Meet the Team
Chad Matchette (he/him)
Co-Owner and Artistic Director since 2010
Chad is living a lifelong dream of not only working in the arts, but also teaching and helping encourage young people to express themselves and find their voice through musical theatre and dance. He feels so lucky to have such a wonderful team to work with alongside a truly amazing student body. Chad has been involved in the Vancouver theatre scene as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher for over 35 years. He has produced four critically acclaimed shows for Royal City Musical Theatre in New Westminster: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Will Rogers Follies, Hello Dolly, and Oklahoma. Chad is also the Co-Owner and Artistic Director of Align Entertainment, an award-winning theatre company that produces large scale family Broadway Musicals out of the Michael J. Fox Theatre.
Acting highlights include: Lenny in Of Mice and Men (CTC Award Winner – Best Actor), Ray in Lonestar (CTC Nomination – Best Supporting Actor), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (CTC Award Winner, Ovation Nomination – Best Actor), Daddy Warbucks in Annie (CTC Nomination – Best Actor).
Directing highlights include: Anne of Green Gables (CTC Nomination – Best Director), Shrek (Ovation Nomination – Best Director), The Addams Family (Ovation Nomination – Best Director), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ovation Nomination – Best Director).
Erin Matchette (she/her)
Co-Owner since 2010 | Administrator since 2022
Erin has contributed to numerous theatre productions since starting drama class at the age of 10 and winning an aggregate award at the Prince George Drama Festival in 1986. Training includes the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, UBC, and the William Davis Centre (now Vancouver Film School). Erin has attended master class with Peter Jorgensen, Robert McQueen, and Miriam Fond, but is especially indebted to Sandra Head (who may be a certified guardian angel). Mostly an ensemble player but favourite roles include: Miss Hanigan, Ursula, Alice Bieneke, Miss Stacy, and Sister Robert Anne. Erin appeared in Align Entertainment’s first ten shows, seven shows with the now defunct Footlight, and an enjoyable five summers at Theatre Under The Stars (three onstage).
Jan Ballard (she/her)
Production Crew/Makeup and Wigs since 1997
Jan has worked with the Lindbjerg Academy for many years. She, and her husband Ian, supply, style and work at the shows putting wigs and makeup on for the many different varieties of performances. Jan is very proud to be working along side such a great group of people. She is also a stage manager during showtime - helping with picking up, setting up, and taking down sets. During shows you can always find Dan or Jan on one side of the back stage or the other.
Jordan Latimer (she/her)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2003
Jordan’s love of acting and theatre comes from a childhood immersed in the arts. She grew up on film sets and backstage with parents in the industry. She started out as a child model, trained in acting classes in Vancouver, was represented by Lucas Talent, trained on the violin and performed on stage whenever she had the chance. Jordan first started out with the Lindbjerg Academy at 16 where she played Marilla, (Anne of Green Gables) and she never left. Her passion for teaching has contributed to her successful 15+ year career, with children of all ages . She is also a professional teacher with the Coquitlam School District with bachelors in Education and History. Jordan is so happy to share her love for the arts and encourage the development of all the students she works with.
Melissa Turpin (she/her)
Dance and Musical Theatre Instructor since 2006
Melissa first joined the Lindbjerg Team in 2006 after attending the academy as a child. Melissa is a graduate of both Capilano and SFU, where she trained in theatre performance to obtain a Theatre Diploma and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As a performer, favourite credits include: Mrs.Claus’ Kitchen (Famous Artists), Will Rogers Follies, Joseph & Oklahoma (RCMT) and Legally Blonde (TUTS). She was also a recipient of the E.V. Young Award for her performance in Grease (TUTS). Melissa's choreography highlights include Shrek, The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Joseph, The Little Mermaid and A Christmas Story (Align Entertainment), Christmas Pops and Broadway Pops (James Productions), Vaudeville Varieties (Footlight Theatre Company) and multiple productions for the Lindbjerg Academy. Melissa has accompanied students to perform in Disneyland, Disney World, Kelowna and locally on the Variety Club Show of Hearts and multiple community events. She has also completed a 200 hour teacher training program to obtain her yoga certification. Melissa is thrilled to rejoin the Lindbjerg Team!
