CAST AND CREW

CHRIS NELSON - Director/Editor/Writer    Chris Nelson has worked in Edmonton as a writer, film maker and stage manager for over a decade. With the company Liquid Trout Productions he has written, produced and starred in productions such as movies, sketch comedy shows and live events. As a stage manager he has worked on dozens of productions, for companies like Shadow Theatre and Atlas Theatre. He is also a writer and designer on video games that are currently in production and you can see his photos by searching for Chris Nelson Photography. 

CHRIS NELSON - Director/Editor/Writer

Chris Nelson has worked in Edmonton as a writer, film maker and stage manager for over a decade. With the company Liquid Trout Productions he has written, produced and starred in productions such as movies, sketch comedy shows and live events. As a stage manager he has worked on dozens of productions, for companies like Shadow Theatre and Atlas Theatre. He is also a writer and designer on video games that are currently in production and you can see his photos by searching for Chris Nelson Photography. 

GLENN NELSON- Roger/Writer   Glenn has been a professional actor for over thirty-five years. Although based in Edmonton, he has worked across Canada. Some favorite shows over the years have been, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Death Of A Salesman, One Man Two Guvnors, Beauty And The Beast, Comedy Of Errors, The Wizard Of Oz, The Lark, and Amadeus at The Citadel. Jesus Christ Superstar, The Odd Couple, Guys And Dolls, The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, The Last Romance, The Reluctant Resurrection Of Sherlock Holmes, and The Foreigner at Stage West Calgary and The Mayfield Theatre Edmonton, and Bastion Theatre in Victoria. Henry IV Part One, Mistakes Were Made, Sexy Laundry, Dream Without Bottom, Uncle Vanya, and Flyfishers Companion at Shadow Theatre. As a writer and a producer of Tales Of The Highly Unsuccessful, he hopes to bring many more stories of the unsuccessful to life.

GLENN NELSON- Roger/Writer

Glenn has been a professional actor for over thirty-five years. Although based in Edmonton, he has worked across Canada. Some favorite shows over the years have been, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Death Of A Salesman, One Man Two Guvnors, Beauty And The Beast, Comedy Of Errors, The Wizard Of Oz, The Lark, and Amadeus at The Citadel. Jesus Christ Superstar, The Odd Couple, Guys And Dolls, The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, The Last Romance, The Reluctant Resurrection Of Sherlock Holmes, and The Foreigner at Stage West Calgary and The Mayfield Theatre Edmonton, and Bastion Theatre in Victoria. Henry IV Part One, Mistakes Were Made, Sexy Laundry, Dream Without Bottom, Uncle Vanya, and Flyfishers Companion at Shadow Theatre. As a writer and a producer of Tales Of The Highly Unsuccessful, he hopes to bring many more stories of the unsuccessful to life.

ANDREW PAUL- Writer/Producer    Andrew Paul has been making short films since completing FAVA’s Video Kitchen program in 2013. As a communications advisor at Edmonton Community Foundation, Andrew has produced more than two-dozen short films focusing on non-profit organizations in Edmonton, AB. He has also written, produced and directed three short comedies of his own and is thrilled to be part of the creative team behind Tales of the Highly Unsuccessful. When Andrew isn’t working on short films, you can find him dabbling in the weird world of podcasting as the host of The Well Endowed Podcast and producer of the award-winning dance podcast I Don’t Get It.

ANDREW PAUL- Writer/Producer

Andrew Paul has been making short films since completing FAVA’s Video Kitchen program in 2013. As a communications advisor at Edmonton Community Foundation, Andrew has produced more than two-dozen short films focusing on non-profit organizations in Edmonton, AB. He has also written, produced and directed three short comedies of his own and is thrilled to be part of the creative team behind Tales of the Highly Unsuccessful. When Andrew isn’t working on short films, you can find him dabbling in the weird world of podcasting as the host of The Well Endowed Podcast and producer of the award-winning dance podcast I Don’t Get It.

