Professor Paul (Sparky) Johnson (B.A., M.A., CAEA, AEA, ACTRA)
Paul (Sparky) Johnson has an extensive background in theatre, film, radio and television as an actor, comedian, playwright and director, having worked with CBC, CTV, ACCESS and others. He was a founding member of Edmonton's Catalyst Theatre and was an actor/writer, for three years, with The Second City Review Theatre. He developed a strong relationship with theatre legend, Paul Sills—son of Viola Spolin and founder of The Second City — working closely with Sills from 1994 until his death in 2008. While in failing health, Mr. Sills had Professor Johnson teaching his esteemed Improvisational Intensive Workshops at his facility in Wisconsin. Professor Johnson was also, from 2001 through 2010, a guest artist/instructor for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts summer drama program.
Professor Kevin Sutley (MFA, BFA, CAEA)
Professor Sutley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Alberta. As a professional actor and director, he has worked for such companies as Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre and Azimuth Theatre. He has directed several productions including the Sterling Award-winning "Dungeon Master's Handbook" and "Picking Up the Pieces", a play written and performed by inmates of the Edmonton Institution, both for Azimuth Theatre. He directed, "Dating Mating and Hating" for Toronto's Theatre 212 and the highly acclaimed, "The Grapes of Wrath" for Studio Theatre. For his own company, Kill Your Television Theatre, Professor Sutley directed the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award-winning productions of "Suburbia", "Shakespeare's R&J" and “The Glass Menagerie”. He has received Sterling Award nominations as 'Outstanding Director' for his work on "Shakespeare's R&J", “Mules” and “Monster”. Professor Sutley has also taught acting and directing for Theatre Alberta, the Citadel Theatre and the University of Alberta North campus.