About

Want to learn more about Shield Maiden? You are in the right place.

SHIELD MAIDEN is a modern feminist story using a character from the past to highlight the sad reality that not enough has changed in the treatment of women since the time of Vikings…one thousand years ago.

Learn more about Ingrid’s origin story:

“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://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/viking-warrior-woman-archaeology-spd/)

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

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

Melanie Teichroeb as seen by photographer Bill Pope

Melanie Teichroeb is a playwright and performer. Shield Maiden is her first play

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 to a man who does a darned good job of keeping up. Proud native Texan by birth. Grateful Canadian by choice. Melanie lives on a Gulf Island off the west coast of Canada.