43 minutes | Dec 10th 2020

Season Three - Episode Four - Yulissa Campos

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Yulissa Campos has a wonderful presence to her. It's a mix of confidence and conviction, fuelled by a lot of passion to tell and share stories on a stage before an audience.At the age of 26, Yulissa has accomplished a great deal in Saskatoon's local theatre scene. She has written and performed plays that are uniquely her own and has started her own theatre company, Ay Caramba! Theatre. She takes pride in telling diverse stories and sharing them with people of all backgrounds, and she is working hard to ensure that newcomer and diverse voices are being heard and celebrated in Saskatoon. I felt Yulissa's presence this past summer when I was hosting a television series focusing on important issues in Saskatchewan's theatre scene. Yulissa was one of the guests for a diversity panel and right away I was just hit with her energy and insights. I knew I had to get her on the podcast! Yulissa and I met in mid-November, a few weeks after a big dump of snow. I mention this because Yulissa is from Ecuador and is no fan of our chilly winters, but she has made friends in her seven years living in Saskatoon, and is determined to bring more diversity to our city's theatre scene...not only in terms of the actors on stage but those writing the stories.  Right now, Yulissa is getting her play, I, Frida, ready for the Singapore Fringe Festival. She was preparing to travel to Singapore to perform it in person, but due to Covid-19, she will record it in Saskatoon and then have it streamed by the festival. It's a really exciting time for Yulissa and she can't wait to see where her career takes her next!I loved getting to know Yulissa during our conversation and her stories about growing up as a kid in Ecuador (and how she came to love theatre) were so interesting! I still can't believe how young she is, and I am so impressed with the impact she is having in Saskatoon in so many different ways. I know you're going to love her story!Thank you for listening and supporting YXE Underground. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app. Stream episodes on Spotify or the website. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and stay safe and healthy!Cheers...Eric 
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