Producer, Author, Performer/ CEO, Owner, TwoCan Productions, Alberta & Las Vegas. Born: Los Angeles, CA.
Audrei-Kairen Kotaska is an award-winning playwright, actor, singer and director. Originally hailing from the U.S., she now resides in both Canada and Los Angeles. She serves on the Boards of the Las Vegas Jazz Society and the Ira B. Aldredge Theatre, and co-founded the Female Leaders of Arts & Theatre (F.L.O.A.T.).
Audrei-Kairen assistant directed Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Las Vegas Little Theatre (January 2010); was Denver, Colorado’s first crowned African-American ‘Miss Denver’. She is a graduate of the Colorado Women’s College (triple major); of the American Conservatory Theatre/San Francisco; and Grant MacEwan Arts Administration. She also mentored two-time Tony Award winner, Thommie Walsh, and was a protégée of the late Lee Strassburg of the Actor’s Studio.
Audrei has starred in Once on this Island, Nunsense, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Hair, Leader of the Pack, Jesus Christ Superstar, Purlie, Showboat, and Ain’t Misbehavin’, to name a select few. Currently, Audrie is researching and writing a musical about America’s first Black Casino – The Moulin Rouge.
Honours: Inducted into the 1st & 2nd editions of the publication, Who’s Who in Black Canada; recipient of the Black Achievements Professional Performing Artist Award (1997).
Favourite books? The Buddha in Your Mirror by Woody Hochswender. It’s a great map through this maze called, ‘Life’. & If by Rudyard Kipling. It’s what my parents brought us to memorize and live by.
Favourite quote? “Leave things better than you find them.”
Given the chance, what would you do that you haven’t done yet? Visit Brazil.
Who/what inspires you? Oh, the music!Children and grownups (humans!), learning… anything!
Why do you do what you do? Passion… Creativity… Love.