Larry A. Ewashen was born in Alberta and began his studies at the University of Alberta where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Senior Certificate from the Banff Centre. In Toronto, studies continued at the Royal Conservatory of Speech, Actors’ Studio in New York and an Honours Master of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Film experience included research assignments in Russia, writing assignments in New York and contract work with the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He also produced and directed documentary films such as The Last Hurrah and In Search Of Utopia - The Doukhobors, a major contribution to Doukhobor studies. He also wrote the musical sound track for The Herring Belt, awarded best short documentary at the Cannes Film Festival.
He acted in many feature films and CBC Television productions and free-lanced extensively in radio as interviewer, writer, actor, producer and musician. As president of the Guild of Canadian Folk Artists, he conducted many workshops and performances on English, Canadian, American and Russian folk music. He also toured extensively with his own groups and also with such well known Canadian singers as Stompin’ Tom Connors. Music has always been an intrinsic part of his life.
As actor and director he worked in major theaters across Canada as well as England and Scotland and the U. S. As a teacher he was the founder of the Theater Program at Canadore College, North Bay, Ontario and a founding faculty member of the theater department at Ryerson University in Toronto. Various writing credits include scholarly articles in learned journals as well as appearances at various symposiums and forums at universities across Canada.
While curator at the Doukhobor Discovery Centre he also acted as guest curator at other museums in B. C. Duties as curator included specific work projects and government work partnering, tour stimulation and public relations, educational programs, documentary film assistance and research, creation of annual exhibits and general management. Special tours and programs were created for visits of Governors General, Lieutenant Governors and Ambassadors. His work was widely recognized by the Federal Department of Heritage, B. C. Heritage, Canadian Museum Association and B. C. Museum Association. In 2005 he was presented with an award plaque by Iona Campagnola, Lieutenant Governor, on behalf of the City of Castlegar and the Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society.
As curator for 18 years before his retirement at season's closing in 2010, he has written and contributed many Doukhobor related articles for seminars/conferences, books and magazines, films and video and heritage workshops and lectures. His tenure brought such accomplishments as Peter V. Lordly Verigin being recognized by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada as a Person of National Historic Significance, along with the migration of Doukhobors to British Columbia as a National Historic Event. He was also active in the Doukhobor Suspension Bridge preservation which was declared a Canadian Historic Monument and eventually restored.
Upon retirement, he continues as performer, music teacher, and presenting special seminars on the Doukhobors and Lev Tolstoy at universities. He is also active as a volunteer in many community groups such as The Therapeutic Activation Program for Seniors, New Life Furniture which sponsors a women’s shelter and street kids program and The Creston and District Museum.