My name is Sabio Emerencia-Collins, and I am thrilled to be a part of the Shakespeare in Action team this summer!!! I am an aspiring multidisciplinary artist. I’m planning on going into my final year studying Theatre Performance at Humber College’s conservatory program. For the past 30 years, Humber’s faculty has been dedicated to graduating diverse groups of actors that challenge the status quo of Canadian theatre. I believe audiences come to the theatre for many reasons, sometimes for emotional catharsis, sometimes to engage in story and ritual, and sometimes to simply let themselves go limp and laugh. I hope that in the next coming weeks we can get wild and commune with the visceral humanity inherent in Shakespeare’s work and explore big ideas, as well as discover the secret as to why he’s still so relevant to today.
My love for performing started early; my first experiences onstage were through the Shakespeare in Action Camp when I was 6 years old. I played the sea-wrecked lover “Ferdinand” in The Tempest way back before my voice dropped.
Since then I’ve been a part of many productions. In 2007, I got the privilege to work on Frances-Anne Solomon’s feature film A Winter Tale, playing a young boy named “Andrew Robinson.” My character was based on an unfortunate victim to gun violence in the Parkdale Area in Toronto In 2005. The film focused on the aftermath of how gun violence impacted members of the black community in Parkdale.
Later, in high school I started to develop new passions. I attended Rosedale Heights School of the Arts downtown; I got many incredible opportunities there. A huge highlight for me was when I got the chance to direct student-written shows at Rosedale.
In my final year I got the opportunity to play “Male Actor” in Daniel McIvor’s This Is a Play, a show that takes place in between the third and fourth wall – where the story unfolding is revealed exclusively through the thoughts of the entitled actors onstage who want nothing to do with the show they are playing; the play within the play heavily involves lettuce contextually over the backdrop of a bizarre love story.
My high school credits include:
“Boy #1” in The Princess Bride (2009), “Taiko Drummer/Pirate” as well as sound design for Hamlet (2011), Director of “Socrates” (2011), “Justice Dowling” in “The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling” (2012), “Desmond” in Donny vs Desmond (2012), Director of “One Last Job” (2012), “King Ceyx/Morpheus” in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (2013), Assistant Director and “Tom” in Virtruly in Love (2013), Male Actor in This is A Play (2013).
I am a self-taught guitar and harmonica player, and recently this January I’ve started learning to play the keyboard and piano. I’m currently working on an Trip-Hop/Neo Soul/R&B album that should hopefully drop by the end of the summer. I’m also an aspiring filmmaker some of my short films can be seen on my YouTube channel @FuriousGator.
I am so excited to meet you all!
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