First of all, I’m not a world-reknowned bagpiper! Although that’s usually what you get when you Google “Bruce Gandy”. So who am I?
Well, I designed and built this website (because that’s one of the things I do for fun and profit) so, yes, I’m into Information Technology. And I took another self-portrait for the headshot here in July of 2015, so yep, I’m into photography. (Actually, Cindy took it this time. But I cropped it and put in the background!)
Nah. I’m a Business Analyst, Project Manager, a Lotus Notes/Domino Consultant, Google Developer and Admin, a Teacher, a Writer, a Singer and spent the first part of my adult life earning my living as a professional actor/director/writer. When the roads are clear, I ride my bike every day (Spring through Fall) because there’s nothing more relaxing than riding a bicycle. Unless the wind is whipping and it’s 11° above zero. (Not that it’s stopped me before.)
So, take a look around and thanks for stopping by.
Always good to hear from old friends or make new ones.
While my family tree has extensive roots in the British Isles, and I enjoy listening to the pipes, I wouldn’t know how to play them if my life depended on it. So if you’re looking for THAT Bruce Gandy, I suggest that you return to the Google results page.
What I AM is the first-born of six siblings, father of one daughter, step-father of two sons, enamored of my wife, Lucinda “Cindy” Pitcher, mentor, technologist, writer, bicyclist, friend to the poor, enemy of the wicked, defender of the planet, and singer of songs. And sometimes I get a little carried away with my descriptions. Oh well.
Growing up in rural southern New Jersey (however, we did have a traffic light), I then graduated from Montclair State University with a major in English — what, you thought I was going to start at the beginning? Prior to graduation I took a course in acting and the acting bug bit me. Halfway through my junior year, I changed my major from Chemistry to English, graduated and headed off to New York to make my fortune in showbiz.
Well, it wasn’t a fortune but I was making a living in showbiz. Finally, since I had taken a course in word processing and had started “temping”, that led me to other technologies and before I knew it, the computer bug really bit me. In 1990, I withdrew from the three acting unions (and started working in community theater), set up my first company, started teaching technology, buying PCs, hiring others, learning everything I could about computers. I earned technical certifications and literally taught technology around the US and around the world (London, Nigeria, Canada).
I built my company based on Lotus Notes/Domino as my technology of choice and focused on developing systems for the company. Because Domino has a web component, this led me to website development also.
So, if you’re looking for a pigeon-hole that I fit into — wrong guy. I bring passion and expertise to everything I do. The experience I’ve gained from all of my choices: managing a company, managing projects, application development, faith in God, a wonderful wife and family, showbusiness and all the many jobs I had while trying to succeed there, has allowed me to feel comfortable and confident in any task. Except maybe, playing the bagpipes. But then, I never really tried. Hmm.
October 9, 2015 – Opening night of “August: Osage County” at The Chatham Players playing 3 weekends of Friday and Saturday (starting at 7:30 pm) and a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. There are also 2 Outreach performances that aren’t open to the public. If you’ve never been to The Chatham Players, you’re in for a treat because every department is professional quality from props to lighting, costumes to sound, acting, directing, sets. This play won a Pulitzer prize in 2007 and this cast is extremely talented and excited to be working with Jeffrey Fiorello and the whole production team.
First review: “they have inaugurated their 93rd season with a stunning accomplishment. August, Osage County is a must-see, even if you saw the film (not so critically acclaimed) or the Broadway production. I promise you the experience will thrill you and leave you in awe of what great writing and great acting can accomplish.”
October 4, 2014 – Private NYC screening of “Beautiful Baby Boy”, an independent short film by Joshua Atesh Litle that Cindy and I shot in July of 2014 with Candace Janée and David Arkema. This quite moving film is being submitted to festivals so I can’t show it yet, but check out Josh’s site at http://www.joshuaatesh.com/ for more of his work.
December, 2013 – Lucked into this terrific ensemble piece written by Glen David Post, directed by John A. C. Kennedy, produced by Leslie Gayle Williams at the Chatham Community Players, Music Director and pianist Evelyn McNair, with choreography by Shannon Barry O’Grady. Glen, John and Leslie were wondering why the theater had to be dark every other year since “Christmas Carol” started taking every other year off when Glen said, “Hey, I can write some sketches.” And John said, “I can direct them.” And Leslie said, “My aunt has this old barn and chests full of costumes!” Or something like that. And that’s how it all started and I made some wonderful new friends.
