I am a filmmaker, playwright, actor, dancer and educator.I have created ten short dramatic films, which have played at various film festivals and on television.
As a playwright, I have had many performances and several publications across Canada and in the USA. My books, STAGES: Creative Ideas For Teaching Drama, 2nd edition, and CUES: Theatre Training & Projects from Classroom to Stage, were published in 2013 and available on Amazon.
As an actor, I have appeared in many feature films, television shows and independent shorts, and performed on many Canadian and New York City stages.
I have performed aerial silks in many venues and integrated aerial dance, on silks and hoop, into several dramatic roles, including Puck, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Until relocating to Santa Fe, NM, in December 2015, I taught drama at the University of Winnipeg and coordinated a Youth Mentorship in the Arts Program for the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba. I enjoy adjudicating dance, drama and speech arts festivals, and conducting workshops, including the Playwrights Colloquium in the Philippines, 2013 & 2014 and the Activist Literacies conference at the University of Georgia 2013. Most recently, I taught a workshop in Devised Theatre at the Women Playwrights International Conference, in Cape Town July, 2015 and a course in drama integration in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Name: Talia Pura
Lives in: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Occupation: Actor, Author, Choreographer, Dancer, Director, Dramaturge, Filmmaker, Playwright, Screenwriter, Theatre Director and Voice Artist
Film by John Barnard (Drama) Actress A hedonistic soccer mom embarks on a strange journey of self discovery.
Film by Talia Pura (Short, Comedy, Drama and Horror) Actress Tanya is a high school drama teacher who works for the principal from hell. Every day he finds fault with something that she does. Every time she turns around, there he is, even in her dreams.
Swimming the Dream
Film by Ryan Souter (Comedy and Drama) Actress Jimmy has always been a performer, out in front of a crowd and a camera. But right now Jimmy has only one goal in life, to perform the first ever synchronized swimming live-action play. With the aid and help from Maria, Jimmy's artistic play-writer mother and Johnny, Jimmy's twin brother, Jimmy goes for the gold to make synchronized swimming history. Written by Anonymous
Violets Are Blue
Film by Jason Heke (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Actress Daniel moves into a Seniors' residence because he is lonely. There he meets Violet and they fall in love. However, Violet's daughter-in-law does not approve of her starting a new relationship and does everything in her power to keep them apart. How much autonomy are seniors given to make their own decisions? At what point do they cease to be capable of making personal choices? Written by Anonymous
McKenna Shoots for the Stars
Film (Drama) Actress American Girl McKenna comes to life in this modern-day adventure about a determined gymnast who must focus on her strengths to overcome challenges and find a way to believe in herself again.
Film by Talia Pura (Short, Comedy and Drama) Actress Intel is the story of Allison, a young woman who joined the army and became a dental hygienist. Allison is sick and tired of her job and would like to switch to the more exciting trade of intelligence officer. However, her family is not as supportive as she had hoped they would be. Is it worth risking her marriage and disappointing her mother? What will it really be like to hold a job that doesn't allow you to tell anyone where you are or what you are doing? Written by Anonymous
The Christmas Heart
TV Movie by Gary Yates (Drama) Actress When a teenage boy desperately needs a heart transplant on Christmas Eve, his family and neighbors' forty-year tradition of lining their quaint street with Christmas luminaries is put on hold. When his parents, Ann and Mike, pray for a donor on a stormy night, the neighbors suddenly realize their luminaries could have a deeper purpose. Written by Hallmark Channel
Film by Lulu Jarmen (Comedy and Horror) Actress Ordered to a delinquent camp by their exasperated parents, a group of wayward teens fall foul of a deadly virus that infects the guards and turns them into flesh-eating monsters! Gristle and gore are on the menu-as are the kids in this Brat Camp slaughterhouse massacre. Written by Anonymous
Television by Peter Lauterman (Comedy, Crime, Drama and Romance) Actress Set on Stonewalker First Nation, nestled comfortably beside an affluent beach community in Southern Manitoba. With a diverse cast of shark executives, smooth dealers, scheming slicksters and colourful community members, the North Beach Casino is a successful gaming palace recently purchased by Matthew Tommy and his casino empire. His mission: to make North Beach North America's #1 First Nation Casino. Written by Created by Peter Strutt
The Strawberry Confession
Video by Talia Pura (Short and Comedy) Actress The story of a woman obsessed with spilling it to her priest. The question is, does anyone have that many sins? Today's sins start off with something very benign, but go off in a most unexpected direction.
Video by Talia Pura (Short and Drama) Actress
Film by Mike Reisacher (Short and Thriller) Actress From deep within Edward's fragmented mind, his deepest fears have surfaced. Now to regain his hold on sanity he must decide whether to run from his fear, or destroy it.
Film by Jaimz Asmundson (Short and Comedy) Actress An experimental dark comedy that follows the nic-fit induced hallucinations of film reviewer, Ashley Tray, as he descends into madness and desolation. This stylish short film is part French Film parody, Camp Classic, Anti-Smoking Propaganda, Social Satire with a twist of Kink. Written by dirty undies films
The Big White
Film by Mark Mylod (Comedy, Crime and Drama) Actress In the middle of Alaska, travel agent Paul Barnell is near bankruptcy. Desperate to help himself and his beloved, mentally-ill wife Margaret, Paul discovers a dead body and passes it off as his missing brother Raymond, whose life is insured for up to $1,000,000. Everybody is duped, except for workaholic insurance investigator Ted Waters, who sets out to expose Paul, in hopes of being promoted out of Alaska. Meanwhile, two rookie hit men, Gary and Jimbo, discover Paul took 'their' body and kidnap Margaret, demanding the body back. Then, Raymond turns up alive, wanting in on the action... Written by willyboy
Film by Guy Maddin (Short, Comedy and Fantasy) Actress
Seven Times Lucky
Film by Gary Yates (Crime, Drama and Romance) Actress Christmas on the Canadian prairie: Harlan, a small-time grifter, plans a big con with his moll Fiona, scraggly and half his age. Expensive watches "on loan" from a jeweler, cash borrowed at a high vig from a tribal fund manager, and an old violin are props in the con; a pawnbroker with a safe full of money and various well-armed or well-protected thugs get their ores in as well. Problems, crosses, and double-crosses mount: Harlan finds himself on the stick's short end as the night progresses. Whose money will end up where? And for whom will this be a silent night? Written by <email@example.com>
The Saddest Music in the World
Film by Guy Maddin (Comedy and Musical) Actress It's the winter of 1933 in Winnipeg. In honor of Winnipeg being named the sorrow capital of the world for the Depression era for the fourth year running by the London Times, Lady Helen Port-Huntley, the legless owner of Winnipeg's Port-Huntley Beer, is hosting and judging a contest to see which nation has the saddest music in the world, the winner to take home a $25,000 prize. Seeing as to the current Prohibition in the United States, Lady Port-Huntley has ulterior motives for the contest. Father and son, streetcar conductor Fyodor Kent and New York based musical producer Chester Kent, who both have a past connection to Lady Port-Huntley (Fyodor, a WWI veteran and former doctor, has fashioned for her an unusual pair of artificial legs apropos to her business), want to represent Canada and the United States respectively in the contest. Despite Lady Port-Huntley's hatred for the Kent's, she does allow them to do so if only to advance her own priorities. As the contest takes place, the ... Written by Huggo
Hell on Heels: The Battle of Mary Kay
TV Movie by Ed Gernon (Biography, Comedy and Drama) Actress The film is about two companies who are battling it out for customers, Mary Kay, and one of her workers Lexi Wilcox are fighting it out with Jinger Heath. Who will win? You will have to see.
University of Manitoba