Andrew Moodie

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Andrew Moodie, Photo by Helen Tansey[1]

Andrew Moodie is an award-winning Canadian actor, director, and writer based out of Toronto. Moodie has received a Chalmers award for his play Riot, as well as a Dora Award for his performance in Health Class.[2]

Early life

Andrew Moodie was born in Ottawa, Ontario on October 8th, 1967[3]. In an interview with Black Theatre Workshop, Andrew shares that "growing up as a young black kid in Ottawa, I always looked for black theatre community groups" and "at the time major theatres were not hiring diverse actors". However, as a young ambitious actor, Andrew decided to go wherever he was able to find work, which is how he discovered the Black Theatre Workshop, where he would begin his acting and playwriting career. In a short video with TVO Docs, Andrew shares his experience being a first-generation Canadian, whose parents immigrated from Jamaica, and shares his thoughts on the concept of 'otherness'.

Education

In his youth, Andrew developed a passion for theatre and attended Fisher Park High School where he was inspired by his Drama teacher, Ms. Evelyn Holst, to get more involved in theatre outside of school[4].

Inspirations and Motivations

Andrew attributes his beginnings in acting to the encouragement from Carol Hay and John Koensgen[5]. Andrew focuses on creating and participating in theatre that is politically engaged, as he believes that "we now live in an age where political theatre can become a phenomenon, a meme, through which the lines between the artist and audience are blurred" and aims to "start a dialogue, that can include citizens and policymakers", he believes "a play can create a conversation that resonates within a community, and that community can create change if they choose to, if WE choose to"[6].

Career

Early work

Moodie (left) in New Magic Valley Fun Town (Tarragon Theatre, 2019) Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann[7]

Andrew's first notable performance was at the Lafayette House in the Byward Market, for David Fennario’s Nothing to Lose[8]. He has also performed at several theatres including, but not limited to, The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), Factory Theatre (Toronto), Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto), Second City (Toronto), and Canadian Stage Company (Toronto)[9].

Performances

Some of Andrew's most significant performances include his roles in Macbeth, Pinocchio, In the Field of Dreams, The Nelson Mandela Story, Hamlet, Nathan the Wise, and Othello (Andrewmoodie.com). He has also had major success in film and television, with 93 credits such as The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Trek: Discovery, Murdoch Mysteries, A Simple Favor, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days[10].
Andrew Moodie, Michael Mancini, and Geoff McBride on the set of Daisy at the GCTC. Photo by Andrew Alexander[11]

Written Works

Andrew’s career as a playwright with the Factory Theatre gained attention after the success of his play Riot, based on the events of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles and Yonge Street riots in Toronto. Andrew received a call from the Black Theatre Workshop to put on a production of Riot, and it ended up winning the Chalmer’s Award for Best New Production (youtube interview via Black Theatre Workshop). Since then, he has written several other plays such as The Real McCoy which was nominated for Best Ensemble Production and Best Direction from the Kevin Kline Award, and Toronto the Good which was the first Canadian film dealing with racial injustice in Canada, and received a nomination for Best New Play from the Dora Mavor Moore Award[12].


Other works

Other milestones in Andrew's career include his participation in the creative team which constructed the CBC radio drama, Afgana, which went on to win a Writer’s Guild of Canada Award in 2007. In 2006, he also became the host for TVOntario’s television show “Big Ideas”[13]. Andrew launched a blog called "Share the Stage", which was created to "encourage racial and cultural diversity in casting theatre in Canada, and to encourage inclusive hiring practices behind the scenes"[14].

Personal Life

Andrew's homemade gluten-free sourdough bread, courtesy of his Instagram.

Andrew married his wife, Tanya Moodie, in 2000, and they now have two daughters[15]. Andrew currently spends his time off during the pandemic as many others do, making gluten-free sourdough bread and creating videos on Tik Tok with his daughters. Andrew maintains a fairly interactive social media presence and shares his food creations, adventures, and current projects on his Instagram page.

Written Works

  • Riot
  • The Real McCoy
  • Toronto the Good
  • Wilbur County Blue
  • A Common Man's Guide to Loving Women
  • The Lady Smith
  • Oui

Performances as a Stage Actor

  • Our Country's Good
  • Better Living
  • The Second Sheppard's Play
  • Macbeth
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Amadeus
  • Daisy
  • Whale
  • Alice
  • Pinocchio
  • In the Field of Dreams, the Nelson Mandela Story
  • Health Class
  • The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh
  • Nathan the Wise
  • Hamlet
  • Master Harold and the Boys
  • Othello
Andrew Moodie as Jacob on "Star Trek: Discovery"[16]

Performances as a Screen Actor

  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • His Master's Voice
  • A Simple Favor
  • Dark Matter
  • Orphan Black
  • The Handmaid's Tale
  • Salt
  • Cardinal
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Total Recall
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Directing Credits

  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf
  • The Corner
  • The Real McCoy

Television/Radio Writing Credits

  • An episode of Drop the Beat
  • Afghanada

External Links

References

  1. Andrew Moodie, Photo by Helen Tansey, https://andrewmoodie.wordpress.com
  2. “Andrew Moodie”. IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600436/?ref_=nm_mv_close
  3. Charlebois, Gaetan and Anne Nothof. “Moodie, Andrew”. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, 2020, https://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Moodie%2C%20Andrew.
  4. “Andrew Moodie”. National Arts Centre, https://nac-cna.ca/en/bio/andrew-moodie.
  5. “Andrew Moodie”. National Arts Centre, https://nac-cna.ca/en/bio/andrew-moodie.
  6. Charlebois, Gaetan and Anne Nothof. “Moodie, Andrew”. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, 2020, https://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Moodie%2C%20Andrew.
  7. Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann, https://stephenweirarticles.blogspot.com/2019/03/andrew-moodie-in-new-tarragon-play-is.html
  8. “Andrew Moodie”. IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600436/?ref_=nm_mv_close
  9. Charlebois, Gaetan and Anne Nothof. “Moodie, Andrew”. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, 2020, https://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Moodie%2C%20Andrew.
  10. “Andrew Moodie”. IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600436/?ref_=nm_mv_close
  11. Andrew Moodie, Michael Mancini, and Geoff McBride on the set of Daisy at the GCTC, Photo by Andrew Alexander, https://blog.trekcore.com/2019/01/star-trek-discovery-review-new-eden/
  12. Charlebois, Gaetan and Anne Nothof. “Moodie, Andrew”. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, 2020, https://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Moodie%2C%20Andrew.
  13. “Andrew Moodie”. IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600436/?ref_=nm_mv_close
  14. Charlebois, Gaetan and Anne Nothof. “Moodie, Andrew”. Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, 2020, https://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Moodie%2C%20Andrew.
  15. “Andrew Moodie”. IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600436/?ref_=nm_mv_close
  16. Andrew Moodie as Jacob on "Star Trek: Discovery", https://blog.trekcore.com/2019/01/star-trek-discovery-review-new-eden/