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As a director, have you ever found yourself asking these questions:

  • Do I need a composer or sound designer for this project?
  • What does the composer require from me in our first meeting to get started?
  • Where is sound placed and who decides this?
  • My sound designer isn’t giving me what I need in this scene, how can I ask for something different?

Seasoned composer, Joelysa Pankanea, has created an innovative new workshop for directors in which she addresses these topics and answers many of the questions we have around the roles of sound designers, composers, and musical directors. Learn how the arc of sound is created for a score, how to get what you need from your sound designer, and discuss some tips and tricks for better communication. Joelysa’s workshop offers a safe and interactive space to pose questions and get the information you need to build beautiful relationships with your sound department. Let’s get together and discuss the ways to achieve better sounding, fully integrated music into our projects, together.

–This workshop will take place in Zoom with a maximum capacity of five people–

To create a safe space for open dialogue and sharing between participants, workshop discussions will be kept strictly confidential.

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Joelysa Pankanea

Composer/Musical Director/Sound Designer

Joelysa is a multi award-winning composer based in Vancouver BC, a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in composition, musical direction, and sound design. Her music has been featured in multiple theatre productions, short and feature films, as well as chamber orchestras and choirs. In the realm of theatre, Joelysa has composed dozens of theatre shows, multiple large scale musicals, and sound designs. Recent credits: Anywhere But Here and REFRAMED for Electric Company Theatre, Buffoon and Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave for The Arts Club Theatre Company, and a short film The Star-Maker by Matthias Falvai. Upcoming: Serving Elizabeth for the Belfry Theatre, and We Shall Eat When the River is Full, a feature length documentary by Smayaykila Films. Please visit for more info.

Vancouver as a Sanctuary City:

Providing safety to Residents with Precarious Status: Delivering Access without Fear

February 13, 2020 – 6:15 – Upper Lobby of the Vancouver Playhouse.

Join us before Anywhere But Here for a pre-show discussion in the Upper Lobby of the Vancouver Playhouse, with Vancouver City Councillor Jean Swanson, Luis Porte Petit of Dogwood, BC’s largest non-partisan citizen action network, Byron Cruz from Sanctuary Health and others. Listen, ask questions, participate.

Moderated by Playwright Carmen Aguirre, our panel will introduce you to the ideas behind the Sanctuary City, and share their lived experience with Residents with Precarious Status in Vancouver, and what it may take to truly become a Sanctuary City, delivering access without fear.

Anywhere But Here shines a spotlight on the undocumented, migrant and refugee workers who people the Americas – come and learn about the local ecology, and what is being done or could be done to better support the real issues and lives portrayed in Carmen Aguirre’s powerful story.

Access is limited to those with tickets to the production – available from $19.99 at

If you cannot afford a ticket to the show – please email us at and you can Pay-What-You-Can. You should still come.

6:15pm – 7:15pm – Sanctuary City Community Dialogue
7:30pm – 9:30pm – Performance, Anywhere But Here by Carmen Aguirre


Sanctuary City refers to municipal jurisdictions, typically in North America and Western Europe, that limit their cooperation with the national government’s effort to enforce immigration law. Leaders of sanctuary cities say they want to reduce fear of deportation and possible family break-up among people who are in the country illegally, so that such people will be more willing to report crimes, use health and social services, and enroll their children in school.

Originally started by religious groups in North America, providing shelter and sanctuary to immigrants, migrants and refugees, the Sanctuary City concept has become a secular movement across North America and Europe, with supportive policies being adopted by hundreds of municipalities, including the City of Vancouver in April of 2016 with the Access to City Services without Fear (ACSWF) for Residents with Uncertain or No Immigration Status policy.

Our panel will discuss Sanctuary Cities, Vancouver’s policy, how it has been working to date, real life stories and testimonials from our own community, and how Vancouver may become a better Sanctuary City, supporting access to services, bettering the lives of Residents with Uncertain or No Immigration Status.

Has this policy been fully adopted? Is it being evaluated?

Are departments in the city aligned to support Access to Services without Fear?

What is life in Vancouver actually like for real people with uncertain or no immigration status?

How do we better support the health and well being of all Vancouver residents and people in our city – documented, uncertain or otherwise?


