While writing “Shield Maiden” in 2017, the #Metoo Movement was at full tilt boogie. I had a moment where I thought that women warriors were irrelevant. That moment was incredibly short lived. Yours truly was temporarily deluded by hope and denial. The truth is that women warriors are needed now more than ever.
Marginalized people have gained so much in the last few decades. But the current back-sliding of civil rights is terrifying. Our most vulnerable people are at risk. There are amazing white men in power attempting to stave off this tsunami of degradation. Even more powerful are the heroes from the marginalized population. These are the voices that carry. These are the voices we need to hear. “Shield Maiden” represents my very humble attempt to add volume to the uproar.
We need a howling chorus to affect change. Post show panel discussions take the theatrical experience of “Shield Maiden” and demonstrate the power and possibility of modern day women warriors. The panel discusses topics from the play. We cover sexism, gender bias, sexual freedom, trauma and more.
The women warriors on our panels are real life super She-roes. Black belts, politicians, therapists, business leaders, researchers, and artists to name a few. Sheila Norgate is a visual artist and performance artist who boldly states that “the risk of flying without a net finally became smaller than the risk of never having flown at all.”. She inspires so many women to find creative expression despite their fears. Sheila Malcomson is the MLA for the Nanaimo, BC riding. As a politician, Sheila works hard for women, indigenous people and environmental rights. As a human, she encourages women to take positions of leadership.
It’s important to me as the play’s creator that the message NOT end when the curtain drops. Interested in bringing “Shield Maiden” to a theatre near you? Inspired to rally warrior women for a post show panel discussion? Please contact us for more information.
Shield Maiden NYC Tickets are on Sale for Shield Maiden Play in NYC at the United Solo Festival. This prestigious juried festival has invited Shield Maiden to perform on Theatre Row, Off-Broadway on October 31st at 7:30 pm. It’s guaranteed to be a fantastic night. Melanie Teichroeb’s alter ego Ingrid, Viking Woman Warrior, brings truth to Broadway.
It’s Halloween so dress up as your favourite warrior. Or come as a Viking. Or come as your amazing self! Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of the rowdy crowd!
Shield Maiden Play is about a Viking Woman Warrior who addresses sexism, gender bias, sexual freedom, and trauma. Written and performed by Melanie Teichroeb during the birth of the #metoo movement. Think Ted Talks but with a Viking twist.
Shield Maiden Play is going to 42nd Street, New York City for the United Solo Festival !
The United Solo Festival has invited Melanie to perform Shield Maiden on October 31st, 2019. Tickets will be on sale July 15. It’s a huge honour to be chosen for Ufest. This is the world’s largest solo show theatre festival. This year celebrates 10 years for the festival. Last year 80% of the plays were by woman.
We will be reaching out for support for the show. If the first night sells out you get a second night. If that sells out you get a third and so on. Tell your friends and make plans now to be in the audience as your favourite Viking woman warrior conquers 42nd Street in New York’s world famous Theatre District .
Happy New Year Warriors! Today is New Year’s Eve, 2018. I’m slowing down for a moment to look back and reflect on the year and how it unfolded for me.
We are all fighting for something. Some of you made that move to change jobs. Maybe you stood up to an abusive partner or co-worker. Did you decide to finally take more time for yourself when you feel pulled in a million different directions? None of it’s easy. All of it takes extreme courage. I have been so inspired by people sharing their warrior ways with me this year.
As I reflect back on my year, the big stand out for me IS courage and how hard that stuff is to come by. When we finally find some, it is monumentally hard to keep it out in the open. I tend to want to stuff it back into a little hidey hole somewhere. But this year, I’ve had to keep the courage machine pumping…non stop. Oh, I get afraid and want to quit. But for the first time in a long while, I am able to get back out in front of my fears and move forward.
For me, courage came from writing my play, “Shield Maiden”. I’d love to share the play with you. Check the show schedule for venues and times. It gets updated regularly. I’ve got some exciting ones coming up on Gabriola and in Austin, Texas for Frontera Fest.
I could not have found an ounce of courage without the character the play is built around. I’m talking about the amazing, bad ass Viking warrior, Ingrid. Ingrid is so clear. She knows herself. She is uncompromising. The tag line of my play has become my mantra…”Fierce, Sexy, Funny, Uncompromising”. I am sure that if I say it enough times, it will become true. Like Dorothy repeating “There’s no place like home.” Maybe it’s true already. That’s the gift of courage I think. You don’t even know you’ve had it till you look back and reflect. So, here I am. Reflecting. Happy New Year, Warriors!