Past President Theresa Tova sits down with her friend and biking buddy ACTRA Toronto President David Allan Nathan Gale.
As close as we are, I’m delighted to help the membership get to know our new president as a multifaceted talent with a long and varied career. You started out in Winnipeg but went to train in the acting program in Minneapolis, right?
The University of Minnesota had a tremendous reputation, with alumni like Tovah Feldshuh and former ACTRA Toronto President Sandi Ross. Sugith Varughese and I were there at the same time. I listened to my parents, who thought I needed something solid to fall back on, so I was doing a BA. The idea was I would take a BA with a major in journalism and would also do theatre.
Well, now I understand why you’ve done so much good work in communications at ACTRA.
Even though I wasn’t in the Fine Arts program, I was always acting, rehearsing or performing a show the entire time I was there. I took a few theatre courses as well, but my soul was with the BFAs. I just wasn’t very happy, so I left and looked for opportunities back here. I came to Toronto a little bit begrudgingly, I have to say. Back in high school, I saw a very popular improv comedy troupe who had a songwith the lyrics: “all aboard the Asshole Train goin’ to Toronto Town…” We all got onto that train, but when I came here, I thought, where are all these assholes?