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Stewart, Davina

Davina Stewart
Davina Stewart

Actor and director, based in Edmonton Alberta, and an Artistic Associate with Teatro La Quindicina, the company with which she has been associated since her graduation from the University of Alberta Fine Arts Program in 1986. For Teatro, she has performed in the plays of Stewart Lemoine, including Cocktails at Pam's (1986, 2016)), The Vile Governess (1986), Mother of the Year, Connie in Egypt, Happy Toes, A Rocky Night for his Nibs, Hey, Countess!, At the Zenith of the Empire, and Pith!, including a revival and tour across Canada and in New York City. More recently, she has appeared in: Marvellous Pilgrims, Cause and Effect, Angels on Horseback, The Scent of Compulsion, When Girls Collide, The Ambassadorís Wives, On the Banks of the Nut, The Oculistís Holiday (reprised in 2014), and The Finest of Strangers (2018). In 2008, she directed The Revenge of the South Sea Bubble by Lemoine. In July 2014, she convincingly played the fraught mother who learns to enjoy life in Neil Simonís Barefoot in the Park (dir. Lemoine) for Teatro. An accomplished comic actor, Davina Stewart has often appeared with Jeff Haslam as his love interest or nemesis.

Since 1986, she has frequently appeared in productions at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, including: The Worldís Wife and Skirmishes. In 2017, she played the receptionist in Adam Bock's play of that name, skilfully creating the role of a woman whose kindness and efficiency provides a convincing front for an office whose business is brutal interrogation. In 2018, she was a wry but sympathetic narrator in Stravinky's The Soldier's Tale, observing and interacting with events and characters as they played out to music and dance.

At Theatre Network she performed in Marion Bridge and A Beautiful View, both by Daniel MacIvor; in Poster Boys by Michele Riml: and in Bitchslap with Guys in Disguise. In 2016, she appeared for Workshop West in Darrin Hagen's Witch Hunt at the Strand, achieving the unique distinction of being nominated for a Sterling Award for her portrayal of Elizabeth Sterling Haynes in that production. For Shadow Theatre, she played a ruthlessly egotistical Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang (2019).

She has appeared at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre in Deathtrap (2013), The Odd Couple, and Run for Your Wife. In 2015, she convincingly played an obsessive psychologist in Norm Foster's The Long Weekend at the Mayfield.

Davina Stewart is a company member of the improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, which performs weekly at the Varscona Theatre in Edmonton, and has appeared three times in the Soapathon in London, England, at the Chicago Improv Festival, and the Liverpool Metafex Festival. With Leona Brausen and Cathleen Rootsaert, she has produced and appeared in a variety/talk show entitled Hey Ladies! for nine years.

At the new Grindstone Theatre, she appears monthly in Gertrude and Alice with Leona Brausen, Darrin Hagen, and Trevor Schmidt.

She produces the VIP Kids Show at the Varscona Theatre.

Davina Stewart has been awarded the Sterling Award three times. She is married to Dana Anderson, actor, director, improviser, writer, and Artistic Director of the Capital Theatre in Fort Edmonton Park.

Profile by Anne Nothof, Athabasca University

Last updated 2019-05-15