What's Upintheair with actor Genevieve Fleming?

Sitting down with Genevieve and chatting about theatre over a martini, I came to a conclusion: Genevieve Fleming has re-defined the term triple-threat. Goodbye to the old actor/singer/dancer model. Genevieve is an actor, director and producer with a commanding presence both on and off the stage. As the Artistic Producer of Hardline theatre, she has garnered Jessie Nominations as both an actor and producer. As an actor, she is the Jessie Award Winner for Best Actor Small Theatre for her role in Upintheair theatre's production of The North Plan. As a director, she has worked with The After Party production, Studio 58 and Slamming Door (to name a few). As a theatre artist, Genevieve has carved out a place for herself and her theatre company and become a Vancouver theatre staple. Her hard work has paid off. This year Hardline theatre's production of Sean Oliver's Redpatch will be seen at both the Arts Club and the Citadel and next week she stars in Itsazoo's production of the award winning In-Yer-Face play WET by David James Brock. A play set during the height of Canada's involvement in the Afghanistan War. Read more about Genevieve below.

 Genevieve Fleming stars in Wet with Itsazoo Productions

Genevieve Fleming stars in Wet with Itsazoo Productions

Describe yourself as if you were the lead character in a plays synopsis.

Genevieve – 30s, smart and confident, probably a hot mess inwardly

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Honestly, making my living by working in the arts. It’s not always a breeze

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done onstage/for a theatre project?

Scarfed down a huge bowl of chocolate pudding while an actor simulated oral sex on me. Yeah, my mom saw that show …..

 Genevieve starred in Upintheair Theatre's production of  The North Plan for which she won a Jessie Award for Best Lead Actor

Genevieve starred in Upintheair Theatre's production of The North Plan for which she won a Jessie Award for Best Lead Actor

You won a Jessie award for best actor Small theatre for your performance in our show 'The North Plan'... tell us how it felt to receive that award? What were you thinking when you won it? Is there anything about your speech you would change?

I was simultaneously trying to avoid a JLaw/Oscars trip up the stairs and a Zoolander moment where I accepted somebody else’s award.  Fortunately I don’t think either of those things happened (?)

If you could meet any theatre artist for an evening of drinks and conversation, who would it be?

I really want to ask Chekhov why he thinks all his plays are comedies…

Seeing as how Upintheair Theatre's mandate involves supporting the next generation of theatre makers, what advice would you give to an emerging artist living in Vancouver?

Make your own work!! Email me! I’ll give you tips! Like, actually – gjfleming009@gmail.com

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We sat down with Genevieve and asked her What's Up?

Describe your theatre school experience in 3 key words?

Formative, bewildering, epic

What are you excited about right now?

All the boss ass ladies in my life who are just taking over the world

 Promo Photo for Itsazoo's production of Wet

Promo Photo for Itsazoo's production of Wet

Now finally… what’s Upintheair? What show are you in next? Give us the details!

I'm performing in Wet with Itsazoo Productions in May!

WHERE:
The Russian Hall (located at 600 Campbell Ave.)
WHEN:
May 8th to 27th, 2018
Tuesdays through Sundays – 8pm
Previews  – May 8th & 9th
Pay What You Can – May 15th
TICKETS:
Tickets on sale now at Theatre Wire
$29 Regular/$25 Students&Seniors

What's Upintheair with director Jamie King?

What's Upintheair with director Jamie King?

In this blog, we talk to Upintheair and/or rEvolver festival alumni and ask What's Up... and other stuff. 

Vancouver director Jamie King is a theatre artist born and raised in Vancouver, BC. I'm pretty sure if you look up the definition of busy and capable, a photo of Jamie King would show up. Jamie has such a passion and drive for everything she works on and she's just getting started. At the 2017 Jessie Richardson Awards, Jamie was awarded the Ray Michal’s Prize for Most Promising New Director and is now one of the resident artists & producers with Electric Company Theatre. She’s a board member of Wet Ink Collective since 2013, and a graduate of UBC. She just directed Fool for Love (ABB Artist Collective), Vampires in Barcelona (Skinny Walrus Productions), and The Wolves (Stone’s Throw Productions) which will receive a remount next season. She has also worked with: Rumble Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Twenty-Something Theatre, Hardline Productions, Arts Club Theatre, Little Mountain Lion Productions and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre. We asked Jamie King What's Up and lots of funny questions... check it out!

