About Brian

Brian's journey to "Stuttering Loudly" (or confidently) began in 2010, after completing an intensive speech therapy program. Speech therapy gave him the confidence to step out of his comfort zone and try something new (improvisational comedy).

He has been trained in improv at Durham College, Durham Improv, and Bad Dog Theatre. He has performed with the Mixed Abilities Troupe at Durham Improv, Black Swan Comedy, the Abilities Centre, and at the "Simply People" Disability Pride Celebration, and with Disco Taxi and Moniquea Marion at The "A Million Things I Need to Say" Walk for Stuttering Awareness.

When his Facebook page was first created in 2010, Brian wasn't as open with his stutter as he is now. However, in 2011, he talked about stuttering in a college presentation and he also accepted a position on the planning committee of The "A Million Things I Need to Say" Walk for Stuttering Awareness. In 2012, Brian became more involved in the stuttering groups on Facebook and he repeated the intensive speech therapy program. 

Being involved in the stuttering community, the disability community, and knowing speech techniques has helped Brian accept his stutter and further boosted his confidence. 

Brian has learned that acceptance does NOT mean giving up on improving. It means accepting yourself unconditionally whether you stutter or not.

In 2013, Brian was interviewed on "Stuttering is Cool" (an audio podcast) and the National Stuttering Association's Family Radio Show (a live call-in show) about his experiences with stuttering when performing on stage. Later on that year, Brian won the "Exceptional Actor with a Disability" Award at the 1st Annual Abilities Awards in Toronto, Canada.

In 2014, Brian was interviewed on YourStutteringPodcast and he was mentioned in the article, "How to Guide Your Clients Who Stutter on Their Journey to Openness" by Natasha Haftel, M.A. CCC-SLP (speech-language pathologist).

In the same year, Brian founded "Improv Club @ Durham College", where he taught the basics of improvisational comedy, including games and activities that would help others improve their ability to think on their feet, gain confidence with public speaking, and improve communication skills in general (including listening skills).

In 2015, Brian did a speech for Scouts Canada (for “Spread the Word to End the Word”) about his experiences living with a stutter.

Brian was a volunteer with DramaWay for one year as a Creative Assistant, supporting people with disabilities in drama, dance, and visual arts. 

Brian has acted as a consultant to improv instructors and public speaking coaches who were new to teaching people who stutter and people with autism spectrum disorder.

With a background in Disability Studies and American Sign Language & Deaf Studies, he has a career in supporting & advocating for people with disabilities.

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