Walt Whitman’s Secret nominated for 6 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Romeo and Juliet The List The Love of Don Perlimplin Odyssey The Pitmen Painters Titus Andronicus The Odyssey The Centre of Everything Civilised

Walt Whitman’s Secret nominated for 6 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards

Walt Whitman’s Secret nominated for 6 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Jack Paterson and Mark Modzelewski
Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 16

“…innovative…challenging…daring…a frisson of new energy…taking the leap into the unknown…” – MyTheatreMates.com

The List

By Jennifer Tremblay & Translated By Shelley Tepperman
Directed by Jack Paterson
“…the power of words and an actor to conjure a complex, emotional world…elegant, essential and poetic…” – The Vancouver Sun

The Love of Don Perlimplin

By F. Garcia Lorca, The Shaw Festival
“A bold and visual exploration of Lorca’s text, with beautiful choreography and stunning music”
Ashlie Corcoran, A Thousand Island Playhouse


Inspired by Homer’s Epic Poem
Devised By The Ensemble | Directed By Jack Paterson
“…an astonishing show!” – Simon Usher, Director (RSC, The Print Room)

The Pitmen Painters

By Lee Hall | Directed By Jack Paterson
“…one of the most consistently pleasing shows In recent memory.” – The Province

Titus Andronicus

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and Directed by Jack Paterson
“…one of the best shows in a strong season…Paterson makes the play’s relevance inarguable.”
Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

The Odyssey

Adapted from the epic poem by Homer
By John Murrell | Directed by Jack Paterson
Carousel Theatre for Young People
“…so imaginatively conceived…Highest praise: my eight-year-old companion talked about this show all night and well into the next day.” Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

The Centre of Everything Civilised

By Kate Weneberg | Directed by Jack Paterson
“Stunning, Sexy, Heartbreaking…Just see it”
Mooney On Theatre


Jack is an award winning creator, director, dramaturge, producer and actor whose work and study has taken across Canada, the U.K. and around the world.  His work has ranged from contemporary devising, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary projects to main stage and classical theatre.



Jack's work has been nominated for over 25 awards with many wins including "Outstanding Production".  He personally has been nominated for five "Outstanding Direction" awards and is the recipient of "The Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work".


Blog: The Theatre Backpacker

With a backpack, a pair of hiking boots, and well-worn passport, theatremaker Jack Paterson set out to explore theatre practices across the world. Part travelogue and part interviews series, we meet with international producers, artists, and creators exploring their creative process and their projects.



Jack has trained at leading international institutions including Circle in the Square (NYC), GITIS (Moscow, RU) and ISI (Denpasar, IND) and received his MFA from the East 15 Acting School (London, UK) with The University of Essex.  Recent residencies include Shakespeare's Globe (London, UK).

22nd Oct 2016

Thoughts on Diversity: Casting Walt Whitman

At the opening night of the frank theatre company’s Walt Whitman’s Secret, a colleague came up to me and said “thank you for the casting.” I was surprised by the...

13th Sep 2016

Main Stage 2016: Romeo and Juliet (Cardiff, Wales)

July 21 - 30, 2016 @ Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival "...innovative...challenging...daring...taking the leap into the unknown" – MyTheatreMates.com

13th Jun 2016

Main Stage 2016: The Lion in Winter (Vancouver, CAN)

“…stellar production…Incredible performances…Don’t miss it.” EntertainmentVancouver.com

02nd May 2016

Main Stage 2016: The List (Richmond, CAN)

"...the power of words and an actor to conjure a complex, emotional world...elegant, essential and poetic..." - The Vancouver Sun

08th Jun 2016

Producing 2016: BoucheWHACKED! Translation Workshop and Reading Series (Vancouver, CAN)


07th Oct 2016

Outreach 2016: Audition Speeches for Black, South Asian and Middle Eastern Actors

Throughout my travels an ongoing commitment to the Canadian community has been maintained through free long distance dramaturgy to playwrights from the Yukon to Montreal; supporting networking (introductions such organisations...

13th Jun 2016

New Works 2016: Playground (London, UK)

A new play by Karen Morash When it comes to playground politics, it’s hard to tell the grown-ups from the children.

14th Jun 2016

Producing 2016: Theatre503 Resident Producer (London, UK)

A four month Production Residency with the Olivier Award winning New Play House Theatre503

14th Jun 2016

New Works 2016: Servants (London, UK)

By Christopher O’Shaughnessy Virginia Woolf and her servant Millie. Who depends upon whom? If Millie does not cook, will Virginia starve? What is Millie's secret? And dare she tell Virginia?

05th Sep 2015

New Works 2015: 再见 GOODBYE (London, UK)

A Cross Cultural Musical in English and Mandarin

03rd Jun 2015

Producing: The Governor General Award Plays Project: Age of Minority (Ottawa, CAN)

June 13, 2015 Canada's Magnetic North Festival National Arts Centre 4th Stage FREE EVENT

23rd Apr 2015

Production & Translation 2015: Ta Gueule Translation Workshop & Reading Series 2015 (Vancouver, CAN)

PAY WHAT YOU CAN Contemporary works in translation from across Canada May 30 & 31