What is your role on this production? I am the director, which means I get to do a lot of different things. It’s my job to interpret the script and make production decisions – fortunately I have a great team of talented people to collaborate with! I create the rehearsal schedule and work closely with the actors to stage the play. I consult with our design team to determine the aesthetic of the production. Since this is a new work, I have also had the opportunity to work with the playwright as the script has developed over time.
What brought you to Walterdale? What brought you to this show in particular? I’ve been a dedicated member of Walterdale since being cast in Cyrano de Bergerac in 2004. I have also been involved in three previous From Cradle to Stage productions, once as an actor and twice as director. I really enjoy the experience of working on a new play and participating in the progression that occurs from the early drafts to the performance script.
Since the play is called Starless – please share a story involving stars… “The Starry Night” is one of my favourite van Gogh paintings. I was fortunate enough to see it at MoMA in 2006, and I’m looking forward to revisiting it on my upcoming trip to New York!
What’s next for you after Starless? A break! I played Ruth in Blithe Spirit at Walterdale in February, and started working on Starless immediately afterwards. I’m looking forward to doing some traveling this summer as well as having a bit more free time to spend with friends enjoying the short, but sweet, Edmonton summer.
* Photo Credit: Marsha Amanova and John Evans in Blithe Spirit (2014), directed by Curtis Knecht
photo by Bill Hill