Your biography (Bio) is essential to our Official Play Program, without one, you are just Actor/Actress #2. Your Bio is a short summary (130 words) that introduces and showcases you to the audience.
A Bio is written in the third person and highlights your past acting experiences, schooling, and information about your interests and life outside of the production.
Your Bio may be edited to fit the space in the program. All efforts will be made to keep as much of your information intact.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS NOVEMBER 30, 2023
Questions to help you write your Bio.
1. Introduce yourself and always in the third person. For example, write "Jane Smith is an Actress" rather than "I am an Actress." Use pronouns such as “He”, “She”, "They" etc.
2. What got you interested and involved in theatre? Why acting / backstage?
3. What acting / backstage roles have you done with The Laughing Stock Theatre Society or other companies?
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4. Where did or do you go to school? What Grade are you in? What are you taking?
5. Do you have any training in theatre and stagecraft?
6. Do you have any awards, degrees, certificates or notable accolades?
7. Where do you work, what do you do as a day job?
8. Where can we find you when you’re not working?
9. What’s your favourite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
10. Where did you grow up?
11. What would be impossible for you to give up?
12. Do you have any favourite quotes?
13. What was your favourite moment on stage / backstage?
14. Do you have a favourite play that you’ve seen?
15. What is the one hidden secret that we don’t know about you?
16. What one thing have you learned this past year?
17. Who is your favourite Actor / Actress?
18. Have you read any interesting books lately?
19. Do you have anyone you'd like to thank?
20. How has your experience been with the play you are in now?
Vance founded The Laughing Stock Theatre Society in 2011. He is a producer, writer, director, actor, and Jack of all Trades. He has over 30 years experience and has worked professionally in both the Film and Theatre industry in Vancouver and Calgary, and spent the rest of the time in and around Community Theatre. Notable acting roles include “Scapino” in Scapino, "Macbeth" in Macbeth, and “Vincent Crummles” in Nicholas Nickelby. Notable plays as Stage Manager,Dylan, Memory of Water, Anne of Green Gables. Vance has produced over 25 plays with The Laughing Stock Theatre Society. He introduced Panto to Kamloops in 2011 and has produced and directed thirteen to date, penning / adapting twelve. He also created the indomitable persona of “Dame Washalot”, the harbinger of silliness, who has appeared as herself in too many Pantos to count as various “Dames with different names”, all with that unmistakable shrill voice...
“I helped write this thing and still, just an unpaid intern.” Sleeping Beauty is Bruce’s 8th year as part of The Laughing Stock Family. Since he’s useless at everything else, they cast him as an actor. His roles keep getting smaller, but he keeps showing up. Next year he will be “Chorus Minion No. 4”. Maybe they should cast him in a leading role (which we did and he killed it as “Henry Saunders” in Lend Me A Tenor) and that will scare him away, but we doubt it. Bruce loves the theatre and even he must admit he brings a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to his roles. Besides, he is the only actor willing to take a pie in the face, about 20 so far which must be some sort of record. Bruce would like to thank his wife and daughter for their support and encouragement, and Vance for his eye rolling patience, coaching and deep sighs.