Stephanie Herrera is an Entertainment Specialist: Comedian, Singer, Writer, Producer, Acting Coach, Director, Key Note Speaker, Corporate Trainer, TV Host, Stage/Screen/ & Voice Actor.
She is a Canadian Comedy Award and Latin American Achievement Award nominee and has a nice collection of trophies for her work in business and the arts. A graduate of York University, with a Honors Double Major in Theatre and Humanities, she continued her schooling at the Second City Conservatory program and joined the cast of Second City’s “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” show and as a main-stage player of Theatre Sports Toronto.
She is the founder and Artistic Director of Durham Improv Collective Inc. A not-for-profit which provides free/subsidized community programs with a focus on people with special needs and families at local abuse shelters.
She hosted and was the Community Producer on several show on Rogers TV including her own talk show: Stephanie’s Comedy Chat. Stephanie was the Director of Improv and Interaction at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire (www.parenfaire.com), she designed the improv classes at Durham and Fleming Colleges, and she continues to specialize in corporate training. She has hosted dozens of gala fundraisers and city events, and has been a keynote speaker throughout Canada and the United States.
Stephanie has shared the stage with some comedy legends such as Colin Mochrie, Patrick McKenna, Linda Kash, Aurora Browne, and Peter Wildman.
She regularly blogs and writes articles for Local Biz Magazine, ACT magazine, and Stage 32, as well as has her own blog: “God is Dead” And other Fun Facts! Her book The Ten Commandments of Improvising was released spring 2017, revealing the secrets of thinking spontaneously.
She has been fortunate to be a recipient of multiple grants through the Ontario Arts Council which has allowed her to teach thousands of students in the public and Catholic school boards and adults with special needs through Community Living.
Her one woman show “Am I pretty now?”: A musical romp through plastic surgery, premiered in New York city at SOLOCOM in November 2016 and played at the Toronto Fringe (2017) to rave reviews.
She has sat on the Board of the Durham Region International Film Festival , was the Director of Industry Operations for DRIFF and for the Future of Film Showcase, and was a judge for FOFS and the Routes to Roots Film Festival in Norfolk County.
Stephanie has worked in radio (sales and creative) and is a voice over actor and coach. She can be heard on the weekly podcast Eileen & Steph: Everything’s fine! (on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play)