ABOUT KRISTINA WATT
Kristina was born in Scotland, grew up in Colombia & Ottawa, and when awarded a scholarship to study in North Carolina, spent most of her artistic training and early career in the United States & England. After eight years in New York, she relocated to Ottawa in 2003, and since has worked as an actor, theatre creator, instructor and the director of 100 Watt Productions: Innocent Anarchy. Recent acting projects include A Christmas Carol (NAC), PARTICLE (Undercurrents), Angel Square (GCTC), Generous (GCTC), Up to Low, and God of Carnage, Woyzeck's Head & The Dumb Waiter (Third Wall), The Tempest (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Company) & 2 years of Subdevision--the last creation being oh dear oh dear. Other acting projects include Love's Labours Lost (National Arts Centre), The Optimists (GCTC), Medea (Magnetic North Festival), Blackbird and Top Girls (Third Wall). She has received three Prix Rideau Awards for Best Female Performance.
Since the Ottawa launch of 100 Watt Productions in 2009, she has created six original creations inspired by a love/concern for the planet such as WILD LIFE (Ottawa International Children’s Festival) and 12 Drops and 1 Moon (Museum of Nature). 100 Watt is driven by collaborations with professionals & youth of Ottawa, in which all ages grow creatively, side by side. For the National Arts Centre, she co-developed THE THREE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL with Ottawa school-children, is Artistic Director of the Third Wall Academy (youth aged 16-20 train & perform annually), has served as the Ottawa Artist & Facilitator of Uth Ink (Playwright’s Guild of Canada), and for six years worked on Our Stories (with York Street Public School)—a project that allows immigrant children and less privileged (financially) youth bring their life-stories to the stage. 100 Watt Productions created The Women Come and Go… for the Ottawa Fringe Festival (performing with Mary Ellis).
While in the United States she worked in theatre, radio, film/TV projects including One Life To Live, Bull Durham, MTV Comedy Shorts, and Rescue 911.
For five years, she has created the 100 Watt Earth Stage at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival: a showcase of performing arts by children and youth for audiences of all ages, linked thematically by a love & curiosity for nature.
As a teacher artist and coach, she is currently an Invited Professor in the department of theatre at the University of Ottawa. With 100 Watt, she partners with the Ottawa Children's Theatre, teaching children from 6 to 16. She is the Performance Coach for Josh Allen, a young figure skater ranked in the top 10 nationally. With Sarah Garton Stanley, Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, she collaborates on an innovative theatre & technology project called the SpiderWebShow, in which her students at the University of Ottawa contribute to the national ‘virtual theatre space.’ She coaches lawyers and litigators in communication skills and persuasive rhetoric techniques.
She has served her fellow artists and community as a member of the Board of Directors at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and as Department of Theatre Part-time Professor Union Rep at the University of Ottawa for over 5 years.
She loves to draw and dance. See her cards here.