Lead Impact: Balancing Business and Artistry with Christopher Gaze
PODCAST June 18, 2020
Nicola Wealth CEO, John Nicola interviews actor, theatre and opera director Christopher Gaze.
Christopher is the founder, and current Creative Director, of Bard on the Beach — a Shakespeare festival set on the ocean in Vancouver, which has grown into one of the largest professional theatre companies in Canada. Additionally, Christopher has lent his voice to numerous animated films and TV series and hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s popular Tea & Trumpets series.
In their discussion, John and Christopher discuss his personal journey, the arts sector in Canada, what it is like to be a theatre and voice actor and how COVID-19 has impacted the arts.
[:16] About today’s episode.
[1:07] Christopher begins to tell his personal journey from boarding school to the theatre to the founding of Bard on the Beach.
[5:22] Was Christopher’s drive to be on the stage or on the production/director side? When he first started out, did he know where he was headed?
[6:22] Christopher elaborates on his passion for live theatre.
[7:23] Christopher shares what he was doing in Canada between ‘75 and ‘90, prior to the founding of Bard on the Beach.
[12:33] Christopher speaks about his first year of directing Bard on the Beach and ‘90 and what the first season was like.
[13:58] What producing the second year of Bard on the Beach was like.
[14:47] Christopher shares how he balanced the business side and the artistry side of Bard on the Beach.
[16:21] Christopher elaborates on how Bard on the Beach developed over time.
[19:29] Where did the concept of changing the historical setting of the venue come about?
[21:02] When Christopher looks at the art scene in Vancouver, what does he think? Is it robust or does it need more support?
[22:48] How are the arts supported lately? Federally or through independent groups? Is it difficult to get support?
[24:25] Would the Bard on the Beach season be longer if their infrastructure were more permanent? And how long would their ideal season last?
[25:56] Where do they find the talent for their plays? And how do young people get involved in the arts and theatre?
[27:46] Is it possible for most actors to make enough of a living to support themselves? Or do they typically have a second job to support themselves?
[28:58] Who and how do they teach at Bard on the Beach?
[29:53] How does the private sector help Bard deliver?
[31:55] Does Christopher find that they attract a lot of visitors from other parts of Canada, outside of Vancouver?
[33:22] With Bard on the Beach currently shut down from COVID-19, has Christopher thought of what their plan for coming back will look like?
[35:19] Is building a larger, more permanent structure (such as the Stratford Festival) still on the drawing board for the future of Bard?
[38:16] Is COVID-19 impacting Bard’s fundraising and sponsorships?
[39:04] Does Christopher believe that there will be any permanent harm to the arts’ community or specifically to Bard due to COVID-19?
[42:42] Does Christopher plan to stay actively involved with Bard indefinitely?
[45:33] How to support Bard this year.
[47:09] Christopher speaks about what the Bard will look like this year going virtual.
[52:31] If Christopher could go back in time and speak to 12-year-old Christopher, what would he tell him about the journey he was about to go on?
Mentioned in this Episode:
Christopher Gaze is best known as the Founding Artistic Director of Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, which celebrates its thirty-first season in 2020. He hosts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s popular Tea & Trumpets series and also their annual Traditional Christmas concerts.
For his full bio, visit: BardontheBeach.org/About-Us/Leadership
About Your Hosts
Ethan is a Financial Advisor in the firm’s Vancouver office. He provides strategic advice to high net worth business owners, professionals, and retirees, and offers his clients a wide range of financial services, including; retirement income planning, business succession, and continuation planning, investment management, tax and estate planning, charitable giving, and intergenerational wealth transfer.
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John is the CEO and Chairman of Nicola Wealth Management. He provides strategic leadership to Nicola Wealth Management — exercising his passion for providing innovative solutions to clients’ complex problems.
John has been a veteran of the financial services industry since 1974. His areas of expertise include investment management, estate and financial planning, as well as business planning with a focus on best practices for wealth building, exit strategies, and shareholder agreements.
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