The Living Room – Making Theatre with Your Friends
Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7pm to 9pm
PL1422 Studio, 1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC
FREE admission; no advance registration required
**This session was originally scheduled for Monday, February 27. Please note the date change.**
Vancouver’s theatre community has been celebrated for its collaborative nature. We love working with others, and we often find ourselves working with our friends. But what happens when work and friendship mix? How do you keep a friendship healthy when the work is hard, or if your personal relationship is strained? Do friends really make the best colleagues?
At this Living Room session, we’re going to talk to with couple of artists who have put their friendship on the line to make great work together: Marcus Youssef (actor, playwright, and Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre) and James Long (actor, creator, and Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement). Chelsea Haberlin (director, producer, Associate Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre, and co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions) will moderate what is sure to be a lively discussion.
James has been making theatre since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Yamamoto. He has also taught workshops and classes to established artists across Canada and to students at The University of British Columbia, The University of Regina, Simon Fraser University, Studio 58 and Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts. As a freelance actor and director he has had the pleasure of working with Rumble Productions, Neworld Theatre, Cindy Mochizuki, urban ink, Leaky Heaven Circus, The Chop, The Only Animal, Stan’s Cafe, CBC radio and Electric Company Theatre, among many others. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.
Marcus is the Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre. The ethic and practice of collaboration are central to Marcus’ creative work. His plays, many of which were written or created with friends and colleagues, include: Winners and Losers, Jabber, How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil and Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings, Everyone, Adrift, 3299: Forms in Order, Peter Panties and A Line in the Sand. They have been presented across North America, Australia and Europe, translated into Czech, Flemish, and Italian, and published by Talonbooks and Playwrights Canada Press. He’s received numerous awards for his work, including: Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer’s Canadian Play, Arts Club Silver Commission, Seattle Times Footlight, Vancouver Sun Critics’ Choice Innovation (three times), as well as numerous Jessies (Vancouver), Masques (Montreal) and Doras (Toronto).
Chelsea is Co-Artistic Producer and founder of ITSAZOO Productions as well as Associate Artistic Director with Neworld Theatre. Favourite ITSAZOO directing credits include: The Competition is Fierce, Killer Joe (Jessie Richardson Award winner for Outstanding Production), The Flick, Mojo, Chairs: A Parable, Robin Hood, Grimm Tales and Death of a Clown. Other directing projects include The North Plan (Upintheair Theatre), The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Coop), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Glendale (Co-op), Rhinoceros (UBC Masters Thesis project), Featuring Loretta & Criminal Genius (Vancouver Fringe Festival) and Faust is Dead (UBC). She is a three-time Jessie award nominee and the recipient of the Sydney J. Risk award in directing and the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director.
The Living Room is a mixer-slash-mingler-slash-meeting for emerging artists to hear from established artists on topics that are important to our theatre community. Connect, network, and share news in a casual and fun environment. Rumble Theatre invites all artists who self-identify as “emerging” to join us for these fun and stimulating evenings of conversation and community building. Each event centres on a specific theme.