Dog Days of Summer

And here comes another September!

It’s been a busy summer: Since my last post I’ve been to Japan on my honeymoon, and had the pleasure to work on a bunch of cool projects:

  • I went to Portland with Fistful of Kicks to perform as part of the Stumptown Improv Festival. The festival was tons of fun and they took great care of us. We were even reviewed as part of the festival, which you can read here!

  • Performed again with Fistful as part of Matty Vu’s great show Yellow Fever. So wonderful to see so many talented Asian performers and to be among them. Here’s Matty’s website for more information on him and his projects.

  • I read the worst book I’ve ever subjected myself for Sara Bynoe’s fantastic show Say Wha? The show has been on a long hiatus and I hope Sara sees fit to keep it around, as it’s always a good time and such a wonderful part of Vancouver’s comedy scene.

  • I was very grateful to be brought on board as a puppeteer for a workshop production of Carmen Aguirre’s Medea, presented by Rumble Theatre. It was my first time working with Rumble and hopefully not my last! Huge thanks to Shizuka Kai for bringing me on to play with her wonderful puppets.

  • I also took part in Tia Glenn-Cooke’s 10 Things I Blank About You improvised romantic comedy. What an absolute delight, and played in front of a sold out crowd! If that sounds like a good time, you’re in luck, as we’re bringing the show back one more time on September 22nd: Details here!

Pretty good for the dog days of summer! So, what’s coming up next?

In September, Fistful of Kicks and Shakespeare After Dark will be taking part in the Vancouver International Improv Festival. In October, I’ll be participating in a workshop for The Berlin Project with City Opera Vancouver. I’ve got an unannounced project looking to go up in December (not Christmas related!), the proper run of The Berlin Project in January , followed by the play Speaking in Toungues going up at Go Studios in Feb. I’ve also got my eyes on projects for March and April, so it’s shaping to be a busy 2020!

Busy and Grateful

It’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has happened!

As I write this, it’s May 26th, and I’m a week away from heading off on my long awaited honeymoon. I’ve also been blessed with some really cool projects that I’m excited for everyone to check out. One of them has already begun: I’m delighted to be taking part in Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Festival, playing a role in Fireflies, a multimedia dystopian sci-fi drama. We had a great opening on Friday, with two final shows at the Cultch Greenhouse on May 29th and June 1st at 7:30pm. Hope to see you there!

After the Fireflies opening I got to participate in one of my favourite comedy shows in town, Weird Al Karaoke. It was a great show, featuring a killer line up of performers. It’s not done regularly, so if you ever see it on your Vancouver events listing, I highly suggest checking it out!

I’m also delighted to be wrapped on yet another audiobook with the fine folks at Digital Sound Magic. It was a great time working with their team and I can’t wait until my next project in the booth.

So, it will be a little while before I get back to Vancouver, but already there are exciting projects in the wings. Grateful for all the wonderful things I’ve got going on right now and planned for the near future, but even more excited to take a nice long (and I hope well deserved!) break.

On Stepping Down As Instant Theatre's Co-Artistic Director

So, after two and a half years, Briana Rayner and myself have announced that we are stepping down as Co-Artistic Directors of Instant Theatre. It was a hard decision, for many reasons. We initially took up the position because of our love for the company and what it represents. Even today, we still provide something different and unique to the improv landscape of Vancouver, and we want to see that continue to thrive and expand, which we’ve come to understand might happen best with new blood at the helm. 2018 was a crazy year for me, and I only wish I had the time to devote to all the things I wish I could contribute to the company and to the community at large. My hope is by stepping down from this position I’ll have the ability to do more playing to my strengths and will be able to support a new team and set them up for success.

This is all to say that I’m not going anywhere (well, I am going on my honeymoon in June, but I’ll be back!) and am excited to continue with my current commitments to the company: As a cast member of Shakespeare After Dark and Fistful of Kicks, as a regular player in EVIL and as the director of whatever shows might need my talents: I’m delighted to be playing in our upcoming Twilight Zone show, and will be casting and directing a Firefly based show shortly. So yeah, no lack of improv in my life for the foreseeable future.

Also, even with a new team, I’ll be around helping out and doing a bunch of tasks. I still love the company and frankly, you can’t get rid of me that easy.

But, I do have a lot of thank yous, and I might as well get them out of the way: Of course, thank you to Briana, for being an excellent partner and a good counter-balance to my bad ideas. I’ve gained much through my experience working as co-AD, but getting to know Briana better and having her as a wall to bounce ideas off of, a shoulder to lean on and a friend has been an invaluable addition to my life. Improv is a collaborative art form and I couldn’t ask for a better scene partner.

Thank you to the Instant show producers: Ese and Geoff with EVIL, Zach and Patrick with Shakespeare, Curt with Fistful, Allie Patrick and Travis with Actor’s Nightmare, Julia with Off-Key, and the many producers of the literally hundreds of shows Instant programs each year. You’ve made amazing shows that we are proud to have under the Instant umbrella. You’ve also done the hard work of creating something and maintaining it over the years which is no small feat.

To the Instant cast, especially the folks who are almost always there to throw their hat in the ring at the last minute, thank you. Carolyn, Tia, Kai, Steve, Vivian, Maddy, Andrew- You’ve been the core of so many shows and have been reliable in ways that have removed so much potential stress from my life.

A huge thanks to my wife Amanda, who has been ever so patient with all the time that Instant has required of me.

Of course, I need to also thank the past and present management team at Instant: Chelsey, Nikolai, Mike, Graham: You were and are the beating heart of the company and keep all the parts moving. Without your hard work, there would be no company at all.

And finally, thank you to Alistair Cook for giving Briana and I a chance to keep his baby going. 2019 is 25 years of Instant, so here’s to 25 more.

If you’re interested in applying for the AD position with Instant (we’re looking for teams of at least 2 to take over the role), applications are being accepted until April 5th right here. I’m looking forward to seeing the applications!

Thank you Austin!

And so the 2019 Improvised Play Festival comes to the close. The Fistful of Kicks team had a fantastic time at the Hideout and we loved our time in Austin. BBQ, Tacos, Electric Scooters and Beer: We feel like we got a whole lot of the city in during our far-too-brief stay.

Huge thank you to to Quinn Buckner for putting together such a fantastic festival and showing us such an amazing time. Another thank you to Roy Janik for hosting the festival at his fantastic theatre. The Hideout is a must-see in Austin, and that’s a city with a lot to see and do. Hope to be back again soon!