Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director (on admin leave, 18/19 Season)
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, Interim Artistic Director (18/19 Season)
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.
Christine Quintana, Interim Interim Artistic Director (October 18-April 19)
Christine is an actor, playwright, and co-Artistic Producer of Delinquent Theatre. In these various capacities, she has worked with Tarragon Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, The Cultch, Neworld Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Boca Del Lupo, Zee Zee Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Playwrights Theatre Centre, Pi Theatre, Nightswimming Theatre, and Young People’s Theatre. Christine received the 2017 Siminovitch Protege Prize for Playwriting from Marcus Youssef, and was the Urjo Kareda Emerging Artist Resident at Tarragon Theatre. She is the 2018 Playwright in Residence at Tarragon Theatre. Creation / performing highlights include Selfie (commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième in French, and Young People’s Theatre in English, winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding TYA Play, and the Sydney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright); writing, producing and performing in Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Small Theatre); and creating/performing in Never The Last (co-created with Molly MacKinnon) at the rEvolver Theatre Festival, produced by Delinquent Theatre in association with Electric Company Theatre, developed at the 2016 Banff Playwrights Colony. As an actor, Christine has played in Elbow Room Café: The Musical (Zee Zee Theatre) Saint Joan, She Stoops to Conquer, and the LEAP Reading Series (Arts Club), Heathers (Chainsaw Collective), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Co-Op), Of Mice and Men (Hardline Productions). Christine was proud to be part of the inaugural ThisGen gathering, produced by WhyNot Theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia.
Sandra Henderson, Producer
Sandra Henderson is a transplant from Toronto where she spent 15 years developing her practice in the arts. She has worked as a producer, production manager, tour coordinator, lighting designer, stage manager, rehearsal director, performer and technician. As you might suspect, Sandra values many parts of the creative process and strives to eliminate the perceived distance between what’s technical and what’s artistic. She has toured around the globe with experimental choreography in Slovenia, Croatia and Japan; outdoor surrealist dance in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands; theatre for young audiences across remote parts of Canada from the likes of Haida Gwaii to Rainy River; and large-scale works of theatre and dance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques, the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and on the Louisiana bayou. Sandra spent two years apiece as tour and production manager for Red Sky Performance (2008-2010) and Necessary Angel Theatre Company (2011-2013); three seasons as festival production manager for the Toronto Fringe Festival (2014-2016); and was an Associate Artist with Public Recordings Performance Projects from 2013-2017. Sandra comes to Neworld from Why Not Theatre, where she was the inaugural Associate Producer in 2017-2018.
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.
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.)
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.
Politburo (Board of Directors)
Linda Gorrie, Heather Tanaka, Alnoor Gova, Bill Hood, Ellie O’Day, Jocelyn Peirce, Kelsey Blair, Kieran Sequoia.