Thursday, August 25, 2016

meet the apprentices | paige louter

Every season we introduce you to a new set of apprentices. You know them as the people who process your subsection, answer the box office phone, and run the front of house, but that's only a tiny portion of what they do! Our apprentices are all graduates from theatre training programs, on the verger of launching their professional careers. Now is your chance to meet them! Up first, Paige Louter!

About Paige:

I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. I started acting when I was six and got to see tons of theatre as she was growing up (my dad is a theatre professor). I’m done with school for now, and I’m excited to continue transitioning into the world of professional theatre!

What were you doing before the apprenticeship?

This past year I was in Ireland working on my MA in Drama and Theatre. I worked on a mixture of academic writing, playwriting and reviewing, performance, and theatre business.

What are your favourite shows you've worked on so far?

My favourite show so far has been a production of Dylan Thomas’s UNDER MILK WOOD during my undergrad. I helped paint the set, made the programme, and played six or seven characters. It was an incredible experience of an ensemble pulling together to create magic. I also really enjoyed the challenge of performing in a show called GHOSTS, which was an all-female physical theatre/dance piece loosely based on Dante’s Inferno.

What is your non-theatrical specialty?

My non-theatrical specialty would be creative writing (not playwriting, which I am still learning not to be terrified by). I particularly love writing short stories and creative nonfiction.

What is the number one thing you are excited about doing during your apprenticeship?

I don’t think I can pick just one thing to be excited about! I’m excited to be busy like crazy for next ten months doing what I love.

Where did you train in theatre?

So far my theatre training has been undertaken through my BA at Redeemer University College and my MA at the National University of Ireland Galway.

What was your favourite part of your training?

The best part of my theatre training has been learning to trust my own instincts and to push myself as far as I can go. Unfortunately, no one is going to make it easy for you to make a life in theatre, so learning how to be a self-starter has been crucial. It’s also been incredibly good to take ownership of my own body and voice and to learn to care for them.

Is there anything coming up in the apprenticeship that will be totally new to you?

What will be new about this year for me is getting the perspective of a theatre company’s operations over the course of a full season. I’ve done little bits of most things related to theatre, but I’m really looking forward to getting that overall experience.

What would your top three categories in Trivial Pursuit be? (Invented or real)

My top three categories from the normal game would be Arts and Literature, History, and Entertainment. But if there was a category specifically for The Lord of the Rings I’d definitely be winning every time.

If you received $1 000 000 and couldn’t keep it for yourself, what would you do with it?

I would donate it to the City of Hamilton to convert an unused building into a theatre space!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

16-17 staff picks | frank nickel

Last but certainly not least is our very own Co-General Manager, Frank Nickel. Here are Frank's top three picks he is most looking forward to for the 2016-2017 season!

I’m a sucker for the holidays and getting time with Lucia Frangione’s hilarious characters makes it all the more exciting. I can’t wait for Folly, Buffoona and Guff to take me on a magical trip through the Nativity. Plus, who doesn’t like clowns at Christmas?

I love Shakespeare. I love the Godfather. I love David Mann’s writing. I love Classic Chic. Enough said.

A Night at the Improv
This one is pretty selfish since I’m hoping to be an improv player again. I’ve been away from Side Show for a couple of years and am excited to jump back into the thick of it with some of Vancouver’s finest improvisers.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

16-17 staff picks | alison chisholm

Alison played a significant role in choosing the 2016-2017 season. Here are her top three shows she is most looking forward to!

Lucia is one of the most incredible playwrights I've had the pleasure to know. When I heard about her idea of this show, I had some high expectations of tenderness and hilarity. At our first read of the initial draft I was thrilled to see that not only were my expectations met, but exceeded.

I never made it out to see the show at the Gateway, so I look forward to finally getting to see it now and see how the incredible artists involved translate it to our intimate alley theatre.

This might be my first time in a long time that I'll be in the audience rather than on the stage. Can't wait to see what this year's funny folk bring to this annual event!

Monday, August 22, 2016

16-17 season apprentices

A very warm welcome to our new apprentices whom start in our office today! Danielle Klaudt (University of the Fraser Valley), Paige Louter (National University of Ireland), and Lindsay Ann Curl (University of Victoria). We can not wait to see what you do this season at PT!

Stay tuned over the next week as each of the apprentices will be introduced in-depth on our blog!

Friday, August 19, 2016

16-17 staff picks | kayla heselwood

Up next in our staff picks series is our new Box Office and Marketing Assistant, Kayla Heselwood. Here's Kayla's top three shows she is most excited for!

During my apprentice year I had the honour of sitting in on one of the Working With groups where actors read Cara's play, A GOOD WAY OUT. I was completely blown away. The characters were genuine, raw and real and the story tugged at my heart strings. I am excited to see how the play has been developed over the past year and a half. Also, I get to sit beside the playwright over the next 11 months. How cool is that?

I am very close to a family that moved to Canada from South Africa. I love listening to them speak Afrikaans and was excited while reading VALLEY SONG to learn they spoke some Afrikaans too! The piece is also poetic, tender and hopeful. My cup of tea!

One of my favourite moments at Pacific Theatre was when I was in the audience watching CHRISTMAS PRESENCE and the entire audience starting singing to a familiar song. I looked around and thought, "Wow! Now this is what life is all about. A group of strangers coming together to enjoy an evening of music, poetry and readings and celebrating the life of our saviour through various works of art". I'm excited for TESTAMENT because it's similar to CHRISTMAS PRESENCE, but without Christmas. Also, we get to explore and celebrate the life of Jesus together during Passion Week. Finally, because there's no script and anything can happen! I just love live theatre, don't you? 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

16-17 staff picks | phil miguel

The next in our staff picks series is Production Manager, Phil Miguel. Here's Phil's top three picks for the 2016-2017 season!

I've heard many great things about the play. The cast has me very excited. Every time I've seen any one of them on stage it has been amazing work.

I'm delighted to finally see a Classic Chic show. I'm curious to see the intersection of Shakespeare and The Godfather.

I have a very personal connection with this story of being Asian in theatre. The play bears out many of the emotional and professional struggles I dealt with starting out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

16-17 staff picks | cara cunningham

Up next in our staff pick series is Cara Cunningham, Operations Coordinator. Here's what she's most looking forward to next season! 

This is a dream come true for me and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’ve never seen any of the other versions and I have heard such wonderful things. I think it will be a real treat.

The Godfather. Shakespeare. Women dressed as men. What’s not to love?