Profile 1 - Christine Harvey
.By Melanie Dugan with photography
by Randy deKleine-Stimpson
have a hard time limiting myself,” says Christine Harvey,
and it’s easy to believe. Her energetic, enthusiastic manner
is coupled with an underlying calm, acquired, no doubt, during her
time in theatre; here is someone who has learned to cope with sudden
changes at the last minute. Her motto, she says, grinning, is, “There
are no mistakes in theatre if you don’t tell the audience.”
She has the focus required to conceptualize projects, as well as
the pragmatism, born of experience, needed to bring those plans
to reality. Someone who is clearly happy to dive into the nitty-gritty,
Christine knows how to build from the ground up; she is capable
of stepping in with a solution as circumstances require, but she
is also prepared to stand back and help others problem solve in
the pursuit of their own vision.
A quick glance at her resumé confirms that her interests
are eclectic. Since 2012, she has served as coordinator of the Kiwanis
Music Festival. She is the founder of the Not So Amateur Amateurs
young people’s theatre company, for which she writes and co-directs.
She has written more than 70 theatre pieces, including 13 full-length
musicals. She has authored monologues, TV series scripts and short
film scripts. She has acted in commercials and videos and has directed
over 300 children’s plays. She was writer and director of
a play written to raise awareness to combat the spread of malaria
that was performed for Prime Minister Trudeau. . . .
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