Shaking Up Shakespeare Interviewee
Laurel is a Gemini nominated actor, and an accomplished educator, consultant, and coach. As an actor, she has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s finest directors, both at major regional companies and at smaller grassroots theatres. She has originated roles in over two dozen new Canadian plays, many of those during the ten years she spent at the Blyth Festival, during her tenure at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, and while a member of the resident ensemble at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary. Laurel has also appeared onstage across Canada at The Arts Club, The Belfry, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Theatre for Young Audiences, Factory Theatre, YPT, Thousand Island Playhouse, and the Piggery, among others. In addition to her acting career, Laurel has taught Voice, Speech and dialects at Humber College, Toronto Metropolitan University, Dalhousie U, and the University of Toronto. She has coached dialects for Soulpepper and Tarragon theatres and was a dialogue coach on the series, Heroes Reborn. She currently teaches Voice at York University, the Toronto Film School, and coaches privately.