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Postcard Profile: Local arts legend Grant Reddick

Caroline Russell-King’s Postcard Profile with Calgary-based actor/teacher/painter Grant Reddick (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you? 

Another painting!

How do you contribute to these pieces? 

I’m working on a watercolour for Alberta Theatre Projects to auction off for a fundraiser (from April 27 to May 11 — the painting is titled Whitehorn Mountain, Kinney Lake, BC).

What is your greatest creative challenge?

These days it’s remembering lines and seeing old things in a new way.

What turns you on creatively?

I’m a big fan of landscape and a fine performance by an actor.

What turns you off creatively? 

Disregard turns me off, that, and intolerance. 

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

(Laughs) Procrastination and forgetfulness.

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

Probably Erik Satie a crazy, eccentric French composer. I had to play him once, in a show in Banff, it was called Paris 1917.

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

I’m happy with what I know now and what I know is — it’s not important at this stage.

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

I’d like to have been a musician, an oboist.

What would you do with extreme wealth? 

Distribute it to family and the arts.

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

Firstly, if you can envision yourself doing anything else, go for it. If you can’t envision doing anything else — go for it; if you don’t you’ll regret it. Secondly, eventually (whatever you’re going through) things will settle down and sort themselves out for you and you can be laissez faire.

Alberta Theatre Projects 10th Annual Extraordinary Experiences Auction is online now until May 11 at 9 p.m. To view and bid on items please click here

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 at