Kevin Bennett was a member of our Youth Program from 2004-2006 and his time at The Cultch helped build the foundation for his career as a Director. He now works at the Globe Theatre in London, England. Our Youth Program continues to nurture young artistic talent and provide vital opportunities for our youth. Find out more about supporting our Youth Program here.
“I was a member of the Cultch’s Youth Panel for two seasons from 2004-2006 and these were very formative years for me as a teen. I was struggling to find a place of belonging and the Youth Panel was it. I was a passionate theatre kid and had just begun my strong desire to work as a theatre director. I gained many skills and had unforgettable experiences from my time on the Cultch’s Youth Panel. I gained experience in producing an arts festival and was able to understand on a practical level what is required to put on a festival with a variety of events.
I was exposed to artists and people I would not otherwise be exposed to like visual artists, film makers, poets and drag performers because of the varied programming during the week. This helped me grow and learn as a theatre director and as a person. My passion and focus was theatre, so I managed to direct a one-act play in the theatre portion of the festival both years I was involved.
I was mentored by experienced professional directors who gave me insight and advice that I still use today (some of the books recommended to me then are still ones I go back to regularly for ideas and inspiration!). I was able to work with new writers, actors, technicians and designers in an absolutely gorgeous theatre space. It began my love of theatre directing and remains an important stepping stone in my career as a director.
Following the Youth Panel I went on to study at Studio 58 and then began my directing career in Vancouver and abroad. Some highlights of the past decade since I have been working professionally include: directing many self-produced Shakespeare productions in Vancouver including Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, and Measure for Measure; hosting community based programming, leading workshops and directing productions with organizations such as the Carnegie Community Centre and Templeton Secondary School; spending two years as an assistant director at Canada’s Stratford Festival; touring the world as the associate director on a production of The Merchant of Venice for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London UK; directing The Madness of George III and Henry V for the Shaw Festival Theatre; and directing King Charles III at the Stanley Theatre for the Arts Club Theatre Company.
Recently I gained a UK ‘exceptional talent’ residency permit and have been based in London for just over a year. Since my arrival in London I have been working on the education faculty at Shakespeare’s Globe, directing a staged reading of a new musical at the Waterloo East ‘New British Musical’s Festival’, and most recently spent two months in Beijing directing Romeo and Juliet as a co-production between one of London’s top drama schools (The Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and China’s top drama school (The Central Academy of Drama). This was the final production for the inaugural graduating class of a brand new international degree where theatre students have the opportunity to train in both eastern and western theatre techniques. The ambitious aim of this program is to create a new type of actor who has an international sensibility so we can create connection, community and understanding while telling stories all over the world.
Through all these experiences, I look back with immense gratitude for the Cultch’s Youth program all those years ago. Not only was it the beginning of my journey as a director but it opened my eyes to different people, with different experiences and stories and helped me grow into the person I am today.”
The Cultch’s Youth Program provides opportunities for young people in our communitty aged 13-26. Find out more about supporting our youth here.
Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is based on a small breakfast joint on Davie Street that was owned by Patrick Savoie and Bryan Searle until last year – Vancouver’s most iconic café in the city.
“It’s such a theatrical place. It’s hugely colourful. There’s so much to look at. There’s so much to hear.” —DAVE DEVEAU, Playwright & Co-Lyricist
The motto of the restaurant was “Food and service is our name, abuse is our game!” including some special house rules for every customer:
Savoie says the diner’s feisty roots can be traced back to a busy Sunday morning when a group of customers rudely yelled for some more coffee while he was servicing another table. He gave into his frustrations.
“I turned around and I said, f–k you! I was just over there and asked you if you wanted coffee … and now you expect me to drop everything?
Those customers left — but everyone else applauded.
They said Patrick, you did what every single waiter and waitress in America or around the world would like to have done.”
If you did not finish your meal, you had to donate to A Loving Spoonful, a local HIV organization.
In 35 years The Elbow Room Café raised over $123,000 for the support of free healthy meals to people living with HIV and AIDS.
Holiday at the Elbow Room Café runs Dec 10-29, 2019 at the Historic Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.
