Brian Knox McGugan (actor, director, vocal performer and theatre maker)
was born in Calgary Alberta of geologist parents, Dr. Alan McGugan and
Dr. June E. Rapson-McGugan. They encouraged him as an artist from the
beginning, enrolling him in kindergarten at the then very experimental
Allied Arts Centre in Calgary. At the early age of 8 he was thrust upon
stage as Dennis the Menace with 1 line that brought the house down. The
year following he represented Earl Grey Elementary school as young
narrator for a school video documentary under the watchful
encouragement of the well spoken Earl Jensen, the school librarian. In
younger years, Brian and his mother frequently attended the theatre
locally, and in his teens they took many theatre holidays at the Shaw
and Stratford festivals in Ontario. Brian was further inspired by his
drama teacher Gary Stromsmoe at Western Canada High school, whose
exciting underground approach to drama made it the coolest place to be
in school, and whose adult vision of theatre also inspired other actors
such as Michael Green (One Yellow Rabbit), Jason Thompson and David
In the early 80s, Brian Knox McGugan apprenticed in "The Lark" (Nicol
Williamson) & "King Lear" (Len Cariou) at the Citadel theatre in
Edmonton, while his experimental theatre group 'The Acting Gypsies'
created & produced several exciting original performances, including a
highly memorable version of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", with
Jason Thompson, Michael Charrois & Doug Ferris.
In 1987 Brian graduated from the University of Alberta BFA (acting)
program, & in 1989 he created & performed his one-man psycho thriller
"The Man With The Jelly Mask" across Canada garnering fantastic
Brian frequently appears in film & television: His favorites include:
Anne Wheeler's Cowboys Don't Cry, MacGyver, Highlander, The X Files,
Bordertown & The Death of the Hulk. In addition, Brian worked
extensively behind the camera in several departments including camera,
learning the filmmaking process with hands on detail.
Brian Knox McGugan played Jeff in "Motifs & Repetitions" a short play
featured at UBC's Brave New Playwrights festival. He was so intrigued
by this haunting & poetic work of theatre that he then produced,
directed & starred in the film adaptation, which was subsequently
licensed to Bravo Channel & Knowledge Network.
He's performed in many independent films including lead roles in Kevin
Tyson's feature "PLUS" & in George Allen's short film, "Franks Case".
Nominated for best supporting actor, he co-starred as SS Brigadefürer
Reiner with Curtis Caravaggio in the WW2 short, "Ghosts of Europe"
(winner ~ best international film, 168 festival L.A. 2012), & plays a
supporting lead in Kristian Messere's mobster feature, "Stockholders".
Brian won outstanding performer award for his role the short
independent film "Sunday Morning", which screened at the Rio theatre
May 2, 2011, and will screen again at the Vancouver Queer film
festival's program of shorts: "The Coast is Queer", August 24th at the
Rio Theatre in Vancouver. He plays Salavan the dark chemist in Nikki
Wallin's apocalyptic fantasy pilot: "The Children of Pellah" in 2012.
In live theatre, he's appeared in Vancouver BC with Theatre Terrific as
part of "Egni's Eye", in "A Good Woman of Setzuan" & "Judge Dee & the
Haunted Garden" with 7 Tyrants theatre co., & as Ron the crazy tattooed
man, in the Tentative Equinox 2011 Fringe production, "ROVE". Brian
recently completed the Arts Club Theatre's actors' intensive program in
the spring of 2012, with Dean Paul Gibson, Scott Bellis and Wendy
Brian Knox McGugan is very excited to be represented by Dean Osman at
Maijah Lewk agency, & is committed to the continuing pursuit of
excellence as a performer through work, exploration & professional
study in music, theatre & film.