AI recently retired after 21 years teaching Visual Art and Drama at Semiahmoo Secondary School in Surrey, B.C. I taught grades 8 through 12 including International Baccalaureate Art.
I graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design with a major in ceramics. After that I did a teaching degree at U.B.C. and I've been teaching Drama and Art ever since. I continue to pursue my mask and puppetry work when I have the opportunity and time.
My work as a mask maker has offered me the opportunity to work with many talented performers, teachers and other artists including Donato Sartori in Padua, Italy, who taught me the art of leather mask making.
Theatre educators in Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, U.S.A and England work with my masks. Theatre training programs where my masks have been used or are being used include University of British Columbia, University of Victoria; Arts Umbrella; University of Alberta; Red Deer College; Douglas College; London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art both of London, England; and Victoria College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia. My masks are also in numerous private collections.
As a puppet maker I have been designing puppets for over 25 years for a variety of companies including Axis Theatre and Mortal Coil Performance Society, both of Vancouver. My puppets for the acclaimed children’s show The Little Old Man were nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award. I have worked on different shows for Mortal Coil, including Letters From Lithuania, where I was lucky to work alongside Tamara Unroe, a wonderful puppet maker who taught me lots. More recently I designed and built the puppets for The Fairy Play at the Sharing Farm in Richmond. For Axis Theatre I designed and built the puppet for their award winning show Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch. Barbra Clayden and I won for the puppet of Mr. Hatch (above on my knee). She built the costume and I the puppet.
Photo: Tim Matheson