Evan Frayne

Chair of Acting

Evan is grateful for the opportunity to live, work and play on the traditional lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People, also known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. He is an educator, actor, director and founding Artistic Director of Bleeding Heart Theatre, an award winning not-for-profit based in Vancouver. Bleeding Heart has produced five mainstage productions and three workshop productions since 2011, most recently the World Premiere of The Fighting Season by Sean Harris Oliver at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre.

Directing credits include The Lonesome West and The Amish Project for Pacific Theatre, and The Foreigner for the Arts Club. Recent filmed theatre projects include Being Here and A Christmas Carol with the Belfry.

Last seen on stage in The Explanation with the Frank Theatre, he has acted with many companies including Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Touchstone Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. He has worked on numerous voiceover / animation projects, and over two dozen film and television productions as an actor, including roles on Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie, the miniseries When We Rise, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1 and others. Evan has written two plays, Bloodlines and Alpha; which Bleeding Heart produced in 2013 at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Nominated for multiple Jessie Awards for his work as an actor and director, Evan is a recipient of the Sam Payne Award, and holds a BFA in Acting, an MFA in Directing and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. 

Evan Frayne comes from mixed Cree and British heritage  “As I became a young adult, my Indigenous heritage became more important to me. In many ways, reclaiming and discovering that side of myself is a major part of my personal and professional journey. I understand the importance of expression and exploration of identity for young theatre makers. I am constantly seeking out Indigenous artists, playwrights and actors to include in my personal and educational canon, specifically those local to where I am teaching.

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