Avocado Toast: The Series
DOCK MOTHER GOD SOCEITY
“Solid performance(s) by [...] Wayne Burns round out the excellent casting.” - Jackie Houghton, My Entertainment World
“[...] the script [...] is outstanding, as is the actor (Wayne Burns)’s performance.” - Karen Fricker, The Toronto Star
Shakespeare in Love
“The friendship between Marlowe (a charming Wayne Burns) and Shakespeare is another high point—the camaraderie between the pair becomes more meaningful as the play progresses.” - Carey Bray, The Coast
“Wayne Burns gives a lovely portrayal of Sam, the 'boy actress' cast as Juliet, who takes his job very seriously [...]. Burns also plays Christopher 'Kit' Marlowe [...] who moves about the world with reckless abandon and a sense of mystery.” - Amanda Campbell, twisitheatreblog.com
“[...] Burns steamrolls through an evocative monologue without skipping a beat.” - Alex Jackson, Mooney on Theatre
"One standout moment, a long stream-of-consciousness-style monologue itemizing aspects of a standard modern courtship performed by Wayne Burns, is very unsettling in how accurate yet bleak it is." - NNNN Jordan Bimm, NOW Magazine
“Burns’s boarding school student Tyler, who became tragically involved with a teacher, was walking wounded, yet his portrayal had more searching introspection than rage, a quality Burns hinted at previously as Benvolio in Shakespeare in the Ruff’s 'Romeo + Juliet'.” - Now Magazine
“There’s one part in the show when Wayne Burns, as Tyler, [...] reads an essay he’s written about what home means to him. It was every essay written by every 15-year-old boy, rambling, ridiculous, with moments of pure heartbreak and others of pure hilarity. - Sam Mooney, Mooney on Theatre
"Baby-cheeked Burns, in particular, is excellent as the shrewd and seemingly disaffected teen, who has been taken advantage of but doesn’t view himself as a victim." - Steve Fischer, The Torontoist
“Wayne Burns as Tyler is boyish with attitude. He’s articulate, savvy, needy and one fluctuates between caring about him and dismissing him as another spoiled kid.” - Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
“[...] Wayne Burns has a remarkable presence as Tyler. Burns makes Tyler sombre and calm [...] but [..] also suggests that this calm derives from a deep feeling of hopelessness. While convincingly playing a 15- year-old, Burns also convincingly shows Tyler to be wittier and more articulate than the two adult characters. This ability to convey Tyler’s youth and the wisdom he possesses beyond his years is absolutely essential for the play to work, and Burns gets this exactly right. [...]” - Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
“Scene stealers Hayes and Burns are a study in sublimely complex contrast, trading off the upper hand in a simmering power struggle bridging gaps of age, intellect, income and a thousand unspoken things.” - Kelly Bedard, My Entertainment World
CATCH WAYNE IN AVOCADO TOAST
Avocado Toast is a new intergenerational sex comedy web series exploring the awkwardness and comforts of sex between millennials and baby boomers. Directed by Sam Coyle and Starring Heidi Lynch and Perrie Voss, Wayne plays the late, great, Katharine Hepburn in a very special episode. Watch the series on OutTVGo, Amazon Prime and Apple TV!
WAYNE JOINS DOCK MOTHER GOD SOCIETY
Wayne has been cast as Jay, a recovering drug addict, in Blood Pact Theatre's latest work, DOCK MOTHER GOD SOCIETY. Set in Kelowna, British Columbia, amidst the worst wildfire season in Canadian history, this play explores modern western community and its relationship to death, family, generosity, resentment, forgiveness and our connection to the land we live on. Wayne will be acting alongside Mark Paci, Elizabeth Saunders and John Healey. Playing from October 8th - 26th at Grand Canyon Theatre.
LIAR PURCHASED BY CBC
Adapted from the play by Governor General Award Nominee, Brian Drader, Wayne's short film, LIAR, has recently been purchased by media giant CBC and is set to air nationally next year.
WAYNE IN FU-GEN THEATRE'S FEARLESS
In an immersive theatrical experience that brings a show into... the backseat of a moving car, Wayne stars as Daniel in Tiger Vanier is in the Building, a micro performance written by Hiro Kanagawa. Taking place entirely between two hotels in Markham, Ontario, Daniel, a sex worker, must decide if meeting with his next client, a highly controversial political figure, is worth the risk. Playing June 29th & 30th only. Tickets at fu-gen.org.
WAYNE CAST IN 'A DINNER PARTY'
The latest short film from Lucky Dime Films is a surreal satire set in a post-apocalyptic world where a young woman invites three disturbingly strange guests to dinner. Wayne stars as Simon, a grotesque dying man who always seems to have the last laugh. From the minds of Michèle Kaye & Tejasvi Bhalla and featuring Alyssa Capriotti, Sarah Slywchuk & Winny Clarke this piece tackles climate change denial and the hollowness of millennials.
FASTLOVE IN RESIDENCE
It seems Calgary can't get enough of Wayne; this April he will be an Artist-in-Residence through Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre's 2019 DiscomfortLAB. He will be working alongside frequent collaborator J. Stevens and Director Justin Many Fingers to develop the next phase of his three-part solo show, fastLOVE.
CURTAINS PREMIERES AT FLUID FEST 2018
Wayne's latest installation work, Curtains, will be making it's World Premiere at Fluid Fest 2018 in Calgary, Alberta. Running from October 26th & 27th as part of the Body in Space art party created by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre.
THE GIFT GIVER - NOW ON VIMEO!
After a successful festival run, Denis Theriault's provocative short film, The Gift Giver, is now available to watch exclusively on Vimeo. Starring Wayne as a young man who attends an HIV support group with the intention of purposely contracting the virus, this piece opens up discussion surrounding HIV/AIDS health and bug-chasing subculture.
SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
This Fall, Wayne will be making his Neptune Theatre debut in the Atlantic Canadian Premiere of Shakespeare in Love. Adapted from the Academy Award-winning film starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes, this landmark production, helmed by newly appointed Artistic Director Jeremy Webb, features a legendary local cast that promises to give you a performance you won't soon forget.
CRAVE PLAYS 2018 TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL
Wayne is very excited to be joining the cast of Pure Carbon/The Crave Collective's production of Sarah Cane's Crave. A fan of Ms. Kane's work since high school, the opportunity to cultivate this work alongside fellow performers Laura Meadows, Liz Der and Breanna Maloney is a dream come true. A darkly poetic assault of the senses, Crave is a powerful dissection of the psyche and the games we plays with ourselves.