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 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. This Spring Taylor had the opportunity to perform in Théâtre Cercle Molière’s production of Expressions Vives which toured across Manitoba. 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.
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!