Tyler McMaster is a Canadian actor originally from Vancouver. Recent credits include principal roles on "Killjoys" and "Murdoch Mysteries". He also wrote, produced, and stars in The Last Day, an ambitious short film recently featured at the Toronto International Short Film Festival.
Selected film/tv credits include Gangland Undercover, Remedy, Lost Girl, and J.J. Abrams' Fringe. On stage, he's participated in productions of American Buffalo, 12 Angry Men, Psycho Beach Party, and WestSide Story.
He considers his training an ongoing process of plucking and thieving techniques and experiences, as he continuously grows what works for him. In this regard, he lists Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston's path as one of his inspirations. Training with Matthew Harrison of The Actor's Foundry was a ''game changer'' for him. He currently trains with Rabbit Hole Director, Sophie Ann Rooney at her RAW acting studio in Toronto which ''inspires daily in its artistic truth and madness.'' He credits Sophie for ‘opening doors I didn’t know existed as an artist. Her studio facilitates boundless artistic growth, egoless truth, and play”.
Exclusive interview with Tyler McMaster who plays Howie.
1. What drew you to this story?
It's universal. I love stories where I can relate to several characters on different levels. This is one of em. It evokes questions that resonate long after you read it, or see it. See it. Hey, come see it.
2. Tell me a little bit about your character.
You want to grab a pint with Howie. He's the "firm handshake, eye contact, help you move" kinda guy. He's all heart. A shit dancer but will gladly bust a move if it'll get a chuckle.
3. How are you similar/ different to your character?
I'm different than Howie when it comes to dancing. I'm a PHENOMENAL dancer. Also, I lie. Similarities include heart and empathy. We would do anything for family but could probably reach out and open up a bit more.
4. What has been the biggest challenge so far tackling the subject matter involved in the play?
Probably letting go of the idea that it's a subject matter that can be ''tackled''. It's so personal and ever changing. There is no ''right way'' to deal with loss so I'll try to find my truth in these beautiful words and do the story justice.
5. Why do you feel this is an important story to tell?
Grief can have some negative and messy connotation but I think there's beauty in it. It stems from love. So, it's a story about love that also has some laughs. There's only so many cat youtube videos you can watch. Oh except for this one with a cat and a cardboard box.....ah never mind.
6. Do you have a favourite rehearsal memory yet?
Aemon (plays my 4 year old son Danny) and I shovelling chocolate fondue into our gobs. I felt ill for 3 hours but he passed out on the car ride home. He's a lightweight.
To order advanced tickets (at a discounted price) check out Rabbit Hole's Eventbrite page!!! There are 17 performances to choose from.
If you'd like to take advantage of exclusive opening/closing night parties with complementary Frisky Beaver Wine and hors d'oeuvres, dinner/theatre packages with Braised or Triple A, behind the scenes time with the cast or would like to donate directly to Bereaved Families of Ontario please check out our Indiegogo Campaign HERE.
See you at the theatre!