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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

20 questions with Tracey Power

Tracey next performs in her original musical, Miss Shakespeare, at the Firehall Arts Centre

Meet Vancouver-based theatre professional, Tracey Power.

Tracey will next be seen performing in her original musical Miss Shakespeare at the Firehall Arts Centre (Nov 5-26). With books and lyrics by Power, and music co-written with Steve Charles, it is the story inspired by the Bard’s daughter, whose own creative aspirations come alive as she leads a group of women in something secret, subversive, and illegal: the staging of a play. Visit for tickets and information.

Meet Tracey Power

Tracey was born and raised in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. From 1993 to 1995 she was the director and choreographer of Escapade Dance Studios before moving to Edmonton, Alberta for theatre school.  Since 1996 she has been involved in theatre across Canada and internationally, as well as the television and film industry in Vancouver. Tracey is also a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, and along with Miss Shakespeare and other projects, conceived and directed the critical and audience hit, Chelsea Hotel: The Songs of Leonard Cohen.

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20 Questions with Tracey Power

1 Your first job.

I delivered the Comox Valley GreenSheet, a  paper that’s no longer in existence. My brother and I shared the route, he would distract the vicious attack cat, while I threw the paper as hard as I could at the door. Then we ran for our lives. It was a two person job.

2 The job you always wanted as a child.

To act in a movie with Shelley Long. Or a television show with Shelley Long. Basically anything with Shelley Long.

3 Your pet peeve.

When people walk and text, or talk really loudly on their phones in public places. Both are equally maddening.

4 Your hero.

My Grandma.

5 Your biggest indulgence.


6 One thing no one knows about you.

I still have a baby tooth.

7 Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

My Guitar, a set of encyclopedias, a toothbrush … unless I’m allowed to choose three people, then I’d change my answer.

8 The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9 If you were not pursuing a career as an actor, what would you be doing?

Playing sports.

10 Hero or villain?


11 Your life’s motto/mantra.

Go for it.

12 The song that gets the most play on your iTunes playlist.

Haha. Spoiler Alert … while rehearsing Miss Shakespeare, I’m also choreographing the East Van Panto, so the current tune on repeat involves the lyrics of the amazing Veda Hille and the music of a young Canadian rockstar. It’s good!

13 The last book you read.

“Love” by Elizabeth Von Arnim

14 If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?

Ariel from the Little Mermaid. She seems to have the best of the water and the land worlds, as well as some really funny and loyal friends.

15 What will it say on your grave marker?

I think I’ll pass on the grave marker … I’d rather have my dust float away in the sea. No words necessary.

16 Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Judith Shakespeare.

17 Your idea of happiness.

A cabin. A fireplace. A view of the ocean. Family and friends. A really comfy sweater, and a bottle of wine.

18 The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Giving people an experience in the theatre they’ll never forget.

19 If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?

Go on that trip you’ve been putting off.

20 To be or not to be?

Always to be.

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