In an attempt to raise the profile of  Filipino Artists in Canada the Carlos Bulosan Theatre will be posting selected profiles of artists every day for the next week. This posting stems from an original blog post by aspiring Filipino Artists who came to CBT questioning diversity of Filipino artists on stage and the longevity of life in the Entertainment and Performing Arts sectors.

Today’s Artist is Ma-Anne Dionisio! I first met Ma-Anne two years ago at the Toronto Fringe’s Next Stage Theatre Festival, she was playing the lead in the new musical Just East of Broadway. I had one of those moments, thinking to myself “This is THE MA-ANNE of Les Mis, of Miss Saigon, of….awesomeness.”

Ma-Anne, raised in Winnipeg, was only in her teens when she first starred in the Mirvish Productions’ Miss Saigon at Toronto’s The Princess of Wales Theatre 19 years ago. She went on to play the role of Kim in international productions of Miss Saigon at Theatre Royal Drury Lane (London, U.K.); Capitol Theatre (Sydney); and more recently in 2003, the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera production.

But that’s not all! Here in Canada as she played The Princess in Aladdin (Dayton Entertainment); Sandy in Grease (the Elgin Theatre), and Maria in West Side Story (Stratford Festival), among others.

She reprised the role of Eponine in various productions of Les Miserables in various cities abroad: at the Nico Milan Theatre in Capetown; the Kallang Theatre in Singapore; the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre; and also with the International Touring Company in London.

Oh yaaa she’s also trying her hand at writing and is a member of CBT’s Novice Play Creation Unit.