Clients who took training and/or coaching with Bill Davidson and are currently represented by Great West Canadian Talent.
BRIAN COPPING – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Long time Actra member Brian Copping decided to get into acting later in life after an early retirement from his day job by taking six of the acting training courses at Great West. He has a fairly extensive list of credits now for an Edmonton actor, and they include speaking roles on a half hour short film Saving Joan, Principal speaking roles in three industrial/training films and as an on-camera host on a fourth, as a stand-in on 12 Days of Christmas Eve and on Waking Walter( story of Wayne Gretzky’s dad), an actor role on the television movie Dangerous Acquaintances for CTV in Calgary, an actor role on the made for television movie Double Frame in Edmonton, in a comic role on the Feature Film Whitecoats in Edmonton, an Actor role on the CBS movie Undercover Cop filmed in Calgary, an actor role on the ABC network movie Family Values in Calgary, a speaking role on the Calgary filmed Touch The Top of The World for A&E network in Calgary, an actor role on Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee for HBO, a principal role on the series Mixed Blessings in Edmonton, a Judge role on the series Blackstone for three episodes in two different seasons, in a supporting role on the American film Beyond The Heavens filmed in Northern Alberta, (directed by Corbin Bernstein-LA Law), as a News Director on the Feature Film The War Reporter shot in Edmonton, as a Priest in the movie I Think I Do shot in Edmonton, and in a scene with Billy Bob Thornton in the Edmonton filmed Cut Bank Feature Film. Brian took not only acting for film here, he also took a substantial course in improvisation here, and has put it to good use as a paid actor for improvisations used to help in the training of Doctors, Physiotherapists, and Police. He was also a staple actor for a number of years in the Wainwright training projects for Canadian soldiers, and in the Suffield training exercises for training British soldiers for work abroad.
MARGHERITA DONATO – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Edmonton based Margherita Donato started her training with Great West when she was 15 in the adult training. She gradually worked her way through seven of the older 40 + hour courses that were at that time part of a longer series of courses. Her early credits included working as a stand-in on the Edmonton series The Mentors and actor, principal and lead roles on six different locally filmed Indie Features. She eventually joined Actra with a Principal role on the Feature Film Decoys II- The Rebirth. Next up was an actor role on the CTV movie Selling Innocence followed by a principal role on the CBS movie Christmas Blessing. She worked as a stand-in for numerous episodes of the NBC series Fear Itself and also played two different actors roles in different episodes of that series shot in Edmonton. She also had the opportunity to audition for a difficult split role lead on one episode of that series for which she was shortlisted by casting. After that she landed a large principal role on the Calgary shot Lifetime movie Blue Smoke starring Scott Bakula. A move to Vancouver for almost two years saw her auditioning for numerous high end series and land a role on a National Coors Lite commercial. After returning to Edmonton she decided to retake some of her basic training with Mr. Davidson to brush up on her skills. What followed was landing a supporting role on the Calgary Lifetime movie Dear Santa directed by well-known Canadian actor Jason Priestly. Following that she landed a multiple day actor role on the Canadian Feature The Right Kind of Wrong shot in Calgary, and worked as a stand-in for a number of seasons of the series Blackstone in addition to playing an actor speaking role on that series. Margherita also regularly works with Mr. Davidson as an audition acting coach.
ROBERT THEBERGE – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Took six of the courses offered here during his time training here before becoming a full time Actra member. His has a number of credits in both Edmonton and Calgary where he now lives. Roles include appearing in three music videos, an actor role and a lead role in two different short films, the lead in two Indie Feature Films, a principal role on the CBS movie The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve, an actor role on the CBC pilot Gavin Crawford’s Wild West, a principal role on the series Mixed Blessings, and a lead role on the television movie Dawn Anna with scenes with three time Oscar nominated Debra Winger, a film based on the true story of one of the victims of the Columbine shootings. As a younger actor he also had opportunities for a number of projects in Vancouver, including a taped audition for a lead recurring role on Smallville, and a callback out in Vancouver for a recurring role on the Series Edgemont. He also appeared in a national Boston Pizza commercial and the main character in a comedic Coors Lite national commercial. Other industry work includes being a stand-in on the FF The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and as a stand-in on the FF Christmas In Wonderland.
