Mostly Credited As: Brian McGugan
Sometimes Credited As: Brian Knox McGugan
Brian Knox McGugan ~ (actor, director, vocal performer & theatre maker) was born in
Calgary Alberta. Brian was most inspired by his drama teacher Gary Stromsmoe at Western
Canada High School, whose exciting underground approach to high school drama made it
the coolest place to be in school, & whose adult vision of theatre also inspired other actors
such as Michael Green (One Yellow Rabbit), Jason Thompson & David Gordon.
In the early 80s, Brian Knox McGugan apprenticed in "The Lark" (Nicol Williamson) & "King
Lear"(Len Cariou) at the Citadel theatre in Edmonton, while his experimental theatre group
'The Acting Gypsies' created & produced several exciting original performances, including a
highly memorable version of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis", with Jason Thompson,
Michael Charrois & Doug Ferris.
In 1987 Brian graduated from the University of Alberta BFA (acting) program, & in 1989 he
created & performed his one-man psycho thriller "The Man With The Jelly Mask" across
Canada garnering fantastic reviews.
Brian frequently appears in film & television: His favorites include: Anne Wheeler's Cowboys
Don't Cry, MacGyver, Highlander, The X Files, Bordertown & The Death of the Hulk. In
addition, Brian worked extensively behind the camera in several departments including
camera, learning the filmmaking process with hands on detail.
Brian Knox McGugan played Jeff in "Motifs & Repetitions" a short play featured at UBC's
Brave New Playwrights festival. He was so intrigued by this haunting & poetic work of
theatre that he then produced, directed & starred in the film adaptation, which was
subsequently licensed to Bravo Channel & Knowledge Network.
He's performed in many independent films including lead roles in Kevin Tyson's feature
"PLUS" & in George Allen's short film, "Franks Case". Nominated for best supporting actor,
he co-starred as SS Brigadefürer Reiner with Curtis Caravaggio in the WW2 short, "Ghosts
of Europe" (winner ~ best international film, 168 festival L.A. 2012), & plays a supporting
lead in Kristian Messere's mobster feature, "Stockholders". Brian won outstanding performer
award for his role the short independent film "Sunday Morning", which screened at the Rio
theatre May 2, 2011, and will screen again at the Vancouver Queer film festival's program of
shorts: "The Coast is Queer", August 24th at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver. He plays
Salavan the dark chemist in Nikki Wallin's apocalyptic fantasy pilot: "The Children of Pellah"
In live theatre, he's appeared in Vancouver BC with Theatre Terrific as part of "Egni's Eye",
in "A Good Woman of Setzuan" & "Judge Dee & the Haunted Garden" with 7 Tyrants theatre
co., & as Ron the crazy tattooed man, in the Tentative Equinox 2011 Fringe production,
"ROVE". Brian recently completed the Arts Club Theatre's actors' intensive program in the
spring of 2012, with Dean Paul Gibson, Scott Bellis and Wendy Gorling.
Brian Knox McGugan is very excited to be represented by Dean Osman at Maijah Lewk
agency, & is committed to the continuing pursuit of excellence as a performer through work,
exploration & professional study in music, theatre & film.