Nina Gilmour

Nina Gilmour has been collaborating with Theatre Smith-Gilmour since 2012 including; As I Lay Dying, Death Married my Daughter, The Assholes and now Les Misérables. She played the lead in Valerie Buhagiar’s upcoming feature It’s Hard To Be Human. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for her ensemble work in Fixt Point’s The Tale of a T-shirt in 2014and for As I Lay Dying (Take Me Back to Jefferson) in 2015Her background in physical theatre and improvisation stems from her training with Philippe Gaulier at his school in Paris and theatre performance at Humber College.

 

When did you first think of yourself as an artist?

I guess I really considered myself an actor when I started my studies at Humber College OR maybe it was before that, when I did gigs here and there growing up OR maybe it was later, when I moved back from France and actually had to do it for a living. Now you’ve got me questioning everything!

 

Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?

 A LOT of people; teachers like Tatiana Jennings at Humber College, Philippe Gaulier in Paris, fellow classmates all along the way, my partner Johnny Hockin and most importantly my collaborators for the last 6 years, my parents Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith.

 

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

My cat, she's calm and has a pretty chill life. I aspire to become a cat one day. All jokes aside, my cast members in the latest show I’ve been working on, Theatre Smith-Gilmour’s Les Misérables. We’ve all been working so hard and we’ve put something really beautiful together.

 

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

Foxley on Ossington, I'll be going this weekend for my birthday.

 

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

 More risk-taking, more punk rock theatre, more grit, more diversity, more women, more inclusion

 

Nina is performing in Les Misérables with Theatre Smith-Gilmour at the Theatre Centre, March 16 - April 1.

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