Maev Beaty has acted in twenty-two Canadian premières and participated in major theatrical events such as Theatre Junction’s premiere of Angel’s Trumpet by Sharon Pollock (2001); Theatrefront’s The Mill series (2009, 2011); Volcano Theatre’s The African Trilogy (Luminato 2010); and The Penelopiad (Nightwood Theatre 2012).
She has played for four seasons at Stratford Festival, as Goneril in King Lear; Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015); in Bunny by Hannah Moscovitch (2016); and as Elmire in Tartuffe and Lady Sneerwell in The School for Scandal (2017).
She has acted in such diverse and challenging plays as The De Chardin Project (Theatre Passe Muraille 2014); Terminus (Outside the March, 2012); Proud by Michael Healey (2012); Montparnasse (co-creator with Erin Shields and Andrea Donaldson, Groundwater, 2011); Wide Awake Hearts (Tarragon Theatre); Birnam Wood (Theatre Rusticle 2010); Dance of the Red Skirts (Theatre Columbus); Palace of the End by Judith Thompson (2008); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage). For Soulpepper Theatre Company, she has starred in La Ronde (2013), Parfumerie (2009), and The Last Wife (2017).
For Maev Beaty, there is a heightened risk in working with new plays: “I’ve gotta be nimble. I’ve gotta work quick and deep. And, to be honest, I’m also consistently forced to figure out what is about my ego and what is the work: rewrites, cuts, re-ordering of scenes, shifts in intention, shifts in who’s driving the story, how buried the subtext is. Can I act that bit or do I need to say it? I love it; it lights up all the bits of my brain. Then we’re in previews and it’s the very first time any other humans are going on the journey, and everyone is bonded by risk and curiosity about whether the story is going to get across.” (quoted from http://www.intermission.ca)
She is a three-time Dora Mavor Moore Award winner (The Penelopiad, Passion Play, The Last Wife), and nine-time nominee.