Lopa Sircar (Das)

Lopa Sircar (Das)

the basics

Birthplace:
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Current Home:
Toronto, ON, Canada
Artistic Mediums:
Theatre, Voice
Ancestry:
Bengali

Ancestors

Mohendranath Dutt

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Lopa started acting when she was in high school. Her work as a performer has taken her to stages across Canada, to Dublin, and to Kolkata, India. She has a great love for contemporary storytelling that unearths truths about what it is be human, across timelines and across generations. A physically-based actor, Lopa builds her characters from the inside out in the traditions of Grotowski and Chaikin. She often inhabits more than one character in a single piece, a skill that came in handy when embodying her grandfather in his various incarnations for The Vermillion Project.

In 2005, Lopa had something to get off her chest. A story that lived somewhere deep in her, in her blood. It was the story of her grandfather but she had no idea how to (re)(un)(dis)cover it until she met Diane. Diane’s Personal Legacy methodology is a perfect fusion of embodied exploration with solid research; it complimented Lopa’s previous training and was a great support to carry her through such a deep exploration of her roots. Lopa received an Intersectional Initiatives Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2008 to begin work on The Vermillion Project with Diane and the first draft was presented in 2009.

In 2007, Lopa was awarded a Shastri Arts Fellowship to teach voice and to study with one of the fathers of modern Bengali theatre, Badal Sircar. During the fellowship, she performed in her mother tongue, Bengali, with two of West Bengal’s most prominent theatre companies, Satabdi and Pathasena. While there, Lopa also shared her work as a budding voice teacher and became in-house Voice Coach for both companies.

Lopa completed her MFA Acting and Graduate Diploma in Teaching Voice at York University in 2011. She also holds a Diploma in Physical Theatre from Tooba Physical Theatre Conservatory. Lopa currently teaches at York University in the Department of Theatre and within Humber College’s Actor Conservatory. She also coaches voice & speech, dialects, and presentation skills privately through her company, Lopa Sircar Voice. 

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