Happy To Be Here
Written & performed by Maryse Fernandes
"How about: A ONE-CLOWN TOUR DE FORCE?"
"This is a terrible idea."
"No, it's a good idea!"
"Say there's no show."
"Do the show!!"
"No, thank you."
"What are you afraid of?"
"Death, but also failure."
Maryse Fernandes is an Ottawa born actor, writer, and sometimes visual artist. She attended the drama program at Canterbury Arts High School and went on to train as an actor at The National Theatre School of Canada. Performances she's particularly proud to have been a part of include: girls!girls!girls! (as Jam) with Cart Before The Horse, The Servant of Two Masters (as Clarice) with Odyssey Theatre, The Gouzenko Affair (as Svetlana Gouzenko) with The Cellar Door Project, and Love's Labour's Lost (as Katherine) with Dauntless City Theatre, Toronto.
A word from the creator:
"Armed with several mental health diagnoses and a new lease on life, I chose not to complete my training at NTS and instead returned to Ottawa.
"What happened over the next few years was an odyssey of navigating the world of the mental health system, therapy, stigma, and diagnosis. When I felt ready to begin acting again I realized that my experience, though unique to me, was not an uncommon one. I also realized that the only way I was able to get through the worst of it was by laughing at myself and my own situation. The show started as some writing that made me laugh when things seemed like they'd never be funny again.
"My goal with Happy To Be Here is to connect with audience members who have experienced mental health problems either personally or through a loved one and to let them know they're not alone, if only for a moment!"