- Joined VTS: 2017
- How did you become an improv actor?: “Growing up, I would watch “Whose Line” with my dad all the time. I thought improv was awesome, but never knew it was something I could do because my high school, at the time, didn’t have an improv team. I have been involved in live theatre since I was child, but always scripted. When I moved back to the Vancouver area in my mid-twenties, I went to a few shows at VTS and thought “maybe I could do that…”. When I found out that VTS offered classes through the ICI, I signed up.”
- Where did you receive your improv training?: “I’m a home-grown VTS gal!
- Theatre credits: The Wolves (With A Spoon Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Pacific Theatre), Love/Sick, Tigers Be Still (Stone’s Throw Theatre), Almost, Maine (Pacific Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Classic Chic).”
- Other improv: Fort Night Improv, The Fictionals, BloodFeud
- Awards: Nominated for the Jessie Richardson Award 2017: ‘Best Ensemble in a Large Theatre Production’
- Favourite VTS show: “I have always loved classic TheatreSports, but I’m a sucker for Hallmarks, so I really liked Merry Kiss-mas!”
- Favourite book: The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- Favourite film: Ever After and Dumb and Dumber
- Favourite TV show: The Office
- Comic inspirations: Carol Burnett, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, Maya Rudolph
- What one thing would you like the audience to know about you?: “I can throw a mean fastball.”
- Also a professional photographer: jalenlaine.com
How did improv change your life?
“I had lost a lot of confidence in my abilities as a live theatre performer and was discouraged by how many closed doors I had run into. When I took my first improv course with the ICI, I was reminded of how much I love performing and, specifically, making people laugh. I was also encouraged to relax, enjoy and not take myself too seriously. It was the beginning of a lot of open doors for me!”