Craig Scott moved to Red Deer with his wife Taralyn and their son James in 1999 to start work with Parkland Industries. Since then, they added another son into the fold in 2000 – Logan. Craig now is working for Wrigley Canada, yes the gum company which carries 5, Excel and Juicy Fruit and the candy lines Skittles, Starburst and Lifesavers which makes his office a popular place for the boys to visit. In 2009, James showed a love for theatre and got involved with Tree House Youth Theatre.
Craig did act back in high school and thought that it would be fun to get involved in theatre once again and show an interest in what his son is doing. After much cajoling from his wife and his friend Trish, Craig auditioned and got the part of Jim O’Reilly in And Then the Lights went Out in 2009. Since then, Craig has been actively involved with Central Alberta Theatre and even sits on their board and has acted in several shows with the Innisfail Town Theatre. He sits on the Performing Arts Committee. Craig is also the President for Central Alberta Theatre.
Ranjit grew up in Mumbai, India. Film making is a way of life for many there and Ranjit was surrounded by Bollywood as he grew up. He worked in Bollywood for approximately 6 years. When Ranjit came to Canada in 1998 and settled in Red Deer, he did not find an active film industry, so he temporarily put aside his ambitions to work in the industry. In 2015 he founded Central Alberta Film Festival Association as a platform for filmmakers to showcase their work and as a place to network and show appreciation for local films.
As a husband, father and businessman, Ranjit has built connections in the community over the last couple decades, and understands the importance of people and groups working together. It can and will make a positive impact on the community as a whole. In bringing his love of film to CAFF and sharing it with Central Alberta Ranjit has made new friends and met more people with similar interests in arts and culture. He looks forward to sharing his ideas and passion for this area by serving on the Red Deer Arts Council board over the next few years.
Curtis is an award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter and entertainer raised and living in Red Deer, Alberta. He has performed across Canada with regional appearances in the United States and he teaches Musical Theatre Performance privately with students from all over Alberta.
Locally, he is performing as 'Piano Plunger Guy' at Here to Mars and as pianist for Broadway Open Mic events with Evening Star Entertainment. He recently began work with the HUB on Ross, Red Deer's centre for inclusivity that uses the arts to help enrich the lives of marginalized people.
Curtis loves creating events and has taken on the role of Fundraising Chair for the Red Deer Arts Council, he's even written musicals to help towns in need raise funds to enhance and maintain their community halls.
In addition to teaching and performing, Curtis is planning his Summer 2019 wedding to his fiancé, Jared, and cuddling with his new kitten, Smudge.
Our wonderful Secretary!
Originally hailing from Southern Ontario, Diane has been calling Alberta home since 1994; and Red Deer since 1996. She has been involved in the Arts and Culture scene from an early age, voraciously writing short stories and painting on rocks as a child. Later in life Diane had plans to go to journalism school, but when that didn’t pan out she promptly set up shop at local farmers markets and craft shows, selling paintings and other small items.
After the move to Red Deer, she partnered with two other like-minded women and helped to co-found the downtown retail shop housewarmings. Housewarmings is a local shop specializing in local artist consignment, and imported global artist discovery. Diane has since retired from this venture, but it's still going strong with a brand new store location on the south side of Ross Street!
Diane has been on the Executive Board of the Red Deer Arts Council for the last eight years (one year off-board but as recording secretary - because she loves to do it!), and had been involved in the RDAC’s predecessor the Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council for another previous six.
It seems that they just can’t get rid of her, and she likes that just fine.
Performing Arts Committee Chair
Rob is originally from Rocky Mountain House and grew up loving music, and dance. He started dancing more seriously with the Blue Norther Dancers in Edmonton in 1985, and performed and competed on that team in the US, and all over Alberta. He started teaching dance in 1988. He graduated from University of Alberta with a degree in Physics and Mathematics. In 1989, Rob moved to Red Deer and was one of the founding members of the Country Pride Dance Club. As President of the Club in its early days, Rob helped build the club to over 300 members. Rob became President of the Country Pride Dance Club again in 2010. ” I am excited about sharing the passion of dance with a new generation of dancers. My ultimate goal is to have the community understand the importance of the arts and dance.”
Fund Development Chair
Scott was born in Winnipeg, raised in Saskatchewan, and has lived in Red Deer since 1985. Scott was the Chair of the RD Arts Council Board for the past six years and is now serving as our Past Chair.
As a very amateur musician Scott plays the guitar, upright bass and violin. In an effort to keep people’s expectations in check Scott no longer says that he has “played” guitar since he was 12, only that he has “owned” a guitar since that age.
Scott was on the executive of the Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society. He was on the executive of Cultural Charter Partners at the time of the merger that created the Red Deer Arts Council. Scott hopes that the streamlining and efficiencies of merging the three arts and culture umbrella organizations will lead to better communication between the arts and culture groups and individual artists; will provide a strong advocacy voice on behalf of the arts community; promote community awareness of the importance of arts and culture; and increase attendance at arts and culture events.
Michael Richard is a Tree House Youth Theatre alumni and he’s been performing with Central Alberta Theatre since 1996. Through high school he studied drama, exploring lights sound and directing for zones festivals then continuing his training with Red Deer College’s Technical Theatre program. His lifelong passion for the arts drives him to pursue filmmaking and photography work, play guitar, and promote his designs through a variety of platforms including his YouTube channel DarkflameStudios. Michael works as a professional chauffeur, taking care of VIP clients on the most important days of their lives. He’s looking forward to working with the Arts Council in the upcoming year to bring new insights with fresh ideas.
