Alex McCooeye, <i>nativity</i>, National Arts Centre | Andr&eacute;e Lanthier
2014-15 Ensemble

Alex McCooeye

Toronto, ON

Canada

Before they arrived at the NAC for rehearsals, we asked a few questions to the members of the 2014-15 Ensemble about themselves.

1)      What are you working on over the summer?
This summer I directed a Toronto Fringe show entitled No One Needs to Know Shania, and have a few writing projects on the go. 

2)      What are you looking most forward to when you arrive at the NAC?
I love the city of Ottawa – my parents live here. Aside from the work, I hope to get a few good skates in on the canal. 

3)      How did you get involved in acting?
Like so many people I had a really good drama teacher in high school, who not only had a love for the theatre, but encouraged me towards it. Louise Chalmers at John Rennie High School in Montreal. She is now retired. 

4)      What’s the most interesting thing that has happened to you on stage?
 These questions are always tricky because being on stage in front of a giant crowd full of people is a strange experience in and of itself. I did The 39 Steps with food poisoning once. That was "interesting" to say the least.

Raised in: Montréal, QC | Based in: Toronto, ON

For the NAC:

Saint Carmen of The Main (co-production with Canadian Stage), nativity, A Christmas Carol, Mother Courage and her Children (co-production with Manitoba Theatre Centre), The Ark (2007).

Theatre:

Richard III (Shakespeare in the Ruff - 2014 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination - Outstanding Performance Male, My Theatre Award - Best Actor, Regional Production); The Bacchae (Centaur Theatre/Scapegoat Carnivale, META Award); The Mousetrap, The 39 Steps (Theatre Aquarius); Make Mine Love, Spamalot, A Midsummer Nights Dream (Citadel Theatre); The Wizard of Oz (Globe Theatre); Taming Of The Shrew (Repercussion Theatre); The 39 Steps (Magnus Theatre); Harvey (Segal Centre); The Pit and The Pendulum (Wildside Festival); The Little Prince, Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Geordie Productions); Rock, Paper, Jackknife (Centaur Theatre/Talisman Theatre); Me Happy, Rabbit Rabbit (Summerworks Theatre Festival).

Alex is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, The Robbins Academy, and The John Abbott College Professional Theatre Program.

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