GA Faculty - Performance Specialist & Director (Musical Theatre)
GA Studio Teacher - Performance Coach
Ian Locke is a performer, director, and playwright hailing from Elmastukwek (the Bay of Islands), Newfoundland, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (Theatre - Performance) from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. In 2020, Locke completed the Broadway Teachers Workshop (New York City), taking part in multiple workshops with industry professionals. In the province, Ian has worked with numerous companies, including Canber Arts, Opera on the Avalon, Off-Broadway Players, Stage West Theatre Festival, Theatre Newfoundland-Labrador, Hard Ticket Theatre, & Wintertide Chamber Music Festival. Selected highlights include Phantom of the Opera (OotA), Blood Brothers, RENT (OBP), The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine (Stage West), & King of Broadway, Lucy Duhart’s West Side Saloon, Flair (CA). While still in high school, Locke was selected as a member of the Youth Theatre Island Exchange Project, touring With Cruel Times In Between to Tasmania, Australia during the 10 Days on the Island Festival. He can also be seen in short films Emile’s Legacy, High Alert (CNA Productions) & Crossroads (CRK Films).
As a writer, Locke has created many memorable site specific experiences for audiences to enjoy, having written numerous productions taking place on and around the historic Newfie Bullet. In 2017, his original play Postcards from the Train received the Achievement of Community Excellence Award for Best Historic Project; also in 2017, Locke was awarded the opportunity to create an original play for the McIvers Come Home Year celebration. In 2021, Locke was commissioned by Camber Arts & the City of Corner Brook in writing an original musical, alongside Bridget Swift – Barley Legge & The Logger’s Dream, which took place along the Corner Brook Stream Trail. Along with this, Ian wrote Blood on the Newfie Bullet, which sold out for two summers aboard the Historic Train Site.
Locke is a community television regular, producing and hosting his own show - The Stage Door on Rogers Corner Brook, highlighting the cultural goings-on in our beautiful region. Locke has also produced and curated a number of musical theatre revue performances at the Rotary Arts Centre in Corner Brook, along with more recently producing a series of cabarets within 110 Humber Road in his role as Artistic Associate with Camber Arts.
Ian Locke has been a proud faculty member for Graham Academy since its roots in 2016, and it has been the highlight of his career to work to grow with this company to become Camber Arts’ first Artistic Associate in 2020. Ian’s teaching style encourages young performers to find their own sparkle, and to healthily grow as dynamic performers in a safe space. In 2022, Locke was selected to be honoured in Open The Window: A Nationwide Celebration of Arts Education & Musical Theatre for his work and dedication to the Graham Academy throughout the pandemic. Locke has created numerous workshops for youth at Regional & Provincial High School Drama Festivals, the National Boychoir of Canada retreat, and the Provincial Drama Society’s Drama Festival in Corner Brook, along with directing numerous theatrical experiences for youth schools around the region, including Templeton Academy, Corner Brook Intermediate, & Immaculate Heart of Mary School.