Love Between the Lines

Meet the cast of “Love Between the Lines”:

Lisa Alves is a queer multi-disciplinary theatre artist and an educator. Graduating from Humber’s Theatre Performance program she has since worked with Soulo Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, StageCoach Theatre Arts School and The Milkweed Collective in various capacities. She is currently working on her script Pulse as well as attending Humber’s Entrepreneurial Program to better understand how to make theatre and arts education more accessible. Find her at your local rock climbing gym, she’ll either be lying on the mats or hanging in the sky. She would like to thank the HERStory Collective and Bette Davis. Feel free to talk to her after the show and follow her on social media on Facebook, Twitter @laalvezz and Instagram @laalvezz3

Mercy Cherian is thrilled to be a part of the awesomeness that is HERstory.  So big thanks to all involved.  Other recent fun/awesome experiences include: collaborating (as an actor) with Douglas Coupland in his amazing Nuit Blanche piece: “Museum at the End of the World”, collaborating as a writer for the fantastic Dance Show “De$tructive De$ires”, as Katie O’Malley in the invigorating immersive revue “Hogtown” and as a director for the silly comedy (1/2) written by my doppelgänger (Mindy Kaling in case you were wondering) “Matt and Ben”.  Credits in film include “The River You Step In”, “Getaway Car” and “The New Detective Series”.  Directing “Ninety” and “Spike Heels” also brought me immense joy and I absolutely loved collaborating as a writer/actor in “Citizen Vain” and “Thugs, Drugs and Dougs: A Ford Focused Experience”  Much love to everyone who has brought me to this place – special mention to Dad: may you find the peace you deeply desired. XO

 Joella Crichton is a graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory. She is passionate about her Caribbean heritage and is the reigning Queen of Carnival here in Toronto, a title that she has won nine times. Joella graduated from the 2014-2015 inaugural acting program at Factory Theatre called The Mechanicals. This summer she performed at the Toronto Fringe, in a devised piece called Nasty with Maelstrom Collective, as Lysandra in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream with Shakespeare in the Ruff. In October she has the wonderful opportunity to play Regan in King Lear, with The Ad Hoc Collective directed by Ash Knight. Joella is honoured to be a part of HERstory Counts and is looking forward to discovering more about herself and the wonderful women in the show.


Cathy Huang is an Asian-Canadian multidisciplinary theatre and film artist, and a classically trained singer and pianist.Cathy is one of Nightwood Theatre’s 2017/18 Young Innovators, and is the recipient of Theatre Ontario’s first Summer Intensive Youth Scholarship, having recently returned from Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s playwriting course in Stratford.. Past credits include BEEP (Paper Airplane Films), The Headless Hipster (Adrian – Sixteen Films Limited), Go Home (playwright / director / actor / deviser), lady in the red dress (Sylvia), IRIS (Madison), The Three Ladies of London (Lucre / Love), and BUST (Alex). Cathy is also playing Agnes in Filament Incubator / Epigraph Collective’s Imp from November 15-26.


Courtney Lamanna is a Toronto-based writer and performer. She graduated from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in 2011, and has since appeared in such roles as Wendla in Spring Awakening and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Courtney recently established a home base with Toronto’s dynamic indie theatre company Echo Productions, where her credits include Van’s Sister in Dog Sees God, Jaime in Context (new work) and Susan Atkins in Son of Man (new work). Courtney feels extremely privileged to be working with the phenomenal group of artists involved in this project. The process has been challenging, enlightening and empowering, and she is so proud of the brave stories being told onstage. Thank you to HERstory Counts for creating a platform for female creators to make their voices heard. The world needs more projects like this.


Chelsea Riesz is a  Toronto based actor and graduate from the Theatre and Drama Studies joint program between the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College.  Recent Credits include being part of Tale of a Town: Prince Edward County with FIXT Point and Festival Players, Bella in B-Roll (InspiraTO Festival), Natalie in Letting Go (West End Studio Theatre), and Leilah in Uncommon Women and Others (Theatre ErIndale). She is beyond thrilled to create and perform with HERstoryCounts and grateful to be surrounded by powerful and inspiring women.