Learning to play the Gamalan in Bali

“…Jack Paterson’s crisp, imaginative direction…makes the point with wonderful theatricality.”
- Jerry Wasserman, The Province

Jack is an award winning director, divisor, dramaturge, actor and theatre creator whose work and study has taken across Canada and around the world.  His work has ranged from contemporary devising, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary projects to main stage and classical theatre.  Some favorite credits include directing the devised projects Wasting Time (Bali, IND) and Odyssey (London, UK), the site specific The Women of Troy (Canadian Stage, Toronto CAN) and F. Garcia Lorca’s The Love of Don Perlimplin in a fusion of Flamenco & Deep Song (The Shaw Festival).

He has trained at leading international theatrical institutions including Circle in Square (NYC, USA), GITIS The University of Performing Arts (Moscow, RU), SENI Indonesian Institute of the Arts (Bali, INA) and received his Masters in Fine Arts from the renown East 15 Acting School (London, UK).  Following a Production residency at the Centaur Theatre (Montreal), in 2011/2012 he crossed Canada with a self created National Artistic Director Residency Series: Three Provinces, Three Companies and Three Mandates with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal (Quebec), Conspiracy (British Columbia) and The Magnetic North Theatre Festival (Ontario/ Alberta).

In Vancouver, he is the founder of multi-award winning Mad Duck Theatre Collective for whom he adapted and directed Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Vancouver’s first female Prospero in The Tempest and the Vancouver premieres of Shakespeare’s R&J and Titus Andronicus.  Other directing credits include the award winning The Hobbit and The Odyssey for Carousel Theatre; The Pitmen Painters and A Moon for the Misbegotten for United Players. He has performed with The Arts Club, Chemainus Theatre, Theatre North West and was a regular performer in Savage God’s The Shakespeare Projects.

He is currently the Co- Artistic Producer of BoucheWHACKED! Theatre Collective and the International Representative for Playwright's Workshop Montreal (Montreal).  Shows under his direction have garnered over twenty six Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations with many wins including “Outstanding Production”.  He is a recipient of The Ray Michal Outstanding Body of Work Award.

“…to say Paterson directs with verve would be an understatement.”
– Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

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