Musical Theatre Faculty
Musical Theatre Faculty
Here are photos and bios of our stellar faculty for 2015
Lori Mazey – Director
Lori is the Director of Theatre Arts and Dance at Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, BC and the coach of 2 time Canadian Improv Games National Champions. She has her degree in Theatre, her Masters in Education, and is an Associate of Trinity College in London for Speech Arts.
Lori was the Comox Valley Arts Council’s 2005 Mentor of the year and was selected for Rotary’s Paul Harris fellowship in 2010. She has also won numerous awards both regionally and provincially for her directing for the ABCDE and Theatre BC Drama Festivals. Award winning productions include Biloxi Blues, Never Swim Alone, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged, Romeo and Juliet, and “The Laramie Project”
Lori has also directed 21 musicals and travels to New York regularly to attend classes and see and learn as much as she can about theatre and dance. Because she is passionate about eternal learning, she attends dance and theatre classes and workshops regularly, She has taken workshops with Keith Johnstone, Alice Ripley, Jeff Hyslop, Scott Swan and the musical directors and set designers for Broadway’s Spiderman, Turn off the Dark. She was also honoured to lead director workshops for Courtenay Little Theatre and to act as a liason for bringing Seacoast Studio’s Scott Swan to the Comox Valley–where he has led several acting workshops for schools and the community.
She has directed Chorus Line and Glee Club in 2011, Les Miserable Student Edition in 2012, Shrek, the Musical in 2013 and Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2014. Lori is unbelievably excited to be a part of the 2015 CYMC Musical Theatre team.
Lindsay Sterk – Co Director and choreographer
An accomplished dancer, singer and actor, Lindsay has performed and taught throughout Canada. As an adjudicator he has worked with the N.I.Festival of Performing Arts, Pacific West Festival, Danceworks Victoria, Chilliwack and Kamloops Festival of Performing Arts. Teaching credits include Harbour Dance Centre, Van Tap Dance Society, Capilano College and several other West Coast studios. Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) and Diploma in Theatre Arts. He has studied tap with Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Heather Cornell, Roxane Butterfly, Lane Alexander, Cindy Kerr, Germaine Salsberg, Jim Hibbard and Lisa Hopkins. Lindsay’s musical theatre credits include roles with the Arts Club, Showcase Festival, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Gateway Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Pangaea Arts, Modern Baroque Opera, Ophidian, Pacific Opera Victoria, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Stage West and the Charlottetown Festival. Most recent performances include “Hero” tapper in the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain for Theatre Under the Stars and is a regular soloist for tap events featuring Canadian artists. This is Lindsay’s 6th season with CYMC and he is thrilled to be sharing creative direction with Lori Mazey!.
Shannon Tyrrell – Musical Director
Most of Shannon’s time is spent performing the duties of Director of Music at Shawnigan Lake School. She tends to the administrative needs of the department while teaching three choirs, music directing a major musical each year, and offering private piano and voice lessons. As a musician and an educator, she has enjoyed a wide variety of musical experiences including performing, competing, touring, song-writing, recording, conducting, directing, teaching, and accompanying. Past show favourites include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Last Five Years, and Kiss Me, Kate. Career highlights include staging the immense and fabulous musical Hairspray which earned critical acclaim and a Cowichan Genie award, and seeing her Chamber Choir win the coveted Richard W. Cooke 1st place choral award at the BC Provincial Festival in 2013. At the end of a long day of rousing rehearsals and mentoring the future stars of Canada, Shannon enjoys spending time at home with her family.
Header photo by Karen McKinnon