At KASA we pride ourselves in delivering top notch education, performances and productions to the highest professional standards, showcasing the skill and talent of our students. It’s also important that all students are introduced to the realities of industry practice. 

 

Readers of Okanagan Life voted the Kelowna Actors Studio Academy the Best Private School for the Central Okanagan and for 17 years running Kelowna Actors Studio has won Best Arts Organization And Best Live Performing Arts Group. For Best of Kelowna : Kelowna Actors Studio - Best Arts Company or Organization and Best Theatre Group and Randy Leslie, Artistic Managing Director has won Best Teacher/Professor & Kelowna Citizen that Deserves Recognition - Male (2017)

 

Over the past 17 years, Actors Studio has successfully produced over 100 major productions and grown to accommodate over 250 students a semester. 

Through the Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation with Executive Director, Margaret Gobie and Artistic Director, Randy Leslie and his instructors, classes are offered for students from ages 3 up to Adults & Seniors. 

 

Students can enrol in after school performance classes, March Break and Summer Classes and Adult evening classes as well as specialty workshops in various disciplines.  Many students from these classes move on to post secondary studies in the performance arts as well as working in Community and Professional Productions.  It’s an ongoing opportunity for students to hone their Musical, Dance, Technical and Acting skills. 

 

Various options are available for classes including:

(Most classes present a full production with lights, sound, sets, props and costumes)
Drama                       September until December.           1 Semester
Musical Theatre     September until March                    1 & 2 Semester
Musical Theatre.    January until May                               1 Semester
Adult/Senior            October  until June                            1 & 2 Semester
 
Senior Performance Troupe (4pm to 6pm)
Fridays, October until June
March Break Full Day Camps (9am to 4pm)
1 or 2 week options
Summer Full Day Theatre Camps (9am to 4pm)
1 or 2 weeks in various disciplines including Improv, Music Theatre, TV & Film and Drama
A full list of Classes can be found at :
https://www.kelownaactorsstudio.com/education/upcoming-courses/
 
 
 
 
Our History
 

The Kelowna Actors Studio has been presenting high quality Musicals, Plays and Theatre Classes to Kelowna audiences for 17 years.  Founded by Randy Leslie and Nathan Flavel, KAS has presented over 100 different musicals and plays to outstanding reviews and standing ovations.

 

From the beginning, teaching the skills of performance has been a passion for Mr. Leslie.  The classes have grown from 4 classes in the first year with 8-16 participants, to 12 different annual classes and camps with 20 - 30 students in each.  Classes for teens have grown into the popular Senior Performance Troupe and Adult/Senior classes typically sell out.

 

The Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation received Charitable status in 2014 with all classes falling under the Foundation.

Past students include Julia Chambers (Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Anne of Green Gables, Spring Awakening, Cabaret)  currently studying at New York University - Tisch School of the Arts, Tiernan Lafleur-Johnson (Godspell, The Great Gatsby, Chicago, Sister Act)  at The Guildford Academy in London, England, Celeste Catena (Mamma Mia, A Christmas Story, Jesus Christ Superstar) at Sheridan College in Toronto, Jenna Geen (Chicago, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ryan Nicolai  (Billy Elliot-The Musical, Rocky Horror Show) & Emily Dehod (Chicago, Anne of Green Gables)  at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria and the list goes on. Other students have moved on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC and LA, Carnegie Mellon University and Ryerson University.

Facilities - Teaching & Performance Space

The Kelowna Actors Studio MainStage, 210 seat theatre is located at 1379 Ellis Street, Kelowna B.C and  includes a mirrored rehearsal/dance studio, production & administrative offices as well as set, costume and props workshops.

 

Bursaries
Please contact Academy@KelownaActorsStudio.com for further information
The Scott Lawler Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship is awarded annually to a student moving onto post secondary studies in theatre and is awarded in June.

Board of Directors

Jill Butler
President

Janice Sorestad

Vice President

Rachel Lewis Secretary/Treasurer 

 

Executive Director - The Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation

Margaret Gobie

Margaret has a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta.  She has worked as an actor and director in Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto, co-founding a theatre company in Toronto which presented new works, site specific productions and modern interpretations of the classics.   She has also worked in Arts Administration for the Tarragon Theatre, the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.  Margaret has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University.

