Thought I’d post my latest bio for new students – sometimes it’s good to know who is teaching you!

Dave Horak

Dave is an actor, director and educator, most recently seen in the Edmonton Fringe hit Baby Redboots’ Revenge and the Citadel Theatre’s Death of a Salesman. He has worked at many theatre companies across the U.S. and Canada including Catalyst Theatre, Workshop West, Leave it to Jane, Quest Theatre, Plaeides/Vertigo Theatre, the WPA Theatre in New York City and has performed in virtually all of the forty-eight states touring in TheatreWorks productions. Dave was part of the original team that helped create the New York Fringe Festival back in 1997 and was the Artistic Director of FringeJR, a theatre festival for young audiences. Recently he has worked at Catalyst Theatre, The Mayfield and was nominated for Sterling Awards for the Fringe shows Das Barbecü and Counting Americans (Best Director and Best Fringe Show). He has directed Aristophanes’ The Acharnians, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Charles L. Mee’s The Bacchae 2.1 and Anne Carson’s translation of Euripides’Hekabe at MacEwan University’s’ Theatre Arts Program where he has been teaching acting and movement since 2003. Recent directing work has included the critically acclaimed Sam Shepard and Patti Smith play, Cowboy Mouth that played at the 2009 Edmonton Fringe at The Commercial Hotel bar and Act Without Words for an evening of Samuel Beckett’s short plays for Surreal Soreal Theatre. He directed Sondheim’s  Company at MacEwan’s Haar Theatre last season.

Dave has a BFA (Acting) degree from the University of Alberta and recently completed a MFA (Directing) degree at the University of Alberta with a production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. He has also trained at Mount Royal College in Calgary and worked with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company training in Viewpoints and Suzuki technique as well as attending the Teacher Development Program at New York’s The Actor’s Centre. He has taught at the 2009 and 2010 Artstrek summer theatre school in Red Deer, taught a master class at Dramaworks and at the undergraduate level at the University of Alberta. He is a proud member of Canadian Actors EquityACTRA, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME).