Drama

Meet the Acting Class of 2016


Jessy ARDERN
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Jessy Ardern is an actor and playwright originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. While there, she was the co-Artistic Director of the nerdy theatre company The Struts and Frets Players. In 2011 she became the youngest winner of the Harry S. Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play at the Winnipeg Fringe, an award that she won again in 2013. Her writing has been seen onstage in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. Jessy moved to Edmonton in 2013 to be a member of this stellar BFA acting class, and this past year, she was thrilled to appear onstage as Briefcase the clown in The Grand Cacophony and as Paulina in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. This year, Jessy is thrilled to be appearing onstage as Clytemnestra in the Studio Theatre’s production of Iphigenia at Aulis. She will also be performing alongside her class in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Kaufman Kabaret.


Bradley DORE
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Bradley is an actor/mover/creator. He is fascinated by patterns, by human conditioning, and is in search of the freedom of a Wilding Kind to wake from sleep. He is searching through contemporary and classical culture to understand Politics and the edges of Society, fascinated by Drones, Holograms, Future Tech and Creative Practices of all kinds. Bradley is grateful for the experience to hone his craft in the bright light of his kind colleagues. Hailing from Calgary, he attended the Mount Royal University Theatre Performance program, and has had the great joy of getting to play in the UofA BFA Acting program. Some projects he has worked on include: Dog Sees God, The Winter’s Tale (UofA), Sex Smells/Follow Your Nightmares, Hamlet (MRU), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (MRU).


David FEEHAN
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David Feehan is an actor and filmmaker originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland. After graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) and a Diploma in Performance and Communications Media, he worked as an assistant producer at the film production company Morag Loves Company, and served as an artistic associate of the theatre company GraveYard Shift Productions. Now, he is pleased to be studying in his fourth year of the BFA: Acting program at the University of Alberta, where he will be performing in the Studio Theatre shows Iphigenia at Aulis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Kaufman Kabaret. Recently, David directed and starred in the award-winning short film "BreakIn(g)"Selected credits: "Maudie" (feature film), Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests (Impossible Mongoose Productions),The Winter’s Tale (U of A), The Laramie Project (Hangashore Productions), “Republic of Doyle” (television), “Grown Up Movie Star” (feature film).


Sarah FEUTL
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Sarah is a proud born-and-raised Edmonton artist. Her recent credits include The Winter’s Tale and The Grand Cacophony (University of Alberta), Beware Beware (Duckrabbit Theatre) and Essay (Edmonton Fringe). She has also danced in physical theatre shows as a part of Dancefest at Nextfest, including Sybil and The Premonition of Jesse and Joan. Before beginning the BFA Acting program, Sarah spent two years in the Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company. Coming up, you can catch her in the Studio Theatre’s production of Iphigenia at Aulis and as Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 


Morgan GRAU
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Morgan Grau is an actor, improviser and playwright from the hamlet of Ardrossan, Alberta. He is a performer/creator with The Orange Girls, as well as a co-author of Box, a one act play currently in production at the UBC Player's Club in Vancouver, BC. Previous acting credits include Husk (Orange Girls, 2014/15), The Fall of the House of Atreus (Troglodyte Theatre, 2015), and Chris in the first staged production of Kilt Pins by Catherine Hernandez (Our Other Day Job Theatre, 2013).


Corben KUSHNERYK
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Corben is a Grande Prairie-born, Edmonton-based theatre artist in his final year of the BFA Acting Program. Also a graduate of MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts Program, Corben has worked locally as a director, designer and triple-threat performer. He recently appeared at the 2015 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, in countless public parks and a couple of mattress galleries across Alberta as a member of Toy Guns Dance Theatre in their inaugural season.  Select credits include: Dogfight (ThreeForm Theatre), 9 to 5: the Musical (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Avenue Q (Two One-Way Tickets), The Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant Ever! (Whizgiggling Productions). Favourite directing credits include: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! (Grande Prairie Live Theatre), Never, Never (Promise Productions), Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests, Coraline and 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Impossible Mongoose Productions). This year at Studio Theatre, Corben can be seen in Beyond Therapy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in the World Première of Hannah Moscovitch’s new work, The Kaufman Kabaret.


