by Gaëtan L. Charlebois
Rob Salvador is an accomplished stage and screen actor, and co-founder of Vancouver's Glass City Theatre. For the company's 2011 production of Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (directed by Theatre Chair Angela Konrad), Mr Salvador won the prestigious Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role. The production won several other awards, including Best Production. Mr Salvador's playwriting credits include Stretch Dog, produced at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival in 2010.
CHARPO: First, tell me how the project was initiated and what is it about? (What, exactly, are those "personal journies"?)
SALVADOR: Well, I came in to the fold pretty late in the process. The collaboration has been ongoing for a few years and I was just brought in over the summer. There have been a handful of workshops with a director, actors, writers, designers and community members. People were encouraged to share stories from their lives around the themes of shame and forgiveness (in other words it's a Rom-Com)... From there, the central creative team has given the stories a context and a shape and we reconvened and have worked really hard to make a compelling little piece of theatre. At least, that's what I think we've done here.