January 25, 2020

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be directing the mainstage production for Jupiter Theatre's 2019/2020 season: Mockus by George M. Johnson! It's a terrific play and one that I'm so excited to be tackling again. 

I directed the world premiere of the show in 2016 with Chimera Theatre and since then the script has undergone serious changes (there's a whole new scene!) and it keeps getting better and better. I love directing and producing new works because seeing them evolve from workshops into productions is so rewarding. For this show, I'm also going to be doing the choreography and fight direction and I'm excitedto flex those muscles again. We start rehearsals at the beginning of February and the team I have right now I'm really looking f...

November 30, 2019

I'm quite fond of this thrilling little play. I wrote Dispatch last October as I was getting in the mood for Halloween and after that's it's gone on to great success. It was a finalist in Theatre New Vintage's 2019 Play Competition and then went on to gain its first production in Ontario this past summer. After announcing that the play was shortlisted for two Short + Sweet Festivals around the world, I'm very pleased to announce that Dispatch will be receiving a production on the other side of the Pacific in Sydney, Australia early next year!

Kiana Woo, Katherine Cappellacci, Kayne Wylie in the NNPF 2019 production of Dispatch by Andrew G. Cooper. Directed by Trevor Curran. Scenic design, Ellen Brooker. Costume Design, Madeline Ius...

November 10, 2019

Theatre is, by its nature, collaborative. That's what I really love about it. It's what makes the art form so alive. When an author writes a book, there's usually only one interpretation of the text: the reader. Of course, there's input from the editors, the publishers, etc., but in the actual ingestion of the art it goes from the words that were written by the creator straight into the mind of the reader and that reader interprets the story.

With theatre it's different. A playwright writes words and then those words are interpreted by artists. A director creates the vision of the show. The designers create the world and space and texture of the play to come to life in. Actors bring the characters to life. Each of these add an interpret...

October 3, 2019

Auditions can be a dreadful thing as a performer. It seems like nobody really likes them. Most people I talk to, whether they be actors, dancers, stage managers, or casting directors, don't like the audition process. But it doesn't seem like anyone has a better way of hiring artists for contracted theatre work (I certainly haven't thought of a better way) so here we are, season after season doing auditions the same old way. 

As a director, I actually really enjoy hosting auditions. So little of my job as an Artistic Producer is actually directing, so whenever I can flex my skills and practice my craft, even for 15 minutes at a time in an audition or callback, I'm happy.

Over the last two weeks, I held auditions for three productions I'm...

June 9, 2019

I did it. 

I wrote, self-directed, and performed in a one-man show. Earlier this spring I announced that my newest show Other Deaths of the Universe would be debuting this spring (and explained why in the world I would undertake this daunting task). I wasn't sure how the project would turn out, but I survived it. It was the scariest thing I've done so far as a theatre artist and a performer but, most importantly, I learned a lot from the experience. Here's a few thoughts from the process: 

Lighting Design by Tauran Wood. Photo by Aiden Nidelet.

  1. Being yourself on stage is very, very hard.
    This show was deeply personal. It was challenging as a performer not only to memorize and perform a 65 minute show by myself, b...

April 28, 2019

Spring is a busy time of year. It's summed up by three words that most Arts Administrators I know dread: grant writing season. I've finished five grants already in the last month and I'm working on finishing two more before the week is done. Most years, I'm scrambling just to get enough words, budgets, support materials, and reference letters just to get submissions in on time, but this year I've been taking a little more time to think about whyI'm doing theatre in Canada and why it's important to me and my community.  Somewhere between being in the middle of tech week, writing all these grants, and still trying to find time to sleep, I wanted to take a moment to share some of my thoughts. It is, of course, also great way to procr...

February 14, 2019

Well, the world premiere run of The Robber Bridegroom by the Brothers Grimm (adapted by the Chimera Theatre Ensemble) is finished. The show ran for eleven performances in Kamloops and Calgary and was met with enthusiasm in both cities! This show has meant a great deal to me and I'm so thankful to have gotten the chance to work and play with so many wonderful collaborators, designers, performers, and puppeteers!

If you're interested in reading a bit about the show in the press, we've got some previews about the piece here: Calgary Herald, Kamloops This Week, InfoNews Kamloops, The Omega, and CFJC TV. I also spoke on the CFJC Midday show about the production!

Now, why might you be interested in reading about this show if we've already closed? B...

January 21, 2019

 The Robber Bridegroom opens at Chimera Theatre in Kamloops this week! We're so excited to load this amazing puppet show into the Pavilion Theatre next week and then travel to Calgary the following week.

Having the opportunity to devise and create a new show is such a blessing and I've thoroughly enjoyed the process. It's been a lot of hard work, but the show has really come together and I'm excited to see how audiences react to it over the coarse of our run. We've combined rod puppetry, shadow puppetry, and physical theatre to make a play that's part puppet show, part immersive theatre, and even part improvised. I truly think it's going to be a play/experience that audiences in Kamloops haven't seen before and I'm excited to bring a product...

November 5, 2018

It's November and you all know what that means...winter in Canada.

I've lived in Edmonton once before and I recall, quite fondly, the autumn season. In particular, I remember wearing my Halloween costume over-top of my snowsuit as a child for trick-or-treating. We did not, thankfully, have snow ON Halloween this year in Edmonton, it waited a total of one day, but it is now a winter (and icy) wonderland here in the great white north of Alberta.

So it's winter in Edmonton. Why would I be here? Well, Christmas theatre of course! I'm currently working as the assistant director on Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Citadel Theatre! It's part two of my self-guided season of assistant directing project for this year (you can read more about...

October 4, 2018

I'm knee deep into the 2018/2019 season already in rehearsals at Theatre Calgary, but I wanted to share how excited I am about this season and what my plans are so far. It's shaping up to be a fabulous year and I can't wait to share all my adventures with you all!

First up is, as I've already written about, Mary and Max: The Musical at Theatre Calgary. This is the world premiere of a beautiful new musical with music and lyrics by Bobby Cronin and book by Crystal Skillman. We're in our last week before tech rehearsals and we're making incredible discoveries every day in the rehearsal hall. I love musicals and am passionate about new work, so this is the perfect project for me. And it's making me really excited for something else coming up lat...

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