(photo of Brendan Healy via Buddies in Bad Times website)
by Gaëtan L. Charlebois
Originally from Montreal, Brendan Healy began his career as an actor, appearing most-notably in Peter Hinton’s production of Greg MacArthur’s Girls! Girls! Girls!, presented at the 2001 Festival TransAmériques. It was at that festival that Mr. Healy met Richard Maxwell, whose company, the New York City Players, is considered to be one of the most influential alternative theatre companies currently operating in Manhattan. That meeting led Mr. Healy to New York where he interned under Mr. Maxwell and where he decided to dedicate himself exclusively to directing. Since relocating to Toronto over a decade ago, Brendan has established himself as a central figure in the city’s theatre scene and his work has been presented across the country. Notable productions include: Jean Genet’s The Maids, Nina Arsenault’s The Silicone Diaries, Sarah Kane’s Blasted, Martin Crimp’s Fewer Emergencies and Wallace Shawn’s A Thought in Three Parts. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and he has trained extensively with one of the pioneers of the American avant-garde Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. His productions have garnered multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and he is a recipient of the Ken McDougall and the Pauline McGibbon awards for directing. Mr. Healy was the associate artist at Crow’s Theatre before becoming the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times and is a regular instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada.
CHARPO: You're just coming off directing Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Soulpepper [read our review] and are jumping into directing Pig. Aside from the fact that you don't seem to have a summer to yourself, how does the energy transfer - both physical and intellectual?
CHARPO: This play - and your own mandate at Buddies - seem to be re-inscribing Buddies as not just a Queer theatre but as an 'out there' company. Is that the intention?
CHARPO: Is there a danger - with marriage equality, etc. - that North American Gay writers will become, not to put too fine a point on it, 'fat and complacent'?
CHARPO: Aside from Tim Luscombe, needless to say, who are some other writers we should be keeping an eye on.
Pig is at Buddies in Bad Times September 14-October 6