ANDREW MACDONALD-SMITH - Benny    Selected roles include   Avenue Q   on Broadway (The Golden     Theatre);   One Man, Two Guvnors   and   Mary Poppins   (Citadel Theatre);   Pith!  ,   The Infinite Shiver   (co-writer),   Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s   (co-writer), and   Witness to a Conga  (Teatro la Quindicina);   The Mikado  ,   The Pirates of Penzance  , and   H.M.S. Pinafore   (Edmonton Opera);   The 25   th    Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  , and   The Wizard of Oz   (Mayfield);   The Liars   and   The Best Brothers   (Shadow Theatre);   Dirty Rotten Scoundrels   and   Mary Poppins   (Theatre Calgary);   The Mystery of Edwin Drood   (Vertigo Theatre); and   Avenue Q   (Jessie Award, The Arts Club). Andrew can also be seen in  Tiny Plastic Men  on Superchannel.

ANDREW MACDONALD-SMITH - Benny

Selected roles include Avenue Q on Broadway (The Golden Theatre); One Man, Two Guvnors and Mary Poppins (Citadel Theatre); Pith!The Infinite Shiver (co-writer), Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s (co-writer), and Witness to a Conga(Teatro la Quindicina); The MikadoThe Pirates of Penzance, and H.M.S. Pinafore (Edmonton Opera); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Wizard of Oz (Mayfield); The Liars and The Best Brothers (Shadow Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary); The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo Theatre); and Avenue Q (Jessie Award, The Arts Club). Andrew can also be seen in Tiny Plastic Men on Superchannel.

RICHARD GISHLER- Bernard Crate    As an actor, Richard has worked at The Citadel, The Mayfield (StageWest), Shadow Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Theatre Calgary, A.T.P., Vancouver Playhouse, and Centaur Theatre (Montreal)  He is now writing plays- A comedy about a dysfunctional Dinner Theatre, and a drama called Farewell Ruthie...

RICHARD GISHLER- Bernard Crate

As an actor, Richard has worked at The Citadel, The Mayfield (StageWest), Shadow Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Theatre Calgary, A.T.P., Vancouver Playhouse, and Centaur Theatre (Montreal)  He is now writing plays- A comedy about a dysfunctional Dinner Theatre, and a drama called Farewell Ruthie...

ANDREA HOUSE- Betty Hammerstein   An award winning actor and singer-songwriter, Andrea is proud to call Edmonton home. She is the author of previous, held over Fringe hits, "Valentine's Train" and "Forget Me Not" (also Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton). Andrea has been a guest artist with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the C'mon Festival and has been a featured guest artist for two productions with Citie Ballet. Other credits include "The Adventurous Times of Kevin Grimes", "Cocktails at Pam's" (Teatro La  Quindicina), "Folkswaggin'" (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), and "In the Stardust of a Song" (Cabaret series, Citadel Theatre). She has performed for many theatre companies including Shadow Theatre, Theatre Network and the Citadel Theatre. Selected festival credits include: Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival, St. Albert Children's Festival and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Andrea has also opened for The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Winspear Centre for Music and most recently performed her own music at the Arden Theatre.

ANDREA HOUSE- Betty Hammerstein

An award winning actor and singer-songwriter, Andrea is proud to call Edmonton home. She is the author of previous, held over Fringe hits, "Valentine's Train" and "Forget Me Not" (also Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton). Andrea has been a guest artist with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the C'mon Festival and has been a featured guest artist for two productions with Citie Ballet. Other credits include "The Adventurous Times of Kevin Grimes", "Cocktails at Pam's" (Teatro La  Quindicina), "Folkswaggin'" (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), and "In the Stardust of a Song" (Cabaret series, Citadel Theatre). She has performed for many theatre companies including Shadow Theatre, Theatre Network and the Citadel Theatre. Selected festival credits include: Edmonton International Street Performer's Festival, St. Albert Children's Festival and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Andrea has also opened for The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Winspear Centre for Music and most recently performed her own music at the Arden Theatre.

JULIEN ARNOLD- Dr. Delvin Erberbacher   Long-time actor man does movie and other plays, sometimes maybe. He yells and has been yelled at. 

