Ayla Stephen- Maria
Ayla Stephen is the Artistic Associate for The Shakespeare Company and created our Outreach Program. She has acted and directed many times for TSC, most recently as Cassius in the Julius Caesar Outreach show in the fall.
You played Viola in Twelfth Night while at the University of Calgary. What do you remember most about that experience? I really connected to Viola’s relationship with Orsino at the time. My teenage and college years were full of unrequited love for people that thought of me as a really great friend. It really reminded me of all the long late night phone calls and MSN Messenger convos that I would have with my friend Trevor when he would tell me all about what happened with the girl he liked, and how she was playing games with his heart. And inside my heart I was like, “I love you, Trevor!” But I held it all in. Trevor, if you’re reading this you should know, I’m over it.