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 thankfully 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 hate the smell of roses. This might mean I'm not human.
I have sewn or knitted approximately 60% 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.
My absolute favorite Disney movie growing up was... Fantasia.
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.
Pleased as punch to work with Leroy Street Theatre on this production of The Winter’s Tale, imaginatively framed as a dark fairy tale, which I get to create the world of as the Narrator and step into as the Shepherd.
The Winter’s Tale September 15-19 & 22-26 8pm $20 at the door or online – The Theatre Machine 376 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON.
There is one simple act that can rob a couple from their relationship, their happiness, and their very identity: an a ffair. This act of transgression can shatter everything once thought real and destroy the perception with which one views not only the world around them, but their inner selves. In an adaptation by Lauren Horejda, Leroy Street Theatre proudly presents one of Shakespeare’s most controversial plays. An enigmatic story that cannot be defined as either tragic or comic, a play fraught with love, loss, jealousy and fate. Relaying the frailty of the human condition under the lights through its’ most accessible form, the art of storytelling. A fable for anyone who has ever trusted their heart to another.
Please contact our team at [email protected] to reserve tickets or go to LeroyStreetTheatre.com to purchase online. http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/ 2015/09/18/the-winters-tale-leroystreet-theatre/
“Leroy Street Theatre’s production of The Winter’s Tale lives up to its mighty themes, creating a beautifully raw depiction of the tale” – Mooney on Theatre