Chelsea Haberlin, Artistic Director (She/Her)
Chelsea has lived most of her life on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and is honoured to call this gorgeous place her home. She is a white woman of mixed Italian-Scottish-English-Swiss heritage. She is a mom and is married to theatre artist Sebastien Archibald.
Chelsea has been creating theatre in some form since she was a very little girl making plays in her basement. She is the Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre and Associate Artist with ITSAZOO Productions, a company she co-founded in 2006. As a director she has worked with: ITSAZOO Productions, Neworld Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Theatre SKAM, Pacific Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, Studio 58, and many more. Chelsea is forever searching for new ways to surprise and engage an audience and is particularly passionate about meaningful collaboration, immersive environments, community engagement, and reconciliation.
Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC and a BFA from UVic and is currently an adjunct professor at UBC. She is the recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing, the Ray Michal award for an outstanding body of work by an emerging director and a two-time winner and five-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. She is a member of the advisory committee for Balancing Act, sits on the boards of the Vancouver Creative Space Society, Creekview Housing Coop (where she is grateful to live!) and Aenigma Theatre.
Alen Dominguez, Managing Director (He/Him)
Alen Dominguez is a Mexican-Canadian theatre artist who trained as an actor at the University of British Columbia. He has since expanded his work into producing and arts management for several award-winning
Raes Calvert, Producer (He/Him)
Raes Calvert is a Métis theatre artist who lives and works on unceded Coast Salish territory. As a performer, he has toured Nationally and Internationally with such companies as Axis Theatre, GreenThumb Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Neworld Theatre and The Presentation House Theatre. After graduating Studio 58 at Langara College in 2010, he Co-founded Hardline Productions and has served as an Artistic Director for the company since then. His love for physical theatre and theatrical movement has influenced and been a part of the 20+ pieces that Hardline has produced over the last 10 years. Hardline shows have been nominated for 16 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and received 3. Raes is a five-time Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominee and two-time recipient. He is also a recipient of the Reveal Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. His original work Redpatch was published by Talon Books in 2019. Raes is ever so excited to be working with Neworld Theatre (the company that gave him his first professional theatre contract), and continue his journey as a Producer and Collaborator in the community.
Angelica Schwartz, Community Engagement Coordinator (They/Them)
Angelica Schwartz is a director and collective creator born on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB). With an open heart and deep curiosity, Angelica is eager to re-examine how we reconnect and build community in our post-pandemic future.
Angelica has had the pleasure to collaborate with some exceptional companies including All Out Arts in NYC, Buddies in Bad Times, The National Arts Centre, Electric Theatre Company, The Chop Theatre, SpiderWebShow, ITSAZOO, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and more. Angelica also regularly collaborates with Stephanie Wong under the name happy/accidents. Angelica is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada for Directing and Studio 58 for Technical Theatre Production.
In addition to Angelica’s work as an artist, they enjoy fine coffee, facilitate a monthly book club on the future of Arts Leadership, and strives to be a BBQ grill master on the weekends. Angelica is thrilled to join the amazing team at Neworld and to be back working on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations!
Sandra Henderson, Ensemble Producer (Any Pronoun Used with Respect)
Sandra Henderson is a settler and performance maker based on SḴŦAḴ, the unceded territories of the Straits Salish peoples, also known as Mayne Island. She began her theatre career in Tkaronto in 2005, working as a technician and stage manager, then production manager, rehearsal director, performer and eventually producer. Sandra is most interested in working at the intersection of creative/technical in making live art works. She’s spent some time on the road including touring 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, rural and reserve locations in Canada, from Haida Gwaii to Rainy River; and large-scale works of theatre and dance at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Montreal’s Festival TransAmériques, Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and on the Louisiana bayou. Sandra arrived on unceded Coast Salish territory in 2018 to take on the role of Producer for Neworld Theatre, where the LEAD Ensemble was the very first project on her roster. Now working part-time and remotely as the Ensemble Producer for Neworld, she’s heavily focused on her most important role to date – raising a member of the next generation.
Anahita Monfared, Artistic Production Intern (She/They)
Anahita Monfared is an Iranian actor, writer and artist based in the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh lands. Driven by intentional storytelling that demands honesty and is intentional in making space for stories we have not heard before, or have only heard single stories of- Anahita has appeared in independent productions such as “I’ll Never Forget My Highschool Friends” and “Fade In” where themes of sexual assault, race and queer romance were thoughtfully brought to the screen. A mental health and consent advocate, Anahita is passionate about centring radical self-love, pleasure activism, and liberation in her work. She is currently pursuing a degree in Theatre, with a minor in Psychology at New York University. When they aren’t creating new work, you can find them carefully crafting the perfect playlist for every occasion. Anahita is thrilled to be joining the Neworld team as an Artistic Production Intern and continuing their journey as an artist, collaborator and producer in the community.
khattieQ, Associate Producer (She/They/Him)
khattieQ is a performer from Puerto Rico. Co-creator and star of 2020 Fringe New Play Prize winner ‘Catalina La O Presenta: Now with me’ which features original music. khattieQ was guitarist and vocalist for punk band BLXPLTN. They have played as a professional musician with over twenty bands, most notably, they toured as drummer for queer femme core band The Tuna Helpers. Professional credits include Denim Doves and Casta for Salvage Vanguard Theater in Austin, TX, Heaven Born Wind at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and frank theatre’s Be-Longing and I Cannot Lie To The Stars That Made Me.
