MCT Welcomes New Summer Interns!

Mixed Company Theatre is happy to welcome our new summer students Regina Li and Connor Matheson! They join us from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Thanks to Ivey Connects, MCT gets two passionate individuals from the one of the top business schools in Canada and they get to experience working in a non-profit theatre company.

Regina Li

Regina Li

Why did  you want to work for MCT?

I became interested in working for MCT because of the various issues that the company stands up for and the way the organization communicates these issues to the public. I really liked that MCT was doing a lot of youth-related engagements on topics such as bullying and healthy living, so I wanted to get involved. Growing up, I’ve always been involved in the arts, and forum theatre as a way of teaching and empowering the community really intrigued me.

What are you passionate about?

Two things that I’ve very passionate about are health care and youth engagement, which I think go very well together since it’s important make healthy choices at a young age in order to have a healthy lifestyle later on. A lot of issues in health care are now stemming from our society’s more sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits, which can be mitigated through youth education and awareness programs.

What kind of change do you want to make in the world?

I would want more focus and action centered around education and prevention of chronic and mental illnesses. Having more creative awareness methods in the school curriculum would be a good place to start – shows like Project ACT can really demonstrate the negative effects of not making healthy choices. I would also like to see more funding for mental health research; it’s such a prevalent issue that hasn’t really gotten the attention it deserves.

What was your first experience with theatre?

My first unofficial experience with theatre was being in the chorus of my school’s production of Romeo and Juliet in grade 2… which was quite a tragic story for elementary school kids to perform. My first experience as a spectator was in high school to see a production of Hamlet at Stratford. I loved how the themes, actions and emotions from the play transcended time. At times it was hard to understand Shakespearean English, but I could still understand what the overall message was that was being conveyed.

One last question, if you could have lunch with any celebrity (living or dead) who would it be?

I would love to have lunch with Amelia Earhart. She was a strong, independent, and forward thinking individual who managed to take a tough situation and turn it into an amazing opportunity. Despite health problems as well, she was so passionate about flying that she let nothing stop her – I think I could really learn from her determination. Seeing how she was quite progressive for her time, I would love to have a chat with her about what it was like to be able to break down some gender barriers for women, as well as her views on today’s society. Plus, I would finally be able to find out exactly what happened on the infamous flight to Howland Island.

Connor Matheson

Connor Matheson

Why did you want to work for MCT?
I was really attracted to the diverse social impact that MCT has had not just in Toronto but provincially as well. They use such a unique mechanism to inspire change, allowing people to discover answers for themselves, which I think leaves a greater impact.

What are you passionate about?
My biggest passion is making a difference in the world. I feel that I’m in an excellent position to use my knowledge and experience to really make a difference in my community and one day I hope to improve the lives of people around the world.

What kind of change do you want to make in the world?
I’d like to help MCT make a real change in the way that they source revenue. I’d love to ensure that they are able to sustain the great social work that they do in the community while also helping other organizations function to their best.

What was your first experience with theatre?
The first experience with theatre that I remember was being in my elementary school’s production of “A Christmas Carol”. I was one of the smaller senior students so my teacher cast me as Tiny Tim. My reviews weren’t stellar.

One last question, if you could have lunch with any celebrity (living or dead) who would it be?
Joss Whedon.

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"The Mixed Company initiative lit a fire of creativity in the eight staff members who collaborated on the script and courageously performed four real life scenarios about the every day work of front line staff. This approach stimulated discussion about difficult issues in an atmosphere of "no blame" and led to concrete actions we can apply in the workplace."

—Director, Organizational Development, Toronto Community Housing