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Guest Speakers


At SC – Institute of the Arts our instructors are top-notch and some of the best in the business in their given field. They are experts in their subject matter and provide our students with exceptional instruction and direct connection to the industry. So that should be enough, right? Not for us! Every year we go even bigger and bring in a full list of amazing guest speakers that will blow you away! Here is just one of the many areas where our integration into the professional realm of what we teach really pays off.


Our extensive network at your fingertips

Our extensive network will give you the chance to learn from a wide array of industry experts. They range every year, but include people like heads of digital production and hiring managers at animation studios. Professional writers, directors and producers from TV shows and movies working right here in Vancouver. Actors with extensive experience in film and television in Hollywood and abroad. Voice-over actors from cartoons that you grew up watching. Video Game Designers, Programmers and executives from studios in Vancouver’s extensive gaming industry. Head shot photographers. Principle agents and literary managers. Heads of the union. Experts in tax accounting for artists. Immigration agents for those looking to work in the USA. The list goes on and on.

By studying in a city where these industries are all booming, you have the opportunity to be exposed to these professionals, and begin building your network before you have even graduated. These are massive skills and advantages to have you job-ready once you have completed your studies.

Check out the list below for a small sampling of some of the incredible people that our students have learned from in the past. All of these, coupled with our cutting-edge curriculum makes SCIA the place to be to start your career today.

Colin Mochrie

Actor – “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”

Garry Chalk

Voice Actor – “Optimus Prime”

Carrie Wheeler

Agent – Carrie Wheeler Entertainment

Jon Rosenbaum


Lee Arenburg

Actor – “Once Upon a Time”

Candice Elzinga

Candice Elzinga Casting

Peter DeLuise


Treva Etienne

Actor – “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

Brian Markinson

Actor – “Mad Men”/”Continuum”

Steve Zahn

Actor – “Daddy Day Care”

Diane Nhan

Agent – Leo Management

Dylan Maher

Agent – Trisko Talent Management

Emilio Salituro

Agent – Lucas Talent

Andrew Webster

Webster Talent Management

Josh Dallas

Actor – “Once Upon a Time”

Dan Payne

Stuntman – “Night at the Museum”

Les Blackmore

Agent – BLK Management

Maureen Webb

Maureen Webb Casting

Melanie Turner

Agent – Pacific Artists Management

Morgan Myers-Cavanagh

Agent – Pacific Artists Management

Murray Gibson

Agent – RED Management

Yogi Omar

Agent – Inspirational Talent Agency

Elizabeth Yake

Film Producer – True West Films President

Dennis Foon

Co-Founder – Green Thumb Theatre

Jordan Hall

Playwright – “Kayak”

Karen Lam

Director – “Evangeline”

Kat Montagu
Marie Clements
Paul Armstrong
Simon Barry
Howard Donaldson

Senior VP – Disney

Brett Sparks

Head – Hootsuite HR

Jeremy Inkel

Contractor – Carbon Games

Mark Aubanel

Founder – GAD Program at Art Institute

Matt Lume
Yangos Hadjiyannis

VR Kiosk Designer – Qatar Government