Quick Selfie: Anna Burkholder

Anna is an actor and theatre creator who trained at East 15 Acting School in England. She enjoyed an extended time in England after graduation, working in British theatres, including the National Theatre in London. She’s thrilled to now be based in Montreal and exploring this creative and vibrant city for the first time!

Trojan Barbie is an absurd, tragic, hilarious play where Euripides’ “Trojan Women” are living in a POW camp when a not-so-Trojan woman turns up…. Anna plays the role of Hecuba.

Favourite childhood toy?

Bop It. Sadly, I never owned one, but got acquainted with a friend’s Bop It. The whole thing was just too thrilling for words!! It got me hyped up for days.

What inspires you?

I am always inspired when seeing other theatre artists at work! It’s so exciting to see ideas evolve and grow. It’s special to see artists take risks and push themselves, discovering new approaches along on the way.

What makes you laugh?

Silly sounds, especially when you least expect them. I just stirred a huge pot of lentils and a super squashy squelch erupted from deep within the pot. Couldn’t stop laughing.

Guilty pleasure?

Pierogi stir fry. It’s pierogis with lots of great stuff on them, like hot sauce, avocado, sour cream, cheese, fried onions. I indulge in this a lot. Maybe it’s not-so-guilty?

One thing for a do-over?

At my first theatre job, I was hired as a chorus member. I had one line and I was so excited. Did I say line? Word. I had one word. During the entire run, I never said my word. NOT ONCE! It just wouldn’t come out. I was too nervous, sweaty and anxious. I thought I would ruin the performance with a botched delivery. THANK APOLLO, Trojan Barbie will give me the chance to resurrect my choral speaking abilities.

Sigh. I probably just jinxed myself.

See you at the show!

Chocolate Moose Theatre Co. and Oimoi Productions present Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans.

It made me feel sick but excited, too.
I didn’t like it but I did. I didn’t but I did.

Mama hated it. She said it was “decadent and defeatist”.

A remix of Euripides’ Trojan Women, for all the girls who’d rather invent something than be icons.

A love poem from the past to your future.

Trojan Barbie plays from March 7-11 at Psychic City. For more information and for tickets please click here.