JULIEN ARNOLD- Dr. Delvin Erberbacher

Long-time actor man does movie and other plays, sometimes maybe. He yells and has been yelled at. 

KIERAN MARTIN MURPHY- Cabbie   This Edmonton based actor has worked in Musical Theatre for the past 20 years spanning the Western Provinces primarily in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary. He is known not only for his tenor voice but for his ability to take on a wide variety of characters. He was classically trained as a singer, but went far beyond that genre taking on A cappella groups, rock bands, choral singing and most notably playing Luciano Paparazzi in The PreTenors. (an operatic comedy spoof of The 3 Tenors) Selected credits: Jean Valjean: Les Miserables, Buddy Holly, Rock of Ages (Arts Club Theatre), King Arthur: SPAMALOT, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up (Stage West) Gus: CATS (Theatre Calgary) The Wizard of Oz, Evita, Gypsy, The Full Monty, (The Mayfield & Ground Zero-Calgary) Oliver! (Citadel), The Pavilion (Shadow Theatre) Oliver! (Citadel) Les Miserables (Chemainus) CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show. Film & TV: Fear Itself (NBC) Mixed Blessings (APTN) Cat’s Cradle (Feature) Upcoming this season: Only in Vegas, Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield)

KIERAN MARTIN MURPHY- Cabbie

This Edmonton based actor has worked in Musical Theatre for the past 20 years spanning the Western Provinces primarily in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary. He is known not only for his tenor voice but for his ability to take on a wide variety of characters. He was classically trained as a singer, but went far beyond that genre taking on A cappella groups, rock bands, choral singing and most notably playing Luciano Paparazzi in The PreTenors. (an operatic comedy spoof of The 3 Tenors) Selected credits: Jean Valjean: Les Miserables, Buddy Holly, Rock of Ages (Arts Club Theatre), King Arthur: SPAMALOT, Jesus Christ Superstar, All Shook Up (Stage West) Gus: CATS (Theatre Calgary) The Wizard of Oz, Evita, Gypsy, The Full Monty, (The Mayfield & Ground Zero-Calgary) Oliver! (Citadel), The Pavilion (Shadow Theatre) Oliver! (Citadel) Les Miserables (Chemainus) CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show. Film & TV: Fear Itself (NBC) Mixed Blessings (APTN) Cat’s Cradle (Feature) Upcoming this season: Only in Vegas, Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield)

LUCAS BOUTILIER- Cinematography    Since catching the camera bug in high school,   Lucas   Boutilier has been shooting video and photos for more than 15 years. As the founder of Naked Rain Creative   Lucas  ' video work has taken him around the globe and to dozens of film sets right here in Edmonton. Select credits include   Nightmare Island 2: Hookface's Revenge   (DOP and Editor),   Nightmare Island 3: Rise of the Blood Queen   (DOP) and   Recruiting Hell   for Telus Storyhive (2nd camera).   Lucas   has also shot and edited scores of corporate videos and is thrilled to be the cinematographer for   Tales of the Highly Unsuccessful  .

LUCAS BOUTILIER- Cinematography

Since catching the camera bug in high school, Lucas Boutilier has been shooting video and photos for more than 15 years. As the founder of Naked Rain Creative Lucas' video work has taken him around the globe and to dozens of film sets right here in Edmonton. Select credits include Nightmare Island 2: Hookface's Revenge (DOP and Editor), Nightmare Island 3: Rise of the Blood Queen (DOP) and Recruiting Hell for Telus Storyhive (2nd camera). Lucas has also shot and edited scores of corporate videos and is thrilled to be the cinematographer for Tales of the Highly Unsuccessful.

