Former theatre students and graduates -- What are they doing?



Lisa M. Genaille. (Medlock: The Secret Garden, January 2005) After leaving UFV, Lisa was accepted into the Capilano University Motion Picture Production Program from 2006-2008. Upon graduating from Capilano, she formed a production company with her brothers Andrew and Robert. They went on to have two television shows in development, with one of them being accepted. The television series they wrote and produced aired on APTN here in Canada and the USA starting September 10th/2010, with the full 6 episode run. They currently have another show in development phase along with an independent feature film in development with Chiaro Productions. Lisa is currently back taking classes at UFV for Pre-Med, intending to eventually attending UBC Medical Program. Way to go Lisa!

Martin Happer (Orlando: As You Like It, March 1998) is back in Vancouver and appeared in The 39 Steps at The Arts Club Theatre. Billed as Hitchcock Meets Hilarious! this comic adaptation by Patrick Barlow of John Buchan’s classic adventure novel, features four gifted actors playing over 150 zany characters. Since graduating from UFV, Martin has travelled throughout Canada appearing in major roles with many prominent theatre companies including the prestigious Shaw Festival in Ontario. Martin once again agreed to pay us a visit during his Vancouver stay, to pass on to our students some valuable insights and advice accumulated during his acting career. Thanks Martin and welcome home!


Will Hutchinson (Dwight: Schoolhouse, November 2009) was recently cast in an upcoming Hallmark made for TV movie entitled Battle of The Bulbs, which was shot in Maple ridge this September. Will had a major role of the character Chip Jones in the movie, his first professional gig in front of the camera. Will says that it was a huge learning experience as well as great fun to work with such seasoned pros as Daniel Stern from Home Alone and Matt Frewer, star of the Max Headroom series. Battle of the Bulbs is expected to air this Christmas season on Hallmark Theatre. We’ll be watching!

Darcy Knopp (Macbeth: Macbeth, March 2008) recently played the part of Oberon, in the Bard in the Valley production of William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The performance was part of the 10th annual Langley Festival held at the Langley Events Centre and Willoughby Community Park.


Cheryl Uphill ( Jane Shore: Richard III, 1999 ) After returning from a stint of filming in India, Cheryl is presently employed in a marketing and promotions capacity for the district municipality of Mission, as well as working with the Chilliwack Film Commission. Cheryl also recently appeared in a principal role in a BC Lottery commercial and is doing location work for a Denise Richards movie entitled: Christmas Caper.

Chris Ross ( France: King Lear, 2003 ) has completed his BA through the distance learning program of The Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan and is now working in the Children’s Ministries Department of the North View Community Church in Abbotsford. Congratulations Chris!


Barbara Jagodics ( Director: Friends. D. Fest 2002 ) is now the Education Programs Coordinator for the Penticton Band Education Centre. Barbara recently directed a production of Girl Talk a new play by Carolyn Myers and Don Appel, that examines how women throughout history have been able to empower themselves. This production, which was performed at the Summerland Centre Stage Theatre during April, raised $9,500 for the Penticton and Area Woman’s Centre. Barbara will be taking Girl Talk to Theatre BC’s Actober Fest in Kelowna this fall. Barbara also recently traveled ( in Video mode ) to Reading, in England as a cast member of The Progress Theatre of Penticton’s production of Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney by Armed Garnet Ruffo, which was performed at the 60th Anniversary of the original Progress Theatre in Reading. Well done Barbara!

Don Harrison (WillY Loman: Death of a Salesman, 2004 ) received best actor award for his role in The Chilliwack Players Guild production of Proof, which won best production award at the recent Theatre BC Fraser Valley Zone Festival.


Martin Happer (Joe Cooper: The Tomorrow Box, 1998) and Jeff Meadows (Dr. Caius: The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1994) are both currently appearing in The Shaw Festival Season in Ontario: Martin in G.B. Shaw’s St Joan and Jeff in The Kiltartan Comedies by Lady Augusta Gregory. Martin and Jeff have become regular performers at this prestigious Festival.

Dion Clingwall (Fortinbras: Hamlet, 1990) is now an E.S.L. instructor and was the tour coordinator for a visiting group of South Korean nursing students learning English and studying Canadian nursing methods at the Chilliwack campus Health Sciences Centre this June and July.

Melissa Mark (Stage Manager: Halo, 2006) was recently hired as Box Office manager at the Chilliwack Arts Council and Sheena Kennedy (Martha: The Secret Garden, 2005) has taken the position of Director of Programming.

Megan Johnson (Props. Manager: Twelfth Night, 2002) Is now the business manager of The Chilliwack Academy of Music

Megan Johnson (Props. Manager: Twelfth Night, 2002) Is now the business manager of The Chilliwack Academy of Music.

Lorraine Lanteigne (Germaine: Les Belles Soeurs, 1991) is moving back to Central America. Lorraine, who has been teaching English and Theatre in Moscow with her husband John for the past six years, is moving to San Juan Del Sur on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua to build and run an international Bed and Breakfast establishment. Lorraine spent several years in Nicaragua before moving to Russia in 2001 and is looking forward to returning there. She will also continue to teach English and pursue her writing career, while running her new business. Good Luck Lorraine!

Tanya Schwearzle (Biondello: Taming of The Shrew 2007) was stage manager for the recent Chilliwack Academy of Music production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Noah Arney ( Lighting Designer: Halo, 2006 ) was the lighting designer.



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