Film / Television Demo Reel
One Night for One Drop
Comedy Act 'A Great Catch'
Director: Shannan Calcutt
Known for her keen sense of timing, razor sharp wit and extraordinary rapport with an audience, Shannan Calcutt has played an eclectic range of venues worldwide.
From the Sydney Opera House, to San Francisco's Bimbo's 365 Club, to Saskatoon's Wash 'n Slosh Pub. Audiences can see Calcutt nightly on the Vegas Strip, attempting to sell her homemade breast implants in Cirque du Soleil's sensual sensation ZUMANITY. Calcutt has performed for millions of spectators, including the likes of Baz Luhrmann, Roberto Cavalli, Dame Judy Dench, Will Smith, Eddie Murphy, Sting, Aerosmith, Danny DeVito and Dick Van Dyke to name a few.
Calcutt has a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Dramatic Media (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance (University of Victoria) and is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She studied the art form of Clown with master teachers Sue Morrison, Jan Henderson, Michael Kennard and Philippe Gaulier; Bouffon with Philippe Gaulier and Sue Morrison; and Improvisation with The Second City.
One Night for One Drop
Director: Darren Pitura
As one of today's leading funny ladies, Calcutt made a name for herself performing in the internationally-acclaimed solo Izzy trilogy:
Burnt Tongue, It's Me – Only Better! and Out of My Skin, co-written and directed by Sue Morrison. Calcutt played to sold-out audiences and received standing ovations across Canada and the United States. Her performances repeatedly won 5-star reviews and her plays have been broadcast in full on CBC Radio and Canada's Bravo! network. She has won top honors at numerous international fringe festivals as Best Female Performer and has been profiled in the international arts magazines American Theatre and Border Crossings. CBC declared her "a national treasure".
Trilogy Tour Highlights:
Vancouver International Comedy Festival, Comedy Arts Festival, Nakai Comedy Arts Festival, UNO Festival of SOLO PERFORMANCE, Intrepid Theatre, Neptune Theatre, The Grand Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects playRites Festival, Lunchbox Theatre, 25th Street Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Maurice Young Millennium Place, Harbor Theatre and the Canadian Fringe Festival Circuit
I. BURNT TONGUE
"...a spell-binding, comic/poignant tour-de-force performance."
-The London Free Press
"I have never had such a strong emotional connection to a character on stage before. This show is going to become one of those we'll probably talk about 10 years from now."
-CBC Radio, Edmonton
"There is nothing so funny, sad, and purely entertaining as a highly skilled clown, and Shannan Calcutt is that, to be sure. Her charming, radiant alter ego, Izzy, is so thoroughly developed she is unequivocally, as she says, "prepared to be spontaneous" - no matter what the audience may offer up, a five-star performance."
-The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
"Shannan Calcutt is an absolute darling of an actor, and I defy you not to fall under her desperately fragile spell."
-CBC TV, Winnipeg
"Izzy is a seamless mix of pathos, vulnerability and sharp understated wit. Calcutt is a Jedi master of improvisation and she can work a crowd with spellbinding ease, effortlessly including the audience in the performance - like she said, she's always prepared to be spontaneous."
-The Edmonton Sun
"Calcutt does have a gift and the technical skills to work a crowd in an interesting, sometimes inspired manner. It's no easy feat - the theatrical equivalent to walking a dental-floss tight rope sans safety net. Calcutt is truly an adventuresome performer who redefines the audience/performer relationship in a thought-provoking way."
-The Victoria Times Colonist