Although born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Gary spent his formative years in Belleville, attending Belleville Collegiate where he was the only member in the Drama Club. Trained in his youth at the Banff School of Fine Arts and The Elliot Lake School for Continuing Education, he began his theatrical journey as a song and dance man.
An accomplished producer, director, choreographer and actor, Gary has been onstage since he was five years old. As a member of the first graduating class from the Theatre Program at Sheridan College, he studied all aspects of legitimate theatre and began a career as a professional actor meeting with critical success in a variety of roles including King Lear and Faustus.
Returning to Belleville in 1980, he created a new and innovative form of ‘dance as theatrical production’ with This Ain’t No Disco for the Four Seasons Hotels which is thought to have been the forerunner of the style used in the newly created music video industry.
Gary has enjoyed his occasional forays onto the boards of the Pinnacle Playhouse in such roles as Prince Bounine in Anastasia and Prince Rupert of Hentzau in The Prisoner of Zenda as well as directing Move Over Mrs. Markham, and choreographing The Pirates of Penzance and Hello Dolly. For many years Gary performed in the annual Dance Den shows and directed South Pacific. His performance of Gus the Theatre Cat from the musical Cats is fondly remembered by all who witnessed it.
His theatre company, etctheatre, has afforded Gary the opportunity to produce and direct Godspell as well as play two of the most important roles of his career; Thomas Beckett in Murder in the Cathedral and Van Helsing in a recent production of Dracula.
With a Master’s degree in English, Gary worked in Adult Education for close to 15 years, developing much needed curricula and creating online learning tools. He still enjoys tutoring his former students, now in post-secondary studies. He has served on the boards of Counselling Services of Belleville and District, Habitat for Humanity, and the East Central Ontario Training Board where he served on the Executive Committee as Secretary. He also served on the original Recycling and Waste Management committee at Belleville City Hall. His avocation is gardening and his interests run from absorbing text books on any subject to walking to volunteering at the QAC office. He is presently working on a clear and concise handbook for actors entitled An Actor’s Toolbox.