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
  • Cory Haas
    Cory Haas

    Cory Haas

    Cory is a director, performer, maker, and actor trainer. He is the artistic director of no comment. th(é)âtre, a company which investigates the questions ‘what is going on in the world right now?‘. Through international projects, no comment. aims to reveal the complexities and highlight the contradictions of our society through an eclectic mix of international forms and content. He is currently developing multiple projects, including new work in Denmark, a documentary theatre piece, and has other ideas in their research and development phases.

    Cory holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Actor Training and Coaching from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Capilano University. In 2020, he was the recipient of the Prix de l’École Nationale for artistic development.

    With this residence, Cory will work to develop Dilemme (Dilemma), to explore a hybrid form of making, oscillating between theatre and film, and to create a genre that is little represented on stage, the psychological thriller.

  • Joey Lespérance

    Joey Lespérance is a theatre artist established in Vancouver for over 30 years. He performs as much in English as in French. We’ve seen him in numerous productions at La Seizième which honoured him with many nominations at The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, among which Le Soulier (2018), Bonjour, là, Bonjour (2016), Des fraises en janvier (2014) ou encore L’enfant-problème (2011), to name but a few. He is the recipient of the Best Actor Award in 2015 for his role of Armand in À toi, pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou (Michel Tremblay), produced by Théâtre la Seizième.

    Joey is a graduate of Studio 58.

    Thanks to this residence, he will further develop his autobiographical solo show, Michel(le).

  • 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 for le Manège.Mons (MARS), 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 regularly works with Vortex Theatre, La Seizième, Théâtre de la Pire Espèce, and Presentation House Theatre, as creator, actor, assistant stage director or workshop leader.

    Recipient of the Roland-Mahé Banque Nationale 2017 award from the Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada, Anaïs is currently developing the object theatre performances Clémentine (with Émilie Leclerc, Cendrillon (with Annie Lefebvre) and La Petite Sirène.

    Théâtre la Seizième has commissioned her to write a brand new play for children, which she is working on with the dramaturgical support of author Pascal Brullemans.


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