Introducing: Sharra Ganzeveld

Today is the day we introduce emerging theatre artist, Sharra Ganzeveldwho is doing props design and set dress for The Stonewater Rapture. Read all about her below!

unnamedTell us about your theatre background.

I’m a recent graduate of Trinity Western University.  I received my BFA in Acting (with a minor in Psychology, thrown in for good measure).  I’ve been in love with theatre since I was little.  Though my main passion is acting, I also have experience in stage management, front of house management, and now design! Favourite acting credits include Danielle in As Little Children, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (both TWU) and Betty in The Foreigner (ACSS).  My favourite stage management credit is Fiddler on the Roof (TWU).  My goal is to be a professional actor and I hope to transition into film and TV in addition to doing live theatre.

What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?

I love plays that don’t shy away from the darker sides of our lives and our faiths.  This play deals so much with negotiating one’s beliefs and identity amidst social pressure, sexual awakenings, parental expectations and indoctrination – you feel for these two characters as they struggle to make sense of their pain and find their place in the world.

What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?

Thoughts.  Lots of thoughts and discussion on the intersection of sexuality and faith specifically; I think it’s something that we need to talk about more.

Personal Questionnaire

What is your favourite word?

Oh that’s so hard, there are a lot of great words out there.  How about sassy?  Sassy is fun.

What is your least favourite word?

At the moment?  Bae.  The Danish word for “poop” should not be a term of endearment.  (it also just sounds like you got lazy pronouncing the last ‘b’ in ‘babe’, which is silly because the word is only 4 letters long).

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?

Crafting and painting, mostly.  I’m dabbling in playwriting at the moment as well.  Most things creative, really – interior design, wedding planning… the list kind of goes on.  Some days I just sit around and come up with random ideas for projects or plays.

What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?

This might sound strange, but psychology.  I love understanding the way that people work, what makes them tick, what makes them feel, what affects their interactions with other people, how they make sense of their world.  Putting myself in another’s shoes is the fastest way for me to get creative ideas.  Really, humans are the biggest resource of creativity there is; stories are woven into our very nature!

What turns you off in these ways?

Closed-mindedness.  Art is all about asking questions, and I don’t have problems with finding answers but I have problems when people try and club you over the head with them.  It shuts down the dialogue, which shuts down creativity.

What is your favourite play?

There are too many good plays out there to adequately answer this question.  I’m always on board for Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing or Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, but I’m also in love with Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms and Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev.  To name a very small few.

If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go?

I would probably take my mom on a world-tour, with special attention to Europe and the Mediterranean (and the Caribbean, for good measure of course)

What sound or noise do you love?

A good jazz signer makes my heart melt.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Squeaking Styrofoam.  It gets a gross overreaction from me every time.

What is your favourite curse word?

You have to get creative sometimes!  A curse word coined by my favourite TV show is assbutt, so I’m going to go with that one for now.  It’s that wonderful blend of immaturity and “wait, what?!”

If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you?

I would go with an axe, a large pot, and painting supplies. Something practical, something creative.  (I suppose electronics are out since it’s not like there will be places to plug them in, but 10 years without music sounds awful).  Though really I’d probably rather have a person than one of those, but I guess people don’t count as “things.”

Do you believe in aliens?

Sometimes I wish I did.

What is your favourite book?

Right now I’m adoring Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle.

What is your favourite movie?

Favourites lists are so hard because that means narrowing it down! It’s so random, but I love Take the Lead.  I can watch that movie over and over again.  It’s not particularly high brow, but I’m a total sucker for a good dance movie.

What profession did you wish for as a child?

I wanted to be a movie star!  Or a librarian.  You know, they’re pretty close and all.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

A chef.  I love the creativity of food; sometimes I randomly decide to cook and I make up new dishes on the fly with whatever I can find in the kitchen at the time.  It’s great!

What profession would you not like to do?

…Garbage man?  Chimney sweep?  Airplane pilot?

What is something people may not know about you?

I once attempted to become fluent in French and Spanish at the same time.  I merely succeeded at creating a semi-fluency in a strange hybrid I like to call Franish.

What is one of your pet peeves?

People who obliviously walk slowly in the middle of the sidewalk. Long legs need room and fast people are going places!

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Welcome home.