A postcard profile on actor Christopher Hunt

Caroline Russell-King continues her postcard series with a profile on professional actor and co-producer of the new Black Radish Theatre, Christopher Hunt (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you? 

Michael Healey’s 1979 in Toronto at Berkley Street Theatre at Canadian Stage (Toronto).

How do you contribute to this piece? 

I play Pierre Trudeau, John Crosby, Flora McDonald and a few others …

What is your greatest creative challenge?

Trying to wrap my head around the creation of Black Radish Theatre and learning lines, as I age.

What turns you on creatively? 

Variety. Personal stories that become universal.

What turns you off creatively? 

 Self-indulgence, self-importance and arbitrary weirdness.

What’s one thing you’re really good at? 

Finding joy in the work.

If you could resurrect and share a drink with a dead person who would it be?

(U of C drama professor) Philip McCoy. I never got to tell him how much he meant to me and how much I learned from him.

What is one thing you wish you’d know sooner? 

(He indicates his body and smiles.) To remember to take care of the temple 

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Possibly a musician in an old-time string band.

 What would you do with extreme wealth? 

Travel more, support more charities and my family, and to keep on acting ’til it all goes away.

What is one piece of advice you would give to the person who wants to do what you do? 

Be open and positive. Be willing to learn from others. Know your boundaries and be willing to stand for them.

(Photo of Christopher Hunt by Caroline Russell-King.)

Caroline Russell-King is a playwright, dramaturg, and instructor. She is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatist Guild of America and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find her work here