Managing Director

Andrea is a locally born and raised resident of the South Okanagan. Her first introduction to acting and theatre came at the University of Calgary and later continued her studies at Company of Rogues. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree she returned to the Okanagan and for the next seven years gained experience in the business sector.

In 2013 a relocation to Vancouver allowed her and her husband to focus on growing their food business and a (then) start-up cycling company – Velofix. This also provided the opportunity to once again return to the discipline of acting by way of Kate Twa and Railtown Actors Studio.

In 2017, Andrea launched Red Giant Theatre Society with fellow Railtown Alumns; Jordan Connor, Jake Croker, Sean Poague and Cameron Crosby. They have produced and performed a variety of works throughout Vancouver with a focus on affordable theatre.

Andrea continues to expand her range of talent from the stage to the screen with experience in Commercials,  TV including the Hallmark channel and Independent Indie Film “Florrie“. This actor is thrilled to have her worlds collide by way of Tempest in her hometown.

Artistic Director

Kate Twa

Kate began her professional acting career at 17 playing Estella in The Citadel Theater’s production of Great Expectations. Shortly after, she travelled overseas to study in London with the British Theatre Association. Training in the classics by day left her evenings open to explore some of London’s newest playwrights and explosive productions. By 18 she was developing a taste for the raw, insightful and provocative work she is known for today.

Selected stage performances include Birdbath by Leonard Melfi, No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, Miss Julie by August Strindberg and The Sweetest Swing in Baseball by Diana Son. Kate has acted extensively in film and television (X-Files, Outer Limits, Killer App, DaVinci’s Inquest, and Dead Zone).

Kate has directed over two dozen stage plays and written and directed three which have been produced across Canada. She has taught thousands of students in the Craft of Acting and is Co-Artistic Director of Railtown Actors Studio where she continues to generate her creative tenacity and fearless exploration of challenging material.

Whether on stage or on film, developing and directing new material has always been her driving passion. In 2011 Kate wrote and directed Gods of Youth, a harrowing exploration of kids and crystal meth. Her most recent film, The Orchard, just completed a sweet festival run acquiring numerous awards including Best Director at Sydney International Film Festival and Best Feature at the Portsmouth International Film Festival.

Tempest is thrilled to announce these upcoming classes (click for more information):

  • The Flow of Voice with Kendra Anderson
  • Improv Workshop with Lauren McGibbon
  • Scene Study with Edward Foy
  • Clown Workshop with Edward Foy
  • Scene Study with Kate Twa