This is Evan’s debut appearance on Odyssey’s stage. Previous productions include: Iphiginea in Taurus as a “dancer.” For the COC; Tiki-bikini-beach-paradise-party-a-go-go “Big Tuna”, Toronto Fringe & Next Stage Festival, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hart House Theatre; High Fidelity the Musical (CA premier), Bruce Springsteen, Hart House Theatre; and Smile, Big Bob Freelander Randolph Academy.
Working for Odyssey:
Evan: This is my first year at Odyssey Theatre, I’m thrilled. Ever since I learned about Odyssey, it reignited a huge passion for Commedia that I had in school. I’m over the moon. This is something that’s kinda been on my list. It’s friendly, it’s fun, it’s freeing.
Working in or with Masks:
Evan: In school, I took a Theatre History course and started to develop a real interest in Commedia. Then for our presentation at the end of the year, I actually got to take part in a performance. We went out, we found masks, and I played Pulcinella. So there was a group of us and we just kind of played around for the audience. It was really fun. As part of my experiences with The Game of Love and Chance, it was the first time I’ve had plaster all over my face [for a theatre show]. It was exciting just knowing a mask was being made specifically for me, for my face. It gave it a new level.
Most Influential Actors/Actresses:
Evan: I can probably do my top three: Bruce Willis. I know a lot of people probably wouldn’t agree with that but I love him. I love Gary Oldman, and finally, Dustin Hoffman. Although you might say this about a number of actors, all three of these professionals have a quality that doesn’t allow you to take your eyes off of them. They just draw your focus no matter what they’re doing.
Ideal Gig – No Limits:
Evan: I have two on my list along with [of course] Commedia. I’d love to play a superhero or action hero. It’s killing me because superhero movies are huge right now and there’s not many left; there’s still Fate and The Vision. So I’d love to be doing something where I’d get to jump over flames or be shooting a gun. The other one is a TV gig: a series, a well-written series, for example The West Wing.
Hobbies, Interests, and Skills:
Evan: I enjoy climbing, whether it’s just wall climbing, rock climbing, scaling objects that probably shouldn’t be scaled. While I don’t have the athleticism to do Parkour, I would really love to, and it’s that sort of rush that I get just out of climbing. I do a lot of bouldering and things like that. I play guitar, I play drums, music in general, really. And, actually, I just recently got into mixing a little bit. I was running the music and sound for a dance competition where they had a whole DJ set-up. I sort of had to teach myself, but I’m getting okay at it. A couple of people have asked me where they could get my “album!” While I was flattered I very awkwardly said ‘I’m not good enough for an album yet.’ I really am not, but maybe, I got lucky a couple times.
OTHER SKILLS – Dance: Intermediate Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop. Instruments: Percussion: Drum kit, Djembe, Bhodrun, Concert Drumming, Hand Percussion and Auxiliary. Dijeridoo, Intermediate Guitar, Piano, Human Beatbox. Accents: Scottish, Northern Irish, Parisian French, Indian, Eastern European. Athletics: Rock Climbing (and Belay), Swimming, Cycling, Hockey,Street Hockey, Track & Field, Running, Volleyball, Baseball, Un-armed Stage Combat, Diving, Water Sports, Football. Improv, Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor Certification, Bartending, Juggling. Driving: Standard/Automatic, Experience driving Dirt-bikes, Scooter, Go Carts.