Ma-Anne Dionisio is best known for originating the role of Kim in the Canadian production of “Miss Saigon” and subsequently performing around the world. She currently plays Diana Goodman in the Musical Stage Company’s production of “Next to Normal” in Toronto.
J. Kelly Nestruck wrote this in the Globe and Mail about Dionisio’s performance: “Dionisio performs with so much intensity and emotion that you often feel as if you’re inside Diana’s restless skin, being crammed with mood-stabilizing medications or zapped with brain-jolting electricity….[Dionisio] brings an aching fragility to the role”
In our podcast Ma-Anne shares how she went from being a 17-year-old nerd to an international musical theatre sensation.
Ma-Anne reminds us that actors who portray mental illness on stage need self-care practices off stage to help them cope with the stress.
She is also very candid about her experience as a single mother working in theatre.