KhattieQ internship is made possible with support from The Belfry’s Arts Leadership Training Program.
Marcus Youssef, Artistic Associate, AD from 2005-2013
Marcus’ fifteen or so plays (about half co-written with pals) span a wide range of forms and styles, from drama and satire to theatre for teens to Pantos (!) and more experimental devised work and collaborations with neurodiverse artists. They have been performed in a half-dozen languages at dozens of theatres, festivals, school gyms and community centre basements across North America, Europe and Asia, including the Brighton Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, GRIPS & Berliner Festspiele (Berlin), Soho Rep (off-Broadway), the Dublin Theatre Festival, Wooly Mammoth (Washington, DC), On the Boards (Seattle), the Aarhus Festival (Denmark), Ca’Foscari and Terni Festival (Italy) and LOKAL (Reykjavik). His awards include the Siminovitch Prize for Theatre, the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, the Rio-Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, the Chalmers’ Canadian Play award, the Vancouver Critics’ Choice Award (three times), the Canada Council Staunch-Lynton Award and, recently, a nomination for Berlin, Germany’s Icarus Prize. Marcus was the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre for fifteen years and, where in 2009, he co-founded the collaborative artist-run production centre Progress Lab 1422. He is also currently International Associate Artist at Farnham Maltings (UK), an artistic advisor to the National Arts Centre English Theatre and an editorial advisor to Canadian Theatre Review.
Niall McNeil, Artistic Associate
Niall McNeil has been involved with theatre from an early age through his lifelong association with the Caravan Farm Theatre. As a youngster he performed in As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Bull by the Horns and Strange Medicine. Niall was an ensemble member of Vancouver’s Leaky Heaven Theatre’s shows since its inception in 1999 under the direction of the company’s founder, Steven Hill. Niall acted in Leaky Heaven Circus -Part One, Typhoon, Conference of the Birds, Birthday Boy, King Llyr, Zigguart, Bonobo and finished with Salome in 2006. In 2010 Niall performed in A Christmas Carol as a member of the English Acting Company of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa under the direction of Peter Hinton.
Niall and Marcus Youssef have written two plays together, Peter Panties (2011) ( Leaky Heaven/Neworld Theatre) and King Arthur’s Night (2017) (Neworld Theatre). Veda Hille composed the music for both plays. Niall acted in Marie Clements award winning short film Pilgrims in 2012. Niall loves researching new ideas, writing lyrics and writing plays and in 2020, completed his first documentary film, The Originals. Commissioned by Estelle Shook, Artistic Director of the Caravan Farm Theatre, the documentary is a film about the founders of the Caravan Stage Company and Caravan Farm Theatre. It is Niall’s exploration of his roots as an artist.
Niall and his collaborators Anton Lipovetsky and Lucy McNulty were awarded a 2020-21 Dan Fund Commission by Musical Stage Company in Toronto to work on the first draft of their new musical play Cowboy Tempest Cabaret. In 2020 Niall as writer/lyricist and Anton Lipovetsky composer participated in Theatre Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning’s production First Drafts, where they created an original musical Joseph Jacket Multimask. This production involved fourth year students in both musical theatre performance and technical production.
Yvonne Yip, Artistic Associate (She/Her)
Yvonne was born in colonial Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada with her family as a child. After completing her training at the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and Management, Yvonne worked as a stage manager and technician based in the Greater Vancouver area. Yvonne has had the privilege of working with theatre companies across Canada and toured with various productions around the world. Favourite credits include Neworld Theatre’s King Arthur’s Night, ITSAZOO Production’s Competition Is Fierce, Boca del Lupo’s Fall Away Home; Electric Company Theatre’s Palace Grand, Caravan Farm Theatre’s Mother Courage and Her Children, Gateway Theatre’s King of the Yees, working on the 2010 Paralympic Opening Ceremonies, and touring with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia to the Kingdom of Bahrain and South Korea.
Fearless Leaders Through the Ages
Camyar Chai, Founding Artistic Producer (Obi-Wan Kenobi), 1995-2005
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, Former Artistic Producer, 2005-2013
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.
Mirae Rosner, 2006-2008
Kirsty Munro, 2008-2015
Matt Moreau, 2015-2020
Board of Directors
Linda Gorrie – Vice Chair
Kieran Sequoia – Secretary
Tejinder Bansal – Treasurer