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VIVIAN WOODS

Talent Agent, Acting Teacher and Motivational Speaker

Vivian grew up in small town Saskatchewan in a family beekeeping business. From a very young age she learned that ethics, integrity and service were the key to a successful life, both professionally and personally. At the ripe age of 9, her entrepreneurial spirit awakened as she quickly learned the importance of pounding the pavement, literally. She set up a honey stand on the side of the highway, and it quickly became a “toll” passage, as no cars were permitted past without purchase. Her top selling items were her hand crafted “Wax Finger Tubes”, which she proudly made fresh daily by running freezing water over her fingers until they were numb and then dipping them in burning hot wax, and VOILA!, a finger tube which she then filled with honey. Possibly she was the “inventor” of the honey tubes sold in stores now?

Vivian studied business, fashion design and merchandising at Lethbridge College and went on to design her own line which was presented on several platforms, including BC Fashion Week. There she was labelled far ahead of her time.

Vivian has an extensive career in sales, marketing and teaching. Currently, she manages Universal Talent Connection as a talent agent, representing several hundred talents. Vivian has also designed course outlines for acting classes at her film school, Universal Talent Film School, where she teaches and inspires students to reach for their dreams, whether in acting, their personal lives or professionally. She taught herself acting through thousands of hours of research, taking acting and teaching courses, textbooks and as an employee in acting academies. In her formative years involved acting in small theatre productions.

Vivian’s goals professionally include helping children and adults achieve their true potential both personally and professionally through the programs she’s designed and teaches.

On a personal note, she is a proud mom to 3 incredible young men who are pursuing their own dreams to help serve their community. Vivian has overcome many challenges in her life and her future aspirations include helping others to achieve their true potential on a larger platform, establishing a film university focusing on multiculturalism and one day, speaking on stage with Tony Robbins. 

David LeReaney

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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

James O'Farrell

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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

2015

September: Cowtown Opera - Big Bill Haywood - Annie Davidson Story  

2010  

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)  

2009  

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)    

2008  

April Semi-finals - New York Oratorio Society Competition  April Bravo TV series “Death at the Opera”

Anna Ungless

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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. 

Ahmed Hodelin

This is our dance teacher in Calgary who trains all our Triple Threat students.

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.