Anita Majumdar is an award-winning actress, playwright and dancer profiled in magazines such as Vogue India and Fashion Magazine. Her tv acting debut in the film Murder Unveiled won Best Actress award at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore and Anita was the only featured Canadian actress in Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where she was also shortlisted for TIFF Rising Stars. Aside from appearing in films such Diverted and tv projects Republic of Doyle and Gavin Crawford's Wild Wild West, Anita has also performed in Canada's leading theatres from coast to coast and most recently received Toronto's Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance for her own play Boys With Cars.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?Getting into Harbourfront's emerging artist creation program (from back in the day) called HATCH. Tina Rasmussen gave me my first taste of how to be an artist-producer.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
Layne Coleman. He's always had a way of unpacking performance in such detail and poetry. His wisdom is hard to forget.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
Honestly? Watching Eva Barrie perform. There are so many moments in the middle of performing Mules where I'm struck by how breathtaking she is as Crystal and to see how she pushes and maneuvers her craft in each moment. It's really made me think more in depth about how we create flawed and funny and fulfilling female characters for the stage.
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
Right now it's Union Chicken. If I could eat there every day of the week (and not need bypass surgery before my next birthday), I would.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
All the colours of the rainbow.
Anita is currently performing in Mules at Street Crowsnest Scotiabank Studio