André Simoneau (actra caea uda/s wgc)

 

Andre Simoneau is an award-winning actor, writer and director whose career spans over twenty years in film, television and theatre.

He began his acting career in local theatre productions at the age of ten, before quickly transitioning to film and television work. Since then, he has appeared in dozens of films and TV series, working alongside actors such as Ben Stiller, Peter Coyote, Jenna Fischer, Kate Bosworth, Laurence Leboeuf, Aden Young, Christian Cooke, Daniel Cudmore, and Kathleen Robertson, as well as with such directors as Jean-Marc Vallée, Mike White, François Girard, Martin Villeneuve, Federico Hidalgo, Peter Stebbings, and Kevin Tierney.

He continued his acting training in Dawson College's Professional Theatre (DOME) program, where he received the Willie and Beryl Moser award for outstanding acting ability.

In 2005 he landed the job of host for YTV's hit reality series Prank Patrol, which ran for four seasons and 100 episodes. He received a Gemini nomination in 2008 for his hosting work on the show, and went on to write and direct several episodes in the 3rd and 4th seasons.

In 2007, he founded Last Tape Productions, a film and theatre production company. Notable productions include Samuel Beckett's Catastrophe and Harold Pinter's The Dumb Waiter, as well as Andre's own play Remember Ezra. The company takes its name from the Samuel Beckett play Krapp's Last Tape.

In 2015, Andre directed and co-produced the romantic comedy web-series Blank Paige, starring Kaniehtiio Horn.

In addition to writing for stage and screen, Andre also writes prose fiction and non-fiction. In 2015 he received the Irving Layton Award for Fiction for his short story “Bridges We Build”. The story was published in carte blanche magazine, and was shortlisted for the carte blanche 3Macs Prize. His short story “In the Shadow of the Pass” was shortlisted for the 2017 Irving Layton Award for Fiction. His short play Paterfamilias won the 2017 Concordia English Department Drama Award.

Andre holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing (Honours) from Concordia University.