Q&A with Johanna Nutter

Today marks the beginning of a series of exclusive interviews with actors, directors and artists from Sarasvàti Productions’ FemFest 2012: Staging Identity. It will be an exciting opportunity for our audience to get to know the stories and voices behind the festival shows. For more information about this year’s line up of FemFest programming, check out www.femfest.ca. We look forward to sharing information from more of our artists and to your responses!


Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Johanna Nutter is the writer and star of her one-woman hit, My Pregnant Brother. The true story of Johanna’s life growing up in Montreal with a hippie mom and her younger sister (who was to become her brother). Although the facts of the story are stranger than fiction, ultimately, this is a universal tale of love and survival, told with mesmerizing honesty and humour. The show will be performed at FemFest in both English and French!

What is one thing every actor needs to know? FLOSS.

What does every great story have to have? A change of heart.

 What is your favourite word? Wonderful.

 If I could grant you a single wish, what would it be? Introduce me to the love of my life.

Complete the sentence:

If I wasn’t typing this email interview right now, I would be… Walking up the mountain.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was… My Pregnant Brother.

A common misperception of me is… That I am politically correct. That I am political. That I am correct.

You know me as an actor but in truer life I’d have been… I’ve been a farmer, a factory worker, a waitress, a dj, a horse-drawn carriage driver, a clown, a new york city tour guide, a grade one teacher, a producer of radio shows in Africa, a bartender, a costume designer, an award-winning pie-maker, a poet, a translator, an actor, and now a writer-performer. These are all part of my true life.

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