When it Feels Like Cleaning the Bathroom
by Estelle Rosen
Danielle Skene has been working in professional theatre for over 15 years as an actor, teacher, administrator, playwright and stage manager. Her most recent credits include Waiting for the Barbarians, (Segal Theatre), Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop), The Taming of the Shrew (Repercussion Theatre Company), Same Time, Next Year (Segal Theatre), Ars Poetica (Infinithéâtre), The Little Prince (Geordie Productions) and both Gemini and Forty Carats for the Dawson College Theatre Program. This May, Ms Skene will stage manage Scapegoat Carnivale’s staged reading of Faust at the Segal Studio.
When I look back, I was leaving acting behind for quite some time, in the mid 2000s I was teaching acting, working in theatre administration and dabbling behind the scenes but I was starting to act a lot less. I took some time off from the theatre world and started a family. Once it was time to go back to work, I started to put together my acting CV, looked through my headshots, thought about calling my agent but instead of feeling excited about starting back, I just felt exhausted and disinterested. It felt like I was going to clean the bathroom.