lower Mainland where she embraced an early love for nature and the arts.  After graduating from University, her adventurous spirit inspired her to live, work, and travel abroad.  Her diverse experiences ignited her passion for personal growth and taught her that curiosity is at the heart of lifelong learning.  Professionally, Liz uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to empower others to see the potential within themselves.  In her spare time, Liz enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, seeking adventure in the outdoors and spending time with her cat, Phoebe.  

Favourite Movie: The Truman Show

Darien Leigh Ross The Story Team

Darien Ross

Online Experience Coordinator

(778) 222-8677

Darien is originally from Victoria, BC she studied at BCIT for New Media Design and Web Development. She lived in Scotland for 2 years and also spent a year in the small town of Wells, BC a population of only 250 people! She is now back in Vancouver and when she is not working she is with her. cat Commodus.

Favourite Movie: The Maltese Falcon

Lydia Rimmer The Story Team

Lydia Rimmer

Community Engagement Specialist

(778) 222-8677

Lydia was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She attended Capilano University where she received her Bachelor of Communications. She pursued a career in Social Media Management because of her love of creative writing and photography! In her spare time Lydia can be found hiking with her dog or making embroideries. 

Favourite Movie: Harry Potter Series 

Susan Thompson The Story Team

Susan Thompson

Admissions Advisor

(778) 222-8677

Susan is a working comedian/writer & has performed throughout the US & Canada. She’s worked extensively with performers such as Sabrina Jalees, Carla Collins, Trixx, Doug Stanhope, the late Mike McDonald & most recently was the chosen opener for Canadian comedy legend, Jeremy Hotz. Susan’s  the former manager/producer & lead booker for the historic Lafflines Comedy Club in New Westminster & is the lead support talent booker for House of Comedy Vancouver. She also works tirelessly as a networking talent liaison for the Jake Hirsch Entertainment Group. Susan is a popular, sought after industry panelist for some of the most prominent comedy festivals in the US & the invites continue to pour in. She recently began producing films & has had her first full length feature, on Amazon Prime. Her most recent project, Pluto by Larke Miller has been screened at several national level film festivals including Just for Laughs Northwest, Denmark, Miami, Vancouver & Berlin. 

Favorite Movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off & Deadpool

Instructors Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman


Senior Educational Administrator

Best known these days for his comedic portrayal of the dwarf HAPPY on ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Michael Coleman is a character actor with memorable roles on numerous high profile franchises. Michael’s early voice work in the series Dragonball Z, Hamtaro, X-Men, Hello Kitty, Megaman, to name a few, grew his international reputation as a versatile character performer.

Favourite Movie: The Princess Bride