Tickle Trunk Players in Vancouver
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Lori is an arts educator, performer, children’s author, playwright and producer who has created and implemented many programs for the Vancouver School and Parks Boards including a circus program, a film and video program, and a Harry Potter literacy program. An accomplished children’s performer, Lori founded the Tickle Trunk Players having previously traveled internationally playing such classic characters as Anne of Green Gables and the Velveteen Rabbit. A published writer, her current focus is on children’s literature with manuscripts featuring lively poetry and characters. Lori continues to be a mentor artist with the Creative Writing for Children Society and has been on the Learning Through the Arts roster as a mentor artist. She has toured with ArtStarts in BC and is on their roster as a classroom artist where she delights in doing many residencies. She is also the current president of Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC). See more at lorisherritt.com.
Chantal loves being a part of Tickle Trunk Players because they always have the best audiences. She also loves the fact that theatre for children can be educational and fun. Chantal was bitten by the acting bug at three years old and has been pursuing it ever since. She studied at a high school for the performing arts and has a BFA in theatre. She has performed in countless productions on stage over the years and while she has also pursued a film and TV career over the last few years, theatre continues to be her first love. She looks forward to many more exciting productions with The Tickle Trunk Players.
Born in Malta, a small history-rich island located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Maryse has since lived in Canada and Europe. She has developed her multifaceted talents in a wide variety of musical settings, and hosted radio and TV programs in her native land. At age 16 she began teaching drama at a private school in Toronto, and has directed and acted in numerous Canadian stage productions. Holding degrees in Music and Drama from the Universities of Guelph and Toronto, Maryse deepened her expertise with acclaimed artists and teachers in Europe and Canada, such as Bill Vincent, Marjorie Purvey, Anton Kuerti, Anya Lawrence and Michelle George. Her repertoire today encompasses classical, pop and jazz which she performs in lounges, restaurants, clubs as well as solo dates in many community and educational institutions. Having composed and performed music for many stage productions (along with some independent film work), Maryse established her own music company and handles all related sales and copyrights. Maryse has been a performer with the Tickle Trunk Players for many years and uses story-telling, music and drama to promote literacy.