Story (mine)

All Things Creative

My family immigrated to Canada from South Africa when I was 2 years old. I grew up on the territory of the K’omoks and Homalco nations, in what is often referred to as Campbell River on Vancouver Island. and I now live on the unceded, traditional territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, commonly known as Vancouver, BC. My ancestors are mostly Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh, and I am on a journey to learn more about them, and their ancient traditions and teachings. I am a Performer, Creator, Producer, and Arts Administrator, with a focus on site-specific micro-performance, puppetry, Theatre for Young Audiences, physical theatre, musical theatre, and collective creation. 

I have worked as a performer at The Globe Theatre, Pacific Theatre, Chemainus Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, and Theatre SKAM, among others. I have created and produced my own work, most recently The Somewhere Cedar, which was co-presented at the rEvolver Festival by Upintheair Theatre and The Only Animal. This adaptation of Antigone took place in a Janitor’s closet, lit only by a flashlight, for an audience of no more than 4. In addition, I have produced work that features me as an actor, most recently Any Night and The Drowning Girls with Pacific Theatre

I have worked at the Vancouver Fringe Festival for 5 years, where I was dedicated to the “Theatre for Everyone” mandate in my position as the Artist Services Coordinator. I still stand on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Vancouver Fringe as a volunteer.  I also was the Artist Services Coordinator for Full Circle First Nations Performance’s Talking Stick Festival for one year. I am also on the board of Alley Theatre, and manage their Social Media.

I am a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts’ 3rd year program, Company C, and completed the Pacific Theatre Acting Apprenticeship in 2016. I recently interned with Playwrights Theatre Centre through the BC Arts Council Early Career Development program to learn about integrated inclusion practices, producing, and how to better collaborate with Deaf artists. Part of this journey is learning ASL at the University of British Columbia, and attending the Awakening Deaf Theatre in Canada Conference, and SOUND-OFF Deaf Theatre Festival. 

I am the co-recipient of two Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance in the Theatre for Young Audiences Category for Freddie in the Neighbourhood with the Little Onion Puppet Co., and a Vancouver Fringe Artistic Risk Award for my Augmented Reality short film, Portability, with The Only Animal.

Things that are currently bringing me joy are: Learning ASL, being an aunty, succulents, studying Voice with Raphael Wagner, and dabbling in music creation with my non-committal band Mokhadart. My first ever email address was ‘breath_taker1012@hotmail.com, and my go-to word when put on the spot is ‘Peaches’. Now you know.  

 Check out the PRESENT/FUTURE page for information on what I’m up to next.

Now: Contact Me.