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.
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Keeping Busy During a Pandemic

Since the lockdown began, putting a hold on gathering actors and crew together in one space, the pursuit of telling stories hasn’t ended. To date, here are the recordings of script readings I’ve been in:

Titus Andronicus (Tamora)

Timon of Athens (Flaminius/ Phrynia)

All’s Well That Ends Well (Helena)

Oedipus Tyrannos (Chorus 1)

Henry VIII ()

Arcadia (Lady Croom)

Pericles (Leonine/ Second Lord/ Second Sailor/ Diana)

Hamlet (Laertes)

Antony and Cleopatra (Menas)

Julius Caesar (Calpurnia)

Jesus Hopped the A Train (Mary Jane Hanrahan)

Taming of the Shrew (Bianca)

The Tempest (Alonso)

Coriolanus (Volumnia)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snout)

The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus)

Richard III (Hastings)

Henry VI Part 3 (Hastings)

Henry VI Part 2 (Duchess Eleanor)

Henry VI Part 1 (Alencon/Countess of Auvergne/Woodville)

Henry IV Part 2 (Northumberland)

Henry IV Part 1 (Northumberland)

Richard II (Northumberland)

Macbeth (Malcolm)

Romeo and Juliet (Chorus/Prince)

The Merchant of Venice (Gratiano)

Cymbaline (Imogen)

Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula/First Watchman/Friar Francis)

King Lear (France/Gentleman/Third Servant)

Two Gentlemen of Verona (Lucetta/Musician)

As You Like It (Jacques)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Henrietta Iscariot/St. Thomas)

The Bathtub Girls (Bessie)

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2018 Critic’s Pick Award Nomination

I am honored, for a second year in a row, to be nominated by the critics of MyEntertainmentWorld.ca, this time for Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical. In a lovely discussion I got to have with them for their Nominee Interview Series leading up to awards night, we got to look at some of my experience working as the first female to ever be cast in the role of Franz Liebkind in Mel Brook’: The Producers the Musical. You can read all of the article here!

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My Entertainment World Critics’ Pick Award Nominee Interview

It was a pleasure to sit down recently with Chelsea Dinsmore of myentertainmentworld.ca to discuss my nominated performance as Suzie in Omnium Gatherum, as well as a myriad of other topics. If you’d like to see our conversation, you can read the interview here.

 

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Nomination for 2017 Critics’ Pick Awards

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.

Shalyn as Suzie in Omnium Gatherum

 

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Omnium Gatherum

Coming in September, I will be hosting a surreal dinner party as Suzie in Omnium Gatherum.

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

Directed by Katy Murphy & Ben Hayward

Featuring Basel Daoud, Owen Fawcett, Brandon Gillespie, Shawn Lall, Shalyn McFaul, Lindsey Middleton & Aundraya Thompson

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