Vancouver has the second highest concentration of Immigrants in Canada. Many Migrants to Vancouver arrive with temporary work permits that are tied to a single employer and place of employment; they are at risk of losing their status as a result of paperwork, employer misconduct, or breakdown of the employment relationship. Regardless of migrant status, accessing services and documentation as a migrant can be inaccessible, costly, time-consuming and dangerous. As a result, residents are often exploited by individuals, employers and systems that have access to these services.



Composite picture of headshots of artists from Anywhere But Here


Carmen is 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, Blue Box, and Broken Tailbone. She is adapting Euripides’ Medea for Vancouver’s Rumble Theatre, and Moliere’s The Learned Ladies for Factory Theatre. 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 has won multiple awards for her work, has over eighty stage, film and television acting credits, and is a graduate of Studio 58.

SHAD KABANGO – Rap Co-Creator / Co-Composer

Shadrach Kabango, better known as Shad, is a rapper and the host of Netflix’s Hip Hop Evolution. Currently based in Toronto, Shad was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents and raised in London Ontario. He has released 6 studio albums since 2005. Four of his albums have been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize and he won a Juno Award for Rap Recording of the Year in 2011. Shad hosted the radio program “q” on CBC Radio from 2015 to 2016 [1][2] and currently hosts the International Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary series Hip-Hop Evolution on HBO Canada and Netflix.


A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Juliette has directed critically acclaimed classic and new play productions including plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center and Seattle Repertory Theater. She is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellowship and the Princess Grace Award. She was also chosen by Sundance Theater Institute to participate in the Sundance/Luma Foundation Theater Directors’ Retreat in Arles, France. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Carmen Aguirre on two projects, Anywhere But Here and The Refugee Hotel.

JOELYSA PANKANEA – Composer & Music Director

Joelysa Pankanea is a multi-award-winning composer and musical director. Her music has been critically acclaimed and embraced by audiences across Canada for over 20 years. Her prolific body of work, whether for the stage, screen or the concert hall, has given her one of the most unique and compelling musical voices in Canada. In addition to her composing work, she is the owner of SoundBite Audio Branding Inc specializing in audio branding and custom audio logos for businesses. Joelysa is thrilled to be working with the Electric Company on Anywhere But Here and thanks Carmen Aguirre for writing this important work of art.

HEIDI TAYLOR – Dramaturg

Heidi Taylor is a dramaturg, director and performer, and Artistic & Executive Director at PTC, based on the traditional unceded, occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She makes sited, devised, and interdisciplinary work, developing performances from first idea through production. She recently dramaturged Zahida Rahemtulla’s The Wrong Bashir (VACT/MSG), Chicken Girl by Derek Chan, and Kuroko by Tetsuro Shigematsu. She began dramaturging Anywhere But Here with Carmen as part of PTC’s Associates program in 2014. Heidi is Board Treasurer of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).


Christopher is thrilled to be designing the world premiere of Anywhere But Here. Christopher served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 12 seasons and designed over 30 productions.  Recent productions of note include directing American Mariachi at Arizona Theater Company and South Coast Rep and Sweat at Profile Theater in Portland. His work has been seen on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play All the Way and all over the country including productions at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. Lincoln Center Theatre, Yale Rep, Brooklyn Academy of Music, American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Denver Center, Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage. Christopher was an ensemble member of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles from 2000-2006. Currently, he serves on the Oregon Arts Commission. He received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

CARMEN ALATORRE – Costume Designer

Originally from Mexico City, Carmen earned her MFA degree in Theatre Design at UBC and has worked as a theatre designer in Vancouver since 2006. Some of her recent design credits include: Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); Peter and the star catcher, Top dog/Under dog and Mustard (Arts Club Theatre Co.); Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, As you like it and All’s well that ends well (Bard on the Beach); Carmen is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. For more information visit:

ITAI ERDAL – Lighting Designer

An award winning lighting designer, writer and performer, Itai is the artistic director of the Elbow Theatre in Vancouver. Itai has designed over 300 shows for companies all over North America and Europe, winning five Jessie Richardson Awards, the ADC’s Jack King Award, a Dora Mavor Moore Award, Victoria’s Spotlight Choice Award, a Guthrie Award and the Dublin Fringe Design Award. He was shortlisted to the Siminovitch Prize for Design in 2018. Itai’s one-man show How to Disappear Completely (The Chop, directed by James Long) has had 30 remounts in 26 cities and continues to tour nationally and,

