David Leyshon

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David has just completed a run of Rope at Vertigo Theatre, Calgary where he wonderfully portrayed Rupert Cadell — a performance that "in more ways than one, puts you in mind of Vincent Price playing Oscar Wilde". Earlier in 2012, David returned to Regina (where he attended University) to appear as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps at the Globe Theatre.

In 2011, David appeared as The Tin Man in Alberta Theatre Projects' production of The Wizard of Oz, preceded by the Stage West fall production of the madcap comedy Shady Business, appearing as Terry, as Aarvid Gisselsen at the Stage West, Calgary summer production of the musical comedy Don't Hug Me, and a successful appearence in the spring of 2011 at the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, in the role of Count Rochefort in The Three Musketeers and as Professor Friedrich "Fritz" Bhaer in the musical, Little Women. 

Other credits include
Guys and Dolls for Chemainus Theatre Festival, Chemainus, Vancouver Island; This Could Be Love for Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary; Evelyn Strange for Vertigo Theatre, Calgary; My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding for Mirvish, Toronto; An Ideal Husband for Theatre Calgary; Little Shop of Horrors for Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon; A Christmas Carol for the Grand Theatre, London; Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and All's Well That Ends Well for The Stratford Festival, Ontario; seven seasons with the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, including roles in The Importance of Being Earnest, The Cassilis Engagement, Major Barbara, Misalliance, and High Society; Blood Brothers for Theatre Aquarius; The Mystery of Edwin Drood for Vertigo Theatre, Calgary; Cinderella for Globe Theatre, Regina; and The Fantasticks for Theatre Calgary.

David was born and raised in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and showed an interest in performing at an early age. He was involved in the arts in high school, participating in three plays a year (two in English, one in French). He received awards both from his high school (Best Actor, 1992-1993) and provincially (Mary Ellen Burgess Award, 1993). He played in the Wind Orchestra and The Jazz Band, also singing in the choir, the vocal jazz group and a vocal jazz quartet. 

At the age of fifteen, he auditioned for Stage Right Productions, a youth company based in Regina, Sask. He was cast as Pippin in the musical of the same name, directed by Gaye Burgess. From that point on, he knew he wanted to be an actor. 

In his Grade 12 year, David and four others formed an accapella group, No Strings Attached. This group sang at many local functions, and also competed in the Optimist Festival in Regina (where they received top marks) and sang on the Telemiracle Telethon. They recorded and album, For Starters..., in 1995. 

After graduating high school, David began his training at the University of Regina. He performed in many plays, including The Seagull, Hamlet, As You Like It, The Hostage and Twelfth Night. He also appeared at the Globe Theatre in his second year, playing the Young Collector in a production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

During the summer months he toured the province for the Saskatchewan Safety Council as Vince, the Crash Dummy. He also spent a summer in Kimberley, B.C., helping launch a small summer theatre company. 

Upon graduation from the University of Regina with a BFA in 1998, he left Regina to appear in Twelfth Night and Henry V with Shakespeare-in-the-Park in Calgary. This launched David's professional career. 

In the next few years, David worked between Calgary and Edmonton (and points in-between). During that time, his credits include: Guys and Dolls (Stage West Calgary), The Fantasticks (Theatre Calgary), Forever Plaid, Oklahoma, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Mayfield Theatre, Edmonton), My Fair Lady (Stage West Calgary), Six War Years (Love Seat Dissidents) and Drumheller (Prime Stock Theatre). David also appeared in Calgary participating in the 10-Minute Play Festival as part of One Yellow Rabbits' High Performance Rodeo. He worked as a guest artist at Mount Royal College, where he appeared in Evangeline, for which he received a Betty Award Nomination. 

In 2001, David joined the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, as a member of the Acting Ensemble. During his seven years at the Shaw (2001-2007) David appeared in The Man Who Came To Dinner, Shadow Play,Caesar and Cleopatra, The Detective Story, Misalliance, The Royal Family, The Importance of being Earnest, Major Barbara, The Tinker's Wedding, Happy End, High Society, The Invisible Man, The Cassilis Engagment and Hotel Peccadillo.

During this time, he has also recorded several radio plays for the CBC as part of the Shaw's Radio Reading Series, including Queens of France, The Weather Breeder, Three Kinds of Bliss, and The Golden Apple

In between appearing at the Shaw David also appeared in A Grand Night For Singing (Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary - 2003) for which he received his second Betty Nomination; Grease (Stage West, Calgary - 2004); and a sold-out holiday production of Cinderella (Globe Theatre, Regina - 2005-6).

In 2008 David joined the Stratford Festival for one season after appearing in Blood Brothers (Theatre Aquarius, - 2007) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Vertigo Theatre, Calgary - 2008). At Stratford he played Rosencrantz in Hamlet and took part in All's Well That Ends Well and in The Taming Of The Shrew.

After Stratford, David was a production of A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre, London - 2008) then moved west to appear in An Ideal Husband (Theatre Calgary - 2009); Little Shop of Horrors (Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon - 2009); and Midsummer's Night Dream and Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare in the Park, Calgary - 2009.

A part in My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Mervish Productions - 2009) brought David back to Toronto, Ontario, following which he returned to Alberta to appear in Evelyn Strange (Vertigo Theatre, Calgary - 2010) and This Could Be Love ( Lunchbox Theatre, Calgary - 2010)

A long run as Sky Masterman in Guys and Dolls for the Chemainus Festival on Vancouver Island completed David's 2010 year.

Early in 2011 David joined The Citadel / Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program. After a month of professional development at the Banff Centre, David moved with the Company to the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, where he appeared as Rochefort in The Three Musketeers and as Professor Friedrich "Fritz" Bhaer in Little Women

For the summer of 2011, David moved to Stage West, Calgary, where he appeared as Aarvid Gisselsen in the musical comedy Don't Hug Me and in the madcap comedy Shady Business as Terry.

After Shady Business, David appeared as The Tin Man in Alberta Theatre Projects' production of The Wizard of Oz

Early in 2012 he returned to Regina (where he attended University) to appear as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps at the Globe Theatre. Following this he headed to Calgary for a run of Rope at Vertigo Theatre where he wonderfully portrayed Rupert Cadell — a performance that "in more ways than one, puts you in mind of Vincent Price playing Oscar Wilde".

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