Virtual Project management Assistance

Work History

Currently located in West Kelowna BC but for the last 26 years I have been living and working in Edmonton AB where I have been involved with many productions and special events in that city, for example;
I was the Technical Director for the Ceremonies Division of the Edmonton 2001 World Championships in Athletics (shown here).

2001 World Championships in Athletics

and Technical Director for the 2005 Royal visit at Commonwealth Stadium and the Provincial Museum
(no Royal endorsement implied or intended)
Alberta Centennial

Currently:


Recent Activities:


Other, Less Recent Activities:







Production Manager / Technical Director for Catalyst Theatre's
"The Soul Collector"
Soul Collector
which played in early May 2013.





From 2001 - 2014, I delivered a course on Technical Direction to the second year students of MacEwan University's Theatre Production program (my transition to Kelowna made it impractical to continue this).


Professional Development:

I have completed all seven courses at MacEwan University's School of Business' Project Management - Professional Development Certificate program:

as well as:

and the


Other projects over the last few years:

Site Coordinator for the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival ('07,'08, '09, '10, '11, '12, 13 & 14). (video shot by Jason Shave at the 2014 event)

Production Manager for the City of St. Albert's - "Northern Alberta
International Children's Festival" ('05,'06, '07 and '08)

Production Manager for the InterFEAR Halloween Arts Festival
('04,'05 and '06).


Occasionally I have been involved with contracts which take me away from home for extended periods (in both cases these were interim contracts to fill in for positions which had been unexpectedly vacated and the companies needed time to post and interview for replacements):


Blue Orphan

In 2004 I provided technical production services for
Catalyst Theatre's Australia/Eastern Canada tour of
"The Blue Orphan"

Scott Theatre Adelaide, Australia - Capitol Theatre Moncton, NB - The Playhouse Fredericton, NB - Imperial Theatre St. John, NB - Maine Centre for the Arts, Orono, Maine - Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts Markham, ON - Heritage Theatre, Brampton, ON - Gryphon Theatre, Barrie, ON - Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts,Oakville, ON - Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON - Centre for the Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON - Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham, ON

In both spring and fall of 2000 I coordinated the technical production aspects of the Canadian tour for Shumka Dance's "Cinderella".

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (Calgary), University Theatre (Lethbridge), Red Deer College Arts Centre, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (Edmonton), Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium (Brandon), Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium, Saskatchewan Centre for the Arts (Regina), Key City Theatre (Cranbrook B.C.), Kelowna Community Theatre, Port Theatre (Nanaimo), The Royal Theatre (Victoria), The Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Vancouver), Hummingbird Centre (Toronto), Chrysler Theatre (Windsor), Hamilton Place, National Arts Centre, Capital Theatre (North Bay), SSM Community Auditorium (Sault St. Marie), Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Centennial Auditorium (Winnipeg)

Back in the 1990's

Fringe Skyline

I was Production Manager for the Edmonton Fringe Festival ('94 - '98).
Prior to that, Technical Director ('93) and Venue Manager ('92).
Fringe Staff ID
(I was a Venue Technician in 1991)


Through my past association with Unreel Effects Inc. I was involved with events such as the World Figure Skating Championships, The World Fire Fighter Games, The Edmonton Corporate Challenge and Klondike Days.


My first contract in Edmonton was with Catalyst Theatre for the 1991
"Bread and Water Festival", as Production Manager.


Other past clients not mentioned anywhere else in this document:


Starting in the 70's...

Lots of Hair
Ryerson Alumni

I am a graduate of Toronto's
Ryerson University, with a certificate in
Theatre - Technical and Production option.

Prior to graduating in 1980, I worked as:

Assist. Stage Manager (Tarragon Theatre)
Studio Manager (The Bedford Studios)
Head Carpenter (Blyth Summer Festival)

I also ran a small cooperative scenery and woodworking shop in the Queen and Spadina area of downtown Toronto.


During the summer of 1980, while working as Lighting Designer / Head Electrician for the Blyth Summer Festival, I met Dwight Griffin the then Production Manager of Winnipeg's
Manitoba Theatre Centre who was visiting summer stock companies in search of new recruits.

As a result of taking the time to give the stranger who had "wandered" into the lighting booth a tour around the theatre, I found myself working in the fall as the Assistant Technical Director (working under Ron Kresge) of MTC's 950 seat house in downtown Winnipeg.

Shows I worked on while at MTC

Billy Bishop Goes to War, Jitters, Balconville, Grease (a coproduction with the Citadel Theatre), The Elephant Man, As You Like It, Betrayal, Macbeth, Bent, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt

Learning the ins and outs of cross country moving...

