...Let the Play Begin!
Tree House Youth Theatre was created in 1988, and was the brainchild of Richard O’Brien who was head of the Theatre Arts Program at Red Deer College (RDC) in Red Deer, Alberta. The aim of the program was to build theatrical interest and foster skills in the young people of Central Alberta.
The mandate of Tree House to create meaningful theatre that challenges both our performers and technicians, but also our audiences.
Tree House Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit charitable organization, ‘creating extraordinary theatrical experiences for young performers in Central Alberta.
Albertus Koett has been involved in theatre for over 25 years. He attended the Red Deer College Theatre program, where he earned a diploma in Motion Picture Arts. Some of his directing credits include: The Empty House (2019), The Final Problem (2019), The Second Stain (2018), Some Girl(s) (2018), The Sign of Four (2018), A Study in Scarlet (2017), Soul Mate (2017), Steel Magnolias (2014), and Alice in Wonderland (2008) for Central Alberta Theatre, Antony and Cleopatra (2017) for Primestock Theatre, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama (2009) for Ignition Theatre, and The Indian Wants the Bronx (2007) at Red Deer College. Over the years, Albertus has written several plays, including all 6 of the entries in the successful Central Alberta Theatre The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, and one acts including: I Want to Wake Up (2004), Old Age of Horror (2006), Stool (2007), and Me and Hunter Thompson (2010). As an actor, Koett has played many roles over the years, including: as Hamlet (Hamlet) for Primestock Theatre, Gibert (Anne of Green Gables), Stanley (Brighton Beach Memoirs), Geoff (All in Good Time), and Tom (Opening Night) for Central Alberta Theatre, various roles in The Laramie Project for Ignition Theatre, and as The Tin-Man (Wizard of Oz), The Ferryman (The Bundle), The Rabbi (Village of Idiots), Tristan Tzara (…the dada play), and Lyle (Footloose) for Red Deer College. Albertus is the former Program Coordinator for artsparks! at the Library, where he facilitated acting, writing, and dance classes for the community at large. From 2006-2011, was heavily involved in the Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Touring Company as a mentor, facilitator, actor, and writer. He is married to the brilliant, Tara Koett, and is the proud “father” to his dog, Rufus.
Kaylee Boone is incredibly excited to work with Tree House Youth Theatre this year as program administrator. Kaylee’s background in tech consists of stage managing Urinetown, I am not Batman, and The Dumbwaiter. She was a lighting designer for Tuesday’s and Sunday’s, The Drowning Girls, Ferris Wheel and much more. She has been lighting board operator, sound operator, a costume/ hair and makeup technician. Participated in the AHSDFA festival two years in a row, with three shows. Winning best lighting design provincially (2018), professional conduct (2018,2019) and best lighting design in her zone (2019)
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.
Hair and Makeup Design
Kate is thrilled to be joining the creative team at Tree House Youth Theatre. Kate has spent the past 15 years serving as Tour Manager and Part Time Artistic Director of the Butt Ugly Anti-Tobacco Program. She has also had a successful 10 year run as Artistic Director and founder of the body image program for teens, Under My Skin. Kate has served as hair and makeup coordinator for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as well as movement coach and choreographer for countless productions. Previous theatre credits include: Proof, The Shape of Things, Footloose, As You Like It. Kate's regular days are spent at Dance Magic Studio as a dance instructor, and part of the admin team. She is a proud mommy to Violet and Jude!