Instructors and Mentors



      Deanne Bertsch
B.F.A in Acting and Theatre Management (University of Victoria), B.Ed. (University of 

Instructor in Dance

Deanne has choreographed for Burnt Thicket Theatre, The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, and

numerous shows for Rosebud Theatre, notably Fiddler on the Roof and Anne of Green Gables. Deanne

has been actively involved with Kaleidoscope Theatre in Drumheller and teaches drama and dance at

Strathmore High School. Deanne is thrilled to be teaching dance in Rosebud and can’t wait until her two

adorable daughters sign up to be in her class.


Paula Boudreau

Honours B.A. (Queens University), ACTRA, CAEA

Instructor in Acting

Paula is an accomplished stage, television and movie actor with 20 years of experience. She is a three time Gemini Award and A.C.T.R.A. Award Nominee. Selected credits: Doc, The Tournament, Warehouse 13, Degrassi, Flashpoint, Blue Bloods, Heartland and extensive stage work. Her teaching strengths are

in acting coaching, characterization, acting for the camera, and career management. She looks forward to serving as a mentor to young artists in the industry.


Jeanette ‘Jette’ Brown

B.A. (Open University), Teaching Certificate (University Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

Instructor in Costuming, Production Advisor

Jette is passionate about theatre history, especially Shakespeare, and has lectured on historical costumes. For over two decades, Jette lived, taught and was a school principal in Shakespeare’s

birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Besides teaching in elementary, secondary and post-secondary settings, she also ran Renaissance Masque, a company through which she wrote, directed, and designed

for organizations across Alberta. As Head of Wardrobe for Rosebud Theatre, Jette mentors young designers and builders.


Morris Ertman

B.A.R. (North American Baptist College), B.A., M.F.A. (University of Alberta), CAEAB.A.R.

Artistic Director of Rosebud Theatre, Instructor in Advanced Design and Directing

As artistic director of Rosebud Theatre, Morris sits at the helm of Rosebud’s theatre department.

His design and directing credits include the National Arts Centre, The Royal Alexandra Theatre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Vancouver Opera, Citadel Theatre, the Chemainus Theatre Festival, Pacific Theatre, and Rosebud Theatre, among many others.


      Jerod Fahlman
Theatre Studies Technology Diploma (Red Deer College)

Instructor in Technical Theatre, Production Advisor

Jerod came on board three years ago as Rosebud Theatre’s technical director and instructor at RSA, although he has had the privilege of designing several shows for Rosebud over the past ten years. Jerod has been in charge of theatre spaces since the beginning of his career in 1995, including Inlet Theatre, Medicine Hat College Theatre, and Globe Theatre (the one in Regina, not the one in London), and has worked as a technician, builder and designer in many others.


Lucia Frangione
F.R.S.A. (Rosebud School of the Arts), CAEA, PGC

Instructor in Playwriting

Lucia Frangione is an internationally produced award winning actor and playwright. Her twenty plays include FRESCO, Paradise Garden, Espresso, Holy Mo, Cariboo Magi, Wobbling Madonna and Chickens, produced at theatres such as The Arts Club, Ruby Slippers, Solo Collective, Pacific, Chemainus, The

Belfry, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Lambs Players San Diego, Teatr Jelenia Gora and Teatr Powszechny in Poland, and of course Rosebud. Lucia is a RSA graduate and also trained at Studio 58.

      Adam Furfaro
Honours B.F.A. Performance (University of Windsor School of Dramatic Art), ACTRA, CAEA

Executive Director

Adam has worked professionally for 26 years as a producer, artistic director, actor, administrator,

educator, director and playwright. He has directed over 150 professional and educational productions.

He is the former Artistic & Managing Director of the St. Lawrence Stage Company in Brockville, Ontario and has been a Guest Director with Drayton Entertainment. For the past decade, he also worked as Director of Theatre for a private School in Richmond Hill, ON. As an educator, Adam has been employed in numerous areas including curriculum writer and arts co-ordinator. He served as a district coordinator for the Ontario Sears Drama Festival and a team coach for the Canadian Improv Games. Adam is a new Albertan and excited to be joining the multi-faceted, caring and talented team at Rosebud.

      Brad G. Graham 
Junior Apprenticeship (Alberta Theatre Projects), Theatre Studies Technology Diploma

(Red Deer College)

Instructor in Technical Theatre and Design, Production Advisor

Brad has worked in technical theatre for almost twenty years including working with Alberta Theatre Projects, The Shakespeare Company, Sage Theatre, and Coldwater Productions (all in Calgary), in addition to Rosebud Theatre and Rosebud Touring. He came to Rosebud through the Canadian Badlands Passion Play where he was technical director for seven years. Brad mentors technical theatre students in hands-on application of their skills.

