Amy is incredibly charming. By day (and night) she's the Artistic Director for Rapid Fire Theatre, the 3rd longest running theatre sports show in the world. She does the programming and a bit of writing for them, and her improv performances and workshops take her all over the world. She was co-chair for Make Something Edmonton's inaugural year, shaping it into what it is today. Helping people bring their ideas to light was hard work that proved to be very fulfilling for Amy. She's continuing on the Make Something Edmonton Activation Board and putting her smarts to good use on U of A's Alumni Council too.
There's a pattern beginning to emerge on The Noteworthy. Apparently, if you're named Top 40 Under 40 and receive U of A's Alumni Horizon award, I will find you interesting (hello, Adam and Sam!). Naturally, Amy fits this criteria too.
Amy is another young talent that Edmonton is lucky to have. If you've seen her on stage or hosting an event, you can tell that she's very genuine. Her sentimental, warm-hearted nature shows in the favourites she wanted to share.
Amy's Favourite Places
eat & drink// Woodwork - 10132-100 Street
We shared some hickory fries (her fave) when we met at Woodwork. They are like hickory sticks for adults! She is a big fan of gin and loves that Woodwork can walk her through the world of gin (30+ kinds behind the bar). Another favourite: the Brassica Salad (further proof).
eat// Italian Centre Shop - 10878-95 Street
Amy feels like she expands her horizons every time she stops in. There's always a new European snack in packaging you've never seen, and her favourite stop is at the deli counter.
eat// The Lingnan - 10582 104 Street
This family-run restaurant has stood the test of time! In fact, it's kind of a time capsule itself. Amy loves that the decor makes you feel like you've stepped into a movie set. And if you're lucky enough to catch someone there for their birthday, you'll hear the special birthday song straight out of the 1970s. Very charming!
eat// Uncle Ed's Ukrainian Restaurant - 4824-118 Avenue
This is one of Amy's sentimental favourites. It's a kitchy Ukrainian deli in Beverly that she would meet her grandpa at. Or should I say Gido, Amy? You can sit down to eat the traditional Ukrainian delights or take them home with you.
go// Elk Island National Park - Just East of Edmonton: Site 4, R.R.#1, Fort Saskatchewan
More people need to know about/go to Elk Island Park. We're lucky to have a national park so close to the city - it makes us feel like we've escaped to a far away, natural place. Plus, bison!
go// Royal Alberta Museum - 12845-102 Avenue
RAM holds a very special place in Amy's heart. Her father was a scenic carpenter whose work can still be found in some of the older displays. Because of this, she takes notice of the craftsmanship of the exhibits. She can still remember being horrified as a child when she opened some of the drawers with bird specimens in them (and can still be horrified by the same drawers today).
Amy's Favourite Things
covet// Grandpa's Lucky Metal Rabbit
She can't really explain why she loves it so much, but it's a tarnished figurine-type thing that sits with other things from him. Amy's so charmingly sentimental!
covet// Dad's 1970s Peugeot Road Bike
He saved up all his money in high school to buy this bike, and Amy still puts it to good use today. I bet when he was saving he wasn't expecting it would turn into a legacy bike for his daughter, but it's so special that it has.
Amy's Recommended Read
read// Improvise by Mike Napier
He says it how it is and uses a lot of science metaphors for improv and theatre. After improvising for 8 years, she re-read the book and found it even more inspiring than before.
Amy's Words of Wisdom
I was surprised to learn that Amy still gets nervous about going on stage. Improv is fine, but when it's something out of the ordinary like a speech or a video, Amy tells herself, "I'm as ready for this moment as I could possibly be." Everything leading up to that moment has prepared her; A better night's rest, practicing the speech one more time, or wearing a better outfit couldn't help. It's a handy little mantra she learned from a U of A clown course instructor, Mike Kennard.