VIVA GIRL GROUPS
Vanessa is a Toronto based actor, singer, mover originally from Ottawa, Ontario. She studied music theatre performance at St. Lawrence College. Since graduation she has fostered her love of making a fool of her self through stand up comedy. She is thrilled to be singing some of her favorite iconic feminist anthems in Generation Why? Viva Girl Groups along side such crazy talented ladies! Selected credits include; Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Hart House); Doralee Rhodes in 9to5, Serena in Legally Blonde, Mrs. Mayor in Seussical (SLC Stage)
Lauren Richard grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and moved to Toronto a decade ago to pursue musical theatre at the Randolph Academy ('09). Her favourite memories include briefly playing Maureen in Rent, singing in the same show as the one and only Colm Wilkinson in the original Theatre 20 Emerging Artists cast, and getting her gold ticket with Cirque du Soleil as a replacement vocalist for 3 touring productions. After a series of dance injuries, Lauren turned her focus to the booming craft beer scene in 2012, becoming the youngest female Certified Cicerone® beer sommelier in Canada by 2015. Lauren wrote her Advanced Cicerone® in Denver, Colorado during the production of this show, and hopes to be one of the leaders of beer education and female empowerment in brewing in Canada. Multi-talented and multi-tasking, you can find Lauren as bar manager and beer curator for @HotMessTexMex, and singing with her classic country band, @TheShortcans at a legion near you. You can catch Lauren as a home brewer on Season 3 of Viceland's Beerland, a brewing competition across North America, premiering May 29th. Find out more about Lauren via @BeerGirlCA to inquire about any of her food and beer education services.
Rose-Ingrid Benjamin is a singer, songwriter and spoken word artist from Ottawa, Ontario. She has performed poetry and original music in a variety of venues across Ottawa, Montreal, the GTA and the United States. After moving to Toronto a year ago she decided to make a foray into theatre, making her theatrical debut in last year's Dreamgirls at the LOT. She is currently writing and performing with Run V.A.G. an all-female sketch comedy group and you can catch her this summer in the Oshawa Summer Theatre Festival as the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You
Ann Paula Bautista
Ann Paula is a Toronto based Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary performer. A graduate of Randolph Academy’s College program, her passion for the arts has brought her to many stages around Canada and the US. Past credits include: In the Heights (We Are Here), Disenchanted (Starvox), Grease, Company (CMTP), Hair (Randolph), Next to Normal (UofT), RENT, and Shrek (LOT). She’s also sung the national anthems twice for the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. Big hugs and squishes to her friends and family for supporting her always. Follow her @annpaulab
Jaymee is thrilled to be joining this killer girl group and hopes our show will take you back to a time where singing into your hairbrush was the thing to do! A graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program, Jaymee is originally from Winnipeg! Selected theatre credits include: Eleanor in Hogtown: The Immersive Experience (Campbell House), Josie Pye in Anne and Gilbert (The Guild Theatre), Leanne in Back in 59’ (Highland Summer Festival), Mayzie in Seussical, and Ice Queen in Ice Queen (The LOT). Jaymee was also a featured vocalist at Yonge and Dundas Square, Canada’s Wonderland, and with Disney Cruise Lines onboard the Disney Fantasy. Currently, Jaymee can also be seen belting her face off in the role of Narrator in Joseph at the Lower Ossington Theatre. Jaymee thanks her family and Colin for their love and support and you for supporting this wild journey! Instagram: @jaymeefuczek
Andrea is thrilled to be a part of Waycik Productions' cabaret series "Generation Why?". She is a graduate of the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program, and she can't wait to get back on stage with these wonderful ladies. She wants to invite everyone to come and enjoy the show -- unless you are a scrub, then please stay home.
Bethany Daniels (host)
Bethany is a comic, writer and producer. She has performed comedy all over Toronto and produces and co-hosts a monthly show at the Burdock called “Date Night Comedy”, which has the best queer, POC, woman and alt comics that Toronto has to offer. Date Night is a wonderful night out full of non-oppressive, inclusive and truly hilarious comedy!