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. TV credits include recurring roles on iZombie, Travelers, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Somewhere Between, Ties That Bind and Gracepoint. Features include Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, The Predator, The Age of Adaline, and The Atticus Institute.

Aaron is the founder and Artistic Director of Mitch and Murray Productions. Stage credits for the company include:  Smart People, Detroit, Speed-the-Plow, Becky Shaw, Race and Fifty Words (acting) and Body Awareness, Sex With Strangers and Rapture, Blister, Burn (directing).  Other credits include Gaslight at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles and Wilde Shorts at The Chemainus Theatre.

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

KATE CRAVEN – Communications, Teen Acting Coach

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 include The Good Doctor, Loudermilk, When Calls the Heart, The Bad Seed, Murder She Baked, A Heavenly Christmas, Beaches, Nutshells, Motive, Cedar Cove, In the End, plus a string of music videos and commercials. Some theatre credits include The Money Shot (MPD) Bull (Made it Ma Productions), Here to Eternity (Emmett Company), Chicago & Les Miserables (NTC), Othello, Oliver Twist & All At Once (STS).

DavidMackayDAVID MACKAY – Artistic Associate / Guest Teacher

David is a Vancouver based director, actor and playwright. Film/TV credits include Project Blue Book, 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 Smart People, 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.