Our Wonderful Team!
Founder of Vita Artes Performance Academy
Natasha has been involved in theatre from the very young age of four. Her passion for the musical arts grew throughout her adolescent years. She continued along this path and received her Diploma in Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in 2009. Upon graduation, Natasha performed in a variety of theatre and film productions. Highlighted roles include: “Anytime Annie” from 42nd Street and “Alexa Vere De Vere” from As Bees in Honey Drown.
In the summer of 2013, Natasha started up 'Gotta Act Theatre Company out of which she taught an intensive summer theatre camp in Kamloops, BC. After teaching in Kamloops, she launched her teaching career in Vancouver, BC, where she has taught Musical Theatre, Dance, Voice, Speech Arts and Drama to children from the the ages of 2-17. In 2017 she graduated from Capilano University with a Bachelor in Performing Arts, then attended UBC where she received a Bachelor in Secondary Theatre Education. Natasha is very excited to continue teaching and to see the growth of all VAPA's students in the Performing Arts and in Life.
Performing Arts Instructor
Sydney has been performing on stage in plays, operas, musicals and festivals for over 20 years. Originally from Vernon, he first trained with Tony Stamboulieh, The Moore’s, Elizabeth Scott and was featured in performances such as Godspell, La Boheme, Cabaret, The Mighty Casey, The Tempest, Pajama Game and many others.
Sydney received his Diploma of Performing Arts from The Canadian College of Performing Arts. He has also obtained his ACTL Diploma in Performing Speech and Drama from the Trinity College of London. He is currently enrolled at Royal Roads University where he is completing his Masters in Intercultural Communications.
Travelling across Canada performing, Sydney has worked with The Royal Theatre in Barkerville with their Motherlode Tour. He performed in Kamloops in association with the Rocky Mountain Railtour. Other notable performances during this time include Rumours, 7 Stories and A Class Act, as well as performing in Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa and Toronto. Now residing in Vancouver, Sydney teaches at multiple locations including Vita Artes and the Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts. In addition, he has adjudicated many festivals in BC.
Performing Arts Instructor
Ashlyn is thrilled to have the privilege to work with the students at Vita Artes Performance Academy. She has been involved in theatre since a young age and never imagined pursuing anything else. Since graduating the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University she has been teaching young performers in multiple studios in the greater Vancouver area. Most recent performance credits include; A Christmas Story (Align Entertainment), Merrily We Roll Along (United Players), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), and Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Under the Stars).