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Melanie Teichroeb, Playwright/Performer
SHIELD MAIDEN – Written and Performed by Melanie Teichroeb
Funny. Sexy. Fierce. 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 prevails! She empowers women to reclaim the warrior archetype in our modern world.
This modern feminist story uses a character from the past to expose the 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://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/09/viking-warrior-woman-archaeologyspd
Melanie has performed Shield Maiden across British Columbia, Canada, Austin, Texas (Frontera Fest) and in New York City on Broadway (United Solo Theatre Festival).
Melanie is a hard of hearing performer (lip reading and hearing aids) and is working to make her show more accessible to marginalized audiences. The Port Theatre show in 2023 included ASL interpreter, Katt Campbell, on stage.
Learn more about Melanie here.
CBC’s Margaret Gallagher interviews Melanie Teichroeb on her one-woman show “Shield Maiden,” inspired by a Viking woman warrior.
Aired: March 12, 2023
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Hilary Britton-Foster – Lighting Designer
Dave Pettit – Introduction Voice Over
Paul Tedeschini – Additional Voice Over
Dave Teichroeb – Music Editor, Video Editing and Videography, Set Construction
Dianna Bonder – Costume Construction
Jules Molloy – Videography/Film Editing
Sean Danby – Film Editing
Mitch Anderson – Videography
Katt Campbell – ASL Interpretation