ABOUT

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SHIELD MAIDEN is funny, sexy, fierce and unapologetic! Imagine a 10th century Viking TED Talk on what it means to be a Viking warrior woman. As Garrison Commander Ingrid Larsdottir comedically endeavours to engage new recruits, she inadvertently reveals her own tragic and violent personal history. Watching her struggle with her trauma is unsettling.Witnessing her tap into her inner strength is inspiring. Ingrid’s clarion call for equality and new recruits wins! She empowers women to reclaim the warrior archetype in a substantive way.

This modern feminist story uses a character from the past to expose the sad reality that not enough has changed in the treatment of women since the time of Vikings…one thousand years ago. The show challenges untruths about women and gendered expectations and is based on an historical character who history gaslit the hell out of. 

“More than a millennium ago in what’s now southeastern Sweden, a wealthy Viking warrior was laid to rest, in a resplendent grave filled with swords, arrowheads, and two sacrificed horses. The site reflected the ideal of Viking male warrior life, or so many archaeologists had thought. New DNA analyses of the bones, however, confirm a revelatory find: the grave belonged to a woman.”

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/article/viking-warrior-woman-archaeology-spd

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT – Melanie Teichroeb

I acknowledge that I am an uninvited guest of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, and gratefully live, work and create on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people.

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Melanie Teichroeb as seen by photographer Bill Pope

Melanie Teichroeb is a playwright, performer and disrupter.

Teichroeb sees her writing and performance art as a way to connect deeply with people through shared emotions and experiences. Feminism and innate curiosity are cemented in her process. Melanie is mother to a fierce daughter and partner with a man who does a darned good of keeping up. She lives on a small Gulf Island off the west coast of Canada.

WOMEN WARRIOR SUPPORT

Robin Kelly was the dramaturg/director for the premier performance in 2018 at Cultivate Theatre Festival, Gabriola.

Nicolle Nattrass was the dramaturg/director for the remount in 2019 at FronteraFest in Austin, Texas and United Solo Theatre Festival on Broadway in NYC!!!!

Sandy Cumberland has played many pivotal roles for Shield Maiden – stage manager, road manager, agent, production manager and more.

Shield Maiden is now officially under the umbrella of The Gabriola Theatre Centre. Producer Jasmine Howes is working with Melanie on Shield Maiden and future shows.

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Each of these women has supported my show and is a valued warrior sister. Sköl!

SHIELD MAIDEN PERFORMANCE HISTORY

2018

Cultivate Theatre Festival, Gabriola Island, workshop (Robin Kelly – Dramaturg/Director)

Phoenix Theatre, Gabriola Island, workshop (Nicolle Nattrass – Dramaturg/Director)

2019

Premier at FronteraFest, Austin, Texas (Nicolle Nattrass – Director)

United Solo Theatre Festival, New York City, New York (Nicolle Nattrass – Director)

2022

Theatre on the Edge, Shuswap, BC (Melanie Teichroeb, Sandy Cumberland – Directors)

Sunset Theatre, Wells, BC (Melanie Teichroeb, Sandy Cumberland -Directors)

2023

Discovery Series, Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC (Melanie Teichroeb – Director)

The Anvil, New Westminster, New West, BC (Melanie Teichroeb – Director)

2024

The Max Cameron Theatre, Powell River, BC (Melanie Teichroeb – Director)

2025

ArtsDepot, London, GB (Melanie Teichroeb – Director)

Canada House, Canadian Embassy, London, GB (Melanie Teichroeb – Director)

CONTRIBUTORS

Hilary Britton-Foster – Lighting Designer

Dave Pettit – Introduction Voice Over

Paul Tedeschini – Additional Voice Over

Dave Teichroeb – Music Editor, Set Construction

Dianna Bonder – Costume Construction

Jules Molloy – Videography/Film Editing

Sean Danby – Film Editing

Mitch Anderson, Dave Teichroeb – Videography

Katt Campbell – ASL Interpretation

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