Check out all the songs that have been given an East Van spin in this year’s East Van Panto: Pinocchio. Musical Director, and composer, Veda Hille is famous for taking some of the most (and least) popular songs of recent decades and flipping them on their heads with new arrangements and lyrics to add a little pizzazz to Theatre Replacement’s winter tradition. Take a listen to the original songs that have inspired the music of this year’s Panto soundtrack, then come hear the Panto versions at the York Theatre! Scroll through this awesome list of golden age videos and live performances, or check out this Spotify playlist, if you’re on the go!
Don’t Stop Me Nowby Queen
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) by Sylvester
Time to Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirò)by Andrea Bocelli
Karaokeby Big Freedia
Alexander Hamiltonby Lin-Manuel Miranda
Figaro’s Ariaby Gioachino Rossini
Feeling Goodby Michael Bublé
7 Rings by Ariana Grande
Mamma Mia by ABBA
A Whole New Worldby Alan Menken and Tim Rice
Bad Guyby Billie Eilish
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinchby Thurl Ravenscroft
Old Town Roadby Lil Nas X
Solsbury Hillby Peter Gabriel
Come on Eileenby Dexy’s Midnight Runners
YMCAby the Village People
East Van Panto: Pinocchio is onstage now at the York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive – must close Jan 5, 2020! Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.
A Commercial Drive walking tour inspired by East Van Panto: Pinocchio
Remember last year when Dorothy and friends traveled to Olympic Village to meet the Wizard of OV? Or the year before when Snow White escaped to the PNE and danced with the SuperDogs? Who could forget Little Red Riding Hood’s adventures along the Adanac bike path in search of Grandma’s house at the Woodwards Building? Remember Hansel and Gretel lost in the wilderness of Stanley Park; Cinderella cleaning her house on Fraser Street; or even the first East Van Panto, Jack And The Beanstalk, which re-opened the York Theatre on Commercial Drive?
Over the years, Theatre Replacement’s hyperlocal East Van Panto has featured some of Vancouver’s best places and beloved hot-spots – and this year is no exception! This season, Pinocchio and friends explore Commercial Drive, encounter a cappuccino war between the Drive’s many coffee shops, venture to Hastings Racecourse, and end up at so many more East Van spots. Check out some of the local favourites Pinocchio comes across in East Van Panto: Pinocchio below.
Kin Kao Thai
Kin Kao (‘eat rice’), deliver a compact but diverse selection of authentic Thai dishes.
Burrard Inlet is the fjord that separates
the coastal mountain range to north from the city of Vancouver and the rest of
the lower mainland to the south. The Lions Gate Bridge crosses Burrard inlet
at Stanley Park.
The Fox Cabaret is an independent venue in
Vancouver with a focus on live music, dancing, entertainment and good times.
We are so excited to welcome Cindy Mochizuki to the East Van Panto team!
Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto features the work of so many amazing artists every holiday season. Part of the magic of the Panto, is having new voices featured each year with new members of the creative team. This year, we are so excited to welcome Vancouver artist Cindy Mochizuki to the team!
“Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings, and community-engaged projects that explore the ways in which we manifest ‘story’. Her community-engaged projects explore the triangular relationship of performativity, social engagement, and magic.
A large body of her work investigates narratives and memories within the archive of familial architecture, including childhood spaces, home videos, photography, and oral histories. These projects revisit the memory and history of displacement and migration of family members both within Canada and Japan.”
Check out some of her amazing work below!
Cave to Dream:
Other Faces of Nihonga:
Check out Cindy’s amazing work on stage at East Van Panto: Pinocchio!
East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov 20-Jan 5, 2020 at the York Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.
We are so thrilled to be presenting Kuroko, a world premiere from renowned playwright and performer, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Novemeber 6-17 in the Historic Theatre.
Wanna know more about the show? There are four concepts that inspired Tetsuro as he was writing—Hikikomori, Rental Families, Kuroko, and Suicide Forest. Read below to hear what Tetsuro has to say about these four concepts!
Hikikomori. Imagine going to your bedroom and never leaving. This is the phenomenon known as hikikomori. Japanese young people on the road to maturation, experience a setback: bullying, or failing their entrance exams. They retreat to their bedrooms and never leave, spending all their waking hours online, enabled by parents who don’t know what to do apart from leaving trays of food outside their doors.
