Our Acting Teacher
There are drama teachers and then there is Sharon Stone. She is an exceptional Instructor who comes from a professional background in the theater and film. She isn't someone who is simply a 'teacher' but is also an expert in preparing you for the challenges of professional auditions, technique and set etiquette. Her classes are constantly rewarding, and a mix of newcomers to experienced actors, this talented lady can support and encourage you at whatever stage you are at, and this mixture makes for a very supportive environment to work in.
Vivian is a talent agent representing actors and models in North America and Internationally. She started her career in this industry when she was 12 as a runway model. From there, Vivian went on to obtain her diploma in Fashion design. This took her to many runway shows, in which she eventually settled back in Calgary. Vivian trained as a talent agent which led her to become part of the team with Universal Talent. Vivian has studied film acting for over 10 years.
Since 2015, Vivian has been representing the EMMA Awards throughout North America, as their North American Agent. The EMMA Awards was founded in London, England in 1997 and is an awards show representing multiculturalism and diversity within the media industry. EMMA is recognized throughout the media industry and is endorsed by the likes of Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou.
Vivian brings with her years of successful business ownership, industry networks, industry knowledge and acting and modeling training and performing.
Our Dialect Coach
David LeReaney has been acting, directing, coaching dialects and teaching for a living since 1979, appearing in or directing over 250 professional plays and 60 film and TV productions.
He has a busy career in film and TV, appearing in more than 60 productions.
David is a coach and teacher of dialects and accents through his company, Dial/Act Inc. having taught at almost every college and university in Alberta.
He has coached Eva Marie Saint, Brenda Fricker, Jacqueline Bisset, Rachel Ward, Billy Bob Thornton, Demi Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Aidan Quinn, Jessica Pare, Cynthia Nixon, Matthew Modine, Kerri Russel, Skeet Ulrich, Joely Richardson, Greta Scacchi, Clair Forlani and many more.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: David LeReaney
Our Voice Coach
James O’Farrell, tenor, has performed with Opera Lyra Ottawa, L’Orcherstre Philharmonique du Nouveau Monde, University of Ottawa Orchestra, and recorded opera excerpts for a documentary series on Bravo. He is known for his powerful, resonant voice, intelligent musicianship and a keen sense of emotion and drama. His repertoire consists of roles such as Don Jose (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolpho (La Boheme), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), and Lenski (Eugene Onegin). In 2015, he created the role of “Big Bill Haywood” for the Cowtown Opera Production of Cowtown Annie - The Story of Annie Davidson.
He has been active as an accomplished voice teacher since 1995, working both as a private teacher and lecturer. Currently he works as a Music/Band teacher for the Calgary Catholic School District.
VITAL STATS March 8, 1970 Height – 6’0” Weight – 195 lbs EDUCATION May 2009 - B.Mus (voice) Magna cum Laude University of Ottawa PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS
September: Cowtown Opera - Big Bill Haywood - Annie Davidson Story
December Ottawa Valley Music Festival (OVMF) Haendel -Messiah August OVMF - Viennese Concert Lehar, J. Strauss June Recital – art song - Debussy, Duparc, Brahms, Beethoven April Brahms Choir of Ottawa Brahms - Liebeslieder Waltzes March University of Ottawa Orchestra Mendelssohn- Symphony #2 (Lobgesang)
April: 4th year Graduating Recital U of O - Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn March: St. John Apostle Church Mozart - Requiem March: University of Ottawa Orchestra - Bruckner - Te Deum
February: University of Ottawa - Don Jose (Bizet – Carmen)
April Semi-finals - New York Oratorio Society Competition April Bravo TV series “Death at the Opera”
Junior Talent Agent
Anna is a junior talent agent who works with newer talent and local auditions/bookings and background bookings. Anna comes to UTC with a strong background in retail fashion, marketing and customer service. She has become knowledgeable in extras bookings for film and television, and we are thrilled to have her on our team.
Our Movement and Dance Teacher
Director, Choreographer & Music Producer. at Locos for Havana Dance Studio
Ahmed is a wonderful and very experienced dance teacher who teaches a variety of dances.