Shaking Up Shakespeare Interviewee
Jani Lauzon is a multidisciplinary artist of Métis/French/Finnish ancestry. She is a 10 time Dora Mavor Moore nominated actor/director/writer, a Juno nominated singer/songwriter, an award winning screen actress, a Gemini Award winning puppeteer and a Toronto Theatre Critics award winning director. She received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence celebrating both her body of work and her commitment to advocacy for inclusion and the John Hirsch award for Directing. As a puppeteer she worked such shows as The Mr. Dress-Up Show, Wumpas World, Little Star and she played Pa Foley on The Big Comfy Couch. Memorable theatre appearances include; Cordelia/Fool in the NAC Aboriginal production of King Lear, Shylock in Merchant of Venice (SITR) and the Neighbour/Servant in Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna Theatre). Television guest appearances include Saving Hope, Destiny Ridge and Conspiracy of Silence. She won Best Actress at Dreamspeakers and the American Indian Film Festival for her portrayal of Doris in A Windigo Tale. Directing credits include: Almighty Voice and his Wife and Where the Blood Mixes (Soulpepper), Rope (Shaw Festival). Alien Creature at TPM, The Monument(Factory Theatre), I Call myself Princess (The Globe Theatre)An Irresistible Urge to do something Inadvisable (NTS Graduating class) and 1939 (Stratford Festival). She has been an artist educator for over 30 years with a passion for teaching Shakespeare.