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Robin Duke, also known for recurring role playing Wendy Kurtz on Schitt's Creek, will speak in Newton Robinson on Sept. 12

Well-known Canadian actor Robin Duke will be visiting the area to share her unique approach to life and using the rules of improvisation.

Known for her work on the television comedy series SCTV, Saturday Night Live and, more recently, a recurring role on Schitt’s Creek, Duke will be hosted by the Tec-We-Gwill Women’s Institute at the Tec-We-Gwill Hall in Newton Robinson on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Guests can join in the fun as she discusses the humorous moments in her life and her experiences as an actor, writer, producer, professor, mother, wife, friend, quilter, and more.

Andrea Nolan, the institute's activities co-ordinator, expects those life experiences will resonate with members and guests.

“I bet a lot of us will be able to relate to her in many ways ... and find it very funny to sit back and laugh and listen to what she has to say,” she said.

Duke is also hoping attendees can laugh along and identify with her experiences.

The actor heard about the institute and their work from a cousin during a family reunion, and decided it would be a good fit for her appearance.

“I am always enlightened when I am in the company of smart, curious women,” she said in an email.

As an actor, Duke has seen the impacts of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes, but uses the rules of improvisation to adapt.

“I say yes to the strike and I agree that actors are unable to make a decent living with the current pay structure, particularly in Canada. I apply the rules moving forward by creating my own work on YouTube or theatre or pick up the odd job filling teeth,” Duke said.

While Duke clarified that she is not a licensed dentist, she joked that she's also a detective and marine biologist.

The hall has space for 99 people and tickets are available for adults ($20), students ($10) and members ($10) by contacting Nolan at [email protected] or 705-458-8964.

Proceeds from the event will be used for outreach programs offered by the institute.

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