Shalyn is a graduate of the Trinity Western University acting program with a BA in Theatre, and she has also trained with Vancouver's Arts Club Actors Intensive. Having spent her earlier years in Southern California and NYC before moving to Canada to live in Vancouver and now Toronto, she has carved a giant Zorro-style "Z" across North America. Shalyn's experience as a performer has ranged from Musical Theatre to Shakespeare and her interest lie in classical texts and new adaptations thereof.When not performing, she can be found with making friends with the nearest cat, sewing, knitting, or obsessively baking and force feeding others with it.
10 things about me...
I love to bake all the time. I will usually do an allergy check with you shortly after meeting to figure out what I can safely make for you as I will be showing up with baked goods in hand soon.
I magically overcame a lifelong severe allergy to cats so that I now happy live with one. I will chalk that up to sheer determination.
I was born in Southern California, relocated to NYC, moved to the Vancouver area for about a decade, and now live in Toronto. One big zig-zag across the continent.
I graduated high school at fourteen years old and then stayed out of school for six years before returning to university.
I will judge someone for misusing common Yiddish words.
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
I am perpetually overdressed for life.
I have sewn or knitted approximately 70% of my wardrobe.
I am obsessed with Halloween. I start planning for the next one on Nov. 1st.
Being born on the 13th, I am staunchly anti-superstitious. M....
Prior to sleepily pouring coffee into my mouth each morning, I regularly walk into walls, and have more than once broken a coffee pot.
So honored to start off this new year with a nomination for Outstanding Actress in Small Theatre by myentertainmentworld.ca for my performance as Suzie in Ominum Gatherum with Theatre By Committee back in September. That show meant a great deal to me personally and was a pleasure to be a part of that ensemble. Suzie was a whirlwind of a lady to play and it is a pleasure to look back in memories of that show.
Coming in September, I will be hosting a surreal dinner party as Suzie in Omnium Gatherum.
September 13-23 2017 | St. Luke’s Church 353 Sherbourne Street Toronto
Believing that lively, contentious debate is the heart and soul of a dinner party, a domestic artist and perfect hostess has invited an assortment of opinionated personalities to share a surreal meal. The guests at this exquisite feast of food and argument confront the global implications of September 11th and beyond in an urgent, impassioned and hilarious work that was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Written by Theresa Rebeck & Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
I am happy to say I will be returning to the Norman Jewison Stage at Hart House Theatre this November to play Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. I am excited to take on this role that has long stood as one of my favorite ladies in the Shakespeare cannon. Running November 4th through 19th, come see this battle of the sexes.
Coming up at Hart House Theatre, I have the pleasure of playing the Teutonic temptress Gretchen in the 1960’s comedy Boeing Boeing, originally written in French by Marc Camoletti and translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans. This farce set in 1960’s Paris finds a swinging bachelor who has been juggling three fiancees, all international stewardesses, when his best friend from back in the Midwest comes for a visit.
Having won the Tony for Best Revival of a Play for its triumphal return to Broadway in 2008, this Mile High comedy is sure lift you out of the Winter Blues.
Running February 26th through March 5th at Hart House Theatre.