Evie Hamilton began doing theatre in grade 9 when she joined Cawthra Park Secondary School’s drama program. She had loved music throughout her life, and had been a part of many choir performances and classes as a child. She decided to audition for drama on a whim because she knew she liked performing in music related events, but no longer felt the same attachment to music that she had felt when she was a young child. This turned out well for her, and throughout her performances and training at Cawthra she found a love for theatre that continued into her university journey.
Evie Hamilton is an actor, artist and student based out of Toronto and Vancouver. Currently, Evie studied at the University of British Columbia, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, with a double major in Psychology. Evie has been acting and creating for many years, working with The University of British Columbia, Cawthra Park Secondary School, and Soulpepper Theatre’s City Youth Academy. She has been lucky to perform in productions such as The Grown Up, Mamma Mia and Wrong Com with UBC, Five with Soulpepper Theatre, Sons to Our Fathers in the NTS Ontario Drama Festival, and Love and Information, Billy Elliot, and Doctor Faustus with Cawthra Park Secondary school. She is very excited and grateful to be working with Crane Creation’s Summer Ensemble this summer!
Evie started acting in grade 9 when she auditioned for Cawthra Park’s drama program. Here she was introduced to acting techniques and found her passion for the art form. Evie then trained in theatre with Soulpepper Theatre’s City Youth Academy where she worked with professional artists in the company to develop skills and learn about the industry, as well as help write, produce, and perform in an original production. Evie is currently in her third year training in Acting at the University of British Columbia, where she studies acting, clown, voice, and movement.
Evie first started performing in high school, participating in multiple productions, plays and musicals both in and outside of class. Most notably, Evie acted in the NTS Ontario Drama Festival’s Sons to our Fathers, which was performed at the 2019 Provincial Showcase. During high school, Evie also volunteered with Bradley Museum and performed theatrical tours in character for museum patrons. After high school, Evie worked with other young artists at Soulpepper Theatre to create a devised theatre piece. Recently Evie has been acting with various clubs and organisations at the University of British Columbia to perform pieces such as Mamma Mia, Wrong Com, and The Grown Up. While at UBC, Evie has also been developing her passion for Writing and Directing, and has helped develop small projects and short films with her peers that she hopes to continue working on and publish in the future.
Summer Ensemble Member 2022
Evie Hamilton is a member of Crane Creations Theatre Company’s 2022 Summer Ensemble. This was Crane Creations Fourth Annual Summer Ensemble.
What is Summer Ensemble?
The Summer Ensemble is an 8 week training program for theatre artists. In this paid working opportunity artists learn skills required to be a professional artist in Canada, and gain valuable insights into the theatre industry in Canada and abroad. To apply artists must be between 18 and 30 years of age.
Evie’s favourite parts of the Summer Ensemble were diving into a wide variety of different exercises, and working with the ensemble to share a variety of perspectives and have engaging discussions on the arts.
Who is Evie Hamilton? An Interview with Evie
Where are you from?
What is your favourite thing about your hometown?
My favourite thing about my home town, is that there is always something artistic happening! There is such a large and vibrant community of artists working out of Toronto, Ontario that there is always something to see, hear, experience, and learn from. Getting to witness these works of art is so inspiring, and I have had the privilege to witness an abundance of incredible projects because I live in this city.
What are your favourite plays and why?
My favourite play is Love and Information by Caryl Churchill. What I love about this play is that it leaves the context of the short scenes open to the artist’s interpretation. I have performed this play twice, and both productions were wildly different from each other. However, even though the scenes are open ended, they contain emotions and experiences that many can relate to. I love how each individual can take something unique away from reading this play, and yet experience the same overreaching emotions.
Do you have any hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include hiking, sewing, playing guitar, and spending time with my friends. One of the hobbies that I am most passionate about is cooking and baking. I love creating new recipes, or challenging myself with existing ones. I love to write down recipes that I create, and rework them until I am happy with the dish. One goal that I’d like to work towards is having a full book worth of recipes that I love and can share with my friends and family, or even eventually publish! I have quite a collection of recipes waiting, and am excited to continue to build on them!
Do you Have A Favourite Food?
My favourite food to eat is pasta
Where is your favourite place to eat?
My favourite places to eat are small family diners
What is a new skill you would like to learn?
I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano. I love to listen to music and would like to work on developing more musical skills!
What is one fun fact about yourself?
A fun fact about me is that I can wiggle my ears
Why do you love theatre?
I love theatre because it brings people together. Also, how a story can unite people, and prove that we are more similar than we are different. I also love the sense of spontaneity and adrenaline that theatre provides to both the audience and the performers involved. The moments where everyone is on the edge of their seats and completely engaged in what they’re seeing.
Why is theatre important?
Theatre is important because it engages audiences in a way that no other art form can. The sense that what you are seeing is only going to happen once makes everything feel more important. That sense of importance and spontaneity is difficult to find in film, as you can always rewind and watch again.
What is one project that you were proud of?
The project that I have been most proud of was the end of year cabaret put on with my acting class at UBC. The work that we performed was both pre existing and devised. Every single person in the room put their whole heart into the production. Knowing that so much care had been put into the work made me extremely proud to be a part of my class!
Do you have any advice for aspiring actors?
My best advice for an aspiring artist is to take every chance you are given. There have been a few times in my life where I almost didn’t go for an audition because it didn’t work well with my schedule, or I didn’t think that I would get the part. Looking back these projects have been some of the most fulfilling experiences that I have had the opportunity to be a part of. Every experience can be a learning experience, so there’s really nothing to lose from trying. Overall, going for things and not letting fear or technicalities hold you back.