Actor • Writer

Gary
Brennan

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Hello! Thank you for stopping by. I’ve been busy in this last surreal Covid year writing, acting, and self-producing, and have a few things to share about a few projects. A deeper dive can be found on the tool bar. ;)

DRIVE

A recent, self-produced webisode project I’m excited about is the fantasy-drama, DRIVE. I wrote and co-created, DRIVE (think Uber or Lift) with actor/writer Juan Carlos Velis where I play the lead character, Charlie Rhodes. Most scenes take place in my car. It’s like a two-character play on wheels!

We completed DRIVE’s Pilot episode where I acted with my talented wife Sharon McFarlane, and a second episode where I worked with the equally talented actor Michael Kash! Special thanks to our Executive Producer Sean St. John, and Co-Producer Steve Dykstra. We completed both the Pilot and second episode, with five-six more planned.

CHARADES

Charades is a drama-comedy play I wrote with the steerage of Dramaturge Anita La Selva. Colin Bruce, Artistic Director of the Essential Collective Theatre and I are collaborating to present, Charades for a future virtual reading (TBA) with the potential of staging it when we can safely gather.

SIFA FESTIVAL

And I have been honoured with the invitation to join a team of richly accomplished creators and NGO leaders as an Ambassador of the Social Impact Film Awards (SIFA) Festival co-founded by Thi Bi Nyugen and Sean St. John. SIFA celebrates artists of all disciplines who make a positive social impact through their creative work.

BETWEEN-THE-WORDS

My nutritious side hustle’ where I continue to enjoy presentation coaching for Public Speaking is now in its second year with my company, Between-the-Words which you can learn about on this site.

Please browse the toolbar at your leisure and inclination to learn more if you’re interested in connecting with me.

Other Career Musings...

A few other career highlights include a wonderful role on The Expanse, a delicious, villainous part on CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, contrasted with a warm paternal support role in Hallmark’s Christmas For the Books. I got to swagger to a golf club swinging character in Super Channel’s A Very Country Wedding. Add Impulse, ABC’s Designated Survivor, and Seth Rogen’s, The Boys and it was a fun year!

I also teamed up with actor Juan Carlos Velis and writer Steve Dysktra to scribble out a dark, political suspense TV spec pilot script titled Crises Actor.

Two projects in the 2017 that I feel lucky to part of was Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game, and Bruce Beresford’s Flint Water Crisis.

Other film credits include the recurring role as “Rodney” in Queer as Folk opposite Sharon Gless, The Judy Garland Story, The Virgin Suicides, Blue Murder, Missing, etc.

One fun project was scripting a spec sitcom called A Recipe for Disaster based on my years working as a cater waiter in Toronto, and a comedy stage play, Charades. He hopes to adapt his suspense drama feature script The Convent into a stage play.

STAGE

I was lucky to spend a season at Stratford where I appeared in King Lear, and The Merchant of Venice , and understudied many roles, and garnered a Guthrie Award.

I understudied and performed the role of Oscar Wilde in the Canadian premier of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, and performed in Michel Tremblay’s Remember Me at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

I studied in New York at The Neighborhood Playhouse with the legendary Sandy Meisner, Richard Pinter and Ron Stetson where I won a scholarship for Acting.

And I was weaned on the east coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and live in Toronto with my wife Sharon McFarlane (actress), and our children Jamie and Bethany.

Rachel Neville-Fox at the Noble Caplan Abrams Agency is my agent and would love to hear from you!.