We are thrilled to introduce the newest member of The Theatre Centre family, Alexis Eastman! Alexis has been here just over a month and in that short time, she has proved herself to be an invaluable addition to our team. She is an organizational wizard, a party planning superstar, and has an uncanny ability to bend-time (which is sort of a prerequisite around here). Now, without further ado, meet Alexis:
I am a Toronto-based administrator, artist and pet owner. I grew up in country homes and subdivisions around the GTA. My earliest theatrical memory is being 6 years old in a drag production of Cinderella that rehearsed at the local Mennonite Church hall and I’ve been exploring the unusual intersections created by performance, ever since. I got my Bachelors degree studying devised theatre and playwriting at York University in 2011 and later completed a diploma in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College in 2016.
My short career has been varied. I paid for school selling high-end retail on commission and being a (fake) British Wizard at the Harry Potter Exhibit. Afterwards, I was a nanny and then managed an adult onesie store.
My passion as an administrator is increasing access to creative opportunities for young people and non-artists, and facilitating experimentation. In my spare time, I am the Communications Manager for Paprika Festival—an amazing youth-led professional training and mentorship program that culminates in a performing arts festival of new work by young artists. Once a week I hang out with a bunch of kids and a composer at the After School Opera Program where we devise, compose and perform an original opera in 10 weeks.
As an artist, I am fascinated by true crime, unusual religious sects and the idea of Messiahs. My first project was CHRISTCHRISTCHRIST (2012) at the Toronto Fringe Festival—a site-specific piece based on a true story about three men who all believed they were Jesus living at one mental institution. My current work is looking at the idea of Christian resurrection in the 21st century.
I love all music, horror movies, and I make a great chicken noodle soup—almost as good as my grandma’s.
Photos by: Neil Silcox