Rental Families. Would you ever hire an actor to play a relative or friend in your life? How quickly would the lines blur? As bizarre as this may sound, the rent-a-family industry is a mature industry in Japan, a place where manifestations of the artificial aren’t seen as negatively as they are here.
Kuroko. Literally translated, kuroko means black child, or child of darkness, a rather poetic name for the stagehands in traditional Japanese theatre. Clad entirely in black, audiences in Japan claim not to see them, as they occupy a culturally specific blindspot, in the same way that Western audiences pay no attention to the strings of marionette puppets. The shadowy kuroko enable players to achieve feats of virtuosity, and the otherwise impossible. Is there a kuroko in your life?”
Suicide Forest.The original title for this play was Suicide Forest, We changed the title when we discovered that another play of the same name premiered in New York in March of 2019. This is an actual place in Japan, infamous for being the most popular destination for those wishing to end their life. Geologically unique, it is also an attraction for nature lovers, officially named Jukai or ‘Sea of Trees’.
Kuroko runs at the Historic Theatre Nov 6-17, 2019. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.
TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival (Oct 2-12) is bringing together artists of all different kinds – comedians, circus performers, drag artists, and more – but we are particularly excited to introduce you to some of the musicians that will be honoring us by taking over our stages during the festival!
Juno nominated Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Their breathtaking sound garnered them Juno nominations for Indigenous Music Album of the Year, and Indigenous Music Award for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album, in 2017 for their self title debut album: Silla and Rise.
This group is gaining major momentum in Canada and internationally. If Tanya Tagaq says, “Pay attention” you just know they are a group you don’t want to take your eyes off!
Silla and Rise’s brand new album, Galactic Gala, was just released on October 5, and it is INCREDIBLE! Listen to, and purchase, the album here!
Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer, and youth educator. With four studio albums under her belt, JB sees her songs as a way of capturing oral history, and isn’t afraid to write lyrics that speak to challenging subjects like residential schools and missing and murdered Indigenous women.
We are so lucky that the co-curator of TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival, the incredible Corey Payette, will be taking the stage on the closing night of the festival with a transformative evening of music from his award-winning and critically-acclaimed musicals–featuring songs and stories from Children of God, Les Filles du Roi, plus a sneak peek of the new musical, Sedna.
Corey Payette is proud of his Oji-Cree heritage from Northern Ontario, and has worked across Canada as a playwright, actor, composer, and director. He is the Artistic Director of Urban Ink (Vancouver, BC).
Corey Payette Musical Songbook plays at the Historic Theatre on October 12 at 7 PM! FEATURING: Corey Payette, Michelle Bardach (singer), Chelsea Rose (singer), Sean Bayntyn (piano), Molly MacKinnon (violin), John Kastelic (viola), Doug Gorkoff (cello).
The Cultch staff are excited for TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival!
It is that time of year again! Time for you to hear from a few of our staff about some of the shows they are excited for in our 19/20 Season. This year we are featuring shows from our inaugural TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival!
I am a huge stand-up comedy fan, and I’m really excited about Steph Tisdell’s show Identity Steft. She recently took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm, and has been named the rising star of Australian comedy.
It really makes my heart sing to see artists from diverse backgrounds using laughter to stand up to white supremacy and the patriarchy. That takes incredible courage and awe-inspiring skill. I can’t wait!
Paul Phalen, Business Development & Hospitality Manager.
There is so much to see in the festival, but these two shows, I will not miss!
I can’t wait to see The Women of Comedy! These amazing funny women are the best in the country, and it also features the smart and funny Steph Tisdall of Australia.
Martha Chavez, the “Grand Dame” of Canadian comedy, who is featured on CBC`s Debaters and Because News, is hilarious and makes me howl with laughter. Nour Hadidi‘s dry sense of humour makes me wish I was her best friend, so I could laugh with her everyday!
Local comedy writer and performer Erica Sigurdson, has become a favourite on CBC`s the Debaters and will have us all laughing all the way to the bathroom!
Our Sunday morning Family Drag Brunch and Dress up, is a chance for parents and kids to have dress-up fun together, and learn that there is nothing too silly or fun when it comes to drag.