Emily Kerr (she/her)
Dance Instructor since 2011 | Dance Program Co-Director
Emily has had the opportunity to work with the Lindbjerg team for 10 years and has shared her love of dance with her students over the years. She has seen many of her students grow from a young age through to graduation, including training at a competitive level. Not only have her students been successful at competitions but she too has received awards for her creative choreography. Emily began dancing at the age of 2 where she trained in RAD Ballet and eventually branched out into Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Emily entered her first competition at the age of 3 and went on to the Championships. Over the years, she competed in many different local competitions and received scholarships and awards for her musicality and performance. She also had the opportunity to take classes from So You Think You Can Dance choreographers, Napoleon & Tabitha, Benji Schwimmer and Blake McGrath. In high school, Emily was recognized with “Dancer of the Year” in grade 8, 11 and 12 and received the award from the Surrey Dance Teachers Association for her excellence in choreography. Emily continues to keep current with the upcoming styles that continue to evolve, by taking online classes from professional choreographers all over the world. Emily enjoys sharing this love of dance with her students and encourages them to develop their technique while stimulating their own creativity.
Brent Hughes (he/him)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2012
Brent has been teaching at Lindbjerg for the past 10 year with his main focus music directing the productions for the RSA class. Brent has been the music director for Align Entertainment for five of their shows and will be music directing his second show (Something Rotten!) at Theatre Under the Stars this summer. Brent has been teaching music in the Coquitlam school district for over 30 years and is currently the head of the Fine Arts department at Dr. Charles Best Secondary. Brent is responsible for all the instrumental and choral ensembles at the school as well as music directing the school’s musicals.
John Bradbury (he/him)
Production Crew/Set Construction since 2013
Learning to build with his grandfather as a child resulted in over 20 years of set design and carpentry for John. In addition to Lindbjerg Academy, he has enjoyed working with Align Entertainment and Boone Dog Productions as well as other Vancouver theatre companies. Select list of building projects include The Little Mermaid, Lion King, Tarzan and Peter Pan. John has loved being a part of the Lindbjerg Family for the past 10 years.
Dan Wiebe (he/him)
Production Crew/Set Construction since 2014
Dan has been involved in musical theatre for the past 15 years. It all started with Lindbjerg Academy where his children joined, and fell in love with singing, dancing and acting. Over the years, and through the help of talented individuals, he has learn the trade of set building and design, and Assistant Stage Management. Past shows include, Align’s ‘Little Mermaid’, ‘Joseph’, ‘Legally Blonde, ‘Shrek’ ’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ as ASM, ‘Legally Blonde’ ‘Shrek’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ as set construction, numerous Lindbjerg Academy productions as Set Design and ASM, Naked Goddess Productions “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”, Bring on Tomorrows ‘Fame’ and ’13’, and Snapshot Collective’s ‘Sweeney Todd’. Bring on the show!
Emily Matchette (she/her)
Dance and Musical Theatre Instructor since 2014
Emily has been calling Lindbjerg home since 2009 when she began here as a student.
Once graduating high school, she made the transition to teaching and has loved every second of it! A graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University, and the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program at Douglas College, Emily is passionate about youth theatre and has been a teacher for the Lindbjerg Summer Camp three times (so far!). She has also worked on CTORA’s (Children’s Theatre of Richmond Association) last three productions of Peter Pan Jr (director), Cinderella (choreographer) and Beauty and the Beast Jr (Assistant Director).
Select performing credits include: Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical (Align Entertainment - postponed due to COVID), The Mad Hatter/Ensemble in SHREK the Musical (Align Entertainment), Ensemble in Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre Company), Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), and Lou Ann in Hairspray (Theatre Under The Stars).
Choreographer/director credits include: Peter Pan Jr (CTORA), American Idiot (URP - Ovation Nomination for Best Choreography), Thoroughly Modern Millie JR (Lindbjerg Academy), Cinderella (CTORA), Draining the Swamp (Curious Creations), Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (Arbutus Studios) and Legally Blonde Jr (Lindbjerg Academy).
