Jonelle is a Toronto-based actor, mover, and creator who originally hails from Saskatchewan. There she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Theatre: U of R) and the Actor’s Conservatory Program (Globe Theatre); while developing an attachment to creative work that is expansive, challenging, and community-driven. She continues to expand her creative horizons by training and performing in theatres locally as well as throughout the country. Jonelle has most recently been a company member of the internationally renowned Stratford Festival, as well as appeared in the academy-award winning film The Shape of Water, and Tribeca Film Festival favourite Stockholm.
A background in contemporary dance and movement training has led Jonelle to approach work primarily from a kinetic perspective. Tension, flow, gesture, and physical expression are crucial to her creative choices. This approach can offer a deep layer of understanding to an audience—one that is both silently and universally felt. Jonelle brings this knowledge directly to her work, as exemplified in her recent performances as To Kill a Mockingbird’s Mayella Ewell, A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s Puck, and The Drowning Girls’ Alice. She continues to explore the transference of theatre to film by writing, producing, and performing in various film adaptations of Shakespearean texts, including Last Looks (Hamlet), Henriette (Henry IV pt.1) and Ophelia (Hamlet).
Collective creation, community, and artists’ health continue to motivate Jonelle today. She is presently cultivating an interest in the Alexander Technique and collaborating on new works in theatre and film, while also serving as a committee member on the Artist’s Health Alliance.
She would like to travel, and learn about the ocean.