Patrick McDonald has been the Artistic Director of Green Thumb Theatre since 1988; prior to that he was the Artistic Director of Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa. He has directed over 75 productions for Green Thumb and has overseen the commissioning and development of more than 50 new plays for children, teens and young adults. He has commissioned work from emerging writers like Dave Deveau and Michelle Riml and established writers Morris Panych, Joan MacLeod and George F. Walker. During his tenure Green Thumb productions have won numerous Jessie Richardson Awards, several Betty Mitchell Awards, and three Canada Council Awards for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences. McDonald has been nominated for many awards and has received Jessie Richardson Awards for both directing and “continued excellence in the field of theatre for Young Audiences”. In 2009 he received the Jessie Richardson Award for Career Achievement. He has directed across the country at theatres including The Belfry, The Grand Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Gateway Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Arts Club Theatre. He has been a two time member of the Canada Council’s Theatre Advisory Committee and has sat on many peer juries at the provincial and federal levels.
Nadine joined the touring department of Green Thumb Theatre in 2006 and has enjoyed every moment with the company since. She took on the role of General Manager in 2011, and was the company lead on the its $1.6 Million Campaign to restore the Halls at Carleton, where Green Thumb now makes its permanent home. Enthusiastically involved in the arts & culture community in Vancouver, nationally and internationally, Nadine volunteers her time with several other organizations. She sits on the Jessie Review Committee (for the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society); is the TYA Caucus Chair for PACT; the Board Chair for Out Inner Space Dance Society, and is very proud to be the Treasurer for the Board of the International Performing Arts for Youth Society (IPAY). Nadine is a life long Vancouver resident and happily calls East Vancouver home.
Shawn is a playwright and actor who has lived and worked in Vancouver since 1988. His work has been produced by Vancouver TheatreSports, The Arts Club, The Vancouver Playhouse, Touchstone Theatre and Pacific Theatre. His play Prodigal Son won the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding original Script. As an actor, Shawn has worked for most of Vancouver’s professional theatre companies, and performs regularly as a company member of Bard on the Beach. Shawn is the Instructor and Program Leader for the LEAP Playwriting Intensive for Teen Writers at the Arts Club Theatre, and aside from assisting Green Thumb’s Artistic Director, for the past four years he has facilitated the creation of The Edge Project, Green Thumb’s youth driven collective creation for high school students.
Michele grew up in Vancouver and is thrilled to be living here with her own family: husband Bob and their two children, Maddy and Jackson. She got her start in professional theatre with Green Thumb as an apprentice stage manager on Tough! and Criminals in Love then toured around BC stage managing Little Sister, Showdown and Night Light. Touring with Green Thumb was an incredible experience and an amazing way to get to see the province! Michele’s favourite memory: flying into Kyuquot Village (on Vancouver Island’s west coast) on a float plane and performing Showdown for the community. After many years of working as a production manager in corporate and special events, she’s back at Green Thumb as the Tour Manager and she couldn’t be happier!
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Rachel is an actor, playwright and now administrator born and raised in Vancouver. She made her professional acting debut with Green Thumb in their production of Souvenirs, and since then has appeared on stages across Western Canada. Her work as an actor has included new works, classics, musicals, and has taken her everywhere from a sold out 700 hundred seat theatre to a stage on the back of a flatbed pickup truck, performing in public parks for free. Rachel has been featured playing the cello, singing her heart out, and jumping onto a moving, four-horse chariot. Rachel’s first play, Still/Falling will appear in Green Thumb’s 2015/16 season, after comprehensive dramaturgical input from Patrick McDonald. Throughout her time as professional theatre artist, Green Thumb has always felt like home to Rachel, and has offered constant support to her in her artist endeavors. She can’t think of a better place to be making her next début – as an arts administrator.
Mikey is a theatre producer, administrator and production manager from Montreal, Quebec and an Honours, Social Science graduate from the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization. He was the Associate Producer at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal for 5 seasons before his coast to coast travels that began at the Banff Centre, where he was awarded a one-year arts administration work-study scholarship. Following the completion of the scholarship, Mikey moved to Halifax, NS to lead 2b Theatre Company as General Manager, through two successful seasons. Looking to get back into the world of theatre production, he crossed the country once more to join the amazing team at Green Thumb Theatre. Mikey’s cross-Canada experiences have given him the opportunity to work with some of this country’s greatest artists and specialize in (inter)national touring. He is very happy to now call Vancouver home, and connect with the west coast arts community.
TOUR & RENTAL COORDINATOR
Aliya is a director, creator, producer, front of house manager, and arts administrator with a keen interest in socially engaged theatre. Previously, Aliya has worked administratively for the Leaky Heaven Performance Society, as rental manager for the Russian Hall in Strathcona, and as Program Coordinator for ROARS; an arts camp run by Leave Out Violence and Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Troika Collective, a multi-disciplinary performance collective that uses Eastern European history and culture as a lens to explore universally resonant stories and themes. Aliya also performs with her own vocal group Vostok, specializing in music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Aliya holds a BA in theatre performance and political science from SFU.
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