– 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.
Sebastien is a producer, actor and playwright based on the unceded territories of the the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, where he lives with his wife (and ITSAZOO founder) Chelsea Haberlin and their relentlessly awesome daughter. Having joined ITSAZOO Productions 2006, Sebastien is proud to now lead the company that was instrumental in his development as a theatre artist and continues to provide local artists with unique and challenging artistic opportunities in award winning productions.
For ITSAZOO, Sebastien has created numerous immersive productions and site-specific events, including: The Pipeline Project (co-created with Savage Society); Hidden (w/ UBC Botanical Gardens); The Competition is Fierce (Jessie nomination Outstanding Script); Chairs: A Parable; Death of a Clown; Robin Hood; The Road To Canterbury; Grimm Tales; the Bridge Mix series (co-created with Enlightenment Theatre); and the 10×10 series (co-created with Cameron Anderson). Playwriting awards include: the Bottle Tree National Playwriting Competition; Theatre BC National Playwriting Competition; Monday Magazine ‘M’ Award. Sebastien holds a BFA from the Phoenix Theatre, University of Victoria.
Artistic Associate & Founder
Chelsea has lived most of her life on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and is honoured to call this gorgeous place her home. She is a white woman of mixed Italian-Scottish-English-Swiss heritage. She is a mom and is married to theatre artist Sebastien Archibald.
Chelsea has been creating theatre in some form since she was a very little girl making plays in her basement. She is the Artistic Director of Neworld Theatre and Associate Artist with ITSAZOO Productions, a company she co-founded in 2004. As a director she has worked with: ITSAZOO Productions, Neworld Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, Firehall Arts Centre, Theatre SKAM, Pacific Theatre, Delinquent Theatre, Studio 58, and many more. Chelsea is forever searching for new ways to surprise and engage an audience and is particularly passionate about meaningful collaboration, immersive environments, community engagement, and reconciliation.
Chelsea has an MFA in directing from UBC; a BFA from UVic; is currently an adjunct professor at UBC; recipient of the Sydney J Risk award in directing; the Ray Michal award for outstanding body of work by an emerging director; two-time winner and five-time Jessie Richardson Award nominee for Outstanding Direction. She a member of the advisory committee for Balancing Act, sits on the boards of the Vancouver Creative Space Society, Creekview Housing Coop (where she is grateful to live!) and Aenigma Theatre.
Cheyenne is a writer, actor and producer from Vancouver, Canada. She is currently working on her first full length play, The Sunrise Betties, in development with ITSAZOO. Other writing credits include The After After Party (The Cultch), Lady Parts (Pi Theatre and Revolver Festival 2019), Karaoke: The Musical (Studio 58), and The Bush Party (Theatre SKAM). Her screenplay Saint Joan’s Seven was presented as one of seven new Canadian screenplays at TIFF 2018’s Pitch This! Competition. As an actor Cheyenne has recently appeared in Ghosting (Freeform), Bravo Network’s Imposters, and Red Letter Films docu-drama Maux Mysteres. Her hit show The After After Party was the recipient of the Pick Of The Fringe, Georgia Straight’s Critics Choice Award, and the coveted CULTCHivating the Fringe Award (Vancouver 2016) and will be touring to Winnipeg Fringe this summer. Cheyenne is a graduate of Studio 58.
Designer in Residence (Emeritus)
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 (Emeritus)
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.
Hamish Stevenson – Chair
Jill Taylor – Vice-Chair
Majd Qutob – Tresurer
Melanie Brown – Secretary
Byron Flekk – Director
Marcus Youssef – Director