Instructor for: Productions, Lunchbox and Spotlight Theatre, Camps
Lauren Hillman is an actor, writer, director, and all-around creative artist from Vancouver, B.C. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor in 2007 and favourite on-stage roles include Puck (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Charlotte/Nurse (7 Stories), Amalia Balash (Parfumerie), Maria (The Government Inspector), and Maria (Twelfth Night).
Lauren has been working as a theatre instructor and director of youth productions over two decades. She is a co-founder of Stage One Theatre in her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a graduate of the Stratford Academy summer intensive program, and has written and published her first novel, a middle-grade fantasy called Outcast.
Lauren has been a regular instructor with Theatrix’s Lunchbox Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, and spring and summer camps for more than ten years and has directed and written several of Theatrix’s original productions including The Snow Queen, The Twisted Tale of Robin Hood, Narnia: The Musical, As You Wish, Human Like Me, The One-Stop Happiness Shop, Clue: A Whodunnit Musical Murder Mystery, and Alice in a Winter Wonderland.
Lauren has great faith in her students’ abilities, and her greatest joy comes from seeing them improve beyond what they’d thought possible. In addition to Theatrix, Lauren is currently writing her second novel about the origins of Neverland and raising an active but adorable one-year old.
Deborah is founding Artistic Director of Theatrix Youtheatre Society, which incorporated as a non-profit, charitable performing arts organization in 1991.
Heading into the 30th anniversary in 2021, it is time to pass the Artistic Director hat to Lauren Hillman and assume the new role of Operations Manager.
Instructor for: Lunchbox Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, Classes, Summer Camps
Stef is thrilled to share her love mofusical theatre with everyone at Theatrix. She discovered her love of performing at a young age which led to her pursuing her passion at Lindbjerg Academy, Gotta Sing Gotta Dance, and various community theatre groups. In 2019, she graduated from Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
Recent credits include: Astrid in Once Upon a Fairytale (Capricorn Productions) Oolie/Donna Understudy in City of Angels (RCPA), Pure Mind in More Light (RCPA), and Emma in Confessions of a Grocery Clerk (Capricorn Productions).
Instructor for: Lunchbox Theatre, Summer Camps, Production and Special Event Choreography
Ashley found her love for dance and performing at a very young age. With over 20 years in the performing arts industry, she has earned titles such as National Gold Champion for two consecutive years in dance competitions in Las Vegas and Orlando, as well as National Silver Champion in Portland, Oregon.
Ashley is trained in tap, hip hop, jazz, musical theatre and ballet and has trained with many masters, including Jeni Le Gon, Jason Samuels Smith and Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo (NappyTabs).
She was a backup dancer for Tazneem Tarmohamed, has been featured in television commercials such as Alley Cats, and performed in local productions, including For The Luv Of It, West Side Story and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Ceremony. Ashley is always eager to share her knowledge and continue to learn in every aspect in the performing arts industry.
Instructor for: Lunchbox Theatre, Summer Camps, Production and Voice
Sevan Kochkarian is a lyric coloratura soprano from Vancouver BC. Sevan began her musical journey at the age of 8 when she was enrolled in piano lessons and joined the Vancouver Children’s Choir. At the age of 11 she started her private voice lessons and started dance classes at Precision Dance Academy. In her teenage years she studied at Vancouver Academy of Music with an Emphasis in Opera before heading to McGill University getting her bachelor’s and Master’s in Opera and Voice performance. Sevan has been seen performing all over Canada and Europe. Some of her roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Morgana in Alcina, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Mabel in Pirates of Penzances, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Rita in Rita, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Paquette in Candide and many more. Opera Canada has written two reviews on her hailing her voice: “Beautiful and sings with a huge range of emotions” and claiming to have played her characters with “Sensitivity, and nuance and a true feeling of desire”. Sevan also studied at the Vancouver Acting School + Railtown Actors Studio for 5 years and is with Premiere Talent Agency doing TV and Film work. In addition to Opera, Sevan also has a huge passion for Musical Theatre and has performed in countless productions across the country. Her roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal, Ariel Moore in Footloose, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Mayzie La Bird in Seussical, and more.
While she still is performing, Sevan is eager and excited to share her knowledge with the next generation of performers and hopes to inspire them to pursue their dreams in performing.
Emily Martin has lots of experience on stage, as well as various backstage roles. She is currently studying to become an Educational Assistant at Sprott Shaw College. She has a passion for students and theatre, and she is hoping to watch and help them grow in their abilities and confidence. Emily has performed in multiple original church and school productions, as well as running a middle school drama club for 4 years, and directing two school productions of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe her senior year of highschool. Most recently she stage managed Theatrix’s original production of Alice in a Winter Wonderland.
A German native, Mr. I started teaching at the Maillardville facility in 1982 after the person he was substituting for took another job. With a diploma from Vancouver Community College (with additional training from UBC, University of Calgary and University of Washington), he created his Musical Rainbow based on the Kodaly and Montessori concepts.
Under those streams, children set their own course while the instructor acts as an advisor on such techniques as sequence, rhythm and movement. Yurgen has been a composer for decades of Theatrix original musicals. He teaches throughout the lower mainland and is a popular festival