      Bill Hamm
Diploma (Winkler Bible Institute), B.R.S. (Mennonite Brethren Bible College), B.A

(University of Winnipeg), M.Mus. (University of Illinois), F.R.S.A (Rosebud School of the Arts)

Head of Music Programme, Instructor in Music, Choir Conductor

Bill has served as head of music at Rosebud School of the Arts and Music Director at Rosebud Theatre

since 1989. He has a wide range of musical and life interests which make him well-suited to the unique

opportunities offered in Rosebud. As his degree is in choral conducting, he conducts our choirs and

teaches voice and speech. As well, Bill serves as the Music Director of the Canadian Badlands Passion

Play, and is a member of the Canadian Chamber Choir.


Renita Hamm
B.R.S. (Mennonite Brethren Bible College)

Student Life Advisor, Education Department Assistant, Chapel Coordinator

Renita loves well-told stories and finds people fascinating. So she embraces the challenge of connecting RSA students with their stories, with the bigger human story, with the story of a present creative God. During the twenty years she’s lived in this Rosebud valley, she’s been involved in a

number of capacities, including acting (Quilters, Diary of Anne Frank, Foxfire) and currently as Student Life Advisor and Chapel Coordinator.


Burton Harker

Diploma (Mount Royal Conservatory), NATS

Instructor in Voice and Musical Theatre

Burton Harker studied voice with Reid Spencer and Blaine Hendsbee and is currently teacher and

director of the Canti Forte voice studio in Strathmore, Alberta. An avid choral enthusiast, Burton has

conducted many choirs, including the Morpheus Theatre’s Gilbert and Sullivan Singers in Calgary and

Diva Cantori in Strathmore. Burton teaches from the musical theatre repertoire, using classical voice

techniques to enhance the singer’s vocal quality and endurance.


Leah T. Hearne

F.R.S.A. in Acting & Tour Administration (Rosebud School of the Arts)

Resource Centre Coordinator, Instructor in Acting and Writing

Leah has been a resident of Rosebud since January 1995. She is a member of the Acting Company with

Rosebud Theatre, and assists the Marketing & Administration departments. Favorite acting credits at

RT include: $38,000 for a Friendly Face, Christmas in Wales, Fiddler on the Roof, Village of Idiots, The

Foreigner, and The Curious Savage. Selected directing credits include: Woza Albert! (Rosebud Theatre

Studio Stage), The Long Christmas Dinner (RSA), Pith! (Rosebud Touring), The Comedy of Errors (PBI), and The Crucible (Alberta Bible College). Leah teaches Acting Coaching and Journaling, and is the Resource Centre Coordinator.

      Kelsey Krogman
B.A. (University of Calgary), F.R.S.A. (Rosebud School of the Arts)

Assistant Instructor

Kelsey’s teaching is informed by stage work with Rosebud Theatre and an insatiable curiosity about the world, history, and its connection to our bodies, minds, and soul. In addition to performing, Kelsey’s

adaptations of classic works have found productions on the stage. Kelsey’s appetite for knowledge

and understanding serves as an inspiration to students in Grounding, Theatre History, and Oral

Communication, where Kelsey instills a discipline and respect for the craft.

      Wojtek Kozlinski
B.A. (University of Waterloo)

Assistant Instructor in Theatre History

After more than a decade of teaching dramatic theory and comparative literature at the University of Alberta, Wojtek remains active as a lecturer in theatre history. He was director and dramaturg of the award winning Tuesdays and Sundays, which traveled throughout Canada, Europe, and the U.S. to great acclaim. Wojtek’s teaching is informed by the conviction that drama is best understood in the context of other art forms. Special research interests include modernism, cinematic narrative, Austrian drama, theatre of the Royal Navy, performance art, and architecture.


Mark Lewandowski

A.A.R. (North American Baptist College), F.R.S.A. in Tour Administration & Acting(Rosebud School of the Arts)

Head of Technical Theatre Programme, Instructor in Theatre Management and Marketing, Supervisor of Final Projects

New to the post of General Manager of Rosebud Centre of the Arts, Mark also keeps busy with acting, directing, and music ensembles. His directing credits include The Curious Savage, Frank Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Footprints of a Pilgrim, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Furniture of Heaven, The Rich Man,

The Last Five Years and Craving. Mark teaches theatre management, supervises student final projects, and serves as general inspiration for Rosebud’s swing dancers.


Byron Linsey

Diploma (Studio 58)

Production Advisor

A graduate of Studio 58 and a founding member of Pacific Theatre, Byron spent many years working in the film industry in Vancouver and for the past ten years as a self-employed carpenter in Edmonton.

Byron welcomes a return to theatre life and looks forward to engaging students in set building as a production advisor.


