Starwalker a musical by Corey Payette,
Model Dillan Chiblow, Art Direction Andrea Tetrault;
Photo by Matt Barnes

Starwalker a musical by Corey Payette, Model Dillan Chiblow, Art Direction Andrea Tetrault; Photo by Matt Barnes

FEB 16–MAR 5 | York Theatre
World Premiere

The Cultch Presents


A powerful new musical written and directed by Corey Payette

FEB 16–MAR 5
York Theatre
World Premiere

Urban Ink & Raven Theatre (Vancouver)
In association with Musical Stage Company (Toronto)
A Musical by Corey Payette

The story follows Starwalker, an Indigi-Queer Two-Spirit drag queen learning the ropes of the East Van Drag community. When Starwalker is introduced to Drag at the House of Borealis, their whole world changes, introducing them to a home they never knew they needed, creating a new persona that blends their grounded Indigenous cultural spirit with drag performance, resulting in an empowering and celebratory experience that only tearing down the patriarchy can provide. Payette’s pop/rock music, paired with pulsing drums, sets the perfect musical scene for this modern-day love story.

Musical Stage Company (Toronto) commissioned this new musical giving Payette a blank canvas to create his work. This musical tackles issues of identity, strength, and resilience and is sure to leave audiences inspired.

$15 Tickets for Indigenous patrons

$15 tickets are available for self-identifying Indigenous patrons. Use promo code: INDIGENOUS

Showtimes & Dates

FEB 16: 7:30 PM – Preview
FEB 17: 7:30 PM – Opening
FEB 18, 21–25, 28: 7:30 PM
MAR 1–4: 7:30 PM
FEB 19, 25–26: 2:00 PM
MAR 4–5: 2:00 PM

Post-Show Talkback

FEB 21, 28: 7:30 PM

FEB 19, 26: 2:00 PM

Venue Location

York Theatre
639 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver, BC

Box office info

1895 Venables St.

Mon to Fri: 12–6PM, Sat 12-4
and 1 hour prior to all performances

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"Starwalker is a brilliant and unique piece that expertly and unexpectedly blends musical styles to tell moving stories in innovative ways.”

Playwrights Guild of Canada, Tom Hendry Awards Jury


An Urban Ink & Raven Theatre Co-production in association with The Musical Stage Company

Commissioned by: The Musical Stage Company and The Aubrey & Marla Dan Fund for New Musicals
Developed in partnership with: Urban Ink, Raven Theatre, & The Musical Stage Company

Book/Music/Lyrics and Directed by Corey Payette
Choreography by Ralph Escamillan
Music Direction by Sean Bayntun

Dillan Chiblow as Starwalker
Stewart Adam McKensy as Mother
Jeffrey Follis as Levi
Featuring: Jesse Alvarez, Ryan Maschke, Connor Parnall, Ralph Escamillan, and August Elzinga

Creative Team:
Set Design: Anna Shearing
Costume Design: Alaia Hamer
Stage Management: Melanie Thompson
Lighting Design: Jonathan Kim 
Sound Design: Bradley Danyluk
Producer: Fabian Aspell Morales
Assistant Choreographer: Ross Wirtanen

In Development: STARWALKER, a new musical by Corey Payette

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“Corey is the winner of the 2021 BC Reconciliation Award recognizing his work and commitment to inspiring and making lasting change to reconciliation through the arts...through his musical, Corey raises awareness in a unique and compelling setting while creating an understanding of the journey to Reconciliation.’’

—BC Reconciliation Award juror Chief Sophie Pierre


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