When Sheila Craig Waengler returned from her solo first trip to Europe in 1955 she found that her close friend and fellow thespian, the star of the New Play Society’s “Spring Thaw” review, Pegi Brown had proposed her for the Drama Section of the Heliconian Club. Sheila joined the Club where her mother Grace Craig, a fine artist, was a former president. Until the past few years Sheila has directed and performed in every Christmas show at the Heliconian Club.
Sheila is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she was active in undergraduate radio theatre and the “Varsity and UC Follies”, as well as a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s opera school. For several years she was involved in professional theatre, including summer stock and radio, as well as opera on stage, variety shows and even live TV in its early years, where the split second timing was a real adventure rush.
In addition, Sheila has had a Real Estate Brokers’ license for over 50 years and is still active, especially in the Georgian Bay where she sells islands. She has become quite proficient in photography which she developed initially for her business. With her late husband Ernest Waengler, a journalist and foreign correspondent, Sheila travelled to some 65 countries, always with a sketch pad. Her medium is water colour and acrylic and her paintings as well as her photographs have hung in several juried shows.
She still travels extensively and enjoys sketching in foreign lands and photographing scenes of interest.