CANDELARIO ANDRADE – Projection Designer

Cande is a video editor and media designer for theatre, dance and performance arts. Recent credits include: Anon(ymous) (Studio58); A X-Mas Miracle Holidayish Show (Arts Club); Awkward Conversations (Neworld Theatre); White Noise (Savage Productions); Pathetic Fallacy (The Chop); Griffin and Sabine (Belfry); Incognito Mode (Studio58/Neworld); Forget About Tomorrow (Belfry/Arts Club); Am/A (The Search Party); Foreign Radical (Conspiracy); Sal Capone (Boldskool) and Motherload. Cande has collaborated with companies such as: Elbow, The Frank, Théâtre la Seizième, Mascall Dance, Boca del Lupo and  Theatre for Living. As a co-director of Rough House, he has designed Tiny Apocalypse; A Last Resort, and Three Lectures on the North (With Theatre Replacement). As an editor he has worked for Knowledge Network, Vancouver International Film Festival and recently with visual artist Cindy Mochizuki.

ELI HALIGUA – Sound Designer

Eli was born in Istanbul, a city that is a bridge between the Anatolia and Europe. When he was in university he involved in an independent radio. This led to be hired as the sound technician for many of the radio programs. He collaborated with a French radio to produce sound documentaries about the “invisible” communities of Marseille and Istanbul. He was also the sound designer for radio plays about human rights violations in partnerships with Sweden, Germany, Turkey and Iran. After his experience in radio, Eli switched his focus to the motion picture industry. He worked in every aspect of sound design and audio post production. He has 90+ credits in IMDb including Hollywood projects such as The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Water Diviner. He also worked on films that screened at well-known International film festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Montreal, SXSW and Sitges. In 2016 he shared the 53rd International Antalya Film Festival “Sound Design and Mix” award. He has also two nominations for the Sound Design award in 2017 and for one Best Sound Design nomination from Vancouver in 2019.

PEDRO CHAMALE – Assistant Director

Pedro is a Latinx-Canadian theatre artist from Chetwynd British Columbia. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU, he then went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan.  Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival and was one of the playwrights in the 2019 Banff’s Playwright’s Lab with his latest play Made in Canada: an agricultural operetta premiering this May 2020. Pedro is a director, playwright, performer and theatre jack-of-all-trades. Selected Credits: Broken Tailbone (Night Swimming), Selfie, Bull (Rumble Theatre), Chicken Girl, Mis Papás (rice & beans), and Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre).

AUGUSTO BITTER – Acting Company

Augusto Bitter is a Venezuelan-born, Dora Award-winning performer, writer, and educator based in Toronto. He is a Resident Artist at Canadian Stage and Aluna Theatre, and has also been in-residence at hub14 and Theatre Passe Muraille. He has trained with Teatro delle Radici (Lugano, Switzerland), Manifesto Poetico (Paris), Canada’s National Voice Intensive, Aluna Theatre’s Interpretation Lab, and the University of Toronto. An educator with Soulpepper, he facilitates creative-writing workshops with youth in under-resourced schools and communities in the GTA with Story Planet. His first creation, CHICHO (Pencil Kit Productions/TPM/Aluna) is gearing up for a national and international tour, and he is developing his second work, Reina, with musician Y Josephine. More at

ALEN DOMINGUEZ – Acting Company

This is Alen’s Electric Company Theatre debut. Acting credits: Berlin: The Last Cabaret (City Opera Vancouver) Coriolanus (Bard on the Beach), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers), Sweat (Arts Club, Citadel) The Audience (Arts Club), Cornwall’s All Inclusive Cancun Christmas (Chemainus), Rent (URP), West Side Story (TUTS), The Dining Room  (Western Gold), The Idiot  (Neworld).  BFA in Acting from UBC, proud member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition,, Executive Producer for Royal City Musical Theatre. Upcoming: Henry V, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard on the Beach). I joined this project early on in its creation phase and it’s been a beautiful journey. Thanks to Carmen, Juliette, Heidi, Clayton, Joelysa and Shad for getting us here. Agradecido con la vida por esta oportunidad tan especial.


