The dramaturgical development program

As a well-established institution, we happily take on our artistic leadership role and nurture the artistic community by supporting the professional development of theatre artists through internships, creative workshops and mentorship programs. In 2001, Artistic Director Craig Holzschuh launched an innovative dramaturgical development program to foster creativity by commissioning promising playwrights and providing them with the necessary financial and intellectual support.

Artists in residence
  • James Gordon King

    James Gordon King is a Vancouver based writer and the co-artistic director of Babelle Theatre. His short play Seabird is in a Happy Place was selected in 2015 as a winner in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Playwriting competition in New York City. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2016 Sydney Risk Prize for Emerging Playwright and a Jessie Richardson award for Outstanding Original Script (Rivulets: Three Short plays about a Flood).

    James holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Performance Studies. Selected theatre credits include: All My Friends Are Animals (Axis Theatre/Babelle Theatre) This, Here (Babelle Theatre) and Movements 1&2 (Babelle Theatre).

  • Anaïs Pellin

    A passionate actor, author and creator, Anaïs is active on the Vancouver theatre scene since 2016. She graduated in theatre arts from the Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Belgium), holds a master’s degree in theatre studies from UCLouvain, and has performed in a wide range of plays, including Detto Molière, Les Théâtres de Marguerite Duras and La jeune fille folle de son âme for Théâtre le Manège (MARS/Mons), Teatro delle Albe | Ravenna Teatro, La Rose des Vents, Scène Nationale de Villeneuve d’Ascq, Théâtre du Grütli, Théâtre du Peuple and Rideau de Bruxelles. She has also been active as assistant stage director, including for the play Bonjour, là, bonjour, directed by Gilles Poulin-Denis (La Seizième, 2017), and she regularly works with Vortex Theatre, La Seizième, Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, and Presentation House Theatre.

    Fascinated by object theatre, Anaïs is writing, creating, and performing in object theatre performances such as Clémentine (with Émilie Leclerc, supported by the FATFC foundation, La Seizième, and ArtStarts in School), Cendrillon (with Annie Lefebvre) and La Petite Sirène, which are all still in development, and which were presented as works in progress at the Alliance Française de Vancouver, in various schools, and at events aimed at the Francophone community.

    Over the last few years, Anaïs has also been focusing on writing, and she is currently developing a play for young audiences for Théâtre la Seizième.

    She has been awarded the Roland-Mahé Banque Nationale 2017 award from the Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada for her project Clémentine, and she has also received a Creative Spark Vancouver grant from ArtStarts in support of continued development for this show.


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