Meet the Staff

THE CENTRE FOR PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS AT CENTRAL MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
band
dance
fashion
media arts
strings
theatre arts
visual arts
vocal

Leadership

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Greg Massey

Gregory Massey

Collaborative Pianist

Pianist and tenor Gregory Massey is a versatile musician who is trained in musical genres spanning from classical, to jazz, to rock. Gregory’s formal education includes completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus, studies in jazz piano at Grant MacEwan College, and a year of graduate work at the University of Alberta’s main campus. Gregory also received his Grade 10 certificate in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Gregory is a skilled accompanist who works with singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. The ability to perform in a variety of styles has opened many doors for Gregory, including being the lead pianist and keytar player in several Alberta based rock bands and being the Assistant Music Director at Living Spirit United Church. Gregory is currently living in Calgary, Alberta where he is an active teacher, director and accompanist.

Dance

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Anna Wojciechowski

Accompanist

Ms Wojciechowski received her musical training at the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland. Since settling in Calgary in 1989, she has worked extensively as both a piano accompanist and teacher. Ms. Wojciechowski presently accompanies for many of Calgary’s professional dance companies and schools including, Alberta Ballet, The School of Alberta Ballet and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

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Corinne Vessey

Dance and Theatre Arts Instructor

Ms. Vessey is a dance professional who has been training for over twenty years in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Character, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Funk Styles (including Locking and Popping), House, West African and Musical Theatre. She has studied at world renowned facilities including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Shelley Shearer School of Dance, Harbour Dance Centre, The Source Dance Company, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and University of Calgary where she received her Bachelor of Arts (English, Dance minor) and a Bachelor of Education.

Corinne continues to perform professionally and has appeared in “Acquiescence” in Soulocentric Festival, 49th Parallel Dance Company’s “Watering Hole,” Michele Moss’ “Where in the World,” The Toy Castle television series, The Source Dance Company’s “Stranded,” Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s “Peter Pan,” and the Juno Awards, to name a few. Corinne’s choreography has won numerous awards, and has appeared in the Soulocentric Festival, multiple Mpact Dance Company productions, Ignite! Festival, Alberta Culture Days, and at the Grande Opening of the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, as well as many other venues. Corinne also is the Artistic Director and founder of Ember Dance Company, a semi-professional contemporary dance company based out of Calgary that has been producing its own feature shows and dance films since its inception in 2012. Corinne is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Central Memorial High School, and is grateful to be able to share her knowledge, experience, and love of dance with her students.

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Alison Stone

Dance Instructor

Ms. Stone is originally from Victoria, BC where she grew up dancing and performing with Stages Performing Arts School.  To further her studies Ms. Stone moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University’s dance program.  She graduated with a BFA and a passion for choreography.  In Ontario, Ms. Stone’s choreography was seen at fFIDA International Dance Festival and the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival.  Ms. Stone moved to Calgary to attend Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Professional Training Program, which she completed in 2008.  During her career she has performed works by choreographers such as, Meagan O’Shea, Heidi Strauss, Julia Sasso, Kimberly Cooper, Sarisa Figuera de Toledo and Catherine Hayward. Ms. Stone’s choreography has been performed in Alberta Dance Festival, Ember Dance Company, Variety Pack Cabaret, Shoes Off Cabaret, Crosscurrents, Physical Therapy Cabaret, Ignite Festival, AIR, Prairie Dance Circuit, Freak Show, Alberta Dance Explosions and Emerge. Ms. Stone has been the co-artist director of Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People from 2010 to 2012.  She continues to immerse herself in the Calgary dance community as a dancer, choreographer and teacher.

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Christie Preston

Dance Instructor

Born and raised in Calgary, Ms. Preston started her performing career with Children in Dance (now Alberta Dance Theatre) at a young age and spent seven years with the company. Ms. Preston received her B.A. in Dance with distinction from the University of Calgary in 2001. Her performing career included working with Michele Moss, Neah Kalcounis, Christine Carr, Denise Clark and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Her love of West African dance took her to study multiple times in Guinea and Ghana. Ms. Preston loves mentoring young dancers and has greatly enjoyed her experiences working with ADT as well as EKO Dance Projects, Dance Montage, Dance Explosions, DITCO and numerous public schools around Calgary. She returned to the U of C in 2003 and completed her Masters in Teaching and has enjoyed sharing her passion for Dance full-time at Calgary high schools ever since. From 2008-2012 Christie was the Artistic Director for Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People.

Fashion

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Dora Blitt

Fashion Instructor

Dora Blitt, a Professional Home Economist, graduated from the University of Calgary Master of Teaching program in 2002 after obtaining her BSc (HEc) from the University of Alberta, majoring in Clothing and Textiles. Ms. Blitt looks forward to sharing her knowledge of clothing construction as part of PVA Fashion Design.

Her love and appreciation of fashion, the arts, textiles and personal expression has continued to grow since her early employment in fashion retailing. Ms. Blitt is proud to join the distinguished faculty of The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts at Central Memorial High School.

