Krista grew up in a small BC town always dreaming of living in a big city, and secretly of being an actor. Although Krista explored acting a little, she followed a different path, graduating with a degree from Simon Fraser University and enjoying a successful career in marketing before realizing she couldn’t ignore her true passion.
Her first role after returning to acting was working alongside Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper in Limitless, while it was shooting on location in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since moving back to Vancouver, she has been busy with several film & TV roles, from being awarded Best Supporting Actress at the Persistence of Vision Film Festival for her role in the short film Lost & Found, to being the severed hand in the award-winning indie horror Bloody Knuckles. In 2020, Krista was seen in two new Netflix series’: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ alongside Alicia Silverstone, and ‘Away’, working with Josh Charles in the space exploration drama. She also appeared in Netflix’s ‘The Order’ and opposite Lamorne Morris in Hulu’s new dramedy series ‘Woke’. Another project is coming out in 2021, but that’s currently under wraps so stay tuned for more updates!
She has enjoyed venturing into theatre in multiple plays, including an award-winning production of “A Particular Class of Women”, which won Best Ensemble at Theatre BC Mainstage, and John Patrick Shanley’s “Where’s My Money?”, where she was directed by her mentor & long-time acting teacher, Lori Triolo. Krista has also studied acting extensively in Vancouver as well as studying with the renowned Austin Pendleton at HB Studios, New York City, over the years.
Krista was a dedicated member of the Women in Film & Television Board for several years, serving as Treasurer for 2 years and Vice President for 1 year, as well as having created a new Actor Career Mentorship program for local female actors. The program launched in 2014, matching 18 applicants with successful female working actors such as Amanda Tapping, Kristin Lehman, Gabrielle Rose, and Lori Triolo. After amazing feedback & results, Krista has continued to run the entire program, which is now in it’s 8th year! Over 135 women have now received guidance on how to create a long-term acting career, business relationship management with agents & casting directors, work/life balance, creating their own work, and numerous other subjects. Krista’s involvement with WIFTV also expanded into advocacy and she’s enjoyed working with Women in Film Founder, Sharon McGowan, on how the national organizations can use funding & reporting requirements to improve opportunities for all women working in the film industry.
Outside of TV & film, Krista has worked in marketing for over 15 years, in both Canada & Mexico, climbing the ladder to Executive rapidly in both countries. Krista is known for helping companies in several industries grow rapidly, manage acquisitions, challenge industry norms, clarify their brand & vision, and develop community programs to give back. Krista also been a mentor in the Women in Leadership Mentorship Program for multiple years and been a speaker at several events from Women in Business’ “Tech Day” to WIFTV’s International Film Festival, to Sage Software’s Partner Summit.
Please feel free to explore the following links for more information on Krista Magnusson, or associations she is involved with:
Women in Film & TV Vancouver
Celluloid Social Club
Vancouver Cold Reading Series
Vancouver Aquarium Toast to the Coast Event
Simon Fraser University Business Department Alumni Association
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