About Janice

March 6th, 2014

Born a Virgo in the year of the Dragon in the Philippine Islands, she immigrated to Canada with her parents and two brothers to grow up in Kitimat, British Columbia.  Favourite activities as a child were singing, dancing, playing “dress-up” and “pretend”, staging tea parties, gymnastics, ice-skating, playing flute, piano and playing with the Brownies and Girl Guides.  In high school free time was spent baking, sewing dresses, and starting groups such as the M.E.S.S. dance squad, and K.U.T.E (Kitimat Understanding The Environment). After graduating from Mount Elizabeth, she studied Arts and Humanities at the University of Victoria where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.  Research in her final year at UVic lead to a Masters of Arts in Drama Therapy at New York University. Following these seven and a half years of academic rigour, Janice travelled to Toronto, London (UK), Rome, Frankfurt, Spain (Camino de Santiago), and Taiwan (teaching English). Also fond of bicycle rides and morning walks, afternoon tea with vintage cups and homemade canned goods, Janice now lives with her partner Roger and Kitty in Vancouver, BC.

Janice is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher, facilitator &  educational consultant.  Janice has facilitated educational drama workshops for youth, adults and their service-providers in New York City, Vancouver & Victoria.  She has over 16 years experience as a dramatic arts facilitator and started acting in theatres in 1992.  Her passion for connecting with people through creative play, artistic expression, and conversations is evident in her curiosity and dedication to the fields of performed research and applied theatre. She is an active player of Vancouver Playback Theatre.

Lessons learned from Master teachers such as Juliana Saxton, Lina de Guevara, David Smukler, Robert Landy, Marcel Marceau, Judith Koltai and the founder of Playback Theatre, Jonathan Fox. More recently, Janice has studied performed research with George Belliveau at the University of British Columbia and playwriting with David Geary at Playwrights Theatre Centre.

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