Media Arts

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Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott

Media Arts Instructor, Technology Learning Leader

Kevin Scott has worked in the Media Arts industry since 2001 and has been teaching the subject at Central Memorial High School since 2003. Professionally, he has been involved in web development, audio and video design, graphic design as well as animation development for organizations such as The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Alberta Bone & Joint Health Institute, The American Association of Retired People (AARP), The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and The National Business Services Alliances, among others.

In 2001, Mr. Scott graduated from the University of Calgary’s Masters of Teaching program after obtaining a degree in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Lakehead University. He has competed at the varsity as well as major junior level in football and has been coaching the sport since 1993.

Mr. Scott is excited to be joining the PVA Team and is looking forward to undergoing the rigors of PVA Media Arts with all of the students.

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Mark Schwandt

Media Arts Instructor

Mark Schwandt graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in
2001, and has since completed additional education in computer graphic design, advertising copywriting, digital music production and motion picture technical training. Mr. Schwandt’s media work has included video and location-sound recording, multi-track audio production, sound design, grip and light work for screen productions, both union and independent, as well as live broadcast of theatrical, sport, and music events. His teaching career brought him to the CBE’s Career and Technology Centre where he launched their Broadcasting program in 2012-13 (now called Film, Audio, and Television Production) as studio construction was being completed. Since then, his students have participated in productions such as the Edibles cooking show for Shaw TV Calgary, BOTZ for Telus Optik Local, live theatre and music concert video recording, celebrity photoshoots and interviews for Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre, and a twenty-four track live recording of the Calgary Fiddlers. Having experienced the transition from analog to digital media production over the past three decades, he is thrilled to be working with the PVA Media Arts program to prepare students for this exciting and quickly changing industry.

Music

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Greg Massey

Gregory Massey

Collaborative Pianist

Pianist and tenor Gregory Massey is a versatile musician who is trained in musical genres spanning from classical, to jazz, to rock. Gregory’s formal education includes completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus, studies in jazz piano at Grant MacEwan College, and a year of graduate work at the University of Alberta’s main campus. Gregory also received his Grade 10 certificate in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Gregory is a skilled accompanist who works with singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities. The ability to perform in a variety of styles has opened many doors for Gregory, including being the lead pianist and keytar player in several Alberta based rock bands and being the Assistant Music Director at Living Spirit United Church. Gregory is currently living in Calgary, Alberta where he is an active teacher, director and accompanist.

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Katrina Archer

Adam Mailman

Band Director

Adam creates great leaders through music. He helps students of all ages around Alberta as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician to understand how they best can contribute to their ensemble. He performs regularly as percussionist with Primetime Big Band, and Alberta Winds, and as Music Director of Cochrane Music Society’s Adult Concert and Jazz Bands. Adam holds a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, and a Master’s of Curriculum design in Music Education from Acadia University.

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Amanda Hillestad

Vocal Director

Amanda is an advocate for strong community leadership through the power and impact of music. She is a Calgary native and graduate of the first graduating year of the CMHS PVA Vocal program. Amanda has taught in the Calgary area for the past 9 years as a studio teacher and classroom teacher specializing in voice, choral music, instrumental music, and theory. She is a founder of the Sherwood School Musical Theatre program as well as the GSA club at Sherwood School. She graduated from McGill University’s Classical Vocal Performance program as well as the University of Calgary’s Education program. She is an active performer and has performed as The Queen in The Queen, The Bear, and The Bumblebee at the Banff Center and at the Bella Concert Hall, in the Mountain View Chamber Music Festival, in the Recital Series at the Lougheed House and completed a recital at the King Eddy. She has been seen in excerpts and roles with McGill Opera in Montreal, has participated in Opera Nuova in Edmonton and returned to work for Opera Nuova on tour as Mrs. Henceforth and Telerina in Isaiah Bell’s Mr. Moreover’s Magic. Amanda has also performed locally with the Calgary Arts Orchestra, VoiceScapes, Classical Revolution Calgary, the Bach Society, Cowtown Opera, Early Music Voices, and Prairie Peaks contemporary ensemble. She has performed internationally at the Kurt Weill Festival in Berlin and Dessau, local performances in Yantai, China, and with Tibet World in Macleod Ganj, India. Amanda is incredibly passionate about the unique artist in all her students and is beyond excited to be a part of the PVA team.

