I’m a director because I love to tell stories. I love to feel an audience brought together by the well-told story that speaks to their own experience. I’m interested in plays with intelligence, passion, compassion, humour, humanity, and an opportunity for theatricality — and in stories about people who, despite obstacles, are striving to connect with one another.
I have worked extensively in text-based drama, both classic and contemporary, and also have a strong background in play development. I’m honoured to have been a co-founder of three Canadian theatre companies: Bard on the Beach (Shakespeare), Solo Collective (new work) and Blackbird Theatre (the classics).
I like to work collaboratively, in fact I need to, need ideas to bounce off each other and explode into something else. That can’t be done in a room alone. I’m responsible for determining what story is being told, and for shaping that story from lights up to lights down, but each artist’s role is her/his own territory.
I’m keenly aware of the director’s responsibility to the playwright’s ‘vision’. It’s our job to tell the story in as compelling a way as we can, to mine the script for all its layers of meaning, all its potential. And I think that as directors we have to have some humility. These aren’t our words. These words, and the talents of these artists, have been entrusted to us.
The Merry Wives of Windsor for Bard on the Beach is playing in Vancouver until September 2016. Some recent credits include Tomson Highway’s The (Post) Mistress (with himself as Musical Director) for Gordon Tootoosis Nīgānīwin Theatre, Saskatoon, and Sheridan’s The Rivals for Blackbird Theatre, Vancouver (2 Jessie Awards).
A two-time recipient of Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Awards for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production (The Merry Wives of Windsor, Bard on the Beach 2013; The Triumph of Love, Blackbird Theatre 2008), I have also been honored to receive the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director and the SATAward for Outstanding Direction. Currently I am Literary Manager for Persephone Theatre and Associate Artistic Director for Blackbird Theatre. I hold an MFA in Drama (Directing) from the University of Alberta, and am a member of the Literary Managers and Dramatists of the Americas.