Carmen Aguirre, Core Artist
Kim Collier, Core Artist & Founding Member
Kevin Kerr, Core Artist & Founding Member
Jonathon Young, Core Artist & Founding Member
David Hudgins, Founding Member
Clayton Baraniuk, Artistic Producer
Shantini Klaassen, Managing Producer
Jennifer Swan, Company & Financial Manager
2017/2018 Emerging Artists in Residence: Jamie King & Lucy McNulty
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Emira Mears, President
Brian Paterson, Vice President
Tara Rasmussen & Katie Wyka, Co-Secretary
Tania Lo, Treasurer (interim)
Michael Fergusson, Cheri Hessami, Veronica S.C. Rossos, and Laara Sadiq.
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Electric Company Theatre was originally formed as a collective in 1996 by Kim Collier (Siminovitch Prize winner for theatre direction), David Hudgins, Jonathon Young (Olivier Award winner for Best New Dance Production) and Kevin Kerr (Governor General’s Award winner in playwriting), who met while training at Vancouver’s Studio 58.
Kim Collier is a Director, Creator, Teacher, Actress and the co-founder of Electric Company Theatre where she was Artistic Producer for 15 years and continues to work as the Artistic Director. With Electric Company she was the co-creator / director of a large body of work that toured nationally including: Tear The Curtain, Studies in Motion, The Score, The One That Got Away, Brilliant and No Exit; a live film adaptation of Sartre’s classic play. The work has been presented at Canadian Stage, FTA, The National Arts Centre, American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Rep, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel Theatre and beyond. Kim directed a film version of their play The Score ( Screen Siren Pictures, CBC) which touring film festivals internationally. Locally she has co-created and directed such notable projects as The Wake, The Fall, At Home with Dick and Jane. The last few years she was Resident Artist at Canadian Stage and the inaugural director of their new MFA in Directing with York University. Recently she directed Angels in America: Millennium and Perestroika (Arts Club Theatre) a new interpretation of Sweeney Todd for Vancouver Opera, Saint Joan (Arts Club Theatre), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Titus, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (Bard on the Beach) and Red (Canadian Stage, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre). Kim was honoured to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Thompson Rivers University. Kim is the recipient of the prestigious Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize for Directing; 4 Jessie Richardson awards and a Sterling Award for Direction. She is the recipient of the Vancouver Mayors Arts Award and is a Graduate of Studio 58 as an Actress.
Jonathon Young is one of the co-founders of Electric Company Theatre. In 2015 he was commissioned by Nederlands Dans Theatre to write The Statement a one-act play directed by Crystal Pite. The play was performed at New York City Centre in November 2016. With Electric Company he has collaborated on the making of over 20 original productions including: Tear the Curtain! (a film/theatre hybrid for Arts Club Theatre and Canadian Stage), No Exit (a re-working of Jean-Paul Sartre’s play performed in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theatre) and Studies in Motion (Vancouver Playhouse, Edmonton Citadel, Theatre Calgary, and Canadian Stage in Toronto). In addition, Jonathon works across Canada as a freelance actor. Some recent productions include: All But Gone (Necessary Angel, Toronto) The Waiting Room (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver), The Great Gatsby (Theatre Calgary), Hamlet (Bard on the Beach Festival, Vancouver). Recent television projects include Detective Hyde on Impastor and four seasons on Sanctuary as Nikola Tesla. Most recently, he has been touring the Olivier Award-Winning Electric Company and Kidd Pivot co-production Betroffenheit, which he co-created and starred in. He has been nominated for a UK National Dance Award and is the recipient of several Jessie Richardson Awards for his acting and writing.
Kevin Kerr is a professor in the University of Victoria’s Department of Writing. Originally from Kamloops, BC, Kevin studied theatre at UBC and acting Vancouver’s Studio 58. After co-founding Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre in 1996, he has worked with ECT as a writer, actor, and director, as well as serving as Artistic Director. His work with Electric Company emphasizes spectacular physical and visual imagery, cinematic vocabulary, and the quest for authentic connection in an accelerated culture. In 2002, Kevin received the Governor General’s Literary Award for his play Unity (1918). He is also a four-time recipient of the Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Script. Kevin was writer or co-writer of Brilliant!, The Wake, The Score, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, The Fall, and Studies in Motion. Other Works include Skydive and Spine (Both for Realwheels), and Secret World of Og for Carousel Theatre. Kevin was lead writer on the adaptation of The Score, a feature film for CBC Television, produced by Screen Siren Pictures. With Jonathon Young and Kim Collier he co-wrote Tear the Curtain! a film/theatre hybrid, presented in October 2012 at Canadian Stage in Toronto. He now lives in Victoria with his wife, the most excellent poet Marita Dachsel, and their three young children.
