Mairi Babb

Mairi grew up in Victoria, BC where she attended the University of Victoria. She graduated from the theatre department with a BFA (DISTINCTION) in Theatre. After graduation, she immediately joined the company of Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. Following that summer she was cast in the English Suitcase Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet which toured the country for 6 months. She then moved to Winnipeg where she lived for a number of years. During that time she worked at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Manitoba Association of Playwrights, Dry Cold Productions, and Rainbow Stage. She refreshed her Shakespeare training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s Professional Shakespeare Program and began doing work as a voice and text coach for Shakespeare in the Ruins and as a dialect coach for Theatre Projects Manitoba. She was also cast in lead roles at the Citadel Theatre, in Edmonton, Theatre Calgary, Stage West Calgary, and CanStage. In 2009, Mairi and her husband decided to move to Toronto to try new things and dip their toes in a larger pond. Since then, she has worked for Theatre Aquarius, Drayton Entertainment, Theatre Orangeville, Showboat Festival Theatre, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and independent companies such as Eldritch Theatre. Outside Ontario she has performed for at the Charlottetown Festival, the Vancouver Playhouse and RMTC. She was also cast in the Canadian Premiere of War Horse which ran in Toronto at the Princess of Wales for almost a year. After that closed, she joined the North American Tour, where she was given the added responsibility of Puppet Captain - maintaining the integrity of the puppetry work in the show. That adventure continued for almost two years, culminating in a month in Tokyo. Mairi has been contemplating directing for a while, having assisted Marti Maraden on The Odd Couple for Drayton Entertainment. To pursue that goal more actively, she recently took part in the Richard Rose Directing Workshop at the Tarragon Theatre. She will make her directorial debut at Lighthouse Festival Theatre next June with Kate Lynch’s Early August.