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 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 Degree in Theatre and she 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).
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 (Narrator, Matthew’s mother) and she also handled the social media accounts as our Communications Director. 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.