GRAEME MACKINNON- Music and Voice Recording   Graeme is best known as a musician, songwriter and foul mouthed scoundrel in Edmonton’s punk rock community. Getting his start in music as the front man, principal songwriter and lyricist for the highly energetic Wednesday Night Heroes, he toured relentlessly around North America and Europe while the band released three albums and several EP’s for indie labels BYO Records and Longshot Music. With the Wednesday Night Heroes finished, he has now focused his attention to writing music for theatre and television as well as the critically acclaimed hardcore punk band NO PROBLEM. An avid record collector, obsessively on the hunt for deleted punk singles, Graeme is showing no signs of slowing down in his musical pursuits.  “An Unsuccessful Theme” written and performed by: Graeme MacKinnon (c) SOCAN 2016

GRAEME MACKINNON- Music and Voice Recording

Graeme is best known as a musician, songwriter and foul mouthed scoundrel in Edmonton’s punk rock community. Getting his start in music as the front man, principal songwriter and lyricist for the highly energetic Wednesday Night Heroes, he toured relentlessly around North America and Europe while the band released three albums and several EP’s for indie labels BYO Records and Longshot Music. With the Wednesday Night Heroes finished, he has now focused his attention to writing music for theatre and television as well as the critically acclaimed hardcore punk band NO PROBLEM. An avid record collector, obsessively on the hunt for deleted punk singles, Graeme is showing no signs of slowing down in his musical pursuits.

“An Unsuccessful Theme” written and performed by: Graeme MacKinnon (c) SOCAN 2016

BEN GORODETSKY- Fred    Ben     Gorodetsky   is an improviser, actor, director, curator and Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre.  Ben is co-creator of the award winning, multi-cultural improv show  Folk Lordz ,  curator and producer of Mile Zero Dance's   Dirt Buffet Cabaret  , and a multi-disciplinary performance artist working in theatres, galleries, screens, and found spaces all over Edmonton. The Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton named Ben the Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2016 Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.

BEN GORODETSKY- Fred

Ben Gorodetsky is an improviser, actor, director, curator and Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre. Ben is co-creator of the award winning, multi-cultural improv show Folk Lordzcurator and producer of Mile Zero Dance's Dirt Buffet Cabaret, and a multi-disciplinary performance artist working in theatres, galleries, screens, and found spaces all over Edmonton. The Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton named Ben the Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2016 Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.

TIM MIKULA- Toad    Tim Mikula has been improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2007. Before that he competed in the regional and national level of the Canadian Improv Games with Harry Ainlay High School. Tim has participated in the Fringe Theatre Festival as well as Nextfest both as a writer and performer. He has a degree in sociology from the University of Alberta, so if you ever see Tim sociologizing, you know why.

TIM MIKULA- Toad

Tim Mikula has been improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2007. Before that he competed in the regional and national level of the Canadian Improv Games with Harry Ainlay High School. Tim has participated in the Fringe Theatre Festival as well as Nextfest both as a writer and performer. He has a degree in sociology from the University of Alberta, so if you ever see Tim sociologizing, you know why.

SPENCER GINGRAS- Office Worker    Spencer Gingras was born in Edmonton, and hung her hat in several cities in   Alberta, before relocating to the City of Champions in 1997 aka the year Boogie Nights was released. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree from MacEwan University in 2010. Spencer developed an intense love for cinema at an early age, and she aspires to write and direct her own films some day. For now, she is content and grateful to gain experience as a production assistant and sometimes actor. Currently, she spends her time writing, playing piano and guitar, and waxing poetic with her two cats.

SPENCER GINGRAS- Office Worker

Spencer Gingras was born in Edmonton, and hung her hat in several cities in Alberta, before relocating to the City of Champions in 1997 aka the year Boogie Nights was released. She achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree from MacEwan University in 2010. Spencer developed an intense love for cinema at an early age, and she aspires to write and direct her own films some day. For now, she is content and grateful to gain experience as a production assistant and sometimes actor. Currently, she spends her time writing, playing piano and guitar, and waxing poetic with her two cats.

SCOTT IRONMONGER- Office Worker  This is Scott’s acting debut. His background is in finance. He just completed writing his first novel, and he is currently working on other independent short film projects.   

SCOTT IRONMONGER- Office Worker

This is Scott’s acting debut. His background is in finance. He just completed writing his first novel, and he is currently working on other independent short film projects.