Missy Cross - Instructor
1392 East 2nd Ave
E: mindfulactorworkshops at gmail.com
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Acting has always been a meditative process for me. For a long time, it was the one place I could go to where I was focused, present, and felt I was on purpose. I have since been dedicated to sharing my process of using the medium of acting to help me become a more whole and conscious human being.
My work with the Chakras came as an intuitive accident. The power and honesty that it brought to my work and the work of those I was coaching was hard to ignore. Through understanding the Chakras, we can understand ourselves, and therefore understand the human condition.
It is my belief that you can always go deeper in the work; it involves trust and risk, curiosity and creativity, enjoyment and service. It is my goal to always set a fun and supportive environment for you to explore and find your true voice. My favourite way into a character is through the body, so I am constantly seeking out new exercises and theories to put to the test, thus classes are forever evolving. I work with positivity to help actors access their best work.
Hello! I'm pretty much a mixed bag as for my background and training, having extensive experience as an actor, director, theatre producer and musician. I am an alumni of Canada's National Voice Intensive at UBC, studied with Black Nexxus, and the Lucid Body Method in New York City which deepened my understanding of the Chakras in acting. I have been teaching the Mindful Actor Workshops since 2012 and work as an instructor for "Voice Experience" and "Camera Technique" as well as directing or assistant directing the graduation films in the Vancouver Film School's Acting department.
I am a student of Qi-gong, have my Level 1 in Reiki, and study and practice meditation tools and techniques with Shannon Hart. I have also studied Middendorf breath work with Alisa Kort. Last summer I received by my 200hr Yin Yoga Certificate, with a focus on Chakras, Qi-gong and the fascia.
I sing and play percussion in the touring band Wooden Horsemen, we just released our 3rd album "Past Lives" on November 3rd available on all platforms! Find more info about us here!
I have been acting professionally since 2004. I have received a Leo Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for She Who Must Burn, as well as 2 wins for Best Supporting Actress (The Film Corner 2015, Fright Night Film Festival 2016) and 2 nominations (NOLA Horror Film Festial 2016, BAFF).
I recently began producing under Mindful Actor Workshops, the latest being the Performance Boutique and The House of Yes. Loose Lips' article about me and The House of Yes found here!
With Secretly Women Productions, I produced three acclaimed plays in Vancouver: Stop Kiss, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress, and Eurydice - which I also directed.
Thank you for spending some time getting to know me a bit better and for checking out The Mindful Actor Workshops! Hope to hear from you soon,
Actor. Producer. Director. Musician. Teacher. Vancouver’s Missy Cross does it all.
To say Cross is a quintuple-threat would be to minimize all that she encompasses, so perhaps “threat” isn’t the word for her at all. Her energy as she comes through the Loose Lips office doors is anything but threatening. It’s radiant, ebullient, non-judgemental and welcoming. That may be in part to the chakra work she does with her acting workshop called The Mindful Actor Workshops which uses Yogic principles, and it may be in part to the high energy that her many roles require.
Currently, the five-time theatre producer is at the helm of the latest iteration of The House of Yes, based on the 1990 play by Wendy MacLeod. Some may remember it as the 1997 Hollywood adaptation starring Parker Posey, Rachael Leigh-Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr, however.
This time around, the dark comedy is directed by Leo Award nominated Matt Fentiman, and self-financed by Cross. The story goes like this: it’s Thanksgiving, and Marty’s arrival home is greatly anticipated by his twin sister Jackie-O, his mother Mrs. Pascal, and his younger brother, Anthony.
He arrives during a hurricane, but worse than the storm is the fact that Marty brought his new fiancée. Mental illness, alcoholism, incest, gun violence and the JFK assassination are all part of the dysfunctional world that MacLeod weaves seamlessly together in this black comedy.
The play is described as toeing the line somewhere between Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Addams Family. The House of Yes follows a damaged family when the introduction of a stranger brings its secrets crawling into the light.
So what drew Cross to The House Of Yes?
“I’m a woman who creates her own work, and this play has three incredible female characters in it,” she tells Loose Lips. That’s not even to mention its original playwright.
Those female characters are played by herself as Jackie-O, Mattie Shisko as Mrs. Pascal and Savonna Spracklin as Lesly, Marty’s fiancee. And Cross is no stranger to championing women+ in the arts. She hosts monthly meet-ups for women called Performance Boutique, in which women+ are invited to share their original works based on a theme without fear of judgement.
“More and more women keep coming to these events, and it’s not that we aren’t inclusive, but it’s amazing to be able to hold space for women, creatively,” she says.
And with The House of Yes running, that female-energy will be held onstage at Studio 1393 on Granville Island all week.
Written by: Kristy Alexandra
The mystic of the American South has long been a source of musical inspiration for decades of songwriters. Grab any legendary rockstar’s autobiography and there will likely be a chapter on the artist’s affinity with the kaleidoscope of sounds and blue collar, working class stories that came from this region.
On their latest record Past Lives, Vancouver outfit Wooden Horsemen romanticize their own version of Americana. “It’s the most passionate music ever recorded,” declares singer Steven Beddall. Fellow singer, Missy Cross adds, “There’s something deeply mysterious about some of the themes that I love.” Together the two vocalists intertwine personal spiritual reflections and stitch soulful, gospel harmonies to their signature gritty, rhythm and blues rompers. But don’t let these lyrical meditations on divinity fool you, Wooden Horsemen ain’t no Sunday School band.
“I grew up in the Church, but I’m not a religious person now,” confesses Cross. “But it shaped me and gave me the tools to ask the questions of, ‘What is spirituality? What do I believe in?’” Beddall, also once a childhood patron of religion, bears the same feelings.“[Past Lives] is not necessarily a Christian record, I’m not trying to espouse a strictly Christian outlook in the music,” he says. “It’s largely an acknowledgement of the past.”
This allusion to days gone by is carefully crafted through the narrative of Past Lives. From the opening declaration in “Lies,” to the final, delicate harmonies of “I’ve Been Changed,” Bedall and Cross guide us on an emotional journey through their deepest inspirations, while never allowing the instrumentation to get too messy or convoluted with so many moving parts. Having originally been conceived as a three piece, Beddall explains, “Stylistically I have to keep in mind that the sound is going to be much larger and more intense. Its changed my approach to [songwriting] in a positive way. It’s a challenge for me.”
At the core of the record, Past Lives once again capitalizes on the band’s ability to get the people shakin’. “I feel a little self conscious or self aware when it’s too quiet and I’m sitting down,” reveals Beddall. Cross, never short on infectious dance moves, laughs, “I always call myself the hype girl because I look over and make sure everyone is having fun.” As the Wooden Horsemen’s sound grows, so too does their congregation.
Written by: Jeevin Johal