Stuart MCDOUGALL
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Hailing from Cochrane, Alberta, Stuart McDougall is now an Edmonton-based artist and couldn’t be more thrilled to be acting alongside his classmates in Studio Theatre’s productions of Iphigenia at Aulis, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Kaufman Kabaret! He will be graduating this spring from the University of Alberta’s BFA (Acting) program, and spent two years in the BA/BEd (Drama) program. Stuart is an ensemble member of both The Orange Girls and In Arms Queer Theatre. Selected stage credits include: Both iterations of Husk (The Orange Girls, Nextfest), Something Raunchy (Fringe 2014), The Woman in the Red Dress (Nextfest 2014), The Winter’s Tale, The Grand Cacophony, Speed-the-Plow, and The Rimers of Eldritch (UofA). Stuart codirected (un)known stories with In Arms Queer Theatre at the 2015 Edmonton Fringe.


Natasha NAPOLEAO
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Natasha Napoleao is an Edmonton-based artist who, shortly after moving to Edmonton (for the weather) from Rio de Janeiro, has kept herself busy as an actress, singer, dancer, teacher and writer. Selected credits include: Seed Savers (Workshop West Theatre); Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Are We There Yet? (Concrete Theatre); Duck Duck Bang! (Firefly Theatre); The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale (Freewill Players); Rent: In Concert (Ignition Theatre); Sweet Charity (Walterdale Playhouse). Television credits include: CAUTION: May Contain Nuts and Tiny Plastic Men. Having previously attended the Grant MacEwan Theatre Arts Program, Natasha has decided to return to school at the University of Alberta after 10 years in the professional world in order to develop her classical theatre skills. A big thank you to the BFA Acting faculty for their ongoing belief and support.


Carmen NIEUWENHUIS
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Carmen is an Alberta-based theatre artist in her final year of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program. Previously she also trained at Playhouse North School of Theatre and the University of Alberta’s BA Drama program for two years. Recent acting credits include Deadmonton (Allspice Theatre, Edmonton Fringe), The E-Town Clown Cabaret (Fool Spectrum Theatre, Edmonton Fringe), The Winter’s Tale, The Grand Cacophony (University of Alberta), Sex Smells/Follow Your Nightmares (BS Collective), and Passing (New Works Festival). Look for her this season in Studio Theatre’s Beyond Therapy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Kaufman Kabaret. Carmen would like to send grateful hugs to her family for their constant love. 


Kristen PADAYAS
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Kristen is from Edmonton, Alberta and is a graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program.  She's appeared in the musical bare with Patient Mango Theatre (nominated for a 2012 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best Fringe Production) and more recently in Harold and Vivian Entertain Guests by Jessy Ardern also at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. You can also catch Kristen in the musical documentary short film The Man That Got Away (winner of the DAAD short film prize at the Berlin International Film Festival) as well as the award­winning web series The People That Touch Your Food. At the University of Alberta she has starred in The Winter’s Tale, The Grand Cacophony, and The Rimers of Eldritch. She currently calls Calgary home where she starred in Matt & Ben by Mindy Kaling & Brenda Withers with Theatre Transit last spring.


Jordan SABO
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Jordan is an actor, singer and dancer from Edmonton, Alberta. As a performer he enjoys all styles of theatre, but is especially drawn to heightened forms such as clown, music theatre and classical text. Jordan also loves to move his body, juggle, perform magic and is always learning new skills. Recent performing credits include Man Up! at the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Dead Man Walking and Oklahoma! at the Opera Nuova Summer Intensive, and Frost Flowers/Arctic Death Machine with the Brian Webb Dance Company. Jordan would like to take this opportunity to thank his loving family, as well as any friend or instructor that has helped him through the exceptional challenge that is the BFA Acting program.


Celeste TIKAL
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Celeste Tikal is a Toronto-based actor who calls Edmonton home during the school year. She’s currently in her final year at the University of Alberta in the BFA Acting Program, and couldn’t be more excited as well as saddened to be graduating. This season at Studio Theatre she will be performing in Iphigenia (as Iphigenia), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Kaufman Kabaret. Recent credits include: Who Am I? (Toy Guns Dance Theatre), Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale (UofA), Fortuitous Endings (Toy Guns Dance Theatre), The Grand Cacophony: A Clown Cabaret (UofA) and Lavinia in Titus Andronicus (Synchro Theatre Co.).