GA Faculty and Staff

Principal Faculty

Ian Locke graduated with a BFA (Acting) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in 2016. He has worked with numerous companies, including Gros Morne Summer Music, Off-Broadway Players, Stage West Theatre Festival, Theatre Newfoundland-Labrador, & Wintertide Music Festival. He has worked professionally as an actor, director, and writer for many works. Acting highlights include Henry IV, The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Three Sisters (Grenfell), Blood Brothers (OBP), The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine (Stage West), & The Reele & Trewe History of New Founde Lande, King of Broadway  (GMSM). In 2017, his original work Postcards from the Train received an ACE Award for Best Historic Project. He also works with Corner Brook’s newest improv troupe: the Reele & Trewe Crew. He has travelled as far as Tasmania, Australia with the Youth Theatre Island Exchange Project’s production of With Cruel Times In Between, and can be seen in some short films: Emile’s Legacy, High Alert (CNA Productions), and Crossroads (CRK Films). His theatrical mentors include Sara…H McDonald, Jerry Etienne, Michael Waller, Linda Moore, Jeannette Lambermont-Morey, Peter Wight, Olivia Olsen, & Andrew Bridgmont. He has also performed as a clown under the guidance of Louise Gauthier.

Locke has also performed in numerous concerts around Corner Brook. He has received awards from the Rotary Music Festival, including Best Operatic Voice, Most Promising Performer, & the Aaron Bradbury Memorial Scholarship for Musical Theatre Performance. He has been seen in concerts that range from classical to popular music, including: The Magic Flute (SMUS), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Wonderful Music of Disney, The Beatles Spectacular (GMSM), & A Winter Solstice (Wintertide), along with his own Cabaret series at the Rotary Arts Centre, of which there have been three installations thus far. He has trained vocally under the tutelage of Dr. Gary Graham, and has received training from Dr. Jennifer Matthews, Winston Noren, and Bernard Turgeon.

Locke has also ran a number of workshops for young people at the Regional and Provincial Newfoundland Drama Festivals as well as with the National Boychoir of Canada, covering areas such as improvisation, scene creation, and character creation through movement and voice. In 2016, he became a founding faculty member for Graham Academy, teaching acting with a strong focus on creation and breaking the perception of typical theatre and directing the youth performances.

 

Ryanne Spencer  “grew up” at The Dance Centre in St. John’s, under the direction of Mara Noftall and Janine Fraser where she studied ballet (successfully completing Grade 1 – Advanced 1 Cecchetti Syllabus examinations), tap, jazz and broadway. She completed The Dance Centre’s teacher training program and was a member of their faculty for 8 years between 1998 & 2014. Ryanne has also taught dance in numerous community recreation centres which has given her the privilege of bringing dance education to many children and communities for the first time. Ryanne has furthered her dance training in ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary styles in a variety of settings across Canada (Halifax, Toronto, Waterloo, & Winnipeg) and the US (New York and Los Angeles). Ryanne’s love of dance and desire for education led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. During this time she taught in the university’s recreational dance program and studied Jazz Dance through Dalhousie’s theatre program. Ryanne then completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and has been working as a physiotherapist for 11 years, practicing in Ontario, Nunavut, St. John’s and Corner Brook. In addition to dance, Ryanne has studied voice, piano, and saxophone and was a member of the Holy Heart Chamber Choir. She fell in love with musical theatre at a young age and became involved with Peter MacDonald Productions (PMP) in St. John’s, performing in many shows including “Scrooge”, “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, “Annie”, & “Anne of Green Gables”. She is very excited to be joining the GMSM family and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and musical theatre with children and families on the west coast.

Yvette Coleman A Native of Newfoundland and former student of Dr. Gary Graham, now residing in Toronto; soprano, Yvette Coleman is lauded for her virtuosity; captivating audiences with manifold styles of voice including opera, art song, jazz, folk and musical theatre.  Yvette is a graduate of The University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance voice.  She has trained at the Vancouver International Song Institute, Boston University, Tanglewood Institute, The St. Andrews’ Vocal Technique Program as well as The Center for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy. Yvette is now a singer-songwriter in Toronto working with producers within and outside of Canada.  Last summer she performed her first set of original shows and has since spent her time co-writing and recording her first full album.