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Katrina Archer

Katrina Archer

Strings Director

Katrina believes firmly in the power of musical study to positively transform individuals, communities, and society. She works to empower students by building safe communities where students are able to engage fully in their art. At Central Memorial, Ms. Archer directs the String Orchestra program, co-conducts the Symphonic Band, and teaches advanced instrumental and vocal musicianship classes. As a musician, Ms. Archer played as a sectional cellist with the Symphony of the Kootenays, as well as currently performing with several local bands and ensembles in Calgary. She serves on the boards for the Calgary Association for the Development of Music Education, and Calgary’s Land’s End Ensemble. Ms. Archer has been involved in the international El Sistema movement, which exposes at-risk youth to intense musical study on an instrument as a means to create positive social change within a community. To that end, she has been a part of instructing Philadelphia’s “Play On Philly” program, as well as Calgary’s Multicultural Youth Orchestra. Katrina Archer grew up in Calgary as part of a musical family. As a child, she studied voice with renowned voice teacher and Canadian composer Roberta Stephen, and enjoyed dancing at her dad’s big band concerts and listening to her mom teach piano. Katrina went on to study saxophone and cello at the University of Calgary with saxophonist Jeremy Brown, and cellists Olena Kilchyk and Beth Root-Sandvoss. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education specializing in Secondary Education from U of C, and a Bachelor of Education from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Theatre Arts

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Len Simon

Technical Theatre Instructor

Len Simon earned his B. Ed from University of Calgary specializing in the instruction of Secondary Drama. He has accumulated more than 25 years of educational and theatrical experience in the classroom, on stage, as well as working backstage in a variety of technical roles. Len teaches Drama and Technical Theatre to all grade levels, as well as serves as the department’s Technical Director, Set, Sound and Lighting Designer. Len enjoys working side-by-side with our aspiring technicians to meet the extensive technical requirements for all of the PVA productions.

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Paul Mulloy

Theatre Arts Instructor, Fine Arts Learning Leader

Mr. Mulloy attended UVic and York University where he studied vocal performance, theatre and education. In 2000, before making the leap into education, Mr. Mulloy worked as a stage actor. Most notably, he performed on Broadway in the 1989 revival of Shenandoah. Further, he acted in a number of international touring productions including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera where he performed the role of the opera manager, Andre. Across Canada, Mr. Mulloy has had the privilege to perform with a variety of theatre companies including Theatre Calgary, the Canadian Opera Company and the Shaw Festival. Mr. Mulloy was a nominee for the 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award. He enjoys his work and considers himself fortunate to be part of the PVA team at Central.

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Lee Lancaster

Theatre Arts Instructor

Lee Lancaster comes to Central Memorial with 14 years as a drama teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, most notably facilitating the drama programs at Sir John A. Macdonald School and William Aberhart School. A veteran writer, director, and performer with extensive experience with the Loose Moose Theatre Company, Lee specializes in spontaneous improvisation and collective creation.  He has written and produced a variety of original productions over the years including The Children of Hillside, Competition Smile and most recently The Hippocratic Oath. Lee is enthusiastic about exploring acting techniques as a device to help students learn about themselves, others, and the world of theatre. He has a passion for the arts in education and values collaboration, teamwork, and unique approaches to inspiring students to be their best!

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Michelle Crimmins

Michelle Crimmins

Theatre Arts Instructor

Michelle Crimmins graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and began her teaching career outside of the public school system as an Instructor and Studio Coordinator for The Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio and for Central Memorial’s PVA Theatre Arts Program as a guest artist.  She later pursued her Bachelor of Education at the University of New Brunswick before heading overseas to teach in Beijing, China. Upon returning to hometown Calgary, Michelle further developed her instruction skills through teaching for Calgary Young People’s Theatre. Recently, Michelle returned to leading the Teen classes at the Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio. Teaching at Central gives her great joy and purpose and she considers PVA her “second family.”

Visual Arts

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Kerry Warner

Kerry Warner

Visual Arts Instructor

Kerry Warner graduated from the University of Calgary’s Master of Education program in June of 2007 and joined Central Memorial Fine Art Department the following September.

In 2005 Ms. Warner completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan with a major in Painting and an extensive knowledge in printmaking, drawing, and sculpture. Since graduation, Ms Warner has shown with the Elissa Cristall Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia where she has gained recognition with collectors in Canada, the United States, and Asia. Ms Warner’s work has been published in Essential Vancouver magazine, 2006/07 and Passion Pages, 2009.

Ms Warner’s current work is described as formalist abstract. She often works on series’ of up to twelve paintings at a time and can take over 6 months to complete a series. Ms Warner’s work is a juxtaposition between spontaneous washes and controlled methodical impasto areas creating a history within each piece. It is a deconstruction of painting as a language, becoming enhanced each time she adds a new colour or mark to the canvas.

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Kelly Isaak

Visual Arts Instructor

Kelly Isaak graduated from the University of Calgary’s Masters of Education program in 2008. She began teaching with the Calgary Board of Education the following Fall and joined the Central Memorial Fine Arts Department in 2010.

In 1999 Ms. Isaak graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a major in Drawing. She has also studied Painting, Printmaking, Textiles, and Ceramics. She spent six years living in Tokyo, Japan. There she studied photography and continues to work in both film and digital imagery.

Ms. Isaak is very interested in working with the human figure. She draws the body from life with various life-drawing groups around Calgary and is currently working on a drawing series dealing with portraiture and the idea of play.

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