Art & Spirit Speaker Series: Christopher Gaze – actor

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5210 University Boulevard
Vancouver, British Columbia

Creativity is central to being human. Religion has often thought of God as the only creator, but creativity also happens outside the religious context. This speaker series explores the spirit of creativity from non-religious perspectives as significant leaders in the arts – dance, theatre, painting, poetry and music – share their own sense of the sprit of their art.

About Christopher Gaze

Christopher is best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. In addition to performing and directing for Bard, he has appeared in dozens of film, TV and theatre productions during his multi-decade career in Great Britain and North America. He hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s popular Tea & Trumpets series and their annual Christmas concerts and is an in-demand MC for community and fundraising events. His many honours include Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal, Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre and the Order of British Columbia.

In 2015, he will play Frosch in Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera and then direct the world premiere of C.C. Humphrey’s Shakespeare’s Rebel, one of the four plays in Bard’s 2015 season. Christopher plays a leading role in British Columbia as an advocate for the arts in general and his passionate dedication to Bard on the Beach has fuelled its growth into the largest professional Shakespeare festival in Western Canada, with attendance of over 100,000 in its 2014 season.