It was only a few years ago when Mark Gray asked himself if his teenage daughter might be right…. you see she was acting at the 4th Line Summer Theatre and Mark was feeling both pride and envy toward her skills and aptitude for this work. Her advice to her dad’s keen interest was to say to him… “it’s never too late, you should try to get involved in acting yourself dad”.
So he did, with no formal acting training he auditioned for, and was successful in, a role in the Peterborough Theatre Guild’s production of ‘Born Yesterday’; which won regional and provincial awards.
When a local theatre friend, just over a year ago, suggested that he may be interested in exploring commercial acting Mark became curious about this approach to acting and so sat down with the Strutt Central agency and found the encouragement and helpful advice that allowed him to audition for work primarily in Toronto.
Mark’s timing was great as the feature film ‘Indian Horse’ was filming in Peterborough and Mark was cast as a background priest, alongside Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones/Age of Adeline) and was directed by Hollywood’s Stephen Campanelli. Such projects teach actors so much about on screen acting and working as part of a very large and complex film production team.
From there, Strutt Central facilitated many auditions for Mark, with casting agents in Toronto that were looking for actors/models with his look and experience. Mark has recently completed two product commercials due out soon. But his most recent role, in the short period of time that he has been acting, was very exciting…… Mark was successful in being cast to play the role of Harrison Ford for a TV episode, that will air on the Reelz TV Channel. When asked for some reflective comments Mark mentions…” the creative community that exists here in Peterborough is so rich and so generous that it can only lead a curious participant, such as myself, toward other like-communities. I’m thankful for the encouragement of my friends, and the skills that they, and those at Strutt Central, have helped me achieve. I’m not sure what is next, however, that really doesn’t matter. It’s the possibility of what talented people I may meet, what new skills I may learn and the anticipation of what interesting roles might be just around the corner.”