Big news for both theatre students and fans of homegrown theatrical success stories: Dennis Garnhum, artistic director of Theatre Calgary, will be speaking to Department of Theatre students, faculty and staff from 12:30-1:30pm Wednesday, February 8, in the Roger Bishop Theatre. (But students and colleagues from other departments are welcome to attend as well.)
While not officially part of the Alumni Week celebrations, the timing is perfect—not only is Garnhum a UVic theatre graduate (BFA 1989), but he’s also currently in town directing Carmen for Pacific Opera Victoria. (He’ll also be directing Barber of Seville for Vancouver Opera in March.) Garnhum will be interviewed live on stage by celebrated design professor Allan Stichbury.
Artistic director of Theatre Calgary for seven years now, Dennis Garnhum has directed shows in Toronto, at the Stratford and Shaw festivals, the National Arts Centre and in most of Canada’s regional theatres, as well at various American theatres. He is a produced playwright—The Wars (Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse and The Ottawa War Museum) and Lost a Memoir, which premiered last year at Theatre Calgary and has since been performed at Neptune Theatre, Indiana Rep and is currently running at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg—and worked for three years in New York City as a director and producer prior to his appointment at Theatre Calgary. Garnhum also directed the world premiere of the west coast rock musical Beyond Eden, which debuted as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad at the Vancouver Playhouse.