August 27, 2013 – Youtube release of Devyn Waitt’s full-length indie film “Not Waving But Drowning” with the short film “The Most Girl Part of You” opening for it (see November 12, 2010 below).
July 17, 2012
Click here for the film, “Last Stop Montauk”, on YouTube in another window. Wish I’d lost all this weight before this.
Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM (ET) in NYC – One Night Only! “The Most Girl Part of You” (see below) opens for “Not Waving But Drowning” after playing the Sarasota Film Festival in April and the The Champs Elysees Film Festival, Paris, in June. Ticket info at this link: http://nwbdsunshine.eventbrite.com/
July 15, 2011 – Another one day shoot for a small indie film, “Last Stop Montauk”, where I got to play a father this time. Cast by Kate Kennedy (Peachcraft Studios) and written/directed by Matt Ball, produced by Kate Kennedy and Kranti Pally as part of the Peachcraft Film Academy’s submisson to the Garden State Film Festival.
Peachcraft does such terrific work. It’s a joy to work with them. PeachCraft Studios of Drama, Voice & Filmmaking
November 12, 2010 – Just finished a one day shoot for a small indie film, “The Most Girl Part of You”, where I got to play a grandfather. Go figure. Great day, great production company (White Horse Pictures, Nicole Emanuele – Producer). Cast by Kate Kennedy (Peachcraft Studios) and written/directed by Devyn Waitt, Cherie Saulter, 1st AD. Thanks to all for reminding me of how it CAN be.
I’m performing in “Things That Happen in Bars” from April 30 – May 22, 2009! Check www.strangedogtheatre.com here for details. Show’s over, but what a great ride!
I have a hard time differentiating between work and play since I’ve always been paid to do that which I enjoy. I love learning about new things and since there’s always more to learn in the technology field, I love it!
I guess a problem with hobbies is that they don’t pay and my work pays me to have fun also. So when I get a chance, I read fiction, non-fiction, biography, spiritual concepts, politics, online news, and the like. Did I mention bicycling and saving the planet for our kids?
Writing is something I always mean to get back to, and I will. I’ve had a one-act play,Major Breakthrough, produced three times (once in the Big Apple even!) and written an unproduced full-length film. Lately I’ve focused on short stories and samples of some of my writing (technical writing too) can be found by clicking here. For my acting resume and headshot, click here. (230 Kb PDF)
And, yes, I’m a tenor. It shakes me up and it rattles my brain. My wife, Cindy Pitcher (aka love of my life), is a beautiful alto and we share a love of music and satisfy that craving by singing in our choir and cantoring in our church. I also play enough piano to quasi-accompany myself, but that’s it. Since we don’t really have too much time to act any more, singing satisfies that performance need.
Along the way I’ve also earned these certifications:
Google Apps Certified Administrator
IBM Certified Application Developer – Lotus Notes and Domino 6/6.5
CLP (Certified Lotus Professional) Domino R5 Application Developer
CLP Principal Application Developer R4
CLS (Certified Lotus Specialist) R4 System Administration
Lotus Certified Notes Consultant R3
Microsoft Certified Professional
Click a link below to see my:
- Resume (PDF)
- References (PDF)
- Writing samples
- Development samples
- Company website, RWCC
- Web Design website
And you can find me in the vicinity of Morristown, NJ (07960).
How do you define work? A job? What you do for money? I guess to this Bruce Gandy, it’s simply what I do to solve problems. Whether I’m at the PC, rehearsing, reading, writing, riding or singing — “I’m workin’ here!”
Because whatever I’m doing, I’m adding to the skill set, the experience, the knowledge base to get better and better at being the best me I can be.
Click here to see my old blog
Bruce Gandy, Naval officer on commercial shoot
Bruce Gandy, young headshot, self-portrait
Bruce Gandy, young headshot, self-portrait
Bruce Gandy, portofolio pic
Bruce Gandy, portfolio with Bobby Clarke and Puccini in Medford, NJ
Bruce Gandy, headshot taken by Allan Luftig
Bruce Gandy, headshot taken by Allan Luftig