Pleasure To Meet You!
Alana Schober is the Owner and Founder of Sparx Studio. She is also an Actor and Certified School Teacher (BC Teaching Certificate & OCT) from Vancouver, British Columbia. Alana’s love for teaching led her to the the University of Victoria, where she completed her Bachelor of Education. She has taught both public and private school students in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and northern Quebec. Alana began acting at the age of eight and has performed in many plays, films, commercials, corporate videos, music videos and television shows, including a lead role in an episode of Paranormal Survivor (Travel and Escape). Her teaching philosophy is to inspire and enhance her students’ creativity, confidence and unique personal selves. Alana is very delighted about combining her two passions – teaching and acting – into one position at Sparx Studio!
Martina is an actress, director, and writer. She graduated with an Honors Diploma in Acting for Camera and Voice at Seneca College in 2019. Martina started off in drama class as a shy, introverted girl. After dealing with bullying and social anxiety at a young age, drama class changed her life! She broke out of her shell, grew in confidence and communication skills. This is what she hopes to give back to children at Sparx Studio: life-changing skills via Educational Learning!
Dominic is a Child and Youth Worker with a degree in Drama Studies. With experience from both sides of the curtain, a focus on mental & emotional health, and the well-being of the youth he works with, Dominic believes that theatre offers opportunities for children to explore their worlds both internally and externally without judgement. While practicing the skills to build confidence on stage, he believes that children also build resilience and emotional skills for their environment offstage. Creating an environment to foster this growth is so important for wellness in all areas, and is something that Dominic hopes to bring to the students of Sparx, all while having fun!
Natalie is the administrative assistant for Sparx Studio. She started acting in theatre at the age of 8 and went on to graduate Niagara College for Acting for Film and Television. She dealt with social anxiety and depression when she was young and found that acting really helped her become more comfortable in social situations. As a mother and a mental health advocate, she truly believes in the importance of teaching children social-emotional skills. She is delighted to be one of the first points of contact for parents interested in Sparx programs!
Mallory is an OCT certified teacher newly graduated from the University of Windsor. She completed her undergraduate degree in Drama Education and Community in 2014. Her experience working in this program taught her the importance of bringing drama and fun into everyday learning. She believes that using drama as a teaching tool allows for creativity in all aspects of the classroom experience and creates a learning environment that is exploratory, respectful, and safe to take chances and grow. Mallory has worked in a variety of summer camps including child care in Toronto and English Language Learning camps in Italy. She is excited to bring these philosophies to life while working with Sparx programming!
Lex is an actor born and raised in Toronto. Graduating from York University in 2014, he has found himself working both on stage and in front of the camera. Since then he has continued to work to improve his craft. Lex has recently returned to Toronto after a brief stint in Los Angeles working with renowned acting coach Larry Moss. Lex thinks the skills taught in acting class can be tremendously helpful in improving the ways we handle everyday problems and he is looking forward to passing on his knowledge to the next generation!
Grace is a Toronto based arts educator, playwright and actor. Grace is incredibly passionate about working with kids having taught drama classes and workshops in schools for the past ten years. She has written several plays including a solo show that toured across Canada. She is passionate about fostering creative minds and creating inclusive spaces. She currently teaches public speaking, writing and drama to kids aged 4-14.