FAREED ABDELHAK – Actra apprentice, Member of The Directors Guild of Canada, film crew and production member (IMDB-bio)
Fareed took training with Great West during a time when there was in place 12 levels of acting training. He completed 9 or those levels, including training in character stretches and acting for comedy which are courses now in the additional optional training category at Great West. After taking his training Page 32 of 48 here and film production training elsewhere in Vancouver, Fareed moved to Vancouver for many years to work in film production and crew capacities while pursuing acting on the side when not completely busy with production work. He returned to Edmonton and worked in production here. In getting back more into acting he retook some of his training with Great West over the past couple of years to refresh his acting skills. His credits in Edmonton and Vancouver include an actor role and 7 principal speaking roles on 8 short films, work on 9 different commercials, acting roles on the television movie Stekla and the Feature Film The Fantastic Four – Rise of The Silver Surfer, and a supporting role on the video game Smugglers Run 2. After moving back to Edmonton he had a principal role on the Feature Film The Reporter and a principal role on the series Blackstone. Audition opportunities since being back in Edmonton and currently represented by Great West include videotaped auditions for the Netflix series Marco Polo shot in China, and an audition for a role on the latest X-Men film shot in Montreal.
TAYLOR DAUPHINAIS – Former Actra Apprentice (IMDB-bio)
On temporary hiatus from acting to pursue other interests, Taylor is a graduate of three levels of child acting courses and a private audition coaching student. While acting between the ages of 8 and 13, Taylor first got hired for extra work on the American movie of the week Christmas Blessing, then had a stand-in role on the Lifetime movie For The Love of A Child after auditioning for a speaking role on the same movie. From there it was on to a series of 3 West Edmonton Mall commercials. She then did some extra work on the Feature Film Good Luck Chuck and then a role in the short film Swedenborg. From that she landed a Principal speaking role on the Indie Feature film Blind Love. Following that she the landed a supporting large role on the movie Blue Smoke for Lifetime Television shot in Calgary, acting in scenes with Scott Bakula, (Star Trek Series, Quantum leap etc.) and Talia Shire (Rocky). The director of that TV movie was so impressed he said that she was so good and professional that she had spoiled him for working with child actors.
REESE SCHOEPPE – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Reese started his acting career with Great West at the age of 7 and took two of the children’s acting courses. Between the ages of 7 and 12 he did extra work on productions like Christmas in Wonderland, Good Luck Chuck, The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, and on the television movie For The Love of A Child. He also appeared in a couple of commercials for Healthy U Alberta as the featured actor, another featured speaking role on a commercial for Alberta Health Services, and a commercial for Manitoba Nurses. He landed a speaking role on the CTV television movie Waking Walter filmed in Edmonton. His next speaking role he would probably say was his most fun role, as after auditioning for a lead role on the Disney Space Buddies movie, he was then asked to audition for another role on it that required a believable Russian accent. He won the role of Sasha whose dog Sputnik is lost in space in a Russian space capsule, and was flown out to Vancouver for the filming. His next speaking role was pretty fun too, as it is not every day you get to play a kid who turns into a zombie and bites the lead character as he did on the NBC series Fear Itself. After a long time away from acting and spending time becoming an ace skateboarder, he recently returned to acting at the age of 17 and is now in his third adult acting course at Great West. He also just landed his first Actra gig back on a photo shoot for The City of Edmonton Anti-Littering campaign, and has already done an audition for a principal role on a Calgary movie and for a supporting lead role on the Edmonton filmed feature film Roxy. Reese’s brother REGGIE and dad RUSSELL also got into acting for a while and were both Actra apprentices for a time, Reggie landing a role on a Subway National U.S. commercial that aired during the Super bowl and all over American network television afterwards and was the highest paid single day job ever done by an actor here at Great West. He was one of two kids from here in speaking roles on the commercial filmed in Calgary including a girl from here who landed the lead role on it up against talent from Vancouver, Los Angeles, and New York. His dad also had a speaking role on the CTV movie Waking Walter, and for the time they were in acting both also did a lot of extra work as Actra apprentice members.
