2018-19: A new season, a new Rumble

Welcome to Rumble’s 2018-19 season! It’s been a rocking one so far, marked by exciting theatre-making and new directions for the company. We started things off with Tremors, our festival of emerging talent, in August. Featuring three outstanding contemporary plays by three stellar Canadian playwrights (Selfie by Christine Quintana, Tiny Replicas by Dave Deveau, and Theory by Norman Yeung) and a fierce team of emerging artists, Tremors was a hit with audiences and critics alike.


Meet the Rumblers (l to r): Kellee Ngan, Jivesh Parasram, Carmen Aguirre, and Christie Watson. Photo: Stephen Drover.

Meet the Rumblers (l to r): Kellee Ngan, Jivesh Parasram, Carmen Aguirre, and Christie Watson. Photo: Stephen Drover. Location: Postmark Brewing event space.

Now, as we move into the fall, we’re pleased to not only announce our upcoming programming but our new Rumblers as well. After a rigorous search, the Board of Directors has appointed Jivesh Parasram as our new Artistic Director. Jiv is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, facilitator, and cultural worker of Indo-Caribbean decent. He is the founding Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre and has been the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille for the past three years.

Jiv joins Christie Watson, our Managing Producer, and Kellee Ngan, our Director of Operations, as we embark on a collaborative leadership system. Christie is the founder of Holding Space Productions and brings with him a passion for systems change and community building. He comes to Rumble after many years of freelance producing work, including Children of God (Urban Ink), Sal Capone (BoldSkool Productions), Sonic Elder (The Chop) and TBD (RADIX). Kellee is the veteran Rumbler of the trio. She carries our company history and has long been the written voice of Rumble. Her experience in writing, editing, and non-profit arts administration is one of our greatest assets.

Speaking about his new role at Rumble, Jiv says: “It is my honour and privilege to join the team at Rumble in the Unceded Coast Salish Territories, and to collaborate with a company that was so well-helmed through the generosity of my predecessor Stephen Drover. Looking forward I’m committed to honoring the legacy of Rumble while looking beyond the foundation to the earth that’s come before. My aim is to bring a focus on de-colonial practices in our organizational structure and our larger collective work. I’m excited for you to drop by the office so we chat about what that means for us together.”

We’re also thrilled to announce that playwright, actor, and author Carmen Aguirre has been commissioned to write our latest adaptation and will be Rumble’s Playwright-in-Residence this season. Her play will be the third script from this program, following in the acclaimed footsteps of Governor General’s Award winning script Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa (2015) and The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius by Colleen Murphy (2017). Carmen is updating Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy Medea, setting her play in Vancouver’s Little Saigon in the 1980s.

Carmen is eager to take on the project, grey areas and all. “What excites me most about adapting Medea is that I have never adapted a play before. And of course, I love that it features a woman in a lead role,” she says. “But I expect that the biggest challenge in adapting it will be how to keep the audience caring about Medea after she’s killed her children. That’s a tough one. And I look forward to the challenge. I’m up for it.”

We look forward to working with the South East Asian Cultural Heritage Society and the Vancouver Vietnamese community to bring this adaptation to the stage in our 2020-21 season. Development of Carmen’s script is underway and will continue throughout this year, with public events being planned for Spring 2019, so stay tuned for opportunities to engage in the creation of this new work.


We have some exciting programming happening over the next few months, so mark your calendars now!

September 24, 2018: The Living Room

It’s our first Living Room of the season! We will be discussing the role of the producer in theatre with Director/Playwright/Producer Amiel Gladstone and Dawn Brennan (Managing Producer of Urban Ink). Christie Watson, Rumble’s Managing Producer, will moderate. As always, this is a free event. Come make some new connections!

Event info
Living Room #1: Who’s Your Producer?
Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00pm
PL1422 studio, 1422 William St, Vancouver
Free event; no advance registration required

September 29, 2018:
The Cave

The Cave logoWe will be presenting a workshop version of John Millard and Tomson Highway’s new show in development, The Cave, in the Rumble office. This will be a live webcast to sites across the country, connecting people across Canada with a shared theatre experience, and we’re excited to be part of it. If you would like to join us for this experiment, please send us an e-mail as space is extremely limited.

Event info
The Cave
workshop live screening
Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00pm
Rumble office, 1422 William St, Vancouver
Free event but advance RSVP by e-mail to cwatson@rumble.org is required


October 19 – November 10, 2018: The Wolves

The Wolves posterWe are thrilled to be serving as the Associate Producer of With a Spoon Theatre’s remount production of The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, which was one of the standout shows in Vancouver theatre last year. The Wolves focuses on a pack of teenage girls as they prepare for battle on the soccer field. In the exhilaration of adolescence, they grapple with everything from pop culture to politics, discovering their identities as individuals and as a team. We’re pleased to help bring this young company’s production back for a longer run, so even more audiences can enjoy it.

Event info
The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe
A With a Spoon Theatre production in association with Rumble Theatre
Presented by Pacific Theatre
October 19 – November 10, 2018
Pacific Theatre, 1440 West 12th Ave, Vancouver
Tickets on sale now at the Pacific Theatre box office


We’ll announce our winter and spring programming in the not-too-distant future. Join our mailing list to get all the news delivered straight to your inbox.

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