Erin Maxwell Albert
Kompany Performer, Stage Manager & Production Assistant
Erin Maxwell Albert has dreamed of the stage since she was young; whether she was acting, singing, or dancing. When she was 15, she made her first appearance with Kompany Family Theatre at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in Fairly Scary Fairy Tales and since then has enjoyed a long lasting relationship with Kompany Family Theatre, performing in A Squealy Moo Christmas & Holiday Ho! Ho! Ho!, Kompany’s Roving Storytelling, Stage Managing The Beaux Stratagem, teaching in Kompany’s preschool drama classes, and helping with production matters. Erin graduated with a BA in Drama at Concordia University (Edmonton) in 2014 is enjoying trying her hand at the different aspects of professional theatre: teaching improv, dance, and musical theatre and performing locally & internationally.
What’s your earliest memory of the theatre?
I remember seeing my Aunt, Lori (Biamonte)Mohacsy, in a production of “Talking to Trees”, a memoir of Emily Carr. It was at the Edmonton Fringe Festival in the early 2000’s, I was quite young, and I just remember thinking she was a total celebrity and that my Aunt was famous. After that day, I aspired to be just like her.
What’s been your favourite role with Kompany?
My favourite role with Kompany was my very first role, as a teen camper in the Squealy Moo: Fairly Scary Fairy Tales show. I was 15, it was my very first professional acting gig and experience at the fringe, and because of that, it holds a special place in my heart.
What’s your favourite children’s book?
My favourite children’s book is a Fairy Tale Treasure Trove that my Grandma used to read to us. I still have it, and the fairy tales, down to the illustrations still remind me of many tea parties being read to out of that book. I use it for teaching today!
What’s your favourite sea creature?
There was a time in my life that I was convinced I was going to be a marine biologist. I was obsessed with dolphins! I still love them very much.
What’s your favourite thing to eat?
Food is my favourite thing to eat. All forms, temperatures, shapes, sizes. It’s all beautiful. However, I am the co-founder of a poutine club so I guess you could say that that holds some superiority.
Which would you rather have for a pet: a dog, a cat, a fish, or a bird?
To me, animals that I couldn’t wrap my arms around to cuddle and play with just weren’t really worth having. I absolutely love my sassy, stripy, cat, KitKat and it is a life-long goal to own a Golden Retriever.
Which would you rather have for a pet: a shark, a tiger, an alligator, or a t-rex?
Shark, hands down. Not only because of the marine biology thing, but Shark Week.
Would you rather live in a medieval castle, a futuristic space station or a Jurassic jungle?
Castles have always held a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s my love of fairy tales, and secret passageways, and moats filled with crocodiles but castles just open up so many options!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I have always wanted to see Hawaii. Not just because of the whole “destination vacation” thing but it just seems to have such a beautiful culture and history. Surfing, hiking, dolphins, ukuleles, hula dancing, flowers, Lilo & Stitch. It lacks nothing.
What’s your favourite memory of working with Kompany?
Oh man, where do I begin! I have met and gotten to work with some seriously cool people. I got to go up north and live the carnie life with Jenn for a weekend doing roving story telling, I got to relive Christmas with thousands of kids for two seasons alongside some great friends, rehearsal and work with Jan is never a dull moment, and I got truly appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears that go into being a stage manager after being the SM for Beaux Stratagem, one of my favourite shows to date. Kompany has provided me with, and continues to provide me with the best of childhood and adulthood being brought together through theatre. If I’m going to get specific though, there was a cheeky little boy this past Christmas who only after grilling me with questions about Christmas and Santa, was convinced that I was an elf. Another goal of mine, to be an elf.
We know you’re secretly just a very tall 10 year old, but what do you think is something you’ve really carried with you from childhood?
I think I’ve carried with me the hope for really amazing things to happen. I’ve always been a huge dreamer, lover of grand romances (did I mention that I like fairy tales?), and believe in rather fantastic things. Though adulthood has brought more reality to my perspective, I still hold onto the belief that really anything can happen. And I mean, why not?