Parents and kids will have lessons in fashion, make up and presentation, and be a part of a family drag runway show judged by kids. Enjoy a great breakfast and have fun with the whole family!
This show is so exciting to me because every child is an individual, and allowing them to express themselves in their own way opens the doors to so many amazing adventures in learning, for both the child and the parent.
We don’t often present music as part of our season, and though theatre is usually my art of choice, I am really excited to hear some incredible music on our stages.
Leela Gilday is a Dene artists from NWT, and she has recently release a new album, North Star Calling, which she says is about “facing your fears, standing in the pain, and living with courage, boldness and joy.” I have been listening to it, and it is incredible! PLUS – she is performing Sandy Scofield and M’Girl – whose performance at Main St. Car Free Day was one of the highlights of my summer!
I have always been so in love with throat singing, and Silla and Risecombine throat singing with dance floor beats. From what I have seen, they are incredible live performers, and their music is so amazing, that I just know their show with JB the First Lady is going to be sooo fun!
PLUS – Silla and Rise are releasing their new album, Galactic Gala, on Oct 5, five days before they hit our Historic stage. Talk about timing!
Comedians poised to take over the York stage – with laughter!
We are so excited to launch our 2019/20 season with a brand new festival to enliven all of our venues every fall. This inaugural year of TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festivalwill bring together over 50 Indigenous and non-indigenous performers—comedians, musicians, burlesque performers, drag artists, and more.
Hosted by Cheyenne Rouleau and Katey Hoffman (familiar to Cultch audiences from sold-out Cultchivating the Fringe hit, The After After Party), and featuring Canadian Comedy Award winner Martha Chaves, Australia’s rising Indigenous comedy star Steph Tisdell, Toronto-based comedian Nour Hadidi, and beloved local comedian Erica Sigurdson, we just know The Women of Comedy will be filled with fun and fierce belly-aching laughter.
Need a good laugh before the festival starts? We have your hook up here!
Martha Chaves is a busy comic! She is a Nicaraguan-Canadian, fluent in FOUR languages (English, Spanish, French, and Italian), and does stand-up in all four! Chaves came out publicly in 2009, and has since been very outspoken in her comedy around the realities facing LGBTQ+ people of colour. Her infectious candid style, her captivating stage presence, and her gift to relate to a wide range of audiences grant her numerous presentations at comedy festivals around the world. www.marthachaves.com
Nour Hadidi is a Toronto-based standup comic and writer, born and raised in Jordan. She has appeared at Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, and CBC’s The Debaters. Last year she filmed a half hour comedy special for Comedy Central in the Middle East. Nour has written for CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Comedy Network’s The Beaverton. www.nourhadidi.com
Steph Tisdell is steadily becoming one of the biggest names in the Australian Comedy Scene and has been collecting awards, rave reviews, and critical acclaim while selling out runs at the Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Steph is a proud Indigenous woman and is making a fast rise as one of Australia’s funniest Indigenous comedians, putting her in a unique position to encourage other Indigenous artists to come forward and showcase why they’re the funniest race in the world. www.stephtisdell.com
PLUS – In addition to being a part of The Women in Comedy show, Steph Tisdell is also presenting her showSteph Tisdell: Identity Sheft, is going to be a part of the Opening Night Bash performances, AND is offering a workshop on Oct 3 (3 pm) for people to learn how to use comedy as a coping mechanism and a diplomacy tool.
Local Vancouver comedy gem, Erica Sigurdson is best known for her rapier wit on CBC Radio’s smash hit The Debaters, as well as her numerous television appearances on both CBC and CTV. She is one of Canada’s most beloved comedians, but also beloved around the world, having performed in Iceland, Singapore, Thailand, England, The Philippines, Afghanistan.
As a story-editor Erica has written for CBC’s Mr. D and CTV’s Corner Gas Animated as well as numerous pilots. Erica won a Leo Award for co-writing the 21st Annual Gemini Awards. www.ericasigurdson.com
Coming up May 7-19, 2019 we have an audacious new theatrical experiment from Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit), NASSIM. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box…Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, it is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us.
We are excited to announce the brave Vancouver perfromers who will be taking on the unique challenge: Carmen Aguirre,Adam Grant Warren, Maiko Yamamoto, Marcus Youssef, Craig Erickson, Christine Quintana,Dawn Petten,Pippa Mackie, Quelemia Sparrow, Tetsuro Shigematsu, Conor Wylie, Donna Soares.
