Meet Vancouver actor and Studio 58 graduate Kamyar Pazandeh. Photo: Pink Monkey Studios.
Meet Vancouver actor and Studio 58 graduate Kamyar Pazandeh. Photo: Pink Monkey Studios.

Meet Vancouver-based actor Kamyar Pazandeh.

Meet Kamyar Pazandeh

From an early age Kamyar has seen the world as a stage. When the time was right (or not right, for that matter) he was up and performing for his peers and family. Whether it was doing an imitation or doing a comedy routine, Kamyar enjoyed making people laugh. Music – piano, trumpet, composition, and singing – was also a passion in his early years, and remains a source of inspiration in his life and work. Skip a decade and that desire to entertain has carried him to the end of theatre school.

Kamyar  is honoured to be graduating from Studio 58 during their 50th anniversary year. Credits include ‘Jud Fry’ in Oklahoma!, ‘Tybalt’ in Romeo and Juliet (Studio 58), and ‘Ernest Simpson’, ‘Bertie’, ‘Diamond’, and ‘Espil’ in The Duchess (Ruby Slippers). He is the recipient of the Leon and Thea Koerner Award in the Fine and Performing Arts as well as the Lloyd Nicholson Memorial Endowed Scholarship. He is currently co-writing and composing a musical titled Retail: The Musical that will be presented at Studio 58 in February during FourPlay. Look out for him this summer at Bard on the Beach where he will be playing ‘Pericles’ in Pericles.

20 Questions with Kamyar Pazandeh

1Your first job.

Working as a student helper for a summer school program when I was 14. Selling freezies and candy basically.

2The job you always wanted as a child.

I thought was it was possible to become Mr. Bean. I feel as if I’m halfway there.

3Your pet peeve.

Slow walkers. Get moving!

4Your hero.

My father. He was an incredibly humble, honest, and honorable man.

5Your biggest indulgence.

Carrot Cake. Made by mom of course.

6One thing no one knows about you.

Carrot Cake. Made by mom of course.

7Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

A piano, my laptop, and a set of weights.

8The one word your best friend would use to describe you.

Entertaining.

9If you were not a theatre professional, what would you be doing right now?

Personal training.

10Hero or villain?

Villain, because to them, they’re doing the right thing. I think it’s much more interesting to show the audience a different perspective.

11Your life’s motto/mantra.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain.

12Your favourite playwright.

John Patrick Shanley.

13The role you are destined to play.

Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.

14If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?

Kronk from Emperor’s New Groove. I’m a sensitive, distracted guy. Plus I can do his voice.

15What will it say on your grave marker?

Here lies Kamy, he continues to take up space.

16Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Frederic Chopin. I’d eat both of our meals and he’d offer the background music.

17Your idea of happiness.

Living in the moment, finding purpose, and laughing.

18The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Giving my valedictorian speech and honouring my high school class.

19Your most memorable moment at Studio 58.

Singing my life story in power song. I feel it was a milestone for me to just simply be on stage and not perform.

20To be or not to be?

Be!