New in Town, New Here

Hi! I’m Danna-Rae and I’m your new Artistic and Administrative Assistant here at Imago Theatre!

 I’m a Theatre Artist, mostly designing lighting and creating audio soundscapes. Sometimes I compose original music for a show and I stage manage more often than I ever thought I would be. It seems like I’m all over the place, but how I can help tell a story the best depends on the story. A voice should have a lot of facets.

To be honest, introducing myself like this is completely out of my comfort zone. Don’t get me wrong, I love to write and I love to have conversations about theatre, music, food, and life in general. But when it comes to writing a few paragraphs about myself, I draw a complete blank. I mean, what do you want to know? What are a few facts about me that are important enough to include here?  What’s interesting enough to even say?

After thinking about it for a while, this is what I’ve come up with:

○ I don’t like turtles. When we were kids, my little sister chased me around with one and the memory lives in my top ten most terrifying experiences.

○ I haven't been in Montreal for long and I got here with a one-way plane ticket and packing a single bag.

○ I’m a Sagittarius, with my moon in Scorpio. I’m also a Scorpio rising. I don’t really know what any of that means.

○ Once I took a Greyhound bus from Northern Alberta to Dallas, Texas. It was the middle of the summer and the air conditioning was broken for most of the way. It took four days and four nights. I learned about a river that runs the wrong way in Wyoming and how to survive off of gas station snacks.

○ Someone told me not that long ago that I can EQ a fiddle like I’m on The Island. This is maybe one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten in my life.

○ I never want to stop learning and that leads me to knowingly wander. Wandering is a great attribute for a freelance artist to have, I think. It allows me to be comfortable with jumping from project to project, and role to role. It’s a little less attractive in a new city and wandering my way into finding a laundromat. 

When I was introduced to Imago Theatre, it was at a table in the lobby of Centaur Theatre where I saw a sign explaining their Pay-What-You-Decide policy. My roommates had tickets to see a matinee of Other People’s Children and I didn’t research too much about it before we went. But I saw that sign, we saw the show, listened to the talkback, and continued to have the conversation that they started for days afterward.

I'm an idealist and I’ll never get bored with having long discussions about what theatre could be and should be. That day at the matinee, I saw Imago doing exactly what I’ve been talking about - providing accessible theatre, having a strong voice, and provoking powerful conversations. I’m excited to be here, to get to know the Montreal Theatre community through my time here, and excited to learn.

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