Alexandra está muy agradecida con Carmen y Electric Company por esta hermosa oportunidad. Born and raised in Guatemala, Alexandra moved to Canada in 2010 to pursue professional theatre training. She’s a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Studio 58. Alexandra is the recipient of the 2015 Sydney J. Risk and Studio 58 Acting Award and the 2017 Jessie Richardson Award for Best Performance in a Lead Role for Green Lake with Solo Collective Theatre. Alexandra has spent the last two years at The Stratford Festival where she was recently nominated by her peers for a Tanya Moiseiwitsch Award. Up next, you can catch Alexandra in All’s Well That Ends Well, Richard III, and The Miser at the Stratford Festival.

SHAWN LALL – Acting Company

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Shawn is a Toronto-based actor and graduate of Humber College. Over the past year, he’s completed Factory Theatre’s Mechanicals program, made his directorial debut with The Stand (2019 InspiraTO Festival), and made his professional stage debut as Amir Kapoor in Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (Alberta Theatre Projects). Other recent credits include Titus Andronicus (Hart House Theatre), Carmilla (2019 Toronto Fringe), and the staged reading of Anusree Roy’s Trident Moon (Stratford Festival). Shawn is thrilled to join the Anywhere But Here team; honoured to bring this funny, touching, poignant tale to life; and filled with profound gratitude to everyone involved with the production, to the staff at Electric Company Theatre, to his friends, his family, and to Rae.

NADEEM PHILLIP – Acting Company

Nadeem Phillip attended Ryerson Theatre School, where he was trained by Ian Watson of the Stratford Conservatory, and Dr. Cynthia Ashperger of the Michael Chekhov Association. His career spans a decade, in Theatre, Film, and Television. Noteworthy credits include the world premiere of the smash hit Beatles musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and the national tour of the award-winning Canadian musical Onegin. Nadeem is directing his focus towards culturally relevant work, striving to add non-colonial content to the Canadian theatre milieu. This summer, you can see Nadeem perform The Mahabharata at The Shaw Festival. Nadeem currently resides on the land rightfully belonging to the Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, and Anishnaabe, and is privileged to perform here on the land taken from the Musqueam, Stz’uminus, Stó:lō, Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w, Tsleil-Waututh. It’s an honor to perform this show, with this company, at this time. May all the walls between us come down.


Born in Los Angeles to a Mexican-American father and a Dutch-British-Canadian mother, Christine is now a grateful visitor to the Unceded Coast Salish Territories.  As an actor, Christine has recently played in The Coyotes (Caravan Farm Theatre), Marine Life (Ruby Slippers Theatre), Yoga Play (Gateway Theatre), East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement and The Cultch).  Playwriting highlights include Delinquent Theatre’s Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon) winner of a Significant Artistic Achievement Award, and Selfie (commissioned by YPT in Toronto), winner of a Dora Award for Outstanding TYA Play, and the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script. Christine is a Siminovitch Protégée Prize winner for playwriting, and is currently Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre. She is a proud founding member of the Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coalition, and holds a BFA in Acting from UBC.

MICHELLE RIOS – Acting Company

Theatrical credits include the Tony-Award nominated Broadway productions of The Capeman, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, and the Tony Award Winner for Best Musical In the Heights.  Off-Broadway and Regional (U.S./Canadian) include: INTAR, NYS&F, La MaMa, ETC., Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Portland Stage, Sundance Theatre Lab, Workshop West, Citadel Theatre, etc.  Film/TV credits include: Law & Order, Third Watch, Dirt, Frontera, Dead Again in Tombstone, etc.  Ms. Rios has performed alongside Lin Manuel Miranda, Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, and Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, among others.

In 2018, she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her portrayal of “Abuela Claudia” in the U.S. Spanish premiere of In the Heights.

