Relephant Theatre is an artist-run company dedicated to producing contemporary theatre not seen in Vancouver. Our mission is to develop and nurture local playwrights by producing their work alongside the works of established writers. Relephant Theatre chooses plays that have significant and demonstrable social bearing, but which present their theme(s) through dialogue or story that is whimsical, chimerical and entertaining. We provide an environment that gives both the opportunity to up and coming talent to further their craft, and established professional artists to challenge their own creativity.
Notable credits: Musical Director and ‘Moist’ in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (Broadway West); Musical Director for Where’s Charley? (Studio 58); Carnival (New West Theatre); ‘Zoltan Karpathy’ in My Fair Lady (Western Canada Theatre); ‘Piano Player’ in Billy Bishop Goes to War (Ace Productions); and Musical Director and ‘Cord Elam’ in Oklahoma! (Chemainus Theatre Festival). A graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan College, Steven is a Jessie Award-winning and OVATION! Award-nominated musical director for Seussical (Carousel Theatre) and Edges (Streamlight Productions). Upcoming projects include: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and The Exquisite Hour at the Vancouver Fringe.
Born and raised in small-town Ontario (ever heard of Penetanguishene?) Julie is an actor, director, musician and writer, and is a graduate of Carleton University the Canadian College of Performing Arts. As a performer, credits include As You Like It (Citadel), The Tempest and Titus Andronicus (Bard on the Beach), Black Comedy (Arts Club), The Real Thing (Belfry/Arts Club), The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood and The Secret World of Og (Carousel), The Shape of Things (Twenty-Something Theatre), Hay Fever, My Fair Lady, She Stoops to Conquer and Little Women (Chemainus Theatre Festival), and musical direction of Carousel Theatre’s 2008 remount of Seussical: The Musical. Julie also plays piano, violin and oboe, and is currently at work writing her first full-length dramatic work, The Out Vigil. Recent projects also include an assistant directorship at Bard on the Beach (Richard II, directed by Christopher Weddell) and coaching the 15 fantastic young performers of Macbeth (Carousel Teen Shakespeare 2009). Upcoming this summer: working on Carousel’s The Taming of the Shrew, appearing in Tiny Replicas at the Neanderthal Arts Festival, and directing The Exquisite Hour for the 2010 Vancouver Fringe.
Born and raised in the golden prairies of Southern Alberta, Jessie is pleased to have landed on the BC coast. After graduating from the University of Lethbridge (BFA, Dramatic Arts), Jessie spent two years at the Chemainus Theatre Festival on Vancouver Island, honing her skills in arts administration (her theatrical niche). With a background in performing, directing, production, and marketing, she is a well-rounded theatre artist who is the General Manager of Carousel Theatre and a proud member of the Vancouver theatre community. She is a used-bookstore junkie, collector of modern-day ephemera, film buff, tea fiend, and a lover of the word ‘facetious.’