The Interview Project 8: Amy Shostak

Photo by Andrew Paul

I have crossed a lot of paths with Amy Shostak; probably the most of anyone I’ve know in Edmonton.

From my very first improv attempt at Nexfest about a hundred years ago, to writing groups with CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, to art installations where she recreates her Dido’s living room (with him included), to late night chats at The Next Act. Also I think she teaches and invented an alarm that wakes you when you are being too passive aggressive in a dream…she seems to be everywhere all the time forever.

Amy is kept busy as the Artistic Director for Rapid Fire Theatre. At the top of her list is moving across town and opening up shop at The Citadel Theatre’s Ziegler Hall. Is she excited? I’m not sure, although I think it’s a healthy guess to say that she is since she very rarely isn’t excited. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’d be excited to not be excited about something. I just gave myself a thought concussion.


If you would give yourself a nickname what would it be?


If you could switch one body part with anyone else in the world living or dead, who and what would it be?

Mayim Bialuk’s nose

In five words, describe your most uncomfortable dream.

Bite down on teeth.  Shatter.

What is your favourite word?


What does that word smell like?

Garbage water

What is your spirit animal?

Pug?  Am I that gross?

If ghosts existed, would you want to meet one? If so, what would you ask it?

I would be scared, but I’d want to know about ETHEREAL REALMS

If you could share a bottle of alcohol with anyone who has ever existed, who would it be and what would you drink? 

Dry gin martinis out of ceramic frog-shaped glasses with Dio.

What would you rather have as a pet: A dragon, a unicorn Pegasus or Ezra Levant? 

Unicorn Pegasus

Finally, if you could live your life over again with guaranteed success, what would you do?

I’d be a performance artist. Aka.  I wouldn’t change much

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