ACTRA Member Maxine Gibson Bruce is an accomplished performer, who is dedicated to social justice. Maxine won Virgin Radio/ReMAX’s Future First Award, raising money for D’Arcy’s A.R.C., a no-kill animal shelter, and MacDonald Youth Services, and was chosen as a finalist for CBC’s Annual General Meeting in 2015 to serve as an inspiring youth panelist. Maxine was chosen by her high school to attend the L.E.A.F. Conference for equality. As part of her school’s Student Alliance, Maxine won the YM/YWCA Peace Medallion Award for social activism accomplishments. She holds a certificate from the Rainbow Resource Centre in Awareness Training that addresses the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer individuals, families, and communities. Now studying Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Philosophy in university, Maxine is a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, and is a volunteer leader at CanU, a charitable organization that inspires hope and confidence in the leaders of tomorrow through its out-of-school mentorship and educational enrichment program for youth in Grades 5-12. Maxine wasn’t allowed to pursue acting professionally until the age of twelve. It was then that she booked the role of Sarah Layton (Jack Layton’s daughter) in the award- winning CBC film Jack — her very first audition. Maxine played the role of “Martini”, a child prostitute, in the award-winning film H&G, and the lead role of an outcast skateboarder in The Devil You Don’t Know (for which she learned to skateboard). Maxine has appeared in commercials, theatrical productions, and starred in a music video directed by award-winning filmmaker Danishka Esterhazy. Maxine also appeared in the FOX feature film The Exorcism of Molly Hartley, and the feature film Steel, directed by Sven J. Matten. Maxine has studied acting for the camera and was invited to participate in an improv and comedy intensive with Aaron Merke (Video on Trial, House Party) and Lauren Cochrane (Bucko). In addition to working in front of the camera and on stage, Maxine has logged many hours in many departments on set. Most recently, Maxine played the lead role in the film Hard Way Girl which had its world premiere at the Bridge of Arts International Motivational Film Festival in Russia, and its North American Premiere at the Oscar-qualifier LA Shorts Fest in Los Angeles. It was an Official Selection of the Near Nazareth Film Festival, Israel; the Artemis Film Festival, Los Angeles; the Bridge of Arts International Motivational Film Festival, Russia; the Oscar-qualifier 2016 LA Shorts Film Festival; the Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival, the 2016 Toronto International Short Film Festival, the LA Femme Film Festival, and was nominated for two Windy Awards. For her role in Hard Way Girl, Maxine won a Joey Award (Canada’s national awards for young actors) for best actress in a short film in her age category and was nominated for a MIC Award.
Nominated Joey Award Best Actress
Hard Way Girl
Hard Way Girl