Introducing: Kailyn Arthur

unnamedI don’t know where in the world you are, but I hope you had a better weekend than the Lower Mainland did. A crazy windstorm hit us hard, which brought on power outages and an array of fallen trees. Luckily, we’ve all made it through the crazy and are back to our regular lives of work and rehearsal.

This is going to sound cheesy, but conquering a storm reminds us of Kai. Kai is a rock – she isn’t afraid to march to her own beat and she stands firm in what she believes. No matter what life throws at Kai, she is willing to fight and overcome.  As she would say, “I’m Kai, and hella fly!” It’s true, this girl is incredible.

Kai is wickedly talented and has a beautiful ear for poetry, which she so graciously included into the scene she wrote for “Growing Voices”. We can’t wait to share HER at the Fringe Festival come September 10th!

Green Room Questions

Tell us about your theatre background.
When I was a lot younger I did a few years of musical theatre but I really didn’t like acting then as I had some stage fright issues. So I didn’t really see the point in trying to get back into it until my grade 10 year when my school’s theatre teacher asked for some extras in the production my school was putting on. It was then that I really got back into it and fell in love. Since then I have been in 2 of my schools productions, and played the comedic lead in the most recent one.

What has been your favorite part about Green Room Theatre Camp and the devised piece you’re creating, so far?
When I first heard about this camp, it was the second to last performance of my school’s production of “Village of Idiots”, and Vander-Hoek had kinda just told us that he was working with some other people to plan this and that he wanted a bunch of us to audition. And then there was a information slip sent out and reading through it I had two thoughts: 1) there are gonna be a lot of kids auditioning for this, do I even have a chance?; and 2) if I do make it what’re the chances that I’m actually going to get along with these people? And now I’m like wow… Looks like I got lucky, the odds really are in my favour.

So, my favourite part of Green Room, so far, has been the people and how well we all fit together and get along.  And my favourite part about the devised piece is the similarities between our experiences and the differences that helped us gain insight. It’s great being able to put that out there for the world to see.

What excites you most about performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival?
I think the thing that excites me most are all the possibilities. We have the chance to possibly change our lives, and other people’s lives. Also, how many other teens can tell you they got the chance to perform at the VANCOUVER FRINGE FESTIVAL?!

What do you hope audiences take away from the devised piece you’re creating?
That it’s hard to find your place in the world and that it isn’t easy growing up… And also that your assumptions about people aren’t who they actually are.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

When you’re not doing theatre, what do you spend your time on? 
A lot of tumblr, Netflix, reading… Singing in the shower, dancing in the mirror, typical teenager crap.

What do you hope to do after high school?
I don’t know exactly what I’ll end up doing. I mean the dream is to pursue acting. But my end game is to just be happy in whatever I do.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
Wolf. I’m happy alone but I’m also great with a group. Plus they’re like wild puppies and who doesn’t love that?

 Who is your hero?
My dad. I didn’t have a lot of friends growing up so I spent a large amount of time talking to him and he taught me a lot of important things.

What is your favorite movie?
Ahh I can’t answer this, it’s like asking a mother to pick her favourite child.

If you could go on a road trip with anyone, dead or alive, who would you go with and where would you travel to?
Hmm. I’d probably say a road trip with a funny stranger and I’d go anywhere because it’d be cool to explore a new place and make a new friend.

If you had to grow up in a different era, which would you choose?
Sometime in the future where racism, homophobia, and transphobia were eradicated, and I could fly a bad-ass space ship.

What excites you, and what terrifies you, about growing up?
It’s exciting to think that I’ll be able to dictate my own future but at the same time it’s also what terrifies me the most… I mean what if I completely screw it up?

If you had to pick an alias name, what would it be?
Viola Reynolds

What is something people may not know about you?
I’m half Korean and speak it fairly fluently.