Arne MacPherson – Alfie Byrne
Arne makes his living directing, acting and teaching
theatre in Winnipeg.
He performed the title role in Shakespeare’s Dog at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and the
National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as numerous other roles at RMTC. He was a co-founder of Shakespeare In the
Ruins, where he played many parts including Hamlet and Richard III. He has acted for Prairie Theatre Exchange,
Theatre Projects Manitoba, the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and the Citadel Theatre
He performed with his partner Debbie Patterson and
their two kids Gislina and Solmund in Patterson’s play Molotov Circus, which was presented at the Winnipeg Fringe and the
Summerworks festival in Toronto.
Arne has directed over thirty productions, in both
professional and student settings. Favourite shows include Sargent & Victor & Me, Stretching Hide,
Noble Savage Savage Noble (Theatre
Projects Manitoba), The Threepenny Opera
(RMTC and SIR), Head, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, (SIR), Magical Mystery Munsch (PTE), Strike! The Musical (Workshop
West Theatre, Edmonton), The Walworth
Farce, Such Creatures (Incompletely Strangled Theatre).
He is a member of the Curatorial Committee and the
board of nuna (now), an Iceland-Canada art convergence. In association with nuna (now) Arne co-created, with a group of Icelandic and
Canadian artists, a multi-disciplinary performance work called The Island, which was shown in Reykjavik