Doug Chapman, Theatre

Doug Chapman is a Canadian actor and theatre educator who splits his time between New York City and Australia where he is on faculty at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. While in New York Mr. Chapman performs regularly and is Adjunct professor of Acting at Manhattanville College. Trained at the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard and the Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Mr. Chapman is a passionate supporter of interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly at the intersection of Art and Ecology.

Doug’s film credits include the lead in In the Shadow of the Water Tower, a noire-inspired docudrama, directed by Lewis Smithingham, nominated for competition at the Raindance Festival (London) and earning critical praise from film luminaries Guy Maddin and Werner Herzog. Doug is currently working with noted Broadway actors Anthony Rapp (Rent) and J. Robert Spencer (Jersey Boys) developing a visionary new musical-fantasy called The Water Dream. While at the Tony-winning American Repertory Theatre, Doug performed as The Doctor in David Mamet’s Romance directed by Scott Zigler and Dorn(u/s), in a landmark production of Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by János Szász. NY credits include work with Empirical Rogue Theatre Co, The Living Theatre, La Mama, Studio Six and Academy award-nominated International Wow Company. Doug will be making his Australian debut in April 2014, in Love, Lies & Hitler at the historic Old Fitz theatre in Sydney.

In addition to being an accomplished theatre artist, Mr. Chapman’s is a LEED accredited professional with the US Green Building Council and a recognized sustainable design consultant contributing to projects in Europe, North America and the Caribbean. From 1999-2004 Doug worked as Director of Research with internationally renowned ecological architecture firm William McDonough + Partners. Following this, he worked with Bruce Mau and the Institute without Boundaries to produce Massive Change, a multi-media installation exhibit focusing on the capacity of design to shape our world for the welfare of humanity. Massive Change exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and was published as a book by Phaidon. He is currently Head of Sustainability Programing with Turnstile Tours, where he develops and leads performance-driven public tours on ecological themes.