Calla Adubofour-Poku is a queer, Afro-Indigenous improviser, actor, and creator from Coast Salish territory (Salt Spring Island, BC) and after graduation she will be based in Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba).
Calla had a vibrant start to her theatrical journey through devising theatre at the Gulf Island School of Performing Arts. During her early arts education, she also discovered her love of improv, and had the opportunity to perform and excel in a range of venues; from riffing at local legions to winning national competitions. This experience left Calla with a deep appreciation for instantaneous art and the radical joy and laughter that is ingrained within it.
Calla is currently in her graduating year of the Acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. Throughout her time at NTS, Calla has worked with many theatre practitioners who have inspired her and provided her with an exceptional toolbox. Some of these artists include Jackie Maxwell, Ann-Marie Macdonald, and Tim Welham. Calla finds open and honest character exploration to be a thrilling part of her artistic process. Some of her favourite NTS credits include Constantine in Maybe Not Tomorrow (directed by Jiv Parasram and Christine Quintana and co-written by the Acting cohort of 2023) and Viola in Twelfth Night (directed by Danielle Irvine). Calla looks forward to meeting every future project she does with curiosity and authenticity.
Calla intends to use her NTS training to breathe life into conventionally untold (or unheard) stories with vibrancy. Her theatrical interests lie in collective creation and discovering the healing nature of storytelling through creating art for others within her community.