#158 – Lisa Norton
A Toronto native and graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Lisa Norton has had the pleasure of splitting her time between the worlds of stage, screen and voice acting.
Her twenty-year theatre career has taken her across Canada to major venues including The Arts Club (Vancouver), Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), Theatre Calgary, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Globe (Regina), The Segal Centre (Montreal), Odyssey Theatre (Ottawa), Theatre Aquarius (Hamilton), and Thousand Islands Playhouse, as well as throughout the U.S. on tour with Roseneath Theatre. At home in Toronto, some of Lisa’s favourite stage appearances include The Model Apartment (Harold Green Jewish Theatre), Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage), And Up They Flew (Theatre Columbus), Den of Thieves (Surface Underground), Better Living and Escape From Happiness (Factory Theatre), An Acre of Time (Tarragon), and The Innocent Eye Test (Mirvish Productions). Lisa premiered new work at the Blyth Festival for three summers, played the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the inaugural season of Newmarket’s Resurgence Theatre, and was a member of the esteemed Shaw Festival acting company for five years, performing in eleven shows including Picnic, Widowers’ Houses, Hay Fever, andlate great director Neil Munro’s full six-hour Man and Superman. While at the Shaw, she was chosen by then-Artistic Director Christopher Newton as the recipient of a Toronto Arts Protégé Honour.
Busy treading the boards, Lisa got around rather late to trying her hand at fim and TV, but has since found success in that realm as well. Her most recent appearances are in the film A Deadly View and the new TV series Carter (Sony Pictures/Bravo). Other work includes a recurring role as famous anarchist Emma Goldman in Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury Films); appearances on Reign (CBS/Warner Bros./The CW), Fringe (Warner Bros./Fox), Rookie Blue (Global/ABC); Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story (Lifetime Network); Degrassi (CTV); Living In Your Car (Movie Central), and the role of war widow Edith McCallum on Global Television’s hit WWII series Bomb Girls.
More recently, Lisa discovered a whole new crazy and rewarding job upon breaking into the world of voice acting. As well as using her dulcet tones to sell you everything from cars to tuna to cell phones in dozens of TV and radio ads, Lisa has voiced characters in numerous cartoons including Atomic Puppet (Disney XD), Rocket Monkeys (Teletoon), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: The Series (Sony/Teletoon), Creative Galaxy (Amazon); Doozers (The Jim Henson Company), The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog (Muse/TVO), Willa’s Wild Life (Nelvana/YTV), and Detentionnaire (Teletoon). Lisa also provides the voice and motion capture perfornance of Lydia Frye in the Ubisoft game Asssassin’s Creed: Syndicate. She is currently recording one of the lead roles in the upcoming CBC Kids series Glowbles, and will be back on stage in March, in Pyretic Productions’ Blood of Our Soil at the Tarragon Extra Space.
See Lisa in Eldritch Theatre’s Space Opera Zero, at the Red Sandcastle Theatre, until Dec 2.