Artistic Director, Valerie Easton
Valerie Easton has been at the helm of RCMT since 2010, having directed the recent successful productions of Annie, Oklahoma, Hello, Dolly!, The Will Rogers Follies, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the company. Other directing credits include Legally Blonde, Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, Tom Foolery, Cabaret and The Thing About Men and The Story of My Life.
Valerie has also choreographed in theatres across Canada for over two decades and her most recent work has been seen at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre in the acclaimed productions of Hairspray!, The Buddy Holly Story, Les Miserables, White Christmas, The Producers, Company, Beauty and The Beast, Gypsy, Cabaret, Miss Saigon, Jacques Brel, Singin in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Evita, and West Side Story (for which she received a Jessie Award nomination) with the Vancouver Arts Club.
Some of her other choreographic credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Western Canada Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost (Bard on the Beach), Music Man, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Fiddler On the Roof, West Side Story (RCMT), Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz (Gateway Theatre), Carousel, Annie and Kiss Me Kate (TUTS). Television credits include HBO’s Making it Big and Godiva’s Kitchen.
Music Director, James Bryson
James Bryson has been a part of the RCMT directing team since the first show in 1990, and always enjoys the challenge of bringing excellent vocal and instrumental work to each production.
James began his directing career at the age of 17, when he directed his first choir. Shortly after, he attended UBC where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Music and, later, a Masters Degree. He has been an instrumental and choral instructor for many years, most recently as a High School music teacher in Coquitlam. His instrumental and choral ensembles have received many honours at regional and national festivals. James has presented clinics at provincial and national conventions, adjudicated music festivals in BC, is a guest clinician for school music programs and has been a musical director in several large churches in the lower mainland.
Aside from being RCMT’s long time musical director, James has musically directed for TUTS and offers events through his own company JAMES PRODUCTIONS, which produces a popular Christmas Pops show and an exciting Broadway Pops! James was pleased to receive an Ovation Award nomination for outstanding Music Director for his work on Hello Dolly with RCMT.
Executive Producer, Chelsea Carlson
Chelsea has been with RCMT since early 2013 and serves as our current Executive Producer, having managed the Producer role for RCMT’s most recent productions of Annie and My Fair Lady. Chelsea also oversees Royal City’s office operations and annual marketing campaigns.
Chelsea has also worked as Company Manager with The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company (12 years), Savage Society (5 years), and contracts with the Shadbolt Centre, City of Fort St John and WYM Productions.