Rod Carley
About
Rod Carley Rod Carley is a professional theatre director,actor, playwright, teacher, adaptor, dramaturg, designer, adjudicator and producer. He graduated from York University in 1985 with BF.A. (Honours) in Acting/Directing. Rod is currently Coordinator for Canadore College’s Theatre Arts program and a part-time professor with Nipissing University as well as being Artistic Director of Rep 21. Rod developed the curriculum for the Canadore College program in 2004 seeing a need for conservatory actor training in Northern Ontario (the only school of its kind north of Toronto) He teaches Acting Shakespeare, Contemporary Scene Study, Text Analysis, Theatre History, Speech, and Self-producing. He was the 2009 winner of TV Ontario s Big Ideas /Best Lecturer Competition for the province of Ontario (lecture: Adapting Shakespeare Within a Modern Canadian Context )and had a second lecture air on TVO in 2011 as part of TVO’s Big Ideas Celebration Series. Rod has directed and produced over 100 productions to date, both nationally and internationally, ranging from the classics to the development of new Canadian work. He was the first recipient of the Stratford Festival's Jean Gascon Director's Award; he also received a Tyrone Guthrie Award. He was nominated for the 2013 Premier Award for Excellence in the Arts and has been nominated previously for the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Theatre in 2011, the inaugural John Hirsch Director's Award and was short-listed for the Pauline McGibbon Award. He is the recipient of three Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts grants. Recent directing credits include Can You See Me Yet?, The Donnellys and Macbeth for Rep 21, the Ontario premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore at the Berkeley St. Theatre in Toronto, and the Canadian premiere of Talking to Terrorists. Rod was the founding Artistic Director of the Nipissing Stage Company in North Bay from 1999 to 2005 and directed 25 mainstage productions including the Ontario premiere of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, the Northern Ontario premieres of Stones In His Pockets, Picasso At The Lapin Agile, as well as serving as co-author/director on the original musicals Train Town and Wanted and dramaturge/director on the original musical Indian Heart, documenting the controversial life of Grey Owl. The Nipissing Stage Company was a professional summer repertory theatre company serving Northern Ontario – part of its mandate was the development of musicals based on the history and heritage of Northern Ontario. Rod directed and produced the Northern Ontario premiere of Lee MacDougall’s HIGH LIFE which represented Northern Ontario at the Theatre Ontario Festival in 2002. Rod has a particular passion for the works of Shakespeare, having adapted and directed fifteen of his works (Guelph University has created the “Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project” website on which Rod’s adaptations are featured at: www.canadianshakespeares.ca). His essay Bardomania: Adapting Shakespeare within a Canadian Context was published on the on-line journal “Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation”. Previous Shakespearean directing and adapting credits include: Henry V (2005 Trillium Grant), The Tempest (NSC/Northern Ontario tour), The Othello Project (DORA Award Nomination for Outstanding Direction as well as a Carbonnell Award Nomination for Outstanding Direction (Florida Shakespeare Festival, Miami), Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Hamlet , King Lear (Walking Shadow Theatre – Tyrone Guthrie Award), Twelfth Night (inaugural Jean Gascon Director’s Award), Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kawartha Summer Theatre), All’s Well That Ends Well (Domino Theatre), Macbeth (nomination – John Hirsch Director’s Award), As You Like It (George Brown Theatre School). At present, Rod is adapting Julius Caesar to a contemporary Canadian setting based on Trudeau and the FLQ kidnappings and assassination of Pierre Laporte during Black October in 1970. Some of Rod’s stage acting credits include four seasons with the Highlands Summer Festival, Night of the Living Dead, The Four Musketeers, The Three Musketeers (J2 Productions), The Foreigner, Waiting for Godot (Winner – Best Production – 2010 Theatre Ontario Festival), The Laramie Project, Elizabeth Rex and The Othello Project (GTG), Popcorn and The Sugar Witch (Rep 21), The Tempest and Wanted (NSC). Elsewhere: Coriolanus, Julius Caesar (WST), Romeo and Juliet (Kawartha Summer Festival). More recently: benefit reading for Proud and Fifth Stanza reader of A Christmas Carol for numerous charities. He starred in his self-written, one man, Newfoundland-inspired play Witless and wrote, co-directed and acted in his new work SLAM (both funded by Ontario Arts Council Northern Arts Project Grants). He is currently adapting Witless into a novel. Other playwriting credits include Slam!, Train Town and Wanted (both original musicals), and the TV pilot Looker for Reelnorth Films’ anthology series The Black Ice Chronicles, a not-for-profit corporation he co-founded to develop film and television opportunities in Northern Ontario for Northerners. Recent film and TV work includes Algonquin, Hard Rock Medical, A Dark Truth, Harold and Lorna, and The Savage Tales of Summer Vale . As an educator Rod has been a Guest Artist with the University of Windsor, George Brown Theatre School, and has taught over 250 acting and directing workshops for the Stratford Festival, Equity Showcase, Artsperience, Theatre Ontario, and school boards throughout the province. He has been a provincial adjudicator for the past sixteen years. Rod has been a guest speaker for Centennial College, Sault College, the Ontario University and Colleges Library Association, and Colleges Ontario. He has done two tours of duty as the Master of Ceremonies for the Colleges Ontario Premier Awards in Toronto. In terms of community service, Rod served as a Crow's Theatre Board Member responsible for New Play Development in Toronto, an Advisory Board Member for Artsperience, a Board Member for the White Water Gallery, a Member of the Steering Community for the new All Media Centre fund-raising campaign for Canadore College as well as a Representative for the Family Campaign Cabinet, served on the Fanshawe College New Theatre Department Advisory Committee, has been a reader for CBC Radio’s A Christmas Carol Benefit for Palliative Care, the Gathering Place (North Bay’s Community Soup Kitchen), and other charities, has organized fund-raisers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, recorded public service announcements for the North Bay Committee, and is part of Arts Trinity for Trinity United Church. Upcoming: Picasso in A Picasso in April 2013 and directing Book of Days and Rag and Bones for Rep 21’s 2013 summer season. For more information visit www.rodcarley.com.