Arne MacPherson

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Arne MacPherson is a Winnipeg-based theatre artist. Saskatchewan- born and Edmonton-bred, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) from the University of Alberta in 1985, and moved to Winnipeg in 1991.

Arne’s work as a director of theatre includes productions for the Manitoba Theatre Centre (The Threepenny Opera), Shakespeare In the Ruins (Head, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth),Theatre Projects Manitoba (Stretching Hide, Noble Savage, Savage Noble, Cruel and Unusual Punishment), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Munscha Meeya,Little Munsch on the Prairie and others), and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People (Romeo and Juliet).

He has worked as an actor extensively. At the Manitoba Theatre Centre he played, among many other roles, the title role in Shakespeare’s Dog, which also had a run at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He has played many parts for Shakespeare In the Ruins, including Hamlet, Richard III, Mercutio, Malvolio, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice and others. At Prairie Theatre Exchange he appeared in (Unity (1918), Fox, and InQuest, at Theatre Projects Manitoba in Encore and Prok, and at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre in Talk, The Father, Lenin’s Embalmers, and November.

At the 2009 Winnipeg Fringe festival, he performed with his partner Debbie Patterson and their two kids Gislina and Solmund in Patterson’s play Molotov Circus, which was re-mounted for the Summerworks festival in Toronto.

He is a member of the Curatorial Committee and the board of Núna(now). At present, he is working with fellow núna(now) member Freya Olafson, and Icelandic artists Fridgeir Einarsson and Ingibjorg Magnadottir on a piece called “Islands”, which will premiere at the lokal theatre festival in Iceland in September 2011, and at núna(now) in 2012.