Meet our Mainstage 2018 Adjudicator

Stephen Drover

Stephen is the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre. Originally from Newfoundland, he trained at Memorial University (BFA in Acting) and UBC (MFA in Directing) and directs and teaches theatre in British Columbia and across Canada. Favorite directing credits include Penelope, Indian Arm, Cock (Rumble Theatre), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Bond (Pound of Flesh Theatre/Rumble), The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, Hand to God (Arts Club Theatre), The Pillowman (Wild Geese Co-Op), Skydive (Realwheels), Richard III (Memorial University), “Art” (Gateway Theatre), and An East Van Panto (Theatre Replacement). He is currently developing a new adaptation of Titus Andronicus with playwright Colleen Murphy titled The Society for the Destitute Present Titus Bouffonius. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife, Sasa Brown, and their son, Jack.

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In Memory, Doug Huggins

Doug Huggins was many things — a gifted architect, a potter of merit, a dear father, a devoted husband, and a very proud grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was an enthusiast, instrumental in cultivating the theatre scene in Vernon and the province of BC.

He was a Past-President of Theatre BC 1968-1970, as well as a Life Member and a recipient of the prestigious Eric Hamber trophy.

Huggins, a founding member of Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre, passed away on April 9, 2018 in his Lower Mainland home at 95-years-old.

Read our full tribute to Doug Huggins here.

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2018 Mainstage Workshops

Workshops Information & Updates

Theatre BC’s 2018 Mainstage Workshops are coming together. Detailed listings are available now, and registration forms will be online soon; Plan your Mainstage attendance schedule using this handy downloadable schedule listing.

UPDATE (April 21, 2018) – Detailed workshop descriptions have been added to our Mainstage tab, and by clicking here. We’re working on the online registration forms, and the descriptions will be updated with links to those forms when they are ready.

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2018 Zone Festivals

Theatre BC’s zones are working hard to prepare their annual Festivals of Plays.

Schedules are still coming together for some zones, and you can keep up with the latest play titles and performance dates by clicking on our 2018 Zone Festivals page.

Once the Zone Festivals wrap up, a Best Play winner will advance from each zone, to our annual Mainstage Festival being held again this year in Vernon, from June 29 to July 7, 2018.

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Apply Now! 2018 Mainstage Workshop Play . . .

2018 Mainstage Workshop Play

One Zone Festival-entered play will be selected by the Festivals Committee to participate in MAINSTAGE’s non-adjudicated “Workshop Play” component which takes place over a three day period.  The selected play gives an initial performance, is re-worked by a professional instructor and performed again in its revised form in a fascinating and instructional “before and after” process.  The workshop play dates will be June 30th to July 2nd, 2018 and will be held at Powerhouse Theatre, Vernon, B.C.  This year’s instructor will be Andrew McIlroy. Your application to be considered for the Workshop Play is confidential and will not be shared with the adjudicator in your Festival – there will be no impact on potential award selections at your Zone Festival.

Click on the link below to download the application form.

2018 Workshop Play Application Form.

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Mainstage 2018 returns to Vernon!

Mainstage 2018

Theatre BC is excited to return to Vernon for our second consecutive Mainstage Festival there.

We held one of our most successful provincial Festivals there last year, and the organizing team have an even more exciting week in the planning stages.

Dates for this year’s Mainstage are June 29th to July 7, 2018. Plays from across BC will perform in this Festival. We’re pleased to have Stephen Drover as our Mainstage adjudicator this year. The Workshop Play will be back at Powerhouse Theatre for the weekend of June 30th to July 2nd. All of our marquee shows will be seen at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre nightly, at 7:30 pm.

Regional Festivals are being planned throughout the province as well – we’ll have plenty more details soon, but in the meantime, here is the Mainstage 2018 Performance Schedule:

  •  Friday – June 29th- NIZ – North Island Zone
  •  Saturday – June 30th – SKZ – Skeena Zone
  •  Sunday – July 1st – OKZ – Okanagan Zone
  •  Monday – July 2nd – Wild Card Slot
  •  Tuesday – July 3rd – NSZ – North Shore Zone
  •  Wednesday, July 4th – FVZ – Fraser Valley Zone
  •  Thursday, July 5th – CIZ – Central Interior Zone
  •  Friday, July 6th – PRZ – Peace River Zone

Where To Stay

UPDATE (March 2, 2018) – We are pleased to offer the following downloadable Accommodations Sheet with information about where to stay during Mainstage 2018 in Vernon. Rooms are extremely limited for the July 1st weekend, so book now!


UPDATE (April 8, 2018) – The Mainstage 2018 Workshops listing has been released. Detailed info and registration will be available soon. For current details, click here.

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