Recent Projects & News
Artists everywhere have been thrown into an unanticipated period of soul-searching and creative re-structuring. I am fortunate to be healthy and secure, but the emotional toll of this distance from my community, my craft, and myself is a day-by-day struggle. As we approach what's sure to be a very long winter, I will be taking some time to step back, reinvest in myself, and take a deep dive into some big ideas. Hopefully, I'll be able to share those creative findings with my community when we're able to gather again.
As I look back on the 2019/2020 season, I am extremely thankful for the opportunities I had to practice my craft and connect with my community.
In December 2019, I had a fantastic time playing the harrowing Clytemnestra in Charles Mee's Iphigenia 2.0. with University of Alberta MFA Directing Candidate Liz Hobbs. The infectious energy of the students involved was a joy to be around and my heart goes out to them as their futures hang in the pandemic balance.
The Malachites kicked off 2020 with Edmonton's first ever Winter Shakespeare Festival. Our action-packed program featured two Main Stage productions, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar, two lesser known plays in our Page-to-Stage staged reading series (adapted by local playwright John Richardson), as well as workshops, talk backs, music nights and more! I can't say enough about our talented company members and our incredible audiences.
February was a revelation. I was incredibly fortunate to be awarded funds from the Edmonton Arts Council to engage a group of incredibly talented women in a workshop of Shakespeare's Troilus & Cressida. Our two-week exploration culminated in a performance and post-show discussion at Skirtsafire Festival where we partnered with Edmonton women's shelter WIN House to raise awareness around violence against women and families in our community.
This little project has given birth to the Tiger's Hearts Collective: a revolutionary group of female-identifying classical artists committed to reclaiming the genre to be more diverse, inclusive, and accessible for all. We were able to revive T&C as a part of the National Arts Centre/Centre National des Arts #CanadaPerforms online series, we hosted a monthly summer series called Classics Reclaimed to keep artists connected, plus we wrote and debuted an all-new classical play, Soror Cara, based on the earliest sample of women's handwriting in Latin!
This fabulous collective have got some exciting new projects on the horizon, so check out www.tigershearts.com to watch previous performances, get in touch with your ideas, and sign up to our newsletter for all the latest!