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.   He is  the Administrative Coordinator for Rogues West.


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/ 

Glynis Davies

Glynis Davies

Glynis is a well-known established actor and writer … she has been devoted to the art of acting for most of her life. She studied the craft for many years at the Center for Actors Study in Toronto. She has worked in Toronto, New York, and Calgary and since living in Vancouver has garnered close to a hundred film credits. Glynis is also a produced screenwriter. Her skill as a writer is evident in her adept ability to interpret script.

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Laura Mitchell

Laura is a passionate artist and storyteller with an unwavering commitment to her craft.

Raised in Vancouver BC, she went on to study English literature and theatre at Concordia University in Montreal. While in Montreal she started to work professionally and went on to train extensively in Meisner technique with the acclaimed teacher Jacqueline McClintock.

She continued her training in scene study, voice, scene analysis, audition and on Camera technique back in Vancouver where she began to book more roles and make a name for herself.

With over three years of teaching and Coaching experience with both youth and adults, she is thrilled to now be a part of the Rogues West family.

She can be seen in a variety of films and TV shows, most recently “Finding Santa” (Hallmark), “IZombie”(CW), ”The Menendez Brothers” (Lifetime) , “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” (BBC America), “Seasons Greeting”(UPTV), “Christmas Bucket List”(Hallmark), and
“October Kiss” ( Hallmark )

She loves working with artists whether first timers or seasoned veterans of the craft to help develop the tools they need to make their passion a profession.


Shaughnessy Redden

Shaughnessy is an accomplished actor, teacher and coach and has studied the Meisner technique for over 13 years and been mentored by Christiane Hirt. Over the years he has studied with Christiane Hirt and Joe-Norman Shaw, Toronto’s John Riven and Lewis Baumander and many other talented teachers. Shaughnessy’s approach is to empower actors with solid preparation skills to ensure they can recreate a performance in the moment, spontaneously.  Developing a strong, grounded technique avoids using result-oriented tricks, ‘blueprinting’ a scene, ‘and blanking’ at auditions.

“Tricks never work twice and they certainly don’t work when the heat is turned up.”

Shaughnessy’s recent television credits include recurring characters on Zoo and When Calls the Heart as well as roles on Supergirl, Dead of Summer, Romeo Section, Almost Human, Cedar Cove, Disney’s Descendants, Motive, Package Deal, Witches of East End, Rogue and Supernatural as well as two feature films he is writing and co-producing. His recent theatre credits include Ne.On (by local award winning actress/director Mayumi Yoshida), 12 Angry Men, Baby with the Bath Water, Blondie and The Boys in the Band.