A homegrown Vancouverite, Brendan proudly hails from Hollywood North. As a young boy playing pretend among the beautiful parks and beaches of the North Shore, this fed his curiosity and imagination, and ultimately grew into a lifelong love of acting. He was in the French Immersion program through school with a bilingual diploma, and graduated from UBC with a Major in Spanish, and is fluent in both languages. Brendan is a seasoned actor of screen and stage; he trained diligently in the theatre at Railtown Actors Studio under Kate Twa, eventually leading to the formation of a theatre company with some close classmates, both of which he credits the majority of his growth as an actor. A true film baby, with his mother and uncle in the biz and having grown up on film sets, he himself spent over a decade working behind the scenes in Set Decoration, working on multiple TV Shows and Feature Films around Vancouver, so to him, a film set is a second home. He was able to make the full-time switch to acting in 2015, and now works in Commercials, TV, Film, and Voice-Over which he loves all equally as much, but he still always makes time to appear on stage.
Last year he starred in Vancouver’s first large-scale immersive theatre show with influences from New York’s Sleep No More, called Deep Into Darkness. He’s starred in such TV shows as Fargo, Bates Motel, Arrow, and had recurring roles on Supernatural and The Magicians. You can also spot him frequently in TV commercials; he has booked over 100 commercials to date. His latest project, Firefly Lane, based on the popular novel by Kristin Hannah is coming Fall 2020 on Netflix, where you can watch him in a supporting role opposite Sarah Chalke and Katherine Heigl.
Brendan also works as a private acting coach, both in person and remotely, and operates a self-tape service for actors in Vancouver. Having spent literally thousands of hours on a film set, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as having trained in theatre and co-produced many plays with his former theatre company, Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge to his coaching. He has experience in techniques such as Meisner Repetition, Substitution, Voice & Breath training, Improvisation and Viewpoints, and fundamentals from Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, and Sanford Meisner. Whatever style or technique you prefer, Brendan can find common ground and work in your comfort zone. Brendan is also adamant about creating a safe space to work in and explore, no matter what your experience level, age, or gender.
He has extensive experience in cold-reading and script analysis, and can help you find character and story information and make strong choices with limited information, as often happens with audition sides. He also has a very technical eye; having taped dozens of clients, he can help simplify complicated blocking, and offer very specific adjustments to maximize clarity of action and keep the focus on you. Brendan also has a knack for comedy and pacing, and can help you find the humour (if applicable) and energy in a scene. Find commercial auditions confusing or intimidating? Brendan’s commercial experience can help you take the fear and uncertainty out of the commercial casting room, and help you let go and find the fun in them.
Whether you need help with your self-tape audition, have a monologue or scene you’d like to work on, would like to be assigned a scene to help you work on a specific aspect of your craft, or would like general coaching on your career or other aspects of the biz, Brendan has you covered!