KIRKLIN MACLISE – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Primarily now retired from acting for 8 months of the year while attending Veterinary College, Kirklin started with Mr. Davidson while a young teen attending Victoria Composite School For The Arts. She completed level 2 child/teen film acting plus private coaching. Her roles include a lead recurring role on the CBC pilot Easton meets West shot in Calgary, a featured spot as an athlete for an Albert Healthy U campaign that aired in movie theatres, a role on the NBC series Fear Itself, and two seasons as a lead recurring role on the series Mixed Blessings. Kirklin also had a number large role auditions and callbacks for things like the lead on Dinosapien the series, (down to the final four). Recently while on summer hiatus from school Kirklin auditioned for and was shortlisted by casting for the title role in the Edmonton filmed Feature Roxy.
TOM LIM – Actra (IMDB-bio)
While he still occasionally finds time to do the odd audition, most recently for a principal role on the Calgary film Burn Your Maps, Tom has been semi-retired from acting for most of the past five years to work on his thriving restaurant and food truck business. He has done a fair amount of work through this agency after taking some 6 levels of training here. His work includes a national Can. Boston Pizza commercial in Calgary, a U.S. National AT&T commercial also in Calgary, a Calgary Stampede commercial, actor roles on the docudrama In The Nick of Time- Edmonton, the television movie Hollywood Wives-Calgary, the made for television movie The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss- Calgary, the CTV movie Selling Innocence- Edmonton. He had principal acting roles on the Lifetime Movie For The Love of A Child-Edmonton, on the A&E movie Touch The Top Of The World-Calgary, and a large principal role on the NBC series Fear Itself- Edmonton, one of the largest roles cast in Edmonton for that series. Over the years Tom has also had taped audition opportunities for projects filming in Toronto and Vancouver, a FF in New York in for a lead role, and even for a role on ABC’s Power Rangers shot in New Zealand. He can currently be caught in action at Lan’s Asian Grill that he and his family owns, and it comes highly recommended.
LEN CROWTHER – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Len really got going into acting later in life with an early retirement from the workforce. He first moved into professional theatre and was a member of C.A.E.A., then after joining Actra and doing five acting gigs as a full Actra member, he took the option of some theatre to film conversion and practice training with Bill Davidson, and made use of personal coaching for many of his auditions. Mostly retired now, his film acting credits out of a slower market like Edmonton were substantial since coming on with Great West Canadian Talent and included work in Edmonton, Calgary, and Regina. His first role since joining the agency and taking some optional training, was a principal as Chief Townsend in the CBS movie Family Blessings shot in Regina. He went on the play a Minister in the ABC movie Oklahoma City Bombing shot in Calgary, a role in another ABC movie shot in Calgary Strangers In A Small Town, then a role on the Edmonton series The Mentors, followed by a role on the docudrama In The Nick of Time. Then a role on the Edmonton shot The War Bride Feature Film, a role on the Italian/Canadian coproduction Feature Almost America, another role on The Mentors series, and a role on the television movie 100 Days in The Jungle for CTV. After that he had a chance to do a large important principal role on the Calgary filmed series Tom Stone for CBC. Then a role on the Edmonton filmed comedy Whitecoats, and a role on the Calgary filmed Matter of Family for CBS. He appeared with his real life wife Shirley, both in Actor roles, on the Feature Santa’s Slay shot in Edmonton, and an actor role on the Feature Comeback Season in Calgary. Then came another chance for an important principal role on the Lifetime Movie Angels Fall, followed by a Principal role on the Feature Comedy Freezer Burn shot in Edmonton. After that came a role in a flashback scene as the grandfather of one of the main characters Jack, on the Calgary series Heartland. One of his last roles was on the last season of Corner Gas shot near Regina, as the crotchety Old Man Hafford. The last role Len filmed in Edmonton was on the American Feature Cut Bank in a principal role. Len’s son-in-law Dick Sahuri also followed him into acting as a hobby and appeared as an extra in a number of film and TV projects as well as in a few commercials.