Carmen Aguirre is an best-selling author, actor, and playwright. She was born in Santiago, Chile to parents who were teachers and activists. After spending much of her teenage years and early adulthood in South America working for the underground resistance movement against the Pinochet dictatorship, Carmen returned to Vancouver in 1990 to attend Studio 58, where she was in the same class as The Electric Company. It was while attending theatre school that she wrote her first play, In a Land Called I Don’t Remember. Since then, much of her writing has been autobiographical and unabashedly left wing, exploring themes of exile, loss, alienation, and isolation. Carmen has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Chile Con Carne, The Refugee Hotel, The Trigger, Blue Box, and adaptations for the stage of Eduardo Galeano’s, Jorge Amado’s, and Julio Cortazar’s work. She adapted and starred in Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands with the Electric Company. Currently, Carmen is touring her one-woman show Broken Tailbone, writing a new play entitled Anywhere But Here, adapting Euripides’ Medea for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre and Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Toronto’s Factory Theatre. She is the author of two bestselling memoirs: “Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter” (winner of Canada Reads 2012) and “Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution”. Carmen is the recipient of the Hispanic Business Alliance’s 2014 Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, Latincouver’s 2014 Most Inspirational Latin Award, the 2014 Betty Mitchell Outstanding Actor Award for her work in Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Motherfucker with The Hat, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumna Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers’ Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 New Play Centre Award for Best New Play, for The Refugee Hotel. She has over eighty film, tv, and stage acting credits. Click here to read more about Carmen’s work.
David Hudgins is proud to be a founder at ECT. After more than two decades with this innovative company, he has won numerous Jessie Awards. David received his BA Honours in English Literature at McGill University and a PDP Diploma in Education from Simon Fraser University. He now teaches acting at Studio 58 and has directed nine shows there, including two Ovation-Award winning productions: Guys & Dolls (2007) and Spring Awakening (2012). The homegrown musical The Park (2010) which he directed and helped to dramaturge garnered five nominations. David tries to find time to be a dad and adventure, too. His 5-year orchestral / physical-theatre hybrid experiment odyssey called Flee, with composer Peggy Lee, found its legs at the Fox Cabaret with Electric Company and Studio 58 in 2016.
Clayton Baraniuk joins Electric Company from Ottawa, where he was the Associate Producer at the National Arts Centre. You may also know him from his rich history on the West Coast, where he grew up, and worked with great Vancouver Island companies like Belfry Theatre, Theatre SKAM, Gotta Getta Gimmick, and Intrepid Theatre. For the past four years, Clayton has been deeply engaged with artists from around the country and beyond, including co-producing the NAC Cycle projects on Indigenous Theatre and Deaf, disability and Mad Arts. He has also been an active member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and SpiderWebShow, Canada’s online theatre space. Clayton is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society and the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Shantini Klaassen is a theatre producer hailing from small town Yarrow, BC, and has contributed as an administrator and performer to theatre companies all across Vancouver, including the Vancouver Playhouse, Gateway Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Carousel Theatre, and the Firehall Arts Centre. As Managing Director of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Shantini introduced diversity and inclusion projects and increased revenues for hundreds of independent artists. As a performer, she’s sung jazz, peeled a banana with her toes, and been featured on the Huffington Post for her viral video, “Christmas Baking Rap”. She is passionate about fostering the creation of innovative and collaborative work, which is why she loves the Electric Company. She’s particularly fond of her greatest collaboration thus far, her small son Theo.
Jen Swan joined Electric Company Theatre in 2008, as Company and Financial Manager. Prior to that she was the General Manager of Theatre SKAM in Victoria, and has also worked in administration for the Belfry Theatre. She is currently based in Victoria, working as a stage manager for the Belfry and freelancing across the country.