Read below for an introduction to these fabulous actors!
ABOUT NASSIM SOLEIMANPOUR:
Nassim Soleimanpour (Writer and Performer) is from Tehran, Iran. His plays
have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over
50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit,
written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the
Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New
Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as
picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of
night a different performer joins the playwright on stage:
AGUIRRE (May 7):
Carmen is a theatre artist and author, and a
core artist of Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre. She has written and
co-written over twenty-five plays, including The Trigger, The Refugee
Hotel, and Blue Box. Currently
she is writing Anywhere But Here for Electric
Company, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea
for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, and an adaptation of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory
Theatre. Her one-woman show Broken
Tailbone has just completed a cross-Canada tour. Carmen is the author of
the #1 national bestseller Something
Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter (winner of CBC Canada Reads in
2012), and its bestselling sequel, Mexican
Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since
the Revolution. She is currently starring in the independent feature Bella Ciao!. Carmen has won multiple
awards for her work, has over eighty stage, film and television acting credits,
and is a graduate of Studio 58. carmenaguirre.ca
GRANT WARREN (May 8):
Originally from Newfoundland, Adam is a
theatre-maker, writer, dancer, and arts educator whose career in performance
spans almost 20 years —and has taken him everywhere from the basement stage of
the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre to the International Pavilion at Walt
Disney World. In the theatre, Adam’s west coast performance highlights include
productions of his own solo show, Last
Train In, Touchstone Theatre’s Kill
Me Now, and Real Wheels Theatre’s CREEPS,
for which he won a Jessie Award. As an associate artist with All Bodies Dance
Project, Adam’s collaborations have featured at festivals including Vancouver’s
Art on the Spot, Victoria’s SKAMpede, and Calgary’s Fluid Festival. With the
support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts
Council, his new show, Lights, will
be featured in a staged reading as part of Upintheair Theatre’s 2019 rEvolver
Festival Updrafts Series. For more about Adam and his work, visit www.adamgrantwarren.com
YAMAMOTO (May 9):
Since 2003, Maiko Yamamoto has been an
Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement, a company she formed with fellow
artist James Long. The company’s work has focused on building new, experimental
and intercultural performances that react to contemporary existence through a
highly evolved and extended process of collaboration, and explores unique and
challenging ways of using content and staging material. In addition to her work
with T/R, Maiko directs, writes, teaches, mentors and creates contemporary
performance for and with a diverse range of companies and institutions,
including the National Theatre School, Company 605, the Vancouver Art Gallery
and the MAKE Artists Residency in Ireland, among others. She holds a BFA in
Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and a
MAA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design
YOUSSEF (May 10):
Marcus’ plays have been produced in dozens of
theatres in fifteen countries across North America, Europe and Asia, from
Seattle to New York to Reykjavik, London, Hong Kong and Berlin. He is the
recipient of Canada’s largest cultural prize, the Siminovitch Prize for
Theatre, the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts
Award, the Chalmers Canadian Play Award, the Seattle Times Footlight award, the
Vancouver Critics’ Innovation award (three times) and the Canada Council
Staunch Lynton Award for artistic achievement. Over the years Marcus has also
written for a half dozen shows on CBC Radio and Television and a wide variety
of Canadian print and web publications. Marcus is Artistic Director of
Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre and co-founder of the East Vancouver-based
artist-run production studio PL1422. He was the inaugural chair of the city of
Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council, a Canadian Fellow to the
International Society for Performing Arts and co-chair of the Vancouver
political party COPE. He is currently an Editorial Advisor to Canadian Theatre
Review, and a consulting advisor for the National Arts Centre English Theatre.
He teaches regularly at the National Theatre School of Canada and Studio 58
ERICKSON (May 11):
Erickson has been active in Vancouver’s theatre scene for the past 15 years,
working with such companies as Electric Company, Neworld, Pi, PT, and Mitch and
Murray. Craig has also spent 10 seasons at Canadian classical theatres
(Stratford, Shaw, Bard on the Beach). He earned a Jessie nomination for his
portrayal of Mormon lawyer Joe Pitt in the acclaimed runs of Angels in
America, Parts 1 and 2 (Arts Club Theatre, directed by Kim Collier).
