Born and raised in the Philippines, Hera Nalam first came to Canada in the year 2011 when she was 16 years of age. In the last 10 years in Canada she has immersed herself in the local creative platforms from music, theatre, film and fashion. Today she is a Winnipeg based actress/singer-songwriter, but she prefers to call herself a collaborative artist.
Hera attended the University of Winnipeg and acquired her Bachelor of Arts with Honours for Theatre and Film Performance in 2019. She wowed audiences with her charm when she first performed on school productions at university such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Concord Floral and Time and The Conways (University of Winnipeg). Coming out of University, she was quick to book performances all over the city of Winnipeg. She first appeared in local theatre productions like Timon of Athens (Shakespeare in the Ruins) and Torn Through Time (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Romeo & Juliet (Pocket Frock) and QUEST (Meraki Theatre Productions). She also successfully wrote original music for three Fringe Festival productions in 2019, namely: The Last Garden (Walk&Talk Theatre), Cob Bob (Awkward Cheese Co.), and QUEST (Meraki Theatre Productions).
Hera also dabbles into film and landed gigs including stunt gigs for Escaping The Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story (2019). She was last seen on screen on Winnipeg's hit Rom-Com of 2020, screening on over 8 theatres across Canada, I Propose We Never See Each Other Again After Tonight (2020) when she debuted on film as the lead actress. Hera received high praise from critics all over Canada including the Winnipeg Free Press, The Globe and Mail as well as the National Post. Hera’s performance also earned her a spot in iHeart Radio Ace Burpee’s list of Most Fascinating Manitobans of 2020.
Hera first engaged in community work when she graduated from the Just TV program at Broadway Neighbourhood Centre in 2016 as a participant. She continued to volunteer her time and supported the centre through kitchen work and also kept a mentor role to other participants. Over the years she has worked her way up to earn the position from youth facilitator to program coordinator for an After School Leaders program at Just TV. She also manages the centre’s website and social media.
You will catch Hera often on a Wednesday night at Raffy's Cafe singing with her band on her own show called #LateNightJamsWithHera while rocking a chic fit styled by her co-owned fashion collective Kreative Fvckers.