2016 in Review

January 4, 2017
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2016 has been an exciting year of plane hopping with projects in three cities (five if we get really technical) and two continents. The year's directing projects included the new works with Halifax playwright Karen Morash's Playground (London, UK) and a frank theatre company's Walt Whitman's Secret (North Vancouver, CAN); a contemporary spin on the American classic with United Players’ The Lion in Winter (Vancouver, CAN); and a fusion of devising work and First Folio Text in Cardiff with Everyman Theatre’s summer production of Romeo and Juliet.

BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective was back as The List (Ruby Slippers Theatre) remounted at the Richmond Gateway Theatre to more very positive reviews. Our fourth Ta Gueule Translation Workshops and Reading Series was back at the Cultch in May. This year we were joined by Montreal multiple Governor General French Language Awards nominee Étienne Lepage and Toronto’s Award winning translator Bobby Theodore for the English translation of Robin et Marion. Also from Montreal, Emerging Translator Award winner Alexis Diamond joined us for her translation of Marie Claude Verdier’s I’m Not Here. Local Vancouver translator Leanna Brodie and Ruby Slippers Theatre rounded out our guest company slot with their translation of I Lost My Husband.

 

BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective was back as The List (Ruby Slippers Theatre) remounted at the Richmond Gateway Theatre to more very positive reviews. Our fourth Ta Gueule Translation Workshops and Reading Series was back at the Cultch in May. This year we were joined by Montreal multiple Governor General French Language Awards nominee Étienne Lepage and Toronto’s Award winning translator Bobby Theodore for the English translation of Robin et Marion. Also from Montreal, Emerging Translator Award winner Alexis Diamond joined us for her translation of Marie Claude Verdier’s I’m Not Here. Local Vancouver translator Leanna Brodie and Ruby Slippers Theatre rounded out our guest company slot with their translation of I Lost My Husband.

 



The year began and ended with residencies. Theatre503 (London, UK) kindly allowed me to work around my production schedules on their Resident Assistant Producer scheme. Then, as the year wound down I was invited to join The Presentation House Theatre team (North Vancouver, CAN) as Associate Artistic Director from October to December. A special thank you to both companies who, along with providing shelter from the storm, were tremendously generous, open and willing to share their collective knowledge.



I am happy to report that ongoing volunteer outreach work on behalf of Canadian theatre resulted in the inclusion of playwright’s Camyar Chai, Anosh Irani, Sheila James, Ravi and Asha Jain, Anita Majumdar, Wajdi Mouawad, Pamela Mala Shina, Djanet Spears, Jordan Tannahill, Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef alongside their international peers in Bloomsbury Methuen Drama’s Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Artists edited by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway. It was particularly gratifying to play a small role in promoting Canadian playwrights and in Sim’s ongoing important work.

In my travels, I continue to do my best to bridge individuals and organisations. This month I was able to attend Rimini Protokoll's Top Secret International (State 1) (Munich, GER) on behalf of Theatre Conspiracy and visit Theatre Wrede (Oldenburg, GER) for PHT. I happily continue to act as a representative for Playwright’s Workshop Montreal (Montreal, CAN).

 

 

 

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