GORDON MCCALL - BIOGRAPHY
Gordon McCall is a professional theatre artistic director, executive director, fundraiser, director, actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer and educator. Holder of a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of British Columbia, he is currently Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario.
Prior to coming to the University of Windsor he was Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Directing at Purdue University in Indiana and prior to that he was Artistic/Executive Director of Montreal's Centaur Theatre Company, Quebec's leading English-language professional theatre. Gordon has artistic and executive directed productions in professional theatres throughout Canada, in the United States, Ireland and Australia. He is the founder or first artistic director of 4 Canadian professional theatre companies; Vancouver's Touchstone Theatre Company, Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange, Kingston's Garrison Theatre, and Nightcap Productions' Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan Festival and Saskatoon Soaps. He directed the founding production of Resurgence Theatre Company. He also has been the Artistic/Executive Director of Saskatoon's Twenty-Fifth Street Theatre, The Sudbury Theatre Centre and Montreal's premiere English-language theatre company, Centaur Theatre Company.
Under his leadership, Centaur Theatre won the theatre category of the Grand Prix of Montreal; the first time that this prestigious award had been given to an English-language professional theatre in Quebec.
Internationally, he has collaborated with Robert LePage and directed at such distinguished theatres as Australia's Melbourne Theatre Company, and Ireland's Abbey Theatre. Nationally in Canada, he has directed productions presented at The Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre, The World Stage Festival, the Belfry Theatre, The Vancouver Arts Club, The Prairie Theatre Exchange, and The Sudbury Theatre Centre.
He has been a member of the Board Of Governors of The National Theatre School of Canada, Theatre Ontario, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (representing Centaur Theatre Company, The Sudbury Theatre Centre and The Prairie Theatre Exchange). He is a longstanding member of The Canadian Actors' Equity Association both as an actor and a director. He is also a member of The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and has been a performance assessor for Theatre Ontario, Theatre, B.C., The Canada Council of The Arts and le conseil des artes et de lettres du Quebec.
Gordon is the recipient of a Quebec, Les Masque, award for Artistic Direction and has been an international delegate for Canada to The Dublin Theatre Festival, The Edinburgh Festival, the International Millennium Artistic Director Round Table in England and a representative to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan on behalf of the Japan Foundation.
As an educator, he has taught both acting and directing at Queen's University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, Ryerson University, Concordia University, McGill University, Notre Dame University, Nelson, B.C., the National Theatre School of Canada, Melbourne University, Monash University, Australia, Purdue University, and The University of Windsor.
In demand as both a director and teacher, Gordon has taught directing, acting, playwrighting and "devised theatre" workshops in many cities and communities for more than 30 years. His "McCall Summer Theatre Intensive" and "McCall Theatrical Gymnasium" theatre training workshops are held annually during the months of June and July in Montreal, Quebec. The McCall Theatrical Gymnasium theatre workshop enterprise will celebrate its 9th year of success in the summer of 2015. Gordon has also led drama therapy workshops for the families of soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for the American Military Family Research Institute.
He continues to direct professionally, with recent productions at The Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis where he directed the Co-World Premiere of the play Norway by Samuel D. Hunter, between Phoenix Theatre and Boise Contemporary Theatre, Boise, Idaho. For The Irish Classical Theatre, Buffalo, New York he directed Shining City by Conor McPherson in 2011 and A Couple Of Blaguards by Frank and Malachy McCourt. Recently, he directed Strawberries In January for Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and most recently, Pool (No Water) by Mark Ravenhill for Theatre Of The Black Butterfly and Mary’s Wedding by Stephen Massicotte for Whirligig Theatre Company.
As a producer, Gordon, has created the opening ceremonies for the Canadian Brier Curling Championships and The World Junior Hockey Championships. He co-created an on-field half-time entertainment for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders CFL football team and a two-mile long pageant play, entitled, Walk Of Ages, to celebrate 100 years of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan history. He has additionally created numerous themed entertainment events for corporate and political conventions, parade floats, and sporting events.
As an actor, Gordon has acted on professional stages across Canada and in the US. He has played major roles in shows at The Manitoba Theatre Centre, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Ontario, Centaur Theatre Company, Montreal, Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon, The Actor's Lab Theatre & Twenty-Fifth Street Theatre, Saskatoon, Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver, The Shakespeare On The Saskatchewan Festival, Saskatoon, and The Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, to name a few. As a film actor he has played roles in several feature films including Mambo Italiano and Other People's Money plus the TV series "The Secret Adventures Of Jules Verne."
Gordon is also a professional playwright and screenwriter. His 1/2 TV drama, The Freedom Diary Of Lan Tran, was nominated for an ACTRA award for Best Television Writer - Drama. His play, "Running On Frozen Air", a tale of 6 fictional characters running the Yukon Quest sled dog race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks, has been produced twice at theatres in Northern Canada.
His documentary film "Under Water: Hope and Heartache On The Mississippi", a film he created with Rich Dionne and Kent Allen, about the emotional impact of the 2011 Mississippi River flood on people in Tunica and Vicksberg, Mississippi had its premiere showing at Purdue University in the fall of 2012.
During his career Gordon has worked as a dramaturg, script consultant and script assessor on more than 40 new plays. He has produced and/or directed close to thirty world premieres of new plays at major professional theatres in Canada, the US, Australia and Ireland. Some notable titles include A Carpenter's Trilogy by Vittorio Rossi, the English-language world premieres of For The Pleasure Of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay, (Centaur Theatre, Arena Stage, The Abbey Theatre), Condoville by David Fennario, and Cheech by Francois Letourneau. (Centaur Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company) He also directed the Canadian premiere of Life After George by Hannie Rayson (Australian) and Anna In The Tropics by Nilo Cruz (American).