Rumblers

Staff List

Artistic Director: Stephen Drover

Managing Producer: Becky Low (on leave until May 2018)

Interim Managing Producer: Laura Efron

Communications Manager: Kellee Ngan

Artistic Associate: Jessica Hood


 

Stephen Drover, Artistic Director

Stephen was appointed Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre in June 2012. Originally from Newfoundland, he trained at Memorial University (BFA in Acting) and UBC (MFA in Directing) and directs and teaches theatre in British Columbia and across Canada. As founding Artistic Director for Pound of Flesh Theatre in Vancouver, he adapted and/or directed The Bond (from The Merchant of Venice) MacbethDenmarK (adapted from Hamlet) co-directed Everyone (at the Caravan Farm Theatre) and directed The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (presented by Rumble). As Associate Director with Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, he directed Romeo & Juliet, East O’ the Sun & West O’ the Moon, and Of the Fields, Lately and later directed at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival (Leaving Home). Other directing credits include PolitoKo (Ghost River Theatre, Calgary), Boston Marriage and Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Guild Theatre, Whitehorse), The Pillowman (Wild Geese Co-op, Vancouver), The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (Carousel Theatre), Skydive (Realwheels, Vancouver) for which he shares a Jessie Award for Outstanding Direction with Roy Surette, Orphans (WINK Theatre, Vancouver), and See Bob Run, Wild Abandon, House and The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine (Bare Boards Theatre, Newfoundland).

Stephen sits on Studio 58’s advisory council, has directed new play development processes with Playwrights Theatre Centre, is a regular teacher/adjudicator for Theatre BC, has been the Project Coordinator for Electric Company Theatre and Artist-in-Residence at Neworld Theatre. He is a recipient of the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director, the Sydney J. Risk Award in Theatre Directing (UBC) and the Canada Council for the Arts Artist-in-Residence Grant. He lives in East Van with his wife, Sasa Brown, and their son, Jack.


becky-headshotBecky Low, Managing Producer

Becky hails from Southern Alberta and has worked as an administrator, producer, box office manager, artist services coordinator, educator, stage manager, and director. After graduating from the University of Alberta where she studied the performative aspects of political protest, she spent two years in London, UK. While in England, Becky oversaw the education program for Rifco Arts and worked as a project coordinator for Forbidden Theatre. She spent three years as General Manager of Vancouver’s Pi Theatre. Becky sits on the board of Vancouver Creative Space Society. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and her two daughters and she likes to swim.

 


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Kellee Ngan, Communications Manager

Kellee is a writer, an editor and an arts administrator who has been a part of the Rumble team since 2010. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is currently working on a novel. Kellee sits on the Board of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. Originally from Toronto, she now lives in Vancouver with her husband and her two children.

 

 

 

 

 


Laura Efron, Interim Managing Producer

Once a Rumbler, always a Rumbler. Laura is pleasantly surprised to find that her journey has brought her back to Rumble after a four-year adventure managing performing arts venues from the North Shore to the Downtown Eastside. She’s proud to be one of the founders of Progress Lab 1422 which opened while she was Rumble’s General Manager from 2006 to 2013. She has held various arts admin roles at the Arts Club Theatre, the Firehall Arts Centre and The BlueShore at Cap. She has managed an arts facility managers group, a theatre critique group, and is currently Chair of the GVPTA’s Theatre Management Roundtables. Laura volunteers for Atira Women’s Resource Society and Calopia, the “cause shopping” network. She participates in the Meaningful Discussions Project, sings with Out in Harmony Choir and has a serious sweet tooth. Upon Becky’s return, Laura will be available for new work opportunities starting in May 2018.


Jessica Hood, Artistic Associate

Jessica HoodJessica is thrilled to be joining the Rumble team as their Artistic Associate for the 2017-18 season. She is an emerging theatre artist who has worked primarily as an actor, but also as a production manager, publicist, and costume designer. Born in Canada and raised in California, she studied theatre at Simon Fraser University and graduated with a BFA in theatre performance. She also completed the Stella Adler summer acting conservatory in New York. Selected performance credits include Acceleration, a new play by Caroline Sniatynski; The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine, which was the 2016 PTC Fringe New Play Prize Award winner by Deneh’Cho Thompson; Voices from Chernobyl, an original production that told the verbatim stories of the survivors, featuring music by Elliot Vaughan and created by The Troika Collective; and the title role in Olya the Child, a new play by Lauren Kresowaty, presented by The Troika Collective. Jessica is a singer in Vostok, an acapella trio that specializes in Eastern European music. She is also currently writing a play, which will undergo development through PTC’s Block A. Jessica lives in Vancouver with her fiancé and their dog Roo.

Board of Directors

Mat Brechtel President
Lyndsay Watson Vice-President
Amy Starkey Secretary
Brian Radburn Treasurer
Andrew Forshner
Maryann Kempthorne
Sikee Liu
Scott Miller
Shan Parmar