30 Under 30: Gregory Pember
High School: Vancouver College
Playing the title role in Oliver! at Gateway Theatre as a 13-year-old, Gregory Pember had the courage to ask for more. And unlike the hungry orphan of the stage, more is exactly what Pember got.
It was then that Pember, born and raised in Richmond, got hooked on performing. He played the role alongside Richmond’s Jayme Armstrong, and now, as fate would have it, the two are back on stage in Ontario in a production of Mary Poppins.
Pember trained at Richmond Academy of Dance and earned his bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from the Boston Conservatory in 2010. That’s when he moved to New York City—his home base for two years while performing throughout the U.S. He now calls Toronto home, and after Poppins, Pember will play Rolf in The Sound of Music.
Where life takes him next is wherever his work in entertainment takes him—that while completing his yoga instructor training.
Inspiration? “What I loved about my training at the Boston Conservatory was the program’s emphasis on developing our talents as triple threat performers: specializing in all three disciplines of musical theatre including acting, singing and dancing. This has allowed me to play roles ranging from Rolf in The Sound of Music to the title role in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s so important to be as versatile as possible when maintaining a career as a theatre performer.”
Most proud of? “I am proud that I am continuing to follow my passion, wherever that may take me.”
Advice? “Always come from a place of love. If you treat every opportunity as a chance to spread love and healing energy, you will be handed everything that you need. It may not always be what you thought you wanted or needed, but the universe is here to provide you what you really do need if you come from a place of love.”