I am a member of the Union of British Columbia Performers / Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists, and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
I began acting, writing and putting on shows in 1980 with Black Box Theatre, in my hometown of Edmonton, AB. In 1982 I studied acting and playwrighting at the Banff School of Fine Arts. From 1984 to 1987 I was enrolled in a BA Drama program at the University of Alberta. I left the University of Alberta to do an on-the-job apprenticeship with Stage Polaris in Edmonton. For three years I was in the five-member Resident Acting Company and from 1986 to 1998 I performed in over 30 professional family and children theatre productions at Polaris.
In 1983 I started acting and producing Fringe Theatre Festival productions. I have acted in over 30 Fringe shows in over 20 years and have toured to Saskatoon and Orlando, Florida with Fringe projects. I love the Fringe because the workers control most of the means of production.
From 1984 to 1993 I worked with some of my High School friends from my grade 11 Year in Grande Prairie, AB. We were a hard-rocking garage band and I was the singer, lyricist and as the band was winding down I ended up on bass guitar. We had a great run, playing live gigs at alternative venues like the Rumpus Room and El Zorro Loco. We shot a rock video on the roller coaster at West Edmonton Mall, recorded an original song for a pink vinyl compilation album and a cassette demo of eight original songs. If only we could have kept our drummers from exploding.
In 1988 I became an Equity member. I have performed at most of the professional theatres in my hometown of Edmonton as well as on the road. In 1992 I became a full member of Actra. I have recorded songs, performed on radio (CBC and CKUA) and on TV and in films. In 2001 I relocated to Vancouver where I currently live and work. From 2002 to 2006 I worked at the historic Raymond Burr Theatre in New West-minster where I acted, directed and taught drama classes. I am currently acting on stage and performing in film and television.
Short movie ‘TIPS’ in which I appear. Following the mishaps and blunders of the restaurant Leftovers and the lives of all the ridiculous employees that work there. View film here >
My profile on The Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0153511/
A little play I performed in called The Maltese Bodkin – Click here for Playbill and other information http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/db_back_up/db_entry9.cfm
Another small play – The Tempest – Click here for Playbill and other information http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/db_back_up/db_entry533.cfm
>> 2006 – We formed Slasher Equity Co-op and produced “Cut!” by Lyle Victor Albert at the Beaumont Studios. This cast photo shows (front R to L) me as Clyde, Prince of Denmark, Allison MacDonald as Nippletitus, Jacqueline Becher as Stanley’s Mother Mrs. Wowalski, and (top back) David Wallace as Fiddleditch, the butler cut from every Oscar Wilde play.
>> Spring of 2005 – finds me on Vancouver Island, clean-shaven but soon to be wearing a fake moustache for one of my multiple characters in “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Chemainus Theatre. With two small roles and an Equity contract, it provides me with lots of time to get organized and enjoy the glorious Spring in the Bannana Belt temperate rain forest of Southwest BC- I really love living in this part of the world.
>> Jacqueline Becher and I will be shooting a short film later in the Summer. I can’t say too much- I don’t want to jinx it.
>> Christmas 2004 -I dyed my hair and grew a beard for Bad Guy #2 “Lord Elpus” in the “Goldilocks” Panto at the Burr Theatre. My performance contained a Monty Python french accent and knock-about slapstick that almost broke my nose.
>> Feb. 2005 – also at the Burr Theatre”, I shaved the beard but kept the mustache to play “Manley Carstairs” the male lead role in “The Housekeeper”. This time I played an upper-class, high status fussbudget brit- twit; a great work-out.
>> Lead role of Garry Essendine in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Burr Theatre (New Westminster, Vancouver) through the month of June.
>> Western Canadian television viewers caught my performance as a Competition Spokesperson for the current London Drugs ad campaign.