Jeremy Webb founded Off The eash in 2009. He moved to Canada, from his native UK, in 1998. He grew up in Cambridge and trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Most recent Canadian stage appearances include ‘Paul Fisher’ in his own play Fishing, ‘Beowulf’ in Beowulf (Two Planks & A passion), ‘The Wizard’ in The Wizard of Oz and ‘Friar Laurence’ in Romeo & Juliet (Neptune Theatre, Halifax, 2010), ‘Milo Tindle’ in Sleuth (Festival Antigonish, 2010), ‘Duncan’ and ‘The Porter’ in MacBeth (Shakespeare By The Sea, 2009) ‘Iago’ in Othello (2008), ‘Peter Quince’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Maurice’ in Beauty & The Beast (Silvermist Productions, Niagara Falls) and ‘Cogsworth’ in Neptune Theatre’s long-running Beauty and The Beast. He appeared in Neptune Theatre’s The Producers and understudied Steve Ross in the lead role of ‘Max Biallystock.’
He has also appeared in There Is A Land of Pure Delight (Live Bait Theatre, NB), Oliver, Annie, One For The Pot, Sleeping Beauty, Sylvia, Scrooge, What The Butler Saw, The Government Inspector, A Christmas Carol, Blood Brothers, and Rumors (all for Neptune.) He played Bill Sykes in Oliver in 2001. He also appeared in the Canadian premiere of Humble Boy, in the title role ‘Felix Humble’ and starred in the two-hander plays Stones In His Pockets and The Woman In Black.
In Canada, he directed (and wrote) Pinocchio (for Shakespeare By The Sea), Urinetown, Blue Remembered Hills, The Wizard of Oz, A Streetcar Named Desire, Animal Farm, The Farm Show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Liar, Joseph, Grease, Godspell, The Wind In The Willows, and I Do! I Do!, Double Double, Les Miserables, The Hobbit and Oliver.
His one-man version of A Christmas Carol was a great success in 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 playing at Neptune Theatre’s Studio Theatre and touring Nova Scotia schools and venues. It is scheduled to tour again in 2011 and is taking bookings in the USA for a combined tour with Webb’s play Shakespeare On Trial.
Webb also starred in the hard-hitting one-man play Maelstrom at Festival Antigonish in 2003. He has been Artistic Director of Halifax’s The Multicultural Festival and Elsinore Theatre Company.
Shakespeare On Trial has writer William (Margaret) Shakespeare coming face-to-face with four of his own characters, who are pissed at the author for creating plays that are no longer relevant. Shakespeare finds himself defending his own work to his own characters. Students have been learning about Shakespeare for over 18 months, with availability planned throughout 2011.
In 1999 he founded Halifax’s Improv Knights comedy team that played nearly every NS venue during their 7 year run. He was the voice of “Ms. Grumply” in Olliver’s Adventures and “Evil Schmeevil” in Evil Schmeevil, both for Teletoon.
He played the evil “Mr. Crowe” in two seasons of CBC’s Pit Pony and appeared in Salter Street’s Lexx, Global’s Blackfly, The Conclave, Bad Day Good Day Bad Day, and Blessed Stranger – After Flight 111, Shattered City, and numerous TV and radio commercials. He appeared regularly on CBC Radio as ‘Simon St.John Crisp,’ an inept faux BBC/CBC reporter.
As a comedian/host he has been asked to emcee many events around Halifax Metro and Nova Scotia. Jeremy appeared on CBC Radio’s Madly Off in All Directions, with Lorne Elliott (as ‘Simon Crisp’) and at the 2005 Halifax Comedy Festival, with 22 Minutes’ Mark Critch in a stand-up comedy show taped for CBC’s Definitely Not The Opera.
He has hosted events/shows for The Creative Nova Scotia Awards, The Merritt Awards, The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Busker’s Festival, The Coast Best of Halifax Awards Show, The Chamber of Commerce, The Abilities Foundation, The Arthritis Society, Phoenix Youth Programs, Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia and The nature Trust amongst others. He was audience warm-up guy for three TV shows: The Itch, The Singular Series, and Blackfly.
In March 2009, Jeremy won a Best Actor Merritt Award for his portrayal of Iago in Othello, for Shakespeare By The Sea. He won the 2010 Mayor’s Award for Achievement in Theatre and The Coast (Halifax’s weekly newspaper) Best Theatre Actor Award in 2007, 2009 and 2010 (2008 wasn’t such a great year!)
Off The Leash is also the name of Webb’s social/entertainment column in The Chronicle Herald, Halifax’s daily newspaper.