2021 Teaching Artist Bios

Anna Marie Anderson

Anna Marie [she/her] is a UVIC Theatre Graduate. She is the director of Victoria Fringe Productions Summer Bucket List (2019 Best Original New Work, Best Drama) and The Fitting Room (2018 Overall Favourite Show, Bravest Show) and SKAM’s most recent SYC Show The Fates. She often works with plays that deal with themes such as social justice, coming of age, and mental health. In all of her work she aims to lift the voices of young adults and empower both the artists and the audience. She is excited to be teaching with SKAM again and can’t wait to start creating.

Anna Marie can be contacted at [email protected]

Celia Taylor

Celia [she/her] is the founder and artistic director of Empress of Blandings Productions, an independent theatre company based in Edmonton, Alberta. With Empress of Blandings, she has directed and produced a string of successful shows at the Edmonton Fringe and elsewhere, and is the creator of a critically acclaimed noir mystery podcast, Hardboiled. In 2017, she was named one of the top 25 emerging artists in Alberta by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She was a co-producer and artist liaison for the 2021 SKAMpede festival. She holds a double honours BA in Theatre Studies from McGill University.

Celia can be contacted at [email protected] 

Chelsea MacEwan

Chelsea [she/her] is an local theatre artist from Sidney, BC. She graduated from The Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Company C program in 2020. It was at CCPA where she found her own artistic voice, which led her to write and direct award-winning mini-musical “BRUNCH: The Musical”. She has worked across BC, most notably in Kelowna and the Kootenays. Chelsea also has experience as a Choreographer, Composer, and Lighting Director. Chelsea worked most recently as a SKAM Camp Counsellor and is very excited to return as a teaching artist this fall!

Chelsea can be contacted at [email protected] 

Ciarán Volke

Ciarán [he/they] is an actor, writer, director, and filmmaker based in unceded Lkwungen territory, and is currently creating a solo musical about a delusional pop star. Select devising credits include “Spin the Bottle” (UVic, The Canadian Play Thing), “Prey” (Belfry Incubator), and “The Great Ascent” (That Damn Dog Theatre).

Courtney Crawford

Courtney [she/her] is a theatre artist based in Victoria BC, originally from a small town in the East Kootenays. She graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts and received two diplomas in performing arts. As well as taking classes during her time at CCPA, Courtney also had the opportunity to stage manage, costume design, and act as Doris in Unity 1918 and Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza. She wants to bring her passion and love for the theatre to today’s up and coming performers; focussing on inclusivity and creating a safe space to learn and grow.

Courtney can be contacted at [email protected]

Kendra Bidwell

Kendra [she/her] is an actor, dancer, singer and musician from Victoria, BC. After graduating from Company C at the Canadian College of Performing Arts she has had the privilege to stage manage, portray Disney princesses with Enchanted Fables, tour with Jubilations Dinner Theatre in Buddy Holly’s Happy Days, and perform shows with Theatre SKAM aboard the pop-up truck. Kendra’s teaching journey began in high school where she assisted musical theatre classes, continuing on to teach at the McTavish Academy of Art, and now with Theatre SKAM. She hopes to share her passion for performing with everyone!

Kendra can be contacted at [email protected] 

Justin Francis Lee

Justin [he/him] is a writer, director, and sailor. He is passionate about exploring the stories of everyday people caught between subcultures. Intent on spearheading a closer relationship between the Canadian theatre and film industries, he hopes to make quality art more accessible. As the project manager for the Canadian Play Thing he runs The Apartment of Writing, a writer’s room for emerging playwrights. Currently he is a research assistant at the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing for new play development. Recent credits: Co-producing Theatre SKAM’s SKAMpede Festival, writing The Open Gate (SKAMpede), producing A Way Out (Apartment of Writing), writing Ngaii Duk (SATCo), acting in I and You (Langham Court Theatre), and assistant directing on the film sets of Dream Book, Bubba Lou, and All in Madonna. Justin is currently based between Calgary AB, (Treaty 7) and Victoria, BC (unceded territory of the Lekwungen peoples).

Justin can be contacted at [email protected] 

Lynnéa Chan

Lynnéa [she/her] is a queer, Chinese-Canadian theatre artist, vocalist, and a graduate of the University of Victoria. With a specialization in directing, and a passion for writing, Lynnéa hopes to create stories in various mediums that are provocative, loving, and dedicated to casual diversity. She has written a variety of short plays, and performed at the Phoenix Theatre in Victoria, BC. Since graduating, she has worked with Theatre SKAM, completed the LEAP program at the Arts Club Theatre, and the Telling It Bent program at The Frank Theatre.

Lynnéa can be contacted at [email protected] 

Rose Cortez

Rose [she/her] is a First-Generation, Filipina-Canadian, Theatre Artist and Yoga Teacher leading the Theatre project entitled, Budhi Theatre Workshops.  She is an Artist; creator/performer/collective playwright residing as a transplant settler in B.C. since 2009 from Toronto and an uninvited guest on Lekwungen Territory in Victoria, B.C since 2019.  Rose integrates her artistic formal BFA training from York University with Southeast-Asian Wellness & Theatre Arts traditions.  She strives for a process-based artistic practice approach.  Rose’s work in Theatre, Arts and Yoga communities from Victoria, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Kamloops, and Haida Gwaii reflect her resilient commitment to innovate for the future of our next generation. Rose’s Theatre credits include: “Singkil” (Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Best Performance), “People Power”, “If We Were Birds”, “In The Shadow of Elephants”, “Batik/Budol/Brew”, “The Dreamweavers”, and “Stillness in Action”. Rose has worked with Theatre Companies in Toronto: Carlos Bulosan Theatre, fu-Gen Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Factory Theatre and Canadian Stage.

Rose can be contacted at [email protected]