Linnea began her career in musical theatre as a performer over twenty years ago, training in voice, musical theatre and various styles of dance. At the age of fifteen, Linnea started her twelve year teaching career, working for various local theatre companies. Her teaching highlight was in 2008 when she moved to Oaxaca, Mexico for half a year to teach musical theatre and ballroom dancing.
In 2004, Linnea won the BCCA Ray McAuley Horizon Award for the Best Upcoming Star with the country trio, Saving Grace. She also spent six years as the lead vocalist for the swing/jazz orchestra, The Bruce James Orchestra.
Linnea has been Executive Director of Xtreme Theatre since 2018. She lives with her husband, Peter, and her three cats, Harper, Scout, and Chandler.
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Lalainia, 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.
She has been seen on many professional stages across Canada, US and internationally. Favorites include: The Arts Club Theatre, The Charlottetown Festival, The Grande Theatre, Touring Japan twice, Theatre Under the Stars, Richmond Gateway & The Massey. Favourite roles include: Peter (Peter Pan), Polly (Crazy for You), Anne (Anne of Green Gables), Rose (Bye Bye Birdie), Mrs. Banks (Mary Poppins), Venus (Red Rock Diner)
Artistic Director / Director / Choreographer
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).
Musical Director / Assistant Director
Riley has been an avid dancer her entire life. She has trained in ballet all through her
elementary and high school years, as well as sporadic endeavors in jazz and hip hop. Post
graduation, she continued that education at Dance Barn Studios, in a pre-professional dance program, where she gladly welcomed tap and contemporary to her repertoire. Riley has been involved in Musical Theatre since elementary school, including three years with Xtreme Theatre. She has choreographed a multitude of pieces, ranging in all genres and across all age groups. Riley lives with her husband Mark, son, Raphael and another baby on the way.
Wendy Holm is the original founder of Xtreme Theatre. She was homeschooling her 3 young children (who were involved in other theatre groups) when she realized that there were very few musical theatre experiences out there for those in the homeschooling community and those who were living out the Christian faith. Wendy approached Elaine Lindbjerg (who was the co-founder of The Lindbjerg Academy) with the idea of starting a new theatre group that met during the day and introduced homeschooled students to the art form of Musical Theatre. Elaine accepted the challenge and Xtreme Theatre was born with Wendy and Elaine at the helm! Originally called Home's Cool Theatre, it was later redubbed 'Xtreme Theatre' when the founders held a contest to rename the group.
Founder & Teacher at Xtreme for 17 years
Elaine met Wendy Holms while teaching her oldest daughter, Linnea (now Executive Director of Xtreme), musical theatre at The Lindbjerg Academy. Wendy approached Elaine with her idea to create a Christian Musical Theatre group for homeschoolers and she was intrigued. A life-long educator in the arts both through her personal in-home business Elaine Lindbjerg's Music Studio, the Lindbjerg Academy, as well as many other teaching jobs, Elaine loved the idea of offering her passion for musical theatre and her teaching experience in the industry to the homeschool group, and Xtreme Theatre was born (originally called Home's Cool).
Professionally, Elaine has 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. Her private students excel at Music Festivals, and many have been chosen to compete in the Provincial Music Festival Finals. 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.