Quick Selfie: Teneisha Collins

In this Quick Selfie, Teneisha Collins tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives.  Click here for more information.


Teneisha Collins plays the role of Bess in The Last Wife by Kate Hennig, directed by Tamara Brown. Catch it November 1 at 8pm and November 4 at 1:30pm.

What was your favourite activity as a child?

One of my favourite activities as a child was playing dress-up. My mother, while still stylish now, was my style icon back in those days – she always had the most amazing clothes, and her shoes – Oh. My. God! She had the most outstanding shoes! I would wear her shoes and clothes (usually one of her silk nightgowns) and feel like a princess. Once dressed up, I would do what I thought was the only natural thing to do – put on a play, usually with the help of my little sister, who was often the unwilling participant.

What book could you read repeatedly?

There are many, but The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom has particularly stuck with me. It tells the story of an amusement park worker who dies while heroically trying to save a little girl from being killed by a ride. In heaven, he meets five pivotal people from his life. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a beautiful parable that reminds us that whether someone is a close family member or a complete stranger, they have the ability to change to course of our lives forever – even through just a brief encounter.

What inspires you?

Honestly, I draw inspiration and motivation from many people and factors around me, so it’s hard to choose just one. There’s something incredibly inspiring about someone’s persistence and unrelenting perseverance in the face of adversity. I love a good underdog story, and seeing people achieve their goals and come out on top despite the many hurdles in front of them truly uplifts me and pushes me to work harder, as well. Watching someone overcome obstacles to achieve success – whether it be personal or professional success, big or small – can be a powerful a reminder of our own inner strength, our resolve, and that we can be unstoppable forces. I’m also inspired by people supporting others in their pursuits, selfless acts of kindness, and more.

Favourite way to spend a rainy day?

It’s rare that I get to take advantage of a rainy day and enjoy being lazy. I’m very much a Type-A and always working on a different project – whether for my personal or professional development. I’m always on the go! That being said, my ideal rainy day would involve sleeping in, staying in my pyjamas all day, and cuddling under a warm blanket while binge-watching Netflix or having a movie marathon. I refuse to cook on days like this, so a rainy day definitely involves ordering in lots of comfort food – preferably rounded out with a nice glass of wine or some scotch to keep warm.

Favourite way to communicate?

Anyone who’s ever met me can answer this question. I love to talk and I can talk a lot! A face to face conversation, to me, is akin to a dance (or a battle depending on the nature of the conversation.) I think there’s a tremendous amount of beauty and art in how each individual speaks – our choice of words and the gesticulations accompanying our speech are often very telling of our personalities.

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This piece was written and submitted by Teneisha Collins.

 

Quick Selfie: Cristina Cugliandro

In this Quick Selfie, Cristina Cugliandro tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives.  Click here for more information.


Cristina Cugliandro is the director of What Happened After Nora Left Her Husband by Elfriede Jelinek, translated by Tinch Minter. See it November 3 & 4 at 8pm at Centaur Theatre.

Favourite subject to study?

I love to study everything. I loved higher education when I could finally choose what I was learning about. Along the way I have had some fantastic teachers that have added to my love of knowledge. As for a favorite subject, this is one of the many reasons I love theatre making. When working on a project, research is key. I love diving into as many aspects the piece presents as I can. I love the abyss of knowledge.

Minister: Or as that Socrates so brilliantly put it: I know that I know nothing, ha ha…
Weygang: And he added: But you don’t even know that, ha ha…
What Happened After Nora Left Her Husband, Elfriede Jelinek, tr. Tinch Minter

What makes you sad?

What makes me sad is how the grand capitalistic systems that run the world have developed to be completely disrespectful and abusive of what helps us live happily, in community, healthily, with low stress; our precious environment. Humanity has trapped itself in a monetary machine which oppresses all species on the planet. I don’t quite understand how our empathy and collective respect of ecosystems which support life have fallen to the wayside as we glorify the fake god of money.

Half the world starves while the other half wastes enough food to feed the first half.
-Charles Eisenstein

Where did you train?

I completed a masters degree in London, England with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck University. What this taught me was to push the boundaries of theatre and challenge ideas and concepts. This opened my eyes up to the ultimate possibilities and power of theatre arts.

Person you would most like to have a cup o’ with?

If I can create my own tea party I would like to invite Vandana Shiva, Jane Goodall and Robert Lepage so that we could discuss the state of the world and create a touring show to awaken and discuss the much needed work that lies ahead in conservation and farming. That being said if I could provide a list of people that I adore, I would drown in tea.

