I live in beautiful Vancouver, BC, the jewel of the West Coast. I’m a big movie fan with a preference for quirky comedy, older classics, foreign films and the occasional Hollywood blockbuster. (Heavenly Creatures is a particular favourite and I still maintain my website about this amazing film.)
I enjoy creative and visual arts, and am a definite computer geek, so my line of work as graphic and web designer is a natural choice – one which I’ve developed into a full-fledged design and business consulting practice. See Adam Abrams Design + Consulting for more on my website and print solutions, as well as how I can help you get organized with a custom database.
For over 10 years, I released my inner ham by singing in The Broadway Chorus, a community choral group that mounts two shows a year featuring an original script and a selection of Broadway and pop songs (with an original tune or two usually included as well). My experience with this group emboldened me to further explore the world of theatre, which led to my first stage role in 2002 as the comic villain Ebenezer Humbug in a community theatre production entitled “The Plight Before Christmas”, produced by Footlight Theatre. Acting classes and an agent search followed, and in spring of 2006 I had an agent for film and TV work and was going out on auditions!
At the same time, I was further exploring the world of theatre and particularly musicals. I’ve appeared in quite a few and it’s always been tremendous fun – from Fiddler on the Roof with Footlight Theatre, to the one-week-wonder productions of Applause! Musicals in Concert (with which I did eight different shows between 2003 and 2007, starting with CHESS and including such favourites as ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and STRIKE UP THE BAND).
Today, I’m represented by Play Management for both film/TV/commercials, and voice work. I’ve appeared in several commercials and am now building up my credits in the world of film and TV. I hope to continue down this path and see how far I can go. With Vancouver-launched successes like Fred Ewanuick, Seth Rogen, Ryan Reynolds and many more as inspiration, I’m confident that anything is possible!
I owe a large portion of whatever success I have achieved in film and TV acting to my time spent in Shea Hampton’s acting class. I truly believe her “acting from source” method, honed over 20 years of acting and teaching, makes her the best acting coach in Vancouver.
I am quite the retrophile, with a high regard for anything from the 50’s and 60’s. I maintain a hefty record collection and especially love the sounds of the jazz crooners I grew up listening to – like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. But I also love pop, new wave and – yes – disco. Thrift and vintage stores are always a good place to find me. And I am not sure if I should be proud or ashamed of this, but I have a working 8-track and sort-of-working Beta VCR. Yes, old formats never die, they just end up at my place!
I can play piano by ear fairly well, and I made some progress on the clarinet, but these days I’m focused on the ukulele, thanks to a neighbour who introduced me to the monthly ukulele night at Our Town Cafe. You can find see one of my performances there in the Videos section!