Social Media (handles or habits): I use Facebook to stay in touch with friends.
Favourite Cause: Keeping the cities green and alive. I’m a fan of the green roof and urban gardening movement. I like independent farming and being a self-sustaining individual, it’s something that I’m passionate about and hope to achieve in the next little while.
Guilty Pleasure: I’m still a big fan of Poutine, I worked at New York Fries for a number of years and haven’t been able to kick it.
Favourite Art Movement/Artist: Theatre the Absurd or Sight-Specific Theatre is something I look forward to working on. I also like comic book art and macabre and grotesque paintings.
The worst pick up line you’ve heard: If you were a booger, I’d pick you first.
Mini Bio: I’m a recent graduate of the Ottawa theatre school, I had the opportunity to work with Andy [Massingham] and had a really great time. I’m looking forward to working with him again this summer. We just finished The Farm Show as my final piece in school and it was quite fun.
Working for Odyssey: This is the first time I’ve worked with Odyssey but I’ve seen the past five or six seasons. When I was in High School, my teacher Paul Griffin was involved with the company and told me that he thought it would be something I would enjoy. It was actually Paul who introduced me to mask work when I was 15 or 16 and I have always been a fan of the style ever since then. This is my first time being part of the Youth Apprenticeship Program.
Working in or with Masks: I had experience in high school and I’m excited to be back at it again. We sort of took a step away from it and touch on it again a little bit in the Ottawa Theatre School. I’ve been in scene study experiments with every sort of variation but this is my first show with mask characters. I think it’s going to be very interesting specifically because Shaw has written such clearly masked characters for some of the characters. The mask characters in the show have a state of being that is fairly constant and all of the unmasked characters are either ignorant or knowledgeable and the ones who are ignorant become knowledgeable throughout the journey and it makes so much sense for the script, it’s going to be great.
Tell us about your first exposure to Shaw: I went to the Shaw Festival when I was 16 or 17, I saw a few productions. My fauvorite one right off the bat was The President. I started looking more into Shaw and his works.
Design your dream show (money or other realities are no obstacle): One of the dream shows is a script I’ve been working on: there’s a man and he keeps on waking up in a cell all alone. Everyday is the same day, he wakes up with the same head injury and there’s a box next to him, or a covered object next to him, where sounds from his past come back in. Every time he falls asleep he wakes up with the same head injury not knowing where he’s come from. He’s actually a very well known fictitious character but he’s living in a giant mansion and he’s reliving the last moments of his life before he realizes all the bad stuff he’s done to get where he is. So what I want is for the audience to see first him waking up and having the first realization of where he is; he’s in this room all alone, he doesn’t know where he is with his head injury. That happens in three different variations and in the second act the whole thing turns around when he falls asleep and he’s in this mansion. I want the whole stage to turn around from this cell into this fabulous mansion and he is decorated with all this grandeur. The second half of the play is this realization of what he’s done and the moments leading up to his own death, so that’s something that I’ve been working on. There’s definitely other ways to stage it without a million bucks but I really want to get it out there.
Tell us about your Hobbies, Interests, and Skills (Theatre or non-theatre related): I’m quite an avid writer. And, as I mentioned before I’m an urban gardener; I’m talking to the supervisor to get the roof set up with plants and I’m hoping maybe next summer that we get the roof set up and something might come out of that for the whole building, who knows? Everyone gets some beans or a community BBQ, who knows but that would be fun. I run a bike a bicycle repair business on the side, I like fiddling around with that as well.