AJ SIMMONS – Acting Company

Known for her fierce determination and brazenly unapologetic heart, AJ Simmons is a queer mestiza actor, writer, and filmmaker. The daughter of a transracial adoptee and a refugee, she is grateful to be living, breathing and working on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied, traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations. With a diverse foundation in classical theatre and dance, AJ’s passion for storytelling is infused with a layered complexity. For the stage, AJ has collaborated with Electric Company, Pacific, Factory, Pleiades, Young People’s Theatre, Roseneath, Aluna, and Alameda Theatre. AJ also explores her intersectionality through Flamenco and is a member of Flamenco Rosario’s Professional Training Program 2019/20. She trains concurrently with Oscar Nieto and Kasandra ‘La China’ of Mozaico Flamenco. As an emerging filmmaker AJ has written, produced and directed several short films which have screened at festivals across Canada and the United States. Most recently her short film ‘Yasmina’  was awarded a Storyhive grant, and was released and broadcast in cooperation with Telus and NSICanada. @JeniferAleja_S

MANUELA SOSA – Acting Company

Manuela is a trilingual performer based between Vancouver and New York City. As a Venezuelan-American who grew up studying French in Canada, she embraces her own cultural complexity and celebrates nuanced identities in the diverse characters she embodies. Manuela is trained in classical and contemporary acting and her interests in dramaturgy have led her to work internationally with playwrights, directors and choreographers to devise and develop new plays. Past collaborators include Rice&Beans Theatre, Theatre Elsewhere, The Troika Collective, Elysse Cheadle, Leaky Heaven Circus, MouthRadio, Classic Theatre of Harlem, The Young Company, Theatre In Asylum, and The Hong Kong Dance Alliance.  Manuela holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University in French and Theatre, and an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.


Michelle Rios

Theatrical credits include the Tony-Award nominated Broadway productions of The Capeman, The Sound of Music, Man of La Mancha, and the Tony Award Winner for Best Musical In the Heights.  Off-Broadway and Regional (U.S./Canadian) include: INTAR, NYS&F, La MaMa, ETC., Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Portland Stage, Sundance Theatre Lab, Workshop West, Citadel Theatre, etc.  Film/TV credits include: Law & Order, Third Watch, Dirt, Frontera, Dead Again in Tombstone, etc.  Ms. Rios has performed alongside Lin Manuel Miranda, Paul Simon, Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Lila Downs, and Academy Award nominee Ed Harris, among others. In 2018, she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her portrayal of “Abuela Claudia” in the U.S. Spanish premiere of In the Heights.

Electric Company Welcomes
Carmen Aguirre

ECT is in the midst of an exciting company transformation. For the past 20 years, our Artistic Core has been comprised of our four founders; Jonathon Young, Kim Collier, Kevin Kerr, and David Hudgins. In this new chapter, we are expanding the Artistic Core to include new artists with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and practices, who share similar values of the Electric Company, including collaboration, artistic excellence, and accessibility. We sought out an artist who has created thematically rich work, is community-minded and accessible, inventive and generous. We are thrilled to announce the first artist to join our Artist Core since the company was founded: Carmen Aguirre.

Carmen is an internationally renowned playwright, actress, best-selling author, and theatre creator. You may have seen her collaboration with Electric Company Theatre in Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, a piece that Carmen co-created and starred in at Electric Company in 2001. She has written and co-written over 25 plays, and is a cornerstone of the Vancouver theatre community. Says Kim Collier, “Carmen is a powerful artist…the social commentary in her work will continue to add to the cultural landscape of city, province, and country and deepen our understanding of gender, difference, sexuality, and politics. We know that having Carmen join our conversation will enrich our company, our art, and our legacy as a company. I love Carmen very much and can’t wait to sit down with her and dream about what is possible.”

Carmen says, “I was floored, honoured, and humbled when I was approached by The Electric Company to join their Artistic Core. Not only are they prolific ground-breakers and risk-takers, they are Canadian theatre pioneers, largely responsible for landing Vancouver on the theatre-world map. The Electric Company and I were in the same class at our alma mater, Studio 58. We met as young, wide-eyed students and together trained rigourously, witnessing each others’ sometimes harrowing journeys into becoming artists. They are colleagues and they are my sister and brothers. I look forward to what our collaborations will teach me, and, more importantly, I am excited to share those collaborations with the world.”

