MISSION:

EMC Studios- Kelowna has been established as a professional resource centre for actors and performers and creatives of all kinds, levels, stages and ages.  Our goal as a collective, is to help these members to constantly improve their skills and grow their careers in pursuit of their passions and expand their talents, network and community.  Our space provides a safe, positive, supportive, energetic, inclusive environment in order to inspire creativity, collaboration, and commitment. Our Studios are located at 103-1054 Ellis St. Kelowna. Free Parking

EMC STUDIOS- Ellis Media Collective

Our people:

Damon Gregory – Improv, Auditions Skills, On Camera

Damon has been a working actor in the BC TV/ Film industry since 1998 and a full UBCP/ Actra member since then. He was professionally trained at Gastown Actor’s Studio in all the classic disciplines of the craft from a wide variety of award winning professional actors; Voice, Movement, Character, Text, Accent, Stage, Fencing etc.. With a focus on Improv and Audition Skills, he learned from many improv pros including Keith Johnstone.  Damon has had principal/ lead roles in all genres of the industry including, Film, TV, Short Film, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Instructional Video, and as a writer/ director of his own short films. He has worked in radio on air and as a jingle writer and produced radio commercials. After a long break from the industry to build luxury homes in California, Damon came home to BC to resume his acting career and be closer to family.  Recent roles include work on the Indie Feature “Invasions” and the Hallmark MOW “Love for Starters”.  He is currently cast as Max in the upcoming production of Cabaret, by the New Vintage Theatre, and will play the role of the Father in the production of EURYDICE produced by The Virago Collective this fall. Damon is the founder of EMC Studios Kelowna and is dedicated to his passion for the craft and helping others to reach their goals in their acting and performance career.

Link below includes resume and demo reel:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1495074/

Dane Stevens– Scene Study

Dane Stevens is an author, actor, speaker and facilitator. He has written and published the book Reclaim Your Power to Create Your Best Life and is the developer of the Neuro Trauma Healing Process- NTHP; and the Soul Re-Cognition Process– SRC. Healing modalities that are being utilized internationally for their ability to bring chronic conditions and long-standing trauma to resolution. Taking people naturally from healing into empowerment.

Dane is now bringing his expertise in the field of human behaviour together with his passion for acting. He has been involved in the film and tv industry since 2001- (Actor – 13 Steps; Action actor- Out of Pocket; Stunt performer- Level Nine; and Stunt Coordinator Untold Stories of the ER)  He has trained under Bill Davis at the William Davis Center full-time program and has been trained by some of the best: Meisner Technique- Don Bloomfield; Scene-study- Ivanna Chubbuck; Voice- Jeff Cohen / Mark Downey; Movement- David McMurray Smith; and Audition- Marc Baur.

He has been empowering people through his company An Extraordinary Life for over 18 years. He is now melding the two arenas by teaching actors the profound new process that has helped so many to overcome obstacles and reach new heights of health, success, and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. Dane and his partner Anne have been living in West and North Vancouver for the last 20+ years. They have recently moved to Penticton BC, living beside the beautiful Skaha Lake, where Dane swims, bikes, runs, plays tennis, hockey and the continues hiking in search of the ultimate waterfall.

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm00827003/

Kiley Yanay

Kiley Yanay is an accomplished actor and writer with years of experience working in the writing and editing industry. She has written scripts for major companies such as Mercedes Benz-AMG, L’Occitane, WeWork & more. With a BA in English Literature and a Master’s in Non-Fiction Creative Writing, she has spent many years honing her craft. In addition, she has spent time living in Vancouver and Los Angeles studying acting, improv, and theatre. She eventually moved her focus to the writing side of storytelling while living in Israel. During her time in Graduate school, she spent time working towards publishing her first book, which is a memoir focused on the significant events in her childhood and “finding” her father through the people that knew him.

https://www.kileyyanay.com/

Jason Pyett – Voiceover/ Voice Acting

Growing up in Kelowna, Jason Pyett took some acting classes in high school while focusing mainly on pursuing his music ambitions as a professional trumpet player.  After attending the Jazz Studies program at Capilano University, he studied voice acting with Cathy Weseluck, best known for her role as “Spike” in ‘My Little Pony’.  Through the years he worked various jobs including a job with Disney Online Studios.  With the dream of being a voice actor still prominent in his mind, he began taking action to pursue this passion as a career.  A weekend workshop with voice actor Lee Tockar, known for his role in “My little Pony” as ‘Snips and ‘Steven Magnet’, was what Jason needed to put his passion into first gear and begin the journey.

When laid off due to the Covid shutdown, Jason made the decision to learn everything he could about the voice over business, build his studio, make his voice over demos, and officially launch his voice over business ‘JPVoices’. He has worked with many individuals and clients around the world in various styles of voice over including meditation, e-learning, ESL, YouTube channels, commercials, travel documentaries, and phone messaging systems.  Some notable clients include Verizon Wireless, Tuck Tape, and WowHow Healing. Jason continues to refine his craft and is delighted to be teaching others about how they can discover their own voice(s) within and become a part of this amazing community of voice actors.  In his spare time, he enjoys being active and enjoying the beautiful outdoors, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, working out, and being involved as an actor in the local acting community