We’re very happy to have you with us for your directoral debut! What draws you to do Into the Woods?
I've always loved this musical and the pairing of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. They are a very thought provoking team. You might not always love what they create (Into the Woods aside), but you'll always have very strong feelings about it. I've also, always been intrigued by the idea of, what happens after "happily ever after." We're gonna tell you!
Tell us about the productions you have been involved with recently.
Lately my brain has been all Woods all the time. This past Christmas I played one of my dream roles, Marius, in Western Canada Theatre's production of Les Miserables. Some other favourite gigs have been Eddie in Blood Brothers, and Link in Hairspray at the Arts Club in Vancouver. Leaf Coneybear in WCT's production of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and before I was the acting coach for Secondary Characters production of Joseph, I played Joseph for four months at the Chemainus Theatre Festival.
You trained at Randolph Academy, where some of our cast members are headed next September. What did you enjoy about your time there? Any advice for these up-and-coming triple threats?
Yes, I'm very excited for the folks heading out there in September, they're all going to love it. What I loved most were the very talented teachers available to us. They only hire people currently working in the business, so while you learn and respect the history of theatre and all it has to offer, you're not stuck in the 70's, ignoring the latest techniques. Also, Randolph is one of the few Performing arts programs that you dance at your level, not with your class. So you're constantly being challenged. As for advise....hmmmm. Hang in there!!!!. First term can be tough, but you'll live, and learn to love it. Also, you're going to be told
MANY MANY things. While the teachers are amazing and very educated, they can't see the future. Listen and absorb as much as you can, but ultimately, do whats best for you and don't get discouraged.