Joella Crichton is a Toronto native and graduate of York University’s Acting Conservatory. She is passionate about her Caribbean heritage and is the reigning Queen of Carnival here in Toronto, a title that she has won eight times.
Some of her recent credits include, a lead role in a web series, iLove (In these Streets); Burning Rubber (Callowgrove Ent); Noogie, or, I love you (Ryerson); Cherry (45 West Films); Exegesis (Ryerson); The Housekeeper (Canadian Film Centre); Luuvie (A Squared) and a guest star role on Degrassi.
Joella graduated from the 2014-2015 inaugural acting program at Factory Theatre called The Mechanicals. She reconnected with her love of theatre after an exciting performance of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure with Thought for Food Productions this past December. This summer she will be performing at the Toronto Fringe, in a devised piece called Nasty with Maelstrom Collective and as Lysander in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream with Shakespeare in the Ruff.
In October she has the wonderful opportunity to play Regan in King Lear, directed by Ash Knight.
The Bechdel Bill was co-founded by Imogen Grace and Joella Crichton. These two Canadian filmmakers ask film professionals, producers and filmmakers to pledge that 80 per cent of their films will pass the Bechdel Test, (or rather, feature at least two named women who speak to each other about something other than men). During the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival over 80 people joined together at the Spoke Club to celebrate the launch of the Bechdel Bill with a panel discussion including film leaders like Mackenzie Donaldson (Orphan Black), Hannah Cheesman (Whatever, Linda), Dan Bekerman (Scythia Films), Katie Boland, Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik and more. The Bill spurs creators to ask themselves, ‘What could I do so that I could make films with more women in conversation, see more women with their own narrative arc, and more women with agency?’ This coming year The Bechdel Bill promises to continue working at transforming the film industry with panel discussions and workshops. They have been featured in such publications as the Globe and Mail, The Mary Sue, and Wired Germany.