For the past sixteen years Mr. Gabriel David Sumegi Newman the 2nd has led over 8000 eager participants through the macabre and paranormal history of Vernon. His combination of drama and storytelling have won him praise from both young and old .
Mr. Newman began telling spooky stories when he worked with the St. John’s Haunted Hike. The simplicity of storytelling combined with the excitement of theatre was a natural fit so when Mr. Newman moved to Vernon he began to create a tour of his own. After three years of research and interviews Ghost Tours of Vernon was born.
Having received a BFA from the University of Victoria Theatre department and an MFA in performance from the university of British Columbia Mr. Newman continues to be active as a writer, director, actor and producer. He has worked with Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Shakespeare By The Sea, The Resource Centre for the Arts, Sunshine Theatre, Shuswap Theatre, Asparagus Theatre and Inner Fish Performance Co.
Born in the Kootneys, raised in the South Okanagan, training in Victoria, lived in Vancouver, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dublin, St. John’s and even (gasp) Coldstream, Mr. Newman likes slow cooked BBQ, Stout, butter and other foods that will kill you; He also likes to mow the lawn and dig holes; His favorite colour is plaid and he doesn’t like to do anything the easy way.