Stephanie Liatopoulos (she/her)
Private Vocal Instructor since 2014
Stephanie holds a degree in Performing Arts and has made her mark in the lower mainland. Currently, Stephanie is a vocal instructor at Lindbjerg Academy as well as the artistic director for DramaNatrix Productions, where the society received the 2015 CTC Award for “Best Production”. Stephanie herself has won the 2014 CTC award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mrs. Peacock in CLUE the musical and Deep Cove’s 2014 Best Actress Award for her role as Marge in SUDS: A 60’s Soap Opera. Her most memorable role yet won her the 2010 Ovation Award for Best Supporting Female as Saraghina in NINE. This year, Stephanie will be attending UBC where she will complete her teachers certificate in hopes of becoming a high school drama teacher. Keep up to date with Stephanie at www.inthekeyofstephanie.com
Chris Adams (he/him)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2015
Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Victoria in Theatre and studied Musical Theatre in New York with Circle in the Square Theater School. He is a two time Ovation Award Winner. Chris got his start teaching and directing at UBC for their Summer Musical Theatre classes, teaching 6-16 year olds everything from Musical Theatre to Acting to Improv. For the Lindbjerg Academy Chris has directed Mulan, High School Musical, Legally Blonde, Suessical, The Lion King, Honk, & Aladdin. He was also the director of the award winning Bring On Tomorrow Co production of 13: The Musical at the Waterfront Theatre. As an actor, Chris has performed on some of Canada’s best stages, including playing Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at the Globe Theatre, touring with Axis Theatre in the National Tour of The Number 14, and performing at the Kay Meek in Little Women the Musical.
Nicol Spinola (she/her)
Dance and Musical Theatre Instructor since 2015 | Dance Program Co-Director
Calling Vancouver home, Nicol Spinola is a theatre and dance practitioner who fell in love with the arts at a young age. Beginning as a competitive dancer, Nicol quickly transitioned into teaching and has continued to teach for over 20 years in studios in Canada and Japan. This is Nicol's 7th Season at Lindbjerg Academy where she also co-leads the dance division.
As an award-winning choreographer, Nicol’s work has been seen at Theatre Under the Stars, Align Entertainment, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Gateway Theatre and Capilano University. Nicol is the Co-Managing Artistic Director for Raincity Theatre, whose sold-out productions of Sweeney Todd and Company won a total of 5 Jessie awards & 3 Ovation awards. She is the Founding Director of Camp Cue - an overnight musical theatre training camp for teens.
Nicol’s upbringing and lived experience influence not only her teaching but her leadership and artistry; her largest passion is creating safe, and more equitable rooms for her students, collaborators and fellow artists.
Joanie Bowes (she/her)
Volunteer Coordinator since 2017
Joanie Bowes has been a musical theater fan since she watched her older siblings perform in their high school productions. Her first and last performance was as an ensemble member in Grease during her first year of high school. She now prefers to support her daughters and their theater and dance mates at Lindbjerg Academy. As the volunteer coordinator, she encourages others to come be a part of the show! She promises to not make singing or dancing part of the volunteer responsibilities.
Joanna Kovats (she/her)
Dance Instructor since 2017
A Musical Theatre performer for over 25 years, singing, dancing, and acting have been Joanna’s life passions. She started dancing at a very young age completing all the examinations in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance with the British Association of Teachers of Dance in the UK. Successfully completing a teaching diploma in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance before setting off on a professional career on the stage that enabled her to travel the world.
Performing in dance reviews and musicals in England, Germany, Spain, Japan, and Canada, Joanna’s knowledge of the performing arts is extensive.
Now a proud member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association in the Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz divisions, Joanna is thrilled to be a part of the Lindbjerg family, sharing her passion for dance and theatre with her students!
Jocelyn Tsui (she/her)
Student Teacher since 2017
Jocelyn spent most of her childhood as a student at Lindbjerg and she is thrilled to return once more to stage manage the RSA class. A graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program, she has had the privilege of performing with several theatre companies across Vancouver, select credits including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Gateway Theatre), Cinderella (Theatre Under the Stars), and The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment). Jocelyn is passionate about propelling the performing arts industry towards a more progressive and inclusive future, starting with youth and emerging artists. In 2020, she co-founded a new writing initiative called The Parallel Project, which is slated to officially debut in June 20222, in partnership with The Cultch, Playwrights Theatre Centre, and the City of Vancouver. The project hopes to provide more opportunities for emerging IBPOC artists to create and produce new work under the mentorship of industry professionals. Along with teaching at Lindbjerg, Jocelyn is a performer with Out of the Rain Character Events and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at Simon Fraser University.
