From 1971 to 1973 Fred was writer and principal performer in The Goose Company, an improvisational troupe that had a regular Saturday morning commitment with WTOL, the CBS affiliate in Toledo, Ohio. Honest! Seasons of summer stock in Boston and New York City sharpened the skills that led to appearing a few years later in a number of episodes of SCTV Network.

Fred’s live one-man show Country Cousins toured schools, coffee houses and campuses in England, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium in 1975 - 1976. As one of the founding members of Edmonton’s Catalyst Theatre in 1977, he composed and performed many of the dramatic vignettes used in the CBC Television Specials Rape in Reality, Incarceration, and Dying at Home. Fred also served as Senior Consultant in Performing Arts/Education under the Alberta Minister of Culture from 1978 - 1984.

From 1984 - 1999 he wrote over 350 corporate videos many of which were parodies built around comic or dramatic scenes as well as proscribed-format shows for various broadcasters including ITV Edmonton, the ACCESS Network, CKUA Radio, and First Choice/Superchannel.

He was a featured cast member through both seasons of Global TV'’s Jake and the Kid (playing the eccentric town barber, Repeat Golightly) and had a recurring role as nasty City Councilor Jack Pierce for four seasons on CBC’s DaVinci’s Inquest, returning in the same role on the one and only season of DaVinci: City Hall.  A more complete list of acting credits appears on under Fred Keating (II).

Fred's full-length feature screenplay Glory Station won several prizes in screenplay competitions. His short screenplay Re-Entry was a semi-finalist out of 1050 submissions in the 2004 American Screen Gems Competition. He currently has several long-form feature film scripts in various stages of development.