You can read more about Carmen’s work here. Welcome Carmen, we could not be more excited to have you join the beating heart of Electric Company Theatre.

40 Days and 40 Nights in Vancouver

What do you think about when you think about love?
Kim Collier and Daniel Brooks are asking this question in their new creation, 40 Days and 40 Nights. We’re pleased to announce that this unique and intimate work will be coming to Toronto, Burnaby, and Vancouver in May with very limited availability. Click here for more information on our team and for tickets. Don’t delay- capacity is limited and you won’t want to miss this special offering.

Jeremy James Returns with New Workshops

Internationally renowned theatre instructor Jeremy James is returning to Vancouver, and Electric Company is teaming up with Radix Theatre to present two different workshops with him, May 7-13. These workshops are ideal for actors, directors,  choreographers, dancers and all students of performance.

Body, Space and the Imagination II: The Journey
Building on preliminary exercises introduced in Jeremy’s last Vancouver workshops in 2011 and 2016, this workshop deepens research into some of the most fundamental principles of performance and play.
May 7 – 11

Before the Word: Tensions, Tics and Character Traits
Exploring frameworks for improvisation which support research, preparation, and character development in a devising and rehearsal process.
May 11-13

“Jeremy is able to devise approaches I have searched for throughout my life as an actor. He is a true master, who shares his humanity and insight at every moment.” juan antonio quintana | actor and director | madrid

For more details, including prices, course descriptions, and how to register, click here. For any questions, please email Andrew at Radix Theatre.

Clayton, Kim and the team of carried away on the crest of a wave

Where in the World are Our Electrics?

This past month, Kim Collier set up shop in Ottawa down the hall from our new Artistic Producer, Clayton, in order to direct the National Arts Centre‘s carried away on the crest of a wave. David Yee’s work, which won the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for drama, shares nine stories about the cataclysmic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Says Yee about Kim Collier, “(The work is) in such good hands. She’s genius…her pursuit of what is honest and what is human in her work has been really, really inspiring.”

The Ottawa Citizen called Kim’s staging “ingenious”, while the Globe and Mail said “Collier stages with unsettling simplicity”. Kim directed homegrown actors Kayvon Khoshkam, Adrienne Wong, Andrea Yu, Chirag Naik and Jenny Young, who will also appear in The Full Light of Day at the Vancouver Playhouse in January 2019. Now Kim is rehearsing 40 Days and 40 Nights in Toronto at the Theatre Centre and getting ready for her return to YVR in May.

We were happy to welcome Jonathon Young back to the west coast for the sold-out run of Betroffenheit at The Vancouver Playhouse. He and Crystal Pite of Kidd Pivot used this hometown time to hunker down in Progress Lab and cook up their next show, which the Canada Council for the Arts awarded the highly competitive “New Chapter” award. And speaking of Crystal Pite, she just won a second Olivier for her work, Flight Pattern, at the Royal Ballet. If you still haven’t seen Betroffenheit, the show is headed to Toronto before jetting off to Europe for April and May, and finishing the tour in Montreal in June. Click here for all of the tour dates and ticketing information for the final tour of the production that the Globe and Mail called “rare and staggering”.

Around Town…

Are you working on a new play/musical/dance show/multidisciplinary performance and feeling stuck, uninspired or just simply needing a test audience? Resounding Scream Theatre and Upintheair Theatre are accepting applications for the 6th installment of PLUNGE, a showcase of emerging artists’ work in development. PLUNGE will be presented at Upintheair’s Revolver Festival on Sunday, June 3, 2–4 PM at the Cultch’s Green House Studio.

What is PLUNGE? 3 artistic projects will be selected to do a 15–20 minute presentation (either a workshop performance or staged reading), followed by an audience talk back facilitated by Resounding Scream Theatre aimed at receiving audience feedback advance the piece in its development process. Participants will be given a $200 honorarium, and RST will provide a performance space and coordination of the event.

Questions? Email Linda or click here for more information.

As always, we are grateful for any gift you can give to help make our big dreams a reality. Click here to donate, or email us to learn more about how your support can change the future of Vancouver theatre.

Kim, Jonathon, Kevin, David, Clayton, Shantini, and Jen

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Electric Company acknowledges that our work and events take place on the traditional, unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.