A Multi-Hyphenate Human Magazine
A Bio by Adam Capriolo
A devastated five-year-old Kayleigh Choiniere found out right before her circus school performance debut that Geri Halliwell had quit the Spice Girls. Instead of retreating in her grief, little Kayleigh knew that the show had to go on. This, while ridiculous, encapsulates her perfectly. She is a hard-working, sensitive, and passionate Gemini with a dedication to performance and professionalism, even in a moment of overwhelming heartbreak.
Born at home to twenty-two-year-old grunge kids in 1992 in Montreal, Kayleigh always felt a propensity for rebellion and a spiritual connection to Frances Bean Cobain and her parents. Being a child of the arts, she was home-schooled while she attended circus school. She was bitten by the acting bug upon seeing the Titanic in theatres at 5 years old. Young, yes, but her parents were sent a message from the divine to take her to see it. It became her life long mission to act in the film alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. She began studying at the bilingual performing arts school, F.A.C.E., for both elementary and high school where she flourished as a flautist and multi-disciplinary artist. She graduated with honours from Dawson College's Professional Theatre acting training program in 2012, where she played a wide range of roles to much acclaim.
As an actor, Kayleigh has been working consistently since finishing school. On stage, she toured with Geordie Productions for a year around eastern Canada with two original plays and originated the role of Alisha Tate in the META Nominated production of Triplex Nervosa at the Centaur Theatre. When not working on stage, she has appeared in a variety of different films, television shows, and commercials.
While Kayleigh's primary love is for acting, thrives wearing several hats. She has designed costumes for stage and film for as long as she has been acting. In the summer of 2018 she co-produced, acted in, and costume designed The History of Sexuality, an original play that was presented at Place-des-Arts in the for Montreal Pride. Kayleigh's costuming skills and passion for fashion have developed into a more recent creative endeavor, wardrobe styling. She covered New York Fashion Week A/W 2019 as a fashion correspondent for CultMTL, and started as a Style Director and Social Media Content Curator for a startup. She also styles for individuals, bands, events, and photoshoots.
Kayleigh organizes, produces, and stars in an ongoing theatrical charity event series benefitting the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre, Chez Doris, the Canadian HIV/AIDs Legal Network and helps organize a body-positive dance class which raises money for different organizations that support the Queer community. She is also a member of the ACTRA Women's Committee and LGBTQS2+ Committee, where members gather to discuss gender equity, equality, inclusion, representation, and education.
Kayleigh is one of the founding members of Acting in Good Company; an organization dedicated to fostering safer learning environments in arts training institutions and breaking silence culture by sparking honest conversations.
Her hobbies include comedic critiques of MET Gala and red carpet looks, baking for intolerances, giving stick-and-poke tattoos, memes, REALITY TV, organizing theme parties, and loving up on her friends.
Kayleigh loves her work fiercely but hopes to not take it, and life, too seriously. Buy her a nice big glass of natural wine, and she'll tell you all her secrets.