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Kristine Maitland

Kristine Maitland

I was fascinated by storytelling and puppetry at an early age. As a child I saw all the great storytelling, theatre, and puppeteers:  The Puppetmongers, Poculi Ludique Societas, and David Anderson of Clay and Paper Theatre.

I trained in storytelling and puppetry through the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Toronto Public Library (TPL). In the 1990s, I wrote the scripts for two puppet shows still in use in TPL today : Tug of War and Ashung Meets a Ghost. I  also, as part of the 1998 production of the York Cycle, performed with Poculi Ludique Societas where I was puppeteer and dancer.

Over the years I have told stories of my own life at the Transac Club (through Raconteurs),  Buddies in Bad Times (through Mayworks Labour Festival), Nathan Phillips Square and , Metro Hall (through TPL) , the 519 and Now Magazine Lounge (through the Toronto Bisexual Network.

Currently, I work as a historical interpreter, specializing in Black history in Renaissance Europe and in WWII.  In the latter, stories of my Grandmother and my family factor in greatly. 

I will be participating in WITCHfest North's A Dark and Stormy Night – Tues Oct 16, 2018, 7pm at The Fountain Gallery

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