PAULA HUMBY – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Paula started her professional film acting training here while a student at Victoria School For The Arts. She took one of the older 40+ hour courses. She then took a year at the U of A drama department, then spent 3 years completing her BFA in Professional Acting there as one of an elite class of 12 students. She has had speaking roles on the NBC series Fear Itself, the Feature Film I Think I Do, (in a French speaking role), and on the iconic and popular series Fargo in Calgary. She recently finished hosting six episodes of a teen/young adult “green” entrepreneurial series sponsored by Telus.
THE HUBER FAMILY
TAYLOR HUBER had already done a principal role on the Calgary made for television movie Carol’s Christmas when she came to Great West and took two of the child/teen film acting courses here. She has appeared in a number of commercials, two for Travel Alberta, one for Mattress Mattress, another for Southside Toyota, and one for Launchpad. She also had a speaking role on the CBC docudrama When The Devil Knocks. Brother BRADY has taken his level 1 child/teen training and also appeared in two Travel Alberta Commercials, a Launchpad commercial, and in a recurring principal role for 8 episodes on the series Tiny Plastic Men. The youngest sister BRYNN’S training consists of private coaching with Mr. Davidson and on-set experience. She has done a number of commercials, for Launchpad, Mattress Mattress, ATB Financial, Western Canada Bank, and The Alberta Dental Association. Other work includes videos for Alberta Dental and as the lead in a 3-D video for Alberta Health. Brynn’s most recent audition was for a child lead role in the upcoming blockbuster American feature Ancient Futures with a request to tape coming from a Los Angeles casting director.
RANDALL MACDONALD (IMDB-bio)
After performing in musical theatre and community theatre in Edmonton, Randall came to Great West and started his film acting training here. He has now has three Actra production credits, in a couple of episodes of the series Tiny Plastic Men, and in a recurring role on the comedy series Delmer and Marta.
MATTHEW BRENNAN (IMDB-bio)
Matthew came to Great West from a background in dinner theatre and took six of the acting courses offered here. He has been in a commercial for Travel Alberta, in a principal role on a Workplace Ethics video, and a large principal role on the Indie film Rosenkrank. He has appeared in four Actra productions now, in a speaking role on the series Blackstone, a principal role on the Feature Film Fubar 2, an Actor role on the Feature Cut Bank, and in a principal role on the Feature It’s Not My Fault and I Don’t Care Anyway.
DARRYL ORYDZUK – Actra (IMDB-bio)
Darryl came to Great West after already getting bumped up from extra to a principal role on the Feature The Assassination of Jesse James and becoming an Actra apprentice. He took five of the courses offered here and in addition to numerous background roles as an Actra member, has also now had speaking roles on the comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts, the feature film Forbidden Playground, and the series Fargo in Calgary.
Chris took six of the film acting courses at Great West. He has appeared in a couple of short films, in an Actra commercial for distracted driving, in a large principal role on a video promoting Edmonton for the Edmonton Economic Development Council, and most recently in a lead role on a dramatic video for the John Howard Society. He recently was accepted as one of 12 students selected from Edmonton and other parts of Canada to enter the University of Alberta’s BFA in Professional Acting program.
