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Cabana, Eric

Eric Cabana
Eric Cabana

Highly physical actor, born in Sherbrooke Quebec on January 29, 1962, who carved out a successful career living and working in Montreal.

In 1981, Eric Cabana was accepted into the National Theatre School of Canada and went on to have a lustrous career in the arts, spanning over forty years with upward of twenty appearances in television and over thirty plays.

Cabana has worked on many of Canada's stages in physical roles that showcase his professional training: Nugget, the lead horse, in Peter Shaffer's Equus (Theatre Populaire du Québec); Six personnages en quête d'auteur/Six Characters in Search of an Author (a spectacular production at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, 1993, directed by André Brassard); Shakespeare's Richard III and La Nuit des Rois/Twelfth Night (Théâtre du Rideau Vert in translations by Antonine Maillet, directed by Guillermo de Andrea); and Songe d'une nuit d'été/Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Robert Lepage).

As a dancer, he has performed in the Festival International de la Nouvelle Danse, Montreal, 1990, and worked with the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui and the Théâtre des Trois-Pistoles. More recently, Cabana performed in Théâtre des Cascades’ 2010 production of Cousine Germaine, The Night Will Be Hot in 2015 for the Théâtre Beaumont-St-Michel, and My Hero Osama for Théâtre Prospero in 2019.

Eric Cabana has also worked on numerous television series and films over his expansive career, notably making his cinematic debut The Cruising Bar in 1989. Eighteen years later, Cabana was asked to take part in the follow-up film by renowned filmmakers Michel Côté and Robert Ménard. Younger audiences may know him for his role as Dundee in the popular French-Canadian TV program Cornemuse (1998-2003). He has worked actively as a voice actor during his career, and was the narrator for the documentary series Medical Errors on Canal Vie. He is also the assistant to the Artistic Director of the French section at the National Theatre School of Canada.






Profile by Gaetan Charlebois. Additional material and editing by Kirsten Hawson, University of Alberta.

Last updated 2020-07-03