We are thrilled to present the womyn of our first production, SILENCED.
Join us at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, December 8th-11th and hear our womyn share stories of love, bravery, violence, assault, disability, and ultimately finding a voice.
RUBY AJILORE is a Nigerian-Canadian, cis-gendered, immigrant womyn whose passion lies in understanding human experience. Between the Soundcloud page she runs —soundcloud.com/orivoices — and her work at VIBE105FM, her style in trying to empathize with all the variations of human behaviour is unparalleled. Being a part of HERstory has given her the opportunity to come to terms with the potential of her strengths, but also that of her weaknesses. Through her fondness of the stage, Ruby hopes to strike a connection between the love she has experienced from her cast members, with the minds and hearts of the audience.
YOLANDA BONNELL is an emerging performer and playwright of Ojibwe and South Asian descent, from Thunder Bay, ON and is a graduate of Humber College’s theatre performance program. Her one woman show bug, directed by Cole Alvis, premiered at Native Earth’s Weesageechak Festival in 2015 and at the 37th Rhubarb Festival in 2016 and then moved on to appear in Summerworks 2016 as part of a workshop residency. Yolanda was also a part of The Foundry, a creator’s unit at Factory Theatre, where her first full length play, Scanner, was workshopped. Credits include: The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre), Two Indians (Summerworks 2016)
LAURA MEADOWS, a Toronto based actress from the UK, graduated from York Universities Acting Conservatory Program. Laura is very excited to be working with such amazing group of open and honest womyn with HERstoryCounts Theatre Company, and is looking forward to sharing HERstory with you all soon. She is eager to dive into something new, even if she is a little nervous, because she knows anything that is worth trying always starts with fear. Other acting credits included Olivia, in Twelfth Night, Tina, in This is My Last Transmission at The Alumnae Theatre, the Nurse, in Romeo and Juliet at The Guild Festival Theatre, Theatre@York: Hamlet and Ophelia in Hamletmachine, and Trackel in The Ecstatic Bible.
SHANNON MURPHY is an Irish gal, raised in Calgary where she studied Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. A recent grad of George Brown Theatre School, she is making her plunge into the Toronto scene as a Young Innovator with Nightwood Theatre and as part of the newly formed company, Kindling Collective. She will be playing Elizabeth Proctor in the company’s debut production of The Crucible this October. Past Credits: Eileen (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Beatrice (The Changeling) GBTS, Philomele (Love of the Nightingale), Delilah Rose (Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout) UofC. She is thrilled to share the stage with HERstory’s exceptional women.
RISHA NANDA is delighted to join the HERstory Counts family. Risha is a graduate from the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. Recent credits include; Skin (Magnus Theatre), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Lower Ossington Theatre), Hair (Randolph Theatre), Giovanni D’Arco (Carnegie Hall). Thank you to Newton Landry and her friends and family for all their support. @rishneee
DENISE NORMAN identifies as a middle aged self employed woman in the arts, who had been a single parent, and IS the proud Mother of a queer identifying daughter. A decade after being diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS she continues to move ahead through her work, juggling jobs as a teacher in three post secondary theatre schools. As a local actor/ singer/ director, she is a member of two female acapella trios (Renaissance; Newfoundland Folk); has performed in or directed 26 Toronto Fringe productions; and a list of New Canadian Plays including Dean Burry’s Sweetheart:The Mary Pickford Story; and Carrying on by Trish O’Reilly and Co.
EILLEEN POSADAS is a filipina, canadian, actor, singer, comedian, cat owning, girlfriend, friend, sister, daughter, crossfitting, food loving, youtube obsessed, loud, karaoke star, baller (in her dreams), food loving, family loving, former scarberian, impersonator, rapper ( self proclaimed ), clown, clumsy, follower of God, waiter, bartender, hungry, food loving, tita, ninang, burst of sunshine, shopaholic, worry wart, confused, brave, scatterbrained, dream chasing, DJ ( again, self proclaimed), randolph grad, pooping, boob grabbing, tooting, snoring, brow enthusiast, emotional, believer, fighter, eating, human being, person, worthy, intelligent, WOMYN, from Toronto who loves pizza (and is happy she was able to keep this at 100 words.)