green·room [green-room, -room] – the green room is that space in a theatre or studio which accommodates performers not yet required on stage. The green room functions as a waiting room, or as a touch-up lounge so that a performer may be immediately available for a call to the stage.
I haven’t always been the creative type. Becoming an actor was a big shock to my parents, friends and was even a pretty big shock to myself. But the ‘actor lifestyle’ has always seemed attractive to me. No, it’s not the bohemian, starving artist, “How we gonna pay this year’s rent” way of living that roped me in but it was the sense of community and family and belonging that really convinced me to take my life in this particular direction. I’ve always aimed to create a community that is intimate, supportive and artistic amongst my peers but those things are hard to find when you grow up in a suburb lacking in creative outlets. It’s really not until now, at this point in my life that I’ve found a fantastic group of artists of all mediums who are willing to challenge each other in a healthy, loving way. I’ve certainly been blessed in many ways in this past year. I’ve been surrounded by a very creative group of people, I’ve had a fairly steady flow of work and I’ve moved to the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant, vivacious cities in which I’m constantly surprised and inspired.
Yet as an emerging artist, of course there are definite struggles and slow periods. There have been times when I’ve had to balance three or four ‘joe jobs’, while tired and financially unstable, itching to be on a stage. In these past few months I’ve grown impatient, I’m not going to lie. I’ve been waiting for my phone to buzz with an offer on the other end that I just can’t refuse. But that’s not the way the world works, is it?
So why wait? If I can’t be on stage just yet, well then I can wait in the Green Room. You see, Toronto has been my Green Room this past year. When I’m not on stage I can still remain active inside the community and be stimulated by a variety of art forms. I can meet actors, painters, photographers, film makers, dancers and I can utilize their talents to teach me a few things. That is why I, along with Hallie and other members of our team, have collaborated to make this space for all artists. We want to intersect with those who are eager to create but just can’t find their way to the spotlight yet. Let this space inspire you, challenge you, teach you and greet you. We are embracing Toronto with open minds and warm spirits and we’re letting the city educate us. Toronto is our Green Room. Everything we learn in and about this city, we’re going to share it here with you first. So don’t be a stranger. Think of us as your company members, just hanging out, waiting with you to be called onto stage.
So welcome. I hope you like it here.