Our instructors are talented teachers and accomplished actors in their own right. They will work with you to improve your acting skills and to give you first-hand industry insider information.
We trust in the integrity and quality of the professional training our actors receive at VADA; it is essential to the growth and development of an actor. We are confident they are ready to book with the guidance they receive from VADA instructors. The Lloyd Talent team appreciates the showcases as we consistently find strong, new talent!
Eric Regimbald began his artistic journey in the small Southern Ontario Town of Guelph when, at the ripe old age of 13, he toured in theatre shows across the province. He followed that up with a 10 year stint in Toronto starring in countless stage shows such as: Uncle Vanya, Cyrano de Bergerac, Frankenstein, Noises Off, and Adam Rapp’s Blackbird, which he also produced. He went on to write and direct his own show Just the Ticket, which debuted in the 2010 Toronto Fringe Fest and tried his hand at directing once again with George F Walker’s Suburban Motel (2016 Vancouver Fringe Fest).
Eric has garnered success as a TV & Film actor and voice over artist with recent TV acting credits on series that include: Supergirl, Project Blue Book, NarcoLeap, iZombie, Millions, Motherland and Lost Ollie; and voice acting credits on countless TV & Web commercials, radio dramas, film and theatre over the past 22 years.
Eric’s interest in creating his own work spanned into film with his comedy short web series Van Damme Motors (now in its 2nd season.) Having travelled across Canada performing as a host, clown and a lumberjack, he now hopes to do it worldwide with his upcoming short horror film Patty Cake, set to debut in the 2022 festival circuit.
Eric has also found the time to pursue another of his passions, teaching drama to young people in both Ontario and BC. He is honoured and happy to lend his experience and knowledge of the craft to VADA with the hopes to guide and inspire actors with their own craft and empower them to sustain the love and drive for it all.
Hans Potter is a professional actor, improviser and aspiring comic, who is able to combine his classical training with a sharp wit and sense of humour. He is an alumnus of the University of Alberta Drama program and spent many hours honing his craft on stage, before making the move to Vancouver to start work in the film and tv industry. Since then he has appeared in TV shows such as CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and films such as Bigfoot Country, Nutshells, and Camp Death 3D: The Final Summer.
Hans initially started out teaching Voice classes in our Diploma program. He possesses a wide variety of dialects in his repertoire and enjoys sharing his knowledge on how to acquire Standard American (as well as UK dialects) with his students.
Since his arrival, Hans has become involved in teaching additional classes, such as technical skills of working with camera, audition classes and is now overseeing our Youth Acting programs as well.
Hans is proud to bring decades worth of training and knowledge to the doors of VADA and looks forward to sharing his knowledge in developing the actors of tomorrow.
Isaac Keoughan started his acting career in the theatre scene of Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2010. Within a year, he made the leap across the country to Vancouver to pursue his passion for TV and Film. After completing the Dramatic Arts Diploma Program at Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts in March 2012, Isaac quickly found himself busy doing numerous film projects and performing onstage once again.
Isaac was a cast member of a traveling theatre troupe, Justice Theatre, for seven consecutive seasons, performing throughout the lower mainland, as far north as Yellowknife, NWT, and as far east as Saskatoon, SK. Consistent onstage performances allowed Isaac to practically apply various methods, techniques, and theories of acting and performing, as well as refining and honing his own creative process.
Onscreen, Isaac has appeared in television shows such as Rogue, Man in the High Castle, and When Calls the Heart. Isaac has been honoured with receiving a UBCP/ACTRA award nomination as Best Emerging Performer for his performance in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as notorious gangster, Al Capone.
Eternally devoted to advancing his skills, Isaac has assisted in casting, sound recording, producing, and directing across numerous projects. His most recent foray into a new medium has led Isaac to complete six months of dedicated formal education to develop his vocal range and learn the technical skills required for voiceover and dubbing in animation and video games.