Kelly-Ann Evans is an award-winning performer, producer and educator who has been onstage non-stop since the age of 7. She is the owner/operator of Rock City Studio (two-time MusicNL nominee for Educator of the Year) where she teaches voice and piano, facilitates performance workshops, and directs a women’s choir called Earth, Wind & Choir! She is also the owner/director of Red Dress Entertainment (tributes to Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Queen, Abba, Women of Motown, to name a few) and co-creator/director of Total Talent, which is a performance workshop series for young musicians looking to pursue and hone their chops in commercial music performance.

Kelly-Ann has a BMUS from Memorial University and studied Musical Theatre Performance atSheridan College in Oakville, Ontario where she received the James Award for outstanding vocal achievement.She is a multiple MusicNL award winner (Pop/Rock Artist & Female Artist of the Year) and ECMA nominee who has been a company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as well as with the original Canadian company of Queen’s musical We Will Rock You (Mirvish) in Toronto where she performed with Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Television credits include hosting Out of the Fog on Rogers Television, dance credits in Rosemary Houses’ Bloomsday Cabaret, as well as Above and Beyond, a CBC mini-series shot in Newfoundland. She also played the role of Jan Parsons, the rugby queen tackling Jake Doyle on season one of CBC’s breakout hit showRepublic of Doyle.

Kelly-Ann’s first love and second home is the theatre. She has been seen locally in many diverse leading roles including everything from Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Beothuck Street Players) to Diana Goodman in Next to Normal (Best Kind Productions), from Ursula the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid (Theatre St John’s) to Velma Kelly in Chicago (TADA EVENTS). She has been a DIVA (Tada! Events) for many years and loves her work playing and touring as Fifi DuBois with the Wonderbolt Circus.

As an educator for over 20 years, Kelly-Ann is insanely passionate about sharing her love for music! As a performer she is always pushing herself to take risks, learn new skills and push boundaries. As a teacher she loves to inspire young performers to do the same and to explore their creative and artistic sides. Her mantra as a teacher is not to produce as many “riffs” as possible but to instil confidence in students to find their own voice and share it with the world!

 

Jennifer Stratton-Renouf is a native of Corner Brook, NL, where she studied piano under the tutelage of Gary Graham. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Ms. Renouf received a Master of Education, with a focus on Music Education, from Memorial University. She has worked as a school music teacher in the Port au Port, Deer Lake, and Corner Brook areas. As well, Ms. Renouf has worked as a piano and voice tutor and accompanist for individuals and festivals, including Festival 500 at the local and provincial levels.

 

 

 

Gary Graham has been a performer and music educator in Corner Brook for forty years. His musical education includes the Banff Centre, the Music Schools of Acadia University, and McGill University. Gary was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Memorial University in 2013. Through the direction of his well-decorated choirs, and his teaching of students both individually and in the school system, Gary has given the gift of music to thousands of children and adults during his career.

 

 

A native of Corner Brook, Chelsea Marks has been actively involved in theatre, music, and dance from a young age. Chelsea studied music (voice, piano, and flute) with Mr. Gary Graham, Ms. Monica Coffin, and Mr. Darren White. She was also lucky enough to take dance classes in jazz, ballet, modern, and tap from Ms. Amy Andrews and all the wonderful staff at Dance Studio West. While Chelsea enjoys all forms of music and dance, her favourite is musical theatre because it encompasses all of her favourite things! She has worked with numerous theatre companies over the past few years, including Lock and Keynote Productions, Off Broadway Players, Stage West Theatre Festival, and Gros Morne Summer Music.

After she graduated from Corner Brook Regional High, Chelsea studied for five years at Memorial University of Newfoundland – Grenfell Campus. She took courses in many disciplines, mainly focusing in Computational Mathematics and Environmental Science, but after five years, she realized she wasn’t enjoying what she was working towards. So, in August 2016, Chelsea made a snap decision to apply to College of the North Atlantic to study Business Administration. This has been one of the best decisions of her life! Chelsea is currently going into her second year of business, and plans on focusing on accounting. After she completes her diploma at CNA, Chelsea plans on returning to Grenfell Campus to complete a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

When she is not at school, Chelsea can be found at Dance Studio West, where she is the office manager. She loves her job and all the opportunities it has provided her. She loves her dance family and cannot imagine her life without them! She also loves working with the wonderful kids who dance at the studio, and has taught and assisted classes in the past.

Chelsea has also recently started stage managing and has been mentored by Ms. Karla Biggin. She has learned many things about stage management over the past couple years, but still has a long way to go! Chelsea is very excited to join the Graham Academy this year, and is honoured to be stage managing all their productions for the 2017-2018 musical theatre year!

 

Faculty subject to change.