Annette is one of the founders of and 25 year Artistic Associate of Edmonton’s much beloved, Freewill Shakespeare Festival. She is equally proud now to be one of the founders of SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival. She is passionately committed to bringing audience and artists together and making all art forms accessible. Annette has been a professional actor and instructor for over 25 years. Some favorite roles include Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (Sterling Nomination), Elizabeth in Richard III, both for the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, The Last Train, Shadow Theatre, Rabbit Hole ATP Calgary, her own play, The Passion of Mary, Strike The Musical, Workshop West Theatre and A Christmas Carol for The Citadel Theatre, and The Mothers for SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival.
Brianne was born in Edmonton, Alberta and has been involved in the theatre world since she was young. After graduating from the Theatre Arts Program at Grant MacEwan University, Brianne was fortunate to have the opportunities to travel around the world. She is co-founder of Poiema Productions, a local non-profit theatre company that has kept her busy writing, producing, and acting. The company also hosts Fashion For Freedom, an annual event in support of a different charity each year. She is also the co-founder of the photography company, BB Collective. She continues to love learning more about each aspect of the creation process as she takes on different roles in the community, and is so excited to be on board with SkirtsAfire Festival since 2016!