Actor Bio

Nick Preston

Nick Preston

I am excited to be performing as

Working with The Royal Canadian Theatre Company has been a privilege and they’ve chosen some incredible material to work with!

Hopefully you can find our perfromance as enjoyable to watch as it has been to play!

Roles at RCTC

Amanda Huxtable

Amanda Huxtable

I am excited to be performing as

Working with The Royal Canadian Theatre Company has been a privilege and they’ve chosen some incredible material to work with!

Hopefully you can find our perfromance as enjoyable to watch as it has been to play!

Roles at RCTC

Ben Francis

Ben Francis

I am excited to be performing as

Working with The Royal Canadian Theatre Company has been a privilege and they’ve chosen some incredible material to work with!

Hopefully you can find our perfromance as enjoyable to watch as it has been to play!

Roles at RCTC

Liam McCulley

Liam McCulley

I am excited to be performing as

Working with The Royal Canadian Theatre Company has been a privilege and they’ve chosen some incredible material to work with!

Hopefully you can find our perfromance as enjoyable to watch as it has been to play!

Roles at RCTC

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

Mark is the Artistic Director of DSR Productions and has been directing for over 30 years. Favourite credits include Silence: The Musical, Night of The Living Dead, Evil Dead; The Musical, Bullshot Crummond, and The Rocky Horror Show.

Previously, Mark has worked with The Royal Canadian Theatre Company and Ellie, as a performer, in Dracula: The Silver Scream and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Mark is also a lighting technician and designer.

Roles at RCTC

Vinny Keats

Vinny Keats

Keats is a classically trained actor and vocalist. Most recently his focus has been on camera work, starring in the independent film, Clay Pots, as well as appearing in a few national commercials.

Before that he has entertained live audiences as Sky in Mamma Mia; Beast in Beauty and the Beast; and Iago/Romeo in Goodnight Desdemona, Goodmorning Juliet; just to name a few. Vinny is also a gymnast; you may have caught him flipping his way across the stage in Disney’s Newsies.

Vinny studied at The Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria B.C. After graduation, he moved to Vancouver and sought out Jenny Anderson and Peter Jorgensen to further train his voice and continues to study acting at McIlroy and Associates. Vinny is looking forward to coming back to the theatre after more than 2 years away. This pandemic-imposed break has allowed him to re-discover his love for the craft that hooked him into this “rotten biz” in the first place.

“I was drawn to the role of Charlie and this show because it truly is the story of most actors. I see so many parallels in my own life and I want to thank Ellie for giving me the chance to reflect them.”

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Crystal Weltzin

Crystal Weltzin

Crystal Weltzin is excited to work with the Royal Canadian Theatre company again, this time to play Girl in “Eat Your Heart Out”. Although she has watched dinner theatre before, she has never had the chance to be a part of one. She is incredibly excited for this new opportunity and happy to be acting in light of the difficulties COVID-19 has brought to all of our lives.
​​​​You may have seen Crystal as Queen of Hearts: “Alice in Wonderland” (RCTC), Fluellen: “Henry V” (Pacific Theatre), Benvolio: “Romeo and Juliet” (Shadows and Dreams Theatre Co), writing “Annual Couples Debate” or writing/directing “Something Borrowed, Everyone Blue”.
She would also like to thank her fiancé for his endless patience during this process. Stay safe, and enjoy the show!

Roles at RCTC

Stephen Elcheshen

Stephen Elcheshen

Stephen is a Hydrostatic Recertification Technician by day and theatre geek by night. As one of the founding producers of Shadows And Dreams Theatre Co, he can be found in the bandshell at Queen’s Park every summer in better times showing off his Shakespeare. Recent roles include Rev. Teller in Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree) and Arthur, Sir Bors, and half the other characters in Spamalot (White Rock). When not on stage, he is often called upon as a Fight Choreographer, recently having worked on Spider’s Web (RCTC), A Wrinkle In Time (Gallery 7), and We Are The Body (Pacific Theatre). As always, he’d like to thank his family for their love and support.

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Sue Backs

Sue Backs

Sue Backs is an actor and director and recently film maker. She has a BA (Drama major, Political Science minor) from the U of A. She is also a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York and was taught by Sanford Meisner.

While there she received their only scholarship (the Saax Bradbury) to study at RADA in London, UK. She has worked across Canada in theatre, film and tv. Selected credits include an acting honorable mention in The About Love Festival, Miriam in Beau Jest at Gallery 7 and Olive in The Women of Lockerby for Lock and Key Theatre.

Sue recently turned to film making and her short film (which she wrote, co-directed and starred in) Motherhood and Being a Sandwich or the Best Laid Plans has won an award of recognition from IndieFest in the US, was nominated at the London Film and TV awards, was a winner at the World Film Carnival Singapore and at the Royal Society of Television and Motion Picture Awards, is a finalist at the Golden Harvest Awards in Tokyo and has been selected to the Berlin Indie Festival and The Seventh Siding Festival of Film.

Shout out to Emmett Hanly as co-director and editor of those films and Sam and Emmett Hanly (my sons) for allowing me to include their humorous and loving stories. Grace and love to my family and my wonderful husband, I also want to thank our amazing director Ellie for this opportunity and thank our wonderful cast and crew. What a joy they have been to work with! Thanks for being here and stay safe my friends.

Roles at RCTC

Ty Javos

Ty Javos

I am excited to be performing as ‘Harry, ‘Ad Exec’ and ‘Boy’. I’m always looking to stretch myself as an actor and build entertaining pieces to watch.

Working with The Royal Canadian Theatre Company has been a privilege and they’ve chosen some incredible material to work with!

Hopefully you can find ‘Eat Your Heart Out’ as enjoyable to watch as it has been to play!

Roles at RCTC