Founding Ensemble Members

Usually our relationships as artists are rather fleeting and it is difficult to say goodbye to the people that have the same artistic ideals. osimous was formed to keep those relationships alive. By working with each other again and again we want to become better artists than we could've become as individuals. We have come together as an ensemble based company to create world-class theatre without bounds….

Angela Beaulieu

Angela has been a professional Stage Manager since 1987. Her career has taken her to numerous cities in the United States, Ireland and across Canada. Some of Angela’s favorite theatre experiences include The Pavilion, osimous theatre; The 39 Steps, It’s A Wonderful Life, Blood Brothers, Arts Club Theatre; Urinetown, The Musical, The Shooting Stage, Firehall Arts Centre; Sex in Heaven, Lion in the Streets, Touchstone Theatre; Shirley Valentine, Lend Me A Tenor and The King and I, Gateway Theatre; The Shape of a Girl, Rage, Problem Child, New Canadian Kid, Green Thumb Theatre. Recently, Angela was seen onstage as Wren Robin in the 2013 Fringe hit, 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche for Black Rook Theatre. In June 2008, Angela received the Mary Phillips Prize for her work behind the scenes. Angela is a resident Stage Manager at the Gateway Theatre.

Anna Cummer

Since completing her studies in England at The Central School of Speech and Drama, Anna Cummer has worked across Canada in theatre, film & television, as well as a voice-over artist. Some favourite theatrical credits include the title role in Hedda Gabler (osimous), Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Vancouver Playhouse), Wendy in Peter Pan (Carousel Theatre), Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary, NAC), and Bella Manningham in Gaslight (Vertigo Theatre). Anna has been nominated for four Jessie Richardson Awards and honoured with one statue. Her television credits include Stargate Atlantis, Smallville, Aliens in America, Eureka, and Reaper. Anna also voices the title role in the new Strawberry Shortcake series, Pepper Potts in Ironman: Armoured Adventures, and Sam in Disney’s Monster Buster Club. Anna is a founding member of osimous. Being a member of an actor-based theatre company striving to forward the rigour of the craft, has challenged and reinvigorated Anna’s love of live performance.

Craig Erickson

Craig recently completed a run of The Great Gatsby at Theatre Calgary, playing Tom Buchanan. That came on the heels of his third consecutive season of Shakespeare at Bard on the Beach. Previous osimous shows: The Pavilion (Peter) Hedda Gabler (Tesman). In the last decade, Craig has been very active in Vancouver theatre, performing with companies like Electric Company (You Are Very Star, Tear the Curtain),Arts Club (Scar Tissue, The Glass Menagerie, Cyrano) and Pacific Theatre (Leave of Absence, Grace, Prodigal Son). Other recent credits: Mamet’s Race (Mitch and Murray), Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot (Neworld), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Blackbird/Arts Club - Jessie Award - Best Supporting Actor). Film/TV:Supernatural, Mr.Young, The Collector, Dead Zone, and DaVinci’s Inquest. Craig has spent nine seasons at Canadian classical theatres (Stratford, Shaw, Bard on the Beach), and has had the privilege of working with some of the country’s greatest actors and directors. He is a sessional instructor at Trinity Western University and holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Bob Frazer

Bob is an accomplished actor who has worked across Canada for the past 20 years. He has performed in most major cities in Canada but spends most of his time in Vancouver which he is proud to call home. He has most notably spent 8 seasons with Bard on the Beach, Vancouver's Shakespeare festival, where he has performed many of Shakespeare's greatest roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Iago, Hotspur, Macbeth, Petruchio and Mercutio. As an actor Bob has performed in over 70 productions and has helped develop over 50 others. He has spent time on TV and Film and has over 40 episodes to his credit. As a director Bob helmed the first two osimous productions, "The Pavilion" and "Hedda Gabler". He has taken audiences through museum houses and dirty motel rooms to see theatre differently and his productions of "Hedda Gabler", "Balm in Gilead" and "Blood Brothers" have all made top ten lists for theatre with the latter being nominated for an Ovation Award for best direction, an honour he shared with Sara-Jeanne Hosie.

Bob has been nominated 12 times for the Jessie Richardson acting awards and has won 8 of them. Bob started osimous Theatre in the summer of 2010. Working on the idea that an ensemble of like-minded artists would work better together if the same ideals were shared amongst the group prompted him to create osimous.

Derek Metz

Derek's dream of becoming a rock star was quickly dashed when he realized that his musical talents were limited to playing the spoons. Continuing to chase that artistic rainbow, he attended the National Theatre School of Canada, where he discovered his love for acting. Having toiled to maintain his artistic sensibilities and having two beautiful children to tend to, he accepted a job driving a city bus. He's seen a number of atrocities behind the wheel, and marvels, in horror, at our necessity to inflict harm upon each other, when our capacity to love should be greater than our capacity to hate. When he's not reminiscing about working on some fucking great theatrical projects with some fucking excellent people, you can find him at either the hockey rink or the soccer pitch, cheering on his kids who are a never ending source of burning light in his life. Derek often looks fondly on the Jessie Richardson Award he won years ago, as it reminds him of some very wonderful people. osimous Theatre is where Derek's disenchantment ends and new hope begins.

Dawn Petten

Since graduating from UBC's BFA Acting program, Dawn has acted all over Western Canada and beyond, performing with Bard on the Beach, Touchstone Theatre, the Playhouse (sigh), Caravan Farm Theatre, Theatre Calgary, MTC, and Canadian Stage among others, and she is a multiple Jessie award nominee and winner. Her favourite productions include: Ibsen's A Doll's House(directed by Kim Collier); It's All True and the world premiere of Unity, 1918 (both with Touchstone); A Midsummer Night's Dream(Caravan Farm Theatre); Tear the Curtain! and Studies in Motion (with the Electric Company). She also loved her roles in the first two osimous productions: Kari in Pavilion and Thea in Hedda Gabler and relished the spirit with which the company mounted those first two artistic endeavors. This past theatrical year saw Dawn performing in Theatre Replacement's East Van Panto, butohing up a naked storm in Neworld's Obstructions, acting in Stanley Park in Boca del Lupo's Fall Away Home, treading the boards of the Arts Club, and directing brilliant kids in Shakespeare plays. She also spent a month in Saratoga Springs NY with the SITI Theater Summer Intensive. She adores her life in theatre.

Parnelli Parnes

Parnelli has worked with numerous theatre companies ever since graduating from Studio 58.  He is ecstatic to be part of osimous Theatre.  He feels quite honoured working with such an amazing ensemble.

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