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 then 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). Merging this with her 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.
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.