At the Actors Studio she is the Executive Director of the Kelowna Actors Studio Academy Foundation and is the students’ primary supervisor.

On stage for KAS she has directed Annie, My Son Pinnochio, Cat in the Hat, Shirley Valentine, Crimes of the Heart, August Osage County, Glass Menagerie and co-directed South Pacific.  As an actor, she performed as Mickie in The Odd Couple: Female Version.  Margaret has also been the props mistress at KAS, a dancer and a stilt walker.

 

 

Randy Leslie (Artistic Managing Director/Instructor, Adult Viewpoints Master Class, Scene Study Master Class and Playwriting & Production Lab)

Named Kelowna's Best Teacher in 2013, Randy is the Artistic Managing Director of Kelowna Actors Studio, teaching and mentoring performers of all ages. Many of his students are attending Sheridan College and the Randolph Academy in Toronto, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in L.A. & NYC, New York University, Guildford School of Acting in London amongst others.

 

With almost 200 directorial/production credits in Toronto, Ottawa and Kelowna,  he was also the Director of Programming and Marketing for the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto and held several positions on cultural boards. His passions include musical theatre, production, choreography, lighting/set design and performing.

 

Randy was the recipient of the first ever Okanagan Angel Award for his contribution to the local arts scene and received the Civic Award -  Honour in the Arts - City of Kelowna in 2009. Best Teacher/Professor & Kelowna Citizen that Deserves Recognition - Male (2017) . His home theatre group in Toronto, Ontario has an award named in his honour. 

 

Randy has an incredible rapport working with both children and adults and is known for getting people to perform to their highest level.  He is the central force behind the implementation of our creative and challenging drama and music programs for all ages.

 

In Kelowna he has directed such productions Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot - The Musical,  Chicago, A Streetcar Named Desire, the 39 Steps and many more. He has also performed on our stage with favourite credits including Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and ZaZa/Albin in La Cage Aux Folles.

Roslyn Frantz (Resident Musical Director)

Ros is well known and loved in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley as a distinguished pianist, vocal coach and music director who has participated in the 'musical' fabric of the valley for over 20 years. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Frantz, the piano soloist, concert artist, vocal coach and accompanist has earned accolades in music since she was twelve. She began her career playing the Mozart concerto no. 21 (Elvira Madigan) with the Portland Junior Symphony. In following appearances, at the ages of 16 and 17, she played the Schumann concerto and the Rachmaninoff third with the Portland Symphony.

 

 In 1979 her reputation as an interpreter of German Lieder was affirmed when she was awarded the coveted prize for distinguished achievement as an accompanist by the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, near Vienna, Austria. That talent continued to flourish, and she added to her accomplishments playing for Master classes with Lotte Lehman in Santa Barbara, California where she received an artist's certificate for further piano studies with Gyorgy Sandor.


Ms. Frantz received a Master of Music from The University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Arts from Mills College in Oakland, Calif. She holds certificates from Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif, Franz Schubert Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, the coveted KADAC Honour in the Arts Award from the City of Kelowna in 2005 and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by Okanagan Arts in 2011. 

 

Roslyn’s masterful musicianship, knowledge and innate ability to connect with her students has imparted upon them the art of music, the appreciation of music, the respect of music as well as the love of music.  She has gained much admiration and love from performers with whom she has worked and performed as well as her students as she has a special gift of empathy for one and all.

 

The Kelowna Actors Studio is honoured to be gifted with her immense talent and expertise as their resident music director.  Her dedication, leadership and excellence in the performing arts continues to benefit her students and the community at large.  We are so fortunate to have someone of her calibre in the Okanagan.

Spencer Bach (Music Director, Alice In Wonderland & Senior Performance Troupe)

Spencer is a leader in music education in British Columbia.   As an accomplished pianist and conductor, he has been leading internationally award-winning ensembles and soloists for over 22 years.  His bands and choirs have successfully represented Canada on 17 national and international tours including earning a Gold medal at the Millennium of Music Festival in Florence, Italy, a Silver medal at the Pacific Basin Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, and 13 consecutive Gold awards at our local Whistler Music Festival.
 
