Performing on the national & international stage since the age of 17, Merryn is known for her charisma, supple spine, and willingness to dive fully into a collaborative process – both emotionally and physically. Merryn's career has taken her on adventures with incredible artists across North & South America, Europe, and Asia. A trusted and dedicated collaborator, Merryn often assumes the role of Assistant Choreographer/Director or Dance Captain.
Originally from Toronto, Merryn’s career traces a rich journey of memorable encounters with choreographers such as Lydia Bouchard, Geneviève Dorion-Coupal, Team White, Audrey Bergeron, Jasmine Ellis, and Johanne Madore. She has worked notably with Cirque du Soleil, Cas Public, Ex-Machina / Robert Lepage, les 7 doigts de la main, and Cirque Éloize.
You can catch her on-screen in works like Apashe's music video Lord & Master and short dance-films Astérisme (Stacey Désilier x Le Broke Lab) and Éclipses (Audrey Bergeron). TV appearances include Star Académie and participation in the first season of the televised show Révolution (TVA). Merryn received her professional training as a Fellowship student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.
IN A LEADERSHIP ROLE
Lydia Bouchard and Merryn teamed up in 2020 to launch La Résistance, a bold and playful company that revisits the way of creating and consuming live art. La Resistance is a container for multidisciplinary artistic gestures without barriers, producing experiences that challenge the creator and the audience to open up to unexplored horizons.
Alongside her colleagues Roxane Duchesne-Roy and Susan Paulson, Merryn imagined and founded the unique collective Le Broke Lab, a series of research micro-laboratories with a mission to facilitate research in the arts that is uncensored and free from the usual pressures of producing final results.
Merryn has been a key player within the ecosystem of internationally renowned Springboard Danse Montreal, an annual program in Montreal that connects dancers and dance-makers with influential companies and choreographers from around the world. Involved in the organization's maintenance and expansion since 2009, Merryn was promoted to the position of Associate Director and Director of Communications in 2015, overseeing the organization alongside longtime mentor and collaborator Alexandra Wells. Since stepping down from her leadership position in 2022, Merryn has maintained her position as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Springboard Danse Ltd.