Artistic Director: Stephen Drover
Managing Producer: Christie Watson
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) Macbeth; DenmarK (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 North Van with his wife, Sasa Brown, and their son, Jack.
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 serves on the Board of the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series. Originally from Toronto, she now lives in Vancouver’s West End with her husband and her two children.
Christie Watson, Managing Producer
Christie graduated from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England in 2001 and has since played many roles within the cultural arena. In 2003 Christie returned to his hometown of Ottawa where he received a Theatre Ontario Professional Development grant to pursue his interest in producing and directing. Christie became involved with the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the National Arts Centre as an Artistic Associate and began producing diverse arts and culture events around Ottawa until Christie moved to Vancouver in 2008. Since the move Christie built a wide network in the Vancouver arts community that made it possible for him to establish Holding Space Productions in 2015. Christie was the producer for TBD: Liberation Through Hearing (RADIX), Sonic Elder (The Chop), Children of God (Urban Ink), and The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards 2016 & 2017. His next producing project is Sal Capone (BoldSkool Productions). Christie’s first introduction to Rumble was in 2011 when he was an ensemble member in Community Dinner and he is happy to return and get cozy in the office for a little while. Christie lives in East Vancouver with his wonderful wife Emelia Symington Fedy and his two very excellent boys, Arthur and Obie.
Jessica Hood, Artistic Associate
Jessica 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