Avaah Blackwell is the daughter of two Canadian Military personnel. Born in Calgary Alberta, Canada, Avaah relocated to The Netherlands in 2007 as a Rotary Youth Ambassador, and later to Germany with her family. In 2009, Avaah was one of 10 actors selected globally to participate in Prague Film School’s renowned “Acting for Film ” program. Graduating at the top of her class, she worked as a professional actor in Central Europe before moving to Toronto in 2014. Avaah utilizes her international training and experience to infuse her work with unique physical, emotional and mental discipline. Versatile in her character choices, Avaah is known best for playing strong female leads, as well as being cast against gender (Ray – Rebel Without a Cause, Banquo – Macbeth, Sargeant Wood – A Soldier’s Farewell).
Avaah’s performances have enchanted audiences across Europe (Cannes Film Festival, The Bear Theatre Company et al ), Asia (Pi Fan) and North America (12 Monkeys, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival et al).
Exceptionally funny, Avaah’s comedic performance in the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Festival earned her a nod of recognition from CBC. Miss Blackwell’s love for improv and standup comedy allows her amiable personality to shine both on and off camera.
To prepare for the upcoming female MMA feature film entitled “Excelsis”, Avaah studied under Steve Wilsher (Havoc Stunts), Kara Wooten P.H.D et al at the Academy of Dramatic Combat. Adjudicated and awarded “Advanced with Recommendation” by master instructor, John Stead, Miss Blackwell sharpened her existing skills in Rapier and Dagger, Broadsword, Small Sword, Quarterstaff, Unarmed Combat, and Safety for Combat Rehearsal and Execution. She continues to train at Pulse Taekwondo
Miss Blackwell’s experience as a Rotary Youth Ambassador (Sassenheim, The Netherlands) and upbringing in a military family has instilled in her a strong sense of service above self. Avaah has a strong affinity for humanitarian efforts, especially those involving youth, seniors, veterans, gender equality, animals and the environment. Always happy to contribute to a good cause, Avaah co-hosted and helped in organizing Rotaract Toronto’s 2016 Annual Fundraiser at the National Club, which raised funds for Sketch Toronto.
Merging this with her diverse experience (as a runway model (Versace, Toronto Fashion Week, Fashion Art Toronto et al), Events Director (ACTRA Studio District Film Party TIFF 2015, HangLoose Media), Makeup Artist (Holt Renfrew, Nars, YSL, Shu Uemura, Laura Mercier, Prague Shakespeare Festival) and Casting Director/Associate ( Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, Missing- ABC TV Series, I’m On It) Miss Blackwell offers a rare and valuable skillset to each project she commits to.
“The next Nikita.” – Enrico Colantoni
“If they remake The Matrix, she should be Trinity.”- Sebastian J. Deery
“The physicality and intelligence of Avaah Blackwell’s performances are especially standout.” Chandra Mayor CBC Review of Bad Girls: Sunny Side up
“Avaah was one of the top actors in her class at the Prague Film School and started working professionally as soon as she graduated. She brings a professional attitude, enthusiasm and excellent skills to each project she commits to.” Nancy Bishop (CSA) www.nancybishopcasting.com
“I have written and directed many theatre productions over the years and am proud to have worked with Avaah. She was an integral part of the show’s success. Many actors have talent, but Avaah brings so much more to a show. She’s enthusiastic and creative, and her positive energy was helpful to me and the rest of the cast and crew. She can share an idea or laugh with equal aplomb. Avaah is confident, fearless, organized, and professional. I look forward to working with her again in the near future. Any project I can conceive would be richer and more rewarding with her on board.” – Robert J. McLaughlin (Director)
“Avaah, thank you for your dedication. You are a talented, director’s actor with a sense for direction and production. For this role we put you in the cold, in a dirty basement, dressed you up, dressed you down, rolled you in mud, rolled you on the floor, stretched your hours, patience and energy. You overcame all that, and rendered a wonderful performance. I am sure you will go places, and everyone will mention your performance once this film is released” Mithran Maharajan (Director of Figment)
“Avaah was by far the most dedicated actress I worked with in Prague, and she continues to push herself maximize her raw talent and polished skills. As a director, I achieved positive results from Avaah because of her ability to take direction and to explore her character and scenes.” -Rod Retamoza (Director)