 Jamie King in the Directors Chair

Jamie King in the Directors Chair

Describe yourselves in the format of a character synopsis.

Jamie King: late twenties to early thirties, bleached blonde, workaholic but somehow still lazy? Definitely that kid at the back of a classroom with a retort to everything the teacher says, now that she's old it's not cute anymore.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Making my bed every morning. Seriously, I start out every day having accomplished something. It rocks. In a bigger sense, I now feel like I'm becoming a peer to a lot of people that mentored me through my life and that's the biggest accomplishment of my career.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for a theatre project?

Rehearsed a show with full male nudity in a children's theatre space with lots of kids around.... and potentially see-through curtains... and forgetting to lock the door....

Do you have any hidden talents?

God no - the second I'm even passable at something I'm standing on a rooftop shouting "LOOK AT THIS" and then whistling really loud or whatever.

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Winner of the Ray Michal Award for Emerging Director

What's one show and/or event in the Vancouver theatre scene you have loved?

I'm going to do two because one is a touring show and the other is local: HOT BROWN HONEY - this show blew my tits off and then glued them back on and then blew them off again. Women kicking ass and taking names and showing us how to fiercely love, how to have radical empathy, and decolonize and moisturize. THE ALIENS - I really loved this show. My mom and I went together and both of us just wept at the end. Such beautiful use of silence, so intimate and so so real. Felt like I was waiting for the big break to happen until I realized that that's what the characters were waiting for too... And we don't all get it. Annie Baker is brilliant and this production by Sticks and Stones Theatre was tight AF.

If you could only put one prop for every single show you do from now on, what would it be?

A banana cream pie.

If you could sit down with any theatre artist living or dead and have a long chat, who would you sit down with?

I have a hard time diving right into heavy theoretical conversations with people I don’t know very well, so I don’t think I would resurrect Chekhov.... If you’re gonna twist my arm - I loved Theatre of the Unimpressed and 100% want to hang out with Jordan Tannahill.

What's the strangest note you've ever had to give to an actor and/or company?

Doing Bull at Rumble's Tremors Fest in 2016, my SM Jessica Keenan recorded me saying quite a few bizarre notes, including: "Your vagina is a bear trap, dude, I don't wanna put my dick in there!!!" "Can you finger him? Not just one, use a couple" "Take your shit and wipe it on the wall" I swear they made sense and were a lot less sexual in context.......

Seeing as how one of Upintheair Theatre's mandate involves supporting the next generation of theatre makers, what advice would you give to an emerging artist living in Canada?

Work your ass off. Find a flexible & fun Joe job that you can work while you're pursuing your art for awhile. You're going to have at least 2 years in total limbo - it's going to suck. If you can see it through to the other side I swear it's worth it. No one goes to a movie and walks out saying "I'm never going to another movie again!!" Only theatre effects us like that. Learn to use it.

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In what capacity have you worked with Upintheair and/or rEvolver fest?

I stage managed 2 for Tea (James and Jamesy) at the rEvolver festival a couple years back. This last rEvolver I directed Vampires in Barcelona  written and performed by the one and only Brian Cochrane - we’ll be at the Fringe this September if you missed it then!

Describe your theatre school experience in 3 key words?

Expensive, Theoretical, Canadian

What are you both most excited about right now?

All the leadership changes happening through Canadian Theatre right now. (More women! More POC! More queerness!) Let's represent our population! Also - it's, like, spring now, right? I'm excited for slightly less cold rain and blackberries!

Now finally… what’s Upintheair? Give us the details of your show? Juicy details. Date/time/venue/tickets$?

Upcoming is Love/Sick by John Cariani! I adore producer Jalen Saip and can't wait to take this show to the finish line! We have such a great company and all female designers! ONLY 5 shows: April 18 - 20th at 7:30pm and April 21st at 2pm & 7:30pm. A Stone's Throw Production, at Pacific Theatre . Tickets are ONLY $15 (BUY TICKETS NOW by CLICKING LINK)

https://tickets.pacifictheatre.org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent400.html

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