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Shomee talks about his Mask and Mirrors workshop

There’s something a bit zen about sitting with Shomee. You almost feel like you’ve entered this alternate universe that he somehow knows how to navigate with ease. His passion is quiet but intense and listening to Shomee speak about acting and writing and his world of creativity, you become even more drawn to his spirit.  That’s why we’re so excited to have him host workshops with Boomerang. We know the knowledge he is willing to share will make you more thoughtful about whatever you create. When we spoke to Shomee, he also expressed excitement at hosting upcoming workshops along with reflecting on his experiences hosting previous events for Boomerang.  Boomerang: Do you remember your first workshop? Shomee: That was the first time that I’ve taught creative writing to a group of people using kind of all my experiences as an actor and as a writer. It was amazing to finally share that process and just focus on the writing and storytelling. Using my acting coaching model is kind of a beginning.  Boomerang: What kind of …

Family First and Always: Benita & Hilary

Speaking to Benita Black and her eldest daughter Hilary is like a breath of fresh air. They’re light-hearted with an easy-going relationship that comes off more like sisters than mother and daughter. Benita beams when Hilary talks and can’t help injecting her excitement into the conversation.   “She has three jobs, you know,” Benita playfully interrupts as Hilary’s talking. Hilary smiles and confesses that on top of being a land-use planner for the provincial government, she also works at a gym on the weekends and at as a server at Budweiser Stage.  As hectic as that schedule sounds, Hilary still managed to find time to attend Helen Nugent’s apple pie-making workshop with her mother. While that may sound surprising, once you understand the importance they place on family, it all starts making sense.  Tell me about your relationship growing up? Was Benita strict?  Hilary: Compared to my other friends, yes.  Benita: She had to set the table, she had to empty the dishwasher. When there were chores you had to do them.  Hilary: The value of …