|I attended the Theatre programme at York University for two and a half years; then I started taking acting classes in Toronto: David Rotenberg ; Sears and Switzer; Ginger Howard Friedman; Bernadette Jones.|
|OTHER CAREER PATH|
|I work in the hospitality industry in restaurants and catering.
I am in the process of buying a restaurant, Wilde Oscars, on Church St., in Toronto.
I travel a lot – I like to go somewhere warm at least once a year.
I have been all over the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Mexico; I have sailed
down the Grenadines; each year I go to New York to see a few shows.
|I helped Steph create Mamakin; I worked on a tv sitcom and
I wrote songs for U.I. Or Die, a Summerworks musical.
|I performed on stage, in:
Five Alive: The Musical
U.I. Or Die
On television, in:
In film, in
In music, I did vocals and keyboard in
I accompany vocalists at cabarets and other performances
|Various Fringe Festivals
Buddies in Bad Times
|Musical director for U.I. Or Die; Five Alive:
The Musical; Mamakin
Musical director for Damn Yankees, Singing in the Rain, the Music Man, Promises Promises, Grease - all for Camp Winnebago
(Debbie Grinnell, improv ‘85-‘88 was there too – with
the drama staff)
|Special Presentations Coordinator for the Toronto
International Film Festival
I am a reader at Sprockets Children’s Film Festival –I read the subtitles of foreign films to audiences.
(This is an annual festival in downtown Toronto –it takes place in various theatres in April each year.)
|I play volleyball twice a week in the Toronto Spartan
I volunteer with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.
|FAVOURITE BOFA MEMORY|
|The initial coming up with the name BOFA – the chanting and cheering it provoked – that first gold medal... nice after bronzes for a first place team.|
|Owning the restaurant and bar
Acting in more tv and film
|FAVOURITE THING TO DO|
|Making people laugh|
|ENJOYED WORKING AT THE BEST|
|Working on A Simple Wish. The director,
Michael Ritchie, has worked with many big comedy stars, such as Chevy Chase,
John Candy, and Walter Matthau.
He and the screenwriter wrote new scenes for me in the movie because they said I was funny. Many of those scenes were cut eventually, as the subplot was getting too big.
Michael Ritchie announced at the end of the first day that his favourite moment was casting Derek Carkner – he told others, but I was around a corner and heard him. The other actors were nudging me, saying, “did you hear what he said?”
|MOST PROUD OF|
|A Simple Wish and Mamakin.|
|The most difficult thing is having a career in acting, since the work is so sporadic. It is hard balancing other jobs and keeping food on the table.|
|A FAVOURITE STORY SINCE I LEFT CHS|
|In my job at the film festival, I meet a lot of directors
and actors, and sometimes end up on Entertainment Tonight
I coordinate interviews, arrange limos, escort these people down the red carpet, take them backstage, interview the publicists, go to screenings etc.
A few people I have worked for and chatted with are:
Gwynneth Paltrow, Ben Affleck, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Elton John.
Last year I took Helen Mirren to see The Winter Garden while she missed her own screening. She stood on the stage and said it would be great to act there.