MARCEL SCHERGER (IMDB-bio)
Marcel took four of the adult courses with Bill Davidson and has appeared in speaking roles on five Actra projects, in a principal role on a commercial for Western Canada Lotteries, in the docudrama The Force, in an actor role on Fubar 2, in the television movie Waking Walter, and on the series Blackstone. He has also appeared in commercials for B&B Demolition, The City of Edmonton Anti-litter campaign, and Big Rock Breweries. He has had a number of speaking roles on Independent feature films, including Final Act of Charity, Busy Bodies, and Blind Love. Most recently he appeared in a large principal role on the Feature Film The Loneliness of a Sewer Truck Driver.
MELBA MONTGOMERY – Actra (IMDB-bio)
A graduate of The National Theatre School of Cuba, Melba opted to take a couple of the film acting courses at Great West. She has appeared in a principal role on the Indie Movie The Game Show, in a speaking role on the TV movie The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, in an Actor role on the Feature Film A Problem With Fear in Calgary, and in an Actor role on the Mini-Series Burn Up shot in Calgary. Melba has also worked doing improvisation with the Canadian and British military on many occasions.
After taking three courses and taking a break from training and working on a number of projects, William recently returned to training to take his fourth course, Text Work and Film Audition at Great West. In addition to doing extra and featured extra work on a number of film and TV productions, he has appeared in a number of commercials, for Alberta Health, Global Creative, Telus, and a couple of City of Edmonton Anti-litter campaign spots. He has also appeared in a number of short films and a couple of Independent Feature Films, and most recently was one of the main roles in an award winning promotional video for The Royal Alexandra Hospital.
More recent examples of newer students gaining credits and opportunities.
Tom is currently finishing his second course here privately, and has already appeared in commercials for The Edmonton Real Estate Board, Carrington Homes, Global Creative, and Sherwood Honda, in a large principal role in a video for the Edmonton Economic Development Committee, and in a principal speaking role in a dramatic video for the John Howard Society.
Marla is currently finishing her third course here and has already through this agency appeared in a lead speaking role in a comedic commercial for Sherwood Dodge, in a video for The City of Edmonton Blatchford Development, and scored her first Actra gig in a photo shoot for The City of Edmonton Anti-littering campaign. She has also had auditions for the feature Roxy and the series Caution May Contain Nuts. Also through the agency Marla is working throughout the 2016-2017 Oilers season at Oilers games in Rogers Place as a live brand ambassador for Ford. Marla just also had an audition for the series Fargo in Calgary.
Shane recently completed his second course at Great West and has already appeared in a principal role on a comedic commercial for Sherwood Dodge and in a principal speaking role on the Independent Feature Film The Loneliness of a Sewer Truck Driver.
Mathew is currently completing his third course with Bill Davidson, Mathew has been featured on an Edmonton Public Transit commercial which aired in theatres, and on a principal role on a Sherwood Honda commercial.
THE CUMMINS FAMILY
Hope, (age 11), Chase, (age 9), and Carrington, (age 7) all finished their first level of training with Great West Can Talent just over a year ago now. All three have appeared together in a City of Edmonton Blatchford Development video, in a video for The City of Red Deer, and in a commercial for The Alberta Dental Association. Hope also won her first speaking role on the series Tiny Plastic Men. All three girls recently had auditions for a child host role for a promo video for The Royal Alex Hospital, Hope and Chase recently did self -taped auditions for the comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts for which they were both shortlisted by casting, and Hope also had an audition for a principal role on the locally filmed Feature The Loneliness of a Sewer Truck Driver.
REGAN and KENADIE GIBERT
Regan (11) and Kenadie (9) have both completed three of the children’s’ courses. The girls have already done auditions for the Feature film The Loneliness of a Sewer Truck Driver, for the series Caution May Contain Nuts, for a City of Edmonton video, and for a promotional video for the Royal Hospital. Regan scored her first Actra speaking role on the last season of the series Tiny Plastic Men. Kenadie was shortlisted by casting from her last audition for the comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts.