Jake joins the faculty of VADA Studios thrilled to be calling Vancouver his home. Jake was born and raised in Niagara Falls and is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program. Jake’s visionary approach to musical stories for the screen has led to numerous successes: ‘Kristine & Kirstine’ with the Second City Conservatory, ‘BEFORE THEY WERE THEM: a musical short film’ (Winner of Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles & New York Movie Awards), which aired nationwide via the CBC, currently streams internationally via the CBC GEM, and features the music & lyrics of Kevin Wong, alongside whose work Jake is the creator of the upcoming musical-short-anthology-miniseries ’The Next BIG Thing!’
Jake’s direction for the stage has showcased at the University of British Columbia, the Highlands Summer Festival and Sheridan College, where he also returns as an alumnus guest lecturer. He has also worked alongside celebrated industry actors/coaches Dean Armstrong and Salvatore Antonio in his time with Armstrong Acting Studios in Toronto.
As an actor, notable credits include Star Trek Beyond (Paramount), Designated Survivor (Netflix), Eat, Drink & Be Married (ReelOne), REIGN (the CW), Love In Store (Hallmark), Murdoch Mysteries (Shafestbury), The Sunshine Boys (Highlands Summer Festival), Spring Awakening (Sheridan College) and CMTP/Original Workshop Casts of the Tony-Nominated, smash-hit Broadway musical Come From Away.
James Challis is a former Australian who studied at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the BFA Acting Program, a highly competitive program for which only 12 students are accepted each year from thousands of applicants.
James initially became involved in teaching through an acting program he developed called ADP “Acting Development Program” in Brisbane, Australia in partnership with Fade In Productions, a video production company. The program focused on scene study and on camera technique and was a mixture of various styles and techniques based on the works of Eric Morris, Meisner, Stella Adler, Stanislavski, Larry Moss and others. It was during these formative years that James learned how to work with camera, lighting and editing as a junior producer.
He later set off for Vancouver to immerse himself in the acting scene here and trained at various on camera acting schools in the city. He soon started working professionally and has since appeared in ABC’s “When We Rise”, CBS’ “Salvation”, Hallmark’s “Wedding Bells” Discovery Channels “Outrageous Births” and Netflix’s Season 3 of Riverdale (as the Gargoyle King). He also played Owen in “Owen and Drew“, wrote and starred in a paranormal murder mystery “Garden Grove.”
James is also involved in theatre and toured A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Shakespeare Canada and won the Audience Vote at the About Love Festival (Tomo Suru Players). His other performances include The Cherry Orchard & Three Sisters (Checkov), Macbeth (Shakespeare), Emma (Jane Austin) and Relatively Speaking (Alan Ayckbourn).
Joel Semande is a Canadian-born actor originally from a suburb in LaSalle, Ontario. The youngest of two children, he began acting in a middle school, where he took an improvisation class. As a shy child, Joel found improvisation provided an avenue to express himself and refine his craft.
Joel is passionate about education and successfully completed a Psychology Degree at
University of Windsor and later moved to Vancouver to pursue a career in acting and is also involved in peer counselling and fitness coaching.
Joel quickly found his feet in the industry after landing a role as international pop superstar, Joey Lockhart on Disney’s 16 Wishes. This led to opportunities on shows such as Supernatural, Continuum, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce and You Me Her. He also landed guest star roles on CW’s Arrow, The Flash and minor roles on Lucifer and Prison Break.
Joel teaches as a substitute instructor in our Diploma program, part-time evening courses as well as our Summer Break Acting Camps. Utilizing his degree in psychology, Joel brings a unique approach to teaching acting his students enjoy.
Katherine Hill (Kat) is an award winning British Screenwriter, Director and Acting coach. She received her B.A Honours in Film and Theatre at The University of Reading, the leading British University for its course. Katherine specialized in European Cinema, British Cinema, Alternative Film, World Cinema and US Cinema.
In the UK, she was involved in a variety of theatrical plays, taking leading roles such as Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Claire Zachanassian (The Visit), Eleanor (Sense and Sensibility) and other leading roles in various musicals and British plays.
