I started working at The Rose with the Marketing team in May – just in time for season launch! – but my first professional acting gig out of theatre was as Gymnasia in ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ on The Rose Mainstage ten years ago. I then acted for two summers of Shakespeare in the Square, so my love of this building and the people in it started then.
I graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFA in Acting and moved to Toronto to begin the glamorous career of an aspiring artist. I stumbled into playwriting and producing simultaneously. For the last several years I worked with an arts organization called @, a mentoring company for artists so they have the skills and capacity to be artists and producers. I am passionate about this as I identify as an Artist Producer – I create and produce my own work through my collective, No Porpoise Productions. Currently we are in rehearsals for the Toronto premiere of my play, A Christmas Carol Comedy, and I am in the heavy research phase for another writing project called Worthy, a story melding King Arthur with kidney transplants.
It's been a whirlwind 6 months since I started, but I love that people here believe so strongly in the value and importance of the arts and having a space to make professional productions available to local audiences. As a naturally theatrical person, I am awed and heart-warmed that my coworkers have embraced some of my ridiculous ideas – the Sound of Music Singalong trailer for instance. It’s a grand thing to have people around you that want to say “Yes” to new ideas.
I love the variety of style and artistic disciplines you can find at The Rose. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Mickey and Judy, Michael Kaeshammer, A Brimful of Asha, and of course doing the Time Warp at Rocky Horror! Of all the intriguing things coming up, I am super curious to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Emily Brown and The Thing (part of Arts Adventures). I also love Ahuri Theatre’s This Is The Point and am so happy to share that show with Brampton audiences. And Sound of Music Singalong! Can’t forget about that. – Katie Leamen, Theatre Marketing