Douglas Abel is a playwright, director, stage and television actor, theatre historian, and drama teacher. He studied acting in England and obtained his Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century Theatre History from the University of Toronto. He taught for ten years at the University of Waterloo and Ryerson Theatre School, before moving west to Fort McMurray, Alberta, where he is an instructor and drama program head in the Visual and Performing Arts department at Keyano College. He has toured his one-man show about Christopher Marlowe, To Ride in Triumph, in Canada and the U.S., and appeared as Doctor Norman Bethune in Ken Mitchell's Gone the Burning Sun in numerous theatres in Alberta. His chief leisure-time activity is trying to find some leisure time.