Kaitlyn Riordan

Via Montreal, London UK (to attend The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts), and NYC, Kaitlyn now calls Toronto home. When not acting, Kaitlyn is the Artistic Director of critically-acclaimed Shakespeare in the Ruff (Ruff) and a burgeoning playwright as well. Recent acting credits: Noises Off! (The Segal Centre); Romeo & Juliet (Ruff); Something Fishy (Lighthouse Theatre); Mockingbird (Next Stage Festival-Dora nomination); Macbeth: Walking Shadows (Ruff); Look, no Hans!(Drayton); The Merchant of Venice & Blithe Spirit (Stratford Festival); The Apology(Next Stage Festival-Dora nomination). TV: Murdoch Mysteries; Reign. Upcoming: TV – 12 Monkeys; Film – Nightshooters and A Fistful of Lead.

 

When did you first think of yourself as an artist?

At my 10 year high school reunion.

 

Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?

Throughout my 20s I lived in 4 different cities; Montreal, London, New York, and Toronto, so lots of folks gave me a leg up. However, Rob Kempson as had a singular influence on me, not only in his belief of me as an actor, but in his support of me as a writer. We first connected when I was doing the playwright's unit at The Thousand Islands Playhouse, in 2015, and since then, he's been a constant and inspiring collaborator. Getting to work with him on Maggie & Pierre has been a highlight of my career.

 

What’s something that’s inspired you this week?

The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 promo campaign, #ResistSister. It's soooo theatrical. All these women dress up in blinder bonnets and red frocks (as seen on the show) and were marched around Toronto on a busy afternoon. They eventually congregate on Queen St and tear off their bonnets, declaring their opposition - it's inspired and terrifying, and plays to the power of a live experience, which is unexpected for a TV show.

 

What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?

Dim Sum King on Dundas St West. It's right near the AGO and I never visit one without the other. It's a perfect Toronto outing.

 

What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?

Epic stories. Which doesn't mean more people and bigger sets necessarily, but more scope. Linda Griffiths wrote an epic with Maggie & Pierre and it's a one person show!

 

Kaitlyn is appearing in Maggie & Pierre at the Tarragon Theatre from May 9 to 19, 2018.

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