John Conway

John‘s Great Great Grandmother Meg immigrated from Ballymena north of Belfast with the magic of the fairy, and the gift of telling stories which got passed down generation     after generation until it came to his mother Shelagh and then to him.

He had studied his trade with: the Second City Fire hall, University of Victoria, UCLA Musical Theatre Program and finally graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic   Arts in California.

Recently thrilled  200,000 people at the Vancouver Celtic Festival 2011/13/14  and St. Paddy’s day parade. The GreenMan will be headlining Kamloops Children’s Art Festival in September 2014.

/Also seen at Vancouver Island Music Festival 2010 & 2011, Surrey Children’s Festival 2011/12/13, Vancouver Children’s Festival Outreach, Young Music Festival, Bella Coola Discovery Music Festival, Veteran of 2 Western Canada Children’s Festival Tours, headline in Canmore, Saskatoon and the Regina Children’s Festival also performing at the Vancouver International Airports Grand Opening, 2000 millenniums First Night Victoria, Make a Wish Foundation’s Corporate Fundraiser , Canada Day Celebration Sechelt, Vancouver Museum, Illuminates and Whistler Blackcomb Ltd.

John also has performed his Story’s in Zutphen & Wagenigen in the Netherlands, Wrote, Directed and Performed 2 shows in the Beach Side Theatre in the Dominican Republic and Wrote, Produced and Directed 5 shows with Critical Acclaim in Western Canada.

He’s performed 88 shows a year for the past 7 years to children, families and schools all across greater Vancouver area and the Sunshine Coast.

A whirlwind of positive infectious Irish magic, he makes even the impossible seem possible and has been telling original ancestral “Earth Wilde Story’s,” professionally for the past 25 years.

THE ORIGINS OF “THE GREENMAN”

He has appeared in a multitude of forms and made himself known by many names to nearly every culture throughout time. He is perhaps best known to us now in his Celtic aspects of the untamed leaf-covered Green Man, Guardian of the Green World, but He is much older. He has worked his magic when the first humans were becoming. Our prehistoric ancestors knew him as a shape-shifting, shamanic god of the Hunt. He is painted in caves and carved everywhere, on cliffs, stones, even in the Earth Herself. Yet he is older still. In the time of the dinosaurs, the great swamps and subtropical forests of cycads, seed ferns and conifers, and later in the time of the deciduous plants and flowers, when the pollinators came and the first tiny mammals were creeping up from beneath the ground, the Green Man was the difference and diversity of life, the frenzy and ferment of evolution. But, He is much older still. He is oldest of the Ancient Ones, first born of the Goddess. At the time of First Earth, the Green Man grew in the womb of the All Mother, Anu, waiting to be born, to come forth to initiate the everlasting, unbroken Circle of Life.

by J. M. Reinbold

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Jean-Pierre Makosso

Born in Pointe-Noire, Congo Brazzaville, Jean-Pierre Makosso was taught by his mother MA M’KAYI and is from a family-based and traditional background. Enrolled in an occidental school system, he has in his pragmatic journey been listening and observing. Throughout his schooling, he quickly displayed his taste for the word to become the griot of those who do not have one. As a theatre director and actor, he has toured the world three times with Company Punta-Négra (Congo), Théâtre du Corps (France), and Théâtre Amiel (Switzerland). Living in Canada since 2001, he works with Traditional Company Masabo and also writes and directs plays for Canada world youth.

He is also a bilingual comedian and storyteller (English-French) who leads his own cultural group. He performs and gives workshops in schools, universities, and festivals worldwide. As writer and poet he has written La voix du Conteur (French short stories), Le cri du triangle(French poetry), Human Works (English poetry), and Il était une fois…ce jour-là (French novel), published by Éditions Dédicaces in Montréal.

Different Festivals
Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Island International Children’s Festival, Saint Albert International Children’s Festival, Saskatchewan Children’s Festival, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Festival du Bois, Festival d’ete, Richmond Winter Festival, Vancouver Storytelling Festival, Harrison Festival of the Arts, Vancouver Island Music Fest, Smitters Mid Summer Festival, Caribean Days Festival, Harambee Festival, Victoria Storytelling Festival, Sea Cavalcade Festival, Earth Day Festival, Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival, Sechelt Family Arts Festival, Festival du Baobab, Hut Tales Festival, African Peace Festival, Black History Month Festival and Surrey Fusion Festival.

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What people are saying …

“The Green Man is a truly delightful festival entity and he will lift
your heart. He is collaborative, kind, gentle, respectful, stunningly
beautiful and completely magical. It is amazing to watch him build
friendships with other performers and guests, tell stories, celebrate
the music, dance and smile, play with the kids and encourage other to
respect the earth and each other. I would highly recommend that you
invite him to your festival, wedding, birthday or garden party – you
will not be disappointed.”

-Meaghan Cursons, Associate Producer, Vancouver Island MusicFest 2010 & 2011

“The Green Man’s presence on site was pure enchantment: children were reaching up, eager to enter his world.”
-Marie-Soleil Bergeron, Festival Organizer, Surrey Children’s Festival

“The GreenMan was a huge hit with the Celtic Fest Vancouver crowd. Not only did the GreenMan entrance capacity crowds at the Kid’s Tent with his magical story-telling, but he could scarcely move down Granville Street Celtic Market for being mobbed for photo opportunities. His fantastically clad and painted 8-foot character was an amazing sight that stood out even in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But however larger than life the character, the very best thing about the GreenMan is that the performer behind him is personable and accessible, not just a strange looking person on stilts.”
-Ross W. Powell, Director of Programming and Production

“Before I met the GreenMan I was a lost soul in this huge universe and he helped me find my spirit…”
-Sophia, age 10
Excellent performance & interactive stories! - D. Waite – ESL Teacher – CalgaryBrings delight to all those who come within his spectrum of hilarity.- D. Hopkins – Artistic Director: The Public Dreams Society – Vancouver
Energetic & filled with entertaining antics, he involves the audience in the stories which carry a gentle message.
- M Gillis – Royal City Record – New Westminster

A circus of visual & emotional stimuli … an inspiration … has the courage to do something unique & wonderful.
- J. Zallen – Teacher – Vancouver

… the children were touched by his tales and wisdom.
- L. Belo – Project Manager – Holland

Hilarious … an endearing treat that will have you giggling for days … 5 Stars … a must see.
- D. Bernhardt – Star Phoenix – Saskatoon

The Green Man is a truly delightful festival entity and he will lift
your heart. He is collaborative, kind, gentle, respectful, stunningly
beautiful and completely magical. It is amazing to watch him build
friendships with other performers and guests, tell stories, celebrate
the music, dance and smile, play with the kids and encourage other to
respect the earth and each other. I would highly recommend that you
invite him to your festival, wedding, birthday or garden party - you
will not be disappointed.