Veronica Hortiguela is a Cancer-Gemini cusp who grew up in east end Toronto. Raised in a Spanglish household, and with a healthy dose of Scarborough community theatre, she graduated this past spring from the Ryerson School of Performance Acting Program.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
When I was fifteen and frizzy in my high school uniform. Through all our endeavours at acting, writing, and directing, my best friend Annie and I had the support of the Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts faculty who believed in us enough to let us fall flat in our failure and try again.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
I'm grateful every day for the tremendously talented and illogically resilient students at the Ryerson School of Performance – in their mutually sweaty and exhausted company I was challenged to consider the linear idea I had of storytelling. They encouraged me to exercise my imagination, and thus widen the scope of my creative voice. They were the teachers I didn't expect, but will always remember.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
My brother: he just started a new college program. Go, Seb!
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
I think I might regret exposing it to the masses but…OddSeoul on Ossington is so damn phenomenal. And Amazing Shawarma on Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough really is amazing. Seriously.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
Call me overdramatic, but the gender disparity in Canadian theatre actively keeps me up at night. I recently stumbled across a book called She Also Wrote Plays, an anthology of works written by women. I want to see every single one of those plays – the stories of female identifying artists, young women, women of colour. I want to see stories on stage that challenge me and my opinions.
Veronica is currently appearing in Dry Land on stage at the Assembly Theatre from September 5 – 22.