Amy Culliford –
Owner / Performer
Amy is a graduate of the University of Victoria, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, with a specialization in Acting. She founded Enchanted Fables in October of 2014.
One of Amy’s biggest accomplishments was working as a Character Performer in Orlando, Florida for the big Mouse himself. She was nationally selected to participate in the International College Program in 2013, where she was trained in professional entertainment and performed as a Character Performer in all four theme parks.
Amy’s work experience includes being a drama instructor at Kate Rubin’s Drama Studio and Theatre SKAM, where she taught children’s drama/film classes and camps. Amy has also worked as an Instructor and Assistant Instructor at artsREACH, a not for profit organization created to provide high quality visual and performing arts training to young children, regardless of their financial means. She has also volunteered with students in Victoria through the Canadian Improv Games, and worked at an after-school learning centre.
Amy has produced her own theatre work with co-creator Blair Moro under their company Singles Awareness Theatre. Amy remains active in the theatre community throughout Victoria and currently works as the Box Office Manager at Pacific Opera Victoria.
Raylen Lanktree –
Manager / Performer
Raylen Lanktree is a graduate of the Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she received an Acting Career Training Program Diploma. She has been involved in theatre since she was 6 years old, and has always had a passion for singing, dancing, and acting.
Raylen received both her babysitting and Standard First Aid Certifications in Sidney BC, where she has lived since she was a child.
She enjoys working with children through hosting birthday parties with Victoria Costumes, performing as Mermaid Rissa, and volunteering as a Camp Host with Scouts Canada. Always captivated by the magic of fairy tales, Raylen brings a bit of “faith, trust, and pixie dust” to all her events. She encourages kindness, courage, and imagination and brings laughter and sparkles every time!
Ciera McGee – Manager / Performer
Ciera is a graduate of Victoria High school, and is currently planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Victoria. She is a freelance actress and artist, and has been involved with theatre from a young age, taking drama classes and actively participating in community theatre.
She has volunteered as a Sunday School leader, helping children learn through acting and improvisation. She has been a Youth Group leader as well, coaching other young adults on how to lead. Improv has always been a part of her coaching process, often leading the youth in improv based games and activities. Ciera is also skilled in costume fabricating and design, and has made each and every one of the costumes she has worn. She frequents sci-fi and comic conventions, and is always seen in something new.
Ciera was raised in Victoria, BC. She has her Standard First Aid, Emergency First Aid, and babysitting certification.
Taryn Yoneda –
Taryn was born and raised in Victoria, BC. Currently, she is a second-year double-major student in Creative Writing and Theatre at the University of Victoria. Taryn’s love for story-telling began with dance. Her background includes thirteen years of RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) training in ballet, as well as additional training in jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. She has since returned to be a volunteer chaperone for her old ballet school, Centerpointe Dance, and loves to work with young, aspiring dancers.
At Mount Douglas Secondary, she was an active member of the dance program, choir, musical theatre program, and improvised acting team. In her graduating year, she was one of two students to receive the Drama Shield Award, honouring outstanding dedication to the Mount Douglas Drama Program. Taryn’s most recent performance credits include Birdwatching (Victoria Fringe Festival 2016, Performer and Choreographer), Hidden People (Phoenix Theatre SATCo, 2015), Goblin Market (Phoenix Theatre SATCo, 2013), and Guys N’ Dolls (Mount Douglas Secondary, 2013, Miss Adelaide).
Taryn is looking forward to entering her first year of the Phoenix Theatre Acting Specialization. In the future, she hopes to immerse herself in the Victoria Arts scenes in every way possible.
Kendra Bidwell – Performer
Kendra Bidwell graduated in 2017 from the Canadian College of Performing Arts diploma program with a mentorship in musical theatre, and more recently graduated from their Company C program this past February.
Performing has always been her passion and self chosen career path from a young age. She has an extensive music and dance background; from piano to ballet, and accordion to hip hop, the list goes on. Creating and performing are both very important to Kendra, some highlights include; “Made from Scratch” a puppeteering project with CCPA Alumni Co, Frenchie/assistant music direction for Company C’s “Cabaret”, creating her own ten minute musical “Summer of ’63 – A Beach Boys Medley” for CCPA’s TD Festival of New Works, and can-canning her way through “Love and Business” an original production with the Rossland Gold Fever Follies. Kendra is truly a child at heart and believes that there is a little magic sparkle in all of us.
Sophi Murias – Performer
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Sophi came to Victoria to pursue a BFA in Theatre at UVic. She is currently in her third year. Sophi is very excited to continue her career as a princess, after working at Royal Princess Parties in Calgary since 2015.
Sophi has lots of experience both working with and performing for kids. During the summer, she teaches theatre to kids of all ages at Calgary Young People’s Theatre. She has also worked at an art camp, teaching kids how to paint. Most importantly, she spent two years at Calaway Park, performing in musical theatre productions geared towards a younger audience.
Much of Sophi’s performance experience comes from theatre productions of all kinds. Some of her favourite performance credits include: The Fan, Macbeth, Village of Idiots, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Calgary Young People’s Theatre); Peter Pan (Storybook Theatre). In addition, Sophi has been dancing since 2006, including hip-hop, jazz, and Broadway styles. She also took two years of vocal lessons.
Fun fact: she is also fluent in French!
Olivia Simpson – Performer
Olivia is brand new to the Enchanted Fables team! She just finished a year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts and is taking on her first lead role as Cinderella, in her church’s production of Cinderella: The Panto.
Olivia has had many opportunities working and playing with children. She has taught dance, assisted a kinder gym, performed as beloved characters, and worked hosting and catering birthday parties with previous companies as well.
Olivia has been acting since she was 8 years old. She caught the “acting bug” when she was in Grade 10, and her career choice as a performer hasn’t changed since.
Olivia grew up on Disney and always encourages those around her to believe in themselves and in magic. She makes sure to always look back on her favourite Disney quote from the live action Cinderella; “Have courage and be kind.”