Christopher Gaze (Archie)

Christopher Gaze "Archie"CHRISTOPHER GAZEOBC MSM DFA DLITT – plays ARCHIE, a retired RCMP officer and Hattie’s suitor.  Best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Christopher Gaze has performed in England, the USA and across Canada.

Born in England, he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before coming to Canada in 1975 where he spent three seasons at the Shaw Festival. He moved to Vancouver in 1983 and in 1990 founded Bard on the Beach which he has since nurtured to become one of the most successful not-for-profit arts organizations in North America, with attendance exceeding 91,000.

In addition to performing and directing for Bard, Christopher’s voice is heard regularly in cartoon series, commercials and on the radio. Christopher starred in and directed Vancouver Opera’s The Pirates of Penzance in 2012. He also hosts Vancouver Symphony’s popular Tea & Trumpets series and their annual Christmas concerts.

His many honours include induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (2004), Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the BC Community Achievement Award (2007), the Gold Medallion from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (2007), the Mayor’s Arts Award for Theatre (2011) and the Order of British Columbia (2012). A gifted public speaker, Christopher frequently shares his insights on Shakespeare and theatre with students, service organizations and businesses.

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