Musical Theater Artistic Team
Meet our Artistic Team…
Director, Musical Theatre
Lori Mazey teaches Theatre Arts and Dance at G.P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, BC. She has her degree in Theatre, her Masters in Educational Leadership, and is an Associate of Trinity College in London for Speech Arts.
Lori has directed over 50 musical and plays for School District 71, CYMC and companies including Courtenay Little Theatre. She has won numerous awards both regionally and provincially for directing with 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, At the Bottom of Lake Missoula, The Laramie Project, and Torn Rainbow – a show she wrote about homophobia in high schools and which toured Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland over three years.
Lori is the recipient of the Queens Jubilee medal for the arts, ABCDE’s B.C. Drama Teacher of the Year award, the Comox Valley Arts Council’s Mentor of the year award, Rotary’s Paul Harris fellowship, and was named as one of the Comox Valley’s citizens of the century and the Comox Valley Educator of the Year Local Hero.
Lori is also an improv coach whose teams’ accomplishments include 2 National titles with the Canadian Improv Games and a Destination Imagination Global Improv Championship.
Raised in the Comox Valley, Alexander Nicoll’s love of musical theatre started with Rainbow Youth Theatre’s production of Cats. He has since graduated from Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and has worked professionally on stages across Western Canada. Selected performance credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (3LD), Sweeney Todd (Raincity), Once (Arts Club and Chemainus), Les Miserables (Arts Club), Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), Mary Poppins (Western Canada Theatre / Saskatoon).
After completing a Bachelor of Music degree in piano at the University of Alberta, Carrie fell in love with singing and all things vocal. Since then she has trained in the teaching of many vocal styles, most recently completing Jeannie LoVetri’s Somatic Voicework(TM) certification in teaching Contemporary Commercial music.
Living in the Comox Valley for the past twenty years, Carrie has an established vocal teaching studio and has contributed to many Musical Theatre productions, both as a vocal coach and Music Director. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with CYMC in this Summer’s creative
and unique endeavour!
Acting for the Camera Workshop
Jacqui Kaese has forged a foundation of opportunity for actors of all ages who wish to pursue a career in film and television. Jacqui has personally worked as the on-set acting coach alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Through her unique and authentic style of audition coaching, her students have garnered lead roles opposite Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruz, Jason Statham, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson Joel Edgerton and Aaron Eckhart. She has also worked on set with Oscar-winning legends, Lauren Bacall, DOP Harris Servides, Steady Cam inventor Garrett Brown, award-winning director Jonathan Glazier. Alumni Students include Cameron Bright (Twilight), Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo), Sarah Grey (The Order), Blake Woodruff (Whisper), Hannah Jane Zirke (Bad Times a the El Royale), Harrison Houde (Some Assembly Required), Jackson Warris (Riding the Bullet), John De Santis (The Addams Family), Sean Sipos (CSI Miami), Beau Mirchoff (Desperate Housewives). Plus scores of working actors spanning a career of over 20 years as a coach. Jacqui chooses to call Vancouver Island her home where the island’s industry is starting to grow. With her partner, Lynne Carrow, Gemini Award-winning Casting Director, Jacqui has turned her hand to Casing both Principal and Background to meet an increase in demand. With over 40 episodes of Hallmarks Chesapeake Shores, Movies of the week, Independent feature films, short films for local filmmakers and student films, Jacqui’s dream is to see the island accepted into mainstream film production for locations.
Scott Swan, M.F.A. (Directing), Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is the Artistic Director of the Seacoast Theatre Centre and Principal and Head Teacher of Seacoast Studios. Scott has been a theatre director and teacher for over thirty years, winning numerous awards for his work. He was the Founding Artistic Director of the Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts in West Vancouver as well as Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton, and the Artistic Director of Festival Lennoxville in Quebec. Select directing engagements include: The National Arts Centre, The Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects The Citadel Theatre, The Vancouver Playhouse, and Bard on the Beach. Scott has had two shows optioned for Broadway, served as a National Radio Drama Producer for CBC, and has numerous stage and television credits. As an acting teacher, he served as the Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting school from 1988-1992. Since he founded Seacoast Studios in 1993, a large number of Scott’s former students have found work professionally in both Canada and the US, and have been accepted to highly acclaimed theatre programs all over the world. He is a member of the professional company and the founder (and a member) of the Mentorship Program at the Studios.
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