Heather Gordon Murphy - Choreography, Acting, Repertoire
Heather is an experienced dance and movement artist and has been involved in dance and theatre for over 40 years.... teaching dance for well over 25 years.
Having grown up in Campbell River, she has contributed her talents both on stage and off to many musicals and reviews including Shoreline Musical Theatre Society, River City Players and The Tidemark's Youth Theatre Program. Heather is a renown choreographer. Her most recent international job was as assistant choreographer to the FIFA World Cup in Azerbijan. Heather is one of the few independant dancers ever to work and perform with Cirque du Soleil. Heather was also assistant choreographer for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
She has worked with many talented actors, singers, performers and athletes over the years. Heather's infectious enthusiasm motivates those around her to excel. She enjoys helping performance artists find new and innovative ways to explore their creativity. Heather has the ability to work with students of any experience level to help them produce quality dance and movement whether for exams, festivals or just for fun!
Kristy Miller - Voice, Musical Theatre, Repertoire
Kristy has been involved in music and theatre for over 35 years. Kristy studied Vocal Performance and Composition in Chicago IL and went on to Minneapolis MN where she studied arranging, Vocal Pedagogy, Theatre Production and Multicultural Music (Ethnomusicology).
Kristy is an avid singer and performer, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and a BC Registered Music Teacher. She has been teaching private voice for over 18 years. One of her favorite genres is Musical theatre and Musical Review shows.
Kristy has been vocal coach, vocal director, staging director and choreographer for many youth musical productions over the years in Campbell River. She has worked with Shoreline Musical Theatre Society, River City Players, Tidemark Theatre's Youth Theatre Program, Timberline High School, Campbell River Baptist Church Youth Musicals and others. Kristy's energy and enthusiasm for musical theatre draws the best out of each of her students... Kristy's students excel at Musical Theatre winning awards and consistently placing in the top at festivals, competitions and in exams. "Musical Theatre is all about telling a story.... creating a moment in time. We can make our audience weep with sorrow or laugh with joy... what a huge motivation to tell our story well!"
Amy Lelliott - Voice, Musical Theatre
Performing is a very important part of Amy's musical career. She currently performs with her Classical Trio "Musicabile" and can also be seen performing vocals with the Campbell River "Little Big Band". Amy has worked with the Campbell River Children's choir developing a younger choir for the organization. Amy is our young children's specialist! Amy 's passion is her studio. Her students have excelled in vocal competitions, exams and festivals. The musical relationships she has had the opportunity to build with both her students and their parents will keep her teaching and performing in Campbell River for many years to come.
Amy has been involved in music and theatre for 25 years. Her first role was Anne in 'Anne of Green Gables' as a child. Amy is an exciting and dynamic vocal teacher who has been teaching in the Campbell River area for ten years. She began her music training as a child, then studied voice at the University of Sask. She completed her ARCT in Voice Performance with the Royal Conservatory of Canada, is a BC Registered Music Teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Heather Martin - Dance, Movement
Heather is so excited to be joining the staff of Raincoast this year.
Heather began performing in musicals at a young age and later was a member of the Phoenix Youth Theatre company. Heather has choreographed for children and youth in such shows as Godspell and the Music Man.
She has over 30 years of dance experience in the areas of jazz, tap and ballet. Her dance training began at age 3 and included examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance (ballet) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (tap). She is accredited through the International Dance Teaching Standards and owned a dance studio in Ontario for a number of years.
She is a BC certified teacher, having taught kindergarten to grade 5.
Heather is dedicated to helping children to grow in their confidence, ability and love of performing.
Welcome Heather Martin to the RainCoast family!
Laura Mudge - Acting, Improv, Speech Arts
Laura Mudge has been involved in dance and theatre for over 15 years. Laura is head over heels in love with Improvisational theatre. Having produced and performed in countless shows over the years. Laura graduated with a major in Theatre and Media Arts in hamilton Ontario and studied with Tracey Erin Smith of Second City, Act Toronto as well as Barbizon Modelling and Acting. She has also worked with the youth of ‘Original Kids Theatre’ of London ON. While in LA Laura competed in the Improv competition I.M.T.A. where she placed 4th over all in her category in “Cold Read”, she also had the pleasure of studying with former casting director/acting coach to the stars Clair Sinnet.
Laura loves contributing to the arts community here in Campbell River area. Laura has worked with the Tidemark Theatre in many roles both on and off stage including performer, emcee, event coordinator, and play write. Currently she is one of the Tidemark’s technical staff working with sound design. Laura has coached Rhythmic Ribbon Dance and Theatre at Solstice Studio and leant her expertise to Rainbow Youth Theatre in the Comox Valley. She produces the annual Halloween IMPROV Howl which benefits local charities. Laura loves teaching and coaching adults and facilitates theatre and improv workshops for seniors and teens. Watch for upcoming new classes with Laura for the fall semester!
Beth Miller - Musical Theatre, Costume Design, Set Design, Stage Manager
Beth Miller has been on the stage for many years. Growing up in Campbell River, she was 12 when she began playing leads in Musicals. Whether it was an original show with Director Brian Down, numerous youth musicals with CR Baptist Church Youth Group, Timberline High School's 'Annie', 'Seussical', 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' or Shoreline Musical Theatre's 'Hello Dolly' or Musical Theatre Reviews, Beth's natural talent for both acting and singing energize the stage and her life. Beth has worked with well known local directors and performed in many local venues. She has received honours for both festivals and Musical Theatre exams. Beth is currently working on her musical theatre teaching credentials with Trinity College London.
Beth also has an amazing talent for costume and set design. She can take an idea and turn it into an artists rendering that is beautiful and creative. Beth has designed costumes for Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast and has designed sets for 'Alice in Wonderland', 'Treasure Island', 'Rapunzel' and 'Beauty and the Beast'. Beth is also active as a theatre tech and can often be found back stage - Stage Managing - 'running the show'. Beth has often said she's not sure whether she is more comfortable back stage or on stage, but if you've seen her do either, you'll know she is great at both.