Jim Leard

Jim Leard

Pacific Opera Victoria
Tschekko in Countess Maritza

April, 2019


Jim's first role with Pacific Opera was Njegus in The Merry Widow. He returned as the drunken jailer in Die Fledermaus when the company made its move to the Royal Theatre, and takes on the role of Tschekko in Kálmán's Countess Maritza.

Recently retired as Artistic Director of Story Theatre Company, he is presently the Chair of the acting program at The Canadian College of Performing Arts where he directed The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Stage Door. His full-length play, Thank You My Love, Goodbye, a fringe festival hit, is now available, and Jim will be pushing the limits with a provocative comedy/thriller in this year's Victoria Fringe Festival.

Jim began his professional work at Theatre Calgary in 1970 performing and stage managing. He returned to Victoria as a performer and Assistant Director with Company One Theatre and helped develop tours to BC schools. He has appeared in many local productions from Langham Court to Pacific Opera and has several movie and television credits (Highlander, The X-Files, Davinciís Inquest and Intelligence).

While earning his Masterís Degree at Northwestern University in 1978, Jim participated in workshops at Second City, Chicago and observed the work of Michael Pivenís Story Theatre Centre. Returning to teach at the University of Victoria, Jim developed the first local Story Theatre Company for performances in the regional libraries. Interest in this work grew until the company was performing across Canada and into the United States. Notable stops include The Smithsonianís Discovery Theatre and The Wolftrap Childrenís Festival.

Jim has served on several boards of directors for Intrepid Theatre, The Other Guys, Gotta Getta Gimmick and the Blue Bridge Theatre. Most notably Jim was a board member and President of Artstarts in the Schools. Jim works as a freelance director as well as developing productions for his own video company where he creates short films, pilot projects, and music videos.


 

April 2019