Thought Residency: Astrid Van Wieren

Thought Residency: Astrid Van Wieren

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First thought.

Bruxism – that’s the grinding of teeth to the point where we grind and clench and we end up fracturing our teeth. And we often don’t even realize we’re doing it. We do it in our sleep. And that’s our loved ones who make us aware. And that if we go on to fix it; we have to fix it because of all the grinding and clenching. We need bridges and crowns. And I think of that grinding as the- and I know that the metaphor breaks down, but sometimes these things just hit you and so you say them- the grinding is the active aggressions that white people perpetuate and the clenching is the holding on to old ideas and thoughts and creating paralysis. And it’s our loved ones who tell us; who point it out. And once we’re aware, we can’t be unaware. So. We need to fix it with bridges and crowns. Bridges to communicate and crowns recognizing the nobility of everyone.

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Astrid is on a long intermission from Broadway where she was playing Beulah & others in the beautiful musical COME FROM AWAY. Her CFA performance earned her a Dora nom from the production’s stopover in Toronto. Other highlights include: Germaine in BELLES SOEURS - the musical (Segal Centre and NAC); Sheilagh Fielding in THE COLONY OF UNREQUITED DREAMS (Artistic Fraud, NFLD); Holly in MYTH OF THE OSTRICH (T.O. Fringe Fest and Next Stage). A graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and U.W.O., Astrid received a Dora Mavor Moore award for playing Lorraine in the intimate drama THIS WIDE NIGHT. Two years ago, she hosted the awards’ event. What a treat! Astrid co-produced, helped write and played the lead in the indie feature THE RIVER YOU STEP IN.