– OUR MISSION –
To create dynamic, immersive theatre events for daring audiences
ITSAZOO Productions creates immersive, dynamic theatre events for daring audiences. We support this with four core values: Immersion, Risk, Fun, and Community. Whether it’s a fly-on-the-wall, immersive experience or a participatory, site specific event, we can create theatre for anyone, anytime, anywhere. We don’t want our audience to just watch the story. We want our audience to experience the world of the story; to live through it.
Playwright-in-Residence & Co-Artistic Producer
Sebastien has been Co-Artistic Producer of ITSAZOO Productions since he joined the company in 2006. He is also a Jessie nominated actor and award winning playwright. For ITSAZOO Sebastien has created, performed and toured in numerous productions and site-specific events, including: Chairs: A Parable (Intrepid Theatre/Neanderthal Arts Festival/B.C Tour), Death of a Clown (Phoenix Theatre 2010 Spotlight on Alumni/B.C. Tour), Robin Hood, The Road To Canterbury, Grimm Tales, Casualties of Progress (2004 Belfry Incubator Project); and the Bridge Mix series. Playwriting awards include: 2007 Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition (Death of Clown); 2007 Monday Magazine ‘M’ Award for Best New Play (Grimm Tales); 2012 Bottle Tree National Playwriting Competition (Chairs: A Parable). Recent theatre: Hamlin: A New Fable, Axis Theatre; Killer Joe, ITSAZOO – Jessie Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor; Brighton Beach Memoirs, Of Mice and Men, Blue Bridge Repertory; Cocktails At Pam’s, Staircase Equity Co-op; Don Juan, Blackbird Theatre/Gateway Theatre; Clybourne Park, Arts Club. Recent Film/TV: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story (Crazy8s); Sex Sent Me to the ER (Discovery/TLC);Ripples (CTV); The Girlfriend Experience (Mongrel Media). Sebastien holds a BFA from the Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria.
Chelsea is Artistic Associate and founder of ITSAZOO Productions as well as Artistic Director with Neworld Theatre. Favourite ITSAZOO directing credits include: The Competition is Fierce, Killer Joe (Jessie Richardson Award winner for Outstanding Production), The Flick, Mojo, Chairs: A Parable, Robin Hood, Grimm Tales and Death of a Clown. Other directing projects include The North Plan (Upintheair Theatre), The Dining Room (Western Gold Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (Latchkey Coop), Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre), Glendale (Co-op), Rhinoceros (UBC Masters Thesis project), Featuring Loretta & Criminal Genius (Vancouver Fringe Festival) and Faust is Dead (UBC). Assistant directing projects include The Mountaintop (Arts Club Theatre), Elizabeth Rex (Bard on the Beach) and The Idiot (PuSh Festival).
Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC and a BFA with a specialization in Applied Theatre from UVic. She is a three time Jessie award nominee and the recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing and the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director.
Designer in Residence
Meredith Grantier is a Designer in Residence with ITSAZOO Productions. She is a graduate of Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology’s Theatre Department and holds a BFA Theatre Major from the University of Victoria. Her Costume Design credits with the company include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Casualties of Progress, Indiana Jones and the Wannabe Nemeses, Five Red Balloons, The Road to Canterbury, Robin Hood, Chairs, Mojo, The Flick and Death of a Clown for which she earned a Jessie Richardson Award nomination for Outstanding Costume Design. She is presently the Creative Director for the international women’s wear label Papillon.
Designer in Residence
Kyle has been a Set Designer and Scenic Carpenter since graduating with a BFA from UVic’s Theatre Program in 2004. He now serves as a Head Scenic Carpenter at the Great Northern Way Scene Shop in Vancouver (www.gnwshop.ca) and has built countless theatre, opera and other performance art sets, a few film productions, and many differing fine art installations and corporate setups. Kyle has worked as a Designer-In-Residence with ITSAZOO since 2007, and has designed and built the sets and props for nearly every show produced.
Devon Taylor – Chair
Fred Galloway – Vice-Chair
Maddy Wilson – Secretary
Daragh Karkairan – Treasurer