Natasha Kozak (she/her)
Private Vocal Instructor since 2017
Natasha Kozak started her teaching career with Lindbjerg in 2017. She is an alumni of Sheridan College, and has been singing and performing for over 20 years. Since her start as a teacher, she has worked with other companies in the tricity area, as well as worked online as a personal vocal coach to students of all ages throughout the pandemic. She specializes in musical theatre, contemporary, pop music and live performances. Natasha especially enjoys diving into material with her students to get them audition, or performance, ready. She is also a former student of the Lindbjerg Academy herself, and now transfers her love of singing and the performing arts to her students.
Ashlene Hutton (she/her)
Costume Assistant since 2018
Ashlene has been with Lindbjerg for 4 years, 2 years as a student and then as costume assistant to Maureen. Once you get hooked on Lindbjerg you just can’t leave! Ashlene is so excited to be back in the theatre and so proud of the kids!
Josh Ballard (he/him)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2018
Josh is so excited to be joining the team as director/choreographer for this year’s Youngstars & Ministars classes. He has an extensive background in musical as well as film & television. He has worked with the Art’s Club in their production of Les Miserables, the Playhouse theatre in their production of Oliver and he was also cast in Patrick Street Productions’ touring musical The Full Monty. In addition to Josh’s theatrical resume, he also has over 20 credits in the film industry working with various networks such as Disney & Nickelodeon. Josh Is an alumnus of the Lindbjerg Academy and has been extensively trained in Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap. He has thus far directed & choreographed Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Madagascar, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory & Cinderella. He cannot wait for the year to come!
Maureen Robertson (she/her)
Head of Costumes since 2018
Maureen has been with Lindbjerg Academy for 4 years, in the costume department. Working with these amazingly talented kids has been wonderful!
Nicole Stevens (she/her)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2019
From Coquitlam, British Columbia, Nicole was singing before she could even walk. Her love of musical theatre started at a very young age and was one of the original students of the Lindbjerg Academy. She later attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts and has now been an inspiring musical theatre teacher for almost 20 years. Nicole is thrilled to be back teaching where her love of Musical Theatre was discovered.
Nicole has worked with children of all ages, from numerous local high schools, middle schools and elementary schools across the lower mainland to Pre-school programs with Music Box based in New Westminster. Choreographing and directing The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, The Pajama Game, Seussical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Centennial in Coquitlam, Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof for Riverside in Port Coquitlam, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and The Beast, Annie, Seussical, Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella for the Vancouver Talmud Torah, and The Wizard of Oz at Berkshire Park Elementary with over 200 students performing.
Nicole has performed on stage in several shows for prominent B.C. theatre companies, including Theatre Under the Stars’ Grease! and Legally Blonde, Fighting Chance Productions’ Little Shop of Horrors and Nunsense, APPLAUSE’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown and RCMT’s West Side Story. She took a break 8 years ago to have her 2 daughters, Charlotte and Sophie, who are currently discovering their love of Musical Theatre.
Amanda Lourenço (she/her)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2020
Amanda is a Brazilian-Canadian performer and a graduate of the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University. She is a player for Legends: A Superhero Story, an actual play podcast that uses the new TTRPG system Legends: The Superhero Role Playing Game created by Chad and Jack Matchette.
Aside from the arts, Amanda is also very passionate about social justice and is currently in the process of becoming a paralegal. Her dream is to bring all her passions together and create a safe space for artists to express themselves, free of any judgement.
Angela Lundin (she/her)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2020
Angela is thrilled to be teaching our young performers in Musical Theatre Competition, Showchoir and Rising Stars. A veteran performer, Angela wrote and performed her one woman show Finding Wonderland at the Evergreen Cultural Centre as part of her SFU MA thesis. Favourite roles include Amy/April in Company, Pam in Baby, Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street and Kathy Sawyer in Singin’ In the Rain. TV credits include roles on The X-Files, Millennium and Cold Squad along with numerous commercials. Having spent much of her adult years working professionally as a singer and actress around the globe, Angela is now an elementary music specialist in Coquitlam where she passes on her passion and knowledge to young children.