Later that season Mr. Griffin moved to the Straford Logo in Ontario and offered me an opportunity to follow him.

I then spent the next three seasons ('81, '82, '83) Assisting Kent McKay who was the Technical Director of Scene and Staging for the multi million dollar festival.

Mikado

During this time I worked on many spectacular productions (see list below) including a production of "The Mikado" which toured across North America as well as being presented at the Old Vic Theatre in London by Mirvish Productions.

I also enjoyed the opportunity to work with many directors and designers both national and international, as well as taking shows from the Stratford stages to The Royal Alex Theatre, Toronto Free Theatre and the studios of CBC.

Shows I worked on while at The Stratford Festival:

1981 - The Misanthrope, HMS Pinafore, Coriolanus, The Taming of the Shrew, The Rivals, The Comedy of Errors, The Visit and Wild Oats
1982 - Julius Caesar, The Mikado, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well That Ends Well, Translations, Damien, Arms and the Man, Mary Stuart, A Variable Passion and Blithe Spirit
1983 - Macbeth, The Gondoliers, As You Like It, Richard II, Blake, Damien, The Mikado, When That I Was . . ., Irene Worth: Virtuoso Performances, The Country Wife, Tartuffe, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and Death of a Salesman

I left Stratford in the fall of 1983 to join the Vancouver Playhouse as Assistant Production Manager.

One notable Second Stage production that I worked on while at the Vancouver Playhouse was the premiere of
Tom Wood, Nicola Cavendish and Bob Baker's "North Shore Live", which won the 1984 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play.

The campus in the clouds...Banff Logo

Towards the end of the Vancouver theatre (read that as "rainy") season, an opening became available at the Banff Centre in sunny Alberta.

The Theatre Complex was looking for a Technical Director who had experience mounting productions across a wide range of disciplines as their Summer Festival included an Opera, a Ballet, a Musical and a Drama (conferences and special events were also a part of the day to day activities of that very busy campus).

I was the Technical Director at the Banff Centre from '84 - '87. Throughout that time, in charge of a 950 seat theatre as well as two studio theatres. The 1985 season included a pre-dawn production of "Princess Of The Stars"(shown here).
Princess of the Stars
Set against the backdrop of MT. Rundle, the story was told through the use of large, mechanical puppets mounted on canoes and played out on the glacier fed waters of Two Jack Lake (musicians were hidden in the trees along the shore).

Amazingly, huge crowds from the surrounding campsites would gather on each of the mornings that this one of a kind production played. My favorite memory from that time was the advice offered me by the local folks of the Bow Corridor who wanted to make sure that I knew that "you are not supposed to stand up in a canoe".


Returning to the man made mountains...

Can Stage Logo

In January 1988 I left Banff to take up the position of Technical Director for The Canadian Stage Company in Toronto which had been formed by the merger of Centre Stage and Toronto Free Theatre

The new company continued to produce shows at The St. Lawrence Centre, The Berkley Street Theatres and the annual "Dream in High Park".

Shows I worked on while at the Canadian Stage Company:

1989 - 1990 - Our God's Country by Wertenbaker, The Trial of Judith K. by Sally Clark, The Show off by George Kelly,The Legend of Avro Arrow by Clinton Bomphrey, Fire by Paul Ledoux and David Young, Breaking The Code by Whitemore, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
1988 - 1989 - Woyzeck by Buckner, A Map of The World by David Hare, Donut City by Douglas Rodger, Odd Jobs by Frank Moher, Hunting Cockroaches by Glowaki, Three Penny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, 1949 by David French, Yesteryear by Joanna Glass, Bougeois Gentlemen by Moliere, What The Butler Saw by Orton, Incognito by Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, The Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig, Valentine Brown by Susan Cox
1987 - 1988 - B-Movie, The Play by Tom Wood, Nothing Sacred by George F. Walker, Jitters by David French

I worked with Canadian Stage until April of 1990.

At that time I began freelancing as a Production Manager / Technical Director.

My most notable contract before leaving Toronto in January 1991 was for
The Toronto International Film Festival, (at that time called the Festival of Festivals) during September 1990 as Venue Manager.


In search of new challenges and opportunities...

This chronology continues with my return to Western Canada in 1991, and
except for a season spent as Technical Director for Theatre Calgary, Edmonton
was my home.

My move to West Kelowna BC offers a new challenge as I try to adapt my services to new clients.

I am always interested in hearing about and working on, projects for different producers. If you have a venture that you think I might be able to help out with, please give me a call.

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