Posts tagged theatre

INTERVIEW: Praneet Akilla On His First Major Role In Netflix’s OCTOBER FACTION

Praneet Akilla proves that it is never too late to pursue what you are truly passionate about as he joined the cast of Netflix’s OCTOBER FACTION. He is a rising young actor who loves science fiction, and you can watch him on screen and on the stage. Learn more about him in our interview below!

Hi Praneet, please tell us about yourself and your journey into acting. Where did it all start and what inspires you to be so passionate about being a part of the entertainment industry?

I’m an actor, singer, and filmmaker based in Vancouver/Toronto. I fell in love with storytelling and acting at an early age, watching movies, plays, and musicals. I would then re-enact them in my bedroom, in front of the bathroom mirror, pretending I was the action hero of my own movie. While others spent their free time playing outside or playing video games, I would study behind the scenes videos of how movies and tv shows were made. I loved the idea that with my words and actions, I could tell stories, and make people feel, cry, laugh. Growing up, I would act in many school musicals/plays, but in a South Asian household there is a stigma against the arts being a viable career option. I was good at math and science so I went and studied Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. When I graduated, I took a leap of faith. I quit my engineering job, went straight into auditioning for acting jobs for film/tv/stage and haven’t looked back.

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INTERVIEW: Tennille Read of Workin’ Moms Talks About Complex Female Characters

Tennille Read stars as Frankie’s close friend, Bianca, in season two of Workin’ Moms. She is also the co-founder of Theatre Inamorata, a company focused on developing female-centric stories for the stage. Tennille talks to Defective Geeks about her work and the importance of representation in the creative community.

Hi Tennille, thank you for answering our questions! Tell us about Workin’ Moms and your character, Bianca? How did you get involve with the show? 

Workin’ Moms is a comedic sitcom about women who are juggling their professional careers with their personal lives and being moms. I love the show because we get to see women in different situations, expressing themselves in ways that we don’t typically see on tv. I first got involved at the end of Season 2. My scenes were with Juno Rinaldo’s character Frankie, and I think the powers that be liked our chemistry because I was brought back in Season 3. I think Bianca is pretty courageous, choosing to become a solo-parent and all, and I think she’s pretty relatable.

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INTERVIEW: Annie Chen on Dancing, Acting and Playing Frenchy in Grease, The Musical on Stage

Talented and hardworking, Annie Chen was born and raised in Taiwan and found her passion for the performing arts at a very young age. Annie trained at the prestigious School of Toronto Dance Theatre and started her career with a bang— she danced with Lady Gaga on stage at the 2011 Much Music Video Awards and Korean pop star, PSY at the 2013 Much Music Video Awards. Despite her success in dance, Annie is also currently pursuing a growing acting career. Read our interview with her to find out more about her journey.

Hi Annie, thanks for speaking with us! You have had an interesting creative journey, can you tell us more about how you got into acting?

I had always wanted to be an actor as a kid but didn’t think it was something that I could do for a living because I didn’t see many representations of myself on screen. Two years into my career as a professional dancer I decided to go for it and paid for my first acting class. It was exhilarating, and from there on I have been pursuing it professionally and of course, always updating and training. It was not an easy transition especially coming from a strong dance background. I was put in a box and not taken seriously as an actor. On top of all that I was also a female ethnic actor and would often audition for roles that required an accent or spoke mandarin. However, the industry is slowly evolving. There are more female directors, writers, and the lack of diversity on screen is being acknowledged.

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INTERVIEW: Emily Piggford on That’s My DJ, Creativity and Theatre

Emily Piggford is known for her compelling role as Meagan in the award-winning web series, That’s My DJ, and won Best Performance by an Actress at the Canadian Screen Awards. You can also see her in other television shows like The Girlfriend Experience, Lost Girl and Hemlock Grove. We spoke to her about her experience working on one of the most unique web series online and also her work in theatre. Check out the interview below.

What initially drew you to your character, Meagan, in That’s My DJ

That she was a party girl with a heart of gold! Also I really like my quiet time and country music and staying in and while Meagan and I are both very playful people, we have completely different playgrounds. I was excited to play someone that was so joyfully immersed in this world of partying and EDM and DJs that I was so far removed from.

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Halloween! The Purge Live 2013

The Purge Live 2013

Just when we thought we’ve managed to scare ourselves silly with insane mazes at Knott’s Scary Farm or Halloween Horror Night, Gizzy B and I puffed up our chests and marched on over to Blumhouse’s The Purge: Fear the Night. Last year, Blumhouse had their first Halloween event which we sadly missed. This year, Gizzy B and I were determined to find out what this ‘immersive theatrical horror experience’ is all about. Armed with our friend, the Daywalker, we braved downtown Los Angeles to find something else to fear besides the parking prices around the Staples Center.

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Review: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

I had a chance to see a production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) on Saturday night here in Vancouver. It was the very last performance of their 11-day run at the Jericho Arts Centre. The three-man play was performed by local talents Robin Jung, Sean Parsons, and David Ortynsky, and it was directed by David C. Jones.

When my friend told me they were doing The Complete Works here in Vancouver, I leapt at the chance to go. I had seen the play twice before, first in London and a second time in Seoul. I’ve also read the script several times and watched the recording of the original cast members’ performance. Needless to say, I really love this play.

I attended the performance with two of my friends, one of whom had never seen it before. Getting to the venue was a bit of an adventure, involving something of a trek through a winding road through the woods. We got there out of breath and just in the nick of time. It wasn’t until we sat down that I realized just how different this production of The Complete Works would be in comparison to the other times I’ve seen it.

The Jericho Arts Centre is a very small and intimate venue, and the stage was set up in the very center of the room, with the audience seated on either side. There were only about forty people (a generous estimate), and since the The Complete Works requires a fair amount of audience participation, I was a bit worried at first. As it turns out, there was no need for concern. Everyone was very involved in the performance, laughing uproariously and playing along with the actors.

The actors themselves did a wonderful job tackling a truly difficult play. The Complete Works is famous for condensing all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays into one 90-minute performance, and requires each actor to juggle a dozen different roles. There’s a fair bit of athleticism required, as well, with countless costume changes and choreographed fight scenes and nonstop running. Their performance is all the more impressive considering two of the actors, Jung and Ortynsky, made their professional debuts with this play.

 

Jung and Parsons, with Ortynsky seated in the audience.

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