Anita Miotti

B.F.A. w/ Distinction, B.Ed. (University of Calgary), CAEA

Instructor in Movement and Dance

Anita has been a choreographer and performer in the Alberta theatre community for the past 16 years, and has worked with many theatre companies throughout the province and taught at all levels of education. In 2009, she created a work with 40 grade six students for his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Most recently, Anita choreographed ENRON for Theatre Calgary and Hunger Striking for Urban Curvz, for which she was nominated for 3 Betty Mitchell Awards. She is the artistic director of Theatre of the

Living Statue and as such designs, performs, and produces the living statues at the Calgary Stampede Oasis as well as many events in the community and corporate sector.


Paul F. Muir

B.A. w/ Specialization (University of Alberta), Musical Theatre (Banff Centre), M.F.A. (York  University), CAEA, ACTRA

Education Director, Instructor in Acting and Directing

Paul is honoured to serve as Education Director for RSA and thankful to call this beautiful valley

home. In addition to his training at the U of A and York, Paul studied acting at the Royal National Theatre in London, Film & Video Documentary at Winchester University (both in England), and participated in the Canadian National Voice Intensive at UBC in Vancouver. Paul has worked as a professional actor and director for various theatre companies across Canada, before joining the staff at

Rosebud School of the Arts in 2000. He is a resident company member with Rosebud Theatre where he enjoys both acting and directing in various Opera House productions.


Shauna Murphy

Diploma in Music (Grant MacEwan), Diploma in TV and Radio Arts (NAIT), A.R.C.T. in Performance (Royal Conservatory)

Instructor in Piano, Accompanist

Shauna studied classical piano with Lillian Upright in Edmonton. After working as a news reporter for ten years, Shauna moved to Rosebud where she was rapidly invited to accompany the choirs and plays

on stage with Rosebud Theatre. Credits include Amahl and the night Visitors, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Secret Garden. Shauna supplements her playing career with teaching, where RSA’s variety of talented students continue to stimulate, challenge,

and delight her.


Rachel Peacock

F.R.S.A. in Dramatic Arts (Rosebud School of the Arts)

Instructor in Music Theory

Rachel enjoys living in the picturesque valley of Rosebud where she maintains a busy schedule as actor, musician, music director, sound designer, and playwright. Rachel is part of the Celtic Trio The Peacocks. She loves playing the Celtic Harp and was invited to attend the Irish Harp Centre in Ireland to study with Dr. Janet Harbison.


Sarah Penner

B.A. (Bethany College), A.R.C.T. (Royal Conservatory)

Instructor in Music Theory and Piano

Sarah first came to Rosebud as a Music Intern in 2005 and returned to play piano in Oliver! (Summer 2010) and Gifts of the Magi (Christmas 2011). Sarah works as an accounting technician and music theory teacher. Among other things, Sarah treasures her times in Rosebud as a chance to work with great artists and to explore God’s gift of music.


Sarah Robertson

Certificate (The Mirror Dance Program)

Instructor in Dance

After graduating from the four-year Mirror Dance Program in Langley, BC, Sarah launched into fulltime teaching, including positions at Dance Barn Studios, Everybody Dance Now Studios, Langley Montessori, Precious Promises Preschool, and Rosebud School of the Arts. Choreography includes Chickens and Peter Pan (Gallery 7 Theatre), Vitals (Student project, Vancouver Film School) in addition to co-producing a full-length dance production This Way (Pacific Theatre). Sarah loves to introduce

people to dance and the freedom it can unleash in every aspect of a person’s life. Her disciplines are tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, creative movement & choreography, and (her favourite) HIP HOP!


Nathan Schmidt

F.R.S.A. in Acting (Rosebud School of the Arts), Young Company Apprenticeship(Chemainus Theatre)

Head of Acting Programme, Instructor in Acting and Speech

Nathan is an actor, fight director and musician. Upon graduating from RSA, Nathan completed the Young Company Apprenticeship program with Chemainus Theatre and most recently completed

the month-long Intensive with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. As a resident company member with Rosebud Theatre, Nathan has dozens of productions to his name. As a fight director, Nathan worked on Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Betty Mitchell Award nomination) and Richard III for The Shakespeare Company and four seasons with The Canadian Badlands Passion Play. As a musician Nathan plays fiddle on stage and with various music ensembles that spring forth from the valley. Nathan’s teaching specializations include stage combat, dialects and Shakespeare.


Samantha Showalter

B.A. (University of Calgary)

Production Advisor

A graduate of the University of Calgary’s Department of Drama, Samantha worked on several productions as either stage manager, producer or director, including assistant director on King Lear and director of This is a Play by Daniel MacIvor. Samantha loves Shakespeare, reading, and hanging out

with her cats.


