a chat with Kristina

Q: Can you introduce yourself?

HI. I’m Kristina. I’m a theatre artist (performer, creator, director and instructor). I’m the director & creator of 12 and I currently live in Ottawa. I love to create work that looks at our relationship with Nature and with one another.

Q: What other theatre projects have you been a part of?

Since relocating to Canada, I’ve performed at theatres including the National Arts Centre, Great Canadian Theatre Company, Theatre 4.669, Mi Casa, Magnetic North Festival, St Lawrence Theatre Festival and Undercurrents Festival. Other projects I’ve created in collaboration with youth include 12 Drops & 1 Moon, Wild Life, and now in development: STUFF. I love to teach and learn; it never ends and for that, I am so grateful.

Q: What does working on 12 mean to you?

It means that I get to allow the passions, fears and truth of young people to be seen, heard and hopefully respected. Although I feel helpless at times with regards to the struggles of the planet, I know that I’m doing something–and something for youth.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the natural world?

Mountains. In particular, the mountains of Colombia, my home.

Q: What is one of your specific Climate Change worries?

That many humans, as a species, continue to operate from a place of ego, power, and with the illusion that they’re more important than the natural world around them. And despite the years of information and awareness, they consciously continue this pattern of action & choice-making. If people can change but choose not to change, what can we do?!

Q: What is a question you would like to ask about Climate Change is?

What will it take for you to stop, just stop — and dare to own your part in what is happening? Can you see the connection between how you are treating the environment and how you treat others who are vulnerable? The problem is intersectional and Climate Change is one glaring repercussion of a myriad of other social injustices.

Q: Do you have a favourite hobby?

Learning about neuroscience. I am seeking the intersection between theatre & science, and how each can grapple with similar questions but in different forms of expression.

Q: What’s your favourite word?