SASKIA GAREL (SWING) Saskia Garel makes her musical theatre debut in Rent and is honored to be a part of this fantastic production. She attained a BFA degree in music at York University (jazz major) and received the Oscar Peterson Award. She is part of the BMG Canada recording duo Love And Sas, who toured Canada,the US and the UK,had two top-ten hits on Canadian charts and videos on MuchMusic and received two Juno Awards for Best R&B Recording in 1992 and 1993. She is currently working on a solo album with BMG. She was on the Raptors' dance team in 1995 and recorded their theme song, Higher, in 1996. She has appeared in commercials, television shows (Street Legal and Newsroom) and films (Mistrial, Teammates and Woo). "Thanks to my family and friends for their love and support; my Rent family; and God for all His blessings and for being so real in my life."
Saskia has been part of the original Canadian Cast of Rent since it was formed. She was originally a swing who understudied the roles of Mark's Mom, Alexi Darling, Mrs. Jefferson, and of course Mimi. After the original Mimi (Krysten Cummings) left Rent Canada to do Rent in London, Saskia had the opportunity to become the Canadian Cast's full-time Mimi. Here is her program bio.
Program bio was tactfully borrowed from a Rent playbill :)