What was your first theatre experience?
My very first theatre experience was when I was very young and my elementary school did a performance of H.M.S Pinafore. I played a part in the chorus and I got to sing and dance with all the other children in my grade.
What inspired you to go into stage management?
Growing up near Stratford Ontario was probably how I became interested in the theatre. Being a fairly regular patron of the Stratford Festival through the years I was always amazed at the grand quality of the shows and the many interpretations of the Shakespeare classics. The complexity of the shows grabbed my interest; I always wanted to know how it all came together and what better way to discover that then by entering the theatre world itself.
What is your dream project?
I would love to work with a travelling show that allowed for sight seeing! It would be a great way to combine two of my favourite activities: theatre and travel.
If you won the lottery, what would you do?
If I won the lottery I would love to spend the winnings travelling to places I have never been before. I would love to visit old friends who now live afar and if I could buy time with the lottery winnings I would live in different cities across the globe temporarily to get a taste of lifestyles different from my own.
Why should people come out to see "Speech & Debate"?
It's a dark comedy with context that may challenge comfort level but addresses important societal issues. It's very active and visual and will be a blast to watch.
Thats right! "Speech & Debate" will be a blast! Make sure you get The Double Play Pass (before August.31) - an early bird ticket for $25 dollars for both "Speech & Debate" by Stephen Karam and "Cocktails at Pam's" by Stewart Lemoine (Staircase XI)! Buy it at the link below!
-Jess Van Elk