Friday, September 17, 2010

40 after 40: Fred Ewaniuck


Before he could conquer the stage, Fred Ewaniuck had to conquer his own shyness.

"If I could find a way out of doing something, I would," he admits, adding that it wasn't until his second year in the Theatre Program at Douglas that he got his first leading role in a College production.


The Port Moody-raised Ewaniuck is best known today for his television roles as the affable but dim Hank on the CTV hit series “Corner Gas” and the titular character in the series “Dan for Mayor,” about a thirty-something bartender who runs for mayor of his hometown.

But it was his time at Douglas that set in motion the chain of events that got Ewanuick where he is today.

"Having Douglas on my résumé got me my first job at Science World, my first paid on-stage job doing kids' theatre and science shows. Through that, I met my acting coach. Through my acting coach, I met an actor who got me my agent. All these connections started. One of the girls who was in the Theatre program with me ended up in casting later on and cast me in my first lead role in a film," he says. “If your plan is to be an actor, you just need to find the best way for you to get that ground support to build off of. I felt Douglas was the best - it's as simple as that."

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.