Graham AbbeyDirector - The Drawer Boy

    Graham is the Artistic Director of Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

    Graham has spent 20 seasons as a leading actor at The Stratford Festival of Canada. Selected roles include Macbeth, Prince Hal, Henry V, Henry IV, Henry VIII, Iago, Petruchio, Berowne, Jacques, Romeo, D’Artagnan, Algeron, Hap Loman and Posthumus. He will return to Stratford this summer playing in Antoni Cimolino’s production of The Tempest and Robert LePage’s production of Coriolanus.  Graham’s adaptation of the first half of Shakespeare’s history cycle entitled “Breath of Kings” premiered at the Stratford Festival in 2015. Graham is a graduate of the Michael Langham workshop for classical direction at the Stratford Festival and has served as an assistant director under Tim Carol and Antoni Cimolino.

    As an actor Graham has appeared in theatres across North America, in Chicago performing “The Moliere Comedies” and “School for Scandal” with Brian Bedford and Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre starring in “The Pessimist”. Other theatre includes “Long Days Journey Into Night” (MTC) Neil Simon’s “Proposals” (Royal Alexandra Theatre) Talk is Free’s production of “Assassins” (The Theatre Centre) and “Hamlet” (York Shakespeare Festival). As an actor Graham has received two Dora nominations for outstanding achievement in Canadian Theatre, and won the award in 2002 for featured male actor.

    On the film and television front Graham spent three seasons starring on CBC’s hit series “The Border” as Detective Gray Jackson. Recent television credits include recurring roles on “Reign” “Degrassi”, “Murdoch Mysteries” “Republic of Doyle” and USA Network’s “Covert Affairs”. Feature film roles include Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz” opposite Sarah Silverman, “Casino Jack” with Kevin Spacey, and “Defendor” with Woody Harrelson.

    Graham is the founder and Artistic Director of The Groundling Theatre Company in Toronto which launched its inaugural production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale in 2016 to a sold out run, garnering five Dora nominations and winning the award for Outstanding production of the year. In 2017, Groundling produced the critically acclaimed double bill of The Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure at the historic Winter Garden Theatre, in 2018 the groundbreaking production of LEAR at Harbourfront Theatre, and in 2019, they will work with Canadian Stage, Crow’s Theatre, and David vs. Goliath Productions to remount the acclaimed Stratford production of Tartuffe as part of the Canadian Stage season.

    Graham holds a BAH in Politics from Queen’s University where he was a Rhodes scholarship candidate and currently splits his time between Stratford and Prince Edward Coutny with his wife (Actress Michelle Giroux) and two year old daughter Vivienne.

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