Staff Profile – Fiona Suliman, Administrative Assistant

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How long have you worked for Soulpepper and what is it that you do?

I have been working at Soulpepper as the Administrative Assistant for 1 year, 3 months, 6 days and approximately 5 hours and 5 minutes.  My love affair with Soulpepper started long before that though.  In June of 2004 I was Paula Wing’s assistant in the Soulpepper Youth Mentorship Program.  Back then the Young Centre was about 2 months away from the ground breaking so we were working out of the Elgin Theatre rehearsal space (la-de-da!).  So after trying to recreate the feeling of loving my job somewhere else I decided that I would try with all my might to get back to working at Soulpepper and I finally wore them down…and now I get to say, with all of my heart, that I love my job.  As the Administrative Assistant I am a part of a fantastic trio in the front office.  The great part about my job is that I get to interact with everyone who walks through our doors, be it delivery people, students who are participating in education programs, my beautiful coworkers or the talented artists.  As well, I get to dabble in a little bit of everything, from helping the finance department with certain reporting to helping the Artistic Coordinator run audition calls to being involved with Board meetings and most recently, starting a social committee with Erin Vandenberg, MFA.

When you’re not at your desk, what are you doing?

I love spending time with my family, they are really supportive and a wonderful bunch so, I’ll be hanging with them.

I’ve also just learned about Netflix so, you know, there’s that.

As well, I love swimming, biking, (I like) running [not ready to say “love” yet] – this combination is due to the fact that I participated in a sprint triathlon two years ago.  I like to push my limits physically and try to do something I may have said “I can’t” to in the past with the goal to finish and say that I have accomplished it.  Right now my main focus is learning Brazilian Jujitsu, but most of my time is spent looking for a dojo that doesn’t cost a million dollars a month (a slight exaggeration!)

I also love to read – I used to say that when I was in school it wasn’t true then, but now it is very true!  I was recently told about BMV and since I have bought 5 Paolo Coelho books (at discounted prices) which makes me very happy!

What kinds of shows/productions/events have you been involved in and what have you been working on lately?

I am a poet.  I went to a few poetry slams in 2006 and got hooked.  I had been writing poetry since I was young but only began writing performance poetry in 2009.  I have since performed at The Drake Underground, Trane Studios, Mississauga’s Celebration Square and Faith Style’s Honour Your Style Event.  I love the fact that I can get on stage and for 3 minutes I have something written just for me, by me.  It’s a great feeling to share my work with people and the poetry community in Toronto is pretty big but also amazingly accepting and welcoming.  Most recently I performed a piece I wrote 2 years ago called Perfect, Whole and Complete, which is funny because that is how I feel when I’m here a lot of the time!

What do you love about being a part of the staff at Soulpepper?

In 2004 Soulpepper showed me what life could be like if I loved my job and it kind of ruined me for any other place of work.  I have worked in places where the people were fun but the work wasn’t meaningful enough and in other places where the work was meaningful, the people were no fun – I longed for the day that I would get to experience working in a place like Soulpepper.  Being at the Young Centre and interacting with this extended family of beautiful, inspiring, intelligent, hilarious, creative people is where I am nurtured and where I get to laugh, learn and play on a daily basis.  What’s not to love?

About Soulpepper Theatre Company

Soulpepper, Canada’s largest urban theatre, is an artist-centred company that celebrates the stories that move us and the artists who tell them. Soulpepper presents vital Canadian interpretations of the classics, and commissions, translates, and develops new work, creating a home for a diverse array of artistic expression across disciplines.

One response to “Staff Profile – Fiona Suliman, Administrative Assistant”

  1. Ebrahim says :

    What a beautiful staff profile

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