Christian Goutsis

Christian started acting in plays in elementary school and in his parent’s basement. At 12, he started doing children’s theatre, and appearing in network television programs where he began to realize a career as an actor. After receiving a BFA in drama from the University of Calgary Christian began working as a professional actor, and for almost 30 years he has worked all across Canada, the US, and abroad, as an actor, director, musician, writer, and teacher. As an actor, Christian has worked extensively at major theatres all across Canada, and has twice toured throughout the UK. He has been featured in numerous films and network television programs for CBC, Syfy, NBC, YTV, CBS, Hallmark, and many independent productions. Christian’s voice has been heard in animations, podcasts, audiobooks, radio plays, and in hundreds of commercial voice-overs for local, national, and international companies. As a director, Christian has directed workshops, plays, musicals, radio commercials, animations, audiobooks, and radio plays both in Canada and the U.S. He has lectured, coached, and taught actors of all ages at drama schools, public and private schools of every grade level, and at many post-secondary colleges and universities throughout his entire career. He has composed music for plays, is a produced playwright, a multiple Betty a multiple Betty Mitchell Award winner and nominee, a multiple Calgary Critic award winner, and AMPIA award nominee. Christian is Casting Director and Voice Director at Six Degrees.


Classes Taught: Commercial Voice Over, Advanced Commercial Voice Over, The Camera Loves You, Long Form Narration and AudioBooks, Emerging Artist Summer Intensive


Chantal Perron

Chantal Perron offers 17 years of experience in the Alberta film industry. Easily one of the provinces top bookers, she also has worked as a stand-in on set, and works for casting directors as an experienced, trusted reader in the audition room.
As an educator in her field since 2005, Chantal has lectured at Red Deer College, SAIT, various regional high schools, and has been a facilitator and teacher for the Ultimate Audition Workshop out of Vancouver. Chantal taught public speaking to elite young athletes at the National Sports School, and taught Film Studies at Playhouse North for 3 years. Her small company, The Camera Loves You, has developed film audition and scene study workshops for all age groups. It has grown into a very popular set of classes and when one is offered, it fills within hours. She is the recipient of the 2005 AMPIA Award for Best Actress for Chicks with Sticks. Chantal is also an accomplished theatre actor working on professional Alberta stages since 2000. She has been
nominated for three Betty Mitchell Awards for her work in The Dazzle (2005) Scorched (2007), and Aviatrix (2012).


Classes Taught: The Camera Loves You, Emerging Artist Summer Intensive


Tom Carey

Tom is a local Calgarian with over 20 years experience in the Film/TV industry. After graduating from SAIT with a diploma in Film/Video, he started his career as a camera operator and assistant for Alberta’s premier casting directors. A job he credits as the best acting school he could have ever attended. Now, Tom is a working actor with over 60 TV/Film credits to date and has appeared in countless commercial and radio ads. He most recently was in Oklahoma and Louisiana filming a lead role in a Feature called STARBRIGHT co-starring alongside John Rhys-Davies(Lord of the Rings), Diego Boneta(Rock of Ages), and Ted Levine(Silence of the Lambs). Always wanting to share his experiences and help advance and develop Alberta’s talent pool, Tom has also been coaching actors and teaching filmmaking classes for the better part of his career. Some of his career highlights are roles in: Hell on Wheels(AMC) Brokeback Mountain(Focus Features), Heartland(CBC), Passchendaele(Paul Gross), Held Hostage(Lifetime), Hannah’s Law(Sony), Montana Sky(Lifetime), Rufus(Lonely Boy), Santa Baby(ABC), Painkillers(Badlands),and Dark Hearts(Hooked films).


Classes Taught: Acting Up – 2 Day Auditioning and Self Recording Workshop


Anna Cummer

Anna fell into the world of voice-over after attending an intensive master class in Vancouver.  She has 15 years of experience in animation voice-over (My Little Pony, Ironman: Armoured Adventures, Monster Buster Club, Strawberry Shortcake), ADR (Gundam Seed, Megaman, Earth Defense Family, Hamtaro), and narration (CBC series’ Neil Flambé and The Case of the Caustic Cumin and Swimming to China). Since moving to Calgary in 2012, Anna has turned her focus to voicing commercials (Toyota, Taco Time, Telus Spark, AGLC). Anna also acts in film & television (Stargate Atlantis, Heartland, Fargo) and on stage (Vertigo Theatre, ATP, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club, NAC). She firmly believes in having many fingers in many pots.


Classes Taught: Commercial Voice Over, Animation and Video Games

Samantha MacDonald

Samantha Macdonald

Samantha has been a freelance director and Artistic Director of several theatre companies over her 30-year career. She spent many years at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops before taking the reins as Artistic Director at Theatre North West in Prince George in 2010. In 2014 she moved to Calgary and Lunchbox Theatre, where she is the Artistic Producer. Samantha fell into theatre in high school and despite a determination to become a corporate lawyer, has now spent thirty years NOT doing that. Selected adventures in directing: To Dream Again (StoryBook Theatre); Make Love Not Art (Inside Out Theatre); As You Like It (Shakespeare by the Bow/Theatre Calgary); Flight Risk, The Exquisite Hour, In On It (Lunchbox Theatre); The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre North West); Seussical, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Western Canada Theatre); The Rocky Horror Show, Hamlet, As You Like It, Elizabeth Rex, The Tempest (Project X), Lear’s Daughters (3 Men of Sin).


Classes Taught: Emerging Artist Summer Intensive


Vanessa Holmes

Vanessa has been acting professionally for over 15 years. A graduate of the Mount Royal College Conservatory program and the University of Alberta’s BFA in Acting, her theatre experience expands across Western Canada. She has received a Best Supporting Actor Sterling award and nomination, as well as two Betty Mitchell nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Vanessa also works quite steadily in the film and voice industry here in Alberta. She loves the collaborative aspect of acting, and finding the technical intricacies and organic heart that make it all click. Vanessa is keen to be joining the fabulous teaching roster at Six Degrees.


Classes Taught: Commercial Voice Over,  Emerging Artist Summer Intensive