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BIOGRAPHY

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Helene is a former brand manager, communications coordinator, copywriter, unscripted producer/story editor, and most recently, alumni of the Pacific Screenwriter's Program Scripted Series Lab 2024.  She has three scripted television projects in development thanks to a partnership with Elevation Pictures and the financial participation of Bell and Creative BC Funds. She is the recipient of the 2022 WIFTV/Whistler Film Festival, Marketplace Mentorship Talent Program (Weyburn), 2021 PSP/WFF Storyroom Talent Program and a Canadian Cable Television Award (unscripted/Producer). One of her current projects, Chronicles of a Radioactive Girl Scout, includes a mentorship with Simon Barry (Warrior Nun), and The Grifting Van Deusens is in partnership with co-creator Corner Gas alumni (Co-creator, Showrunner Andrew Carr, Talent and muse Tara Spencer-Nairn). 

Her Central Audio Processing Disorder (hearing disability), coupled with a belated understanding of ADHD never diagnosed in her childhood, cracked her world wide open later in life, shedding light on her lifelong struggles to fit in. Additionally, discovering a pituitary brain tumour made her even more understanding of the hidden disability community.

 

She's worked in the film and television industry for twenty years in Vancouver and New York above and below the line starting as a Production Assistant on set and gradually moved on to script reader, researcher and development exec assistant. She worked for New York City's Film Centre, ABC Primetime, LAByrinth Theatre Company and Creative Acting Company while studying to be a playwright (LAB masters program), screenwriter and sketch comedy and improv (Upright Citizen's Brigade)(Second City)(Atlantic Theater Company). Helene eventually worked as an actor in several tv series (see IMBD) and Second Team for tv series such as NURSE JACKIE, MERCY, PRIME SUSPECT. She's spent over a decade on film sets in a variety of positions and in film studios in non-union (2nd AD, 2nd 2nd, Greens) and union positions (SAG/AFTRA). 

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