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About Maja

Bringing people to life and life to people: this is what Maja is really about. She does this through original storytelling, theatrical performance and music. Creating portrayals of characters, both original and historical, she brings them to life before the audience's eyes, enthralling all ages in surprising and moving ways.

A published author, singer, storyteller, and performing artist, Maja has performed with acclaim from Yukon to Newfoundland, delighting audiences in theatres, educational institutions, from elementary to university levels, libraries, museums, galleries, historic sites and at festivals and special events.

There are many ways to make people and their stories breathe and Maja is able to call on a wide range of skills and experiences to work her particular magic. Growing up in Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Maja received training in ballet, creative dance and acting. On moving to Toronto, she formed The Maja Bannerman Band, which played extensively on Toronto's club circuit and toured throughout Ontario. She was also a founder of the spoken word performance movement creating daring and compelling works. After the launch of her book, she toured extensively across Canada, performing solo and with the celebrated string player, David Prentice.

After living in Seattle for a few years, Maja returned to Canada settling in the Niagara region she now calls home. Here she has found a new source of inspiration in the rich history of the area, and she is frequently commissioned to write and perform seminal persons and scenes from Canada's past. In both highly comedic and dramatic vignettes, Maja combines her skills in writing, music and performance to bring these important times and characters imaginatively to life.

Maja has also been an Arts Educator with The Royal Conservatory of Music's Learning Through the Arts Program. (LTTA) working extensively in schools teaching through drama and music.

Maja is currently Public Programmer at The Niagara Falls History Museum, responsible for Special Event and Exhibits. She writes and directs the sell-out production of the annual Drummond Hill Cemetery Tour, which runs in October in Niagara Falls.


Awards and Affiliations

Recipient, Canada Council of the Arts Award Recipient, Word of Mouth Grant, Ontario Arts Council Recipient, Playwright in Residence Grant, Ontario Arts Council Recipient, Service Excellence Award, Ontario Ministry of Tourism's Education Program Recipient, Niagara-on-the-Lake Citizen's Appreciation Award Founder and Board Member, Niagara-on-the-Lake Storytelling Festival 10 years

Member
The League of Canadian Poets
SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
Niagara Historical Society & Museum

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