was born 1963 in Port Hope, Ontario
and was drawn to acting through his mother's community theatre
work. He trained at York University and the London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Art before joining the Stratford Festival Young
Company under Robin Phillips where he played several leading roles
including a lauded turn as Romeo.
Beginning in 1992, Albert spent
three years on CBC's hit television series Street Legal,
followed by two seasons as the lead in the series Side
Effects. His feature film work includes Beautiful
Dreamers, I Love a Man in Uniform, Maximum
Risk, Balls Up, Under My Skin, and most
recently the lead in CTV's made for TV film Shades of
Black (a biography of Conrad Black) which aired in December
Albert is the Founding Artistic
Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and General Director of the
Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Albert regularly directs and
appears on stage with Soulpepper. As an actor, recent highlights
include Hamlet (2004 & 2005), Uncle Vanya
(2001, 2002 & 2008), Our Town (1999, 2006 & 2007),
The Real Thing (2006) and The Odd Couple (2008).
He also leads the Soulpepper Academy and the company's youth
outreach and access initiatives.
Albert's many honours include
The City of Toronto Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award, the DareArts
Foundation Cultural Award, The Toronto Arts Council William
Kilbourn Award, the Salute to the City Award and the Joan Chalmers
National Award for Artistic Direction. For his work on behalf of
UNICEF, Albert received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee
Albert has received Honorary
Degrees from Queen's and Bishop's Universities in recognition of
his contributions to Canadian Theatre.