Well…I’m reaching completion of my 15th annual summer StudioWorks Academy intensive and it’s been an amazing week! Thanks to my 22 uber talented and committed emerging musical theatre artists from as far away as Thompson, MB. Shoutout to my terrific team of guest instructors: Genie Baffoe – Hip Hop master (see attached vid), Kayla Gordon- Director extraordinaire, Laura Kolisnyk – Vivacious Voiceover specialist, Keith MacPherson – Singing/Songwriting guru, Jacqueline Harding – Voice goddess, Jane Testar – Improv-“aholic” and of course my irreplaceable Rebekah Jones (partner in crime), Trish Franklin (keyboard queen) and TA – Emily Meadows (former student and now “all growed up”). We accomplished a LOT in these 5 days including 22 vocal coachings, 9 scenes, 4 full choreographies, and 1 original song. Looking forward to sharing more pix and updates later.IMG_4130
I’m thrilled to say that I just completed a double hit week having opened and closed two amazing shows: Sarasvati Productions world premiere of New Beginnings – a collaborative work combining original music, dance, scene work, spoken word and video highlighting stories of new Canadians, and indigenous people AND Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s StudioWorks Academy production of School of Rock. The 28 cast members, and live band rocked the Tom Hendry Warehouse in a SOLD OUT run of this high energy musical. I couldn’t be more proud of the terrific artists I had the pleasure of working with on both projects. A SHOUTOUT to colleagues Hope McIntyre (Sarasvati) and my “sistah from anotha mutha” Kayla Gordon (WST) for making this “ride’ so memorable.
I am so thrilled to be working with Sarasvati Productions as movement co-ordinator on their upcoming world premiere – New beginnings. This project is awe-inspiring in so many ways. As a collaborative effort we are sharing stories of new Canadian immigrants, refugees and First Nations peoples to explore their life stories, struggles, and ultimate hopes for the future. Through original music, dance, scene work , monologues and video montages, we are hoping to take our audience on a journey which will offer insight and empathy to our often marginalized members of our community.
Join us from May 22-27th at the U of Wpg’s Asper Theatre in a double bill program, along with One Trunk Theatre’s Boundary Avenue
Over the past ten days I’ve been part of the South Slave 2018 Arctic Winter Games hosted by Hay River & Fort Smith, NWT. It’s been an incredible experience! Thanks to Patrick Roberge and PRP team from Vancouver (the same folks that staged Canada Games 2017 Ceremonies in Winnipeg), I had the great fortune to work as Director of the Cultural Gala and assist with the Opening Ceremonies.
A total of over 1900 athletes and 45 cultural performers descended on the two communities virtually doubling the population. We hosted a week of intensive workshops, cultural sharing sessions and stage rehearsals to get the gala together and it was an unbelievable success. Featuring talent from nine circumpolar regions including Canada (Alberta North, Northwest Territories, Nunavik, Nunavut & Yukon), USA (Alaska), Greenland, Russia (Yamal) and Scandinavia/northern Russia (Sapmi), the gala highlighted traditional song, dance, throat singing, drumming and theatrical elements culminating in a finale production number unifying all the participants. It featured the AWG theme song “Be the Ones” by Canadian recording artist- Serene Ryder, reinforcing the mission statement of the Games – Find Your Power!
Well, we’re just over two months from the opening of Winnipeg Studio Theatre’s School of Rock the musical and our two matinee performances are already SOLD OUT! Our young cast is doing a phenomenal job and the production is shaping up to be the highlight of their season! Tickets are available at: https://winnipegstudiotheatre.com/box-office/
We’ve also just come off a successful run of Winnipeg Music Festival’s 100th Anniversary season and our students shone brightly in the musical theatre category, garnering a high gold standing with their SOR medley and a WMF Scholarship for the Schuyler Sisters quartet helmed by Kamal, Alyssa, Tiana & Samantha. Way to go!! Thanks to our wonderful music director Rachel Cameron and our expert accompanist Trish Franklin for their fine work on the keys!
Just completed Day 1 of our shooting schedule for the movie short…If It Ain’t Got That….the brainchild of Nicola Baldwin and Miles Crossman. Such a treat to be working with such a terrific team of actors, crew and artistic staff. Thx to my fellow principal actor and dance partner Genie Baffoe; excited to share a few “behind the scenes” shots by photog. Matt Duboff!