Tricia Black is originally from the east coast. She studied improvisation, sketch and musical improvisation at Second City Toronto & Chicago. She writes, composes and produces original Canadian musicals with her theatre company, Tweed & Company Theatre. She was a long time member of Toronto’s sketch troupe “The Sketchersons”, an ensemble member of the queer sketch show “ A Sketch Comedy Extravaganza Elaganza”, which was named one of the Top Five Comedy shows of 2018 by Now Magazine, and won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Live Production. She could recently be seen performing with the Canadian Comedy Award Winning show for Best Ensemble, “She The People” (Second City). And you may also know her as Jane from that Lotto Max commercial!
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
There was a time in my life where I was working at a very bad restaurant job, that one day I quit and never went back. I left the building being like I am an artist and this pierogi restaurant is no longer art! Also when I was eight I played Spanky in a Lil Rascals play, and I remember thinking, “Gee, this is the life”.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
Honestly, all of the people I have worked with over the past decade. From Directors like Carly Heffernan and Kirsten Rassmussen, to ensemble mates with She the People, Sketcherson and Extravaganza Eleganza. They have all helped me in my journey to create my voice on stage. Also The Golden Girls and Carol Burnett still have an influence on me.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
This past week I was in Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival. I was there to perform in both “A SKetch Comedy Extravaganza Eleganza”, as well as “She the People”. It was so inspiring being surrounded by those two casts. To get to watch these incredible female and queer performers rock the festival with shows that appeal to voices often not heard on stage was incredible, and everyone is so talented!
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
My Favorite restaurant in the city I think would have to be St. Urbain bagels. They have really amazing bagels, lox and cream cheese. Its also super close to my house so it;’s easy to get to!
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
I would love to see more comedy on Toronto stages cause we can all use a laugh in this world. And also voices that are often shut out of the theatre world. I want to see other peoples stories on that stage, it is way overdue!