Founder

Tilly LorenceTilly Lorence

Originally from Connecticut, USA, Tilly holds a B.F.A. in musical theatre from Syracuse University. She studied musical theatre performance at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and performed professionally as a singer/ dancer/ actress with several companies including Musical Theatre West in L.A. and with the Jean Ann Ryan Company on Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Tilly has taught at the Powell River Academy of Music, EagleArts Academy, The Canadian College of Performing Arts (BC), Singer’s Theatre (ON) and the International School of Beijing. She is Level III certified in Somatic Voicework(tm) and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Favorite directing credits include “Into the Woods” and “The Wizard of Oz” with Chalkboard Theatre. She currently teaches musical theatre and voice at Brentwood College School and is pursuing a MA in applied theatre at University of Victoria.

Why I started Chalkboard
I was extremely fortunate to grow up in a town which had a thriving youth theatre program which I participated in from the age of 8-18. As a teenager I struggled with depression and this theatre group became increasing important to me.

I recognized that there was a need for a youth theatre in the Cowichan Valley and I wanted to form an organization that would value quality arts education yet also build community. My wish is that all students that participate in a Chalkboard Theatre program feel validated, inspired by the craft and motivated to always give their best to their cast mates, their audience, and the greater community.

History of Chalkboard Theatre
June 2010- Society created
August 2010- “Glee” Bootcamp summer camp
January 2011- “The Show Must Go On” performed at Quamichan Middle School
May 2011- Jeff Hyslop Workshop
May 2012- Senior Musical Theatre Showcase at Queen Margaret’s School
July 2012- “Step in Time” Musical Theatre camp
November 2012- Jeff Hyslop workshop part II
May 2013- Senior Musical Theatre Showcase at Queen Margaret’s School
December 2013- “Into the Woods” performed at Brentwood College School