Emerging Artist Profile:
Erin Pettifor

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano
Province/Territory: Alberta
City: Edmonton

Role(s) in this year's festival:

The Witch - Into the Woods

Previous NUOVA Roles:

2017 - Participant in 'Ten Day Program for Singers'

How am I preparing for NUOVA?

  • I am currently completing a BFA in Acting at the U of A. In the program’s singing course, I continue to develop my vocal technique through audition preparation. As well, I have been researching The Witch’s personal track by listening to the entire musical. I’ve been asking myself: how does she move the story forward, how does her behavior relate to the themes of the musical, what is her relationship to the other characters, and what motivates her to behave the way she does? I’ve also been exploring how can breath and imagination work help me access this demanding and emotionally vibrant character.

What attracts me to NUOVA?

  • This program is packed with incredible opportunities for an emerging artist. Last spring I was a participant in the 10 Day Singing Program where I learned vocal technique and about the artistic values and practices that will aid me in my artistic development. The program offers classes that are essential to an emerging artist: acting, dance, individual vocal coaching, Alexander Technique, personal development and courses unique to each year. I am so grateful and excited to return to NUOVA’s six week program because the time with the instructors, peers, accompanists and audiences are invaluable to my growth.


o   Education: BFA in Acting,University of Alberta & Theatre Performance and Creation Diploma, Red Deer College

o   Roles: Mylar in The Other Side of the Pole (Prime Stock Theatre), Elora in Tempting (Off the Top Theatre Projects), Viola in Twelfth Night (Prime Stock Theatre), Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Red Deer College) among various post secondary roles.

o   Awards: Dr. Dasha Goody Scholarship (2017), Edmonton Kiwanis Musical Theatre Scholarship (2017), Canada’s Centennial Post-Secondary Scholarship (2014 & 2017), ENT - Dr. Chowdhury Voice Clinic Second Place Scholarship (2016), Princess Margaret Scholarship (2015) & Conni Massing Theatre Scholarship 2014.

o   Aspiration: to be able to inspire others through the visceral power of music and storytelling.

Artist Bio     

Erin Pettifor is a recent grad from the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta. Most recently, she played Snake in The School for Scandal directed by Mitchell Cushman at the U of A. She is very excited to be playing The Witch in Opera NUOVA'S Into the Woods. She performed in Play the Fool’s 2017 Rookie Cabaret with Lady Be Good, a Neo-Bouffon piece created by Gabby Bernard and herself with mentoring by Christine Lesiak. She performed in the 36th Annual Edmonton Fringe Festival in Ashleigh Hick’s play, Tempting. In the summer of 2017, she spent five rewarding weeks at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Performance and Creation where she studied Clown. She was also a participant in Opera NUOVA’S Ten Day Singing Intensive. In 2015, she performed in Bard on Bower and completed the Theatre Performance and Creation program at Red Deer College. In 2014, she performed in her first devised Fringe show Sonder and took The National Voice Intensive.