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Jeff Skinner, CAEA / ACTRA Instructor / Coach / Founder    

Jeff’s artistic career is diverse. He has performed in over fifty theatrical productions and over 500 musical stage appearances, many of which were in musicals and with his vocal group, The Argyles.

Jeff has also performed in over forty films including "The Big White" with Robin Williams, "Naughty or Nice" for ABC, "Category 6: Day of Destruction" for CBS, "The Carol Shields Stories" for W, "Cowboys & Indians: The Killing of J.J. Harper" for C.B.C. and APTN, "East of Euclid" for Showcase, "Scared Silent" with Penelope Ann Miller, Brothers", "Epiphany Rules" for Buffalo Gals Pictures, and "Scalpers" for Super Channel. He currently has a reoccurring role in the new ABC/Global television series "Falcon Beach".

Along with his extensive credits, both locally and nationally as a singer, actor, composer, writer, director, producer, in the theatre, film, music, television and commercial industries, Jeff has created numerous live events including Grey Cup ’91 as Festival Producer and creator and producer of the Festival of Lights Parade. He currently owns ProCreators, a film and live events production house.
Jeff has just finished his second short film as Writer/Director entitled A Fare to Remember. The Resolving Door was Jeff’s first. He currently owns ProCreators, a film and live events production house and is one of the producers for Two Lagoons Productions.

Jeff practices what he preaches and constantly trains. He has participated in the Director/Observer Program through Film Training Manitoba shadowing Director Bill Corcoran on the set of Falcon Beach. He's an “On Screen Manitoba” board member.
 
Nancy Drake, CAEA / ACTRA Instructor    
Nancy Drake

Nancy is an actress, director, dramaturg and teacher of theatre and voice and diction for over 40 years. She last performed at MTYP in the world premiere of “Silverwing”.

In the past few years she has been seen as The Duchess of York in “Richard III”, Mrs. Pierce in “My Fair Lady” and Marge in “The Dresser”, all for MTC.

She directed “L'Impromptu d”Outremont” for Tremblayfest and “Gianni Schicchi” for The Little Opera Company.

Nancy is a drama teacher in creative drama for children, scene study, audition techniques and drama from basic to advanced and teaches voice and diction at the University of Winnipeg. In addition, she has dramaturged with over thirty Manitoba playwrights.  Nancy became the first Manitoban nominated for the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch prize award in 2004.

In all, Ms. Drake has been in the theatre business since 1972. We are excited and honoured to have her on staff here at the ACTMB.

Contact Ms. Drake at: tnw241@mts.net

 
Daina Leitold , ACTRA Instructor    
Dania Leitold

 Daina Leitold works locally as an actor, director and mime.  Some of her film and television credits include Falcon Beach, Blue State, Eye of the Beast, Elijah, and the Winnipeg cult classic, East of Euclid.  She has also performed on the stages of Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and Shakespeare in the Ruins.  Trained first in dance and movement, Daina's approach to performance and directing is often physical.  Her teaching style marries her movement background with the more cerebral approaches of current realists and naturalists.

 
Monique Marcker , ACTRA Instructor    
Monique Marcker


 
Rebecca Gibson , ACTRA Instructor    
Rebecca Gibson

As an acting coach and workshop facilitator for film training, Rebecca has worked with thousands of writers, directors, and actors.   Rebecca works as an on-set acting coach for film and television, including work on the television series Guinea Pig and The Sharing Circle and the soon-to-be-released feature film Make it Happen.  Rebecca has guest lectured at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba Youth Drama Festival, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Freeze Frame International Film Festival, Actors Training Center of Manitoba, Film Training Manitoba, and in several elementary, junior high and high schools.  She originated the acting program at Winnipeg Film Group and helped develop the provincially accredited program of the Academy of Acting (a division of the Academy of Broadcasting Corporation), where she currently serves as Artistic Director.

Having started in the theatre, Rebecca has acted extensively in film and television, including commercials and voice work.  Her credits include The Harp: Carol Shields Stories, The Winning Season, Killer Instinct, Behind the Camera: Three’s Company, Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story, The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, Hell on Heels: The Battle for Mary Kay, Category 6: Day of Destruction, Vinegar Hill, and A Bear Named Winnie.  For her work on Except the Dying: The Murdoch Mysteries, Rebecca was recently awarded a Blizzard for Best Supporting Actress.  Her favorite role is “Elizabeth”, on the award-winning preschool series Tipi Tales – a show for which she also writes.

Additionally, Rebecca works extensively behind-the-scenes, most notably as a former casting director for television series, commercials, feature films, independent shorts, and television movies.  Her work also includes production management for commercials and the award-winning film Heater, writing and story editing for television and film, and documentary work.
 
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the New York Film Academy, Rebecca’s film training includes the NSI Writer’s Roundtable with Al Magee, SIFT’s Documentary Production course (where she won an award for Best Pitch), and a CFTPA International Internship, which included work/study in Los Angeles, and the Commercial Theatre Institute in New York City.