GA Faculty

Principal Faculty

Ian Locke graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (Theatre) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in 2016. He has worked with companies such as Theatre Newfoundland-Labrador, Gros Morne Summer Music, Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus, Stage West Theatre Festival, Off-Broadway Players, & Wintertide Music Festival. Locke has also taught workshops in improvisation & character building at the Regional & Provincial High School Drama Festival since 2013. Since graduating, Ian has been asked by the Rotary Arts Centre to develop and star in a musical theatre cabaret series which will help to bring music from large scale shows to a small stage. He has also made his professional writing and directorial debut in the summer of 2016 with GMSM’s Postcards from the Train, an original timeline through the life of the Newfoundland Railway. Locke is currently developing a one-on-one acting intensive that will provide young actors with new approaches to creating and expressing their characters. He is honoured to be able to teach and direct youth with the Graham Academy.

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!

Faculty subject to change.