What an incredible journey it has been for the past 2 months and 8 days. Somehow I have managed to reach my goal of dancing/acting with a professional theatre company.
I am currently touring 2 productions with an Edmonton based company Punctuate! Theatre (Bears by Matthew Mackenzie and Minosis Gathers Hope by Christine Sokyamoh Frederick). Both shows are derived from an aboriginal perspective and understanding. Since I am a Métis artist it is important to me to be doing cultural based work where I am able to grow as an artist but also as an indigenous person. Working on both of these shows has allowed for me to have a deeper appreciation of who I am and where I come from.
Starting the tour off in Toronto has been a surreal experience. It is such a wide networking base and significant location for theatre in Canada. The first weekend of shows were all sold out and each night we got a standing ovation. I couldn’t believe it. Going from being a dance student in Toronto to being a working artist makes me feel excited and hungry for more experience and work. I love my job, I think it’s the absolute coolest to say the least.
I am looking forward to bringing the show home to Edmonton, since that is where the company is based out of. I can’t wait for my loved ones to be able to finally see what we have been working on.