What is your role on this production? I am the director and choreographer. I guess that means I watch and offer ideas to the actors, the production team and anyone else involved. On the choreographer side I select and teach all the dance steps and movement to the performers. For me, choreographing doesn’t just mean dance, it means I am responsible for the whole feel of the movement in the piece, and there is a lot more than you would think.
What is your background in theatre? I’ve been doing theatre since I was 8 and have worked as an actor across a lot of western Canada. I’ve been very fortunate to work as a performer, director, choreographer and teacher in many great institutions across Alberta and BC. I am also the current Artistic Director at Walterdale and although this show marks my directorial debut at Walterdale I have performed and choreographed on our stage several times.
What brought me to this piece? Well, I performed in Forum in 2001 and fell in love with the show. I have wanted to work on this show again from the production side for a long time. This piece speaks to me on so many levels. It is classic musical comedy, classic physical comedy and a joy to work on and to watch.