Ten year-old Aisha has completed three of the recent children’s courses. She has done a couple of auditions for speaking roles, and had an SOC acting role on a commercial for The Alberta Dental Association and appeared as well on a video for the City of Edmonton Blatchford Development. For her last audition for the comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts she was shortlisted by casting.
Nine year-old Atlas just completed his second children’s’ course and has already appeared in a video for The City of Edmonton Blatchford Development, and a lead role in the Actra virtual reality Short Film Tall Tales, for which the director and producers were very impressed. He also recently had a taped audition for the comedy series Caution May Contain Nuts for which he was shortlisted by casting.
Contributing with training to other areas of the industry: During his time as a teacher he has also taught acting to a number of people who have gone on to do work in writing, producing, directing and stunts in this industry, including:
CAROLYN ANDERSON – Actra/Stunts (IMDB-bio)
Carolyn, an acquaintance of Mr. Davidson from the world of diving, took one of the first film acting courses, a lengthy original first course, at newly formed Great West Canadian Talent. A national level diver and world top ten ranked X-Games High Bungee Jumper, Caroline was also interested from the beginning in stunt work. After completing her the acting training she landed through Great West her first stunt acting role in Vancouver via tape from Edmonton. The stunt was diving backwards off a 90 foot bridge attached to a bungee cord and then appearing to, at the bottom, take a scoop of Dean’s Ice Cream and comment on it before disappearing back up in the rebound jump. It was a U.S. National commercial and Mr. Davidson still remembers the taped audition which consisted of a slate and interview, then figuring out how to sort of hang upside down from a chair and do the action and the line, then accompanying it with an edited stunt bungee demo reel. After a hiatus for various post-secondary schooling, Carolyn moved to Vancouver and has some 34 stunt and actor credits.
NASHWA ZAMAN (IMDB-bio)
Film Director and Foley Artist, (Sound)-Nash took film acting training with Mr. Davidson back when she was a young teen and participated in filming scenes with a boom and lights and camera first right here with him. She later went on to graduate from the prestigious New York University Film School in directing and sound, and Mr. Davidson is pleased to have contributed to something that turned into a full career for her. She now lives in New York, and works at American Empirical Pictures.
JODI STECYK – Actra/stunts/stunt coordinator (IMDB-bio)
Another acquaintance from the world of diving, Bill convinced Jodi to take one of his first independent acting courses. After a bout of cold feet and not completing the course, a year later Bill convinced Jodi to retake the course for free in exchange for being camera operator with a couple of other of his diving buddies in the course. Some time later when Mr. Davidson heard Jodi was going through a bit of a rough patch, he decided as an agent to see if he could get him and some other divers into the world of stunts. Mr. Davidson was familiar with some of the Alberta Stunt coordinators from being on sets as an actor and being a trained stunt fight actor himself having performed a stunt fight in the Feature Film Road To Saddle River. After helping put together a stunt reel Bill approached a Calgary stunt coordinator, sent off the tape, and set up an interview for Jodi in Calgary. That led directly to a three year stint as one of the lead actor’s stunt double on the Calgary Disney series Honey I Shrunk The Kids which was his first stunt job and entry into the world of film stunts. Jodi also had his first two stunt actor auditions also for Dean’s Foods in Vancouver, and for a movie shot in Vancouver based on part of the life of legendary diver Greg Louganis. He is now an independent stunt actor and stunt coordinator based out of Calgary.
GABRIEL NAPORA – Director and Producer (IMDB-bio)
After he had already taken his technical film and television training and while working as an assistant director on commercials with what was then ITV and its subsidiary Applebox Productions in Edmonton, Gabe took an interest in acting after meeting some of Great West’s students/clients on commercial sets. He took five of the older lengthy film acting courses here. He later moved to Vancouver to pursue film production work, and then on to producing first music videos then feature films as the head of Triton Films in Vancouver. Bill is happy to have contributed to his understanding of acting and how actors work.