Forging a successful career in theatre requires a high level of commitment to craft, but that doesn’t mean the work can’t be a joy. In fact, as 2003 Theatre Arts – Performance graduate Peter N. Bailey points out, it’s important to play and to have fun during the creative process. We spoke to Peter via email to hear more about his recent projects and the lessons of his Humber theatre training.
I’m currently in a show called Other Side of the Game written by Amanda Parris and produced by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre. I’m excited about being able to help tell the stories of the lives of black men and women who have fought for the right to be heard; to illustrate the similarities of their struggles whether it be the 1970s or the mid 2000s; how through that journey the voices of black women were and are devalued and often silenced.
I’ve been fortunate to work with a number of wonderful theatre companies over the years: Come Good Rain (2008) and A Raisin in the Sun (2010) for Black Theatre Workshop, Romeo and Juliet for Canadian Stage Company, The Wilberforce Hotel (2015) for The Blyth Festival, and The Enchanted Loom (2016) for Cahoots Theatre Company.
Humber prepared me in numerous ways. I often reflect on my voice, movement, and acting classes, and how much of what was taught I still take with me to this day. If I learned anything in my time at Humber, it was to respect the work. Be on time. Be prepared. Don’t forget to play. Make strong choices. Be honest with yourself. Be kind to yourself. Respect your peers. The work is collaborative, so asking for help is totally cool. And please through all of that, have fun!
Photo credit: Denise Grant