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MEET YOUR HOST
LEAD INSTRUCTOR, SCRIPT CONSULTANT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Whether it’s on stage, on screen, or in my grandma’s living room, I have dedicated my life to the art of storytelling. That presented itself in many different ways over the last 18 years of being in the performing arts/film industry, be it training or opportunities. While the majority of my training and opportunities were insightful and rewarding, the most beneficial, the most impactful were the ones that focused on the root of creation: play!
In 2014, I took my first Pochinko clown intensive at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers, and it completely changed my life.
Contrary to popular belief, we did not learn birthday party clowning—no, we learned performance clown which focuses on the fine art of letting go and following your flow. In that class, we discovered our clown/inner fool for the first time—our 100% authentic selves—and it was in that class that I truly discovered myself as an artist, and as a person.
Naturally, I was hooked on this fun, liberating thing called play that I almost completely forgot how to do. So, in 2015, I jumped at the chance to take Advanced Clown, which consisted of an in-depth exploration of not only our inner fool, but also our inner Joey (powerful; high status) and our inner Auguste (eager to serve their Joey; low status). Then, in 2017, I returned to the U of A to take Baby Clown & Mask, rediscovering myself and my inner fool once again, but most importantly, rediscovering play after an extremely traumatic time in my life.
After completing the 3 clown intensives, I continued my training in play in a variety of workshops and courses, most recently Overcoming Creative Doubt at The Making-Box. Previous to that, I studied improv at the Second City Hollywood, as well as took a Pochinko clown Chekov workshop with Christopher Brauer at the University of Winnipeg. To this day, I continue to train in play whenever I can (currently taking Virtual Playground: A Clown Class with Shannan Calcutt in March 2021!), as well as try and incorporate play into to my everyday life as much as possible.
As for writing, I've recently been contracted to write a feature screenplay for a production with a Canadian producer attached (more details to come very soon!). Additionally, I've also recently finished writing the second draft of my third feature script Metagame alongside Dylan Miles—an epic Dungeons & Dragons-inspired coming-of-age fantasy/adventure which made it to the quarter-finalists (top 3%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest. My second feature screenplay Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused independent film, made it to the second round of the 2020 Sundance Development Track, second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and the ScreenCraft Fellowship semifinals.
Both writing and play have gotten me through many creative and personal ruts, from daily "blahs" and writers block, all the way to playing a part in my trauma recovery. Having had such an impactful part in my own life, I designed this one-of-a-kind webinar to provide writers with some tools to incorporate play into their writing and into their lives in hopes that the art of play can enrich their work and their lives just as it did for mine.
You can also learn more and register for my upcoming intensive Writing Through Play here, which will dive into the depths of the fine art of play!
To learn more about me, you can check out my personal website, or my IMDb! 💗 🌻