Doug was born in Brandon, Manitoba, raised in all provinces west, spending most of his teen years in central BC. He worked in mining, forestry, ranching and owned his own consulting company in Quesnel, BC. He moved to Red Deer in 2000 from Prince George and decided to become involved with the community. He soon found himself chairman of the Normandeau Society, then Chairman of the Red Deer and District Museum Society and on the Board for the Sunnybrook Farm Society. He is a member of the Tetra Society in Red Deer.
Work got in the way of volunteering and he backed out of all involvement but found he wanted to learn more about the arts community in 2017 and joined the Red Deer Arts Council. He is still employed by WSP Canada (Engineering Consultants) and finds time to write, play a little guitar, paint and construct detailed scale models of miscellaneous equipment for display.
He hopes to be able to contribute to the work done by the Arts Council promoting community involvement in the arts and culture of Red Deer while he learns more about the many talented artists in the area.
Jan Underwood immigrated to Canada in 1981. Prior to that she was employed as a Theatre Specialist in high schools in England for 10 years. She directed many musicals and plays and assisted in developing the Drama Certificate for Secondary Education in the school system.
In Red Deer she opened Masquerade School of Drama, and also Masquerade Talent Agency, which operated successfully for many years, teaching Theatre Arts, Musicals, Speech Arts, On Camera, and entered many students in various Kiwanis Speech and Music Festivals.She was a member of Central Alberta Theatre and the Red Deer Players and has volunteered as a Director, Producer, Actor, and Dialect coach.One of her favourite initiatives as a Producer was the performance of “Journeys of Hope – Four Refugee Stories” in 2016, shown to a packed audience at the Welikoklad Centre as part of Alberta Culture Days. This involved over 75 people from all artistic mediums,writing the plays,adding choreography, music, poetry, songs, film, artwork, and more. These can still be viewed on YouTube.
Jan continues to be an advocate for encouraging integration of people of different cultures with diverse artistic talents into the Central Alberta arts scene and broader community.
Film is in my blood, as is Red Deer, where I was raised. I was voice-trained for three years and classically trained in music theory and classical flute. My art history and English literature education, combined with a film degree and business certificate, have allowed me artistic opportunities not many newcomers to Canada have access to. I do believe that life is a stage and the performance I deliver reflects directly on my productivity. Having studied Drama, I chose to pursue Film Studies because it encompasses all artistic mediums.
I have come back to Red Deer to expand the film Industry with the aid of the arts. The Red Deer Arts Council has been a supportive organization for many artists over the years and supported community projects, which also help to build the strengths of the talented people here at home. My hope and shared vision is to retain our talented individuals by providing community involvement and suggestions creating placement within the arts with projects significant to their education and passions where their artistic talents are related.
An appreciation for the Arts did not come naturally to this true blue (other words for redneck) Albertan country boy. He grew up on a farm just outside of Mirror and spent most of his life working in the Canadian Oil patch. When he met and married a local artist, Marlene Kallstrom more than 27 years ago, he was exposed to a whole new world and all things “artsy”.
Marlene Kallstrom-Barritt, owner of Kallstrom Studio, is involved with art and artists in Red Deer, so Brian’s exposure to the art world came through supporting her in her art and through that activity, he developed an appreciation for the arts, and as a result, became involved in the art world himself. After attending many art functions and activities, a strong appreciation of art and local artists began to develop.
When he heard that a position for a board member was available for the Red Deer Art Council, he jumped on board and started his involvement with the art world in earnest. His desire is to not only see his wife, Marlene, succeed, but to see other artists fulfill their dreams as well.
Suzanne Hermary - Coordinator
Suzanne Hermary grew up in Red Deer, studying French Immersion and performing in shows at a school that was built upon her family’s homestead on the North Hill. She loved to perform from a young age and worked with Tree House Youth Theatres in her teen years while also participating in school productions.
She studied music and completed the Theatre Studies Performance diploma program at Red Deer College, then continued her studies at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario completing her Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance many moons ago….in May 2018, she graduated with Honours from the Bachelors of Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan after completing the college's degree expansion program.
Living in Toronto and Paris with many travels abroad developed Suzanne’s love of fine arts, architecture, food, history, culture, music and literature. Her desire to share these passions with others led to her career as a travel agent, helping others to discover new experiences at home and abroad. Recently, Suzanne served a term as a board member with the Red Deer Players Society, volunteering as assistant producer (under mentorship) for a very successful play and directing a musical revue with a strong cast of local talent from Red Deer and Central Alberta.
Red Deer has both a vibrant music community and a theatre community, but somewhere in there she knows there are folks like her who love musical theatre, and she would love to see this art form return more to local stages. She is excited to share her passion for arts and culture with the broader community working for the Board and with the members of the Red Deer Arts Council.
Next time you call the office or stop in, Suzanne is ready and excited to help!
Hand Crafting Guitars Since '95
Originally from Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada. After 18 years growing up on the farm, David hi-tailed it to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and enrolled at WABC radio school. He got his first "on-air" job on January 11, 1981.
David embarked on a radio career that lasted 30 years and spanned all 4 western provinces. Within that 30 year time frame he never put the guitar down. David spent time on the road playing in bars in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. Also, in that time, he was able to meet many of his musical heroes. There is a "wall of fame" at the shop with photos of David with several artists.
David started building guitars in 1995. Adrienne, his wife, graciously allowed him to attend a 10 week course at Timeless Instruments. There, under the tutelage of David Freeman he received his education and certificate in Lutherie. This course was only the beginning of a journey that is still happening.
"Gilmore Guitars" opened on a full time basis May 1st, 2011. David says "I got to that age where, if I didn't do it now, I never would.
Along with a few like-minded individuals David started GuitarZ For KidZ in Red Deer. It started out as a conversation around the shop bench and has turned into something very real. GuitarZ For KidZ has already accepted well over 25 guitars as donations, and have already given guitars to Kidz in need.