Theatre: White Noize (Savage Society), East
Van Panto: The Wizard of Oz (Theatre Replacement), Forget About Tomorrow
(Belfry/Arts Club) Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 (Arts Club), Titus
Buffonius (Rumble Theatre), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Arts Club/Blackbird
Theatre), Tear the Curtain (Arts Club/Electric Company), The Great Gatsby
(Theatre Calgary). Upcoming: Coriolanus
(Bard on the Beach). Film & Television:
The Man in the High Castle, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Lucifer,
QUINTANA (May 12):
Christine is an actor, playwright, and
co-Artistic Producer of Delinquent Theatre, based on unceded Coast Salish
territory. This season Christine appeared in the East Van Panto: Wizard of Oz (Theatre Replacement/The Cultch) and Yoga Play (Gateway Theatre), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers) and co-wrote
and performed in Never The Last for
Delinquent Theatre at the Annex Theatre. Christine received the 2017
Siminovitch Protégé Prize for Playwriting, a Dora Mavor Moore Award and Sydney
Risk prize for her play Selfie, and
is Tarragon Theatre’s Playwright in Residence. Christine has BFA in Acting from
UBC, and is a proud member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition.christinequintana.ca
PETTEN (May 14):
Dawn has performed with Theatre Replacement
for 4 of its renditions of East Van Panto wherein she has had the pleasure of
being a harp, a Hansel, a Prince, and Gloria Macarenko(among others). Other
favourite theatre companies Dawn has trod the boards with include: Electric
Company Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Caravan Farm Theatre, the Arts Club, and
Touchstone Theatre. Most memorable shows: Tear
the Curtain!, A Doll’s House, A
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town,
Pavilion, Hedda Gabler; Studies in Motion,Unity, 1918, and Butoh on Wreck Beach. Dawn is a glad
grad of UBC’s BFA Acting Program, has a bunch of Jessie nominations, and has
received some of the hardware/glassware. When not onstage Dawn teaches
Shakespeare and sex ed to young people (generally not at the same time).
MACKIE (May 15):
Pippa Mackie is an award-winning actor,
writer and producer. Since graduating from the National Theatre School of
Canada’s Acting Program in 2009, Pippa has worked with: Arts Club, Gateway
Theatre, Belfry Theatre, Pi Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre,
Delinquent Theatre, Greenthumb theatre and many more. Pippa originated the role
of ‘Leap’ in Rumble Theatre’s The Society
for the Destitute Presents: Titus Bouffonius written by Colleen Murphy,
which earned her and the ensemble a Jessie Richardson award for ‘Outstanding
Performance by an Ensemble’. She was also the Vancouver Sun’s, Artslandia
Magazine and the Georgia Straight’s ‘Artist to Watch’.
Upcoming: Pippa is co-writing a new show
titled JULIET: A Revenge Comedy (with
Monster Theatre’s Ryan Gladstone), which will premiere the summer of 2019 and
most recently, Pippa teamed up with award-winning UK writer/performer Kit
Redstone (Testosterone), as they are developing a show titled The Fucking Garden, a wickedly dark
reclamation of the Adam and Eve story. Lastly, she will be playing the title
role of Pinocchio in Theatre Replacement’s East
Van Panto: Pinocchio this winter. www.pippamackie.com
SPARROW (May 16):
Quelemia is of Indigenous/English ancestry
from the Musqueam Nation. She graduated from Studio 58’s Acting program, and
the Langara Film Arts program in Screenwriting. Some of Quelemia’s acting
Theatre Credits include: Lysistrata
(Bard on the Beach), directed by Lois Anderson,Timon of Athens (Bard on the Beach) directed by Meg Roe, The Bakkai (The Stratford Festival)
directed by Jillian Keiley The Snow Queen
(Globe Theatre), directed by Rachel Peake, Our Town (Osimous Theatre), directed by Bob Frazer, The Edward Curtis Project (GCTC/NA),
directed by Marie Clements, The
Penelopiad (Arts Club Theatre), directed by Vanessa Porteous, August: Osage County (Arts Club Theatre)
directed by Janet Wright, Ernestine
Shuswap Gets Her Trout (Firehall Arts Centre), directed by Lorne Cardinal,
and Where the Blood Mixes
(Playhouse/WCT) directed by Glynis Leyshon. Various Film and T.V credits
include: Clouds of Autumn, Fringe, V,
Sanctuary 2, Blackstone, Unnatural and
Accidental, Da Vinci’s City Hall, Dead Zone and, Da Vinci’s Inquest for which she won a Leo Award for Best Female
Guest Appearance. Some of her writing credits include: A podplay for Neworld
Theatre and Raven Spirit Dance called Ashes
on the Water, Salmon Girl (Raven
Spirit Dance), Papiyek (Full Circle
Theatre), The Pipeline Project
(Itsazoo and Savage Society), and O’wet
SHIGEMATSU (May 17):
For more than twenty years, Tetsuro
Shigematsu has been telling stories across an array of media. He is a
playwright, actor, scholar, broadcaster, author, filmmaker, and theatre artist.
