In our continuing special holiday series featuring the contributors at Vancouver Presents, we meet writer, theatre-maker, choreographer, and Vancouver Presents dance specialist, Andrea Loewen.
Meet Andrea Loewen
Andrea is a writer, theatre-maker, and choreographer who can’t stop loving Vancouver. She is currently transitioning from an eleven-year stint as director of marketing and then associate Manager at Pacific Theatre to take the mantle of Managing Director at Presentation House Theatre, which is still a bit of a challenge to wrap her head around.
On top of Vancouver Presents, she writes for Huffpost Canada, Loose Lips Magazine, and her own site, The Receptionist.
She is also publishing her first book, “Feeling Better: A Field Guide to Liking Yourself” in February.
In her spare time she likes to read fantasy novels, drink green tea (or whiskey), and cuddle with her cat, Miss Gertie Marie.
20 Questions with Andrea Loewen
1. Your first job.
Weighing babies at public health immunization clinics.
2. The job you always wanted as a child?
The first career I declared for myself was a ballerina. After that it quickly expanded to actress/dancer/writer/photographer/singer/interior designer/psychologist. I’m working on the list.
3. Your pet peeve.
When things get put away all willy-nilly. Just look at where other things are and put your thing in the right spot! There is no good reason to stack a plate on top of the bowls!
4. Your hero.
5. Your biggest indulgence.
Too many hours of Netflix and popcorn.
6. One thing no one knows about you.
I’m a pretty open book … Maybe the fact that I deliberated for five minutes this morning over which socks to wear?
7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
A notebook, something to write with, and Essex.
8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
Weird. (In a good way?)
9. If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you be doing?
I would be a psychologist.
10. Hero or villain?
I try hard to be a good guy, but it’s fun to be a bad guy from time to time – at least in pretend-land.
11. Your life’s motto/mantra.
Life is long. (I don’t have to try to do every single thing right now.)
12. Your favourite playwright?
John Patrick Shanley.
13. The last book you read.
“Almost Everything” by Anne Lamott.
14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be?
One of Ariel’s sisters. Like Andrina or something.
15. What will it say on your grave marker?
Hopefully not “she was very busy.”
16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
Lucifer. There’s got to be some interesting conversation there.
17. Your idea of happiness.
A completed to do list, a cat on my lap, a tea in my hand, and a buddy at my side.
18. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your twenty-year-old self?
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself – you are a worthwhile person without all the accomplishments.
19. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
This one always makes people feel weird when I say it, but honestly, it’s the fact that I was able to work hard and teach my brain to stop hating myself and learn that I am a person with value.
20. To be or not to be?
To be, all the time.