Linnea Key Nejad
Musical Director and Choreographer-Juniors, Stage Manager-Seniors
Linnea was originally involved as a student of Xtreme Theatre and has been teaching with Xtreme since 2008. She has been performing for over 15 years and is trained in jazz, tap, musical theatre and voice. In 2004, Linnea won the Ray McAuley Horizon Award for the best Upcoming Star with the country trio, Saving Grace. She also performs with the Bruce James Orchestra. Linnea’s teaching highlight was spending give months in southern Mexico teaching musical theatre and dance lessons.
Lalaniaia Lindbjerg Strelau
Director, Seniors and Juniors
Lalaniaia, our Director, has been working in the Performing Arts industry professionally since the age of 8. She joined the professional film, television, and voice over union (ACTRA) and at 13 years of age joined the professional theatre union (Equity). At 16, she began teaching both dance and acting and at 19, she began teaching musical theatre full time while continuing to pursue her professional performing career. She is Cofounder of Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts where she worked until 2002, to switch her focus onto directing and choreography for large scale musicals.
Rebecca Dougan has been teaching musical theatre in a variety of capacities for the past 5 years. Her teaching credits include Xtreme Theatre, Lindbjerg Academy, Cast and Crew and Mountain Theatre where she is still working as a director/choreographer. Rebecca has also run many musical theatre summer camps over the years; she even ran one in Uganda, Africa! When she is not teaching, Rebecca is usually involved as a performer in some community theatre production.
Stage Manager and Assistant Director, Juniors
After 10 years as a student for Xtreme, Nicholas is ecstatic to now be a teacher. Nicholas is a recent graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at Capilano University. Select theatre credits include, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (TUTS) Cousin Kevin in Tommy (AR Studios) and Assistant Director for Thoroughly Modern Millie (EXIT22). You can also catch Nicholas on TV in the upcoming season of The Flash and in Love Struck Cafe, coming soon through Hallmark. Nicholas is so thankful to God for taking him on this crazy journey and bringing him back to where it all began.
Ellie is overjoyed to be the Teacher of Xtreme’s Minis – what fun! In addition to her experience as a director (theatre), voice instructor, children’s ministry worker, theatre teacher and ballet student, Ellie draws on over 8 years involvement in musical theatre performance. Vocal training in both musical theatre and classical styles, along with participation in vocal jazz groups, gospel and concert choirs, and small ensembles enrich her background in performance. When not pursuing an extracurricular arts-related endeavour, Ellie studies performing arts and intercultural religious studies at TWU with an enthusiasm that surprises even her.