We made it! Not only is it the end of another year but it's the end of another decade! For the last three years I've been aiming to see over 52 plays per year and this year I really outdid myself. In 2019 I saw a whopping one hundred fifty-six plays over fifty two weeks! Most of these plays came from my time in the spring and summer spent at theatre festivals across Western Canada. This included six shows at the Festival of Animated Objects, nine at the 2019 Hydra Performing Arts Festival, eleven plays at Sage Theatre's annual IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists, and a whopping one hundred between the five fringes I attended in Regina, Winnipeg, Calgary, Victoria, and Vancouver during my summer tour with Chimera Theatre. You can read more...
Theatre is, by its nature, collaborative. That's what I really love about it. It's what makes the art form so alive. When an author writes a book, there's usually only one interpretation of the text: the reader. Of course, there's input from the editors, the publishers, etc., but in the actual ingestion of the art it goes from the words that were written by the creator straight into the mind of the reader and that reader interprets the story.
With theatre it's different. A playwright writes words and then those words are interpreted by artists. A director creates the vision of the show. The designers create the world and space and texture of the play to come to life in. Actors bring the characters to life. Each of these add an interpret...
I wrote, self-directed, and performed in a one-man show. Earlier this spring I announced that my newest show Other Deaths of the Universe would be debuting this spring (and explained why in the world I would undertake this daunting task). I wasn't sure how the project would turn out, but I survived it. It was the scariest thing I've done so far as a theatre artist and a performer but, most importantly, I learned a lot from the experience. Here's a few thoughts from the process:
Lighting Design by Tauran Wood. Photo by Aiden Nidelet.
Being yourself on stage is very, very hard.
This show was deeply personal. It was challenging as a performer not only to memorize and perform a 65 minute show by myself, b...
Spring is finally here and I'm sure I'm not the only one who's breathing heavy sighs of relief in this warm fresh air. I was initially afraid that Edmonton wouldn't be as balmy as Calgary, but so far northern Alberta is treating me great with every day being above 10ºC!
March has been a whirlwind of a month so far and I'm so excited to be jumping into my next project in Edmonton (The Invisible at Catalyst Theatre). Before talking about what's coming up next in my theatre world, I just wanted to reflect on my first time with the Festival of Animated Objects in Calgary last week!
Here's what the festival is all about according to their website:
"Here at the Festival of Animated Objects we strive to engage our audience and animate our city by bre...
Welcome to 2018 everyone, it's so exciting to be here!
After nearly two years, I've decided to boot up my old website and start up a brand new blog. This website (and blogging) mostly fell away when I started working more full-time with Chimera Theatre and launched their website.
Here is my first official blog post. It's really just to establish that I have a blog again and to put the gears in motion for future posts. My hope is that I can use this to keep people (primarily myself) updated on what I'm doing in the theatre world in Canada. 2017 was amazing for me from Mockus at the start to A Christmas Carol at the end. I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store.