Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director
Marcus’ plays, about half of which were written with friends and colleagues, span a wide variety of styles and include 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 across North America, Australia and Europe, at venues that include: Dublin Theatre Festival, Canadian Stage, Tarragon, Soho Rep (Off-Broadway) PuSh Festival (five times), Foreign Affairs (Berlin), Brighton Festival (UK), LOKAL (Rekjavik), Kennedy Centre (Washington, DC), Noorderzon (Holland), Ca Foscari (Venice), Brno Festival (Czech), Crow’s, Aarhus Festival (Denmark), and many others. Awards: Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts, Chalmer’s Canadian Play, Seattle Times Footlight, Vancouver Critics’ Choice (three times), a GG nomination and numerous Jessie, Dora and META awards/nomination in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Residencies/commissions: Luminato Festival, Caravan and Farnham Maltings (UK), Sydney Festival (AUS), Magnetic North Festival, Geordie Theatre, Arts Club, Touchstone and others. Marcus is Neworld Theatre’s artistic director and co-founder of PL1422, an artist-run production centre on Vancouver’s East Side. He served as Artistic Associate of the Magnetic North Festival, the inaugural chair of Vancouver’s Arts and Culture Policy Council and from 2015-17 as Senior Playwright in Residence at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony. Marcus is an editorial advisor to Canadian Theatre Review and a Canadian Fellow to the International Society of Performing Arts. He is an adjunct professor in Creative Writing at UBC and has been on faculty at Capilano and Concordia Universities. He also teaches regularly at the National Theatre School of Canada and Studio 58. He lives in Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area with his partner, teacher Amanda Fritzlan, and their sons Oscar and Zak.
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 Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions as well as a producer and director. ITSAZOO directing credits include: The Competition is Fierce, Killer Joe (Winner of the Jessie Richardson Award or Outstanding Production, Small Theatre), The Flick and Mojo. Other directing credits include: The North Plan (Upintheair Theatre), The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (Delinquent Theatre. toured to Talk is Free Theatre and the Cultch in April 2015, winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Small Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Co-Op), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Rhinoceros (UBC Thesis project), and Faust is Dead (UBC). Assistant directing credits include: The Mountaintop (Arts Club Theatre), Elizabeth Rex (Bard on the Beach) and The Idiot (PuSh Festival). Education and awards: MFA in directing from UBC and a BFA from UVic. Three time Jessie Richardson Award nominee. Recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing and the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director.
Christine Quintana, Operations & Marketing Coordinator
Christine is an actor, playwright, and co-Artistic Producer of indie theatre company Delinquent Theatre. As an actor, Christine has played in Saint Joan, She Stoops to Conquer, and the LEAP Reading Series (Arts Club), Heathers (Chainsaw Collective), The Glass Menagerie (Fire Escape Co-op) Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Co-Op), and Of Mice and Men (Hardline Productions).. Christine’s plays include Selfie (commissioned by Théâtre la Seizième, winner of the Sidney Risk Prize for Outstanding Script by an Emerging Playwright), Our Time, and Stationary: A Recession-Era Musical (toured to Talk is Free Theatre and the Cultch in April 2015, winner of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Musical, Small Theatre) for which she also served as producer and performer. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia and is dedicated coffee drinker and animal lover. christinequintana.ca
Fay Nass, Resident Producer
Her passion for theatre began when she was five years old in Tehran, Iran, where she found magic in the moment that light disappeared from the room and appeared on the stage. She is interested in exploring liminal spaces; she believes these spaces hold great potential because even though they are not visible, they actively try to gain visibility. In her work she shines light on these spaces in order to shift meanings and de-construct paradigms rooted in our society. Therefore, her artwork often takes a critical view of culture, gender and identity and problematic binaries.
Fay holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, and has been working as a freelance theatre practitioner for the past decade. Fay was the associate artist with the Frank theatre and the co-creator and director of the Pink Line project as part of the Queer Art Festival in 2016. Along with co-producing the 2015 BC BUDS Spring Arts Festival, She directed and produced Lascivious Something at Firehall Arts Centre in June 2015. Her other recent credits includes: Urinetown (Assistant Director), Post Secret (Assistant Director) Aphotic Dream (writer/Director), Anne Frank is in my Dreams (Director), Strange (writer/Director) and Paradox (writer/Director).
Fay’s work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, and the challenges these pose to notions of identity. At the moment she is working on a new piece that focuses on female alienation through a historical, political and personal lens bridging Iran in the 1950s to contemporary time in Canada. Fay is very excited to start her journey as the resident producer with the wonderful team at Neworld theatre.
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.
Natalie Davidson, Community Cultivation Coordinator
Natalie is a queer-identifying theatre artist, facilitator, and emerging administrator with a passion for interdisciplinary performance, inclusivity, and community arts engagement. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Alberta and has most recently performed and created in MACHiNE NOiSY’s PROX:IMITY RE:MIX project, where she also has worked as a youth mentor. Select favourite acting credits include Ingrid in Blavatsky’s Tower (Studio Theatre), The Street Singer in The Threepenny Opera (Studio Theatre), and the title role in Lysistrata (University of Alberta). Recently, she has become involved as an assistant with Creativa International’s True Voice Theatre Project, which is an outreach theatre program that offers performance and creation workshops to residents of the Downtown Eastside. Natalie is committed to the professional development of her skills in administration, producing, and arts management to further support the work of fellow Canadian Theatre artists. She strives to always remain engaged in critical theatrical discourse; of particular interest to her is work that explores intercultural themes such as immigration, indigeneity, queer identity, and spirituality.
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)
Stephanie Dickson, Heather Gordon, Linda Gorrie, Alnoor Gova, Bill Hood, Ellie O’Day