Theatre Department’s 2015 distinguished alumna is Trenna Keating

By Everett Dorma Posted: November 6, 2015 6:00 a.m.

Actress Trenna Keating is being honoured by the Fine Arts Theatre Department.
Actress Trenna Keating is being honoured by the Fine Arts Theatre Department. Photo courtesy of Tim Leyes.

The Faculty of Fine Arts Theatre Department is presenting Trenna Keating with its Distinguished Alumni Award at a ceremony on November 7, 2015.

“I was surprised when I heard that I would receive this recognition, and I’m really excited to be coming to Regina and to see my friends and former professors,” says Keating.  “A number of friends and people I know have received this award and I’m honoured to be included in such a talented group.”

Keating, who graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in 2000, played the snarky but lovable Doc Yewll on the Syfy channel’s Defiance for three seasons. Some of her other film and TV roles include appearances in A Dog Named Christmas, Combat Hospital, Corner Gas, Just Friends and Renegade Press.

“Trenna follows in a long line of very talented and creative people we have been excited to honour, and her award - which is well deserved - marks the 13th since 2002,” says Kathryn Bracht, Department Head and Associate Professor.

After graduation Keating got her start in the industry in Saskatchewan working behind the scenes in a variety of roles, mainly involved in casting.

“Although I was trained in acting, I came to acting in a roundabout way,” she says. “One of the most useful things I was told in University was to find like-minded people that you can work with in the industry, and I’ve been very fortunate to have done that throughout my career.”

“My time at the University of Regina gave me a really good foundation for understanding character, breaking down scripts and familiarity with the language of acting,” explains Keating.  “But that training really is just a starting point and you never stop learning. I learn from watching other actors and I usually take a class every year.”

“I just finished a guest spot on a new TV series called The Code, which was great. But now I’m looking for the next opportunity, and that’s just a part of working in this industry,” she says. “In fact, I found the best profs at the University instill a belief in you that you can make it in the industry and succeed in the real world – and that confidence is really vital to your success.”

Originally from Weyburn, Keating lives in Toronto with her husband Alden Adair, who is also an actor and alumnus of the U of R’s Theatre Department.  

“Coincidentally, Alden is currently in Regina working at the Globe Theatre, so I get to spend time with him as well, which is just a really nice bonus,” says Keating.

“The Distinguished Alumni Award was initiated in 2002, with the first honour going to Theatre Department graduate Joey Tremblay, who has taken over the Artistic Director position for Curtain Razors from the late Michele Sereda, who also won the honour in 2011,” says Bracht.

The award will be presented on November 7, at a special ceremony during the final performance of the Theatre Department’s production of ReMeasure in the Riddell Centre Theatre.

For more information on the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Department of Theatre visit: http://www.uregina.ca/finearts/.