Shield Maiden Returns!

Press Release

Wednesday, January 2 2019

After a sold-out world premiere at this summer’s Cultivate Theatre Festival, Shield Maiden, the one-woman play by Gabriolan Melanie Teichroeb, is back for two nights at the Phoenix Auditorium on Gabriola. 

People can’t stop talking about Melanie’s funny, fierce, sexy and unapologetic Viking character, Ingrid Larsdottir. Almost 2K views of the video trailer on Facebook (Shield Maiden Play) and the invitation to perform at the prestigious Frontera Theatre Fest in Austin, Texas, in January prove that this show is on the road to becoming an international hit not to be missed. Skol!

Mitch Miyagawa, producer, Cultivate Festival - “Ingrid the Warrior arrived at our festival fully-formed and ready to kick a@#. Shield Maiden sparks conversations about gender equality, feminine empowerment, and the #metoo movement - with a flamethrower.  I’ve never seen a theatre crowd leave a show so charged up.”  

As an added bonus, each night Melanie will host “The Aftermath” - a panel discussion with three guest warrior speakers per night: Iyeshka Farmer, EJ Hurst, Sheila Malcomson, Sheila Norgate, Chloe Straw, April Warn-Vannini. These panelists are confirmed; schedule TBD. 

You may also be familiar with Melanie in her role as emcee Honey Larue at the Gabriola CD Release Gala Event. Honey had the sold-out crowd rolling in the aisles with her deft one-liners and southern charm.

Shield Maiden written and performed by Melanie Teichroeb; remounted by director Nicolle Nattress; premiere director Robin Kelley; stage manager Sandy Cumberland. 

Set in 10th century Sweden, Ingrid Larsdottir is a highly trained Viking commander, a killer, with loads of advice on how to live like a warrior. Ingrid is asked to address the annual Norse cultural symposium, the REDTalks: think TEDTalks with a Viking twist.

Shield Maiden contains adult content and language and is not suitable for younger audiences.

Shows are January 18 and 19 at the Phoenix Auditorium at The Haven at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

Tickets $20 available on Gabriola at North Road Sports and online at