Danielle first began her improv journey in grade eleven and was hooked right away. Soon after high school university drama classes took priority and improv was put on hold.
After a long hiatus, and an education degree, she finally took the plunge at age 26 and enrolled in classes with Rapid Fire Theatre. Danielle is so happy to be a part of Rapid Fire Theatre and loves the energy she gets from the audience. Every show is different and it’s exciting to see how scenes and characters surprise you each night. When she’s not improvising Danielle can be seen “shaping young minds” as a teacher, cuddling her dog Fergus, or planning her next trip traveling to exotic locations.
TV Shows: 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Broad City, Portlandia, The Mindy Project, The IT Crowd, The Simpsons, Vikings, and any travel show.
Movies: Moulin Rouge, Amelie, The Life Aquatic, Moonrise Kingdom, Mean Girls, Napoleon Dynamite, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Anchorman.
Actors: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Dowd, Andy Samberg,
Video Games: Original Nintendo Super Mario Brothers (but only with my older sister, where I’m only allowed to play Luigi)
Books: Bossypants, Yes Please, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Harry Potter, and improv books
Music: Franz Ferdinand, Mother Mother, Florence and the Machine, Beck, The Spice Girls and other 90’s favorites, 2000’s club bangers, and Big Shiny Tunes 1-6.
Websites: Netflix and youtube (almost exclusively for videos with baby animals)
Food: Pizza with a glass of red wine.
Words to live by: “Stop eating people’s old french fries, pigeon. Have some self respect. Don’t you know you can fly?”- Tracy Morgan
If you don’t want to hang out at the dentist or with your creepy uncle we probably won’t either.
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH RAPID FIRE?
I took the public workshops and was invited to audition. It was equal parts amazing and terrifying.
WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL IMPROV SCENE?
The key to a successful improv scene is commitment. If the characters are committed to listening to each other and reacting to offers with honesty you can make interesting discoveries together.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS YOU CAN OFFER AUDIENCE MEMBERS ABOUT GIVING SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVISERS?
A good suggestion is something you want to see an actual scene about, or something you would be excited to see on stage. If you don’t want to hang out at the dentist or with your creepy uncle we probably won’t either.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT SHORT FORM VS. LONG FORM AND VICE VERSA?
I like short form improv for finding games within the scene and being able to play strange characters. In long form it’s great to have the time to explore how a character feels and develop a strong backstory.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR IMPROV STYLE?
Vaguely Eastern European with heavy references to things that happened in the 90’s.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT ON STAGE?
I was in a long form scene where I was playing a child that had been put up for adoption. As an adult I was finally having the conversation with my birth mother about why she gave me up and I felt so emotionally moved as my character. It was really cool to experience going from making jokes to almost in tears in a matter of minutes onstage.
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF RFT?
Outside of RFT I am a teacher. Right now I teach Jr. High half time and tutor literacy one-on-one the other half of the time.
HOW DOES IMPROV COME IN HANDY IN YOUR DAY-TO-DAY LIFE?
In front of 30 grade 8 students improv definitely comes in handy. My improv background allows me to make people laugh which is a big identity thing for me.
DESCRIBE WORKING FOR RAPID FIRE IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:
It’s having the same feeling that you get from listening to your favourite 2000’s club banger.