Showstoppers Academy's Instructors have completed a
200 Hour Instructor Training Program or have received a Diploma in Theatre/Musical Theatre/Voice/Dance
Each of our Instructors must have a strong passion for Musical Theatre and sharing that passion with their students.
Chad Matchette (he/him)
Co-Owner since 2022
Chad is living a lifelong dream of not only working in the arts, but also teaching and helping encourage young people to express themselves and find their voice through musical theatre and dance. He feels so lucky to have such a wonderful team to work with alongside a truly amazing student body. Chad has been involved in the Vancouver theatre scene as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher for over 35 years. He has produced four critically acclaimed shows for Royal City Musical Theatre in New Westminster: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Will Rogers Follies, Hello Dolly, and Oklahoma. Chad is also the Co-Owner and Artistic Director of Align Entertainment, an award-winning theatre company that produces large scale family Broadway Musicals out of the Michael J. Fox Theatre.
Acting highlights include: Lenny in Of Mice and Men (CTC Award Winner – Best Actor), Ray in Lonestar (CTC Nomination – Best Supporting Actor), Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof (CTC Award Winner, Ovation Nomination – Best Actor), Daddy Warbucks in Annie (CTC Nomination – Best Actor).
Directing highlights include: Anne of Green Gables (CTC Nomination – Best Director), Shrek (Ovation Nomination – Best Director), The Addams Family (Ovation Nomination – Best Director), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Ovation Nomination – Best Director).
Erin Matchette (she/her)
Co-Owner since 2022
Erin has contributed to numerous theatre productions since starting drama class at the age of 10 and winning an aggregate award at the Prince George Drama Festival in 1986. Training includes the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, UBC, and the William Davis Centre (now Vancouver Film School). Erin has attended master class with Peter Jorgensen, Robert McQueen, and Miriam Fond, but is especially indebted to Sandra Head (who may be a certified guardian angel). Mostly an ensemble player but favourite roles include: Miss Hanigan, Ursula, Alice Bieneke, Miss Stacy, and Sister Robert Anne. Erin appeared in Align Entertainment’s first ten shows, seven shows with the now defunct Footlight, and an enjoyable five summers at Theatre Under The Stars (three onstage).
Sam Judd (she/her)
Senior Instructor since 2012 | Studio Manager since 2022
Miss Sam has been teaching at Showstoppers for over 10 years and recently took on the role of studio manager! She has many years of dance and acting experience and is a Showstoppers alumni. She attended the Broadway Teachers Training Program and Student Summit in New York City in both 2017 and 2018. She also has experience choreographing and teaching for various theatre and dance companies in the Lower Mainland, including TIC, JAM Dance and Gallery 7. Sam strives to be an inspiring and enthusiastic teacher, and loves to share her passion for the stage with her students. She could not imagine doing anything else with her life, and is grateful every day for her incredible coworkers and students!
Jessica Allen (she/her)
Instructor since 2015
Jessica started with Showstoppers as a student in 2011 and fell in love instantly. She started teaching in 2015 and had a passion for it ever since. Outside of working at Showstoppers Jessica is in her 3rd year and in the process of getting her Bachelor of Arts to then get her Bachelor of Education to continue teaching. Jessica is very passionate about teaching and loves helping all her students shine!
Jessica’s past favourite roles include: Elsa in Frozen (2019), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2020), Fiona in Shrek the Musical (2016) and Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins (2018).
Kelsey Tierney (she/her)
Office Manager since 2017 | Production Manager since 2022
Miss Kelsey has spent her childhood surrounded by music. As an original student of Showstoppers, she has grown up performing onstage. Past roles at Showstoppers have included Jafar in Aladdin, and Anna in Frozen. She has also sung in multiple lower mainland choirs and played the French Horn throughout high school. Working at Showstoppers since 2017, Miss Kelsey has performed many different roles including making props and costuming shows, working backstage, reception, and even assisting with some of the musical theatre classes. She is excited to continue helping kids find their passion in musical theatre and performing.
Dara Coulter (she/her)
Instructor since 2017
Dara has been a student of Showstoppers Academy since 2012 and started assisting classes in 2017. She has extensive dance training from a young age and loves to perform. She enjoys being in the masters class and is excited to join the costuming team. Some of her past roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, Ti Moune in Once on This Island, and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast. She loves to teach the younger classes and watch her students find their passion and grow into amazing talented performers.
Emily Matchette (any pronouns)
Instructor since 2022
Emily is so excited to be joining the wonderful team at Showstoppers. A graduate of the Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts, the Musical Theatre program at Capilano University, and the Bachelor of Performing Arts Program at Douglas College, Emily is passionate about youth theatre and youth in the arts. She is also a personal trainer and youth fitness specialist.
Select performing credits include: Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical (Align Entertainment - upcoming Jan/Feb 2023), The Mad Hatter/Ensemble in SHREK the Musical (Align Entertainment), Ensemble in Mamma Mia (Arts Club Theatre Company), Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Exit 22), and Lou Ann in Hairspray (Theatre Under The Stars).
Choreographer/director credits include: Frozen Jr (Lindbjerg/Showstoppers), Peter Pan Jr (CTORA), American Idiot (URP - Ovation Nomination for Best Choreography), Thoroughly Modern Millie JR (Lindbjerg Academy), Cinderella (CTORA), Draining the Swamp (Curious Creations), and Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (Arbutus Studios).
Jesse Alvarez (he/him)
Instructor since 2022
Jesse is a graduate of the musical theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and has performed on stages across North America and Europe. He shared the stage with legendary Soprano Marni Nixon for Lincoln Centre’s Winter’s Eve Festival and was a part of the audience chorus for “No Time At All” on the 2013 Broadway cast recoding of Pippin. Jesse is excited to join the Lindbjerg family and hopes to inspire and nurture the next generation of aspiring performers.
Some performance highlights include: Miss Saigon, Godspell, 42nd Street, and The Wiz(Interlakes), Barber of Seville(Vancouver Opera), LIFT(Awkward Stage), Joseph(Align Entertainment), FAME(Bring On Tomorrow), A Chorus Line(Fighting Chance), Rock of Ages(Renegade), HAIR(SOOP).