the crew

Nicole Leal – Artistic Director 

Since graduating from the acting program at Red Deer College in 2013, Nicole has become a familiar face around the Red Deer arts community. In 2015, Nicole began her mentor-ship under the former AD, the lovely Matt Gould, in the hopes to become the new Artistic Director for the “house”.

Prior to coming on board, Nicole dipped her hands in other parts of the arts community such as starting her volunteer work with Central Alberta Theatre since 2008 as an actor and backstage crew, to directing for the award winning Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco program for teens by teens, and acting in Prime Stock Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.

Nicole’s love for the theatre started at the young age of 12 and it continued to grow, along with her experience in working in the theatre. As she gained more and more experience creating and putting on shows from scratch, her talents became an asset to continue her work with the “house”.

In 2016, Nicole won the emerging artist award through the Red Deer Arts Council, which solidified her journey to continue working in the theatre. With the successful run of Charlotte’s Web in December 2016, it became evident that her efforts paid off.

Nicole continues to work with 9 to 17 year old artists in diligently putting together programs that will enlighten young emerging artists to learn commitment, the importance of ensemble building, etiquette of the theatre, and creating characters that make the theatre world a magical experience.

Gwendolyn McCagg – Costumire  

Gwendolyn is the oldest of 3 children and was born in Grostenquin, France while her father was serving in the Canadian Armed Forces. As a child she lived in Germany and spent much of her youth in Cold Lake, Alberta. In March of 1997 she moved to Red Deer with her husband David and their four children. In May of that year she completed the Red Deer College Theatre Studies Costume Constriction Program.

Gwendolyn put her costuming skills to use volunteering on many St. Martin de Porres productions and Tree House’s Build a Play In Two Weeks. In September 2009, she was invited to be the Costumer on Tree House Christmas Special and has had a hand in every production since. Some of her favourite productions were Mulan Jr., James and the Giant Peach, Last Known Position and Grimm’s Fairy Tales, to name a few.

She provided costume support to Bard on Bower, designing, building and dressing MacBeth, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and many more.



Alexandra Taylor – Stage Manager

Alex has her hands in many other parts in the Red Deer arts community. She currently serves as the president of the board for Prime Stock Theatre, as well as her volunteer involvement with Central Alberta Theatre as either a stage manager, director or actor. Alex was currently hired on this year to represent the “house” as their stage manager, and happily enjoys every minute of it! Us here at the “house” could not began to describe in words how thrilled we are to have her on our production team.


William Robinson “Billy” – Technical Director

Billy has been a part of Tree House Youth theatre for a couple of years now as their technical director. Billy’s work is very much valued and appreciated with his talent in lighting and sound design, to helping with coordinating set building for all of the productions at the “house”. Without him, our productions at the “house” would lack it’s flare and our theatre world wouldn’t be at its level of potential that is easily achieved by his talents.


We have an amazing team of artists that contribute to our successful experience that we work hard to create for our ever growing youth that join us at the “house” for their theatre experience. For inquires, feel free to contact us via email which is listed below.


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