A postcard profile on director and actor Valerie Ann Pearson

Writer Caroline Russell-King offers up another postcard profile with professional director and award-winning actor Valerie Ann Pearson (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you? 

Crossing Swords (Joe Slabe), a co-production between Forte Musical Theatre Guild and StoryBook Theatre.

How do you contribute to this piece? 

I’m directing.

What is your greatest creative challenge?

Believing that my ideas are audience worthy.

What turns you on creatively? 

Good humour.

What turns you off creatively? 


What’s one thing you’re really good at? 

Marrying music and theatre.

If you could resurrect and share a drink with a dead person who would it be?

(Laughs) Elvis Presley is the person who first popped into my mind.

What is one thing you wish you’d known sooner? 

That being creative did not require being eccentric.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Producing and recording my own music.

What would you do with extreme wealth? 

 Support the arts, but I also feel a great responsibility to world hunger.

What is one piece of advice you would give to the person who wants to do what you do? 

Practice. Practice. Practice.

(Photo of Valerie Ann Pearson courtesy Caroline Russell-King.)

Caroline Russell-King is a playwright, dramaturg, and instructor. She is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatist Guild of America and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find her work here