Linnea Key Nejad
Executive Director~Stage Manager
Linnea has been performing for over 15 years, and is trained in voice, musical theatre, and various styles of dance. Past credits include: “Annie Oakley” in Annie Get Your Gun and “Gertrude” in Seussical (Xtreme Theatre); “Anybodys” in West Side Story (Broadway Bound); “Belle” in Beauty and the Beast, “Cosette” in Les Miserables, and “Little Red Riding Hood” in Into the Woods (The Lindbjerg Academy); “Wife” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (RCMT), to name a few.
In 2004, Linnea won the BCCA Ray McAuley Horizon Award for the Best Upcoming Star with the country trio, Saving Grace. She also spent 6 years as the lead vocalist for the swing/jazz orchestra, The Bruce James Orchestra.
Linnea is thrilled to be back for her fourteenth year teaching at Xtreme Theatre!
Lalaniaia Lindbjerg Strelau
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.
Elaine is the co-founder of the Lindbjerg Academy in Port Moody. She also helped found Xtreme Theatre with Wendy Holm. She directed/ music directed for the Lindbjerg Academy for 15 years and has taught private voice, piano and guitar for 20 years in the Tri-Cities.
Elaine’s private students always excel at Music Festivals, and many have been chosen to compete in the Provincial Music Festival Finals. Her student choir was chosen to perform in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donnie Osmond, for Joseph with David Burnam, and also Joseph for Footlight Theatre.
A composer, singer, a voice teacher, a classically trained pianist, and a musical theatre performer, she teaches voice (specializing in children to age 18), piano, and beginner guitar. She is also a proud Nana to 7 grandchildren. Elaine is excited to be returning to Xtreme Theatre this year, and is excited to work with all the talented children!
Director, Juniors and Seniors
Rachel is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having received her Master of Arts Degree in Musical Theatre Performance in October 2015. She also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba. Rachel currently works in the Fraser Valley as a musical theatre instructor and in-demand vocal coach. Favorite past roles include Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Theatre in the Country) and Ophelia in the original workshop of The Women Of William (Thurston/Saringer, RCS).
This is Ellie’s 9th year with Xtreme Theatre, and her third as one of Xtreme’s Directors. During the school year, she balances her work at Xtreme with her studies in Worship Arts at TWU. It has been her privilege to be Program Director at Jesters Theatre (YFC/Youth Unlimited) for the past two summers, and Assistant P.D. before that. Over the years, Ellie has directed plays, led bands, and sung in many different ensembles, including the 2018 TWU Chamber Choir Goodwill Tour to China. She delights in seeing people grow in confidence as they learn their inherent worth, and works to make her classroom a place where this happens.