Faculty & Associates


James Wilson

James has been working as an actor in both New York and Vancouver and teaching for over ten years, having studied under Christiane Hirt before moving to New York to attend the HB Studio’s full time program. He has also completed The Hagen Teacher Training course under Carol Rosenfeld at HB. Most recently, James appeared in the feature She Who Must Burn.  He currently works as the Administrative Coordinator for Rogues West.

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Frank Zotter

Frank has acted in over 100 professional productions across Canada, Off-Broadway and as part of the acting ensemble at the Court Theatre in Chicago. A graduate of the National Theatre School, he has accumulated over a dozen acting nominations for the Betty Mitchell and Sterling awards, (garnering one of each). He has also appeared in over 20 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Puck in A Midsummer Nights at the Stratford Festival. Other classical companies include: Bard on the Beach, Shakespeare in the Park (Calgary) and SoulPepper. Frank is our Uta Hagen Scene Study instructor.

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Trish Allen

Trish has taught Voice, Text, Speech, and Dialect for 27 years. Mentored by David Smukler (National Voice Intensive, York U), Trish has trained the best in every discipline with Kristin Linklater, Larry Moss, Patsy Rodensburg and Catherine Fitzmaurice. She regularly coaches hosts of several Lifestyle shows, and has coached on Fringe and Hawaii Five-O. Her Voice & Text in Action classes as well as her Standard American Dialect workshop run out of Rogues West. For more information contact her at ta9942@gmail.com or visit http://www.trishallen.ca/ 

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Aaron Hutchinson

Aaron has been a successful film and television actor for twenty years, but he is also a trained personal life coach, and real estate entrepreneur. Aaron is the founder of Actor’s Business Collective, where he is dedicated to empowering other artists to be the best they can be professionally. Through ABC, Aaron offers industry specific business education and coaching for actors ready for new results in their career. For more information on class sessions you can contact Aaron at info@actorsbusinesscollective.com

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Des Price

Des Price holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SFU and has a Master of Fine Arts from UBC. He is an instructor at Capilano College and is the Manager of the Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre. Des was previously the Artistic Director of Novus Theatre for whom he directed Jennie’s Story, Molly’s Dream and Elizabeth – Almost By Chance A WomanHis production of Canadian Gothic was picked by the Vancouver Sun as one of the best ten-theatre production of the year for 1999. He will working with Gabrielle Minnes-Brandes, offering Alexander Technique for Actors in the new year.

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Artine Brown

With over 70 credits in the Film & TV world, Artine Brown is pleased to bring his knowledge and hands-on experience to Rogues West. Throughout the years, Artine has formed an established body of work, appearing on popular series such as Arrow, The 100, Supernatural, Helix, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Once Upon A Time, and more. He continues to prove himself as one of Vancouver’s elite character actors. Artine teaches Beginning Acting Classes for Young Adults.

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Tricia Collins

Tricia Collins is a versatile Actress and Digital Media Storyteller. Her short film REACH, screened at various film festivals and in 2008 she wrote and produced the theatre production Gravity, which toured internationally to Trinidad and Carifesta in Guyana. Tricia holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University and a Masters in Film & Digital Media Production from Ryerson University. She was one of 8 participants in Western Canada selected to complete the Bell Media and Writer’s Guild of Canada Diverse Screenwriting Program mentored by Sarah Dodd. Tricia teaches our Writer’s Lab class.

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Dolores Drake

Dolores is a graduate of the “Studio 58” Theatre Arts program in Vancouver and has worked across the country in theatre, film, and television. A twice-over Jessie Award nominee, Dolores has been teaching and coaching for 8 years through the Vancouver Youth Theatre, Theatrix, and Crichlow Actors’ Studio. She teaches acting classes & workshops for aspiring young actors aged 10-16 in Rogues West studio space. For more information on her classes, contact her at doloresdrake@telus.net

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Dr. Gabriella Minnes Brandes

Gabriella Minnes Brandes has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988, and is a member of CANSTAT, STAT and AMSAT. She has maintained an active practice at the Alexander Technique Centre in Vancouver since 1990, and is the co-director of the Vancouver School of the Alexander Technique. She teaches the Alexander Technique in the Theatre Department at Capilano University, at the Young Artists Program at the Vancouver Opera, Opera Nuova, Edmonton, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Pender Island Flute Retreat, and the Human Theatre Collective. Gaby holds a Ph.D. in education, informing both her practice and her research.  She is the recipient of the AmSAT research grant for the project entitled: Enhancing actors’ interactions on stage using Alexander Technique. She is also researching creativity in the performing arts using Alexander Technique as a framework to explore embodiment, habit and choice.  The Alexander Technique provides performers with the means to harness their most efficient ways of using themselves and a framework for exploration, and self-discovery of habitual patterns as they learn to think in activity.   For more information, please see http://alexandertechniquecentre.ca She will be offering intensives through Rogues West in the New Year.