Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director
Marcus’ plays, about half of which were written with a variety of colleague pals, span a wide variety of content and styles. They include King Arthur’s Night, Winners and Losers, Jabber, Peter Panties (his first with Niall McNeil), How Has My Love Affected You?, Ali and Ali and the aXes of Evil, Everyone, Adrift and A Line in the Sand. They have been performed in dozens of theatres and major festivals across North America, Australia and Europe, from Seattle to New York to London to Reykjavik to Berlin, and are published by Talonbooks, Bloomsbury, and Playwrights Canada Press. Marcus is the recent recipient of Canada’s most prestigious theatre award, the Siminovitch Prize, as well as the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, the Canada Council Staunch-Lynton Award for Artistic Achievement, the Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts award, the Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award, the Vancouver Critics’ Choice award (three times), and numerous local awards in Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Marcus is the artistic director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre and co-founder of PL1422, an artist-run production centre on Vancouver’s East Side. He is an editorial advisor to Canadian Theatre Review, a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts and teaches widely. Marcus is the proud father of two adult sons, Zak and Oscar, and lives in East Vancouver with his partner, teacher Amanda Fritzlan.
Matthew Moreau, Managing Producer
Matt Moreau was an actor and founding member of Shakespeare In The Ruins (SIR), performers of promenade-style Shakespeare in and around the monastery ruins of St. Norbert, south of Winnipeg. After five seasons with SIR, including shows at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, he moved to Vancouver, working for the Playhouse and PI Theatre. In 2004 he received a Diploma in Broadcast Television from BCIT before joining the Motion Capture team at Electronic Arts. Returning to theatre and to Winnipeg in 2010, he became the General Manager of his former company, SIR. In 2015 he became Managing Producer for Neworld Theatre.
Chelsea Haberlin, Associate Artistic Director
Chelsea is Associate Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre and Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions. Favourite ITSAZOO directing credits include The Pipeline Project, Hidden, 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. Favourite Neworld directing projects include: An Awkward and Embarrassing Conversation about Difference, Jabber (co-produced with Green Thumb Theatre), Doost (co-directed with Camyar Chai), and the upcoming Niall and Marcus Talk about Sh!t Niall Likes and the *orn Project (co-produced with Studio 58). Other directing projects include: The Day Before Christmas (Arts Club Theatre), Shop Talk (Theatre SKAM), Dead Metaphor (Firehall), The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), The North Plan (Upintheair Theatre), Stationary (Delinquent Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Coop), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Rhinoceros (UBC Masters Thesis project) and Faust is Dead (UBC). Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC, a BFA with a specialization in Applied Theatre from UVic. She is the recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing, the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director and a one-time winner and three-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. She is also an adjunct professor at UBC in the department of film and theatre.
Corinna Hagel, Communications & Operations Coordinator
Corinna has spent the previous 10-odd years working with still and moving images. As a visual researcher, she worked on dozens of independent documentaries including The Corporation (feature), Second City (CBC), Weird Sex and Snowshoes (feature), Shameless: The ART of Disability (NFB), The Leading Edge (Knowledge Network), Greenpeace: Making a Stand (Global) and Raised to Be Heroes (NFB). In her role as Omnifilm’s Development Manager (and, eventually, Director of Marketing & Communications), Corinna contributed to various television docs and series including Ice Pilots NWT (History), Pyros (Discovery), Arctic Air (CBC), Word Travels (Nat Geo), CannaBiz (CBC), Primeval: New World (Space), and System Crash (CLT) among many others. Prior to her career in docs and TV, Corinna spent four years at McGill University Libraries, primarily working in the Rare Books Division and the Digital Collections Program helping to create online digital archives. She has a degree in Cultural Studies from McGill. Her side hustles include co-parenting two young children and co-running a vege-pate business.
Davey Calderon, Resident Producer
Davey Samuel Calderon is a Filipino Canadian-American born in Oakland, California but grew up in Newfoundland. He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University. Co-founder of New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops (drop-in Training Jams & Progressive Performance Workshops) and creating new interdisciplinary works together. He is an emerging actor, director, and theatre maker. Recent performances include: Finders Keepers (Theatre in the RAW), Pipef@%! (Vancouver Fringe 2015), The Cold War (SFU Mainstage) and Two Birds on a Wire (Psyche Theatre). Recent directing credits include: KIND (Child): A Staged Reading (New(to)Town Collective) and Donut Holes in Orbit (Directing Projects 2013 & New(to)Town Collective). Currently in development, his first play will be presented at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Adrienne Wong, Associate Artist
Adrienne Wong creates, performs and produces new work for theatre and radio. Projects for Neworld since joining the company in 2004 include commissioning, developing and producing eleven Podplays (site specific audio plays created for specific geographies in Vancouver); performing in The Idiot; performing in Peter Panties; performing in the cross-national co-production of My Name is Rachel Corrie (with Teesri Duniya Theatre, Montreal); co-creating three pieces for three HIVEs; and performing in the first draft of Adrift on the Nile. Adrienne is an inveterate collaborator, and has worked with Pi Theatre, Electric Company, Caravan Farm Theatre, battery opera, Shakti Dance Collective, Theatre Replacement, Firehall Arts Centre, and Vancouver Moving Theatre among others. Career highlights to date include performing in the former Vancouver Morgue, recording a radio play via satellite with the BBC World Service, facilitating Placebook – an analogue version of Facebook – at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s overnight FUSE, devising a miniature play for Box Theatre, co-writing on the Downtown Eastside Community Play, playing Scrabble over the radio (North by Northwest, CBC Radio One), and creating interactive letter-writing projects. Upcoming projects include collaboration with Toronto’s Fu-Gen Theatre on The Sex Tape Project, a collection of three audio plays experienced while peeping into a hotel room across the street, and Landline, with Halifax’s Secret Theatre, another series of audio plays, but these ones are performed simultaneously in Halifax and Vancouver. Adrienne is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and plays the ukulele.
Camyar Chai, Founding Artistic Producer (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Recent Acting Credits: The Adventures of Ali and Ali (Neworld Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Vancouver Playhouse), Intelligence (television, recurring role), Masters of Science Fiction (television), Everything’s Gone Green (Film), Hedda Gabler (Rumble Productions), Zadie’s Shoes (Arts Club Theatre), Favourite Directing Credits: Mother Courage And Her Children (UBC), Adrift On The Nile (Neworld Theatre), Bringing It All Back Home, King Richard And His Women (UBC) Writing Credits: Eljijah’s Kite (Opera libretto composed by James Rolfe – premiered at the Manhattan School for Music and and Rideux Hall by invitation of the Governor General), The Adventures of Ali and Ali (with Guillermo Verdecchia and Marcus Youssef), Asylum of the Universe. Selected Awards: University Graduate Fellowship (Masters Of Fine Arts – Theatre Directing), Ray Michal Award for Most Promising New Director, two Jessie Richardson Awards for writing and a Jessie Richardson Award for Acting (with the ensemble of Western Theatre Conspiracy’s Mojo.)
Politburo (Board of Directors)
Linda Gorrie, Heather Tanaka, Alnoor Gova, Bill Hood, Ellie O’Day, Jocelyn Peirce, Kelsey Blair, Kieran Sequoia.