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12227798_10153105203506898_8581177817793773615_nWendy Holm – Seniors and Juniors

After first beginning her career as a teacher, Wendy founded Xtreme Theatre in 2000 and moved into the Producer role.  She works with both the Senior and Junior classes.  Although the group started small (18 students), it now has 125 students who take part in the Mini, Junior and Senior programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 


linneaLinnea Key Nejad – Seniors and Juniors

Linnea is the Musical Director/Choreographer for both the Senior and Junior classes.  She 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.

 

 

 


LalaniaLalaniaia Lindbjerg Strelau – 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.

 

 

 


Ellie Forsyth – Minis Xtreme Theatre Headshot (2)

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.