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.
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.
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.
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.