Meet our creative team
Meraki [mer-ah-kee] (adjective)
Meraki is a Greek word often used to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you're doing, whatever it may be.
Founder & Artistic Director
Our founder, Taylor Gregory, created Meraki Theatre Productions in January of 2018. Meraki Theatre Productions was born after Taylor had the opportunity to teach IB Theatre at ACS Athens International School in Greece and the word "meraki" is a Greek word which means to put love, creativity and your soul into what you do. Taylor directed our most recent production of “The Laramie Project” (May, 2018) and previously had the opportunity to assistant direct the same play when she was teaching in Athens, Greece. She was born in Winnipeg and has been studying theatre formally and informally for over ten years. She recently graduated from the Faculty of Education (June 2017) at the University of Winnipeg with her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in both the Acting stream and in Drama in Education. Taylor is a second-year teacher in Seven Oaks School Division and loves sharing her passion for theatre and love of learning with her students. Taylor has previously worked at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Rady Jewish Community Centre, Theatre Dance Centre, and The University of Winnipeg (Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, House Manager).
Rebekah Hatherly is currently a fifth year student at the University of Winnipeg and will be graduating this spring. Rebekah is an active member of the LGBTTQ2IA&* community through multiple projects in Winnipeg. Theatre has been a key part of Rebekah’s life and has created wonderful lasting relationships, and provided the opportunity to explore important issues through art. She has had the pleasure acting, singing and working on numerous shows in Winnipeg, a favourite being the Production Manager of Meraki Theatre Productions. Last year’s involvement with Meraki included helping organize the “End Hate” fundraiser which showcased local artists’ talents. She was thrilled to also act in and play an active role behind the scenes in the execution “The Laramie Project”. In the summer of 2018, Rebekah had the opportunity to be a Cabin Leader at Rainbow Resource Centre’s Camp Aurora. This program works directly with some of the youth that the Meraki Theatre Productions’ donation helped to support. Additionally, Rebekah looks forward to supporting the ongoing partnership with Meraki and Rainbow Resource’s program BLiNK.
Mackenzie Kolton is a University of Manitoba Women and Gender’s Studies student. She has been involved in musical theatre, acting, and performing since a very young age. Some of her favourite performances include Shrek (Pinnochio), Annie (Grace), Charlie Brown (Sally), and The Banana Man Fringe 2018 (Waitress). In Meraki Theatre Productions “The Laramie Project”, Mackenzie could be seen on stage in moments that included Matthew’s mother, as well she handled the social media accounts and was heavily involved behind the scenes. Mackenzie’s most recent project has been working with The Get REAL Movement. She traveled to Toronto last summer to build an After-School Program that recently started up in Manitoba in January 2019. She is excited to work with high-school students across the city and reinforce the “end hate” message in Manitoba.
Production Company Consultant
Dagen Perrott is an Actor, Producer and Musician based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dagen took on both the roles of Assistant Director and Actor in Meraki Theatre Productions’ “The Laramie Project” (May, 2018). He has performed with Knavish Hedgehog Productions, MTYP's Young Company, and a half dozen other one-off productions around town. Dagen has also performed with Mystery Co. for the past several years as inspector James Buchanan and this year their production of “Case at the Edge of the Woods” toured across Manitoba. He is currently a student at the University of Winnipeg. Dagen is delighted be able to lend his experience and knowledge to the incredible team at Meraki Theatre Productions and can't wait to share their vision with Winnipeg.