BIOGRAPHY CAROLYN FE
Carolyn Fe (UdA, ACTRA, CAEA, SOCAN) is a dual city citizen of Montreal and Toronto. Born in the Philippines, her family moved to Montreal in the early 1970s. Fluently trilingual in English, French and Tagalog, she started her performing career as a classically trained dancer, quickly moving to contemporary styles. Carolyn Fe eventually became a commissioned choreographer for local & international dance companies, TV & music video productions with her dance company, Phi-X 174 Inc. An entrepreneur at heart, she left the stage to take a 25-year hiatus from performing to join the corporate ranks as an owner/operator of a human resources firm. This was a good decision as the years in corporate life gave her business skills that she utilises in her artistic life.
She came back to the stage in full force in 2005 at Montreal’s Teesri Duniya Theatre’s ensemble production of Miss Orient(ed) by Nina Aquino and Nadine Villasin-Feldman, and directed by Sarah Garton-Stanley where she jumped into three very different characters as mother to three different stage-daughters. 2014 brought her to Toronto’s stage as an invited guest singer in Raoul Bhaneja’s “Life, Death and The Blues” (Theatre Passe Muraille) and in 2018 Toronto confirmed its love of her performance when she appeared in Dora Award Winner Audrey Dwyer’s play called “Calpurnia” to sold out shows and thrilling reviews on Carolyn Fe’s performance. She won the 2018 Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actress Award her role as Precy, in Calpurnia. Other awards and accolades include 2017 Balangay Award Nomination for Best Filipino-Canadian Entertainer and 2015 Filipino-Canadian Artist Award recipient for the North American Filipino Star Newspaper.
Some screen and web credits include: A recurring role of Lola (Grandmother in Tagalog) in Nickelodeon’s reboot of the children’s show “Blue’s Clues &You!”, Darna in CW Network & Netflix series “Two Sentence Horror Stories”, Madame Z in the award winning webseries “Meilleur Avant”, Mother (Darren Aronofsky/ Protozoa), Les Trois P’tits Cochons v2 (Jean-François Poulliot/Cristal Films), The Saver (Wiebke von Carosfeld/Prospector Films), The Perfect Student (Jim Donovan/Capital Productions), Auring’s Word (Tram-Anh Ngo/Xolo Productions), Funkytown (Daniel Roby/Corsimar Films), Un Tueur Si Proche (Chantal Limoges/Pixcom), My Worst Nightmare (Chris Carter/Pixcom), Penthouse 5.0 (Claude Desrosiers/Sphere Media), Lâcher Prise (Stephane Lapointe/Encore Television), Destination Cauchemar lV (Zone 3 –Vl Inc), La Déveine (B. Lussier/Gonk Films/Jet Films), POOL (B. Lussier/Gonk Films/Jet Films), Patrice Lemieux 24/7 (Frédéric Nassif/Daniel Savoie/Productions KOTV ll Inc.), Série Noire (Jean-François Rivard/Productions Casablanca), Unité 9 (Jean-Philippe Duval & Louis Bolduc/AETIOS Productions), Les Boys (Louis Saia/Les Boys Saison 3 inc.), District 31 (Catherine Therrien/Aetios Productions), Juste Pour Rire Gags and Galas with John Cleese and Ed Byrne, Corporate Education Video on Schizophrenia (Agence LIV), Union des écrivaines et écrivains Québecois (Productions DAMIC).
Her voice is recognizable as a narrator or character in various children’s animated series documentaries, films, television, commercials and PSAs such as Le renard gris in the children’s cartoon series “Ellie L’explorateur”, Bette in the children’s cartoon series “Cedar”, Canadian Blood Services (Grey Worldwide Agency), Above The Drowning Sea (Nicola Zavaglia/CBC/Time & Rhythm Film Services), Jesta I.S. Corporate & Product Videos (B. Lussier/Jet Films), Fatal Vows (CMJ Productions), The Diary / Le Journal (B. Lussier/Gonk Films), China’s Sexual Revolution (CBC HotDocs/Gala Film Production), and many others.
Some recent theatre credits include: Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre’s “Three Women of Swatow” by Chloé Hung presented in an old-school radio play where Carolyn Fe voiced the role of The Grandmother, are-visioning of John Mighton’s “Half Life” where she voiced the characters of Agnes, First Scientist and Diane. Other theatre credits include Lola in Through The Bamboo by Andrea Mapili and Byron Abalos with Factory Theatre’s Nina Aquino, Pissy’s Wife; a one-woman show co-produced by Theatre Agile and Altera Vitae Productions, Joss in P4W by Zeitgeist Productions, Paulina Salas in Death and The Maiden by Altera Vitae Productions and, The Cleaning Lady in the virtual reality/experiential production of Believe Your Eyes by the UK-based Punchdrunk Productions, and many more.
Theatre direction credits include her own creation of a children’s play, “Far Away Tales, Close to Home” (Altera Vitae Productions in collaboration with Centaur Theatre), Rough Justice by Terrence Frisby for Lakeshore Players. Under her own theatrical production company, Altera Vitae Productions Inc., she directed Bent by Martin Sherman, Almost Blue by Keith Reddin and produced the Pulitzer Prize winner, ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman; gaining her recognition as a viable theatre producer and director by the Montreal Critics Circle Awards.
Taking the silver lining on the pandemic, Carolyn Fe is working on her first play. This is a new venture in her artistic realm; one that she finds daunting but excited to face the challenge of being vulnerable through her own words.
She is also an award winning and Juno long-listed nominee as a Blues singer/songwriter with four albums under her belt with many more in the works; collaborating with musicians from around the world with her songs charting top 10 if not, #1 on Blues charts. Her band, Carolyn Fe Blues Collective, had a long-standing 8 year residency at Montreal’s iconic House of Jazz. Sadly it ended when the pandemic took place. Her self-produced music video, Jerusalem’s Thorns: a song from her 4th album, where she appears as the matriarch won the 2019 Fete du Clip Montreal Award for Best Video and was screened in the Luxembourg edition to compete with other videos from all over the world, while still running the festival circuit and gaining recognition.