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Christian Goutsis
Academy Director

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.


Jamie Konchak

Jamie is an award-winning actor, singer, voice-over artist, puppeteer, puppet-maker, bread- baker and a curious appreciator of hand-made things. The past twenty years as a professional theatre artist have taken her from coast to coast, with many memorable summers as a company member at Two Planks and a Passion Theatre off the grid in Nova Scotia. As well as performances with The Arts Club in Vancouver, The 1979 Group in Toronto and One Yellow Rabbit, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo, Theatre Calgary, Ghost River Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Downstage, Sage, The Shakespeare Company, Ground Zero, The Green Fools and more here in Calgary. Jamie is also a puppeteer on Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock streaming now on AppleTV. She has a particular artistic passion for new work, new musicals, projects with a long fermentation process and collaborations with cherished colleagues.


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).


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.


Stafford Perry

Stafford Perry was born and raised in Alberta. He decided to pursue an acting career attending the nationally recognized theatre school at the University of Alberta, two seasons in the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program, and gaining a master’s degree at the University of Calgary. Over the past fifteen years, Stafford has had the opportunity to work on stages across Canada and internationally, garnering multiple theatre award nominations & wins for his drama and comedy performances. After cutting his acting teeth in theatre, Stafford gained success in film and television; best known for his roles in Black Summer, Heartland, Wynonna Earp, Damnation and Tribal (for which he won a Rosie Award for Best Performance by an Alberta Actor) Stafford was also nominated for a Stinger award for Best Long Form Performance as a lead in the feature film In Plainview. When he’s not acting, Stafford works as a violence prevention leader in the community and creates programs using the arts to engage men and boys in violence prevention. 

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Anna Cummer

Anna fell into the world of voice-over after attending an intensive master class in Vancouver.  She has over 20 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 Canada Reads). 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.


Brianna Johnston

Brianna is a Calgary-based actor for stage, film, and voice, as well as a stunt performer and violence designer, and theatre educator. Her career as a professional actor began following her graduation from the Theatre Arts program at Mount Royal University; in the ten years since, she has had opportunities across many Calgary stages and film sets as both a performer and a Fight Director.

Brianna discovered the world of Voice Over through a Commercial class here at 6 Degrees, and has since worked on commercials, ADR, educational programming, and audiobooks. As a violence designer and theatre educator, Brianna has worked with students, schools, and stages across the province, and taught performers from age 5 to 85 at summer camps, high schools, universities, and intensives.

She has a passion for helping performers discover and uncover their skills, and is thrilled to be working with 6 Degrees to continue developing our acting community.

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Katherine Fadum

Katherine has been working professionally as an actor, singer and dancer for nearly twenty years. Based in Calgary but performing nation-wide, she has enjoyed an award winning career in theatre, film & TV. She discovered the world of voice artistry in 2014 after being invited to attend the Voice Over Bootcamp here at 6 Degrees. Since then, her extensive experience has included voicing for radio, film & TV, animation, corporate and telephony. Katherine has a keen ear for detail and loves the nuanced challenge of achieving just the right feeling for each piece. She is delighted to work with the students at 6 Degrees as they discover and develop their own unique approaches and skills.


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Tyrell Crews

Based in Calgary, Tyrell is an award-winning actor, well known in the local theatre and voice talent community. He has worked with local companies such as Theatre Calgary, ATP, and Vertigo, as well as nationally at the National Arts Centre, Stratford Festival, and Vancouver’s Bard On The Beach. He has appeared on screen in Hell On Wheels, Heartland, and Wynonna Earp, among others. He is the co-founder of Calgary’s Black Radish Theatre whose home is in the beautiful GRAND. Having worked professionally in radio and animation for nearly 7 years, he is thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with the SIX DEGREES team.


Barb Mitchell

Barb Mitchell is a Calgary based actress known for her work on the stage, film, television web and radio.

Barb’s  film & television credits include projects for Disney, Netflix, FX, Space, Hallmark, Lifetime, USA, AMC, CW, CBC, CTV and Global networks plus multiple web series. Some of her favorites include Damnation(Netflix), Togo (Disney), The Reckoning (Hallmark), Merry In Laws(Lifetime), Burn Up (BBC/Global), The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw(Epic Pictures), Haunting Melissa(Hooked films), iZombie(WB), Heartland(CBC) & Lost Holiday(Lifetime).


Her voice credits include corporate clients and animated series like: Dragonball, Flame of Recca, Bibi Blocksberg, Keymon, Full Moon, My Otome Ichi, My Otome Zwei & My Otome Ni,

Brookfield Homes, Alberta Employment & Immigration, Fas Gas, Nu Way Floors, Hopewell Developments, Streetside Developments, Signature Capital, Walton International, City of Calgary, Emergency Medical Services and PBA Developments.


On stage she has performed in multiple Shakespeare productions, dramatic plays, musicals and improv including: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels(Theatre Calgary), Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Queens(Shakespeare Co.), The Old Neighborhood, Dinner with Friends, Heaven(Rogues Theatre), Habitat(Downstage) and in The Graduate she played the iconic role of Mrs. Robinson.

Most recently Barb has focused on improv performing with Dirty Laundry (improvised soap opera) and as a regular ensemble member at Loose Moose Theatre.


Before she became an actress Barb enjoyed a 22-year career in broadcast news as a morning show host, news anchor and national correspondent. As a teenager Barb cultivated her performance skills as a teenager on stage at the Calgary Stampede as a member of the Young Canadians. She is also a former Miss Calgary and is married with three children