If I were a famous actor, I’d be one of those guys who always plays different characters the exact same way. Not because they’re typecast, but because they have no range.
Hmm. Maybe I’m better at it than I thought…
Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival
I’ve been a member of the Robin in the Hood Medieval Festival since 2004. Every year, we host an educational day for over 1,000 Grade 4 students, treating them to shows, workshops, and tournaments with knights in staged combat. This is followed by a one-day public festival, with a series of tournaments taking place throughout the day.More
From 2005-2013, I served as one of the royal heralds, introducing the fighters and keeping the tournaments on track throughout the event. Behind the scenes, I contributed as the Festival’s script coordinator, working with the artistic director and other actors to develop each year’s story. Scripts are constructed as a series of plot points that are introduced throughout the tournaments in a quasi-improved format.
My favourite part of the Festival is hosting the tournaments during the education days. There’s nothing quite like being surrounded by an audience of 1,000 kids, and getting them to cheer on command.
University of Waterloo FASS Theatre Company
The FASS Theatre Company is open to all Faculty, Alumni, Staff, and Students at the University of Waterloo, and mounts an annual musical production that’s rehearsed over four weeks and performed at the beginning of February. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of time, that’s because it isn’t. FASS is a silly production, with a self-written script, parody songs, and a plot that sometimes makes sense.More
I joined FASS during my first year of university, and went on to participate in 11 shows between 1996 and 2009. I acted (badly), sang (decently), and danced (terribly), but I spent most of my time as a band leader and vocal coach. I served as president in 2005 and directed the show in 2008, and in 2013 I was named to the FASS Honour Roll for my contributions.
The best thing I learned from FASS is the importance of making newcomers feel welcome and involved right from the start, and I made it my goal to be warm, inviting, and supportive to all of the people who joined. I also learned how to coach actors, write song lyrics, script scenes, and compose music…but learning how to connect with and encourage people has been the most useful skill by far.
Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre
Beyond hosting Battle of the Bards as part of KWLT, I contributed to a number of productions from 2004-2009, both on stage and behind the scenes. I got to be pretty good at designing and constructing black-box sets, and developed my signature acting emotion of “slightly confused and increasingly frustrated”. Seriously, as a scripted actor, that’s pretty much all I’ve got.