Frank C. Turner is an actor and iconographer born in Wainwright, Alberta and now living in Port Coquitlam, BC. He received his theatrical training at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1975 with a BFA in acting. For the first few years after graduation he acted in theatres across western Canada and Ontario. In 1983 he moved to Vancouver, BC and has worked mainly in film since then. His favourite credits include, Airbud I, II, III, IV, Feud in the Addams Family, Lonesome Dove:The Outlaw Years, Cats and Dogs, Snow Dogs and The Duke. In 2003 he appeared as George Bernard Shaw in debate with G. K. Chesterton on G. K. CHESTERTON: THE APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE with EWTN, a performance previously given in Calgary, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Since that time he has appeared in several episodes of THE APOSTLE OF COMMON SENSE and Theater of the Word Incoporated.
One day a week for the past ten years Frank has made the journey out to Mission, BC, 60 KMs east to teach drama to the major seminarians at the Seminary of Christ the King. The main focus of this course is voice and speech but it touches on all aspects of drama.
In 1991 he began studying iconography under Vladislav Andreyev. He has completed about 50 icons in the Byzantine tradition for individuals and churches in the Vancouver area. A frequent attendee of the Mount Angel Iconography Institute where he studied with Charles Rohrbacher, Mary Katsilometes, Claudia Coos, and Cathy Sievers; more recently he studied in Cottonwood, Idaho with Father Gianluca Busi from Bologna. In 2007 he spent six weeks in Bologna painting and being immersed in Catholic iconography. Over the past fifteen years he has completed over fifty icons, most for individuals but about a third for churches in the Vancouver area and Lebanon. He currently continues to write icons on commission and gives private instruction from his studio in Port Moody.
Along with Chris Kielsinki and Michal Janek, Frank was a founding member of Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild, and has served as its president for seven years. He also served on the curriculum advisory board of Living Waters College.
In 2009 he directed a production of Macbeth for the first Living Water College summer program. In 2010 he taught a two week iconography workshop at LWC.
Married in 1976, he has four children. The family belongs to Divine Mercy Parish, an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.