Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my thirty second brunch in this series, I was joined by Ryan Beil, Actor at Q4 Restaurant in Vancouver talking about Acting, Theatre and more!
Ryan Beil was born and raised in Vancouver and is a classically trained actor, with a BFA in Acting from The University of British Columbia. Some recent credits: Comedy of Errors (Bard on the Beach), Billy Bishop Goes to War (Arts Club), American Buffalo (Main Street Theatre Co) and an improvised one-act play Skin and Lungs (The Globe Theatre). Ryan has performed Improv-comedy and Improvised Theatre in Berlin, Edmonton, Toronto, Seattle, Chicago, St. Louis, Bellingham, Portland, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, and Your Momma’s House. He has won a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Large Theatre. He has also had roles in TV shows as well as commercials, one of his notable commercials is being known as the A & W guy.
When did you begin your acting career?
Always did it from elementary school, full-fledged drama geek in high school, doing all the plays. I saw Billy Bishop on a grade 11 field trip and I then knew what I wanted to do as a career.
What was your favourite role you ever played in a theatrical production?
American Buffalo in a role called Teach (Main Street Theatre)
What were your most recent acting roles?
- Werther at UBC Theatre
- Importance of Being Earnest – Stanley Theatre “Jack”
What is your favourite role you ever performed in a Shakespeare thus far?
Sir Andrew Agasheek in 12th night at Bard on the Beach, it is the funniest funny part in all the Shakespeare. It was also my first time doing Bard.
What was it like for you acting in 2 theatrical productions at Bard on the Beach during the same season?
It’s crazy, the workload is mind blowing, relentless you can’t get lazy, you have to recreate every night, it is like mental aerobics. I had different parts, major role in one and medium role in another.
Did you always want to be an Actor?
Yes from day 1.
What is it about Improv Comedy that you so love?
The danger element of it, element of risk to get up in front of people and I love that. You surprise the audience. It is not planned, just happens.
Tell me about Sunday Service
Started almost 6 years ago, regular troupe now held at The Kozmik Zoo on Broadway near Manitoba. Won a Canadian comedy award, toured improv festivals. Always happens on Sunday nights, just show up at the door.
What is it like to be known as the A & W guy?
I don’t mind at all, it is the added thing of press. It has provided me with a lot of opportunity to get other artistic gigs and new projects. Started in 2005, supposed to be a one off, but it kept going and now I do a couple of commercials each year.
What do you do in your spare time?
- Baseball (watching)
- Walking my 2 dogs
- Watch old movies on Netflix
What is your favourite food?
Sushi or a classic turkey dinner
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
- The Kozmik Zoo
- Nice Café
Ryan had the Breakfast Sandwich and Richard had the Frittata with tomato and fontina.
Is there a role you wanted to play that you didn’t get after auditioning? If so, what was the role and in which play or film?
- Vincent Brixton – acquaintance of Vince Vangough (The Players Theatre)
- Romeo & Juliet – as Romeo (Play)
What are your favourite films that you have seen?
- Young Frankenstein
- Bull Durham
What are 3 of your favourite plays or musicals?
- Billy Bishop Goes to War
- Glengarry, Glenross
- 12th night
Is there a Director one or more that you want to work with?
- Meg Row (have worked with her before)
- Anita Rochon
- Christopher Gaze
What inspires you?
Baseball – I take a lot of life lessons from this, the rain, the Sunday Service (producing comedy with my best friends).
What is next for you?
- Santaland Diaries by David Sadaris at the Arts Club Theatre Review Stage (Nov 22-Dec 22)
- Improv Festival
What would you like to do in the future?
- Get on tv in a small occurring role in someone elses show or my own show.
- More acting
Who are your 5 favourite actors?
- Gene Wilder
- Dave Mackay
- Lois Anderson
- Alan Arkin
- John Cazale
- Meryl Streep
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Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak