Aaron Craven - Artistic Director of Mitch and Murray Productions and The Working Actors Gym

AARON CRAVEN – Studio Artistic Director and Coach

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Aaron has been a busy working screen actor across Canada and the USA for over a decade.  Film/TV credits include Ties That Bind, Castle, Gracepoint, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, The Age of Adaline, The Atticus Institute, Continuum and Supernatural.

Stage credits include Gaslight at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, Wilde Shorts at The Chemainus Theatre as well as the Vancouver premieres of Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw, Neil Labute’s Fat Pig, Michael Weller’s Fifty Words and David Mamet’s Race with Mitch and Murray Productions.

Aaron brings extensive screen and stage experience to his classes, as well as the perspectives of a writer, director, casting reader and producer.  Learn from a guy who truly has done it all!

Aaron on IMDB



DavidMackayDAVID MACKAY – Artistic Associate / Guest Teacher

David is a Vancouver based director, actor and playwright. Film/TV credits include Cedar Cove, Radio Hype, The Layover, The Watchmen, Scary Movie 4 and Are We There Yet?

For Mitch and Murray Productions he has directed the plays Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw, Lungs and Race. He has also directed One Man 2 Guvnors, Boeing Boeing, Venus in Fur and The Importance of Being Earnest at the Arts Club, The Government Inspector at Studio 58, and The Crucible at Temple University in Philadelphia.

He has worked extensively at Bard on the Beach as a director and actor is one of the original performers and co-creators of Axis Theatre’s The Number 14.   David graduated in 2011 with an MFA in Directing at Temple University in Philadelphia.


KenFrissKEN FRISS – Guest Teacher

Ken Friss is a Daytime Emmy-nominated director who has spent the last two decades developing his craft in the TV and film industry. His experience working across a variety of styles and genres as a director, and previously as a script supervisor, has given him a keen eye for storytelling. He received three Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Direction in a Children’s Series for his work on the two time Emmy-winning series The Haunting Hour and another nomination for Hub Network’s Spooksville.

Ken is a spirited and passionate director who is known for his energy and enthusiasm on set. When he’s not busy helping to create entertaining and successful projects, Ken can be found hanging out with one of his six guitars or playing Quarterback in a touch football league. Ken is still hoping to win a championship. That, or meet Tom Waits. Either would be fantastic.


Michael Chase - Programs Manager, Mitch and Murray ProductionsMICHAEL COEN CHASE – Workshops/Rentals Manager

Michael is a small town Alberta boy who moved out to the west coast in 2004. He has had much success in countless commercials over the years, roles in Film/TV as well as theatre productions in the city. He has also produced 5 short films and started a theatre company, Short Sharp and Pointy Productions, that had a very successful run of “Rebeck’s Shorts” in 2013.

He also has worked with Mitch and Murray Productions as a production assistant and front of house manager.  Selected TV/Film credits: multiple episodes of Untold Stories of the ER, Jackhammer, Nighthawks, Scourge, Life in 24fps. Selected theatre: The Vancouver premiere of The Little Dog Laughed, IRL, Party this Weekend and Rebeck’s Shorts.



Kate Isaac - Communications and Social Media, Mitch and Murray ProductionsKATE ISAAC – Social Media, Communications

Kate was born in Sydney, Australia. After leaving a career in law, Kate decided to pursue her love of the arts, enrolling in acting school and dedicating her time and energy to perfecting her craft. In Australia, she produced over 50 professional music videos and TV commercials, before relocating to Vancouver.

Film/TV credits as an actor include Cedar Cove, Devil’s Night, In the End, Residue, a string of music videos and commercials for Hersheys, Levis, Ford and many more.