Spencer has a passion for musical theatre.  Outside the school environment he has written and arranged original musical scores for 3 full-length Broadway style shows.  He has also directed dozens of professional and amateur musical theatre productions in Vancouver and Kelowna.  Favourite credits include: Sister Act, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, White Christmas, Mamma Mia, Next To Normal, The Three Little Pigs amongst others.
 

Spencer is the music director at Okanagan Mission Secondary and he is looking forward to working with our superb Kelowna musical theatre talent in future productions.

Dawn Ewen (Artistic Producer - Instructor, Alice In Wonderland & Senior Performance Troupe)

Dawn has worked professionally as a director, choreographer and performer for the last 15yrs in Vancouver BC. Select credits include: Closer Than Ever, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof& The Sound of Music – Gateway Theatre, The Wiz – FCP (CTC Award); Anything Goes –  Metro Theatre (CTC Award & Ovation Nominee) and 42nd Street – Metro Theatre (Ovation Award). She trained at the Canadian School of Ballet, is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts, and has worked with Enpoint ENT in Japan. Dawn was a company member & first soloist with Ballet West in Oban, Scotland before moving back to Canada. She brings 20yrs experience teaching dance & musical theatre along with 8yrs in Arts Administration. Most recently as the Artistic Associate for Gateway Theatre for 3yrs. Dawn is a five-time nominee for the Ethel Tibbits Women of Distinction Award in arts.

Chad Abrahmson (Instructor, Matilda Jr.)

Returning from a Music Degree and travels abroad, Chad is happy to be back in the very town that seeded his love for musical theatre. He began his journey at Grace Lutheran in Westbank playing in an original musical at age 11 and has been growing with it ever since. Chad earned his Bachelors in Music at the University of Manitoba and has studied classical music and musical theatre, with a sprinkle of composition and conducting on the side. There he joined multiple choir groups that covered Monteverdi to Early Lutheran reformation to contemporary music, and had the pleasure of returning home every so often to play Frank Abignail Jr. in Catch Me If You Can or Quasimodo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Now back for good, Chad is ready to hit the ground running and show others what the power of music and theatre can do.
 

Julia Chambers (Instructor, Enchanted Tea Party & Matilda Jr.)

Julia is currently studying musical theatre at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ New Studio on Broadway in New York City, but she made her start at 16-years-old on the Kelowna Actors Studio Stage playing Maria in “West Side Story”. Due to COVID-19, Julia is taking a year off from school abroad and is thrilled to teach and perform once again at KAS – her second home.

Some of her previous credits include: Diana Barry in “Anne of Green Gables”, Sally Bowles in “Cabaret”, and Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

Julia is incredibly passionate about the arts and believes strongly that taking part in past classes and productions at KAS shaped her and helped her to grow immensely as a young performer and individual. She feels privileged to share her gained knowledge through experience with new young performers finding their own way, and to continue learning herself through their personal breakthroughs.

Heidi Hewitt, ARCT RMT, is a local pianist and vocalist, performing classical, musical theatre, gospel, pop and rock n' roll. She has performed at BC Place, Prospera place and many local venues in Vancouver and the Okanagan. She has been a music director for children and adult theatre groups, has a private studio of both piano and vocal students and has recorded 6 CDs. For Kelowna Actors Studio she played the Narrator for both productions of Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is so excited to be sharing music with all our students

 

 


Nathan Flavel (Executive Producer KAS) 

Nate is the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur award with Kelowna Chamber of Commerce for his work with KAS, Nate is also the recipient of the 2012 Okanagan Arts Award for Theatre and the 2011 City of Kelowna Civic Award for the Honour in the Arts.

Nathan has served on the Tourism Kelowna Board for Arts and Culture and on the Heart Of Gold Committee for the KGH Foundation. Nathan has a full time career as a realtor/broker with Southeby's International, maintains his role as Executive Producer at KAS, and has directed and choreographed numerous productions.

 

He has performed in over 30 productions for KAS totalling over 500 performances over the past 18 years.  He is known for his tenor voice, tap dance and comic characters.  Notable performances include Ursula in Disney's The Little Mermaid, Buddy in Elf, Bert in Mary Poppins, Franknfurter in The Rocky Horror Show, Donkey in Shrek the Musical, Bobby in Company, Don Lockwood in Singing in the Rain, Jesus in Godspell, and the title role in Joseph and Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
 

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