Karl Sine

F.R.S.A. in Acting (Rosebud School of the Arts), Advanced Certification FDC

Instructor in Acting, Stage Combat, and Career Management

Karl works as an actor, director and fight director across Southern Alberta, including Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Citadel, The Shakespeare Company, Lunchbox, Rosebud Theatre, and

The Canadian Badlands Passion Play. He Holds his Advanced Stage Combat Certification with Fight Directors Canada and has had the privilege of training with fight masters all over the globe. Karl has

taught acting and stage combat classes at Rosebud School of the Arts, Rocky Mountain College, and numerous high school workshops.


David Snider

B.A. (University of Oregon, magna cum laude), M.F.A. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Head of Certificate Programme, Instructor in Acting, Speech, and Christianity and the Arts

Since joining Rosebud Centre of the Arts six years ago, David has been seen in numerous roles on the Rosebud stage. For eight years he worked for Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island as education director and artistic associate. David teaches acting principles, Shakespeare, audition techniques, musical theatre, and Christianity and the Arts. He is also a director, sound designer and composer.


Royal Sproule

Diploma (Alberta College of Art and Design), F.R.S.A. (Rosebud School of the Arts

Instructor in Acting

Royal is a versatile actor, director, musician, and visual artist who for the past six years has directed The Canadian Badlands Passion Play. Royal began his career at Rosebud Theatre, and has performed across western Canada in theatre, film, and as a member of folk duo Lewis & Royal. Acting credits include Dora Award Nominated Tent Meeting (Blinding Light Productions); The Miser (Chemainus Theatre); Furniture of Heaven (Pacific Theatre); Ten Little Indians (Vertigo Theatre). Film credits include Steven Spielberg’s Into the West; Michael Winterbottom’s The Claim; Anne Wheeler’s The Investigation.  His latest artistic ventures include a video production company and the Sproule Art Gallery in Rosebud.  Royal is an acting coach with a passion for training actors and directors. Known and respected for his insightful critique, Royal is a sought after acting coach.


Margaret ‘Maki’ Van Dyke

B.A. (Redeemer College), M.A. (University of Alberta)

Registrar, Instructor in Theatre History and Script Analysis

Maki finds history fascinating, administration invigorating, while acting keeps her connected. Maki

serves as Rosebud’s registrar in addition to teaching many of the theoretical-based courses. Special

interests include playwrights of ancient Greece, medieval theatre, and ethnic drama.


Jeany Van Meltebeke

B.A. (Trinity Western University), M.F.A. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Instructor in Acting, Faith and Art, and Drama Ministry

Jeany is a regular acting coach and instructor of Drama Ministries, Faith and Art, and advanced acting classes. Jeany also enjoys directing, choreography, and performing. Adapting and directing The Way of the Wolf for THR 359 remains one of her most cherished RSA experiences. Jeany has been fortunate to act on the Opera House stage as a resident company member in numerous Rosebud Theatre shows, most recently $38,000 for a Friendly Face and A Bright Particular Star. She inspires her students to take risks and live big both on and off the stage.


Randall Wiebe

Diploma (Gardner Bible College), Diploma in Visual Art (Alberta College of Art and Design), B.C.T.A., F.R.S.A. (Rosebud School of the Arts)

Instructor in Visual Art

Randall Wiebe is a veteran instructor in art, photography and drama and a freelance graphic designer and photographer. His own work focuses on figurative and portrait paintings and large-scale commissions for churches. Randall has taught art for Rosebud School of the Arts, Rocky Mountain

College, the Central Alberta home school consortium, Canadian Badlands Passion Play, and art camps as far as Japan and Malaysia. His philosophy of teaching is that everyone can draw when they learn to see with their own eyes and respond to life. His passion is teaching artist to develop their unique voice, not to merely imitate one’s favourite artist or technique.


Heather Zacharias

B.A. (University of Waterloo), F.R.S.A. in Acting (Rosebud School of the Arts)

Recruitment Officer, Assistant Instructor in Acting

Heather is so grateful for the training she received at RSA that she wants to spread the word and

make sure everyone has the opportunity to take part in this excellent program. Since graduating from

the Mentorship Acting program in 2011 she has been busy acting with Rosebud Theatre, Ghost River Theatre and The Shakespeare Company. In addition to Recruitment, Heather works in Marketing for Rosebud Theatre, and is co-writing the 2012 Christmas show May & Joe with Morris Ertman and her husband Paul Zacharias. She can also often be found singing and playing mandolin alongside Paul as the duo Me & the Mrs.


Paul Zacharias

Assistant Instructor in Drama Ministry

Paul Zacharias is the former band leader of Swingset Champion, with whom he recorded four CDs

and completed two cross-Canada tours. He desires to be a worship director and plans to continue his education with Briercrest College. While in Rosebud, Paul has worked as a youth leader, dinner musician, composer and sound designer. Most satisfying are the hours spent in the recording studio as

engineer and producer of albums for other musicians. He has served as a coach in the areas of music and voice for Strathmore High School and Rosebud School of the Arts.

      Abbreviation of Credentials