MEET THE TEAM
Kathryn Edwards has had the pleasure of teaching young performers for nearly 20 years. Since receiving her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance she maintained a very busy voice studio and continues to enjoy performing on stage. She has been sought after as a vocal coach and music director, and for 8 years was the director of the Triple Threat program at Lakeland College. In 2018 she was honoured to receive the Gwen Mottram Arts Award, which recognizes outstanding contribution to the arts within the Lloydminster community.
Many of her students have received accolades in both our local and provincial music festival competitions, have gone on to pursue music/ musical theatre at post-secondary schools, and have professional performance careers of their own.
Kathryn is very passionate about her work and believes that arts education is vital to nurturing the growth and development of our youth. Nothing gives her greater joy than seeing her students achieve success both on and off the stage.
Christine Brochu hails from Marwayne, AB. Growing up, Christine was passionate about dance and performance, studying with the Marwayne Dance Academy from elementary to high school and beyond. She attended both MacEwan University and University of Alberta, where she was able to study performing arts as part of her Bachelor of Education degree.
Christine has had many opportunities to hone her skills both on and offstage through the Musical Theatre program at Bonnyville Centralized High School, the Lloydminster Little Theatre Players and Lakeland College’s Triple Threat program with Miss Kathryn.
We are so fortunate to have Christine as part of our team at Center Stage Studios, sharing her talent passion for performing arts with our local youth!
Kirstin Strang has over 25 years of dance experience – having trained primarily in the disciplines of jazz, tap, and musical theatre. After taking a leave from dance to earn her BSc. in Human Sciences (Great Distinction), Miss Kirstin returned to dancing in the Fall of 2011 and became a member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association’s Stage Division (Licentiate – Tap & Jazz, Associate Member – Acro). She takes pride in being an active member with the CDTA, belonging to both the Alberta and Saskatchewan branches, and served as the Secretary of the Alberta Branch for six years before taking on the positions of Vice-President and Tap & Acrobatic Dance Coordinator in 2018. As well, Miss Kirstin is a certified Master Instructor with Acrobatique, an Acrobatic Arts Modules I & II instructor and holds teaching credentials with KinderMusik, Zumba, Alixa Flexibility, Spectacle Blue, and TRX. She believes the best teachers never stop learning and her recent focus has been on furthering her acrobatic and aerial arts education. Miss Kirstin has trained extensively in aerial silks and lyra and is currently completing her Circus Arts Instructor diploma through Montreal’s prestigious Ecole National de Cirque.
As a performer, her passion is tap dancing and in 2014, she auditioned for the American Tap Dance Foundation’s “Tap City” and was selected to perform in two productions “Tap Future” and “Tap It Out” at the New York City Tap Dance Festival. She completed a week- long residency under tap dancing legend, Brenda Bufalino and ATDF Artistic Director, Tony Waag.
Miss Kirstin’s students are inspired in her classes and challenged through her intricate choreography. Her degree in Human Sciences and extensive dance training provide her with a special understanding of the human body and the mechanics of movement. As a teacher, her intention is to challenge and educate dancers; focusing on placement, correct technique, strength and agility.
Tori grew up performing in and around Lloydminster. Her love for musical theatre started young when she was casted in lead roles for shows including The Wizard of Oz, Narnia and Footloose. Now Tori's passion for productions takes her backstage. She loves the excitement from the kids as they enter the big stage. She has helped run local productions including Annie and The Lion King. One of her all-time favourite shows she has ever attended was Wicked in London.
Cornelius Krahn is a veteran teacher, actor and director. He has 20 years experience working with students in schools at the elementary and middle years level. He started his own acting career with school performances in grade 8, followed by high school drama classes and and performances. He joined his community theatre and took part in over 20 productions in various roles on stage, back stage and directing. He continues to take part in community theatre productions in Lloydminster and shares his passion for theatre with students.