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Shel Wyminga is an actor, producer and teacher based in Vancouver, BC.
Shel Wyminga was born purple from asphyxia and couldn't cry for the first several moments of their life. Thankfully, they soon managed to catch a breath and hasn't shut up since. They eventually embraced the inevitable and completed their BFA in Acting through the School of the Arts, Media, and Culture at Trinity Western University where they studied Visual Art alongside their theatrical pursuits. Primarily an actor, Shel has enjoyed the freedom to dabble in many areas of theatre creation and performance, developing skills as a scenic painter, costume designer, playwright, and producer based in Vancouver, BC.
In the Fall of 2018, Shel joined Pacific Theatre as a company apprentice for the 2018/19 season. It was during this year that they fell in love with producing and the thrill of being the one to pull the strings behind the scenes. To wrap up their apprenticeship, Shel produced a female led, ensemble driven retelling of Henry V in which she played the title role. Shel is a Shakespeare fanatic and is particularly interested in playing with classical text through ensemble exploration with the goal of breaking past some of the "shoulds" to find more "coulds."
Shel now teaches Voice and Movement at Vancouver Acting School, in addition to children's classes at Vancouver Young Actors School.
Shel is also an FCD certified Actor Combatant and has a great love of all things that smash, slash and stab.
Never one to pass up a chance to tell a good story, Shel spends all their free time in imaginary worlds, playing Dungeons and Dragons, running games, writing, and painting monster minis.
Recent acting credits include Jo March in Little Women-Workshop (Far From The Tree), Edgar in King Lear (Promethean), Jane in (/hello, world); (Mindstorm Radio), Jo March in Little Women-audio play (Far From The Tree), Marta Reddy in Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree), Henry and The Dauphin in Henry V (Stone's Throw), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shadows and Dreams), Gloria in It's A Glorious, Wonderful Life (Morrow's Lark), and various roles in Still The Kettle Sings (Plan Z Theatre).
Playwright credits include A Hero For Now (staged reading with Stone's Throw), It's a Glorious, Wonderful Life (Morrow's Lark), Chasing Tina and Vicissitudes (SAMC Theatre.)
To see more of Shel's recent theatre work check out www.farfromthetreeproductions.com
To witness their Dungeons and Dragons obsession, follow them at @dungeon.master.shel on Instagram.