At the age of 19, he became the youngest playwright to compete in the history
of the Quebec Drama Festival. Originally trained in the fine arts, he found a
similar creative outlet writing for CBC Television’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Then in 2004, he became the first
person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada when he took
over The Round up on CBC Radio, where
he co-wrote and co-produced nearly a thousand hours of network programming. His
most recent theatre work,1 Hour Photo
garnered five Jessie nominations, and won for Significant Artistic Achievement.
His solo work, Empire of the Son was
nominated for six Jessie awards and was described by Colin Thomas as, “One of
the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” Empire continues to tour
throughout Canada and across the world. Tetsuro’s award-winning body of work in
film, television, radio, new media, and theatre is taught in universities as
examples of cultural possibility. If you would like to support Tetsuro’s work,
WYLIE (May 18):
Conor Wylie is a performer, writer, and
director creating experimental theatre. Alongside Nancy Tam and Daniel O’Shea,
he co-artistic directs A Wake of Vultures (WOV), a performance company working
across sonic, visual, and theatrical disciplines. WOV are currently developing
Conor’s new work BODY AND MIND, a
mash-up of experimental minimalism and maximalist anime cyberpunk, as well as
Nancy Tam’s Walking at Night by Myself. Conor regularly collaborates with
Theatre Replacement (T/R), Hong Kong Exile, and many members of Vancouver’s
esteemed Progress Lab consortium. He is one of the core artists of T/R’s MINE, and is currently co-creating GIRL RIDES BIKE, an algorithmic
multimedia motorcycle chase. Conor received a Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for
Emerging Theatre Artist in 2017 .As an actor, Conor has performed across the
country, at the Belfry Theatre, Arts Club, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre,
and most recently at Buddies in Bad Times in The Scavenger’s Daughter, the
second instalment of Susanna Fournier and Paradigm Productions’ indie-epic EMPIRE TRILOGY. Outside the work, Conor
is a single-speed cyclist, a craft beer stickler, casual gamer, low-tier
softball ace, and a pretty good person to call if you have a fever for a secret
SOARES (May 19):
Nassim’s White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at
The Cultch in 2012. She is excited to find out what he has in store for her
now. Donna has a long history with Theatre Replacement. She played and toured
with them in Cinderella: An East Van
Panto, Dress me up in your love,
and Bioboxes: Artifacting Human
Experience, assistant stage managed and helped cast 100% Vancouver, and sat
on their board of directors for six years. Some of Donna’s other credits
include: Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit
Dance),The Enemy (Firehall),King of the Yees (Gateway, NAC),The Drowning Girls (Vertigo),Half Life (Theatre NorthWest),Green Lake (Solo Collective),Benefit (Downstage), and Cock (Rumble).Donna is a graduate of
Studio 58 and holds a double major in Theatre and French from UBC. Now, shall
we see what Nassim has planned for us?
NASSIM runs May 7-19 at the Historic Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT RUMBLE THEATRE
Can’t get enough of the work of Nassim Soleimanpour (we don’t blame you!)? You will not want to miss his play BLANK, presented by Rumble Theatre April 29-May 4. Similar to NASSIM in style, during each performance of BLANK, Nassim Soleimanpour’s play full of blanks will be completed by a new performer before a live audience.