James Coomber – Teacher, Composer, Co-Director, Performer

James playing one of his compositions in BEING Animal at the Fringe

James playing one of his compositions in BEING Animal at the Fringe

When did you first get involved with Theatre Terrific?

My first experience with Theatre Terrific was working on the Fringe production Waiting for Go. in 2010. There were some songs that I wrote for the show (which planted the seed for my TT choral class), and I played some live accordion and percussion.
Tell us a bit about your other artistic pursuits. What else are you working on right now? What have been some of your highlights of the last couple of years?
I’m beginning work on two theatre productions coming later in the fall, The North Plan with Upintheair Theatre and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds with Redcurrant/Marigolds Collective.  I’m also developing work for a dance piece by Noam Gagnon titled Plastic, which will debut at the NAC in the spring.
A few recent highlights include taking Bleeding Heart Theatre’s The Amish Project to the Gabriola Theatre Festival in August, presenting two pieces at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest scenography festival, and last year working on Caravan Stage Company’s Hacked! The Treasure of the Empire, which took place on board the beautiful Amara Zee, a 30-metre tall ship.
In addition to your artistic endeavors, what else do you do to fill your days? Hobbies? Jobs? 
I’m into dutch baking, recently focusing on perfecting my version of boterkoek, which is an almond butter cake (or booty cake as my mom sometimes calls it).  Both my mom and grandmother have their preference for the perfect bake, and I’m getting more and more comfortable with my version being different from theirs.
What are the previous shows you have been involved with at Theatre Terrific?
I worked on Waiting for Go., The Bread Project, Egni’s Eye, Pantaloon’s Pawnshop, The Water Project, A Truck Full of Chickens, and I Love Mondays
What do you like about working in the arts?
The community.  There are so many fiercely dedicated and supportive people in the arts.
About working with Theatre Terrific specifically?
The learning exchange that happens from each person bringing their unique difference to the group
Is there anything else you’d like to say, either about classes or about BEING Animal?
Coming out to a class is a great way to get involved with Theatre Terrific!  My class curriculum is based on building a strong choral ensemble.  We tackle vocal technique, ear training, stage presence, and more.  You don’t need any background in singing, just the ability to work hard and of course have some fun too.

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