What is your pet peeve?

How easily the arts are swept under the rug; the veneer of politicians; how GDP is considered a good thing.

What makes you laugh?

Absurdity. As I grow older I am learning how to laugh along with this thing called life.

 

 

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This piece was written and submitted by Cristina Cugliandro.

 

Quick Selfie: Oliver Koomsatira

In this Quick Selfie, Oliver Koomsatira tells us about some of his faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives.  Click here for more information.


Oliver plays Monster and Scribe in Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks directed by Sophie Gee. See it November 2 & 5 at 8pm.

What was your favourite activity as a child?

Fighting (martial arts), usually while reenacting stage combat scenes from movies such as Ninja Turtles, Mortal Kombat, Drunken Master 2.

What is your favourite subject to study?

Quantum Physics/Mechanics as it pertains to the human existence and the multiverse.

What’s your dream project?

The Midnight Birth, which I’ve already toured, as well as Open Frakture which I’m currently working on, are both multidisciplinary, multimedia, rap, contemporary dance, theatre, shows. I know, it’s a lot… As far as combining what I’m most passionate about, they are basically my dream projects but with limited financial resources. #GottaDreamBig VS #GottaFindMoney :/

What’s your favourite show you worked on?

Except Fucking A directed by Sophie Gee? 😉 Banana Boys directed by Nina Lee Aquino at
Factory Theatre.

Where did you train?

Dawson College, Dome Theatre (Professional Theatre Program).

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This piece was written and submitted by Oliver Koomsatira.

 

Quick Selfie: Anne-Marie Saheb

In this Quick Selfie, Anne-Marie Saheb tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives.  Click here for more information.


Anne-Marie Saheb is playing Canary Mary and one of the Hunters in Fucking A by Suzan-Lori Parks.

What was your favourite activity as a child? 

‘’Living’’ our ‘’Life’’. My sister and I invented realities in which we each had a circumstance and a role, and then we’d live in that world for hours. Our cue to begin was ‘’1, 2, 3, la vie commen….CE!’’. If anything needed clarification, we would call a time-out and talk things over. For example, when we were in a reality where we spoke English (but hadn’t yet learned), we’d speak gibberish, call a time-out, explain what we would say, and pick up the life again. ‘’Méli-Mélo’’! That’s what we called the game.

What inspires you?

People who are genuinely and consistently good humoured. What a treat that is! And it always reminds me that no matter the circumstance, you can choose how you deal with it and how your interactions will be affected. At least, that’s the inspiration. Now for putting it into practice…

Person you would most like to have a cup o’ with?

My father. He passed away when I was very young, and I’d love to hear his thoughts on many, many subjects, and on some of the choices I’ve made. Perhaps I wouldn’t actually ‘’enjoy’’ hearing some of what he has to say, who knows, but I’d certainly love the opportunity. And it’s only the time of a cup, so… should be fine!

What’s your dream project?

Building a home for the elderly, for youth and for people experiencing homelessness which would be attached to a restaurant using produce grown on the premises and which would employ the elderly, the youth and the people experiencing homelessness who are staying in that home.

Where did you train?

Dawson College Professional Theatre Program, for the most part.

 

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This piece was written and submitted by Anne-Marie Saheb.

 

Quick Selfie: Stefanie Buxton

In this Quick Selfie, Stefanie Buxton tells us about some of her faves! Be sure to check out Imago Theatre’s Her Side of the Story: Revision to Resist, the festival that takes four iconic stories and revises or retells them to center women’s perspectives.  Click here for more information.


Stefanie Buxton is a maid in The Penelopiad.

What was your favourite activity as a child? 

Building snow forts to resemble the interior design of Yoda’s kitchen from The Empire Strikes Back.

What inspires you?

Innovation: like a magnificent blue electric current; like the seed of a new venture.

If you were not in this career, what do you think you would do for a living?

Chef, culinary creator of deliciousness for everyone’s tummies.

What is your dream vacation spot?

Scotland, and even though I’ve been there five times there is always more land to discover and every time I’ve been there, I feel like I am home

What was the last book you read?

The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace. One of the most remarkable reads I have had in a long time — hilarious and eerily on point with the state of things in our world — in terms of the environment, the North American political climate, religious fanaticism, gender relations, the Internet, the output of information in media (true and false) and trust between lovers.

 

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This piece was written and submitted by Stefanie Buxton.