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JayWhitehead

Actor, Director, Choreographer, Playwright

Photograph by Matthew Hamon

ABOUT

ME!

Photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Jay Whitehead grew up in Calgary and Edmonton Alberta. He is an actor, performer, drag personality, choreographer, director, writer and teacher, with a diverse performance and training background, who currently resides and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.

 

Whitehead has worked across Canada with companies including Leave it to Jane Theatre, Nobody's Business Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, ACT Productions, Third Street Theatre, Frank Theatre, The Saint John Theatre Company, Buddies in Bad Times and New West Theatre and has helped create new theatre companies and performance collectives including The Plain Janes, Boylesque TO, and, most recently Theatre Outré, a company, with a queer mandate which, among other projects, produces Lethbridge's annual queer theatre cabaret event: Quaint, Quirky & QUEER and operates the queer space Didi's Playhaus. Whitehead is the co-founder and current artistic director of Theatre Outré. Whitehead's work has been seen in cities including Calgary, Halifax, Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Dublin, Vancouver, Saint John and Lethbridge.

 

Whitehead holds a Diploma in Musical Theatre from MacEwan Univervisty, a BFA from the University of Lethbridge and an MFA in Acting from York University. He has studied under theatre practitioners including Timothy Ryan, David Rotenberg, Denise Clarke, David Smukler, Larry Silverberg and Steve Jurand and currently teaches courses in acting and performance in the Department of Drama at the University of Lethbridge and received his certification to teach the Meisner method of acting through Larry Silverberg and the True Acting Institute.

 

Directing and choreographic work includes Montparnasse, Tab & Landon, A Thought in Three Parts and The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt for Theatre Outré, several musical comedy revue shows for New West Theatre, including Barndance, Twist and Shout, Razzle Dazzle and Bandstand as well as Festen, Spring Awakening, The Rocky Horror Show Ubu Roi and Carrie the Musical for the University of Lethbridge. Whitehead also performs frequently in drag and his drag persona is named Didi d'Edada.

 

As a playwright Jay has had his play "CRABS" produced by Theatre Outré; "Tab & Landon" presented by DaPoPo Theatre in Halifax and "UNSEX'd" which he co-wrote with Daniel Judes has toured across Canada and to Europe and the U.S. Jay also co-created an original Electro-Drag-Opera: "Castrati" with Aaron Collier, Richie Wilcox and Kathy Zaborsky which has toured to Dublin and Halifax.

 

ACTING

Role: Wrath/Pride

CONFESSIONAL by Kathy Zaborsky, Jay Whitehead, Mia van Leeuwen, Anastasia Siceac, Deonie Hudson & Lee Burkces

Role: Ned Weeks / Jaime Vedres Photography

The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer

Role: Mr. Frivolous / photo by Jaime Vedres Photography

A Thought in Three Parts by Wallace Shawn

Role: Man

White Gleaming Beach by Greg MacArthur

Various Roles (solo show)

My Funny Valentine by Dave Deveaux

Role: Wilburn Hussey

UNSEX'd by Jay Whitehead and Daniel Judes

Roles: David, Darcy, Anne

How to Leave by Liam Monaghan

Role: Didi / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Castrati: An Electro Drag Opera

Role: Dinkus / Photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

CRABS by Jay Whitehead

Role: Micheal / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Late Company by Jordan Tannahill

Role: Didi / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

The Princess Show by Aaron Collier, Richie Wilcox and Deonie Hudson

Role: Jeff /.photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

The Confession of Jeffery Dahmer by Josh Hitchens

Role: Kemp

Vigil by Morris Panych

Role: Hadrian / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Sapientia by Roswitha

Role: Ehrinberg / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

The Curing Room by David Ian Lee

Role: Auto / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Whale Riding Weather by Bryden MacDonald

 
 

Playwriting

Tab & Landon by Jay Whitehead

Tab & Landon

CRABS by Jay Whitehead

CRABS

Castrati - An Electro Drag Opera by Jay Whitehead, Aaron Collier, Richie Wilcox & Kathy Zaborsky

Castrati - An Electro Drag Opera

UNSEX'd by Jay Whitehead & Daniel Judes

UNSEX'd

directing & choreography

The Princess Show - Choreographer - Merritt Award Nomination

The Princess Show

Titus Andronicus - Director

Titus Andronicus

The Rocky Horror Show - Direction & Choreography / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

The Rocky Horror Show

Various Musical Revue Shows - New West Theatre - Director & Choreographer

Various New West Theatre Musical Revue Shows

Carrie The Musical - Director & Choreographer / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Carrie The Musical

UBU ROI - Director / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

UBU ROI

A Streetcar Named Desire - Director / photo: Tanya Plonka

A Streetcar Named Desire

Where the Two Spirit Lives - Choreographer / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Where the Two Spirit Lives

Like Orpheus - Director / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Like Orpheus

Montparnasse - Director / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Montparnasse

A Thought in Three Parts (Youth Hostel) - Director / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

A Thought in Three Parts

The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt - Director

The Birth of Casper G. Schmidt

Tab & Landon - Director / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

Tab & Landon

 

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The Rocky Horror Show - Direction & Choreography / photo: Jaime Vedres Photography

The Rocky Horror Show