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Audition Coaching Sessions

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With support from the RBC Foundation, Theatre Alberta is thrilled to offer these monologue coaching sessions to Emerge and recent Artstrek participants. We have some incredible Albertan artists offering their time to help you polish your audition pieces. Please look over the instructions below, check out the coach bios, and book your appointment. 

Registration for the audition coaching sessions is now closed.


Pat Darbasie

Focus: Shakespeare, Text
Pat studied Voice and Speech at York University. She has taught Voice at University of Alberta, Concordia University College and Canada’s National Voice Intensive. She is an award-winning artist and a graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs. patdarbasie.com

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Tai Amy Grauman

Focus: Canadian Theatre
Tai is Métis, Cree, and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. She was awarded the Métis Nation of Alberta's award for Outstanding Youth of 2020 for the work she is doing to unravel the stories of Métis women in her family (the Callihoos). Tai is an artistic associate at Savage Society and an associate artist at the Citadel Theatre. She recently adapted Mary's Wedding: A Métis Love Story and plays Mary in Citadel Theatre's production. Tai is currently working on commissions with Nightswimming (Wiwimaw), Axis Theatre Company (Where did all the buffalo go…), and the Arts Club Theatre Company (My Father is the greatest man in the world). Selected Acting Credits include: Honour Beat (Grand Theatre) and Thanks For Giving (Arts Club).

Ian Leung

Focus: Shakespeare, Realism, Contemporary
Ian is an Edmonton-based actor and director and founder of theatre no. 6. He also teaches a Shakespeare acting class at the University of Alberta Department of Drama. His recent acting credits include The Blue Hour (SkirtsAfire Festival), Slight of Mind (Theatre Yes), Exit the King (Studio Theatre), Our Man in Havana (Bright Young Things), Pugwash (Ship's Company Theatre), and Stupid F**king Bird (Edmonton Actors Theatre). Directing credits include The Other Side of the Pole for Prime Stock Theatre in Red Deer, The Tempest for the University of Alberta Department of Drama, and Proud, The Fever, and his own play U: The Comedy of Global Warming for theatre. no. 6.

Rebecca Merkley

Focus: Musical Theatre, Vocal Health, Comedy, Dramaturgy
Rebecca teaches drama, guitar and voice and works as an adjudicator in musical theatre and song writing. Select performing credits include: Lead Vocalist for RuPaul’s Drag Race' Thorgy and the Thorchestra (The Winspear Centre), Slight of Mind (Theatre Yes/Citadel Theatre), and Klondykes (Guys in Disguise). Select Writing/Directing credits include: 5 South, The Unsyncables, Rivercity the Musical, Bountiful, and the critically acclaimed Merk du Soleil Series with her company Dammitammy Productions. See more of Rebecca’s work at dammitammy.com.

Julie Orton

Focus: Anything but Musicals
Julie is a Calgary-based performer who has been recognized with three Betty Mitchell Awards, an AMPIA award for Best Performance by an Alberta Actress and two Calgary Theatre Critic Award nominations. As an actor, she has performed in over 50 productions on every major stage in the city and a few more across North America.

Tenaj Williams

Focus: Musical Theatre and Voice
Selected Theatre Credits for Tenaj include Peter Pan Goes Wrong (Citadel), Sweat (Theatre Aquarius), The Color Purple (Citadel/MTC, Neptune Theatre), Charlotte’s Web (ATP), A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary) Touch Me: Songs for a (Dis)Connected Age (Theatre Calgary/Forte Musical Theatre), Naughty But Nice (Forte Musical Theatre), King Lear, All’s Well that Ends Well (Shakespeare Company), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Rosebud). @tenajwilliams

Registration for the audition coaching sessions is now closed.


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