Theatre and I go a long way back. I’ve been performing ever since I was a wee scamp, whether it was in weird primary school productions, or just in front of the family camcorder. I like to think that the reason I got into performance was because I was just a loud, energetic child, and my parents didn’t really know what to do with all of that beyond throwing me into dance classes and acting opportunities. It wasn’t until around the 10th grade that I realized that I could be of some help behind the scenes as well. Between the ages of 15 and 18 I made the steady transition from singer/dancer/actor to stage manager/lighting operator/scenic designer. Sometimes I miss the spotlight, but that’s usually remedied by having to hang, focus, and level it.
I do have a life beyond theatre, though– even if it sometimes doesn’t seem like it. I was born in the UAE, lived in Dubai until the age of 17, and moved to Montreal to get a B.A. from McGill University (class of ’17, woo!). I play the guitar and compose silly parody raps from time to time. I took a class in Java and plan on learning Python and other programming languages. I will not hesitate to interrupt a conversation to point out a cute dog, and I will be tempted to buy anything that has humpback whales on it.
I’m passionate about all sorts of art. About films that make large, progressive leaps. About tv shows that make me laugh until my sides hurt. About paintings and sculptures that my breath hitch. About theatre that challenges the people watching it and the people who made it.