Mission & History
Rumble produces contemporary plays from the Canadian and world repertoire, commissions and produces new Canadian adaptations of outstanding stories, and fosters meaningful interactions between emerging and established artists.
For over two decades Rumble Theatre has served as a vital member of the Vancouver theatre community. The company was founded in 1990 by Norman Armour and Chris Gerrard-Pinker with a focus on creating, performing and producing multi-disciplinary work. The ethos of the Vancouver theatre community at the time was one that yearned for more variety in its artistic composition and more young companies creating innovative theatre. In response, Norman lead the company to foster a nascent emerging scene, encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration between artists and promote a national theatre dialogue (with Touchstone Theatre, Rumble founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival). In 2006, Craig Hall became the company’s Artistic Producer at a time when the community was starting to focus on collaboration and cooperation. Craig built long-term organizational partnerships, initiated artistic co-productions and formalized presentation opportunities for promising emerging companies (Tremors Festival of Emerging Talent). In 2012, Stephen Drover became Artistic Director and introduced a new mandate and direction for Rumble in an effort to respond to the ever-evolving artistic climate.
Rumble has generated productions of great courage and audacity (Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, Snowman, Blackbird, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot). We are co-founders and residents of PL1422, a shared theatre production and administrative space in East Vancouver. The company has produced over 30 critically acclaimed shows, including 20 world premieres, and received numerous honours, including 41 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards nominations.