Member Since: 1974
What has been your favorite role?
TV: Jean-Louis Escoffier – Chef (comedy), Access TV Series Scoop
Director: Randy Bradshaw
Stage: Porthos – TheThree Musketeers; Gen. John Burgoyne – The Devil’s Disciple (GB Shaw), Cuirette – Hosanna
Fights for Film: Heaven and Earth (Japanese Epic – Calg. 1989), North of 60, Destiny Ridge (Alberta)
What do you do when you are not performing?
Teach actors to fight, sword fighting and such. Make swords, daggers, and leather accoutrements for theatrical use; wood work, some metal work. Fight Direction for theatre, opera , ballet and occasional TV and film, like Jake and the Kid, Destiny Ridge, North of 60, etc. Coach young actors, and consult for a variety of professional and amateur works in fight weapon prop building, consult with directors on production questions; teach and coach fights for high schools; take in art gallery presentations, attend plays and music concerts, and Travel!
What organization / activity are you involved with or passionate about that people would find interesting?
Maître d’Armes of Fight Directors Canada; National and International Stage Combat workshops with the IOSP (International Order of the Sword & Pen); Edmonton Arts Council (Board).
What Director would you like to work with?
Internationally – Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson; Canadian – TW Peacocke, Francis Damberger & Paul Gross, & several Canadian Women – Sarah Polley, Wendy Crewson, Anne Wheeler.
What is your favorite movie and/or TV show?
Grandchester (BBC), Doc Martin (BBC), Waiting For God (BBC); Equalizer, NCIS, Blue Bloods (US), FBI International; Heartland, Murdock Mysteries (Canada) – all have strong character relationships which give them LIFE. Do not care for reality shows generally, but love Johnny Harris’ Still Standing, because it tells us so much about communities across Canada and the remarkable people that keep those communities and this Country alive! The episode on the Siksika Nation enlightened Canadians about those extraordinary survivors and nation builders.
As a Performer, what is one thing you wish you would have known sooner?
To forgive one’s self immediately while making a mistake, and move on. Saves anxiety, and keeps intent at the forefront. Thinking about it takes one out of the moment. &.. “Be kind to people; it will always come back to you” – Joey Tremblay