Jesse Alvarez (he/him)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2020
Jesse is a graduate of the musical theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has performed on stages across North America and Europe. He shared the stage with legendary Soprano Marni Nixon for Lincoln Centre’s Winter’s Eve Festival and was a part of the audience chorus for “No Time At All” on the 2013 Broadway cast recoding of Pippin. Jesse is excited to join the Lindbjerg family and hopes to inspire and nurture the next generation of aspiring performers.
Some performance highlights include: Miss Saigon, Godspell, 42nd Street, and The Wiz(Interlakes), Barber of Seville(Vancouver Opera), LIFT(Awkward Stage), Joseph(Align Entertainment), FAME(Bring On Tomorrow), A Chorus Line(Fighting Chance), Rock of Ages(Renegade), HAIR(SOOP).
Naomi Wright (she/her)
Dance Instructor since 2020
Naomi began her dance training in the heart of small town Alberta with Miss Joanne's School of dance at the age of 5 training in all styles including acrobatics under the Acrobatic Arts curriculum. Her competitive years were filled with many titles and scholarships allowing her to train all over the country at different conventions and even the opportunity to train at Los Angeles`s The Edge.
After graduation she moved to Vancouver to train under Harbour Dance Center`s Intensive Training Program, (ITP) where she trained in commercial dance, acting and circus. Her professional performances included We Day, Vancouver's International Dance Festival, and Small Stage`s Winter Series.
Naomi specializes in teaching jazz, lyrical and acrobatics and she continues to educate herself through different avenues and curriculums. Naomi is passionate about making her classes a safe space for students to push themselves and develop their love for dance. She hopes her students leave feeling inspired and confident in their abilities so they may achieve great things in and out of the studio.
Ashlyn O'Shea (she/her)
Glee Instructor since 2021
Ashlyn is thrilled to be a part of the Lindbjerg Team! She has been involved in theatre and performing since a young age and never imagined pursuing anything else. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University and has her EFP certification with Estill Voice International. She has 10 years teaching experience and is passionate about sharing knowledge and inspiring young performers. Select credits include Little Women (Theater in the Country), 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).
Gordon Roberts (he/him)
Triple Threat Instructor since 2021
Gordon has been a professional performer for over fifty years and with his baritone/bass character voice has become a ainstay of the Vancouver musical theatre world. Familiar to Royal City Musical Theatre (12 shows) and Chemainus Theatre Festival audiences (6 shows) he has performed at the Gateway Theatre (Fiddler On The Roof), Playhouse Theatre (Music Man) and Arts Club (Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story, Evita and the tour of The Buddy Holly Story) and for Patrick Street Productions (3 shows). A trained orchestral percussionist and piano ccompanist Gordon also musical directs and has helped write five musicals. He has taught “Singing for the Actor” for 30 years in Los Angeles and the Lower Mainland and is excited to work at the Lindbjerg Academy.
Holly Bradbury (she/her)
Student Teacher since 2021
Performing in her first musical at four years old, Holly is now going into her 3rd and final year studying musical theatre at Capilano University. Select credits include: Elton John “Amélie”, (Arbutus Studio), Ensemble “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, 3 Blind Mice “Shrek” (Align Ent) and Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde” (Lindbjerg Academy).
Sydney Ballard (she/her)
Musical Theatre Instructor since 2021
Sydney Jade Ballard is a multi-disciplinary artist from Vancouver. She has an extensive background in musical theatre, piano, voice, music composition, film and theatre acting, as well as a variety of dance disciplines. While she has been cast in several movies and musical productions, she also enjoys scriptwriting, playing the guitar, and studying music theory. Sydney has always had a passion for teaching children and has years of experience doing so with a variety of companies such as Lights Up! Theatre, Vancouver Performing Stars, and of course the beloved studio she trained at as a young performer, Lindbjerg Academy. Sydney studied songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and continued her studies at Capilano University in the Musical Theatre Diploma program. She was commissioned to write music for various events at the university and was also able to Assistant Music Direct the university’s spring musical, A Chorus Line. She is a strong believer in the power of storytelling, which is why she is always finding new ways to inspire youth through the arts.