Shield Maiden

Discovery Series – SHIELD MAIDEN

Thu Mar 16th, 2023 @ 7:30 pm

Port Theatre, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Port Theatre Nanaimo, Discovery Series, Shield Maiden, Melanie Teichroeb, Viking warrior, feminist playwright, Canadian playwright

A Port Theatre Discovery Series Presentation ~ Shield Maiden

Gabriolan Melanie Teichroeb’s, Shield Maiden, has been staged in Austin, Texas and in the theatre district off-Broadway in New York City and is now part of the The Port Theatre’s Discovery Series.

The solo show shines a light on contemporary issues like inequality and sexism using humour and vulnerability. “The #MeTooMovement sparked conversation and change around these issues,” Melanie explains. “People are still working tirelessly to challenge the status quo. The visual impact of a confident woman warrior on stage resonates with audiences. Ingrid is flawed, but very powerful and relatable.”

Despite the pandemic shutdown of live performances, Shield Maiden hit the stages across BC this summer stronger than ever. Melanie said, “This show is loads of fun to perform and to receive the positive feedback that the message is meaningful to women and men alike is such an honour.” 

“Shield Maiden by Melanie Teichroeb is a fierce and funny mash-up of Vikings and a Tony Robbins workshop, and was truly one of the highlights this year of our 26th annual fringe festival, FronteraFest. Not only is it a great script, but Melanie’s performance was just incredible. It was no surprise that it was the best-selling long fringe show of the festival this year. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.” 
– Ken Webster, Artistic Director, Hyde Park Theatre Austin, Texas

Adults $20 | Members $18 | Students $15 (with valid student ID)

Please note: This show is for mature audiences and contains language and subject matter that might be offensive to some.




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  • Discovery Series Sponsor ~ RBC Emerging Artists 
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Written and Performed by Melanie Teichroeb

Funny. Sexy. Fierce. Unapologetic!

Imagine a 10th century Viking TED Talk. Leader, motivational speaker, Ingrid Larsdöttir, reveals the untold truth of Viking shield maidens and what it takes to go to battle. Her presentation is a clarion call that that spans the centuries.  She empowers women to claim their inner warrior and invites men to be allies in the battle for equality.

Melanie wrote this solo show during the birth of the #MeToo movement. Shield Maiden addresses sexism, gender bias, sexual freedom, and trauma. It does so with irreverence, empathy and humour. The dance between strength and vulnerability is explored as the warrior character Ingrid works to recruit new warriors while inadvertently revealing her own dark and violent personal history.   


 “Shield Maiden Play gave me permission to find and then try out becoming my most powerful self. It awakened the badass woman warrior inside me who had been trapped for the past 20 years of my life. And let me tell you, this warrior is fierce, she is brilliant, she is powerful. And I like her. Thank you, Ingrid. Thank you Melanie Teichroeb. Watch out world, here I come.”

 – Chloë Straw, Managing Director, Wave Consulting Ltd.

Head on over to the Testimonials Page for more audience feedback on the impact of Shield Maiden.