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


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


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


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

Tyrell Crews Portrait

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.


Classes Taught: Voice-Over for Animation and Video Games, Commercial Voice-Over

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

Katherine Fadum Portrait

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.



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


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


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.