Actor John Tench to visit Niagara College

Friday, September 28, 2018 -
13:30 to 15:30

He’s appeared in blockbuster movies, hit television shows and on numerous theatre stages, but on Friday, September 28, actor John Tench’s lead role will be at the head of the class at Niagara College.

Tench will be a special guest speaker for students in their final year of the College’s Acting for Film and Television program as part of their Up Close and Personal course. Professor Barbara Mantini noted that guests from the professional acting industry are invited to speak to classes to enhance the applied learning experience for students in the program. Visits give students the opportunity to research the guests, and develop questions to ask them about their acting process and their approach the work.

Mantini said she was looking forward to welcoming Tench to her class. “John is a wonderful example of a working actor,” said Mantini. “He has done so much TV and film work. He works constantly.”

A multiple-award-winning actor who has appeared in movies such as Brokeback MountainShooterWatchmen and The Colony, as well as television shows including Gangland UndercoverMurdoch MysteriesPsych, Stargate SG-1 and Andromeda, Tench noted that he has always enjoyed teaching and working with students as well.

“I find it keeps me connected with the ongoing search and development as an artist,” he said. “The development of young, courageous and creative performing artists has always been a passion for me throughout the years.”

Tench said he was looking forward to visiting the College and speaking to students involved in the study of acting and the film arts. “Postsecondary offers us a chance to hone our craft, talents and skill sets,” said Tench. “I find it a very exciting time in an actor’s life – those moments when you get to work in a safe place, a sanctuary as it were for the study of your chosen profession, where you get to work ensemble with others committed to the same search and journey.”

Tench is no stranger to the Niagara region. Years ago, he toured with a theatre company and was involved with an Artists in the Schools program which bought him to areas of the region including Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland. He has also shot films in Niagara.

“I know, complete with the Shaw Festival, there is a great performing history in the area,” he said.

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Tench grew up in Canada, and began working in the industry in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. He moved on to study and work in New York City, London, Paris, and throughout Europe before returning to Canada. He founded the Theatre Company Theatre Kathartic and moved on to work in Vancouver, Hollywood and Los Angeles. He has worked with numerous theatre companies as an actor, director, writer and producer. In addition, he has produced and directed short films, has voiced cartoons and foreign language films, and has written screenplays. Tench is also well known as legendary character T Bone Grady in Ubisoft’s award-winning video games, WatchDogs, and Watchdogs Bad Blood. For career details visit:

Based at the Welland Campus, NC’s College’s Acting for Film and Television program is a two-year diploma program that offers students extensive hands-on experience in scene study and film projects – from script to screen.

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