Meet UBC Faculty of Arts Assistant Dean, Gerald Vanderwoude.
Along with his responsibilities as part of the Faculty of Arts, Gerald will direct Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days as part of the 19th annual fundraising UBC Theatre Alumni event, supporting the Peter Loeffler student scholarship fund.
This absurdist piece exploring the complexities of relationships plays at UBC’s Frederic Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver) from September 27-30. Visit http://theatrefilm.ubc.ca for tickets and information.
Meet Gerald Vanderwoude
Gerald Vanderwoude began his time at UBC in the MFA Directing program on August 15, 1989. He currently holds the dubious distinction for the longest MFA in the Faculty of Arts of ten years less one day.
He received his MFA Directing degree in 2000. He was initially hired at UBC as the Box Office Clerk in 1996, promoted to Manager of Audience and IT support in 2000 and eventually Administrator of the Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing (now Theatre and Film) in 2006. He served as Administrator for seven years before becoming Assistant Dean of Facilities and Human Resources in the Faculty of Arts.
He has directed over 25 Beckett productions during his time at UBC.
20 Questions with Gerald Vanderwoude
Your first job.
Pumping Gas. I pumped a lot of gas.
The job you always wanted as a child.
To be Han Solo.
Your pet peeve.
The word “peeve”. Makes me uncomfortable.
Your biggest indulgence.
Wasting everyone else’s time.
One thing no one knows about you.
I imagine I can play Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar.
Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
Copy of Endgame. A very large bottle of scotch. A very large bag of Scotch mints.
The one word your best friend would use to describe you.
Dependable. I asked him, twice. My wife would say “late”.
If you were not pursuing a career in theatre, what would you be doing right now?
I’m not pursuing a career in theatre, its why I am an Assistant Dean. Oddly enough, same skill set required.
Hero or villain?
There’s gotta be a third choice there.
Your life’s motto/mantra.
Fail again, fail better.
The song that gets the most play on your iTunes playlist.
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.
The one role you are destined to play, and why.
The character Lambert from the movie Alien. I was always in the way.
If you were a cartoon character which cartoon character would you be, and why?
Shaggy from Scooby Doo. We have the same walk, same taste in clothing, and the same ability to bumble into chaos.
What will it say on your grave marker?
He was a painter … and engraver.
Who would you most like to have dinner with?
Ralph Fiennes and his entire family at Christmas time. That would be a great dinner.
Your idea of happiness.
In a theatre, in the company of actors.
The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.
My kids, Harry and Nina.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20-year old self?
Floss … often. If you plan on dating anyone … floss often.
To be or not to be?
Is that a question?