Watch out Vancouver! Emerging director, Eleanor Felton, is taking Vancouver Theatre by storm. In fact, right now you can see her adaptation of William Shakespeare’s, “The Taming of the Shrew” at Pacific Theatre. There are only two shows left, tonight and tomorrow, so make sure you book your tickets. If it doesn’t work out, don’t you worry, because this crazy 20-something has already signed her first professional directing contract with Pacific Theatre and will be directing a staged reading for the company next season. Clockwork Theatre is so, so proud!
Eleanor is Assistant Directing and Stage Managing The Stonewater Rapture. Read more about this beautiful soul, below:
The Stonewater Rapture Questions
Tell us about your theatre background:
I graduated from TWU with a BA in Theatre last April. Since then I have been apprenticing at Pacific Theatre. I am a director, actor, dancer, and choreographer. Recently, I have directed The Taming of the Shrew with Stone’s Throw Productions. In the fall, I will be directing Eurydice with Plan Z Theatre in the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
What do you love most about Doug Wright’s The Stonewater Rapture?
This is a beautifully crafted script about the confusing collision of spiritually and sexuality. I am pleased to be involved in telling this brave story. I love the questions it raises, and that I cannot answer them in a sentence.
What do you hope audiences will take away from this play?
I hope our audience is surprised by the way that they can relate to these characters, and that they can ask questions about their own experiences, and begin to share with friends.
GEt to know Eleanor Better With these 20 Questions
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on?
What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
Collaboration. Otherworldly things, like myths.
What turns you off in these ways?
Bad music. Grey skies.
What is your favourite play?
Yikes, I don’t know. The Clean House, by Sarah Ruhl. Or Shakespeare’s Othello.
If you could go on a road trip with anyone (dead or alive) who would you go with, and where would you go?
I’d go with my siblings across South America. I don’t know if they’d want to come, but if it was up to me…
What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of rain. Any time.
What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of fighting.
What is your favorite curse word?
If you were stranded on a desert island for 10 years, what three things would you want with you?
10 YEARS??? Do friends count as “things”? Because I couldn’t be by myself for 10 years. I’d also need an endless supply of chocolate. Dark chocolate. And probably some way of collecting fresh water. Because that’s all you need in life: Water, chocolate, and friends.
Do you believe in aliens?
What is your favourite book?
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.
What is your favourite movie?
Ice Age? Or Moulin Rouge.
What profession did you wish for as a child?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I’d like to do brain biology research.
What profession would you not like to do?
Personal assistant. I would be the WORST.
What is something people may not know about you?
I play the violin! And I want to do my MFA in Directing.
What is one of your pet peeves?
Dirty dishes is the sink. On the counter is fine. In the sink is just plain annoying.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
“I’ve been looking forward to this.”