E r i c   P e t t i f o r

L was born long ago, became fully bipedal, and developed language skills. Throughout my public school education I held on to my love of the arts, especially writing. I think it was that which made programming so irresistable initially -- it was like magic writing that produced effects, even in the absence of a reader or audience! Astonishing.

I have been through a few sublives. As a youth, the Canadian Numismatic Association awarded me the title of Junior Numismatist of the Year one year. Then I got into theatre, then studied psychology at university, then was sucked completely into the world of computers and the internet.

Ln 2011, an old friend from theatre days invited me back to Calgary to teach acting. I've long thought I would make a good teacher, but have had a deep antipathy for the institutions within which teaching takes place, so never pursued it. The experience reawakened my love of theatre. It was a bit like being Rip Van Winkle.

L cofounded Artists' Collective Theatre with Amanda Liz Cutting in 2012, and as of writing (I shouldn't write things I have to update) we are in our third season. I've acted and directed, am writing again, and even sang in an Opera with Cowtown. I've done some film and television and radio, I act as a patient for med students up at the Foothills Hospital, and so on and etc and all the things. This looks like where I'll settle, in an area where settling means a dynamic, creative mess of opportunity and projects and so on. This is what I do, as impossible as it is to summarize neatly.

I am a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School. I have a bachelors degree in psychology and archaeology, and a certificate in internet systems administration from the University of British Columbia. And I never stop learning. I'm interested in the big questions of Universe, as well as the smaller questions of earning a living. I'm a long term optimist, short term pessimist, and consequently would like to live for a thousand years to see how things turn out.