A group of concerned theatre artists in Vancouver (lead by ReAct) have written an open letter to the Vancouver Jessie Society critiquing the lack of diversity on Jessie juries and the resulting lack of recognition at the awards themselves. 150 artists from around the city have signed the letter. There are a number of issues raised in the letter that are at once connected to, but also separate from, the Vancouver professional theatre awards.
A response has been posted by the Jessie board. Both are published below.
Have a look. Do you have a position? A comment? Do you see an elephant in the...
Monday night was the 33rd annual Jessie Richardson Awards and Pi Theatre's Blasted was nominated for 8 awards!
Of the 8 awards, Pi took home 3:
Jeff Harrison - Outstanding Lighting Design Drew Facey - Outstanding Set Design Richard Wolfe - Outstanding Direction
Here's a photo of Artistic Director Richard Wolfe accepting his award:
We'd like to once again thank everyone who worked on Blasted, all our donors, sponsors, board of directors and volunteers, as well as all of our audience members. Our goal was to get you talking, and we know that we did with this riveting and intense work.
Tonight, Pi Theatre will join the Vancouver theatre community at The 33rd Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
We'll be celebrating our production of Blasted by Sarah Kane, which is nominated for eight awards - the most nominations for any single production. If you missed it, Blasted was an incredible show that made people sad, angry, confused, upset, and probably evoked many other feelings. But most of all, it got people talking, which was one of our main reasons for bringing it to the stage. We were overwhelmed by the responses and feedback from critics and audience members alike, and we cannot...
Pi Theatre has had an incredible year! We celebrated our 30th anniversary with multiple events, including a sold out Sunday Soul Brunch. We took Between the Sheets on tour to Victoria (only the second tour in Pi history). Our playwright-in-residence, Jordan Hall, had her play How to Survive an Apocalypse chosen as the 2016 Firehall Arts Centre, Touchstone Theatre and PTC's Flying Start project, and we blew up the stage in Blasted, which garnered 8 Jessie Richardson Award nominations. *fingers crossed for some wins*
Our 2015/16 season will be just as big, including two works in development, a...
In just a few days, both Richard and I will be heading to Toronto to take part in the Professional Association of Canadian Theatre's annual conference. Pi has been a member of PACT since 1991, and although Richard has attended a number of times, this will be my first conference.
I'm very excited to meet other theatre professionals from across the country, talk to them and learn about what they are doing. It's going to be a busy four days, but I can't wait!
This winter, Pi worked closely with filmmaker Holly Hofmann to create a promotional video that demonstrated who the company really is. With the assistance of Cineworks and Telus for additional support, we are excited to present to you, our short film:
We'd like to thank Holly, Cameron, Cineworks, Telus and everyone who helped create and was featured in the film.
Blasted by Sarah Kane opens on April 11th! Are you ready to be Blasted? Find out more information here or get your tickets here.