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).

  • 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 closely with Esther Duquette to develop his management and artistic programming skills for the role of artistic director. 

  • 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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