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Carl Drake

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Carl is an actor, director and producer in both amateur and professional theatre. Proof will be his eleventh directorial position spanning ten relatively short years in the performing arts. He has attended many acting and directing workshops on a variety of techniques which he now draws from. These include, Meisner, Ivana Chubbuck, Uta Hagen, Jeremiah Comey, Matthew Harrison and Mark Travis. In 2018, he formed Cafe Theatre which entered a play in the recent Short+Sweet Festival and proudly won three awards including Judges Choice Award.

Proof is his first full-length play at Ellerslie Theatre, having previously directed two One Act Plays, Farewell in 2015 and Dolores in 2017 which were well received by audiences.

For Proof:
Rarely is one presented with the opportunity to direct a play thatís on oneís bucket list. Proof is one such play, and Iím both humbled and excited to be directing it at Ellerslie Theatre.

Proof is an important play that demonstrates the complexities of mental health and how a series of unfortunate events, coupled with unintentional interpersonal power-play dynamics from well-meaning loved ones, can spiral someone into despair and manic depressive episodes.

The play requires three strong actors, who deeply understand and empathise with the characters. It has been both a challenging and exhilarating experience bringing this piece to life. Using a variety of directing techniques, I focused primarily on developing the
relationships between each of the characters and worked collaboratively with both cast and crew as a creative team.

For Ellerslie TheatreProof (2020)director
Dolores (2017)director
Farewell (2015)director