Chelsea Haberlin, Artistic Director
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. She loves cooking, movies, biking, running, gardening (although she’s not great at it), reading, yoga, and anything involving food and drinks.
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 outstanding body of work by an emerging director and a two-time winner and five-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction.
Sandra Henderson, Producer (on mat leave Aug 7, 2020 – Aug 2021)
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, director, 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.
Yvonne Yip, Interim Producer
Yvonne was born in colonial Hong Kong, and immigrated to Canada with her family as a child. After completing her training at 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.
Marcus Youssef, Senior Artist (aka Emerging Elder)
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.
Corinna Hagel, Communications Manager
Corinna (she/her) is a fourth-generation settler Canadian of Germanic / Russian descent. She has lived on stolen and occupied lands her entire life including those of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation where she was born and raised, of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) Nation when she lived on the island of Tiohtià:ke (aka Montréal), and now on the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has been cultivating the same vegetable garden for 16 years, developing several Okinawan martial arts practices for 11 years, and attending to two young humans for 8 years. Prior to Neworld, much of her work supported the creation and dissemination of stories for screens. She collaborated as a visual researcher on dozens of independent documentaries for the NFB, CBC, Knowledge Network, TVO and film festivals worldwide including VIFF, Sundance, IDFA, and TIFF. In a decade spent at Omnifilm Entertainment, she contributed to the creative development and marketing of television series for several networks including CBC, CTV, Global, Space, HGTV, Discovery, History, National Geographic, among others. She spent four years at McGill University Libraries, primarily working in the Rare Books Division and the Digital Collections Program assisting with the creation of 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, Former Artistic Producer
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.
Board of Directors
Linda Gorrie, Heather Tanaka, Ellie O’Day, Kelsey Blair, Kieran Sequoia, Sobhi Al-Zobaidi, Rupinder Sidhu, Erin Rennison.