Who am I?
Growing up in a bi-cultural home, I identify as both an Anglophone and an Acadian and I can honestly claim to be bilingual as I talk in my sleep in both official languages. Since childhood, nature, music, theatre, community, and the love of adventure have spurred on my personal growth.
Where am I based? Most of my adult life has been spent on the wild and wonderfully wild West Coast and part of me still lives on a little Gulf Island in British Columbia, a place I re-visit every year. Now I live in a cozy little farmhouse on a ridge overlooking the Memramcook Valley near Moncton. I returned to New Brunswick to work in the beautiful 400 seat historical theatre called Le Theatre du Monument Lefebvre, where I was artist-in-residence. In the past six years I have written and directed seven comedies for the stage there that drew record crowds.
What do I do? Like most people involved in the arts, I have earn a living wearing a number of different hats. Since 1996, I have work as an actor, vocalist, writer, theatre director and drama teacher. In 2010, I did a crash course in film by writing and directing my first short film P’tit Coeur. It was nominated for 3 awards at the Silver Wave Film Festival in 2010 and won for excellence in music composition. The experience made me appreciate the challenges and freedom of film. Now, I am excited to have a web series in development with Mozus productions. It is an eccentric and off beat comedy in which I play the lead role.
What can I do for others/what services can I provide? As an actor, I am comfortable playing comedy or drama in French or in English. I do not have a French accent, though it can be conjured up when needed. As a theatre person, I strive to play truth rather than the overly dramatic style sometimes seen on stage. If a part requires singing, I am comfortable in a variety of styles. I have sung the role of a country crooning hamburger slinger, a Greek goddess in a ballet opera and a jazz vocalist with a big band. Now I am looking for opportunities to collaborate and to work on the set with other filmmakers whether it is as an actor, or in other capacities to help inform my script writing and eventually my directing for the camera. My eclectic background has already been put to good use on a few sets where I have found locations, talent, helped with set and costumes script editing and coaching actors.
What drew me into the industry? After seeing my works on the stage, one of my plays was optioned by Simplicity Productions in Vancouver. That was the first spark of interest for me. Then in the last couple of years, I was cast in two features, The Phantoms, that is to be released this fall and Délivrance that aired on CBC last summer as well as a radio drama for Radio-Canada, a few short films, a number of educational videos, commercials and was asked to write for the screen, all in New Brunswick within a short time. This made me wonder: What would happen if I made a real effort to seek out film work?
If I had a magic wand… I would create a whole bunch of magic wands and hand them out to people doing inspiring work that enhances the human experience or that protects our ecological environment. And of course, I would keep one for myself!
Contact Patricia at email@example.com.