Acting prepares you for success!
All of my work in theatre recently has been about encouraging young people to be involved in creating theatre.
I was lucky enough in 2012 to be able to teach the Acting 12 class at Elphinstone Secondary School, in Gibsons, BC. What a wonderful experience and such talented young people. They kept me young, and gave me hope for the future.
The following year I worked with a small group of students at Elphinstone School in an after school Acting Club. With the strength of the programs provided by the Driftwood Players Theatre School I decided not to split off a group from that , and I to put my encouragement of students to enrol there.
My first experiences with acting were with classes at Redland College, University of Bristol, and class involvement as a student with BBC Bristol, and the Old Vic, Bristol.
My first opportunity to put theory and training into practice was at Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, where I worked with Lloyd Erickson to produce an annual Gilbert & Sullivan production. Now, that was a blast, as anyone who knows Lloyd can guess!
Practically, I have been acting since the late 50s - first with The Buskins in Calgary, and then later, on moving to BC, with Driftwood Players.
Following my retirement from teaching I was prompted to obtain an agent, and Pamela Wise (now of Premiere Talent in Vancouver) has been my agent since 2000.
Through her I have appeared in movies (Miracle, Ecstasy, Men Only Beyond This Point) TV shows (Dead Zone), and commercials (Norwegian telephones Telnor, British Frijj, Aquassure bathtubs, and most recently CIGNA travel insurance).
My acting and directing includes the following:
Three Men In A Boat (Tom Neill) Director Four Heroes Production Co.
Heroes (Tom Stoppard) Director Driftwood Players
Acting Teacher, Grade 11/12 Teacher Elphinstone Secondary School
Miracle on 34th Street Director KoC Productions/CKAY-FM
Riverside Drive & Central Park West (Woody Allen) Director/Actor Driftwood Players
It’s A Wonderful Life – the Radio Play Director KoC Productions/CKAY-FM
I Was There Director/Author Short Productions
A Christmas Carol Director PerePierre Productions
Pilate’s Wife Director/Author Short Productions
All Through The Night Actor Short Productions
A Rented Christmas Director Short Productions
A Christmas Carol Actor/Reader CBC & KoC
A Passion Play Director St. Mary’s Church, Gibsons
A Christmas Carol Actor/Reader CBC & SCAC
Separate Tables (Rattigan) Director Driftwood Players
"Farndale Women's... Murder Mystery" Actor Driftwood Players
"Ten Little Indians" Director Driftwood Players
"Farndale Women's... Christmas Carol" Actor Driftwood Players
"Beyond The Fringe" Actor Driftwood Players
"Showcase Of Performing Arts" Actor Driftwood Players
“Beyond The Fringe”- "Take A Pew" Actor Driftwood Players
Confusions Actor Driftwood Players
"Between “Mouthfuls", "Talk In The Park",
"Mr. Pearce" & "Arthur", "Judge Gaffney Actor Driftwood Players
Life We Lived
Actor - various parts Caitlin Hicks Production
Arsenic & Old Lace (Joseph Kesselring)
"Theodore Brewster - Teddy" Driftwood Players
Together (Alan Ayckbourn) "Reg" Driftwood Players
Confusions (Alan Ayckbourn)
"Mr. Pearce" Driftwood Players
Tonight at 8:30 (Noel Coward)
"Mr. Wadhurst" Buskins Drama Group