I like theatre, history, dance, the outdoors, dogs, cats, photography, decorating my condo, skiing, camping, sleeping, cooking, scrapbooking, making things, bad day time television, social media, music, polar bears, travel, friends, family, chocolate, coffee, reading, tea, laughing, and the colour brown. I will probably blog about all of these at some point.
I was born in Toronto, Ontario an undisclosed number of years ago. I spent a portion of my youth scraping my knees on the sidewalks of Willard Ave. and imitating my British nanny’s accent. I danced, loved arts and crafts and the city, and my favourite stuffed animal was named Bear. Shortly before reaching double digits, I was unceremoniously removed to Michigan along with the rest of my family. I have since made some peace with that particular trauma, and count as a blessing that the community I moved into had an active youth theatre scene (though not much else, culturally speaking). There, I made my stage debut as Mother Goose. What followed was an insatiable appetite for all things theatrical.
At the tender age of 18, I was turned loose on Manhattan, with little to no supervision. Along with a few thousand other people my age. Four years later, I became a graduate of New York University with a BFA in Theatre. During my time at Tisch, I hung out at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Stonestreet Studios, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Starbucks at Astor Place. My adventures were numerous and varied, involving film, theatre, and the occasional urban camping expedition. I am a firm believer that all theatre has value, but that the best theatre should somehow serve the moment in which it exists. As an actress, I am always exploring new ways of thinking, being, creating. I firmly believe that the worst thing art or technique can be is static.
I moved home to Toronto at the earliest opportunity following graduation. Reasons for this choice include but are not limited to: free healthcare, lots of friends, a stubborn patriotic streak, my love of trees, and the desire to be part of a vibrant and diverse independent theatre community. I’ve been back for a while now and, while I sometimes feel like I’m getting itchy feet again, Toronto still feels like home. I’m happy to say I’ve made many more fabulous friends and have expanded my theatrical repertoire to include arts administrator, teacher, creator, and, briefly, stage manager (although I’ve since retired that hat–there are far too many people out there who are better at it and who love it, and I bow down to their awesomeness). I am privileged and proud to work with several innovative and creative organizations throughout the city–some newly created and some that are institutions in our cultural landscape. I’ve also sprained my ankle and purchased a tent and a dog (who may very well be the love of my life). And I sometimes say “eh” now, whereas I was previously incapable of working it into conversation without sounding totally awkward. Of course, I still find it strange when I catch it coming out of my mouth. Oh, and I got married. To my best friend, a pretty amazing human being–you can find him here.
coming up next.
Aside from working my day job, I am committed to seeing as much theatre as I can, my amazing friend Greta’s acting class, planning my Iceland honeymoon, and searching for my own personal meaning to the phrase “create your own work.”