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