In 2004, Katherine moved to Vancouver, BC where she studied Film acting and took a multitude of On Camera and Scene Study classes. In 2009, she co-founded a small production company where she wrote, produced and directed short films that screened at Los Angeles film festivals and launched her love of independent film, working in various roles behind that camera as well as in front of it.
As an acting coach, Katherine has been involved with projects such as The Shack (Lionsgate) and The Exorcist S2 (FOX). She coaches actors to help them find their most authentic and natural self while remaining faithful to telling the story.
As a filmmaker, Katherine’s projects have centred around social issues such as human trafficking and domestic abuse and she has presented one of her films “Coerced” at conferences on sex trafficking. The film has been used in schools to educate social workers.
Katherine has an MA in Film at Raindance, a practical Masters in filmmaking, specializing in screenwriting and defining your voice as a writer. She has also created work on writing low-to-no budget films and crafting narrative social issue screenplays. A graduate of UCLA’s Screenwriting program, Katherine is no stranger to the world of film and education and passionately engages with her students to share her knowledge and love of cinema and the arts.
Her recent accolades include winning “Best Feature Script” at the Paris Art & Movie Awards and being a Finalist for the Atlanta Film Festival, 2021.
Lee Shorten is a professional film, television and theatre actor, writer, director and producer.
Lee grew up and was raised in Tamworth, Australia, by his adoptive parents Merv and Judy. He graduated from Law School (University of Newcastle) in 2009 and worked as lawyer for several years before he decided to pursue a career as an actor.
While Lee is best known for playing Sergeant Yoshida on Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ and Walt Yoshida on AMC’s ‘The Terror: Infamy’, he has also guest starred on ‘Van Helsing’ as Master Tsui, a role specifically written for him by the Van Helsing team and recurred as on ‘Supernatural’ as a fan favourite Demon.
In 2018, Lee made his directorial debut with the award winning Ultra Short ‘J’adoube’. This was soon followed up by ‘Parabola’, a 2019 production which Lee wrote and directed.
Lee has been nominated for a Jessie Award, for his portrayal of Jung in Pacific Theatre’s production of ‘Kim’s Convenience’.
Lee is committed to telling inclusive stories and continues to be a strong advocate for representation.
Madison Smith (aka Mado) is a Canadian born actor raised in Northern BC. He completed our Dramatic Arts Program Diploma in 2011 and has been racking up the credits ever since.
Madison got his start in a 2012 TV movie titled A Mother’s Nightmare and this was soon followed up with several smaller roles in a number of hit TV series shot in Vancouver including; Motive, Cult, Psych, Supernatural, DC Legends of Tomorrow.
His big break came when he landed the recurring role of Roy Sampson in Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart. This lead to his involvement in a number of Hallmark productions as well as recurring roles in Aftermath, Valley of the Boom and Salvation. More recently Madison has landed roles on Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Order.
Madison will be revisiting his lead role as Aiden Webb in Season 2 of NarcoLeap, a role for which he received a 2018 Leo Award Nomination for “Best Performance by a Male in a Web Series”.
Madison received two 2020 Leo Award Nominations and won for “Best Supporting Performance by a Male in a Television Movie” for Hallmark’s Write Before Christmas. He also shares a Canadian Cinematography Award for “Best Horror Film” for The Color Rose.
Marie V. Sharp grew up in Nanaimo, BC and moved to Vancouver in 2009 to pursue her acting career. She completed the Acting for Stage and Screen Program at Capilano University in 2012 and has been working as a professional actor ever since.
Marie has been very involved with acting, producing, writing and casting a number of films. She has recently voiced multiple roles in a few upcoming children series, and has numerous films on the festival circuit.
Marie received a 2016 Leo Award Nomination for “Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama” for her role as Kelly in Kids Who Jump Off Bridges. She also shared a “Best of the Fest” Award at the 2019 Full Bloom Film Festival and “Best International Dramatic Feature” at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase for the feature film What We Don’t Say. In 2020 she received a “Best Performance” nomination in the Lift Off Film Festival for her performance in the webseries Sugar.
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