#HERstoryCounts is a theatre project: brave, rebellious, and unstoppable. A project Jennifer Neales created in response to what was happening in the theatre and film communities with the lack of diversity from the creation level when it came to storytelling. #HERstoryCounts is a series of monologues, autobiographical in nature. They are evocative stories of endurance, strength, loss, survival, and love that push the boundaries of what is often expected of womyn on stage. . . Real stories told from each of our different perspectives. #HERstoryCounts is creating a new possibility for our theatre community. The possibility of having more female leaders, more womyn taking on big projects, more visibility for womyn who have felt silenced, and an overall awareness of the importance of womyn in the world free from constraint and living a life of self-expression and authenticity.
The show will consist of 7 short one-womyn shows and will be 90 minutes in total with no intermission.
Jennifer Neales has been acting for over 20 years. Some of her selected credits are: Tina in the Off-Broadway Musical Ruthless; Jennie Malone in Chapter Two touring in Japan; Roberta in Love and Human Extinction (Fringe Festivals Best Actor 2009); Evelyn in The Shape of Things (2012 Fringe Festivals Best of Fringe Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts), Acting and touring with Trey Anthony Productions as Suzy in da Kink in My Hair in New York City, North Carolina, Texas, North West Territories, Ottawa, Mississauga and Toronto. Jennifer is Artist Producer and Founder of #HERstoryCounts.
Evangelia Kambites is a performing artist based in Toronto. Notable stage credits include the Sterling Award-winning production of Hairspray (Mayfield Theatre), BuddyThe Buddy Holly Story (Theatre North West), the Jessie Award-winning production of Avenue Q (Arts Club), The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (NAC/Centaur Theatre/BTW). She recently appeared on FOXs Minority Report, and NBCs Heroes Reborn. Evangelia is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Music and Drama from Queens University.
Susan A. Lock has just finished performing with New Harlem Productions (Dark Love). She has also worked with Harley Dog Productions (On the Other Side of the World), Call Me Scotty Productions (Eating Pomegranates Naked), Eventual Ashes (Hiding Words (for you)), fu-GEN (Paper Series), Convergence Theatre (Auto Show). She started her professional career in Prague, Czech Republic with Studio Ypsilon and was a member for four and a half years. She graduated from the Theatre Academy of Prague (DAMU) where she received a Czech Masters in Acting, specializing in alternative and puppet theatre.
Sundance Nagrial is over the moon and back to be part of this beautiful adventure, I am blessed and grateful to be working with these intelligent and brave women. Sundance has been working in theatre since the age of 10. She attended Humber Colleges Theatre- Performance-Program 2008-2011. Her recent selected credits include My Lakeshore, My Home at the Toronto Cultural Hotspot Festival 2015; Soul-o Artist in Tracey Erin Smiths Soulo Festival. Writing is her passion, her purpose and the key ingredient to what makes her happy on a daily basis. Sundance is thrilled to have an opportunity to share her lifes journey, because #HERstoryCounts.
Tennille Read is a Toronto based actor and Co-Artistic Producer of Theatre Inamorata. Select theatre credits include This Hotel (Talk is Free Theatre), Delicacy (Centaur Theatre & Summerworks), Hanger (Toronto Fringe Festival), Birth (Campbell House), No Exit (Tapestry New Opera Studio), Madeline Robin(Lemon Tree Studio), and The Drowning Girls (Alumnae Theatre). Film and television credits include Heroes Reborn (NBC), Shadowhunters (CBS Family), Adam's Testament and Entangled. Tennille is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, and Queen's University. Tennille is excited by the #HERstoryCounts initiative, and hopes that it will foster connection, community and relevance through the sharing of individuals' diverse stories.
Janet Romero-Leiva Janet Romero-Leiva is a queer, feminist, working class latinx writer, performer and visual artist inspired by wood, paper, nature, love, and her lived experience. spanish on her tongue (en dos lenguas), her one-womyn show, focuses on issues of displacement, denied aboriginality, queer identity and living in between Spanish and English.
Ordena Stephens-Thompson is an actress/performer who has worked extensively in television and is a veteran of the theatre. Her theatre credits include, Timon of Athens, Twelfth Night, Enemy of the People; Stratford Festival, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, da kink in my hair; Mervish Productions, Yellowman, Who Knew Granny; Obsidian Theatre/Factory The Real McCoy; GCTC/Factory, Another Africa; Canadian Stage. Selected television and film credits include, 10,000 Black men Name George, New in Town, Our America, da kink in my hair, Rookie Blue, Committed, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe.
Ordena is also a wife, mother of two and a creator of decorative concepts.
Kelly Wilk is a Freelance Writer for PinkPlayMags and avid blogger at www.bravecreativeme.com. In February of 2016 Kelly showcased her adult picture book on loss Oh The Places Ive Been, from her project The High Flying Adventures of Captain Grief, www.captaingrief.com. She played Martha Shelley in the Showstoppers 2015 Singingout! Tribute to Broadway. Kelly also published a short story Going to Market, in Canadian Food Journal Beer and Buttertarts, Vol 1, Stained Pages Press, 2013
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Franny McCabe-Bennett is a multidisciplinary artist who spends her time on stage as an actor, comedian and singer and spends her time off stage as a director, producer, and administrator.
Franny is also a co-creator/performer with the award-winning feminist comedy theatre group Two Juliets. She is very excited to be part of this important project. More info at www.frannymcb.com
The Red Sandcastle Theatre (View)
922 Queen St East
Toronto, ON M4M2J5
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|