Today’s Spotlight is on the widely talented and always enthusiastic Katrina Salmon!
Before Katrina was actively involved with QAAW, she became engaged with our theatre as an audience member at a number of our productions. “My first exposure to Quick As A Wink was viewing the production of Jane Eyre, but I became quite interested in the company after watching the sparkle and pizzazz of 42nd Street,” Katrina says. “Toven MacLean initially planted the seed by inviting me to be the musical director for the upcoming production of Oklahoma! Through the act of saying “yes” I have been opened to new learning experiences and have made many beautiful friendships!”
Since providing musical direction for Oklahoma, Katrina has been involved with Quick As A Wink in a very exciting and important way. “I am fortunate to serve on the Board of Directors with Quick As A Wink,” she says. “It is exciting to be on the forefront of decision-making, planning, and theatre education initiatives. I have been serving on this board for two years, and serving as the representative for the Special Events Committee. The most special project to my heart is my role as the Program Director for our summer Quick As A Wink Drama and Musical Theatre Camps. It is such a delight to work with the campers: leading them on a journey of self-discovery and encouraging their personal exploration of the theatre arts.”
In addition to her work for the board, Katrina continues to stick close to her QAAW roots and has provided musical direction for numerous shows. “I enjoy the many opportunities that I have shared with Quick As A Wink as a musical director for not only Oklahoma!, for which I was a recipient of a 2014 Winkie Award for Best Musical Direction, but also recently Little Shop of Horrors, our first youth production, and for Cinderella!”
Katrina has been involved in theatre for a very long time, dating as far back as her early childhood. “My first early theatre memory sends me back to The Little Red Hen when I was in Grade Primary,” she says, “but nothing brings back memories like that of my very first theatre audition in Grade Five. I had no idea what an audition was, so for some reason I thought it would be a great idea to dress up in my mom’s clothing - clip-on earrings and all - and really get into character. When I arrived at the audition, even though no one else was in costume like I was, I was thankful that I got to watch other people audition to learn what to do. Already feeling silly, what did I have to lose? So, I did it. I was cast as the ditzy secretary who had a pet monkey in her office – that is all I can remember about the play. But I do remember from that feeling of silliness and embarrassment on audition day exploded encouragement and confidence – this memory leaves me with the words that were spoken by my teacher to my parents: 'She needs to pursue acting.'”
Katrina is a strong advocate for the benefits of being involved in theatre. “Theatre experiences encourage you to explore your personal strengths and challenges, encouraging you to explore parts of yourself that you do not normally get to explore. It gives you permission to be someone you are not, sometimes exploring the darker or lighter parts of your personality. It also teaches you to examine the world through the lens of someone else, and through that teaches you compassion and what it means to be human.“
As a deeply passionate and caring individual, Katrina is always looking for ways to learn and grow. “Outside of my work with Quick As A Wink and my wonderful job as a Drama/English teacher at Northeast Kings Education Centre, I consider myself both an educator and a lifelong learner at heart;” she says, “therefore, I enjoy opportunities that encourage me to be creative and think outside the box. I really enjoy exploring opportunities that encourage physical fitness and spirituality but, most importantly, I am learning to enjoy the little things in life: a great cup of coffee and a good conversation.”
Thank you so much for all your contributions to QAAW, Katrina! You are such a valued member of this team and we cannot wait to see what your future with us holds!
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