Meet our creative team
Meraki [mer-ah-kee] (adjective)
Meraki is a Greek word 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 production of “The Laramie Project” (May, 2018), co-directed our 2019 production and Manitoba premiere of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” and recently co-wrote and co-produced “Quest” which was performed for the 2019 Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Kids Fringe). She was born in Winnipeg and has been studying theatre formally and informally for over ten years. She graduated from the Faculty of Education (June 2017) at the University of Winnipeg with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and she loves sharing her passion for theatre and love of learning with her students. This Spring, Taylor had the opportunity to perform in Théâtre Cercle Molière’s production of Expressions Vives which toured across Manitoba. Taylor also works with many other organizations including Get REAL Manitoba, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and Rady Jewish Community Centre.
Mackenzie Kolton is the Production Manager of Meraki Theatre Productions and has loved growing with this theatre company over the past few years. She has been involved with and acted in all of Meraki's productions and has loved sharing stories of compassion, hope, and empathy. Aside from Meraki, Mackenzie is the Program Coordinator of Get REAL Manitoba, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating safe spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ youth across Canada. She coordinates a youth after-school program and tours schools sharing her story to encourage schools to promote messages of acceptance in their classrooms. Mackenzie is also very excited to be making her Royal MTC debut in their production of Fun Home which runs from Nov 13-30. She can't wait to continue with Meraki!
Carly Rackal graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2018 with her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Acting. Since then, she has been creating and performing comedy sketches and plays with her comedy group Not My Favourite Daughter! She first joined the Meraki team as the co-director for The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later. As an artist of colour and a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Carly is committed to giving a voice to those whose stories are not told often enough. She loves that theatre has the ability to be both educational and therapeutic and loves the joyful feeling creating comedy brings to her life. She is very excited to be a part of the Meraki team!
Katrina Lengsavath is a Grade 12 student at Gordon Bell High School. She started exploring musical theatre and acting at thirteen years old with her very first lead as Cinderella in “Into The Woods Jr”. Her interest grew as she continued doing musical productions with Theatre Dance Centre over the following years. During the 2018/2019 season, she was a Stage Manager and Teaching Assistant at TDC. Her time with Meraki Theatre Productions began when she volunteered as a Production Assistant for “Quest” during Winnipeg Fringe Festival (July 2019). Katrina has a passion for both performing arts and athletics, and balances those ambitions throughout the year. She hopes to share a perspective that has been shaped by her involvement and interaction with a variety of communities and activities. She aims to jump into her senior year with an emphasis on “meraki” (love, creativity, and soul) to make it one of the most memorable yet!