BIO
Background & Education

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In 1973, as the Big O was being built, the Catherine Booth Hospital in NDG was the only place where the father was allowed in the delivery room; so, my folks decided to get the job done there. The West Island of Montreal (Pierrefonds) was where we lived, and where I was raised. First I attended Thorndale Elementary, then John Rennie High School, and then on to John Abbott CEGEP, in Health Science. Concordia University was next, and I actually did a B.Sc in Biology in 1995 before heading over to acting, attaining a B.FA in Theatre Performance and English Literature in 1999. Accepted to the only Masters Acting program in Canada, I completed my M.FA in 2001.


Teaching/Consultancy

Over 10+ years, my teaching experience spans many levels of education. While at York, I taught undergraduate acting for non-majors. Later, I taught high school English and Drama at Trafalgar School for Girls, John Rennie, and at the Cartier Adult Education Centre in Beaconsfield. For many years I was also a substitute teacher in elementary and high schools on the West Island, and I taught workshop classes on acting and improvisation at McGill University.

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In 2008, I founded I.O. Acting Studio. Since its inception, the school has taught hundreds of students—with wide-ranging backgrounds. In addition to the many students who have taken Acting, Voice, Writing, and Film classes, I have assisted applicants to audition successfully for agencies in Montreal and Toronto, and I have helped auditioners gain admittance to Theatre programs in Canada and the UK. On an individual basis, I have coached actors for feature film auditions, and for starring roles in Canada, the US and abroad.

As a script consultant, my very first project was the feature film
Polytechnique, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Later, I consulted on several play, short film and feature film projects, both in English and in French.

My acting workshops have been appointed by the Quebec Drama Federation (QDF) and by the Quebec Writer’s Federation (QWF). It has also been a great honour to be a guest speaker at York University, Ryerson, Concordia, McGill, and at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) (for International Women’s Day).



Performance

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As a performer, my stage career began at the age of five and I have acted ever since. In 1992 I co-founded the Wahoo Family Theatre Company with my fellow thespians and friends Donovan King and Matthew Legault. We mounted classical productions, children’s theatre and mummery (which I was too chicken to take part in.)

In 1998, I wrote and directed my first full-length play,
Periostracum: a site-specific work (set in a bar) for the Montreal Fringe Theatre Festival.

After a multitude of other independent and university productions, my professional stage career began at the Factory Theatre Toronto, where I landed the title role in Necessary Angel’s production of
The Piper by Colleen Murphy, directed by Richard Rose. Later, I went on to play the role of the American soldier Luke O’Connor in Ota, an adaptation of Robert Lepage’s Seven Streams of the River Ota. I also played in a number of indie-produced and Fringe productions, including Harold Pinter’s One for the Road and John Osbourne’s Look Back in Anger.

On camera, I drew experience from a number of commercial and made-for-tv projects. My first was a bit part in
Canada: A People’s History playing an Irish upstart. For many years I was featured in a British internet commercial (for Anadin, an Aspirin-like product) on their homepage, playing a submarine crew member with a headache. “It’s gone!”

In 2003, I acted in my first feature film, playing the role of Reese in
Remembering Moore, directed by Peter Cho.

My IMDB info page.


The Anorak

Developed as a graduate performance assignment, my play
The Anorak–a 90 minute monologue about the life and death of Marc Lépine (perpetrator of the Montreal Massacre at l’Université de Montréal)–debuted in 2000 at York University.

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The Montreal premiere took place in September 2004 at Zeke’s Gallery. In March 2005 the show was performed at the Queen’s University Engineering Department in Kingston. Additional Montreal productions have taken place at McGill University, Ryerson and Concordia.

Reviews of
The Anorak:

montreal.com
Montreal Mirror
Hour Magazine
La Presse

French language TV interview:

Anorak sur TVA

In 2007 the play won the Montreal English Critic's Circle Award (MECCA) for Best Script, also garnering Best Actor and Best Overall Production nominations. The play was listed in 2006 for Best of the Year in the
Montreal Mirror, as well as in La Presse. In 2004, The Anorak was named in the Montreal Gazette’s Best Plays of the year. The French version L’Anorak, translated by Genevieve Charbonneau, premiered in Quebec City in Fall 2008.

After seeing the play at McGill University in 2006, Executive Producers Karine Vanasse (
Pan-Am, Ma Fille-Mon Ange) and Max Rémillard (Remstar) hired me as Script Consultant for the feature film Polytechnique. Working closely with director Denis Villeneuve, I helped integrate the character of The Killer (Marc Lépine) into the film.

My final performance of
The Anorak took place, in French, on the 20th anniversary of the massacre at l'Université de Montréal, December 6, 2009.

In 2013,
The Anorak was taken on by Chewed Up Theatre in London, UK, for performance at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre. In 2014 it made its Off West End debut at the Hope Theatre, with Felix Brunger in the lead role, and Matthew Gould directing.

Comedy and Film

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To balance the tragic subject of
Anorak in my performing life, I co-founded the sketch comedy troupe The Dancing Cock Brothers in 2005. Over a five-year span, the DCBs brought nasty sketch comedy to Montreal and Toronto with performances at both Fringe Festivals and Sketchfests, Main Hall and Petit Campus, to name a few.

In 2010, the DCBs disbanded and made the move into film, where I served as the show-runner and lead actor for
Montreal Hearts, a comedy series by the newly formed Gung Horse Productions. The show ranked on Indie Soap of the Week charts for 8 weeks and was nominated for an ISOW Viewer’s Choice Award. Montreal Hearts was also featured on ABC news via a profile on Funny or Die, where it was nominated in the Top Comedy Videos of the Year for 2010.


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In 2011, I made my first short film, Communication Policy, in collaboration with Ciudad Films, where I wrote, directed and edited the film, with students of I.O. Acting Studio being cast in the principal roles. Communication Policy was an Official Selection at the Moving Image Film Festival of Toronto, and at the Rome International Film Festival in Georgia, USA.


My next short film, Foreign Language, was an Official Selection of the Soho NYC International Film Festival and of the Rochester International Film Festival. Both were incredible experiences. Rochester selected the film for their Best of Fest compilation.

In December 2012 with my team from Ack, No Ledge Film, we shot my first feature: a romantic-comedy entitled
Bridges Over Montreal. The process of making a feature film from start to finish was unbelievably complex, frustrating, and wonderful. The film was completed in June 2013.


Writing

In addition to several feature length screenplays, dozens of scenes for film and scores of sketches for comedy, I have written a volume of poetry, short stories and several articles (see below).

Currently, I am working on three novels: the first, collection of drinking memoirs called
In the Soft, is complete (first draft); the second, a work of fantasy fiction entitled A Most Ignoble Dread, is nearly complete; the third, in development, is tentatively entitled The Manual of Lust.



Publications

Here are links to some of the stuff I’ve written, including my first published work, “Alcoholism is Volitional”:

Grim Blazer Daily, April 27, 2012. “six ways from Sunday”

(Cult)ure Magazine, March 24, 2010. “Alcoholism is Volitional”

Encore Literary Magazine, January 23, 2011. Interview/Review, Elise Moser: Because I Have Loved and Hidden It. “An Emotionally Loud Debut”

The Rover. Several, including my now infamous review of the film Inception, “If It Only Had A Heart”

NOW - Concordia. Several.


If I ever decide to serialize some work, it will appear in my
Writing Log.


After being away since birth, NDG is where I now make my home—with my sexy, superlative wife, our delightful daughter, and a bodacious baby boy.


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